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    Oh absolutely I'd agree with that. I experienced it myself, except it was my mother that left. I was 5 and she walked out on us and was gone for awhile. That being said; she was still a lot more present and emotionally available than my father, who would essentially have arguments with my teachers using me as a proxy. It was like it didn't matter what I was taught, to him, he'd already decided that I was stupid and couldn't be right about anything. Kind of takes the genetic fallacy to a whole new meaning there. Irony. That's because I was working from memory and got a few details wrong. My bad. I've digged it up and attached it now. The subjective aspect of 'quality' would impact all demographics however. There is a strong likelihood that 1-5% of the present parents, from all backgrounds are abusers and I wouldn't even care to try and guess what percentage were avoidably negligent. I say avoidably as it has already been pointed out by others that it is much more difficult for working class parents to be able to spend quality time with their kids without sacrificing on their required time to earn enough for the basic needs of housing, energy, clothing and food on the table. Which I think brings us to the most important aspect of this debate. Class based demographics. I can accept that we might never have schools that don't unfairly discriminate, but I don't think I can accept a society where the ability to bring discriminating individuals to justice, is determined by how deep your pockets or your parents pockets are. Which bring us to something extremely important. Probably the barrier we should e focussing on most. Here is something that is definitely true; it is illegal to discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, marriage, sexual orientation, gender.. It is not currently illegal however, to discriminate based on class or caste. They are not protected characteristics. There would be little to stop me or anyone else from denying equality to people because of their socio-economic background. There are means tested scholarships available but it tends to go that either their aren't enough of them for everyone who wants one, or there is no guidance on how to apply for them when they are under applied for. It's why I really like the look of the University of Arizona in Tuscon. They are one of the few institutions that I know of that seem to go the extra mile and try their best to make sure your education is financially achievable and that funding is smooth and debtless. Sucks that it is so far away though. We'd have to uproot and move again and we are thinking of buying a house here in IL... Sorry, I'm rambling. Suffice it to say, I think this has been a constructive discussion for all involved. You know I study philosophy and ethics. So you must know by now that you've already opened up a whole can of worms in the subjects of power, control and responsibility, right? I think the stoics and taoists put it best with The Archer. You can draw the bow perfectly, do everything within your control to give yourself the best chance of hitting your mark, and still fail because you cannot control the wind. In this analogy, I see other people as wind. I know I can't control them, I don't want to control them. Yet I can't pretend it is raining when really people are pissing on all of our legs. nhsr071.pdf
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    Icelandic ice cave (I use this image as background of my lock screen) , Dripstone cave in Germany
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    Volcanic lightning is hard to beat. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_lightning Calbuco, The Awakening.” ... Calbuco Volcano is located in the lakes region south of Santiago, Chile’s capital city and is one of the 10 most dangerous volcanoes in the country. After more than 40 years of inactivity, the day April 23 the volcano erupts, spewing more than 200 million tons of ash https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/photos/national-geographic-photo-contest-2015/image-gallery/a2afa2087ecd4f4d62475d231b129e31
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    You assume he’s a rational adult. I’m sure he doesn’t see things this way.
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    Frozen stone on Baikal lake. https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/05/lake-baikal-ice-formations-photos/590374/
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    Are you thinking that we have some means to detect genetic relationship? Generally speaking- no. There a few indicators of attractions that imply that folks tend to search genetic diverse partners based on smell (which seems to correlate with genetic differences- most likely major histocompatibility complex). But as everything in biology, it is not a firm mechanism. Obviously it depends a lot on with whom you grow up with. If you are used to certain folks (and presumably their smell) you associate them with family. This is what we also observe to various degrees in a range of animals. We use familiarity cues to build relationships rather than by solely by detecting genetic divergence. As a whole I am confused why cartoons are used to ask these types of questions, it seems a bit circumspect whereas it would be much easier to discuss whether and how precise humans are able to detect genetic relatives, for example.
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    Probably, but gravity seems to be constrained in his brain - the penny drops slowly. I agree with the entitled impression, though in my mind I just think of her as a politically incorrect five letter word: if there is an ounce of compassion in her it is well concealed. Still, while we are almost as messed up as the US, it's less important.
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    @MigL: Bug free images. When conditions are right the water from the gentle waves in the lake embeds the stones and vegetation in almost transparent ice bubbles. (Getting into a better position or angle to take the pictures was not worth the risk. Or maybe I was getting too old and lazy)
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    Lovely ?? Your standards for 'lovely' are quite low .
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    This set of visuals really helps put it into perspective. Some archers are shooting on still days well lit and flat, while others are shooting into a hurricane in the dark from uneven terrain and yet are getting judged by the same standard. Teaching about privilege: https://www.boredpanda.com/lesson-about-privilege-awareness/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic
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    TimeFlies has been banned as a sockpuppet of previously banned accounts.
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    Not quite. I think that can be argued to be true- as long as you take a figurative interpretation of "an incredible distance away". But having only one sentence that might be correct is, as you say, something of an achievement.
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    No. The period between when you go to sleep at night, and when you wake up in the morning, subjectively feels like only a moment has passed, whereas the clock on your bedside table will have recorded (e.g.) 8 hours.
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    So far as I can make it out, every single sentence in this post contains an incorrect claim of some kind or another - that’s quite an achievement in its own right.
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    I like it too, +1. In life, you try to control what you can. A good archer will move to a position to shoot with the wind; not cross, or against, it. It beats never shooting your arrow, or railing at the uncontrollable wind.
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    Unfortunately, Trump thinks he is America. He won't concede while his 'America' is potentially going to go to prison when 'America' is no longer president next year. As for what Trump owes democrats, they had issues with the 2016 election just as Trump has issues with 2020. The Obama led democrats however, did ensure a smooth and peaceful transition to the Trump administration and they never tried to overturn the results in the manner Trump is attempting now, impeachment is not overturning an election either. Trump is not even returning that favour, without a struggle and a flail.
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    Welcome back to the 'sparring' match, MSC. You've outlined many reasons why Black American fathers aren't ( or weren't ) in the home. Most of them valid. But that doesn't change the fact that a lot of Black American children are born to homes without a father present. And,as the mother then becomes the sole provider, and has to work, a lot of these kids don't even make it through high school. Whatever the reasons for the fathers not being there, even you must admit that makes the situation a lot worse for the kids, and leads to a cycle of poverty. The study I quoted is freely available to all, and I would say that, far from being irrelevant because of its age, things have actually gotten worse in the past 60 years, and not just for Black Americans, but for all groups surveyed. Meanwhile you claim a study, for which you give no link, that 'quality' time is what's really important, neglecting to mention how subjective 'quality' is. ( is being your child's friend higher quality than being his parent ? The two are very different and we both know which is more important, yet better 'quality' depends on whether you ask the parent or the child ) Mind you this is mostly opinion, and understand,I'm not saying that is the only problem. There are many problems to equal opportunity. The large majority of them depend on the group that is doing the oppressing, as opposed to the disadvantaged group. So you can go through life depending on others to fix problems ( and we both know there will be resistance to this ), or you can take the initiative and fix any problems that are in your power to fix. Last time I checked that was called 'responsibility'. Oh, and I appreciate that my comments 'interested' you .
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    Thanks a lot, Airbrush, for amazing pictures and captions with info.
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    Bouddi National Park (New South Wales, Australia.) This Australian National Park features the presence of sandstone, coloured by haloes of chemical change, brought up by differential oxidation of iron minerals in the presence of moisture (Liesegang rings*) as those in Maria Island presented in the previous series of photographs. ---------- (*) Liesengang rings are rings of chemical change that colour the interior of certain rocks. They are formed by oxidation of iron minerals due to moisture penetrating the rocks through their porous structure. Generally that moisture filters through fracture lines in the rocks, thus producing concentric rings towards the centre of the blocks that the fracture lines define. CREDITS: https://www.facebook.com/Geomorfologia.Para.Todos/posts/4021501111197661 (Translated from Spanish) (Geomorphology for everyone) https://forum.xcitefun.net/bouddi-national-park-australia-t83280.html
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    Maybe it's just the timing, but I don't remember being this disgusted by a religious assertion before. It shows a myopic and desperate need for privilege that ignores reality. This is the stance that can justify wiping out species wholesale, because they were only put there "for us to enjoy". It's also intellectually dishonest to misuse scientific claims to bolster your shaky belief system. Please stick to your Iron Age sky spirit worship.
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    ! Moderator Note You didn’t present evidence; the video just makes baseless claims (from what I saw; it starts with the fallacious argument from incredulity, so I stopped watching). Posting a link is insufficient - we’re not supposed to have to watch the whole video to see what it says. You should include the time stamp. Scientific claims should have scientific references. Parroting unsubstantiated, unscientific claims does not qualify
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    Haven't read, but Yay Guns is closed. Re: the hate speech problem. I've been mulling over and over the relationship between neuroticism (and mental health) and power, given that neurotic, "emotionally unstable" people enjoy less success while antagonistic people, with "callous unemotional" traits, enjoy as much success as anyone else. It would seem that unemotionality is favored over emotionality even though neurotic people score higher on measures of "emotional empathy." To be fair, honesty-humility, the sixth factor of personality which splinters off from agreeableness, is probably the better predictor of life success. Neuroticism would probably be the next factor to splinter, but my printer broke when I tried to print information on the SNAP and DAPP measures of personality. Neuroticism is related to suicide and being female even though females are less suicidal, which could be explained by sub-factors of the neuroticism factor. Whenever we direct our attention toward violent behavior -- rather than callous behavior which includes violent behavior -- we reinforce an implicit bias, an availability heuristic on neurotic people, that neurotic people are bad because they can turn violent. The argument isn't any more logical than suggesting that we shouldn't have toasters if some people electrocute themselves, but it probably sticks with us implicitly via the availability heuristic. Of course violent tendencies should be reigned in, but that doesn't mean neurotic people should be stigmatized. They might be a lot more compassionate than a lot of the indifferent people who lord over us. Incidentally, meditation would increase empathy and emotional control... 🙃 It is hard to say the extent of the damage, but these mass shootings and the argument that guns don't kill people have probably been useful for reinforcing negative stereotypes about powerless people. Posting now. Might have more That said, I also think racism and sectarianism might provide convenient routes for blame externalization and the misdirection of anger. Re anti-semitism, I have to wonder whether there is a discussion to be had about whether Hitler himself was corrupt even while he scapegoated the Jews for this problem. I don't like AIPAC any more than I like any other special interest, but I really wish Bernie had won the primary. I don't think it's a Jew problem.
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    Okunikko, Japan: Kegon Falls, in Nikko National Park, are surrounded by Mongolian oak, maple, azalea and other trees, making it a particularly beautiful spot in autumn. Ryohei Moriya/The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP
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    The winners of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 awards have been announced with some truly spectacular images. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/in-pictures-54105085 Nicolas Lefaudeux: Overall Winner I don't have sufficient permissions to upload all the images but I'd like to give the winners a name check nonetheless... Nicholas Roemmelt: Aurorae category Bence Toth: Best New Comer Alain Paillou: Our Moon category Alexandra Hart: Our Sun category Lukasz Sujka: Planets, Comets and Asteroids category Thomas Kast: Skyscapes category Peter Ward: Stars and Nebulae category Alice Fock: Young category Julie F Hill: Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation Finally, Rafael Schmall: People and Space category (my particular favourite) The star in the centre of the image is the Albireo double star, surrounded by trails of moving satellites.
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    I found this beauty on the web today: https://www.freshdaily.ca/travel/2020/01/pingualuit-crater-quebec-canada/ ------------------------------------------------- Some facts from http://craterexplorer.ca/pingualuit-impact-crater/: Pingualuit Crater Lake, Québec. Pingualuit ᐱᖑᐊᓗᐃᑦ is an Inuit word meaning pimple. Ironically, Pingualuit Crater Lake is said to have the purest freshwater on earth. The crater surrounding the lake was formed by a meteorite over 1.4 million years ago in the Pleistocene Epoch. The meteorite evaporated on impact in an explosion which melted thousands of tons of stone and wiped away all life for hundreds of kilometres around the crater. Local Inuit people consider this unusually calm place to be a site of extreme power, where one comes to revitalize oneself. In order to protect this unique impact crater, Pingualuit National Park was established in 2004. Photo Credit: NASA -------------------------------------------------- List of lakes that formed as a consequence of meteorite impacts: https://time.com/4371446/these-tranquil-lakes-are-actually-ancient-impact-craters/#:~:text=Clearwater%20Lakes%20(Lac%20%C3%A0%20l,Eau%20Claire)%2C%20Quebec%2C%20Canada&text=About%20290%20million%20years%20ago,in%20Quebec's%20largest%20national%20park. If anybody has been there or has anything more to say, I'd be very interested to read about it.
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    Quarantine helps prevent such illness from spreading. If people feel alone in their hate, they’re less likely to express and share it openly. However, if they feel part of a larger more visible group then they’ll instead act more empowered and likely much more brazen when interacting with others.
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    Holier than thou, you didn't ignore it... if you did you wouldn't have responded. I have a right to my opinion!....What's holier than thou to you may not be nonsense to everyone. Someone in the discussion had suggested Americans think democracy is just a word. I suppose you agreed with that post..Ahh..but then you can ignore that.
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    Hi, Is Crisida Virus[Covid-19] the same Pestilence has been predicted in the holy books!? Well, I guess it has a secret within! Why has said 5 of 7!?? Isn't it show that it will be while population of the world be 7 billions!?! Therefore we understand that it should be the same. Because of the Sign of "7" we have! XQz me if my English is week also the keyboard does autospelling somewheve also
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    The "Planck Satellite" discovered that there is an axis for the whole universe and the axis goes through the Earth's orbit. 😀 🎉 Based off this evidence, it's pretty clear to me that everything was put out there for us to enjoy as God's special creation. What an amazing discovery. Thank you science! Has anyone else heard about this? Here is a link to the full video review https://bit.ly/3hYe2hF
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    Another reason time will terminate All electromagnetic energy terminates with distance. Electricity going through a cable diminishes and terminates with distance. Radio waves terminate at a certain distance. A sound wave through Doppler Effect stretches with distance from the source and eventually loses noise. Light from blue shift to red shift loses energy in an elongated wave length and eventually terminate in travel. That is why the more distant stars are dimmer in light than the closer stars. The light from the more distant stars lose intensity with a greater distance to span. Even light from further stars do not make it to our skies because at that distance the light energy terminates. Star light in the skies can be millions of light years away, that is an incredible distance away. The universe began at the singularity with only one single time frame. At the moment of the big bang, space and time in the form of time frames extended into the future. It was electromagnetic energy that extended the time frames way into the future. Like I mentioned, all kinetic electromagnetic energy weakens and then terminates with distance. The energy that expanded the time frame weakens as it stretches away from the first time frame before the big bang. At some point in time that energy shall terminate possibly trillions of years into the future. Like the kinetic energy of a pendulum, the time frame shall cease to extend (equal to zero) followed by reverse order of time (time frames). At this point it is the mother of all opposite reactions. Electromagnetic energy travel terminates, the speed of light is finite, an object in free fall reaches terminal velocity and perception from consciousness terminates due to finite. All variables and everything in this universe are finite and will resort to reverse order.
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