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  1. You're probably right, this isn't the only comment they have made that has come across as absurd after all. The comment about "All politicians and all scientists" being incompetent was pretty telling. I don't even know why I responded to be honest. How anyone can not see the irony in rejecting the need for equality, when your username literally has the word "princess" in it, is beyond me. I'll hold out some hope that this persons account is for satire and reductio ad absurdum purposes, but I won't hold my breath. Pretending that's why the account exists makes it kind of funny at le
  2. For one; equating a potato and a dog to the dichotomy of a wealthy or privileged to that of a poor or disenfranchised individual is blurring the lines of degree of morphological differences in physiological diversity within one species. Secondly, whether their are greater or smaller degrees of differences between people is besides the point, who decides what variant is more valuable than another? Thirdly, the argument you are currently employing is not unlike the arguments that were used to justify slavery and eugenics. At one point in time, it would not have been a surprise to hea
  3. Although it is laid out as legal in the constitution; I agree with the spirit of your questions. I think ultimately, the pardon was probably intended so that if a law saw many incarcerated, and it was later found to be an unjust law, anyone with pardoning power from state governors to presidents can expedite the release of the incarcerated. I could see there being grounds to pardon someone who has technically committed a crime by literal legal interpretation but in spirit really had no other choice. For example if someone went down for committing a crime but was later found o
  4. Then these two statements are at odds with one another. On the one side, you have the imputation of guilt and carries a confession, prior conviction. The false imprisonment or miscarriage of justice pardon would come after a guilty conviction where the accused has pleaded innocent or changed their plea to innocent during incarceration. In the first pardon instance; there is an assumption that a guilty verdict will be reached in the future hence the need to pardon ahead of time instead of letting the judicial system determine whether or not you are innocent first. In the
  5. But he wasn't a rebel leader, he was the leader of the United states. It does not alter the fact that at the time, Nixons rebellion could only be handled via impeachment. You cannot impeach a rebel leader, you can absolutely impeach the recognised leader of the executive branch, which is what Nixon was. Furthermore, Nixon was the head of one of the branches of the constitutional government and his crimes involved targeting the out of power opposition. Did Murphy ever try to appeal the district court decision with the circuit courts or SCOTUS? This district judges dismissal of the c
  6. What about new evidence? What about preemptively pardoning before a charge has even been brought? Which would be the case if the Trump resigning to Pence scenario were to come to pence. It seems to me that without Trump essentially being willing to say he did infact commit federal crimes, then the pardon given by Pence would essentially just be a catchall from the period where Trump's presidency began and ended, on the assumption of a guilty verdict in a trial that has not taken place yet nor any formal process to federally charge Trump begun. Thank you, the rest of your answer clears up
  7. I know right? It's adorable. I mean, they aren't even wrong. A watch is indeed a clock bracelet! Your three year old obviously knows what a talent show is, because they are a walking one!
  8. No, but Russia has room for everyone. Hell, it's why they are so protective of themselves and put so much effort into diversion and division of their perceived enemies. The paranoia that comes with having a massive border is staggering. The thing that interests me about this scenario; if Pence pardoned Trump, does Biden have to honour that pardon? INow said no, but didn't explain why or point to evidence. So it's still up in the air as far as I am concerned.
  9. Having read the constitution and finding it kind of open to interpretation how the pardon power works, I'm no closer to finding a good answer for this. Can a President pardon themselves? Is one question. Can the next President revoke that pardon? Is another. Obviously we are only talking about pardons of federal charges. Can Trump even pardon himself for a federal charge that has not been formally filed yet? If so, where does it end? Why shouldn't every president end their time with giving themselves a pardon for any federal crimes they may have committed while in of
  10. Not at all. Your tangents are always welcome with me. In fairness I probably should have made it clearer I was using a broad but context specific definition, in order to be charitable to the kids. Yeah, Mr Wednesday visits our house too. He likes all kinds of awesome foods. He never stays for very long though. Mr Wednesday actually likes my butternut squash chilli, my kid... Not so much 😄 What do you think are some good follow up questions with my sons current answer to the meaning of life? I was going to start by pointing out that some people can live with doing some things an
  11. Humour can be wisdom! Sounds to me like your son has something important to say about the meaning of language. I believe it was Wittgenstein who said that a serious and influential piece of philosophy, could be written consisting entirely of jokes. Someone should go to Wikipedia and alter the etymology of a merry-go-round. Amerigo round the world!
  12. On that, we can both agree. I'm Scottish, swearing is an art form to us. Young people have morals? Since when?! Do you expect us to believe you weren't an ass as a teenager? In all serious though, teens swear more than I do. The best insults in Scottish though don't really have a lot of swearing. You can cripple a guy just by telling him his da sells Avon. True story
  13. A pragmatist ought not to disregard optimism, planning for their best while preparing for the worst. That's all I'll say on that here though. Might have to start a topic about Pragmatism and the neo-pragmatic schools of ethics and epistemology. I think you'll enjoy it and I imagine you are already somewhat familiar with the subject anyway. Side bar: I'm glad we seem to be getting along now. Sorry for telling you to fuck off before.
  14. Is that a foregone conclusion itself? Georgia by election is still to happen. I'll need to check the polls of those races myself but as I understand it, Reps have 48, Indies have 2, Dems have 46. If Dems were able to take both seats in Georgia, then the Independents and the vice presidents tie breaker vote would be the pivotal votes. Then you have the 2022 senate elections where, depending on a number of things, but also association with Trump, we may see a dem majority then, or even a Republican one again if Biden's first two years are perceived and received badly by the public.
  15. MSC


    Intellect is the knowledge obtained by experience of names and forms; wisdom is the knowledge which manifests only from the inner being; to acquire intellect one must delve into studies, but to obtain wisdom, nothing but the flow of divine mercy is needed; it is as natural as the instinct of swimming to the fish, or of flying to the bird. Intellect is the sight which enables one to see through the external world, but the light of wisdom enables one to see through the external into the internal world. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

    Reflect on this and grant us the mercy of your own self-reflection. You may or may not have found god, but you have not found the way.

    Peace and blessings to you, Duolingo might help you explain yourself more clearly. Right now, I don't think you are saying what you want to mean.

  16. "Nooooo, my inventions are meant to help mankind, not to destroy!" You'll get a laugh out of this, Major Agnew
  17. We all hear a lot of doom and gloom when it comes to man-made climate change. What I hear less of, is what science, technologies and policies are being developed that might have the potential to halt it. So here is a scenario; imagine we have access to the military budget of every nation and we could use it to fight climate change. What should we do with that money in this scenario? Assuming all nations agreed to cessation of all military conflicts until the climate is no longer under threat from us, for the time being. Obviously this is a highly unlikely scenario, but for th
  18. Depends on how you define wise. Having the wisdom to turn an awkward situation into a humorous one is sometimes no small feat sometimes, wisdom can come from what we say after we've done something kind of strange. Your cousin sounds like he thinks fast on his feet and on his ass 😄 Kid's are awesome Pragmatically explaining consequentialism. Invade my personal space with your hands, I'll invade yours with my urine. Wisdom haha
  19. God dammit! Can we bring them back for five minutes so I can rail them for wasting my time being nice to them? Haha
  20. No? I'm not sure I'm catching your drift but the point of this thread isn't to debate whether or not children have the capacity to be wise, the point is to share your own experience of when a child has said something interesting at the very least, even if it doesn't fit your definition of what it means to say something wise. I want to hear from other people about what they have heard and was sharing my own story to get the ball rolling. It wasn't really an open invitation to have a proxy debate with a 6 year old. Be careful though because you're currently in the territory of ageism and I
  21. Which we acquire more of everyday of our lives, from the first day onwards. Children too, it's just about figuring out where the milestones are and considering what they say charitably. Admittedly, if an adult had responded to that question in the same way I'd not have been impressed but as a parent you've got to be able to see the forest for the trees and figure out what is wise or intelligent depending on stages of development. An example might be; it's not impressive for a 20 year old to tell me that the square root of 81 is 9, but it's very impressive if it comes from a three yea
  22. I was at the park with my son today. Last night he'd been asking his mother some really big questions. Why are we here? What does it all mean? Why do we have to have blood when it's so messy? Things like that. He is almost 7 now, if you're familiar with CDP, you'll be aware that around his age, we start to form the cognitive faculties we need to be able to utilise logic. So I asked him today "What do you think the meaning of life is? Answer honestly, I won't judge what you say." His response was this; "To do everything that you can live with." So what little wisdom ge
  23. Good point. That being said; if there had been evidence of voter fraud specifically (not foreign interference as that takes place on social media) would Hilary Clinton have went about the legal routes in the same manner as Trump? Probably not, but then since voter fraud was a non-issue in both cases, it doesn't really matter what a reasonable person would do if they justifiably suspected fraud. As it is, the reaction of MAGA toward the results have been extremely corrosive. Raffensperger, the election chief in Georgia was a Trump support and still purports to be, yet he is now a pariah in
  24. Most groups enjoy testing the newbie. Not putting them down. I was the newbie here a few months ago and had similar feelings as yourself then. I took a hiatus and asked the moderators to suspend my account for a month. Which meant I could just be a fly on the wall and observe how people interact and engage on here. For example; me and INow butted heads and I even told them to "fuck off" at one point. Since being able to observe their responses without any bias of them being directed at me, while I can recognise that me and INow both have conversation styles that can be construed as abrasi
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