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  • Are Angels Slaves

    05/25/2018 11:07:16 AM PDT · 33 of 40
    alexander_busek to Georgia Girl 2; caww
    Angels were created a little lower than humans.


    Chapter and Verse, please!


  • Are Angels Slaves

    05/24/2018 10:39:27 PM PDT · 7 of 40
    alexander_busek to Hoosier-Daddy
    Are Angels Slaves

    That is a so-called "Complex Question."

    A complex question, trick question, multiple question or plurium interrogationum (Latin, "of many questions") is a question that has a presupposition that is complex. The presupposition is a proposition that is presumed to be acceptable to the respondent when the question is asked. The respondent becomes committed to this proposition when he gives any direct answer. The presupposition is called "complex" because it is a conjunctive proposition, a disjunctive proposition, or a conditional proposition. It could also be another type of proposition that contains some logical connective in a way that makes it have several parts that are component propositions.


    But you should first define your terms.

    1. Define "angel." (I.e., what is your definition of "angel?")

    2. Define "slave." (I.e., what is your definition of "slave?")

    Then and only then, you can attempt to definitively establish whether angels even exist or not.

    Only then is it worthwhile to attempt determine the answer(s) to your question.


  • Alleged shooter at Texas high school spared people he liked, court document says

    05/19/2018 3:44:01 AM PDT · 35 of 45
    alexander_busek to Pontiac
    Anyone who believes that hasn’t paid attention to news reports of the lives of the ‘famous’.

    You neglected to read the footnote at the bottom of my post.


  • A Double Murder From 1987 Was Just Solved Thanks To The Genealogy Website Used For...

    05/19/2018 3:30:01 AM PDT · 103 of 125
    alexander_busek to MondoQueen
    I have traced my family back two thousand years. It’s amazing how many people I’m related to, and I haven’t found any disreputable characters yet !

    I've traced my ancestry back (and sideways, i.e., I've also tried to register collateral relatives, like the brothers and sisters of my g-g-g-g-grandparents, and their descendants) a mere six generations - and my "tree" nevertheless contains some 5,000 names. (I estimate that perhaps 20% have "fallen through the cracks" - but I'm no statistician: It could also be as much 80%.)

    In that tree, I've found documentary evidence (newspaper reports dating back to the first decade of the 20th century, etc.) of all kinds of micreants. And those are only the ones I've found and documented. There are probably many more whose sins - though public knowledge at the time - I have been unable to "recover." And probably many, many more whose misdeeds were never discovered.

    So I think it very bold of you to make such a claim!

    Even only among your living third-cousins, I'm sure that you have one or two felons. If we extend our view to encompass your (living) 5th- and 6th-cousins, you are likely to have at least one murderer.

    If you've really traced your family back two thousand years (which is patently ludicrous), then you should realize that the decendants of those original progenitors probably include something like 90% of all the people currently living in Europe and North America.

    No "disreputable characters," really? It is to laugh!


  • A Double Murder From 1987 Was Just Solved Thanks To The Genealogy Website Used For...

    05/19/2018 3:15:47 AM PDT · 101 of 125
    alexander_busek to kiltie65
    Exciting development, but a whole lot less people will be contributing a vial of spit to Ancestry, com, etc. There have been warnings up before about not handing over your DNA willy nilly as down the road it could be a “gotcha”.

    Too late! They already have all the DNA they will ever need.

    I would venture to say that, by now, there is hardly anyone left in the U.S.A. who doesn't have at least a single 3rd-cousin whose DNA has been registered.

    As explained in the article, all it takes is an approximate match with the DNA of one or two 3rd-cousins for the police to be able to say, "The murderer is to be found amongst this extended family of, say, 100 persons."

    Then, all they have to do is approach a few of them and explain, "Someone in your clan is guilty of murder. Wouldn't you like to help us out with a saliva sample?" That means that then they've got even more DNA to go on - perhaps that of a 2nd- or even first-cousin, now. Now they've narrowed the investigation to a single family. And so on...


  • Why Are So Many Female Teachers Having Affairs With Their Students?

    05/18/2018 11:37:46 PM PDT · 83 of 112
    alexander_busek to Fhios
    As for the article, it offers very little scientific observations but rather keeps pointing towards moralistic shortcoming as judged by the author rather than a physiological or psychological basis for behavior.


    “As for the men looking back and remembering how willing they’d have been, they should ponder Edna St. Vincent Millay’s line, ‘Pity me that the heart is slow to learn What the swift mind beholds at every turn.’ However one feels emotionally, a mature intellect intervenes and understands that the ‘heart is deceitful above all things.'”

    Yeah, most hot-blooded teenage boys look to Edna St. Vincent Millay when faced with a moral dilemma!

    Edna St. Vincent Millay's line completely lacks relevance to the supposed scenario: Even a swift mind does not see any unacceptable drawback for the boy - at least in comparison with the obvious bennies for a boy in his late teens of being seduced by an attractive teacher in her mid-20s. Any (long-term, subsequent) disadvantages are outweighed by the (immediate) advantages. Sure, it's tawdry, but the age difference is not a "knock-out criterion." The woman is demonstrating that she is emotionally immature - but so what? If it weren't for the social disapproval and legal sanctions, the woman could not be described as "reckless." She is not manifesting any "crazy" behavior - only callowness.

    Being exploited by a worn-out, burnt-out teacher nearing menopause (possibly divorced, possibly with teenage children of her own), however, begins to look like real predation, like real sickness.


  • Alleged shooter at Texas high school spared people he liked, court document says

    05/18/2018 11:16:17 PM PDT · 30 of 45
    alexander_busek to Simon Green
    I recall a poll of high school students a few years back which asked them what they wanted out of life if they could have anything. The number one answer wasn't love, education, a career, or money. It was being famous.

    Because "being famous" will get you: "love," a "career," and money.*


    * Please note the quotation marks around "love" and "career."

  • NC restaurant's new dress code upsetting some customers

    05/17/2018 11:41:13 AM PDT · 36 of 90
    alexander_busek to forgotten man
    Anybody caught wearing a baseball cap on backwards while talking on cell phone with food in mouth will be ejected spends a night in the box.


  • There’s no cost to white people who call 911 about black people. There should be. (2 bucket hurl)

    05/17/2018 9:34:18 AM PDT · 16 of 43
    alexander_busek to Cubs Fan
    I wonder if the author of this article would agree to a little deal with me:

    I am willing to pay the author $50,000 for every time last year in the U.S. that a White person falsely called the police to accuse a Black person of some violent crime - provided the author pays me $1,000 for every time that a White person justifiably (because he was guilty) called the police to accuse a Black person of some violent crime.


    In fact, I'll go one better: Same conditions, but with a Black person calling the police to accuse a Black person of committing a violent crime.


  • '**** the NRA' Candidate Doesn't Know a Thing About Guns, But Does Know What It's Like to Drive(T)

    05/17/2018 9:27:23 AM PDT · 29 of 45
    alexander_busek to IYAS9YAS
    At least I've seen them dump 30 rounds in just under 3 seconds, and dump 100 rounds in about 10 seconds.

    Well, an Olympic-class sprinter can run a mile in about 4 minutes, so by your logic, he should be able to run a hundred miles in 400 minutes, right?


  • How the rich fuel climate change

    05/17/2018 9:21:49 AM PDT · 13 of 22
    alexander_busek to robroys woman
    What’s kinda comical is that the percentage of CO2 in the atmospheres of Venus and Mars are almost identical.

    While it is true that the atmospheres of Venus and Mars have the same percentage of carbon dioxide, with regards to the Greenhouse Effect, the fact that Venus' atmospher is about 90 times denser than Earth's, and 15 THOUSAND times denser than Mars', is more significant.

    Also the fact that Venus gets 4 or 5 times as much sunlight per sq. cm.

    Please leave us Venusians and Martians out of your petty Earthling squabbles!


  • Sprawling opium poppy field found in Northern California

    05/16/2018 8:59:03 PM PDT · 50 of 60
    alexander_busek to TigersEye
    Ornamental Poppies (Papaver orientale) are the same species as the Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) [...]

    You are contradicting yourself.

    In the binominal nomenclature of Linnaeus, the first part is the generic name (i.e., the name of the Genus), and the second part is the specific name (i.e., the name of the Species).

    Hence: Homo sapiens is one species, and Homo erectus is a different species.

    The same applies here with the poppy species you cite.


  • Police: Golf champ's wife attacked him after he bombed at tournament

    05/16/2018 7:39:29 AM PDT · 32 of 57
    alexander_busek to Red Badger
    The deputies wrote in their report that she resisted them and refused to get into the back seat of a squad car by trying “to tense her body and blocking herself from sitting down in the car.”

    "I routinely 'tense' my body and 'block myself' from being pushed into the back of squad cars. That is always a sure-fire way to exaspirate the police, and delays the booking procedure by hours," said no arrestee ever!

    Sounds like she needed a nightstick shampoo.


  • A Marine explains which state would win if the US declared war on itself

    05/13/2018 4:30:21 AM PDT · 7 of 158
    alexander_busek to Vaquero
    NY and NE would roll over and present itself for mercy.

    You comparing New York state with Nebraska?! Really?!


  • Woman kicked off United flight in Houston after man complains of 'pungent odor'

    05/13/2018 2:43:02 AM PDT · 118 of 125
    alexander_busek to lastchance
    I made my husband switch coffees because to me the one he used to drink smelled like cat pee.

    Did he change to Kopi Luwak coffee?

    Because that is, essentially, cat poo.


  • Afternoon Eruption Update – New Fissure, Lower Puna Vacation Rentals

    05/13/2018 12:16:39 AM PDT · 21 of 23
    alexander_busek to texas booster
    So far no effects on flights to the Big Island or to other Hawaiian islands.

    May I ask:

    Are you referring to volcanic activity (lava flows - but also ash in the atmosphere) interfering with air traffic - or do you mean lower demand for seats in aircraft (attributable, e.g., to "spooked" tourists)?


  • Former Obama Officials Suggest European States Expel U.S. Ambassadors Over Iran Deal Withdrawal

    05/12/2018 12:30:40 AM PDT · 31 of 47
    alexander_busek to BenLurkin
    “swaggering hesitation” is oxymoronic.

    Leaped right into my face, too.


  • Steyer: We Need to Impeach Trump Before He Becomes as Bad as Hitler

    05/12/2018 12:22:48 AM PDT · 46 of 82
    alexander_busek to MarvinStinson
    "[Hillary] really is an incredibly skillful and talented communicator. She really is, which Hitler was, too," Steyer said. "I think the reason people push back against the Hitler comparison, regardless of any similarities, is Hitler ended up killing millions and millions of people, and Hillary has shown a disregard for our law, she breaks the law … But she hasn't killed millions of people."

    Any reason one couldn't just as blithely claim that?


  • Male Student Accuses Female Student of Sexual Assault. She Says He Wanted Revenge

    05/12/2018 12:16:06 AM PDT · 12 of 35
    alexander_busek to HANG THE EXPENSE
    Reap what they have sewn sown.

    From "to sow" (= "to seed") - not from "to sew" (= "to mend with needle and thread").


  • California flower town wrestles with odor amid shift to marijuana

    05/10/2018 8:03:44 PM PDT · 54 of 61
    alexander_busek to Oldeconomybuyer
    “If people want to grow cannabis instead of flowers or avocados or macadamia nuts - I suppose that’s their right. But they’ve got to think about their neighbors.”

    Think about their neighbors - and then... What? Forego their right?

    That statement makes no sense.