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by Hundovir
January 26th, 2010, 6:03 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Mail and the Devil
Replies: 26
Views: 5004

Re: The Mail and the Devil

I have a question for you. If there is no evil and no good, and behaviour is a matter of relativity, what's the point of having the Declaration of Human Rights? There are no natural rights either. They are human inventions. The point of a declaration is, presumably, to act as an inspirarion for act...
by Hundovir
January 25th, 2010, 3:05 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Mail and the Devil
Replies: 26
Views: 5004

Re: The Mail and the Devil

The label of evil takes away our responsibility to see what we might have done for these boys and this family prior to things getting the way they have. To label someone as evil merely allows us to deflect the light away from our own capacity for violence and our own cupability as a society. There ...
by Hundovir
January 25th, 2010, 8:21 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Mail and the Devil
Replies: 26
Views: 5004

Re: The Mail and the Devil

The label of evil takes away our responsibility to see what we might have done for these boys and this family prior to things getting the way they have. To label someone as evil merely allows us to deflect the light away from our own capacity for violence and our own cupability as a society. There ...
by Hundovir
January 24th, 2010, 11:34 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: E-Prime
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: E-Prime

BLASPHEMER!!!

Seriously, have you actually tried proper single malt?
by Hundovir
January 24th, 2010, 11:27 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: E-Prime
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: E-Prime

Marian wrote:Pedantism rules!
I think you'll find that should be "pedantry rules!" :laughter:
by Hundovir
January 24th, 2010, 11:25 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: MMR The Facts NHS leaflet. Fact or conjecture?
Replies: 55
Views: 4888

Re: MMR The Facts NHS leaflet. Fact or conjecture?

Ikiru wrote:Working in a hospital myself... (and I have an irrational fear of needles myself).
So. When you were at school. Good careers advisor was he?
by Hundovir
January 24th, 2010, 8:28 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: E-Prime
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: E-Prime

Not heard of Ardbeg before. Laphroaig and its friend Lagavulin are good. Have you tried my favourite, Talisker? They make Ardbeg on Islay. I find it reminiscent of Laphroaig's peaty/iodine/medicinal flavours, but not nearly as pronounced, and with a deep honey sweetness. Others I have enjoyed over ...
by Hundovir
January 24th, 2010, 12:08 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: E-Prime
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: E-Prime

Trinoc wrote:Should old[---][/---]
acquaintance be forgot and
never brought to mind

Naah! Scottish haiku is like Japanese whisky!
:laughter:

I've never had Japanese whisky, but I'm led to believe that some of it is rather good. (Suntory?)

Ardbeg and Laphroaig for me please.
by Hundovir
January 24th, 2010, 7:41 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: E-Prime
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: E-Prime

@ Ikiru

Couldn't Burns's poem be "haiku-ised" (punctuation etc) fairly easily and still be essentially the same?

My love:
A red, red rose
Newly sprung in June...


ETA: there you go, the opening line is a haiku itself, complete with season word!
by Hundovir
January 23rd, 2010, 10:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Haiti
Replies: 34
Views: 2153

Re: Haiti

And the journalists? Or is it only religious people who shouldn't take up the places?

ETA: Sorry, it's not about places, it's about "useful people".

And the journalists?
by Hundovir
January 23rd, 2010, 9:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Haiti
Replies: 34
Views: 2153

Re: Haiti

Ridiculous. Each quack/preacher going over there is taking the place of a doctor. Each one of those infernal squarking bibles is taking a meal away from a child. If there is only one flight and there are only 100 seats on the flight, and 50 seats are taken by preachers, then only 50 seats are avail...
by Hundovir
January 23rd, 2010, 8:21 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: E-Prime
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: E-Prime

I find one loss in e-prime: where "normal English" might use what appears as "e-prime" language as a deliberate form of understatement. Understatement in such cases implies the use of stronger "absolutist" language as a point of contrast. I commonly use this kind of understatement, sometimes sarcas...
by Hundovir
January 23rd, 2010, 2:59 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 95763

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

@ Marian: Sorry for the delayed reply. I'll address a couple of points. Ok, you say that not liking something is the justification. What if I like murdering people? Does that make it ok? I suspect you are implying "does that make it morally good?" I've already said that I believe such language is su...
by Hundovir
January 23rd, 2010, 12:53 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: E-Prime
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: E-Prime

Trinoc wrote:Some statements are statements of fact, so dressing them up as opinions or conditionals can be* misleading.

[* For instance, how could I have avoided "can be" or "is" there without descending into pointless verbiage?]
"Dressing them up as opinions can mislead."
by Hundovir
January 22nd, 2010, 10:03 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Our very own countdown thread!
Replies: 5486
Views: 312029

Re: Our very own countdown thread!

996,710 My husband used to play badminton with Douggie Vipond. He was shite, apparently And so is some people's counting. :hilarity: Fia's post: 996709 lewist's post should have been 996708, but he was quoting my post (996712) so mistakenly made his post 996711 so getreals' post should have been 99...
by Hundovir
January 22nd, 2010, 9:17 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: detecting bombs in Iraq
Replies: 12
Views: 1296

Re: detecting bombs in Iraq

Procurement? Is that the word?

Whoever was in charge of the procurement of these items needs to be court-martialed.

Seriously.
by Hundovir
January 22nd, 2010, 8:28 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Once you've 'had' a deity .....
Replies: 926
Views: 125835

Re: Once you've 'had' a deity .....

Speaking of the "homosexual agenda," welcome to the insane world of Jack Chick: http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1052/1052_01.asp For those who have never heard of this guy: no, this is not a joke. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_T._Chick Unfortunately, I have known of Chick Tracts since the m...
by Hundovir
January 22nd, 2010, 6:15 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: National Association of Muslim Police
Replies: 25
Views: 2568

Re: National Association of Muslim Police

Alan H wrote:In the Met, there are so many groups, they now have an umbrella group
Are you sure you've got this right? I should have thought that was more likely to be a group of civil servants or bankers or something. Affiliated with the "pinstripe group" aren't they?
by Hundovir
January 22nd, 2010, 6:11 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Once you've 'had' a deity .....
Replies: 926
Views: 125835

Re: Once you've 'had' a deity .....

the homosexual agenda? :laughter: Oh yes Marian - one of many: I refer you to the thread Pulling the Plug on Atheism? and two of my posts on this very issue. Ignore these agendas at your peril. :laughter: Last week, the Bishop of Exeter wrote about “a secret secular Humanist agenda” ! They're nasty...
by Hundovir
January 21st, 2010, 10:17 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: One letter off movies
Replies: 191
Views: 15778

Re: One letter off movies

Star Warts - interstellar viruses

The Tent Commandments - Boy Scouts camping instructional video

The African Queer - Humphrey Bogart in a method-acting classic.

Apocalypse Snow - documentary on the UK's big freeze in Jan. 2010