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The Z. commented
Tom, your candor is both pleasing and appreciated. I think we are past poking at each other for such trifles as logical fallacies and the like; we are, as you have occasionally pointed out and I concur, examples of erudite discourse despite the disparity of our views... or maybe more significantly, because of it. I … Read more
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The Z. answered Society Scars' question

An unassociated presumption on a misapprehension.

If Jesus is the son of God, which  God? Christian dogma proclaims that would be Yahweh, aka the God of Abraham; there is no accounting in Hindu beliefs (nor any other faith other than Christianity) for Jesus being the scion of any of their deities.

Lord Shiva, as found in Hinduism, … Read more

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The Z. thanked Walter The Grump's answer

Absolutely. I always carry and I know how to fight/defend myself. Today I busted a meth head and he tried to run, and resist. I applied a pressure point and slammed him to the ground. He screamed like a sissy. I would be a bad target for some dumb crook.

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The Z. answered Society Scars' question

Winning 5 grand would be taxed at a flat rate of 25% (28% in some cases) plus, if you are a resident of one of the 39 states that levies local taxes on prize winnings, you could be kissing an additional 8-12% bye-bye.

So, the real question is what would you do with the $3100-$3750 … Read more

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The Z. thanked Toxic Hairball's answer

Maybe a finer point on who this "we" is.

Humans invented their religions to serve some purpose, that it lingered so long must have filled some need, given some type of reward.

Ever wonder what that need is intended to be and who exactly reaped the reward?  Look hard at any major religion or religious … Read more

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The Z. answered Anonymous' question

I feel strongly that alien life does exist somewhere out in the vast universe, perhaps in many places.

Just as likely that some worlds that once supported life underwent mass extinctions (as earth has done on at least five occasions) by any of a number of causes, and became devoid of life.