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  1. Basstrap

    Osama Bin Laden is dead.

    by the way, looks like that MLK quote that has been going around is partly fake: After bin Laden’s Death, (Mostly) Fake MLK Quote Goes Viral - TIME NewsFeed not sayin', just sayin'
  2. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    Maybe I wouldn't miss every cut in government spending, but others would. Some have talked about cuts to women's shelters, for example. That would not directly impact me, but it would effect many vulnerable people out there, and for those minorities affected, I think a majority should come to...
  3. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    an awkward start for the NDP NDP deputy leader doubts bin Laden photos exist - Politics - CBC News
  4. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    He should be careful. Extreme cuts like what some are forecasting would certainly lead to a NDP government in 4 years.
  5. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    haha...someone should photoshop in some tongue!
  6. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    don't be so quick to say that a majority of Canadians voted for him, unless 39% is a majority. I think that 60% of the country should be able to hold this guy to account. Ignatieff also wanted Canada to stay on in a non-military capacity. How about everyone chill out and stop with the dire...
  7. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    I am tentatively alright with this, though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little wary of a conservative majority. I really do worry about what they will do with such a majority. But, I'm willing to be optimistic. The message I take from Canadians here is that we don't want any risky...
  8. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    perhaps we are seeing the near destruction of one of the founding parties of this country; the "Natural Ruling Party". So far, it looks like Ignatieff may not even win his riding! Neither may Duceppe. I'm very interesting in the outcome of all this
  9. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    wow...some very interesting shifts in the dynamic tonight as historical as it gets here in Canada
  10. Basstrap

    Osama Bin Laden is dead.

    Yeah, that is very frustrating, and perhaps short-sighted. I have no doubt, however, that they took the time to gather evidence sufficient to convince most naysayers. Or at least, I hope so. I make it my business to actively oppose most conspiracy theories, and that can be an unpopular business...
  11. Basstrap

    Osama Bin Laden is dead.

    Today I was thinking about the inevitable conspiracy theories that will spring from these claims. Now, if someone were to say that the US is lying about this, then they would have to consider the other possibilities. And when considering these possibilities, weigh the risks to the Obama...
  12. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    Gilles tries to smile.
  13. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    I agreed with you about Ignatieff, I thought for a while that he could be a great leader. Maybe somebody with good and interesting ideas. But, when he got into the Canadian political machine I think he found that it served to his advantage to try and not present himself as an intellectual (due...
  14. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    I don't think that the resistance to Ignatieff stems from an anti-intellectual movement. All the party leaders are academics after all. It's really as simple as not connecting with the people - not even really inspiring his base. In fact, I dare say that much of the NDP's recent popularity is...
  15. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    Well, this general election is certainly shaping up to be quite an interesting one. Polling done by the likes of Nanos and Ekos certainly needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but there is some indication that the NDP are nearing the Cons. Also, they have momentum...who knows what the results...
  16. Basstrap

    Canada heads to the polls

    Hey, guys, what do you make of the NDP surge? I'm really hoping for a shake up of Canadian political dynamic, and Jack Layton is positioned to do just that. Of course, it is extremely unlikely that he will become PM, but his gains recently are turning heads, and inspiring fear in all the other...
  17. Basstrap

    Donald Trump for President of the USA

    haha...Donald Trump! I have enough respect for the American public to know this guy will never be elected. Same goes for Palin. I know both of these characters are popular amongst a certain percentage of US citizens, but...come on. If Trump or Palin were elected president, I might just move...
  18. Basstrap

    U.S. and Allies Strike Libya

    I appreciated that Daily Beast article because of the optimism displayed in the quote you placed in bold, yolland. I take it for granted as well that the future of the Middle East is one that will not see delusional autocrats like Ghadaffi in power. Sure, it's good to be skeptical of the...
  19. Basstrap

    Is philosophy dead?

    Isn't that a very narrow view of philosophy? Surely materialism itself is a philosophical position? Metaphysical contemplation is but one application of philosophy yolland: there isn't much context in the book. It is a very poorly backed up proclamation. They basically say that philosophy has...
  20. Basstrap

    Humour in the Right Wing

    ehhhh...I don't know that the Corolla video above is showcasing a great argument. Some fairly impoverished views, actually, I would say
  21. Basstrap

    Is philosophy dead?

    There is a lot coming down the pipes in modern society. Technological advancements and scientific discoveries will almost certainly challenge what we think we know about ethics. It is already possible to control a rodent via neurological implants, effectively ridding it of its autonomy. And...
  22. Basstrap

    Is philosophy dead?

    there is nothing new under the sun, but surely we as a species haven't learned all there is to learn?
  23. Basstrap

    Is philosophy dead?

    Well, first off, how would you explain that? What are your thoughts? How would you define what it is to remember in this case? For myself, the idea that birth is but a forgetting is interesting and thought-inducing, and I think there may be a way of approaching it that is true. The sum of human...
  24. Basstrap

    Game of Thrones

    I read the first three books ages ago, and I loved them. Haven't read Feast For Crows yet, and I fear I will forget too much of what happened in the first three. By the by, you can watch the first 15 minutes at the Game of Thrones website.
  25. Basstrap

    Is philosophy dead?

    I'm pushing my way through The Metaphysics right now. Before that I had read Plato's The Republic and was stoked up for more. Plato was a much more accessible writer, though, his student is proving to be much more difficult. I have to read much slower, and even still I have to reread and...
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