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  • Should military spending be increased?

    @1Hacker0,

    Actually no, there are not relatively less pirates today than in History.  The fact is...and it's a hard pill to swallow, is that we live in a very sheltered world where problems like Piracy just don't seem to exist because they don't affect us directly.  It's very unfortunate that people think this way, but we live behind a veil that few ever have the opportunity to see past and most of those who do still only see it from a controlled perspective.  The reality is that Piracy is real, it's big, there are more pirates and instances of piracy happening in today's world than ever before and it's steadily rising.

    I think most of this misunderstanding comes from the idea that piracy (During the Golden Age of Piracy) was some booming industry that resulted in hundreds or thousands of ships being plundered.  In all actuality, most Pirate crews during that time didn't overtake more than 8 ships each year and only the famous and notoriously efficient Pirates took more than that which still only equated to around 12 ships each year.  Black Bart (Bartholomew Roberts) was considered to be the most successful Pirate of all time and his record was 400 ship captures from 1719 - 1722.  His average was just about 100 ships each year and that was while he commanded 4 ships, one of which was the most heavily armed Pirate ship to ever sail during the Golden Age of Piracy.  No other Pirate ever came close to his record so that gives you an idea of how many ships total were overtaken by pirates back then.


    http://www.thewayofthepirates.com/piracy-history/modern-piracy/
    https://www.cnbc.com/2014/09/15/worlds-most-pirated-waters.html


    1Hacker0walterba
  • Cannabis

    This is why the government made weed illegal:
    Q: Who do we hate?
    A: Blacks, hippies, and Mexicans.
    Q: What stereotype do they all have in common?
    A: They do drugs.
    Q: What drugs?
    A: Mexicans and hippies weed. Blacks do heroin.
    Q: How can we use this to our advantage?
    A: Mexicans and blacks are stereotypically violent, but hippies are anti-war. But since they do weed like Mexicans we can criminalize them too.

    Don't believe me? Here is an actual quote:
    "You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

    Yup. This was an actual quote from the people who made weed illegal themselves. Link:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nixon-drug-war-racist_us_56f16a0ae4b03a640a6bbda1

    They tried to get scientific support to ban weed, but couldn't find anything wrong with weed. That was when they began the propaganda campaign against weed. 

    Weed has caused zero reported deaths, unlike alcohol and tobacco. The government still supporting the law that made weed illegal is pretty racist against Mexicans, due to the fact that they have no evidence, but the racist propaganda that was made. 

    I think weed should be illegal for kids since there is actual valid evidence that it messes up the brain development process, and causes memory problems, but for adults, it should be fully legal. It isn't even that addictive.
    ErfisflatSilverishGoldNova
  • Cannabis

    @passedbill There is no evidence that cannabis is harmful, that's just an excuse to keep marijuana illegal and the actual dangerous drugs legal. On the contrary there is a ton of proof that it is beneficial, but of course we have to protected by being put in a giant cage if we dare stop taking pharmaceuticals
    ErfisflatWoodenWood
  • The earth is flat

    @SilverishGoldNova I don't get it, if you really think Coveny a troll then stop responding to him.
    Coveny
  • The earth is flat

    CovenySilverishGoldNova
  • The earth is flat

    @Erfisflat What evidence is there for a flat Earth besides a fantasy book about a sky monster?
    SilverishGoldNovaErfisflatCoveny
  • Abortion should be illegal in non life threatening situations

    @1Hacker0, I agree entirely that Abortion should never cost the taxpayers a cent unless it's in the case of Rape.  I would have no issue if a fraction of my taxes were taken to support safe and healthy alternatives to Rape Pregnancies (Abortion).  However the idea that a fetus isn't considered a life form before the third trimester is exactly as you say it is, "Considered".  This term is indicative that the idea is not a fact, it is merely a belief.  So we're stuck at the impass of two or more beliefs which contradict each other.  Now I for one believe that everyone's belief (No matter how ideal or contrary it is to my own) deserves to be heard and considered...but I also believe that if we're going to agree as a Nation as to what something ought to be then we're going to have to take it out of the hands of those who are making these choices.  Government should not choose what ought to be, the people should.
    1Hacker0
  • The Most Persecuted Religion In The World

    @agsr

    I agree with the Holocaust part, but actually Jewish people never served as slaves to the Egyptians, they found evidence to the contrary, the Israelites were paid quite well and were provided housing relatively near the pyramids so they could rest after work. That is why the pyramids are such masterpieces because people with architectural skills were the ones who built the pyramids. (If they were built by slaves, the pyramids would be falling apart.)
    JuicyMelonTech
  • Hate crimes

    @THEDENIER How do hate crimes make murder seem more acceptable? People on both the right and left adamantly oppose any racial violence, with the exceptions of a very small number of radicals on both sides (BLM leadership is every bit as racist as the alt-right). Trump supporters will deny his promoting violence, not defend it. While they may be wrong to deny it, that's far better than promoting and justifying it. Don't let the media trick you into thinking that the actions of a few define how people are thinking. The alt-right and alt-left are getting tons of media attention despite making up extremely small minorities within their own respective sides of the political spectrum. The average American is disgusted with racial violence, and when they defend a guy who does it, they'll deny that it happened, not defend racial violence itself. I know plenty of Trump supporters, some of whom are a little racist, others who aren't but even the ones who are racist are completely against racial violence. Racial violence isn't growing that rapidly, its actually very low compared to where it was historically. What is growing is media coverage of racial violence (see any American history textbook, read the section from the civil war up into the 90's). Racial violence never went away, it just got to the point where it wasn't a big part of our culture. Its becoming part of our culture now, not because its happening more often, but because of media sensationalism when it does happen.
    THEDENIER said:
    In this era of the rise of the alt-right and acceptance of borderline racism, we need to be especially careful to bite any racist criminal movements in the bud.

    Shouldn't we try to bite any movement which is inherently criminal in the bud?
    THEDENIER said:
    we need to avoid all out killing sprees of minorities. I believe the real issue here is how much a crackdown will help. Harsher punishments have not always yielded a decrease in crime. At this point, what we need most is to make it clear that crimes of hate will be absolutely unacceptable.

    Shouldn't we avoid all out killing sprees of anyone? Why is minority life so much more precious than other forms of life? No person, regardless of minority status or lack thereof should be subjected to killing sprees. Harsher punishments sometimes do and sometimes don't reduce crime, but whether that's the way to crack down or not, I see no reason to focus our anti-crime efforts on hate crime any more than other crime. What we need to make clear is that ANY behavior that is by nature criminal (by nature means they are actually criminal in orientation, as opposed to drug possession which is only criminal because of what some human wrote on paper) is absolutely unacceptable whether hate was the motive or not.
    Erfisflat
  • Hate crimes

    @SilverishGoldNova I would say no, you also have greed crimes, like people robbing for a living because they need the money to support themselves or a family. Not justifying this, but it is a different motive than any form of hate. With that being said, the term hate crime, given the definition of hate, should encompass a wider variety of crimes than it does. Additionally you also have "false crimes" which are legally listed as crimes but aren't criminal in nature, such as marijuana possession, but then again, its debatable whether crime should really be used to describe that at all.
    SilverishGoldNovajoecavalry

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