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    KentuckyFriedCruelty.com

    For every animal you don't eat, I'll eat three.
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    How to build a custom Windows XP ISO

    Check out some of the stuff on The Elder Geek. You can create a slipstreamed SP2 CD, and I'm sure once you learn how to do this, you can apply it to do whatever you feel like.
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    hard drive help!

    For defragging, there are a number of tools you can find that will defrag faster than the Windows defrag utility. However, many of these cost money, so if this is an issue, you will have to hunt harder or put up with the Windows utility. If you are worried about a hard drive failure, find out what kind of hard drive you have (you might have to open the case), and go to the manufacturer's website. You should be able to find some sort of tool to check your drive. It will be able to do what scandisk will do, but it can also sometimes tell you if the hard drive is close to failure, or if something could lead to its failure. Remember, always have a backup of your data. When trouble does come, you don't want to lose your music collection, all of your digital photos, etc. An external hard drive or server backup is probably the best option, but if you are short on cash, just use CDs/DVDs, or a gmail account to back up your most important files.
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    ID Banned as an Alternate theory to Evolution

    What's wrong with intelligent design? I think its a great theory. I see an effort to crack down on religion behind all of this. Why can't it be accepted that God created the world? Don't tell me its a matter of faith. If you believe in science, you have faith that science is right, that the scientists performing this research are competent for their job, and that they show no bias whatsoever. [Edited by - sSimontis on December 21, 2005 6:58:31 AM]
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    I want a pony

    And people will still think that labor unions are a good thing. If only they could fire them all, and get some people who actually want to work to take their place. Labor unions allow unskilled workers who shouldn't have their job to keep it. That's it. It screws everyone over, and this is just one more piece of proof. I would like to walk around the subways after the strike is over with a microphone. I want to walk up to random people, and ask them what they believe about labor unions now that they have seen the damage they can cause.
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    Arms Control

    Guns are a last resort. The Constitution states that the government is for the people, by the people. If the government doesn't do its job correctly, it us up to the people to change the government. What if normal means don't work? What if the only choice is revelution? If I had to revolt against my government because it had gone horribly corrupt, I would want a gun. If the government can protect me from bad people, why can't I protect myself? Isn't this hypocrisy? You can't defend yourself, but we can. What if I don't trust the government to protect me from all threats? They can't be with me 24/7. What if the government isn't there? If you are robbed, what will stop the criminal faster? A police car driving to your house at 80MPH, or a bullet travelling at 800MPH? No one said guns even had to be for self defense in the first place. Shooting is a really fun hobby. And when it does come to self defense, it is better to have a gun and never need it then to need one and be without it. And why do criminals have guns? Because they are criminals! And I don't trust my government to maintain a complete arms ban. If they did, the criminals would find some way around it. If all these people can cross the border illegaly, what is to stop them from bringing a few guns along? Gun control is a bad idea. As citizens, we have a right to defend ourselves. If onily the government has guns, I see that as a sign of oppression. And if you still don't believe in the right to bear arms, check out Amazing Beliefs.
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    Arms Control

    Remember, only a very small percentage of gun owners actually commit a crime. If you use the logic that guns should be banned since they are used in crimes, doctors shouldn't be allowed to practice because a very small percentage of doctors will be found guilty of malpractice. And cars kill more people than guns every year, so we should ban cars, and swimming pools, too. The gun is probably the most powerful thing on the planet. It has the power to defy logic. If you take the abstraction away from life, it is simply a series of trues and falses. A gun can turn a true into a false. If you don't have a gun, but someone else does, they can force you to live their way instead of you having the freedom to choose your life. Why do gun control supports want only the government to have guns? That seems like a symbol of oppression to me. And gun control doesn't really work anyways. Why does DC have one of the highest murder rates in the nation? Why do police officers in DC need to be armed to deal with armed criminals? Why does gun control continue? Because its supporters believe that if it hasn't worked yhet, we should keep trying on a bigger scale until it works. And it won't. It will leave us all victims to government oppression and violent criminals.
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    Iran Bans Western Music!!!

    Quote:Original post by silverphyre673 It's not what I'd be worried about right now, living in the United States [grin]. That guy is just insane. What a nut-job. I just hope he doesn't bust out the nukes... But yes, censorship == devil. Don't worry, Iran's leaders aren't insane until they believe Israel doesn't exist and that the Holocaust never happened. Wait a minute... Maybe they are raving mad.
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    I am going to destroy india.

    Try asking to speak to a manager. Or just wait a few hours and see if the problems resolve.
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    McCain Caves On Torture

    Quote:Original post by Promit Quote:Original post by sSimontis I just realized I have something I bookmarkedwhich shows that a decent number of people do approve of torture. So maybe us right wing nutjobs are actually on to something. Popular does not equate to right or justified. Yes, but one of the founding principles of democracy is majority rule. It is thought that the majority will be right in most circumstances. But the minority still has the right to become the majority at any time.
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    McCain Caves On Torture

    I just realized I have something I bookmarkedwhich shows that a decent number of people do approve of torture. So maybe us right wing nutjobs are actually on to something.
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    McCain Caves On Torture

    Quote:Original post by jfclavette Quote:Original post by sSimontis Just keep in mind the fact that it doesn't matter how we treat these terrorists. Will they care if we are nice to them? Come on, folks. They are beheading civillians and blowing themselves up. What's the point of fighting a civilizen war when your opponent won't, and trying to make it civilized will just make the war take more American lives? Don't tell me that torture will make them attack us more. If they say that, and you believe it, you are spreading their propoganda, you have become a useful idiot. They will continue their acts of terror until all of them are dead. If these were normal human beings, I would say that we should treat them with respect. But they aren't. There is a fine line between a human being and an abomination. If these were soldiers who were conscripted into an army, and only fighting because they would be killed by their dictator if they didn't, I would say to give them some rights. But this isn't the case. Of course the fact that dozens if not hundreds of those terrorists have been released/found not guilty doesn't change that. The fact that torture is only helpful in having them spit lies so they can be spared doesn't change that either. Good Luck America. Thinking like this, you will be first against the wall when the revolution comes. I don't agree with you. Sure, some have been found innocent. No need to torture every single detainee. Most of them might not have a clue about anything. They could have been brainwashed, they could have been an unlucky bystander, and so on. You want to torture those you know have information. If you have a guy planting a bomb at the site of a top secret meeting, you are going to want to find out how he knew about it. Someone had to have told him, or he knew where the information was himself. This isn't a traditional war. The terrorists have an underground army, we can't just go around bombing military structures. It's not that easy. Torture is a last option. When you know that someone has information, and they will not speak on their own free will, you don't have many options. You can torture him, or wait for more lives to be lost. Torture needs to have some restraints. I know nothing of militrary interrogation methods, so I can't say what is normally done and what is considered crossing the line. But as long as torture is considered crossing the line at some point, and as long as it is used only on individuals known to have information of value, it is fine.
  13. When you use the word "fair" in your argument, you have lost. Life isn't supposed to be "fair". There is no such thing as "fair". What is "fair" to one person is "unfair" to the next. There is no such thing as price gouging in a capitalist economy. You have no right to the gas. What happens is that you and the station agree to trade your money in order to use their pump for a specific ammount of gas. Therefore, you cannot demand a lower price. If you think that the price is too high at a gas station, you can pay it anyways, or find another station. If you can't find another station, you find some other way of transportation. You buy an electric car, you carpool, walk, ride your bike, take the bus, etc.
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    McCain Caves On Torture

    Just keep in mind the fact that it doesn't matter how we treat these terrorists. Will they care if we are nice to them? Come on, folks. They are beheading civilians and blowing themselves up. What's the point of fighting a civilized war when your opponent won't, and trying to make it civilized will just make the war take more American lives? Don't tell me that torture will make them attack us more. If they say that, and you believe it, you are spreading their propoganda, you have become a useful idiot. They will continue their acts of terror until all of them are dead. If these were normal human beings, I would say that we should treat them with respect. But they aren't. There is a fine line between a human being and an abomination. If these were soldiers who were conscripted into an army, and only fighting because they would be killed by their dictator if they didn't, I would say to give them some rights. But this isn't the case. [Edited by - sSimontis on December 19, 2005 6:03:06 PM]
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    Team Gamedev and SETI

    I just realized that SETI@Home Classic shut down two days ago, and that they have switched over to SETI BOINC now. My question is, what happened to Team Gamedev? We only have twelve people on the team, and not many of them seem to be active. Here's the link to Team Gamedev on BOINC.
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