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Interesting comments 3 on 4/18/2018 9:01:50 AM

The roasting of Steve, a comment on Prophecy

 

Based on the very juvenile dialogue and poor sentence structure, I'm guessing this was written by someone in their mid-teens. If that's the case, there are some interesting ideas and somewhat humorous scenes. If you can fight through the roughly 3000 examples of toilet humor, there's some entertainment value to be had here. 

If it was written by an adult, I'd have to say I'm underwhelmed.

-- nogard42 on 2/18/2018 4:07:22 AM with a score of 0


Thoughts on gun control on 4/17/2018 10:49:00 PM

Yeah I was wrong, I only saw a portion of the quote and assumed Jesus said it. 


Thoughts on gun control on 4/17/2018 10:48:23 PM

Whoops you're right. I guess that's what I get for not looking up the entire quote. 


Thoughts on gun control on 4/17/2018 10:37:35 PM

Also there's a passage where Jesus explicitly tells his disciples to kill his enemies. 

http://biblehub.com/luke/19-27.htm 


Thoughts on gun control on 4/17/2018 10:19:30 PM

Jesus also whipped Jewish moneylenders he found in his temple, so a bit of a contradiction there. 


Thoughts on gun control on 4/17/2018 8:50:41 PM

Yeah I that's true. The problem for me is that this kind of thing happened while my dad was still in college- that's pretty recent if you think about it, and it's still responsible for a lot of the political divisions in Korea. 

I can't really speak as to the success of violent vs.peaceful methods, all I know is that some have worked one way or the other. I read about the Velvet Revolution in AP Euro though. 

Yeah it was ultimately non-violent protest that led to reform but I can't stomach the idea of innocent civilians being shot and beaten without a chance to even fight back. 


Thoughts on gun control on 4/17/2018 8:19:22 PM

How are citizens supposed to achieve success in that sort of uprising if they don't have access to guns?

The dictatorship originated before the Korean War, when America occupied the southern half of the peninsula. Syngman Rhee was just as bad, if not worse than the other dictatorships. At the very least the other dictators oversaw economic rise and overall improvement of the country, Rhee did none of those things. He had 100,000-200,000 suspected leftists killed, blatantly arrested opposition politicians, and was generally pretty shit. 


Thoughts on gun control on 4/17/2018 7:53:54 PM

I think the point about government is legitimate though. Sometimes the only way to achieve democracy and political rights is through force of arms by citizens. In (south) Korea we had a series of dictators who repressed freedom of speech and had numerous human rights violations until it came to a boiling point and people started arming themselves to overthrow the government. Unfortunately this failed but I think there could have been a bigger impact if the citizens had been armed. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Uprising

 

 


Thoughts on gun control on 4/13/2018 9:43:19 PM

I know, I'm generalizing for the sake of hyperbole.  


Thoughts on gun control on 4/13/2018 9:13:10 PM

Seeing how it's a hot topic nowadays I figure it's a good idea to start up a thread here about whether to keep or ban guns. 

Personally I think guns are a necessary evil, as there needs to be a method to effectively resist the potential overreach of the government.