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  1. Your thoughts? Personally, I find this law is a near neo-communistic deliberate devaluation of the individual will in favor of 'collective' wellbeing. A radical utilitarian approach (doing the most good for the maximum amount of people) even if this means violating some (minor? less important?) ethics along the way. Let me elaborate: This law means that anyone is automatically assumed to be available for donorship - unless you manually opt out. This means that all young adults, most of which are not very mentally occupied with the concept of death just yet (and therefore likely not to have opted 'in' or 'out), will be part of this group. This means that, in theory, an 18-year old who gets in a motorcycle accident will have his/her organs transplanted. Any wishes the parents or siblings may have about this are deemed irrelevant. What do you think? May it be worth to disregard this in favor of saving a life? Should donorship always be voluntary? What is the main 'source' of all these newly-required life-saving organs?
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    Nostalgia thread

    It's been a long while since we were greeted by this logo. On a very related note: what fills you with nostalgia? An old tune, TV show perhaps? Share it with us.
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    Man it's been a while

    I remember you. What's up?
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    The last person to post here wins

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    The last person to post here wins

    don't be so judgemental
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    Gun Control in the US

    On one hand, a gun is an object with an intended purpose. In this case, the purpose is (objectively) to kill. The same can be said for bows and swords, for example, although the latter two lack in 'efficiency' when it comes to the damage they can do within a set period of time. Indisputably, guns are more lethal than swords or bows, but not illegal in the U.S. for identical reasons (these reasons being hobbyism and sportsmanship). I'm personally not citing the second amendment because, in theory, the government is far too well-armed in both the aspects of physical weaponry and intelligence to be overthrown by loosely-organised local militias - although I completely understand the ethical value in preserving the individual in the face of tyranny and the wish to keep weaponry, even if it is just as a quasi-political statement. Ethically, the issue is complicated. Let's approach it from a utilitarian perspective, i.e. 'trying to achieve the maximum good for the maximum number of people'. I've been digging through some statistics and came across this, featured in the BBC (2016 article, data from 2012) This shows me two things: a.) Homicides in the U.S. are incredibly high in comparison to the other three countries. b.) The majority of these homicides are committed using guns. This, however, hasn't fully convinced me that making guns illegal won't cause at least a significant part of these murders to be committed using other tools. Besides that, simply comparing the non-gun homicides already shows a unusually large discrepancy when comparing the figures. Does anyone else have any data to support or deny this? How do we know the United States has a 'gun problem' and not a 'homicide problem'? I personally feel very conflicted on this issue.
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    Nostalgia thread

    I feel you there. If I remember correctly there were several studies linking smell to the ingraining of memories in the brain - certain smells can throw you right back. Yes. Don't want to sound like a grumpy elitist, but it sure seems like the vast majority forgot how to have fun when it doesn't directly involve XP/item rewards. Something about a carrot and a stick.
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    The last person to post here wins

    my hobbies include trying to synchronise when i fart with my toast popping out of the toaster
  9. Jebus. "You never leave Sal's" was a great meme, but it's true. It pulls you back periodically. What's up? dani r bare lolololol
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    Buying GP

    I'm offering 1gp for every 2gp. First come, first serve! PM me in game or leave a post here. Satisfied customers:
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    Got a dupe of this topic running at the OSRS forums, QFC 16-17-520-65724766.
  12. Okay so invention is coming, but consider this: you can start training it after reaching 80 in smithing, divination and crafting. So what does this mean for the milestone capes? That any milestone cape (even level 10) will therefore require level 80 in those skills? I'm super curious.
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    hi im new here

    hi m8
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    Gender Neutral Bathrooms

    Okay, let me put it differently so hopefully I can make myself clear. By even mentioning the group of people that are on Tumblr, the group that you described in the post before this, you're already creating the expectation that the entire group is like this. I'm not saying that's your intention, I'm saying that is what happens. It muddies the water by bringing in a group that is a very low proportion of the larger group of trans people. The way you wrote your original post you refer more to that group than the actual group - that's my issue. It's far less important than the time we actually spent on it, to be entirely fair. Then perhaps I am totally wrong and this is a sizeable group - but I'm also guessing that it's likely a byproduct of it being college-age (?) students. I would personally expect that a phase like that won't last very long, but I guess that's all just speculation. It's unfair of me to suggest the group doesn't exist just because I don't see it, because it's obviously a product of the culture. Fair point. I actually completely agree with you that this sentiment could very likely be a byproduct of the age category. This worries me, though, because even if it is, 'growing out of it' would not have any impact on the issue we're discussing. Then again, college bathrooms only have to cater to college students after all. I also feel the need to apologise for my first post, it wasn't really well-elaborated, which easily causes me to sketch the wrong picture. Throwing myself back on the actual issue in question, though, I think we should also elaborate on the outline this sets for the education of generations. Does this mean that, if we push gender-neutral bathrooms through, that this is what the students will be expecting in their future workplace? If so, I fear that it's only postponing a problem that'll have to be dealt with nation-wide. I personally think there's nothing wrong with gender-neutral bathrooms, as long as we respect the wishes of the gendered as well, though we have to consider that this reform could potentially be a stepping stone to more reform. Again, not inherently a bad thing, but something to consider nontheless.
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    Gender Neutral Bathrooms

    Before you cherry-pick my post, mind defining what the 'group' in question is that I'm misrepresenting? If you mean transsexuals in general, then sure, but that snarky one-liner of me wasn't intended for them. Within context, where I was referring to the Tumblr-esque hypetrain, I very much pointed it towards the actually deranged who decided it was okay to turn transsexualism and/or other variants into something to strengthen their own special-snowflake feeling. Without straying so far from the topic, when it comes to the bathroom question we agree with each other, right? Yeah, we agree with each other. And yes, that is the group I'm referring to. My issue is that it's a group of people that is a) tiny and b) is only used as a scarecrow argument. It just detracts from your argument because these people have nothing to do normal trans people and likely don't do anything besides make people angry. Not once have I met or heard of or read in the news about somebody in real life that is actually like this and has an effect on society, if you see what I mean. Right now I'm just confused as to what you're getting at. First you say I'm misrepresenting a group by saying so, then you refer to my one-liner as a scarecrow argument, but the group (which is now not misrepresented?) being too tiny. Honestly, there's a rather sizeable portion of them where I am either way. The base intention I had with that sentence is to jokingly illustrate how far certain groups of the population dare go, when believing their behavior is justified by political correctness and equality. The harsh thing that I wanted to light-heartedly portray is that, under the guise of doing the right thing, certain people abandon reasonable thought. While 'taco-kin' might be an example that is too extreme, there's plenty of quasi-ridiculousness to pick from. When I look at the percentage they make up in the classes that I teach, I think I'm more than justified in at least dropping a silly mention. Whether you hear about them in the news is something I deem near-irrelevant, because we're talking about an issue that'll be passed through a student body instead of a major political party as of now (though, when it comes to news, Fergusson/#BLM and similar equality-questions certainly have shed some light on the more extreme viewpoints of this faction). As much as you say that those people have nothing to do with actual trans people, they themselves tend to see that quite differently, as I suspect will be beautifully illustrated in student council discussions on matters like these, where they could possibly (as you've said) make some people very angry.
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    Gender Neutral Bathrooms

    Before you cherry-pick my post, mind defining what the 'group' in question is that I'm misrepresenting? If you mean transsexuals in general, then sure, but that snarky one-liner of me wasn't intended for them. Within context, where I was referring to the Tumblr-esque hypetrain, I very much pointed it towards the actually deranged who decided it was okay to turn transsexualism and/or other variants into something to strengthen their own special-snowflake feeling. Without straying so far from the topic, when it comes to the bathroom question we agree with each other, right?
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    omg its been ten years

    Sup mr Svensen.
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    Gender Neutral Bathrooms

    You're dismissing the problem as if it doesn't exist. I agree in that I don't think that gender-neutral bathrooms are strictly necessary - though I'm not against them and all for them if they are indeed that big a problem - there are certainly people who have trouble with their gender and gender-neutral bathrooms are one way of helping them. Your last sentence is dismissive in a way that doesn't contribute anything. I'm not dismissing the problem, I'm having trouble comprehending how this is a viable solution, possibly due to limited knowledge. Let's compare this to a different example: being wheelchair-bound. We don't remove stairs completely, but we make sure that areas remain accessible regardless. Now, why would we completely remove gender from bathroom stalls acting on the minority that encounters difficulties with it, when this creates issues for the gendered majority? I don't think gender-neutral bathrooms are a bad thing, but I think a campus-wide push for them is a bad option. What I think would be an agreeable solution would be certain designated gender-neutral bathrooms, accessible by the gender-neutral, but also avoidable (as in non-mandatory) for the gendered who'd feel uncomfortable.
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    Gender Neutral Bathrooms

    I'm so deeply confused. Why the sudden push for gender-neutral bathrooms? What is the actual problem that's being supposedly solved by doing this? I fear that, if anything, you'll make it a problem for the entirety of the student body by enforcing gender-neutral bathrooms campus-wide. I understand political correctness is 'in' right now, but not counting the Tumblr "I'm-a-minority-because-I-say-so" demographic, the actual number of people encountering difficulties is a rather small percentage. Either way, if you identify as taco-kin I personally don't think you should be in college anyway.
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    about permanent ban

    "I murdered people, but only three people! Of course they can lock me up in America, where I murdered people, but why would they also lock me up in Cuba?! It's so unfair." Even though this topic is older than my beard, the subject is still silly.
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    Christmas Quest Pt 4

    Finally, something to suit my inner kawaii desu chan needs.

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