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General Discussion / Re: The N Word
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:24:14 pm »
I think I should back this up - I'm not arguing that the word doesn't have horrible connotations.  It shouldn't be said.  I used it as an example of how I feel about all words in general.  Words are inventions of humanity that we give meaning to.  The N word is something that we gave meaning to.  Humanity collectively could also take that meaning away, though far less easily given the history of the word's use.

General Discussion / Re: The N Word
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:13:27 pm »
I don't think it's your place to tell people what should and what shouldn't offend them. 

Especially when you have no first hand knowledge of what being a victim of racism feels like.

I think the two of you are arguing from a completely different philosophical place than I am.

General Discussion / Re: The N Word
« on: June 23, 2017, 06:38:27 pm »
This makes my point far better than I can:

In some sense words really are magic spells. Say the right syllables and you assume tremendous power. But that too is an illusion, because the words themselves don't actually make you stronger.

There's real power in the world, there is real racism and sexism and oppression. People have suffered from these abuses.

The words themselves, though, are a string of sounds and some scratches on a page. They only have the power that we have collectively decided they should possess.

I actually don't think that the Trudeau government is mostly responsible for higher growth - I'm just using it the same way everyone else does.

General Discussion / Re: The N Word
« on: June 23, 2017, 06:34:56 pm »
Words are not things - they can't hurt you unless you give them that power.  Yes, the word has been used with terrible intent and in the name of terrible deeds.  It doesn't make it any more than a word.  It's not something you're going to change my mind on.

The GDP growth rate seems to fluctuate significantly... It is around 1% right now, but we had negative growth for a period in early 2016 (which, last time I checked, was during the Liberal's tenure), while it was even hire in late 2011 (when the conservatives were in power).

It's not anywhere close to 1% at the moment.  Real GDP growth was 3.7% last quarter, and has averaged 3.5% over the last 3 quarters.  2016 saw real GDP growth of only ~1.3%.

General Discussion / Re: Re: Host Censorship
« on: June 23, 2017, 01:48:41 pm »
They continue to give it power by letting it bother them.  The rest of us do the same.  Words have no more power than we give them.  I have to be moderator like and insist we move this though.

today he says there aren't any tapes after all - oops.

Is it a coincidence that economic growth has improved markedly since they took over?  It's really hard to tell - it's quite a coincidence though.

General Discussion / Re: Mistress Dispellers
« on: June 22, 2017, 01:18:37 pm »
There's no culture in the thread - I'm thinking of locking it.

General Discussion / Re: Drug Culture
« on: June 22, 2017, 12:01:21 am »
I'm pretty boring that way.  My fiancee has done enough drugs in her life for both of us, I think.

I think the fairness went out the window when the Liberals realized that taxing said benefits would be political suicide.  It would have been (was) a good idea, and it should still happen.  It won't happen for a while now though.

In fairness, the deficit does decrease after next year and decrease consistently after that.  It's basically the same plan the Conservatives had, but with a gentler slope.  Economic growth is also much higher than projected in budget 2017 - you should see numbers that are lower than projected with that.

General Discussion / Re: Racist Culture
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:20:42 pm »
He'll be here all night - try the veal.

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