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    Duuuddee... Pass the blunt...

    There is an obvious difference between the bikies who sell the mixtures of heroin and I know not what to the patients who come to the emergency ward in the hospital I work at and normal shopkeepers and bar owners. The difference is not just in magnitude but in general associated malice; the...
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    Duuuddee... Pass the blunt...

    That's such a straw man. For the record HIV has a lower transmission rate during heterosexual sex than the chance of developing schizophrenia from smoking weed. There are obviously potential harms to everything we do, and even when they seem small in percentages that doesn't make them any...
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    Duuuddee... Pass the blunt...

    No. Even though they make something of a choice (and often an incredibly compromised one) to take drugs, the addicts who came into the emergency ward I used to work in got a lot of sympathy from me. As for those who sold them the crack, very little. To profit from dealing complete poison to...
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    Hey I noticed your post on my wall; I've been fine and stuff :) I'm married now and near the end...

    Hey I noticed your post on my wall; I've been fine and stuff :) I'm married now and near the end of my general medical training (beginning specialisation next year, probably in psychiatry). How've you been? I basically don't have the time or dedication to post any more, most of the people I'd...
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    Duuuddee... Pass the blunt...

    I've written much longer posts about this in the past and I'm not going to dig them up or write anything of length today, although some of the older posters here (GhostAnime?) may remember. But here's my few thoughts. As much as I think the illegality of marijuana and of drugs in general is...
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    So..Is Global Warming Real? Or not?

    I think what Skiks meant by that is regardless of global warming, human society should give a certain amount of respect to the environment and try take care of it. And that's an almost obvious truth, irrespective of whether China or India are going to overtake the U.S. as the largest economies...
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    Gun Laws- Positive or Negative?

    That's just kinda silly. Almost nobody in western countries does anything close to hunting for food anymore. And as for the second reason, that maybe a good reason in an individual case but that's no decider for government policy. There obviously exist people who in any given situation would...
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    Gun Laws- Positive or Negative?

    Try working in an inner-city hospital emergency department on a friday or saturday night. You'll quickly realise it is much, much, much harder to kill someone with a knife than with a gun. Knives don't work anything like they do in Hollywood, it takes a hell of a lot of effort and a hell of a...
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    Cultural assimilation.

    Hey Profesco! ^_^ I think the crux of the matter though isn't necessarily what people "should be able to do", as you talk about here, but what they should do. I don't think there is much of a debate over what say government should allow, like there is no real way in which the government or...
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    Cultural assimilation.

    Nice thread Ethan ^_^ I think I've said this before, but I think there is a line between integration and assimilation. People should be allowed to keep their native cultures and beliefs, and this is one of the greatest things one can preserve in my opinion. Besides, multiculturalism adds a...
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    Is English Becoming the Universal Language?

    There is no doubt that internationally English is the most widely spoken language, and easily the most useful language you could know. I doubt it's really anything like a universal language, however. The main problem is selection bias: for most of us it seems like English is far more universal...
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    Morality and Immigration

    I broadly agree I guess with more conservative views on this subject, to the extent which I think illegal immigration is a pretty bad thing on principle: it's en masse queue jumping and seriously unfair for those who have to go through the legitimate migration process, which despite its...
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    Bilingual ballots

    I think there's a fundamental distinction to be made between integration and assimilation. Assimilation is when you expect a migrant group to drop its traditional culture and language and essentially become identical in all respects except perhaps the birth of their parents to non-immigrant...
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    Uh, surely it's not hard to realise that Abbott's not exactly a secular guy. Furthermore, while...

    Uh, surely it's not hard to realise that Abbott's not exactly a secular guy. Furthermore, while health minister the stuff he did with say, RU486 was just ridiculous. The essential thing about Abbott is that he's very good at alienating more or less urban voters (like myself). It's probably a...
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    I don't think Abbott really can win, for one simple reason. That is that regardless of whatever...

    I don't think Abbott really can win, for one simple reason. That is that regardless of whatever other stuff happens between now and the election on the environment, health and education, Krudd has the bonus of having done a LOT for the economy. Like Abbott and others can give reasons why we'll...
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    Islam And the Law Of Non Contradiction.

    I don't really want to argue with any religious fundamentalists here... so I guess I'll argue with people who I would (largely) agree with. There are several things wrong with this. The first and most obvious part is your conclusion, that "noone ever says anything even remotely critical of...
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    No I didn't (I was doing a night shift that night anyway). I do consider myself an...

    No I didn't (I was doing a night shift that night anyway). I do consider myself an environmentalist though (I generally vote for the greens).
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    Racism And Discrimination Are Good Things.

    I'd say that almost universally (well universal enough for this to be adopted in practice), racism and discrimination are absolutely horrible things. It's simply one of the most awful ways you can be insulted by another person, and mark my words it can leave a serious impact (especially when...
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    Which instrument do you think has effected the music world the most?

    Definitely the piano. If not for the fact it basically has the widest repertoire of all the instruments and is more or less ubiquitous, it's significance for composition basically cannot be surpassed. The piano allows for complex harmony and interplay between voices to be done with relative...
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    Chariots of the Gods?

    It's a possibility, but I don't think it's one we should consider seriously. Consider the set of assumptions that underpin the hypothesis that humans came to our current state through evolution. I won't list them. But they're there, and most of them are pretty intuitive and are backed up by...
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