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    American Beverage Institute vs. MADD: An Example of Advocacy

    The following article was linked onto msn.com, and is interesting not only in itself, and as an example of the adversarial approach. Original article found here. Essentially, the ABI is an advocacy group for restaurants that serve alcohol, and, as such, opposes Mothers Against Drunk Driving...
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    A naive question, but what's wrong with a flat tax rate?

    I was just reading how Warren_Buffet_wants_to_to_increase_taxes_on_the_rich. Big surprise, I know. But it just reminds me of a question that nags at me everytime the whole political rhetoric regarding taxes comes up. What is the problem with a flat tax rate on all income brackets? I know that...
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    From "blood diamonds" to "blood iPhones"

    http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/16/the-genocide-behind-your-smart-phone.html?gt1=43002 The short and sweet of the article is that many of the mineral components in our favorite gadgets are collected by corrupt military juntas in Congo and other parts of Africa. Major corporate producers of...
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    Schoolbus Advertisements: Smart Policy Decision or Inappropriate?

    Article found here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100319/ap_on_bi_ge/us_school_bus_ads Personally, I'm all for it. With school district budgets getting tighter then ever, if putting ads on a schoolbus lets the district maintain even just one program that would otherwise be cut, why not? I...
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    Kiss to Family Denies Student His Diploma

    Story located at: http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92681?fp=1 Basic story is that, as one high-school student walked up to accept his diploma, he turned and blew a kiss to his family in the audience. One school administrator apparently decided that violated decorum and denied the student his...
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    Unacknowledged Risk of Aging Tires: ABC Video

    http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4826897 The issues involved here are fairly self-explanatory just from watching; personally, I think this is just Ford Pinto Case, Take 2. Posting it here for two reasons: 1. Share it with the community so that more people will check the numbers on...
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    Is there a suggested MA for those with limited exercising ability?

    Ok, I posted this question a long time ago, but as it was a long time ago and I'm still curious, here goes nothing. I'm a 25-year-old grad student and, while I'd say I'm fit, I know I'm not the most toned person out there. This is mostly due to a condition I was born with which severely...
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    A well-liked professor addressing lawyer-bashing

    I'd like to respond to this...viewpoint, if I can call it that..., but I believe that the soon-to-be late Professor Steve Gey from FSU put it much better then I ever could. I say soon-to-be late because he was diagnosed with ALS last year and, though he continued to teach up until the last 2...
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    Validity of the Olympic Protests

    I'm sure everyone's aware of the ongoing protests of the Olympics being held in China due to China's slightly less-then-stellar treatment of Tibet. I gotta say that I myself have mixed emotions. On the one hand, as a believer in non-violent dissent and changing things through civic protest, I'm...
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    White House Oversight of China's Detainees?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23754052 I was reading up on the current crackdown situation in China, and I found the following bit rather...ironic. Given the Administration's own treatment of detainees in Guantanamo, I have to ask: what business does the White House have overseeing China's...
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    Question for LEOs

    Alright, so here's an anecdotal story that I'd like some input on. It involves police jurisdiction rules, which I"ll look up soon, but I'd also like to get a more human input if possible. Some months ago, I dropped my friend off at his apartment, which is not in the best part of town. I...
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    Moral Hypothetical, Just for grins

    I'm coming up with moral hypotheticals out of boredom, can you tell I'm still in college? Anway, Bob, Dan, and Jim are all three in the same martial arts class. They are of equal skill level, all three have a wife, 2.5 kids and a dog, and all three are of rougly equal socioeconomic status...
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    Don't know if it's meant to bash Bush or his opponents, but cute site either way

    http://www.buttafly.com/bush/index.php Someone linked it on another forum, and I thought at least a few people on here would get a kick out of it. I wasn't sure if this would belong in here or the...oh, to hell with the disclaimer, if it belongs somewhere else, the mods will see to it...
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    Missing Thread?

    I seem to remember a thread rmcrobertson started on the Moonies, and now find no reference to it, either in the thread list or in my "previous posts" list. Shortly put: what the hell?
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    Newsweek Poll: Majority of Americans Believe the Bible to be Historically Accurate

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6650997/site/newsweek/ "Sixty-seven percent say they believe that the entire story of Christmasthe Virgin Birth, the angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the Star of Bethlehem and the Wise Men from the Eastis historically accurate. Twenty-four percent of...
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    Panhandlers

    I hate getting panhandled. No matter how I deal with it I leave feeling like a chump. If I tell them to go bother someone else, I feel guilty as sin over the possibility that they're telling the truth; if I go ahead and give them the couple of bucks (which is what I almost always end up...
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    Boy Meets Girl, Boy Kisses Girl, Girl Drives Boy Insane

    http://www.thingsmygirlfriendandihavearguedabout.com/ The site's title should be self-explanatory. It's a huge list, but funny as hell. Enjoy.
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    Ayn Rand's Objectivism: Comments?

    Thus far, I've looked over the Objectivism website and seen her books in the philosophy section of Borders, but haven't yet read any of Ayn Rand's materials. Having heard her referred to a number of times, I was wondering if anyone has read any of her books and would suggest any. I thought...
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    Tangent Topic From "Convince Me, Please"

    With respect to Kaith Rustaz' request that the "Convince me, please" thread stay argument-free, I'll take this issue here. I don't know whta RothIRA is, but I'm going to assume, from what you've said, that it's a private investment account of some sorts. Now, call me ignorant, but wouldn't...
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    Perspectives on Alcohol

    Greetings. I'd like to get a general feel for what everyone here, martial artists or not, thinks about drinking. Pretty broad question, so I think I'll start it off with a few guiding questions. 1. Do you think that moderate drinking can be healthy, or at least not be detrimental to one's...
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    Question Concerning Choice in Practice

    I'm interested in studying some form of martial arts in order to learn self-defense. However, I have a rare medical condition that essentially restricts me from aerobic exercise. Obviously, this has some pretty significant implications towards a martial arts study, right? So my question is...
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    Comments and karma points?

    Alright, so I click on "User CP" and see a bunch of anonymous messages commenting on different posts I make, and get karma points for them. My question is, what do I do to send such comments about other people's posts? They're different from private messages, since I have some comments but no...
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    Interesting Wal-Mart Run

    Alright, so I, at age 21, am at a Wal-Mart Supercenter with my 20 y.o. girlfriend, and among my other purchases is a 6-pack of beer. I show the guy my ID, but he says he can't let me purchase the beer because--get this--my underage girlfriend is walking through the line with me. The concern...
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