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Go to: US Supreme Court - cross is now a secular symbol

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@Abdul al-Hazred #7: Please don't leave. Rulings like this mean that secularists need to redouble our resolve, not give up.

@prettygoodformonkeys #8: Remember, the swastika actually predates the Nazis. It has been used in Nordic, Hindu, and other cultures for many centuries, usually as a sign of good luck.

@Aiser #12: Well I _am_ an anti-gov't minarchist, does that count?

@modern_artifact #14: Lol, just like here where Buddha statues are used for home decoration. (One of my Buddhist wife's pet peeves.)

@#16, 17: Not to get off on a tangent here, but actually it was a good thing for companies to be ruled to have personhood status for free speech. First, this reasoning follows from the same entityhood reasoning that allows you to sue a company as if it were a person. Remember that ultimately, a company is just an association of people. Second, this ruling applies to _all_ associations of people, including unions and non-profit groups. If an individual wants to spend his own money on a campaign issue ad, he can spend as much as he wants. But if two or more people wanted to pool their money for the same cause, they are (or were, now with this ruling) limited to $5,000 each. The ruling on free speech will now allow non-profit organizations to benefit from and make use of large donations from wealthy contributors.

Sun, 02 May 2010 04:30:00 UTC | #464831

Go to: US Supreme Court - cross is now a secular symbol

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Great, then I guess burning a cross would no longer be considered a religious hate crime?

And Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" depiction of a cross in a tank of urine should no longer be considered offensive to xtians?

Sun, 02 May 2010 00:15:00 UTC | #464779

Go to: Mysterious 'Dark Flow' May Be Tug of Other Universe

andrew.trapp's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by andrew.trapp

File this under the truism that truth is much, much stranger than fiction.

From the article: "It's the same flow at a distance of a hundred million light-years as it is at 2.5 billion light-years and it points in the same direction and the same amplitude. It looks like the entire matter of the universe is moving from one direction to the next," Kashlinsky said.

This would seem to imply that our universe is moving at a constant velocity, not accelerating. A gravitational attraction would imply acceleration.

I'm also confused about where this other universe would be. The dark flow seems to be pointing in a certain direction, but if that were the case, and since gravitational force travels at the speed of light like any other force, then there should be a large differential in the velocity of the universe, with parts of our universe closer to the dark flow source moving faster than more distant parts.

For another universe to be exerting an attractive force on all parts of our universe equally, the other universe would have to be equidistant from ours at all points, and the only way for that to happen would be for the other universe to be separated from ours through a 4th spacial dimension. But in that case, we should not be seeing any sort of flow in any of our 3 spacial dimensions--the movement of the 2 universes relative to each other should be unmeasurable, I would think.

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:21:00 UTC | #450892

Go to: Texas Board of Education cuts Thomas Jefferson out of its textbooks.

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"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, Your child belongs to us already.... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community." -- Adolf Hitler, on state education

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 17:32:00 UTC | #449113

Go to: Christians want orca stoned to death

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Stoning an orca to death has all the makings of an Onion story.

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 02:39:00 UTC | #446444

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