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Minnemooseus
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Message 4 of 21 (590975)
11-11-2010 3:34 AM


Dr Adequate, Coyote, and Rrhain @ "Which religion's creation story should be taught?"
Author: Dr Adequate, Coyote, and Rrhain
Forum: Education and Creation/Evolution
Thread: Which religion's creation story should be taught?
Message #: 272, 274, 275

An interesting little discussion of the U.S. courts treatment of atheism as a religion.

Moose

ps: Another Rrhain message, POTM nominated just upthread, is also extremely good, but it seemed somewhat silly to pile on the "seconded" messages so I didn't at the time.


Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U
Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment.

"Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Yesterday on Fox News, commentator Glenn Beck said that he believes President Obama is a racist. To be fair, every time you watch Glenn Beck, it does get a little easier to hate white people." - Conan O'Brien

"I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about a few things, but I'm highly ignorant about everything." - Moose


Minnemooseus
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Message 5 of 21 (592010)
11-17-2010 11:47 PM


Coyote, at "Uniformitarianism and Geology"
Author: Coyote
Forum: Geology and the Great Flood
Thread: Uniformitarianism and Geology
Message #: 3

Message 1 was the topic proposal, message 2 was the administrative topic promotion message, and message 3 pretty much says all that needs to be said in response to message 1.

The topic will go downhill from this point.

Moose


Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U
Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment.

"Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Yesterday on Fox News, commentator Glenn Beck said that he believes President Obama is a racist. To be fair, every time you watch Glenn Beck, it does get a little easier to hate white people." - Conan O'Brien

"I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about a few things, but I'm highly ignorant about everything." - Moose


Minnemooseus
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Message 11 of 21 (593678)
11-28-2010 2:33 PM


Modulous, at "Articulating In The Debates; The Proper And The Improper"
Author: Modulous
Forum: Free For All
Thread: Articulating In The Debates; The Proper And The Improper
Message #: 174

So my view in short is this: Swearing is perfectly fine. But stylistically I find it unpleasant to read a piece of writing which overuses a word or phrase. It happens with words that aren't sweary, but swearing is easily overused. I'd call this an aesthetic objection.

In a verbal debate, one can overswear to great effect - because tone of voice adds a layer of variation to the discussion. An increasing crescendo of swearing qualifiers can have a power verbally that in the written word is more difficult to get across without 'sounding' mentally unstable or simply becoming boring. It is offensive to use English, and swear words in particular, to create a boring monotony - not because they are 'profane' or otherwise intrinsically bad.

If for no other reason, this is an expanded version my own position, and I suspect the position of the bulk of the membership (including the various admins).

There can be proper use of a word or phrase, and there can be improper or overuse of a word or phrase.

But do not further debate such here at the POTM - Do it at the source topic.

Moose


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Message 12 of 21 (593734)
11-29-2010 12:01 AM


Bump - Others need to chip in more on tne POTM effort
The record shows that I've posted 257 messages (9% of my total) in the various POTM topics, and I think most of these were original nominations and not "seconds". While some to even many of my choices might well be of dubious quality, I have tried.

There must be other members here who are seeing special messages that should be pointed out to others. Nominate that sucker!

Moose


Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U
Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment.

"Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Yesterday on Fox News, commentator Glenn Beck said that he believes President Obama is a racist. To be fair, every time you watch Glenn Beck, it does get a little easier to hate white people." - Conan O'Brien

"I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about a few things, but I'm highly ignorant about everything." - Moose


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Message 16 of 21 (593829)
11-29-2010 7:16 PM


Dwise1, at "Deconversion experiences"
Author: Dwise1
Forum: Coffee House
Thread: Deconversion experiences
Message #: 100

Down through time, Dwise1 has done a number of these "personal story" type messages and I always find them to be an interesting read.

Moose

ps: I tried to see if I could get someone else to nominate this message (see upthread).


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