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A leading Russian opposition politician and outspoken critic of Putin and the war in Ukraine has been shot dead. There is no evidence but this stinks of state sponsored murder. We have already seen Putin has no issue invading his surrounding countries, Russians poisoned Litvinenko a few years ago, Russia has annexed Crimea, is involved in Eastern Ukraine and Putin has had opposition leaders locked up at a whim. The man is a maniac and I think this is just yet another step on his path to become a full-blown despot.

What do others think? Is this a state sponsored murder?
Not sure if this counts as politics but stuck it here.

I have been watching videos on TED and there are lots of cases of drones being used more and more in our lives. This is everything from the large military drones used by the military to smaller drones for recreational uses. One in particular that interested me was the hummingbird size drone.

It got me thinking, could the war against terrorists be radically changed if drones can be redesigned? Imagine you want to hit certain targets but they are hiding among civilians. At present you have toi hope a sniper can hit them do nothing or accept the collateral damage. What if we were able to scale done drones to the size of insects and gave them a "sting" filled with some powerful substance to kill or otherwise incapacitate them? It would be very hard to detect, exceptionally accurate and the only risk is stinging the wrong person. 

So what do others think the future of warfare may look like between states and militants?
It is accepted by all except the most ardent science hating quacks that vaccinations work and play a vital role in preventing various diseases. A recent story about a bunch of people who caught measles in disneyland shows the danger of not getting vaccinated, as the vast majority of those that caught it were unvaccinated.

Most people also agree it is a persons right to make their own health choices and you should not force an individual to take certain treatments against their will. That is all well and good when you are dealing with your own health. However when the issue is one that affects the health of others, the dynamic changes. Part of how vaccines work is by creating a herd immunity, so those who don't have the correct response to the vaccinations or simply can't/won't take them have a much less chance of encountering the disease and thus are protected too. Many people now compared to the past are choosing not to get vaccinated. This isn't putting just themselves at risk, they are also putting others at risk by breaking the herd immunity.

Bearing in mind their action or rather inaction is making it more likely that harm can come to others, should vaccines be mandatory or at least linked with certain incentives, eg certain benefits are cut off if vaccination is denied.
I see this term a lot when people want to refer to cultural influences on the West yet it seems pretty stupid. Judeo Christian actually just means Christian, Judaism had very little to do with western culture as for large chunks of western history the Jews were actively persecuted and for all of Western history Jewish people have made up a very small minority.

If any religion is going to be conflated with western culture, it is Christianity, Judaism simply has not been a major part of western culture and still isn't. It also treats Judaism and Christianity as if they are 2 very similar entities as opposed to 2 very different religions.

The term seems pointless and misleading and I don't understand why people insist on using it instead of "Christian", "Western" or more accurately "Secular".…

At the end of 2014, by a unanimous vote in a secret meeting of the City Council of tiny Winfield, Alabama, it was declared that “God is the owner of the City of Winfield.”

“I feel like we need to stand up for what is right. Our forefathers said ‘One nation under God’ and we went so far away from that. There are not enough godly people involved in day-to-day decisions.”

Seriously...? Is there no end to the sheer, mind numbing dumbfuckery that the lunatics on the religious right are prepared do? Everyone knows this stuff won't stand up legally and yet they go through with it anyway. What is wrong with these people?


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A-M-A-P Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May I ask you for you're thoughts on my newest piece ?…
And here is a Llama for you because your probably awesome, :D
Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Since the thread was closed: I know you're from the UK. And quite frankly you guys have as much of a history of suffering "white" terrorism as the US does, making your complaints about Muslims still bizarre.

The Muslims don't have a monopoly on violent extremists by a long shot.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Yes we've had our experience of white terorrism but we don't now. Also it's beyond terrorism, we didn't have crowd of Irish charging around threatening to kill anyone who was rude about Islam but we have had that with Muslims.
Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You haven't met our domestic terrorists here in the US. There's quite a few groups here who'd be absolutely happy to kill gays, Hispanics, blacks, women getting abortions, etc. if they thought they could get away with it. Some of them still go for it. There's also our nutjob right-wing militias planning for "race wars" and uprising against the government.

I remember the likes of McVeigh and the Unabomber, and our mass shootings have mainly been by whites, too. To me, this whole "Muslim extremists are way more dangerous than white ones!" is total bull. Maybe we should just deal with the extremists and leave out the prefacing adjectives against others. Especially since it's racist attitudes that fuel many of our domestic terrorists. I guess you're safe from them... if you're white, Christian, and straight!

P.S. Plus, the Muslims here don't get to put Sharia law into effect... but the Christians do their damnedest to put Christian law into effect and have been succeeding lately. You don't have to blow things up to harm people. There's a reason why "Christian Taliban" has been thrown around here as a term lately.
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In regards to the thread you made about North Korea, that idiot Wes STILL thinks that you're a racist just for making a James Bond joke and "hurting his feelings". What a baby... Sorry about that :P
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Meh I know what the rules are and I know I have a perfectly defensible case. He can go ahead with it because I know nothing will come from it. I'm still not entirely convinced he has, I think it's a bluff to try to provoke me into apologising.
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that, and yeah, he pulled the same shit with me all day, too.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
He must be the life of parties.
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Euterpe-The-Egret Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The forum was locked but I still wanted to say that you are fantastic for the point you made. :clap:

Thank you.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thanks but which point was that?
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