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    [–] Difficulty accessing ideas when writing RedRaiderTravis 2 points ago in AcademicPhilosophy

    Excellent suggestion. Too many distractions on this thing. Reddit is a case in point!

    [–] Difficulty accessing ideas when writing RedRaiderTravis 9 points ago in AcademicPhilosophy

    Absolutely I have. This can be a problem for me.

    Recently my wife shared with me an article about the difference between prolific writers and people like you and me, OP. Here it is: Prolific writers write all the time. Like literally, when they have ideas they write them down on the spot. You know those good ideas and connections you had that you forgot? They wrote theirs down (or typed them up).

    So this is how I am going to try to combat writers' block and forgetfulness. I will carry around a freaking pad and pen if I have to. Or use my phone. Maybe you can give it a shot too and see if it helps.

    [–] "Out Of The Blue" - documentary on the 2007 Fiesta Bowl - is now on Youtube. Good memories. RedRaiderTravis 2 points ago in Boise

    I live in Boise now, but I had little familiarity with BSU until the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Pretty much everyone in Lubbock, Texas was rooting for the Broncos to beat the hated Sooners, and we were not disappointed!

    [–] The bill to prevent families from being separated at the border now has 100% Democratic support and 0% Republican support. Remember this next time someone tries to tell you both parties are the same. RedRaiderTravis 3 points ago in esist

    The Declaration of Independence is pretty clear on this:

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

    Clearly the idea is not that government gives us rights. Rather, we have them already and it incumbent upon the government to recognize and protect these rights.

    [–] Who is your current most hated active player and why? RedRaiderTravis 3 points ago in baseball

    He's a lot of Rangers fans' least favorite player too because of that and his terrible contract....

    [–] Why do smokers smoke when they know it can kill them? RedRaiderTravis 3 points ago in AskReddit

    In fairness, though, a lot of people have habits that are bad for them. Smokers seem to take a little more heat for their bad decisions than others do. Eating fast food and drinking soda are horrific for one's body. Do you feel like slapping people who drink more than one soda a day?

    Ultimately most of us are not even trying to be optimally healthy. We tend to make trade-offs for pleasure over health; we just choose different things, and some of the bad habits we choose are worse than others.

    For some people, skipping the gym to read books instead is worth it, even if this makes them less healthy. Some people love fattening food so much they will keep eating it, even though it causes health problems. And though some smokers really want to quit, others see it as a trade off, something they enjoy enough to take the risk of having a shorter life. It's largely a matter of degree and dependent upon what one values.

    [–] Pennsylvania state attorney general to release 884-page report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by the church RedRaiderTravis 1 points ago in news

    Most ethicists do not believe morality to be merely a matter of opinion, usually precisely because if we accept that claim it leaves us without the ability to condemn things like rape.

    Some religions do advocate for positions on women's rights that are tantamount to accepting rape. And clearly the Roman Catholic church--all the way to the top--has tolerated enormous amounts of child sexual assault.

    [–] Pennsylvania state attorney general to release 884-page report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by the church RedRaiderTravis 1 points ago in news

    "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:15-20)

    [–] Pennsylvania state attorney general to release 884-page report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by the church RedRaiderTravis 3 points ago in news

    Presumably an all-powerful God, like the one they believe in, would be able to keep his church from being an institution that is rampantly immoral to the point of mass cover-ups for vast amounts of child rape.

    [–] Pennsylvania state attorney general to release 884-page report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by the church RedRaiderTravis 3 points ago in news

    I think the question is a fair one and should be asked. Some religions and religious instituions tolerate or advocate ethical principles or actions that I think reasonable people should consider unacceptable.

    [–] Pennsylvania state attorney general to release 884-page report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by the church RedRaiderTravis 29 points ago in news

    But why would anyone continue to believe that this institution or the people in it represent God in any way after all these abhorrent acts and cover-ups have been revealed?

    [–] Only adults can be tired! RedRaiderTravis 18 points ago in gatekeeping

    My sister had a serious heart condition as a teenager. We originally noticed something was wrong because she was constantly tired....

    [–] UMC or Covenant? RedRaiderTravis 7 points ago in Lubbock

    This is a more important difference for some people than others may realize, so it was good to point it out. I prefer UMC because Covenant is so overtly religious, but some religious people may be a lot more comfortable at Covenant. It's just one factor in many, but it could be relevant.

    [–] The cabin is...burned RedRaiderTravis 8 points ago in seinfeld

    "Not 'take care of your sister'--she's a paraplegic--but 'cherish the cabin.'"

    [–] [Walker] Rangers minor leaguer makes catch in the outfield and flips over the wall RedRaiderTravis 2 points ago in baseball

    This is something I have never before had to consider, but it was my first thought upon seeing this clip.