1. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
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    @greenpawn34

    Tricky. (Especially the double K). How about in the form of a poem?

    Studious Lad,
    Come And Eat Boiled Sweets,
    Talking Poetry's Sad,
    Forget Kipling, Keats.
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    @galveston75 said
    No JW's are saved. Your salvation is between you and Jehovah just as it is with every human on the planet. No man or church or organization can save you.
    But your organization's publications have suggested that  it is NOT possible for anyone to be "saved" if they are not a member of the Jehovah’s Witneses organisation. We went through this before.
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    @duchess64 said
    (Ghost of a Duke replied to Proper Knob.)

    As he often does in trolling, Ghost of a Duke blindly reflexively hurls back a critic's
    words without even apparently considering what they mean or their context.

    It should be obvious by now that Brexiteers have anything but a well-planned exit strategy.
    'The fable of the Duchess and the hidden troll.'

    "Troll!" cried the Duchess
    her silver hair all askew
    (overreacting to the badger
    who'd wandered into view).
    "Troll!" cried the Duchess
    who suddenly took a fright,
    to the scary armadillo,
    who had wandered into sight.
    "Troll!" cried the Duchess
    surely this time she wasn't wrong
    but alas it was a porcupine
    who quietly came along.

    "Troll!" she cried once more,
    collapsing in befuddle,
    and there indeed she found one,
    reflected in the puddle.
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    @wajoma said
    What a condescending, vile attitude. That because people have less or could do with a hand they're below you. Typical left whinger holier than thou superiority complex.

    Lefty logic 🙄
    Is sarcasm too difficult for you to understand? Maybe you shouldn't be hanging around with adults.
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    With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion. ~ Steven Weinberg

    Is there some truth in this?
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    @whodey said
    Slowly? Cambrian explosion ring a bell?

    Try again.
    Yes - evolution was working particularly fast then.
    Most phyla appeared in a brief period of time.
    By brief I mean 20 MILLION YEARS.
    That was the Cambrian Explosion.

    20 MILLION YEARS


    Try again.
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    @suzianne said
    It's yet another day to show someone, especially that special someone, that you appreciate them and you are thinking of them.

    Yes, it's a marketing thing, but even a handwritten note is a special memento. It says, "I value you, you are worth my time."
    You shouldn't need valentines day to remind you to say "I value you, you are worth my time." or whatever it is on your mind. Kind words lose some of their worth on holidays, because they are expected. Being under societal pressure and expectations hardly reveals true feelings.
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    @averagejoe1 said
    First, there is no reason or purpose in deciding who 'works harder'. A guy works, may legally find $50K in a ditch, brings it all home, it is all his, no matter how he got it. It all goes on the kitchen table. Who's business is it how he worked for or found the money....or god forbid, he inherited! it. By working harder, I mean a guy makes choices (he went to college, ...[text shortened]... end up paying his taxes. It is topsy turvy as it is, yet the libs want to continue hitting on Bill.
    So to you "working harder" doesn't mean "working harder" (apparently someone who inherits $1 million "works harder" in your terms than someone putting in 40 hours a week in a coal mine).

    Thanks for that laughable post.

    Tax policy should aim to maximize overall utility and as higher earners receive less utility per dollar earned, it only sensible that they pay a higher marginal rate. Here's a nice little piece from Investopedia explaining the Law of Marginal Diminishing Utility ( https://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/lawofdiminishingutility.asp) which is a basic tenet of economic theory (it explains why the demand curve is negatively sloped: http://www.amosweb.com/cgi-bin/awb_nav.pl?s=wpd&c=dsp&k=marginal+utility+and+demand)
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    @averagejoe1 said
    You are right that I highlighted 'works harder at the outset'. It was my way of saying that Bill and Jack bring home different amounts of money, and yes, I said Bill must be working harder, to have more money, and not be punished for working harder. He could have gotten it from somewhere else. Taken to the Nth degree, libs think that no matter who works harder or who ma ...[text shortened]... I said, because some hedgehogs work harder than others.....thus, the basis for my treatise herein!.
    Your posts are incoherent and contradictory; you keep coming back to the "work harder" mantra even after admitting that is just your way of saying one person makes more money than another. But they are far from the same as any reasonable person knows.

    Hedgehogs don't own hedges, so they can't share them. They are also solitary creatures, unlike the human race which is a social species based on mutual cooperation and protection. Right wingers don't seem to grasp the rather basic truth that human beings form societal groups for the benefit of all and not so a few can monopolize the vast majority of natural and man-made resources.
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    @kellyjay said
    Is all about control.
    It sure is; capitalist owners want to control their workers as much as possible and if they organize into unions that's a lot harder to do.
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    @kingdavid403 said
    No, I do not. If you are making over 10 million a year, a 70% tax is a give away to someone who already has enough. I think it should be 90% taxed. America made you wealthy or gave you the opportunity to be wealthy, so now it's time to help America back out you greedy sob. Simple as that.
    It is 70% on "income". Much of the super rich wealth is not legally income and will not be taxed. There are legal loopholes allowing them to legally shield some of their "income" from taxes.
    "....the United States is considered something of a tax haven. Flexible entity structures, corporate tax breaks and tax-favored capital gains can result in a relatively low tax burden, making it an attractive place to do business (just ask Mascherano). In addition, Delaware and Nevada have tax structures and corporate laws considered favorable in many parts of the world. Both states offer attractive legal protections to corporations, including strong liability protection, as well as a degree of anonymity for corporate owners. The court system is favorable, too: Delaware even has its own "Chancery Court," an equity court that focuses largely on corporate matters." NOTEL This is from a Forbes article, generally not considered a left wing periodical.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/04/10/the-panama-papers-where-are-the-americans/#6ce4f7e06f76
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    @AverageJoe1, if it is revealed that Trump is guilty of felonies such as money laundering and cheating on taxes, would you still approve of his presidency? Please note I said IF. I'm guessing the House will demand to see his tax returns and we have yet to see Mueller's report.
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    @averagejoe1 said
    Thanks. A lot of people would find a guy like that in conflict with their thinking, regarding the businessman being better off than others. They think it is a disease, and not fair, or something.
    I think you're exaggerating. I don't believe most people automatically disapprove of others successful in their line of work.
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    Imagining the vastness of time is pretty much
    beyond our feeble minds but this video will help.

    Why in Spirituality and not Science?

    Well it seems to me that a lot of you guys
    have trouble with evolution because you
    don't appreciate how slowly things happen.

    Take a look.

    Please.

    YouTube
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    @galveston75 said
    I have family members that have made that very clear to me over the years to the point they want nothing to do with me because I questioned them about it.
    Your fellow JW robbie carrobie, for years, used to cite Matthew 10:14 and other verses on these threads to justify the institutionalized ostracization of fellow believers over doctrine by the JW organization and its members.

    The two of you even bullied a JW poster called Beauroberts in public over his wife having had a blood transfusion that saved her life.

    I don't remember you ever speaking out against JWs blanking out and bullying ex-JWs over their beliefs even when story after story was raised. And now you're here talking about how you feel hard done by.
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