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  1. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    Yes, that seems to be why he has said on more than one occasion that Beau Biden died in Iraq. He blames the cancer on his son's exposure to burn pits in Iraq, and he has ever since been a crusader on behalf of those who have sought medical benefits from their exposure to the burn pits while...
  2. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    The electoral college is golden for conservatives nowadays, because Democratic voters tend to concentrate in densely populated urban areas. Every state has Democrat-friendly urban areas, but most states have more voters living outside of those areas. The states with very large urban...
  3. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    Whether Laniakea bothers to look it up, he is just following a rightwing logic chopping tactic. The claim is that the US is technically a federal republic rather than a true democracy. Technically, the people don't vote for presidents. They vote for electors to choose a president. This...
  4. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    Not so fast. The 20 alleged "shell corporations" came out of a House report on the investigation of Hunter Biden, not President Joe Biden, who had nothing to do with them. You very carefully left that fact out, because you wanted to make it look like they had something to do with Joe Biden...
  5. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    Yes, we've seen how he does as president. A one term twice impeached president, who engineered a riotous takeover of the Capitol Building in an effort to overturn his election loss and then stole boxloads of classified government documents before leaving office. The election loss of both the...
  6. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    This isn't just about "Donald being Donald". It is about the kind of person "Donald" is when he is being the real Donald Trump. You refuse to take his words at face value, treating him like some kind of humorist or joker. A performance artist who is really not what he appears to be in real...
  7. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    I moved to New York in 1973 and became familiar with his corrupt antics and racism in that decade. His family had tight connection with the Democratic machine in the five boroughs and the Abe Beam administration, so that they could get special treatment for their real estate empire. However...
  8. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    Laniakea's response is a perfect example of how Trump partisans have long dismissed anything that Trump says--his threats, his lies, his blatant bigotry and racism. They frame it as language not meant to be taken literally. The problem is that there is also a large number of MAGA zealots who...
  9. Copernicus

    Lets solve Free will once and for all!!

    That's a reasonable response to eliminativism when applied to the common sense concepts such as free will, in my opinion. The next step in denying the reality of free will is to deny the sense of responsibility that we normally take for our actions, because that must also be an illusion. It...
  10. Copernicus

    Lets solve Free will once and for all!!

    Regardless, the fact remains that, at the point a choice is made, the future is always indeterminate to the agent. It exists only in the agent's imagination. In fact, languages commonly conflate future tense with conditional and counterfactual expressions. English itself treats future tense...
  11. Copernicus

    Lets solve Free will once and for all!!

    Of course. That's why the concept is called "compatibilism". It is the claim that what we normally mean by "free will" is fully compatible with causal determinism. IOW, "free will" is not properly defined as willful acts that are undetermined. It is defined as having freedom in the sense of...
  12. Copernicus

    RFK Jr suggests the Biden is a worse threat to Democracy than Trump

    Gee, thanks for trying to put the timeline in perspective for me. I was a voter back in 1972 and have a reasonably good idea of how long ago that was and how politics has always worked in Washington. I have watched the careers of Biden, Nixon, and Trump over that timeline and am quite familiar...
  13. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    I knew that, and your point was well-taken. It's just that I have a history with Brittany, and you did sort of ask for an explanation of the similarity. When I first saw the Gwenn ha Du, I jumped to the conclusion that it was based on the US flag. I was wrong. :)
  14. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    Sorry, but I couldn't resist. Republican hypocrisy is beyond the pale these days. You accuse Democrats of trying to put their opponents (well, mainly just Trump) in prison, yet most of those testifying against him in his various trials are Republicans who were formerly loyal to him and, in...
  15. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    The Gwenn ha Du (Black and White) dates back to 1923 and was designed by Marchal Morvan, the founder of the nationalist Breizh Atao movement. (I consider them a fascist organization.) There is no evidence I can find that it was inspired by the American design. There are other flags with...
  16. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    You mean like when Democrats started all those "Lock her up!" chants during the 2016 election? Oh, wait...
  17. Copernicus

    Trump ordered to pay nearly 355 million in NY fraud case.

    First the guy cries crocodile tears about how poor he is, then he submits a source of riches that could be all smoke and mirrors. Sounds like the kind of fraud that he was found liable for in the first place. He goes from poverty to riches in the blink of an eye, depending on whose eyes he is...
  18. Copernicus

    RFK Jr suggests the Biden is a worse threat to Democracy than Trump

    Exactly. The riot was not spontaneous. A lot of planning went into the Capitol takeover, with Proud Boys and Oathkeepers showing up early to scout out weak points in the defenses. That's why some of them were convicted of Seditious Conspiracy and jailed. Trump, of course, has promised to...
  19. Copernicus

    Lets solve Free will once and for all!!

    Nimos, think about what compatibilism is. It is the position that free will is compatible with determinism. Now, why are you assuming that a compatibilist would say that anything at all has no cause? The problem is that you keep going back to the assumption that free will is somehow about...
  20. Copernicus

    Lets solve Free will once and for all!!

    I suggest that you study fetal development in the womb. However, it would be difficult to define what you mean by "experience". The entire nervous system--peripheral and central--forms a network. When do our first memories begin to take shape? I can't answer such questions, of course, since...
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