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Old 01-26-2019, 12:27 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Religion.
Not just Christianity. Almost all of them are based on mythology and dreams. They have come and gone over the millennia, and in time each one falls apart.
Philosophies age a little better.
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:54 PM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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What is History's greatest lie?
The 18th-19th century European meme, repeated to this day, that almost all art and literature before them (prehistoric, ancient, "medieval") must be interpreted exclusively in terms of divine myths and mythological gods, otherwise you are a modern-day heretic.

Traduttore traditore.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:55 PM
 
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As I have stated before, a lot of people really jumped the gun with the post-racialism utopia euphoria.
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Old 10-05-2019, 01:17 PM
 
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The greatest lie is that God exist. Nobody has a single proof. I can prove to you there's nothing out there but gas, rocks, and empty space.

Oh there is a God..........


Bill Maher, (among many others), decided not to sire children.

Last edited by mensaguy; 10-05-2019 at 01:40 PM.. Reason: closing quote was missing
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
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Left vague on purpose, as I do not exactly known what the greatest lie is.

Is it slavery? Moon landing? The cover-up of genocide on Native Americans, then using their names for everything a large Cheesequake etc?

Discuss.
That we are a smart enough species to buck the trend of history repeating itself. We are ignorant beyond belief.
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:17 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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That there’s any meaning to life whatsoever. A serious of random events, some good or bad on an unpredictable journey that irregardless of our best intentions ends in oblivion.
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:40 PM
 
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I say the politicians were not fooled. They voted for the war despite believing there were no WMD

Weren't the UN weapons inspectors taken out of there before they could finish their job?
If Iraq truly had WMD - we would have never gone to war with them. Our war hawks knew the truth for sure.
The proof is in a way we deal with Iran, North Korea...
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:54 PM
 
Location: The North Star State
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If Iraq truly had WMD - we would have never gone to war with them. Our war hawks knew the truth for sure.
The proof is in a way we deal with Iran, North Korea...
Preface:
It's very clear that Iraq did not have WMD in 2003.

That said, it is equally clear that they did had WMD in 1991 - and the U.S. did indeed go to war with them, which refutes that nonsensical idea that but for Iraqi WMD the U.S. wouldn't have gone to war in 2003.

WMD are defined as nuclear, biological and chemical munitions. Iraq definitely possessed chemical weapons, using both mustard gas and nerve agents on numerous documented instances between 1983 and 1988 on Iranian military forces and on Kurdish Iraqis. In 1991, after the end of the Gulf War, Iraq disclosed both its chemical and biological weapons programs. At any rate, the Iraqi use (and, thus, possession) of chemical weapons was well-known during the 1980s. When I went through the U.S. Army Chemical School (as it was then called) in 1989, part of the training included studying the use of chemical weapons (complete with very nasty photographs of the victims of their use by Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War) intended to motivate trainees to see the importance of protective gear.

Thus, the U.S. (and the other coalition members in 1990/91 - the UK, France, Canada, regional partners, etc.) knew perfectly well that Iraq possessed WMD and some means to deliver them. And, again, it did not deter those nations from the war.

Now, if you were speaking solely of nuclear weapons, you would be right. They are indeed the trump card against attack except in exceptional circumstances - circumstances which did not apply in either 1991 or 2003. But nuclear weapons is not synonymous with WMD, since the latter includes chemical and biological weapons as well as nuclear.

As an aside, I think the inclusion of chemical and biological weapons under the umbrella term WMD is a bit ridiculous, as neither - unlike nuclear weapons - are any more capable of causing mass anything (especially destruction) than conventional explosives. But that's the term, so we deal with it as defined. Anyway, they're more terror weapons than they are weapons of any great military efficacy. That's precisely why they're not much of a deterrent to a modern, well-equipped and well-trained military.
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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That there’s any meaning to life whatsoever. A serious of random events, some good or bad on an unpredictable journey that irregardless of our best intentions ends in oblivion.
Don't sugarcoat it, what do you really think?

Some quotes you might like:

Life is a disease, and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. - George Bernard Shaw

Life is not a spectacle or a feast, it is a predicament - George Santayana

Life is like a onion, you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing to it. - James Gibbons Huneker

Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep. - Fran Lebowitz
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:11 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Don't sugarcoat it, what do you really think?

Some quotes you might like:

Life is a disease, and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. - George Bernard Shaw

Life is not a spectacle or a feast, it is a predicament - George Santayana

Life is like a onion, you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing to it. - James Gibbons Huneker

Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep. - Fran Lebowitz


Nihilism personified.
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