TGA Podcast: Episode 33

This week on TGA, Ryan and I discuss whether or not the Western world has the moral authority to tell other cultures what to do, and we also deal with the controversial issue of Nanotechnology. It’s an extra long show this week in preparation for Ryan’s vacation. Don’t worry though, faithful listener; I’m going to be bringing in a guest host. Stay tuned for more information!

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    Aaron

    Dante’s hell was a cold place, at the very center of hell was a frozen lake called Cocytus, with Satan frozen in the very center of it.

    Not really significant, but I thought I’d throw something out there.

    I really liked you guys talking about how amnesiac we can be with our society, and how we’re so quick to think “our shit don’t stink”.

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    Jacob Fortin

    If you enjoy that, you should read more Gore Vidal. He calls it The United States of Amnesia

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    Mack

    Dude, bring back the gay guy that did a couple of episodes with you a year ago. I liked him.

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    JFHalsey

    Hey guys, loved how long the show was; though it does make it hard to comment on since there was so much in it! In general I really like your show and agree with you on pretty much everything–there are some things I disagree with you about, but see, that’s only a problem for fundies (of both the religious and the political kinds).
    I did want to ask you about some of the things we disagree on, or at least make comments about them. For one thing, you talked about how the masses are generally trustworthy and aren’t as stupid as people like to think, as exampled by that quote from Churchill. I’m kinda curious why you think that; I know there’s no way to really empirically kind of study “how stupid are the masses?”, but it seems to me that there are certain signs–the vast millions in America who still believe the world is only 6,000 years old, for instance, or the extreme intolerence you talked about regarding homosexuals and Hispanics… not to mention Atheists! It seems to me that we just barely avoided Bush’s third term (a la McCain) by the skin of our teeth thanks to the economy (debatable, I know, but just look at the poll numbers before the big Wall Street crunch). It seems to me the vast majority of people are phenomenally… not stupid, per se, but at least willfully ignorant and proud of it. But, then again, I live in the South, so maybe my perspective is skewed. I’d like to hear your view.
    Also, talking about woman’s rights and the way women are viewed reminded me of a comment you made a few episodes ago about how people used to think women couldn’t hold down jobs or own businesses because the first time they went PMS they would sell their business to the next guy who walked in for a buck… yeah, um, my wife doesn’t read this, so I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… but she owns a business, and once a month, I have to convince her not to throw it all out the window and give it up. 🙂

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    Todd

    Did you just say prostitution should be legal, because everyone has that choice. Tell that to the millions sold into sex slavery every year. And to the children who never really had a choice. Seems like a lot of our human rights, have walked all over the lives of others. There is no free choice without responsibilty towards you brother. We are our brothers keeper so to speak.

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    Todd

    I also have seen studies where 90% of prostitutes in America were molested as children. So the next time a guy is with a prostitute he she ask, “I wonder who took her virginity her dad or uncle.”

    Yeah we have rights.

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    JFHalsey

    I’m sorry Todd, but what does legal prostitution have to do with sex slavery? Talk about a strawman; you equate the right of an adult to make decisions for themselves ~about~ themselves, with adults who take defenseless children and lock them into slavery?

    I have also seen studies that show 90% of people named Todd would not know a logical fallacy if it bit them in the ass… I’m not going to provide links to those statistics, though, since you don’t seem to have a problem with sweeping statements made with no proof to back them up.

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    Todd

    I’m sorry Todd, but what does legal prostitution have to do with sex slavery? Talk about a strawman; you equate the right of an adult to make decisions for themselves ~about~ themselves, with adults who take defenseless children and lock them into slavery?

    I guess the question is when did they make the decision to become prostitutes. My point is most women who are in this profession at some point did not have much of a choice. I would say a very high percentage, close to 90%. You make it sound like a career decision. All of a sudden one day a lawyer wakes up and says, “You know I am tired of going to court everyday. think I’ll move to Vegas and start hookin.”

    My point is the next time you are with a prostitute JF, ask her how long she has been in the business, then you decide if it is a choice.

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    JFHalsey

    Thanks for taking the time to respond, Todd; I guess you’re not a troll, and I apologize for my ad hominem.

    I still don’t know where you’re getting these statistics, though; they sound pretty made up, to me.
    Common sense might lead me to agree with you in cases where prostitution is illegal; but common sense doesn’t mean all that much and we’re talking about instances of prostitution being legal, anyway.

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    Trey

    Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up.

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