Alastor

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  1. I believe in many gods. I believe every god has a specific influence over an area, but the Judeo-Christian god has far overreached and outstretched its influence to the point of trying to kill off other gods and other peoples culture. I'm none too pleasant around the Abrahamic faiths~ 

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  2. 3 hours ago, Bas said:

    Sources themselves: Maybe it would be helpful to have a certain baseline for what qualifies as a trustworthy source, or rather, at least what certainly doesn't. I mean, it might be up for a debate how biased a source is allowed to be

    This would be a nightmare for the moderator team to police. I think it is better that this be up to us the users to find out ourselves whether a source is trustworthy rather than dump extra duty on the mod team, effectively turning them into some sort of Facebook fact checkers. 

    3 hours ago, Bas said:

    At the very least...simply putting down questionable sources

    This I disagree with

    3 hours ago, Bas said:

    not replying to anything directed at them is definitively NOT debating.

    This I agree with. There should be a standard for the DP. Not engaging with others and just coming there to leave drivel behind is not participating in the discussion at all. This does not even need a separate rule or anything. Just report the posts in question and explain the situation and the staff will probably take that into account~ 

     


  3. Oh, I am a connoisseur of classical music as well as Baroque. I listen to the likes of Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. 

    However, personally, my absolute favorite composers come from the romantic period of the 19th century with people like Franz Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Offenbach and Wagner. 

    But the one whom I place on a pedestal above all others is Johann Strauss II 

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  4. Always lovely when people come here to not participate. 

    To answer the real question, our first "date" was at a Brazilian restaurant. It went alright. We were both probably a bit nervous since we were trying to make conversation. We've definitely had better "dates" ever since.

    Same question~


  5. Honestly my care runs a little low these days for the place. I participate from time to time, but I am rather done with the whole "morality" part of debates which goes on there fairly often, I already know where I stand when it comes to moral issues. I mostly respond to threads that concern geopolitics as that is my field. 

    From my experience, the people who are most dissatisfied with the forum are either the "I'm just here for ponies" type or the people who have been btfo'ed so hard in that forum that their salt is saltier than the Dead Sea. Not everyone can handle it or argue within the boundaries of the rules without getting too personal and going the ad hominem rout. Takes a lot of levelheadedness to participate there actually~ 

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  6. 27 minutes ago, Randimaxis said:

    And so, I promise, and I deliver... and reward those who have been waiting patiently:

     

    A masterful video as always Randi. The only shame is that it is not the one we finish with. 

    In any case, you have beseeched my dark name and invoked the rites needed for me to summon forth pies. 

    You can all expect a video in a day or two

     

     

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  7. Lived through many. But the one who has personally been in the most danger ever would have been my mother. 

    The volcanic eruptions I have lived through have usually been rather far away from any settlements and those near have always been evacuated. The worst it has done personally done to me is cover everything in ash which is a bit of a pain to clean. But the volcanic eruptions here in Iceland have always been worse for European flight/air traveling rather than for us Icelanders. 

    The story for my mom is a bit different. In 1973 a terrible volcanic eruption began on the main island of the Westman Islands where the majority of the island chain live in. My mother was visiting her grandparents when it happened. It happened at night, people woke up and a mass evacuation began as the island was emptied of all people, some firefighters tried to slow down the flow of lava with their waterhoses and even drawing water from the sea. The kids were the first ones to be evacuated, so my mom was put on board with a bunch of kids and arrived on the mainland a few hours later and she had to wait there for a long time with a number tag on her until her parents finally got to her.

    Only one person died in that event and a lot of homes were lost. These homes have recently been dug up and what has been discovered has been fascinating, how the ash has preserved most items that were found inside those houses. A museum has been built around the dug up homes and people can visit it if they want. 

     

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