• Will things change in the future?

    33 answers · Philosophy · 14 hours ago
  • What is the most beautifully written book you’ve ever read?

    Beautiful, not as in story, but as in the way the author structures and writes his sentences. For me it would have to be Lord of the Rings. What about you?
    Beautiful, not as in story, but as in the way the author structures and writes his sentences. For me it would have to be Lord of the Rings. What about you?
    40 answers · Books & Authors · 1 day ago
  • Why are some holocaust survivors not even as old as the holocaust itself?

    Best answer: One of the prerequisites for collecting reparations says that if you were a fetus at the time of the Holocaust, then you qualify. This, of course, goes against the claims of being led to gas chambers immediately upon arrival to that camps, since the mother would need to have survived at least nine months for the... show more
    Best answer: One of the prerequisites for collecting reparations says that if you were a fetus at the time of the Holocaust, then you qualify. This, of course, goes against the claims of being led to gas chambers immediately upon arrival to that camps, since the mother would need to have survived at least nine months for the person to be born - and we're talking about the last days of the war when exterminations supposedly increased to "dispose of the evidence".

    There's another, less known fact about collecting reparations. If you earn too much money or have too many assets, you are ineligible. This means that if you're a rich survivor, you don't get compensated for your suffering. Too bad - it would be a shame to have suffered so much and made something of yourself afterward only to get cheated in the end.

    Thus, it appears that the reparations aren't for "surviving the Holocaust" - they're a retirement pension given only to those who went through it. It's a "club dividend".

    It should also be noted that reparations are paid even if you didn't "die in a gas chamber". They're called "Holocaust reparations" and yet, the word "Holocaust" is being defined as an all-inclusive event that goes beyond the original definition of "holocaust" where it originated. It's a tailor-made word created solely to draw sympathy and create a distraction from the truth.
    11 answers · History · 8 hours ago
  • How would you rate my writing skills?

    Best answer: I'm going to politely disagree with the positive reviews. I see a handful of outright mistakes and a lot of odd choices with verb tenses that IMO weaken the narrative. And I don't see the semicolon use as correct at all. (Horrors, I've disagreed with my friend Crow!) I rarely do line-by-line critique... show more
    Best answer: I'm going to politely disagree with the positive reviews. I see a handful of outright mistakes and a lot of odd choices with verb tenses that IMO weaken the narrative. And I don't see the semicolon use as correct at all. (Horrors, I've disagreed with my friend Crow!)

    I rarely do line-by-line critique here because the writers' reactions tend to be defensive, hostile, or abusive. If you care to see detail and can promise you'll act like a professional, I can try to find time to do a LBL. (And it's perfectly okay if you're not yet ready for that, too.)

    Edit: We stay quiet for a while; [<---replace with a comma] [the ←-delete needless words] both [of us<--delete] either too tired or too annoyed to bother talking [to each other<--delete]. It's not like I'm complaining, either. [←-This is wordy, but it also gives your narrator a real-sounding voice] The wind is howling [howls] like a horror movie [opener←-awkward word choice. Maybe ‘soundtrack’?] and the streets are heavily shadowed with a pale late-night glow[←-Switch to active voice, present tense, like the first part of the sentence: ...and a pale late-night glow heavily shadows the streets]. It's comforting [in some odd way, like<--delete][.] I could sink into the dark shadows of the night and disappear if I wanted to. [Comforting as it is, ←-delete] the[The] delayed pain of Ameki's nails digging into my arm [is kicking in now,--delete] [kicks in], and I [Eek, failure to proofread!] [it]takes all my willpower [not] to [not<--delete] ask her to lighten up[ a bit←-delete].

    I know, that’s hard to read all marked up. Most of what I did was make all the verbs present tense, removing present progressive (“is xing”) and get rid of words you don’t need. If you agreed with every correction, which you don’t have to do, it would read:

    We stay quiet for a while, both either too tired or too annoyed to bother talking. It's not like I'm complaining, either. The wind howls like a horror movie soundtrack and a pale late-night glow heavily shadows the streets. It's comforting. I could sink into the dark shadows of the night and disappear if I wanted to. The delayed pain of Ameki's nails digging into my arm kicks in, and it takes all my willpower not to ask her to lighten up.

    Nothing’s missing or radically changed, really, but that first paragraph went from 104 to 82 words. You see if you can reduce the next paragraph, or some other paragraph, by twenty percent. It’s a learned skill, and this is a good time to start.
    14 answers · Books & Authors · 2 days ago
  • Why does it matter that YOU should deal with any issues that YOU have in your life?

    Best answer: I survive better without issues. Survival is what this universe is about.
    Best answer: I survive better without issues. Survival is what this universe is about.
    14 answers · Philosophy · 2 days ago
  • Why do some people deny the holocaust but nobody denies slavery?

    Somebody brought up this point and it got me thinking. Why are racists so willing to deny the holocaust despite a wealth of evidence that proves it's existence but nobody denies the reality of slavery?
    Somebody brought up this point and it got me thinking. Why are racists so willing to deny the holocaust despite a wealth of evidence that proves it's existence but nobody denies the reality of slavery?
    10 answers · History · 2 hours ago
  • The native Americans practiced slavery, where is your outrage?

    It was well known that the Native Americans enslaved the people of the tribes they conquered. However, I have never seen any liberal outraged because of this
    It was well known that the Native Americans enslaved the people of the tribes they conquered. However, I have never seen any liberal outraged because of this
    29 answers · History · 3 days ago
  • I'm writing a story and need name suggestions!?

    I'm writing a story about a girl that falls in love with her kidnapper. Any good name suggestions??
    I'm writing a story about a girl that falls in love with her kidnapper. Any good name suggestions??
    11 answers · Books & Authors · 12 hours ago
  • Are you astounded when people believe total rubbish they saw on YouTube and cite it as a source?

    Best answer: No - I stopped being astounded or even surprised many years ago at the boundless stupidity and gullibility displayed by a huge number of people.
    Best answer: No - I stopped being astounded or even surprised many years ago at the boundless stupidity and gullibility displayed by a huge number of people.
    11 answers · Polls & Surveys · 15 hours ago
  • Was homosexuality the main reason for the decline of the Roman Empire?

    Best answer: Yeah, too many gays.
    Best answer: Yeah, too many gays.
    14 answers · History · 2 days ago
  • Were black Americans systematically targeted by eugenics during 1920-1940s?

    Were black Americans systematically targeted by eugenics during 1920-1940s?

    Best answer: That is true. Ethnic cleansing/genocide happened right here in USA. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood was very racist. She convinced the Klan to support her to target blacks for abortion. Abortion clinics were purposefully built where African Americans lived to try to exterminate the black... show more
    Best answer: That is true. Ethnic cleansing/genocide happened right here in USA. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood was very racist. She convinced the Klan to support her to target blacks for abortion. Abortion clinics were purposefully built where African Americans lived to try to exterminate the black race

    Picture: Margaret Sanger speaking in front of the Klan
    13 answers · History · 1 day ago
  • Philosophy question, shouldn't people have the right to decide if they want to live or die?

    Best answer: There is a question in ethics as to whether or not a right to die can coexist with a right to life. If, it is argued, the right to life is inalienable, it cannot be surrendered, and therefore may be incompatible with a right to die.[4] A second debate exists within bioethics over whether the right to die is... show more
    Best answer: There is a question in ethics as to whether or not a right to die can coexist with a right to life. If, it is argued, the right to life is inalienable, it cannot be surrendered, and therefore may be incompatible with a right to die.[4] A second debate exists within bioethics over whether the right to die is universal, only applies under certain circumstances (such as terminal illness), or if it exists. It is also stated that 'right to live' is not synonymous to 'obligation to live'. From that point of view, the right to live can coexist with the right to die.[5]
    A court in the American state of Montana, for example, has found that the right to die applies to those with life-threatening medical conditions. Suicide advocate Ludwig Minelli, euthanasia expert Sean W. Asher and bioethics professor Jacob M. Appel, in contrast, argue that all competent people have a right to end their own lives. Appel has suggested that the right to die is a test for the overall freedom of a given society.[6]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_d...
    15 answers · Philosophy · 3 days ago
  • What is the proof that "I am"?

    What is the proof that "I am"? If I say "I am not" how to convince me otherwise? "I think therefore I am" does not seem to work since you can reply to that "I am not" and "Thoughts are not".
    What is the proof that "I am"? If I say "I am not" how to convince me otherwise? "I think therefore I am" does not seem to work since you can reply to that "I am not" and "Thoughts are not".
    24 answers · Philosophy · 3 days ago
  • When writing a story, is there any mandated length a chapter should be?

    Can a chapter just be a page or two?
    Can a chapter just be a page or two?
    11 answers · Books & Authors · 15 hours ago
  • Did Hitler bomb UK cities in World War 2?

    Even if there were children in them? Isn't that pretty much the evilest thing a person could do?
    Even if there were children in them? Isn't that pretty much the evilest thing a person could do?
    23 answers · History · 3 days ago