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Apr 15 2009, 04:38 AM (Post #1)
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http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/pop...226723&src=news


With the reasoning they're giving, I'd imagine the same thing would apply to television news, wouldn't it?

Any thoughts?
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Apr 15 2009, 04:43 AM (Post #2)
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Of course. I don't think people are desensitized to morals. Killing is still bad. Rape is still bad. They can just handle it better.
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Apr 15 2009, 01:02 PM (Post #3)
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QUOTE (Jinghao @ Apr 15 2009, 12:43 AM)
Killing is still bad. Rape is still bad.
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that's pretty biased don't you think?
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Apr 15 2009, 05:03 PM (Post #4)
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QUOTE (Heartless Krab @ Apr 15 2009, 05:02 AM)
that's pretty biased don't you think?
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Not from a pragmatic standpoint
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Apr 15 2009, 05:29 PM (Post #5)
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Just for the record, killing isn't bad.


















Murder is bad. Killing isn't. The difference between murder and just killing is that murder has to be done to a person, and it has to be illegal. Killing on the other hand, is taking the life of anything, like flies and roaches.
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Well, some politically correct hippies would disagree.
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Apr 15 2009, 05:46 PM (Post #7)
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They would be politically incorrect.....actually.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/murder



noun 1. Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder).
2. Slang. something extremely difficult or perilous: That final exam was murder!
3. a group or flock of crows.

–verb (used with object) 4. Law. to kill by an act constituting murder.
5. to kill or slaughter inhumanly or barbarously.
6. to spoil or mar by bad performance, representation, pronunciation, etc.: The tenor murdered the aria.

–verb (used without object) 7. to commit murder.

—Idioms8. get away with murder, Informal. to engage in a deplorable activity without incurring harm or punishment: The new baby-sitter lets the kids get away with murder.
9. murder will out, a secret will eventually be exposed.
10. yell or scream bloody murder, a. to scream loudly in pain, fear, etc.
b. to protest loudly and angrily: If I don't get a good raise I'm going to yell bloody murder.








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Basically, you can't murder something that isn't human, so meat isn't murder, not matter how hippy you are.
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Apr 15 2009, 05:51 PM (Post #8)
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QUOTE (Black-Cat-Keeserat @ Apr 15 2009, 01:46 PM)
They would be politically incorrect.....actually.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/murder
noun 1. Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder). 
2. Slang. something extremely difficult or perilous: That final exam was murder! 
3. a group or flock of crows.

–verb (used with object) 4. Law. to kill by an act constituting murder.
5. to kill or slaughter inhumanly or barbarously.
6. to spoil or mar by bad performance, representation, pronunciation, etc.: The tenor murdered the aria. 

–verb (used without object) 7. to commit murder.

—Idioms8. get away with murder, Informal. to engage in a deplorable activity without incurring harm or punishment: The new baby-sitter lets the kids get away with murder. 
9. murder will out, a secret will eventually be exposed.
10. yell or scream bloody murder, a. to scream loudly in pain, fear, etc.
b. to protest loudly and angrily: If I don't get a good raise I'm going to yell bloody murder. 

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Basically, you can't murder something that isn't human, so meat isn't murder, not matter how hippy you are.
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Since marriage is defined as a relationship between a man and a woman, i suppose gay marriage would be a relationship between a man and a woman where at least one is gay?
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Apr 15 2009, 05:53 PM (Post #9)
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Look up the deffinition......there's going to be a surprise in there for you.....lol


For those too lazy to look it up, in most dictionaries, they at least mention gay marraige in the definition.

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A group or flock of crows?

Just some advice, dictionaries are useless in a serious philosophical semantic debate, not that I have anything to argue against you about.
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you've never heard that a flock of crows is called a murder of crows. It's what they are called, the same way fish are called a school.


I think that a dictionary is a perfectly fine tool for semantic debates. If I prove a person is misusing a word, then it really hurts their argument. It also limets their vocab, if they can't use words the way they normally do. That tears semantic debates apart.
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Apr 15 2009, 06:46 PM (Post #12)
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Wasn't the argument that killing was bad? I think if you go and find some animal and kill it, and don't eat it, that's wrong. It's also a waste of precious time and energy. Yeah, murder is defined as killing a human, but killing is bad too. Manslaughter is against the law too.
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Yeah, as far as manslaughter, by the definition of the old testiment, manslaughter was murder. There was no difference. Not really on topic, but it's trivia for you guys.


As for killing being wrong. I think if I went and killed someone's housepet, it would be wrong. If I randomly killed a farmer's cow, it would be wrong.

If I poison mice in my house, or shoot raccoons and coyotes, it isn't wrong. If I shoot woodchucks for target practice out of a local farm, it isn't wrong.


I think as long as no people are harmed, either emotionally, or financially, it isn't wrong.


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QUOTE (Black-Cat-Keeserat @ Apr 15 2009, 12:57 PM)
you've never heard that a flock of crows is called a murder of crows.  It's what they are called, the same way fish are called a school.
I think that a dictionary is a perfectly fine tool for semantic debates.  If I prove a person is misusing a word, then it really hurts their argument.  It also limets their vocab, if they can't use words the way they normally do.  That tears semantic debates apart.
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Nope, I've never heard "murder of crows". I'm sure I'll catch someone off guard with it at some point.

As for a semantic debate, I was referring to the more philosophical ones, where a dictionary definition either doesn't define something well enough, or is disagreeable. Something like "marriage" for example, happens to be very controversial, and you get inconsistencies (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/marriage, I'm sure you can just as easily find one that disagrees). Otherwise, it's still helpful when someone misuses a word (in a more apparent context), and you have to prove they're wrong.

They're also known to be flawed when it comes to something really specialized or technical, but I've never run into that problem.

But, all of that aside, I'm sure Jinghao meant "murder is bad" in context.
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Apr 15 2009, 10:55 PM (Post #15)
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But, all of that aside, I'm sure Jinghao meant "murder is bad" in context.


That's likely. Saying killing is wrong is completely based on individual morals, anyway.

And when it comes to killing pests in the home, that's the same as an animal killing another animal to protect a den. That's justified killing. But if you go out and shoot a random bird in a tree that isn't bothering you, it's wrong. That's just my opinion.
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