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  1. The difference is Jews are people and cows aren''t, If I have a choice between saving a human being and a cow I'm going to save the human every time. Serious question based on this logic should we eliminate all predators? Since they need to kill other animals to live.
  2. I meant that he wrote three books in the Shattered Sea world, then returned to the world of the First Law. His new book is in an entirely new world with elves and demons and popes, but I bet eventually he'll write another First Law book.
  3. Why though? Doesn't lab meat get rid of most of the objections to meat consumption? Without the enviromental and ethical issues why should we abstain from lab meat?
  4. I really disagree with this. Throughout most of human history most religion has been a reflection of societies values rather than imposing values on society. It's only been relatively recently with the rise of Christianity and Islam that we've seen expansionist religion attempting to impose scriputral values on society.
  5. I don't think it will help it much at hall. It's the utra-orthodox ultra-conservative parishes that are full of young people. The liberal and neutral ones outnumber those by far but they are on borrowed time.
  6. I don't think they care. Covid has been controlled here for a while do to lockdowns and the vaccination rate here is not so good, but getting better. China has exported a lot of their vaccines and so it's very far from approaching herd immunity here. I think limiting international travel is part of the goal. As for only recognizing the Chinese vaccine, as with any policy here it will be ironclad and unchangeable until it isn't. I'm sure eventually it will change but when? who knows. I am surprised China is on your list as most foreign teachers I know here have been offered the vaccine through their jobs. It was a lot worse last summer in terms of blaming foreigners people would scoot away from you on the bus and jump to the other side of the sidewalk. There was a good month scare of foreigners bringing in the virus from Russia. That's died down now, but people still ask me all the time when the las time I went back home. The quarantine right now is a month. Two weeks at a hotel, two weeks at home. I could theoretically go back to America for the summer since I have the Chinese vaccine and was planning on it, but with these new doubled quarantines I don't think I will.
  7. I think an organization holding itself to be the one true church should be able to do better than to have a pedophilia problem. At the same time if you really believe the Catholic church is the only organization that can provide licit communion I see why you'd stay. But even the stated teachings of the church cause a lot of pain the rules about divorce, and LGBT individuals have caused a lot of pain and will continue to do so.
  8. His next novel isn't set in the First Law universe, but I bet sooner or later he'll come back after taking a break. Similar to what he did with his young adult series.
  9. How much work does a congressperson actually do though if their staff does most of the bill writing and such? it seems like they just debate about policies which we're all doing for free.
  10. Luckily I got vaccinated with the rest of the teachers at my school and wasn't treated differently. Anecdotally with other teachers in China it seems to be the same, but China is not recognizing non-Chinese vaccines so it makes sense they want everyone to have the Chinese one.
  11. I agree that they can't realistically change there is also a lot of underlying philosophy that goes with those stances and a hierarchy of celebates is not going to be sympathetic to the idea people need sex. I get conservative LBTQ+ members who abstain from sex the church teaches that's fine. But I don't get non abstaining or liberal Catholics if they actually got the Church to do what they want it would disprove it. It seems to me you should either believe what the Church teaches or leave into the world of Protestantism/Agnosticism/Athiesm.
  12. There is but they don't get a primary. Democrats abroad get to send delegates to the convention.
  13. What do you think is the long-term future of the Catholic Church? As of now the church is struggling with many issues’ child sex abuse scandals. doctrinal issues around same sex marriage and slumping attendance in developed countries. But it is also experiencing tremendous growth in Africa and Asia. I think if the church doesn't reform on LGBT rights It might end up being an object of derision in Western countries. Gay rights are relatively recent but in a hundred years if the church has the same stance it's going to be a big issue. I think liberal and cultural Catholics will gradually fall away as the church’s morals become unacceptable to society. Leaving a conservative core similar to the ultra-orthodox Haredi communities. We can already see this a bit with Latin mass and Society of St Pius X churches.
  14. I suspect after a century of vat grown meat society will look at slaughtering animals as barbaric. That said I'm not a vegetarian or vegan personally. I find the disconnect in modern society from where our food comes from troubling. In boy scouts I had to butcher a rabbit at the age of eleven and I think it was a good lesson. Our food has a price and it's important to know that.
  15. I was planning on going to their caucus event in Beijing pre-covid. I'm surprised the Chinese government allows American political activity of any type to take place here. I was wondering if i'd see security people lurking about. I'm on their mailing list and if they offer me the vaccine I'll take it. I've had the Chinese one but the vaccines that would come from the US are a lot more effective.
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