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  1. 2016 Olympic Games

    Yeah I was glad to hear that didn't turn out to be what I (and many others) thought it was. Shame on Ryan Lochte and co though. Overall it was a pretty good games, and the "doom and gloom" predictions were not accurate. I'm glad for that of course.
  2. 2016 Olympic Games

    Well, I was going to mention how well the Olympics were going so far (and that's still mostly true), but here we have some of what was expected: http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-oly-rio-2016-was-ryan-lochte-robbed-at-gunpoint-or-1471189256-htmlstory.html
  3. Simtropolis Religion Thread

    Just for S &G: http://www.theonion.com/article/sumerians-look-on-in-confusion-as-god-creates-worl-2879 As for atheists discussing religion, it makes sense, considering that religion is all around them in society, most people are religious, and many people want the law of the land to reflect religious dogma. In many ways, atheists must be concerned with religion. That doesn't mean they need to spend so much time trying to convince others that their beliefs are true, but one can discuss it without doing so. Just because you believe there is no actual God, doesn't mean you can't discuss it. Atheists can recognize that God is very real as a concept, and that of course can be discussed. Also, some people simply enjoy discussing the possibility (or not) of God's existence. Agnostics especially may find arguments on both sides interesting and worth considering. I also think some comparisons between atheism and religion are valid. You have a belief, maybe it came to you after reflection and research, that belief has improved your life, you want to share it with others so that they can "see the light" as you do. That can apply to theists and atheists alike. One could turn the question around on theists too: if you're so confident in your beliefs, why do you spend so much time attacking atheist beliefs and trying to convince people that evolution is false? Why apologetics? Surely if your beliefs are 100% correct, no amount of "science" will ever disprove them (I also do not believe religion and science are incompatible, despite what people on both sides sometimes say, but this is for the sake of example). I'm just saying that people discussing "the other side"'s beliefs (even in relation to their own) are not necessarily guilty of any hypocrisy or doubt. And FWIW, I'm a "universalist" or whatever you want to call it. I believe in God and believe that all religions are an attempt at accessing God, that there is no "one true religion", that they all have some spiritual truth to them.
  4. Interesting NUMBERS

    142,857 This number appears in the reciprocal of 7. 1/7 = 0.142857142857... for eternity. 14, 28, 56 are 7 multiplied by the powers of two. Here's what's interesting about this number: 142857 x 2 = 285,714 142857 x 3 = 428,571 142857 x 4 = 571,428 142857 x 5 = 714,285 142857 x 6 = 857,142 The first six multiples of 142857 are all permutations of the digits 142857. Then of course we have: 142857 x 7 = 999,999 142857 + 857142 = 999,999
  5. Terror Attack at Munich, olympic shopping center

    And another: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/world/europe/syrian-refugee-arrested-in-germany-after-fatal-machete-attack.html
  6. Except ISIS would rather bomb Afghanistan, an already impoverished and deeply troubled nation of Muslims. ISIS likes to act like they have this coherent ideology, but they're really all over the place. They kill more Muslims than any other type of people. They variously support lone wolf attacks that may have had nothing to do with them (look at the way they wanted to support the Orlando shooter, but couldn't when it turned out he might've been gay).
  7. Terror Attack at Munich, olympic shopping center

    Okay, OcramsRzr has gone off the deep end -_- OT: Why are there always reports of multiple gunmen at first and then it turns out there was only one? Do people just have a hard time imagining that one person can inflict that much damage? Also, this shooter appears to have been mentally disturbed (not surprising) and was obsessed with mass shootings. It seems to have had nothing to do with extremism. Although I guess we'll find out more.
  8. Simtropolis Religion Thread

    Well, most religions teach that only the members of that religion will be the ones in heaven. According to South Park, Mormons are the only people allowed in heaven Kind of reminds me of an idea a drunken Barney Gumble suggested on The Simpsons: Barney: All I'm saying is that when we die, there'll be a planet for the French, a planet for the Chinese...and we'll all be a lot happier! Lisa: Mr. Gumble, you're upsetting me. Barney: No I'm not!
  9. A Failed Military Coup in Turkey

    The problem is that dictatorial Islamist states are what a lot of these countries eventually become; it's essentially the natural order for Islam. I'm not being "Islamophobic", that's just how it is. There's no "separation of church and state" in Islam, there's no "render unto Caesar". State and religion are inherently linked together. Secularism has to be forced on the people, often in a repressive way (like that of Ataturk), and eventually the Islamists gain power. Single-ruler theocracy is really the ideal form of government under Islam (and the way it was for hundreds of years). And there's just going to keep being clashes between those who want that and those who want to Westernize.
  10. Truck rams Bastille Day crowd in Nice killing at least 70

    How many times must France bleed like this? I won't be surprised at all if ISIS takes credit for this.
  11. Terrain mod that isn't so green?

    Thank you very much
  12. 2016 Olympic Games

    I HOPE it goes well. But we shall see.
  13. Too hot

    If you live in a place where room temperature can get above 95, you better have an air conditioner! I live in a dry warm area of Southern California (in fact, there's a wildfire going on not too far from my town!) and I've never seen the room temperature go above 85 without the AC on, but since we have AC, we use it whenever it gets too warm (usually if it's above 80). If you live in a dry area, you can use an evaporative cooler, since those don't use as much energy nor cost as much as AC, but probably won't work in a humid area.
  14. Terrain mod that isn't so green?

    Okay, it doesn't have to be HD. I didn't realize there weren't that many HD ones. You can suggest ones that aren't HD. At this point I kinda just want to use something other than the default that has kind of a more arid look without being full-blown desert. (I did like the look of the Italia one. Still a bit green for my liking, but it was probably the nicest out of the ones I tried).
  15. Can anyone recommend a terrain mod that doesn't make everything look so green? At least not at all elevation levels. I've been playing the game for two years now and still haven't used a terrain mod .Though I love the look of HD terrain, I find that all the terrain mods are just too green. I'm from California, so I like a little bit browner terrain in some spots, especially at the higher elevations, like the default Maxis one. Are there are any that kind of have a similar color scheme as the default (i.e. less green the higher you go), but are HD? I may use a desert one, but I'm not sure.