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  1. World Death Rate Holding Steady At 100 Percent
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  2. They woefully underestimate the threat. Fact is, we're all gonna die.
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  3. Grand jury decision is in. No indictment, obviously. As the overwhelming evidence confirming the cop's innocence was being released (including testimony from the people who originally talked to the media, squarely contradicting statements the media has accepted unquestioningly and presented as facts), the new round of riots looted and burned down the same businesses that were rebuilt and restocked after being destroyed three months ago. This time, everyone knew exactly what was coming, authorities on all levels had weeks to prepare, and actually had the luxury to choose the time the riots wo
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  4. This is false. The qua man standard, which is to say, reason, is precisely what guarantees that conflict will not exist between individuals. Conflict is the result of the initiation of force, which is irrational (see above regarding the impossibility of prudent predation); with reason, force is not initiated, so no conflict can exist. Rationality and initiating force are mutually exclusive.
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  5. In this example, you have the cleverness of one mind - yours - on your side, while your enemies have the minds of an entire civilization on theirs to stop you. You're not the only one who's prudent; suppose they put in place measures to detect you of which you were unaware. Waging a war of one against all is not prudent. And it is a war. By choosing a path of destruction, you have taken a risk you did not need to take - particularly considering that your cleverness could have applied productively, i.e. in a manner that does not result in conflict among men. Prudent predation is an oxymoron.
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  6. For the love of Peikoff, not this argument again. Existence/non-existence is indeed the fundamental alternative, but to what does it pertain? Existence qua man means more than just physical existence (morgue avoidance) because there is more to man than just a body. It also includes, for man, the existence of his rational mind. You cannot destroy that mind AND achieve greater longevity, because longevity necessarily entails the existence of the mind. That fact is glossed over in insisting that existence of the body is sufficient to say that one exists. If the mind goes out of existence as a con
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