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sdifox

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That was the outcome of the U.S.’s last trade war. Our former customers diversified their supply chain.
Err they were planting soy beans before then. It was just more advantageous to sell their entire stock to China and then buy from US.
 

Mai72

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Jesus might had traveled to India from age 12-29. Called the unknown years of Jesus. If true, that would send the bible into chaos. Supssedly, he took the teachings of the buddhist priest, and brought them back to the Western population. He was very influenced by the Buddha and his teachings.

 

OccamsToothbrush

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Jesus might had traveled to India from age 12-29. Called the unknown years of Jesus. If true, that would send the bible into chaos. Supssedly, he took the teachings of the buddhist priest, and brought them back to the Western population. He was very influenced by the Buddha and his teachings.

Jesus could have traveled to the moon and set up a Starbucks franchise there too. Since nobody knows what he supposedly did during those years he could also have been a professional wrestler, a porn actor, a mass murderer or a door to door dung salesman.

Jesus didn't exist, nobody even knows what he was doing during the years that were supposedly documented. The history of Jesus was written from 50-500 years later by people that were not there and never met him. Not a single word exists about the life of Jesus from people who were in that area at that time.
 

lxskllr

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Jesus didn't exist, nobody even knows what he was doing during the years that were supposedly documented. The history of Jesus was written from 50-500 years later by people that were not there and never met him. Not a single word exists about the life of Jesus from people who were in that area at that time.
Yea, funny about all of that. A guy that (allegedly)did hundreds of amazing things, and nobody could be arsed to mention it soon after it happened. If I were the skeptical type, I might think it was all manufactured.
 
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Ajay

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Jesus didn't exist, nobody even knows what he was doing during the years that were supposedly documented. The history of Jesus was written from 50-500 years later by people that were not there and never met him. Not a single word exists about the life of Jesus from people who were in that area at that time.
Wow, fortunately, we have an omniscient being to enlighten all us peasants :rolleyes:
 

OccamsToothbrush

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Wow, fortunately, we have an omniscient being to enlighten all us peasants :rolleyes:
Dude, that's just sad. If that's the best response you can come up I pity you.

The FACT that even the religions based around Jesus can't find evidence of Jesus' supposed existence is just that: FACT, not opinion. They've been searching for any evidence that Jesus was real for 2000 years and have come up empty for 2000 years. The very first mention of the name Jesus was from a guy named Jospehus who was born after Jesus supposedly died and Josephus didn't even suggest Jesus was a god or a supernatural being nor did Josephus claim to have met Jesus or to have talked to anyone that supposedly met Jesus. The gospels were written a hundred years later and the one that might be original, Mark, is short and mentions Jesus very little. The other gospels, particularly Luke and John, pretty much plagiarize Mark and just add some new stuff which is mostly stories attributed to other "gods" in that area that predate Jesus. Jesus' life story in the bible is the myths of Zoroaster, Attas, Mithras, Balder, Horus, Osiris, Dionysus and other gods from that area and era with their names scratched out and Jesus written in with crayons. Jesus made no mark on the world, nobody noticed him or talked about him while he was supposedly here and the religions can't dispute that.
 

Ajay

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You cannot prove a negative, eg, that Jesus didn’t exist. Beginning with a logical fallacy is a poor start. Apparently you have never read Mark; practically all Mark talks about is Jesus' life and works, exhibit 1 Mark Chapter 1. You read like some disinterested college class on world religions - seriously, this is almost verbatim what friends have said to me after taking such a class. The fact that ancient writers were influenced by prior philosophies is unsurprising. You comment is an unoriginal, rant on your personal view of Christ. Believe what you like, but it just isn’t surprising that little is known about an ancient individual from Judaea who's beliefs were rejected by Jew and Roman alike.
 

OccamsToothbrush

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You cannot prove a negative, eg, that Jesus didn’t exist.
No shit.

But you can prove a positive. And Christianity can't prove ANYTHING about Jesus. Not one tiny shred. It's not just that they can't verify the miracles, prove the resurrection or attribute any of the things he supposedly said to him via an established chain of evidence, it's that they can't find a single person that ever saw him, met him or talked to a single person that claims to have seen him. A guy that supposedly rabble roused, performed miracles, walked on water, was tried and crucified, came back from the dead, ascended to heaven and all that other incredible crap and left not a single mark on the world. Not one. Nothing left behind by him, nothing left by his apostles, nothing left by the beneficiaries of his acts, not one little "Hey, leprosy is gone, thanks Jesus!!" graffiti on a wall. NOTHING. How is it possible that there are life stories from butchers, bakers and candlestick makers of that era, people that knew them and met them and spoke to them, but none for poor little Jesus. And how is it possible that the things idiots claim to know about Jesus, the "documented" parts of his life, (ROFL) were written by people who were not even alive at the time to document them and that all are taken directly from the stories of other fictional gods.

Unicorns: real or fictional? Nobody has ever seen one and there's no evidence to support the fact that were real, they only exist in literature as far a anyone can prove.

Dragons: real or fictional? Nobody has ever seen one and there's no evidence to support the fact that were real, they only exist in literature as far a anyone can prove.

Darth Vader: real or fictional? Nobody has ever seen him and there's no evidence to support the fact that he's real, he only exists in media as far a anyone can prove.

Harry Potter, Rip Van Winkle, Pegasus, Neo, mermaids and Casper the Friendly Ghost: Real or fictional. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and hope that you can distinguish that they're fictional even though that nobody can disprove them (and man, that is the stupidest argument in history) yet there's just as much evidence to support them as being real as there is to support Jesus being real. Why can you understand that they're fictional characters when you can't understand that Jesus was one too?

But I'm willing to believe. All Jesus has to do is prove he's real and I'll change my tune. So come on Jesus, you can do miracles. Appear in the sky around the world, show us you're there and tell us what you really want so no charlatans can speak for you and nobody worships other gods that they made up and do it right now!!!................ Hmmm, nothing, what a shock. It's almost like he's not even there.
 
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Ajay

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But I'm willing to believe. All Jesus has to do is prove he's real and I'll change my tune. So come on Jesus, you can do miracles. Appear in the sky around the world, show us you're there and tell us what you really want so no charlatans can speak for you and nobody worships other gods that they made up and do it right now!!!................ Hmmm, nothing, what a shock. It's almost like he's not even there.
No, you are not willing to believe. What you want is a magic show; God is not tempted by your insincerity. Continue to rant if you wish, you so do appear to enjoy it. Have a nice life.
 

CZroe

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In 1989, Nintendo partnered with Sharp to sell a TV with a built-in Nintendo Entertainment System that cost about as much as a comparable TV plus the NES console... but you didn't get a game or a Zapper.

Though it looked odd with extra bulk on the bottom and four easily-breakable "feet" protruding from each corner, there wasn't anything saying "Nintendo" or "NES" on the front. It just had a door that said "GAME" and an extra button on the remote for jumping to that game. Even looking behind the door you had to be familiar with NES buttons, cartridge loading mechanism, and controller port layout to recognize it. Yes, it had the same flawed ZIF connector as the NES-001 everyone remembers, unlike the later top-loading NES-101 from, I think, 1993.

Internally it's just connected to composite video. Nothing fancy like RGB, though misinformation about that persists in some places online. I remember seeing one on display at K-Mart but there was nothing mentioning that it had a built-in NES. I don't even think the employees knew that. I ended up bringing in my own controllers/game to see it work.

It's a collector's item these days. I could never afford one then and I definitely can't afford one now unless I find someone who doesn't know what they have. Came surprisingly close today: Turns out that this TV included black versions of the original gray NES-004 controllers, but the Nintendo branding on the front is removed and replaced with "Game Television." They look like bootleg controllers to someone who doesn't know what to look for. Looks like they sell for about $100 each and we just spent a tiny fraction of that on BOTH! :D

Moral of the story:
BOLO for a funny-lookin' Sharp-brand CRT television that could be worth a small fortune. Also, black NES controllers with "Game Television" on the front are rare/desiresble too. ;)
 
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OccamsToothbrush

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No, you are not willing to believe. What you want is a magic show; God is not tempted by your insincerity. Continue to rant if you wish, you so do appear to enjoy it. Have a nice life.
And again, that's the best you've got? Sad

If god is real and I'm insincere then god must have made me this way. He must want me to this. Maybe he wants at least one person on earth capable of distinguishing fact from fiction and one person who calls out god for the fact that he's full of shit. But hey, it doesn't have to be magic. Let's see god do some actual good in the world. He claims to be able to heal the sick. Okay god, go, cure cancer. Millions will be saved and I'll believe. No? Nothing? Moving on. Okay god, feed the starving Christians in Africa who pray to you every day. No? Again nothing? Wow, are you too busy stopping war? No, not that either. What is your impotent little god doing except, ummm, nothing? I'm willing to believe in him if he does even one of the things he promises to do and so far, he's batting 0 for a bazillion. Kind of like the evidence to support the existence of Jesus, a big fat zero.

But you dodged the embarrassing question, so I'll ask it again. How can you tell that Harry Potter, Rip Van Winkle, Pegasus, Neo, mermaids and Casper the Friendly Ghost are fictional when there's nothing to disprove them? Go ahead, explain in an intelligent and coherent way a reason for why you know Darth Vader is fictional BECAUSE there's no evidence to support him being real while simultaneously believing in god DESPITE the fact that there's no evidence to support him being real and I'll believe because that would be one hell of a miracle.
 

rstrohkirch

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You seem to have a pretty adverse reaction to someone believing in a person that may or may not have existed. I wonder if those extensive replies you posted prompted him to change his opinion and side with you.
 

OccamsToothbrush

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You seem to have a pretty adverse reaction to someone believing in a person that may or may not have existed. I wonder if those extensive replies you posted prompted him to change his opinion and side with you.
Of course not. If a person was capable of that kind of rational thought he would not be that deeply committed to a fictional person in the first place. But perhaps others might have some functioning brain cells and might be saved. The church does everything it can to hide the fact that they don't have any evidence of Jesus ever existing and that's for a reason, to fool people and change their minds. Trying to unfool them can and does work even if it won't in this particular case.
 

FeuerFrei

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sdifox

No Lifer
Sep 30, 2005
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In 1989, Nintendo partnered with Sharp to sell a TV with a built-in Nintendo Entertainment System that cost about as much as a comparable TV plus the NES console... but you didn't get a game or a Zapper.

Though it looked odd with extra bulk on the bottom and four easily-breakable "feet" protruding from each corner, there wasn't anything saying "Nintendo" or "NES" on the front. It just had a door that said "GAME" and an extra button on the remote for jumping to that game. Even looking behind the door you had to be familiar with NES buttons, cartridge loading mechanism, and controller port layout to recognize it. Yes, it had the same flawed ZIF connector as the NES-001 everyone remembers, unlike the later top-loading NES-101 from, I think, 1993.

Internally it's just connected to composite video. Nothing fancy like RGB, though misinformation about that persists in some places online. I remember seeing one on display at K-Mart but there was nothing mentioning that it had a built-in NES. I don't even think the employees knew that. I ended up bringing in my own controllers/game to see it work.

It's a collector's item these days. I could never afford one then and I definitely can't afford one now unless I find someone who doesn't know what they have. Came surprisingly close today: Turns out that this TV included black versions of the original gray NES-004 controllers, but the Nintendo branding on the front is removed and replaced with "Game Television." They look like bootleg controllers to someone who doesn't know what to look for. Looks like they sell for about $100 each and we just spent a tiny fraction of that on BOTH! :D

Moral of the story:
BOLO for a funny-lookin' Sharp-brand CRT television that could be worth a small fortune. Also, black NES controllers with "Game Television" on the front are rare/desiresble too. ;)
Do they also come with tin foiled white powder?
 

CZroe

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Jun 24, 2001
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Do they also come with tin foiled white powder?
LOL! Haven't opened them yet but they did come from the same flea market. :)

Cable, buttons, and internals should be identical to standard controllers from 1989 so I'll swap parts with better-condition controllers if there's any problem. One way or another I'll be opening them up to better clean them but as light as they are I don't anticipate finding anything.
 

shortylickens

No Lifer
Jul 15, 2003
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In 1989, Nintendo partnered with Sharp to sell a TV with a built-in Nintendo Entertainment System that cost about as much as a comparable TV plus the NES console... but you didn't get a game or a Zapper.

Though it looked odd with extra bulk on the bottom and four easily-breakable "feet" protruding from each corner, there wasn't anything saying "Nintendo" or "NES" on the front. It just had a door that said "GAME" and an extra button on the remote for jumping to that game. Even looking behind the door you had to be familiar with NES buttons, cartridge loading mechanism, and controller port layout to recognize it. Yes, it had the same flawed ZIF connector as the NES-001 everyone remembers, unlike the later top-loading NES-101 from, I think, 1993.

Internally it's just connected to composite video. Nothing fancy like RGB, though misinformation about that persists in some places online. I remember seeing one on display at K-Mart but there was nothing mentioning that it had a built-in NES. I don't even think the employees knew that. I ended up bringing in my own controllers/game to see it work.

It's a collector's item these days. I could never afford one then and I definitely can't afford one now unless I find someone who doesn't know what they have. Came surprisingly close today: Turns out that this TV included black versions of the original gray NES-004 controllers, but the Nintendo branding on the front is removed and replaced with "Game Television." They look like bootleg controllers to someone who doesn't know what to look for. Looks like they sell for about $100 each and we just spent a tiny fraction of that on BOTH! :D

Moral of the story:
BOLO for a funny-lookin' Sharp-brand CRT television that could be worth a small fortune. Also, black NES controllers with "Game Television" on the front are rare/desiresble too. ;)
Oh yeah I remember the NES TV. Me and my lame ass friends waited and waited. Eventually we forgot about it.
But I knew a kid who had one black NES controller and a couple black SNES controllers. His dad bought them from somewhere, we never got a source. It was pretty sweet.

Nowadays you can fork over a buttload of cash for custom controllers from many different places, so its less special.
 

shortylickens

No Lifer
Jul 15, 2003
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Amazon has a printed catalog.
I just got it. Did not ask for it. Gonna have to look in my settings and disable the mailing of printed catalogs. Cuz its a waste of paper and I dont want it.
Also, the cocksuckers at IWI gave away my personal info to the fucking NRA and now I'm on their mailing list.
Will not be purchasing anything from the IWI website ever again.
 

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