on that post.
The general idea of surviving a doomsday event can be something to discuss, but to discuss how a country would cause it is not.
So this particular statement:
Is definitely political to me.if the USA gets pushed too far the federal government could threaten the world with doomsday
If William had just said "if a doomsday scenerio happened on the planet".
Even if he said "if some government went overboard and created a doomsday scenerio" would be better, but would be moving into the political arena.
And; a very common one that I see that many people don't think is political is when they compare any NASA or other science budget against another budget. What those statements imply is a political opinion of one political program to another. If it's the NASA (or scientific) budget to the whole, then that's a little different because you are not implying an opinion solely on that one budget.
Totally off topic here, but I'd like to applaud the moderation in the "classic cars" thread. A subtle corrective nudge, a good interpretation/relaxation of the rules for that thread, followed by co-operation by the board members, et voila: one happy thread.
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In post #431, you give this post from William Thompson as a post you believe to be non-political. Your actual quote is:
djellison states in post #439 that it:
First off, you don't specify where you got the first quote, so we don't know if it's from a valid source, or you just made it up. However....Originally Posted by djellison
Definition of POLITICAL
1 a : of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of government
b : of, relating to, or concerned with the making as distinguished from the administration of governmental policy
2: of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especially party politics
3: organized in governmental terms <political units>
4: involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government or a political system <political prisoners>
Definition of POLITICS
1a : the art or science of government
b : the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
c : the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
2: political actions, practices, or policies
3 a : political affairs or business; especially : competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)
b : political life especially as a principal activity or profession
c : political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices
4: the political opinions or sympathies of a person
5 a : the total complex of relations between people living in society
b : relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view <office politics> <ethnic politics>
Talked about models of US national security
Implied that the US would countenance global eradication of the human race so long as they survived
These are both topics about the policies and conduct of a government and so political under definitions 1a, 1b and politics under 2, 3c.
As the mod said - it was also because a previous, similar discussion had gone off the rails. Threads like this are generally ones in which more than just the OP get themselves into trouble. If people reply or debate then too often it crosses a line. In this case, because one of these threads had just happened thanks to the poster's input I can see why it infracted.
Looking at that one post does it seem harsh? Yes - but taking the post in context it is not.
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Here's some moderation that may be over, under, or just right. Clearly we'll all have a different opinion on that.
This thread has drifted off and on topic, and into and out of various states of tenseness. Time to end it, I think.
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