Online:10 Months Ago Name:Roy Latham
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Ideology:Conservative Education:Graduate Degree
Party:Republican Party Ethnicity:Not Saying
Relationship:Married Income:Not Saying
Interested:- Private - Occupation:Self-Employed
Looking:- Private - Religion:Atheist
About Me:My career has been in aircraft navigation and in computer graphics, including graphics for flight simulators. I founded Computer Graphics Systems Development Corp. (cgsd.com), a small Silicon Valley engineering company, in 1990. My degrees are in Aero & Astro, Electrical Engineering, Applied Math & Statistics, and Computer Science. I am a US Patent Agent and a licensed Private Pilot.
Activities:Photography, travel, blogging, and debate. I am one of the world's oldest anime fans.
Beliefs:I am a Conservative, tending to libertarian. I am somewhat liberal on social issues. I am an atheist, but I think Christianity is a net positive force in society.
Books:I have lots of favorites. Recently, Charles Krauthammer's "Things that Matter," "Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens," and Sean Carroll's "The Particle at the End of the Universe." Anything by Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, Charles Murray, Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, or John McPhee. I like the DVD lectures put out by The Teaching Company.
Movies:Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Kung Fu Hustle, Star Wars VI, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Christmas Story. 2001 and Forbidden Planet endure. Steve Martin's "LA Story" is a classic about what a place is really like. Polar Express is an animation favorite. Inexplicably, anime does not have a category of its own here. Some of my favorites are Haibane Renmei, Rurouni Kenshin, Kino's Journey, Witch Hunter Robin, The Third, Kamichu!, Chobits, and Mahoromatic. "Angelic Layer" is a nice prequel to Chobits. "Great Teacher Onizuna" is fun. Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro," "Castle in the Sky" and "Howl's Moving Castle.
Music:Hawaiian: Israel Kamakawewo'ole, Darlene Ahuna, Willie K, Amy Gilliiom; some J-Pop; Bach, Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi; P.D.Q. Bach, Dick Dale, Leon Redbone, Marsha Ball, The Capitol Steps, The Kingston Trio, Yo-Yo Ma
Quotes:"I'm not afraid to die," I said. "I'm not afraid to live. I'm not afraid to fail. I'm not afraid to succeed. I'm not afraid to fall in love. I'm not afraid to be alone. I'm just afraid I might have to stop talking about myself for five minutes."
-- Kinky Friedman;

"If there are no cigars in heaven, I won't go."
--Mark Twain

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."
-H.L. Mencken

"And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobe who wears mink."
- Greg Gutfeld

"Even monkeys fall from trees."
-Japanese saying about experts

"They teach me patience. I teach them respect."
-Caine, "Kung Fu" (old TV series)

Herman Kahn was a professional deep thinker at the Hudson Institute who pondered things like what would happen after a nuclear war --
Kahn: I am a stoic.
Mrs. Kahn: Herman, you're fat. You can't be a stoic.
Kahn: Then I'll be a neo-stoic.

"Lois, I always tell the truth."
-Superman
Sports Teams:None, no interest.
TV Shows:I watch a lot of C-SPAN2 and the cable news channels. I'm a fan of "Mythbusters" and "How They Do It." I like Greg Gutfeld on late night. Dexter was a great series. NCIS. Old favorites: Monty Python's Flying Circus; The Two Ronnies; Have Gun, Will Travel; The Red Green Show; Police Squad; Kung Fu; Benny Hill.
Websites:
College:
Santa Clara University, Graduate Class of 1983
Santa Clara, California, United States
Stony Brook University, Graduate Class of 1974
Stony Brook, New York, United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Undergraduate Class of 1969
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Resolved: The United States Should Adopt an Open Border Policy

16kadams
RoyLatham

== Voting == Select winner, 3k ELO, 2 week voting period== Structure == 10k characters. 71 hours to argue. 4 rounds. R1. Acceptance. R2. CasesR3. RebuttalsR4. Rebuttals/closing== Clarifications == Open border policy: a policy in which legalization itself is no longer a crime. There will be border checkpoints, but immigration in and of itself would no longer be a crime and immigrants already here would be legalized. They would not be given citizenship per se (they could apply after a few years),...

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Global Warming is Man-Made

16kadams
RoyLatham

==Clarification== I will be arguing that mankind IS the cause of global warming, my opponent will be arguing that mankind is NOT the main driver of modern climate change. My opponent, therefore, is arguing that the theory of anthropogenic climate change is incorrect. This is pretty straightforward. Abbreviations which might be used: AGW -- Anthropogenic global warming CR -- cosmic ray[s] TSI -- Total solar irradiation MWP -- Medieval Warm Period SSN -- Sun spot number PDO --...

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Christianity disgusting?

TheMasterofEnglish
RoyLatham

I think it to be a cruel religion (with stupid rules) have a look at some snipets from the bible. For touching Mount Sinai Whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death. Exodus 19:13 For taking "accursed things" Achan ... took of the accursed thing. ... And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. ... So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Joshua 7:1-26 For cursing or blaspheming And he that blasph...

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This House Asserts That Ontology Necessitates God!

Ajabi
RoyLatham

Shalom Aleichem! The idea of this debate started with me contacting Roy for a debate. Given a list of topics he believed that the best topic to discuss is the Ontological Argument. I believe I should mention the Spirit of the Motion is whether the study of Being, with relation to the studies of Ideas can make God a necessary conception. There are some rules which both parties must accept: 1. The first round for Roy is acceptance only, and to share any pleasantries. He accepts the defin...

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Anthropogenic Climate Change Exists

brant.merrell
RoyLatham

First round, acceptance....

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Won:222
Win Ratio:93.28%
Percentile:99.99%
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