Originally Posted by Lodef
This whole post is a bunch of baloney. All your doing is interjecting your personal opinion and nothing more. You state zero facts with speculation, yet think people here are gullible enough to believe in it. Sorry, that is not going to work around here.
Many ex-whaling nations have stopped. That is a fact. The Japanese were trending towards stopping whaling. I gave evidences of that in my first paragraph.
After the 1st paragraph I start giving my opinion (Hint, the phrase "I think" indicates opinion.)
This is a discussion of opinion more than fact. You know most things in life are opinion. Is X better than Y? That is a question that more often than not is a matter of opinion rather than fact.
You call my opinion baloney, ignore my arguments and evidences, yet you have presented no "facts" of your own.
In my previous post I have stated evidence that back up my position (or my informed opinion). For clarifications purposes, I summarize some of it below:
[Fact] Each year whaling continues causes the deaths of a certain number of whales
[Argument/Opinion] The SS are ineffectual [Evidence] The kills rates remain the same.
[Argument/Opinion] The SS are polarizing. [Evidence] They polarized me. They have polarized other members of this thread. They have polarized you.
[Argument/Opinion] The general effect of the SS's polarization is to cause more people to be Anti-SS and sympathize with the whalers. [Evidence] That was the effect on me, all of my personal acquaintances, and from reviewing the tone of the posts on this thread, the majority of the posters of this thread.
[Conclusion] Therefore, since the principle effect of the SS is generating sympathy for whalers, I conclude, that they prolong whaling.
[Corollary] The SS cause more whale deaths by their presence than if they never existed.
My opinion is open to modification. But to do so you will have to present arguments and evidences of your own. Calling my opinion baloney without any reasonable debate serves as evidence to strengthen my [Argument/Opinion] The SS are in self-righteousness, arrogant, unreasonable bullies. [Evidence] Nearly every interaction I've had with a SS member or supporter consists of irrational name calling, especially when met with rational challenges to their beliefs. (Which has led to [Argument/Opinion] The SS resemble a religion or cult. [Evidence] see Whale Wars.)