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  1. You see, the educators in this country, having eschewed Euro-centrism, now march in lock-step with European Progressive Transnationalism. The key tenets of this latest mutation of Marxism are politically correct oppression of speech and multiculturalism. Having eschewed any of that old Western logic, they are unable to see the irony. Alternate headlines for this story: The Metaphysical and the Woman-made Girls gone wild The Effects of Not Taming the Shrew Lysistrata takes over
  2. As a nurse (now retired), I had extensive experience with just such a patient, who was cared for in the home. The parents gave loving care to the child, and were financially able to hire a nurse to care for the child during the day, but it became increasingly difficult as the boy grew (as stunted as his growth was overall). He didn't live past his teen years (as is usually the case). Like this couple's "pillow child", the boy was included in family activities, when he was well enough to do so, though they had to be extremely careful about having him around anyone with so much as the sniffle
  3. If you know he was an evil dictator, how can you ask if he deserved to die? This was a man who had prisons for children. This was a man who gassed a whole village--and those who didn't die of the initial exposure now must live with the horror of genetic mutations visited upon their children; i.e., the destruction, misery, and suffering from that one act continues to this day, and will for generations. This was a man who dug a multitude of mass graves for those who displeased him. This was a man who tortured and maimed, raped and murdered without regard for the age, sex, or sin of the victi
  4. There is a lot to be inferred from that statement. Compare this with the way Ford, for instance, considers where to cut costs and employees. There is no consideration here of who is doing what and whether that activity needs to be cut, but the fact that none of the EU countries can afford financially or politically to lose jobs. It is a rather Atlas Shrugged scenario, except there is no John Galt in the wings waiting with his friends to rebuild. No, the only one standing in the wings is some Cuffy Mohammed Meigs, and he has no intention to rebuild anything. The way I look at this is a
  5. Miss Rand would be the first to tell you that the premise, the idea that we are a "product" of our environment, is false. This doesn't mean that you can't use her, just that it would probably take more work than you have time for to do a proper job. I am curious why you chose Miss Rand in the first place. Where did you learn about her? If you still would like to use Miss Rand as your subject, may I suggest that you look up the Ayn Rand Institute. They have information specifically for students that you may find interesting. They are really the best resource and may be able to dire
  6. The problem is stated this way: There is, however, a disagreement about the nature of their problem: It is no surprise, of course, that they are having trouble distinguishing between mafia-type gang warfare and Islamist intafadas, since there is little to distinguish the two in method or motivation. The Islamist may claim religious motivation, and believe it, but they live by crime none-the-less than any gang. The philosophy that has driven the EU's rhetoric concerning the mess in the Middle East, now drives their own discussion: [Emphasis mine] With that attitude, the violence won't
  7. I just noticed that Featherfall also posted on this in a different area. I didn't mean to step on his thread. I've been absent for a while, off the web altogether. It may take me a bit to find my feet again.
  8. As the violence continues in France, there are those who are calling it an "intifada". From The Telegraph: There is a disagreement about the nature of their problem: It is no surprise, of course, that they are having trouble distinguishing between mafia-type gang warfare and Islamist intafadas, since there is little to distinguish the two in method or motivation. The Islamist may claim religious motivation, and believe it, but they live by crime none-the-less than any gang. The philosophy that has driven the EU's rhetoric concerning the mess in the Middle East, now drives their own di
  9. France, Germany and Spain have poured billions into an attempted direct threat to American enterprise, the Airbus A380, hoping to wrest the civil airline business from Boeing, in particular. I remember the festivities when they rolled out this plane. They have just announced their third devastating setback. From an excellent analysis (with links) fromThe American Thinker: What went wrong? Among other things... The failure with the A380 is, of course, spilling over to other Airbus products. The company is also considering outsourcing labor to Russia and China, which will cause se
  10. I enjoyed the part where the judge chided the posturing Christians for blatantly lying in an attempt to cloak ID in science. The judge is apparently a Christian himself and was highly offended that his fellows would resort to such antics in order to sneak ID into the schools. It's great that he called them on their hypocracy; he left them without a leg to stand on and it didn't come from someone they could smear as a sectarian, activist judge. Put a broad grin on my face. (Understand that I don't think the judge's religious beliefs are actually important to the decision he wrote. It's j
  11. And are there microwave ovens at convenient distances so that these things can be reheated? And are these microwave ovens placed inside a heated, and private, room where women can take the damn things off to reheat them? Of course, that kind of support <kof> would be expensive, but necessary. Unless they have an environmentally safe gel that can hold a comfortable level, without significant heat loss, for at least 10 hours. Without having to heat it to a temperature that would fry tender bosums when put on right out of the microwave. No wonder the shorts aren't really an item.
  12. What I said about the 1918 pandemic was what I remember from my study of medical history, which I did when I was getting my degree in nursing (from 1965-69). I've personally dealt with some pretty virulent flu strains, both in the US and when I served in Viet Nam. There are strains that are, as was put above, perfectly capable of killing on their own. I'll add that such strains usually kill very quickly, too quickly for secondary infections to be a factor. Recognizing the above doesn't invalidate what I said in my earlier post, however. I experience informs my book learnin', just
  13. They are using the pandemic from the WWI era to spread fear. Yes, millions died in a world wide pandemic. The great majority of those who died did so from secondary infections - bacterial infections which took hold when the patients immune system was compromised by the flu virus. There are two things to remember when you hear the situation today being compared to the 1918 pandemic: 1. Life expectancy in the US was around 47. This was mainly due to the sanitary conditions, water quality, and level of medical knowledge and care at the time, which was bad on all counts, especially by to
  14. Just what are these people threatening to do? How do they suppose they will take over? And why, pray tell, would the US have to submit to world opinion? What does "the world" plan on doing to us if we don't? Don't you just love how they demand their "fair share" of something they didn't invent, or develop, or impliment? Of course, that is the essense of the U.N. - a "fair share" for countries that didn't produce any part of the pie.
  15. ARI released an op-ed today about this argument and noted that the one entity left out of the discussion is the individual. We are now at a point where an argument in law about rights have nothing to do with the individual. Of course, they always argue law, as opposed to principle.
  16. One of the defining characteristics of the environment surrounding idiots is irony. For instance, I not only find it ironic that the protectors of the public peace should fire off bullets to protest a lack of ammunition, but also the fact that Hamas got their allotment from the largess of their Western sugar-daddies before the police got theirs. Well...maybe not *as* ironic. Do you suppose that anyone from Foggy Bottom bothers to read this stuff. Or maybe Langley? The Pentagon? The White Hou...oh, never mind.
  17. Is this case asking whether the feds can overrule state laws?
  18. I hope none of these people ever require medication to control pain. This is just one of many avenues of attack sustained against all such medications. As with so many of the medical cases now clogging the courts, individuals and companies are sued on the basis of bad results, not mal-practice or negligence. Consider the premise behind such litigation, and what would be required to protect oneself against being sued. Such claims demand omniscience not just on the part of doctors, but on the the entire science of medicine. They also require that every human being be a psysical carbon c
  19. Racial stereotypes? Yes. My Indian blood boils at the idea of being thought of as a fierce warrior who battles to the end! How insulting is that? Of course, my family now has members (FIVE generations straight who made a career) in the military, but we don't like anyone to think of us as belonging to the warrior caste. That would be stereotyping, and we can't have that. Is there an emoticon specifically for sarcasm? Think of it here if there is one.
  20. Hogwash. The names and mascots were chosen because they represented a fighting spirit, not as any kind of insult. Had they chosen a Zulu warrior, which was a fearsome fighter, it would have been no different. Would you be in favor of the military changing the names of their attack helicopters as well? They, too, were named because the appelations denote the courage and fighting prowess of the tribes for which they are named. I have enough Indian blood in me to be on the rolls. I can tell you from my own experience that this crap comes from a dissident political bunch that speaks with
  21. A young tech who runs a repair shop on a base which trains Iraqi Security, wrote in his milblog that, while watching a group being taught exercises, he wondered if it was right to try to change how Iraqi Joe exercised. After all, didn't these people already have a routine? Who are we to come in and try to change it? I have been appalled by how much we have been disarmed. We pay out multi-millions for the arming and training of our people, but we've sabotaged the greatest weapon, the mind of our people. I don't know what can be done to immediately change this. Our military is a mirror
  22. That you could say such a thing makes me wonder what you are doing here. Do you spell your name "TROLL"?
  23. After 10 months on this forum, I know Stephen to be: knowledgable and possessed of a depth of understand about Objectivism above virtually any one else on this forum; generous with his time; patient, especially with beginners; hard-working; funny; true to his word and in all other ways honest. I've never encountered the moderator in question, at least that I remember, until this thread. What have I learned about him here: 1. He is presumptuous. That a 19 year old would presume to judge Stephen's posts "worthless" -- without stating why he made this judgment and give evidence to bac
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