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Slavery Reparations

birdfighter Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:54 PM
Listen: Williams leaves out the fact that a fundamental reason the non-slave Northern states were wealthier than the slave-holding Southern states is because the Federal govt imposed high tariffs on foreign goods, meaning the South had to buy manufactured goods from the North, rather than cheaper foreign products. You know, the tariffs was one reason for the Civil War--it made the South mad and feeling oppressed.
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Here Comes Tomorrow

birdfighter Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:38 PM
Darby...maybe so, but why then all the chaos, suffering and extinction? No answer there. We can't know. God is beyond our comprehension. But human beings are not beyond our understanding or manipulation. And so we are creating a new human being for the future--one that is a different species than the old homo sapien.
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Slavery Reparations

birdfighter Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:24 PM
I disagree with Williams that slavery did not produce monumental wealth in historical USA. In fact, I'd say slavery was one of the main reasons USA rapidly became a world power. In fact, twice defeating Britian, over two hundred years ago, when Britian was the superpower of the world. Here's another advantage of slavery: Local militas, which were made very effective by slaves staying on the homestead, while the militia's operated.
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Slavery Reparations

birdfighter Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:19 PM
Slavery not only was a prominent institution in all high cultures of the world for many thousands of years, but so was aristocracy, which is a kind of slavery too. So that, historically, white people have suffered as much from savery or oppression as any other race.
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Here Comes Tomorrow

birdfighter Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:06 PM
Here's the future: Humans are obsolete. The machine age, like bulldozers, combined with the electronic age, like computers, combined with the DNA science age, like genetically designed or repaired humans--all this is the new evolving age of "singularity", that is the extinction of human kind. So where does that put God?
I've never believed much in principles. I believe more in "loss or gain". If you sacrifice 2 men to save one man, that's a loss, not a gain. So much for the principle "leave no man behind in war". All in all, the prisoner swap Obama made on principle was a tremendous loss to USA.
What I'm wondering about is that the 5 released terrorists were Afghans. So why were they never turned over to Afghanistan Govt, instead of incarcerated at Gitmo? How come the Afghan govt never had any "say so" on the prisoner swap, since the 5 released terrorists mainly committed crimes against Afghans, not Americans?
What I'm wondering about is that the 5 released terrorists were Afghans. So why were they never turned over to Afghanistan Govt, instead of incarcerated at Gitmo? How come the Afghan govt never had any "say so" on the prisoner swap, since the 5 released terrorists mainly committed crimes against Afghans, not Americans?
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A Lesson on Racial Discrimination

birdfighter Wrote: May 15, 2014 12:51 AM
My parents claimed they were not racists, even though they supported segregation. My parents had no ill feelings toward other races, but believed God had created the different races to associate with their own kind, and not mix. Sounds quaint, doesn't it? Yet was a world view for thousands of years. Even further than race, like Ancient Greeks separate from barbarians, or Biblical Jews from gentiles. It's pretty normal to seek association with your own kind even in modern times. I don't think Sterling is racist just because he doesn't want black companionship. What about black people that don't seek or want white companionship? For instance, what about Lebron James? Isn't he more interested in the black community than the white or integrated community? Does Lebron have any white companions or white business partners?
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A Lesson on Racial Discrimination

birdfighter Wrote: May 15, 2014 12:24 AM
I'm always fascinated when a trivial event becomes headline news for days, even weeks. I mean, you have to ask yourself why. What's so important about something that is so unimportant? Well, it's populism. You know what that is, don't you? It's a political philosophy--and more so a general feeling of the majority--to attack and demonize the elite of society. Too bad there isn't more populism against Obama and his elite democrats.
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The Stupid Party Acting Stupidly

birdfighter Wrote: Feb 14, 2014 3:21 AM
Derek: Totally agree with you--GOP can't win the brinkmanship game. Glad Ted Cruz made a fuss about it anyway. If you can't win, then at least make a fuss about it. A fuss about just the honest truth.
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