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It's War and Peace, Stupid

Chip. Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 12:35 AM
"... won’t do anything to help Ukraine helps itself." This evening I have seen several of these simple types of grammatical errors present in other columns here on TH as well. I wonder what gives.
They all seem to still understand and speak the language, which understands and reasons within the framework of their..aristocracy (relative to and above all non-Hispanics). And this illustrates how reason and "common sense" does not exist anymore in certain parts of America, not nearly so much as some minority tribal identity of ome kind or another.
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Shakespeare and "Death with Dignity"

Chip. Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 2:23 AM
It would seem there are so many truly senseless suicides in this world, that Biblical and Shakespearean arguments against that would be time best spent. Why go to the furthest extremes? I would suppose this whole debate is only due to the mixed blessing of modern medical knowledge, finally being able to actually predict the outcome of a person's illness and know whether it would or would not be a certain and very painful death, and when. Right? So what about suicide to evade capture of enemies who would certain torture their captives slowly and painfully, as would the Phillistines have done to King Saul? Or as would certain American Indians have done during certain wars, to their enemies and sometimes to innocent settlers, slowly torturing them over hours or days? Didn't Judas do the world and himself a favor by hanging himself? The consensus during those times, among the people who were present, seemed to agree.
I agree except that what we are seeing is more of a non-repressed group of Muslims just doing what Muslims do, than some exception to mainstream Islamic society. These .. people also represent what BHO represents, who, by the way, created their particular organization and funded it from it's beginnings. BHO will not stop them. And this also makes me wonder why the Assad in Syria is somehow a threat to anyone. It seems to me that he is only trying to protect his country from what is basically an armed invasion of ISIL (aka Al Queda), and it seems hard to imagine, given ISIL atrocities everywhere else besides Syria, that Assad's Syrian military's atrocities against ISIL prisoners could be anything other than merely reprisals against their atrocities on Syrian prisoners and Syrian civilians (and some element of the barbaric way Muslims usually tend to conduct any war they wage).
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Crumbling Constitution

Chip. Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 1:20 AM
And so that brings me back to the purpose of the Constitution.. We were, and are, as is very evident here on TH, a very diverse group of quarreling people, and the Colonists knew this, and so I believe the Constitution gave each group the protections it needed from the others.
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Crumbling Constitution

Chip. Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 1:15 AM
Hey Ken2168 -- The Declaration of Independence neither relates any specific instances of peoples' lives being unduly affected by the British (except unspecified occasions of British troops being housed in private residences), nor relay, except in a tone, anything which illustrates the British were malevolent or abusive to the Colonists. In fact, a list of credible-sounding grievances could as easily be manufactured and written by any one group opposing another. In my view, the document is more of a summary of several good reasons why they didn't benefit from, or need, the British to govern them, because they felt they could do a lot better themselves, as most sensible people can, and it was as simple as that.
CptPam, you sound like a happy future slave.
Ann A, can you name any specific software that is commercially available, or even known of to the general public, that can track an email to an specific individual?
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Crumbling Constitution

Chip. Wrote: Oct 15, 2014 2:22 AM
I'd be interested in learning more about what abuses of power that Americans who wrote the Constitution may have suffered from. Seems British rule was not really malevolent and abusive to the Colonies, but merely not suited to the task of governing from across an ocean. So maybe the purpose of the Constitution was more to protect the rights of the Colonists from one another, as well as any outside powers, including the British, now bereaved of their colonies?
Below is an article from Wikipedia, showing how local African authorities defeated Ebola without even understanding what it was, and quickly defeated it, using plain common sense and quarantines and martial law. ------------------------ The first known outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), was identified only after the fact, occurring between June and November 1976 in Nzara, South Sudan,[20] (then part of Sudan) and was caused by Sudan virus (SUDV), one of the ebolaviruses. The Sudan outbreak infected 284 people and killed 151. The first identifiable case in Sudan occurred on 27 June in a storekeeper in a cotton factory in Nzara, who was hospitalized on 30 June and died on 6 July.[97][98] While the WHO medical staff involved in the Sudan outbreak were aware that they were dealing with a heretofore unknown disease, the actual "positive identification" process and the naming of the virus did not occur until some months later in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[97] On 26 August 1976, a second outbreak of EVD caused by Ebola virus (formerly called Zaire ebolavirus) began in Yambuku, a small rural village in Mongala District in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known as Zaire).[99][100] The first person infected with the disease was village school headmaster Mabalo Lokela, who had toured an area near the Central African Republic border along the Ebola River between 12–22 August. On 8 September he died of what would become known as the Ebola virus (EBOV) member of the ebolaviruses.[101] Soon after his death, others who had been in contact with him also died, and people in the village of Yambuku began to panic. This led the country's Minister of Health along with Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko to declare the entire region, including Yambuku and the country's capital, Kinshasa, a quarantine zone. No one was permitted to enter or leave the area, with roads, waterways, and airfields placed under martial law. Schools, businesses and social organizations were closed.[102] Researchers from the CDC, including Peter Piot, co-discoverer of Ebola, later arrived to assess the effects of the outbreak, observing that "the whole region was in panic."[103] The outbreak lasted 26 days, with the quarantine lasting two weeks. Among the reasons that researchers speculated caused the disease to disappear, were the precautions taken by locals, the quarantine of the area, and possibly most important, the discontinuance of reusing needles by local nurses.[102]
Maybe it does require using one's gifts to overcome one's handicaps, and so here we see the use of an incredibly good memory and ability to process Hollywood movies and political issues, overcoming a typical tendency to speak with a practiced complacency, without a real reason to do so with this author, and yes: misplaced political power does seem to be the factor with Ebola. When Ebola first broke out in 1976, the locals may not have had any idea what they were dealing with, but they quickly solved the problem without much help from the international community and with the application of common sense and quarantines. This was Zaire (now known as the Congto) and Somalia. Today, the governments of West Africa and the USA cannot react with a whit of common sense.
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