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Menstrual Activism

David4 Wrote: Jul 28, 2014 5:30 PM
Worth a few words of discussion: Regarding that young woman who walked around with the fake blood stain on her crotch, the "fake" was an act. The whole point was to gauge reactions to a woman who had real blood staining her crotch.
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Misplaced Mercy In Arizona Execution Drama

David4 Wrote: Jul 27, 2014 9:24 PM
I read once that the Humane Society prescribes two forms of "putting to sleep" for pets and strays: lethal injection and a high altitude chamber. This was mentioned in contrast to the officer in charge of the dog pound in Stillwater MN, who used a bullet to the head. Read up on hanging and the firing squad. They often work well, but are not without glitches. It is thought that the Nuremberg executioner deliberately made the rope lengths a little too short, so that those Nazi war criminals died of strangulation rather than of a broken neck. His superiors never assigned him to another execution.
¿ Who, or what, was Nancy Pelosi's opponent ? And who or what will be Nancy's opponent this fall? ... I wait for the day when San Francisco runs out of other people's money ...
Supposedly Richard Nixon actually said that about Spiro Agnew. But we managed to survive Gerald Ford. And it is hard to find anyone who can do a worse job as President than BH Obama, or Millard Fillmore.
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What If Democracy Is a Fraud?

David4 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 11:48 AM
The problem is the amount of responsibility and power given to the collective. All that decision making is too much for the mechanisms of collective action to manage, and it is not possible for even informed and engaged voters to master every subject that must be decided. This has been discussed in several places. One of the more accessible places is in 'Atlas Shrugged', by Ayn Rand, with the relevant part excerpted in 'For the New Intellectual'. I close with the parable of the chicken and the pig. Chicken: "Let's open a restaurant. We can serve ham and eggs for breakfast." Pig: "I am not so sure. You would be involved, but I would be committed."
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What If Democracy Is a Fraud?

David4 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 11:42 AM
Two similar quotes: Benito Mussolini supposedly said "You can vote for whoever you want, as long as I choose the candidates." Leon Trotsky wrote: "It is ever so: the party usurps the power of the people, the central committee usurps the power of the party, the politburo usurps the power of the central committee, and the dictator usurps the power of the politburo."
Israel is a national state, on the same idea that Germany is a national state for Germans, France is a national state for French, Denmark is a national state for Dane, Serbia is a national state for Serbs, etc. Jews concluded that they HAD TO establish their own national state when centuries of their efforts to live in peace in other nations simply meant periodically getting killed and expelled, over and over again. It is a pity that there isn't enough land in this world to give every last ethnicity their own country, and that even when it seems there is enough land here or there the ethnic groups fight over control of it. Examples would include China taking the land that belongs to the Tibetans.
As Henry VIII wrote, historically Likud has had mixed sentiments on the subject of the Palestinians. They would like a whole Eretz Yisrael. They protect what they've got. Likud Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pulled Israel out of all of Gaza, offered the Gazans a nice deal and was planning to do similar with the West Bank when he had his near-fatal stroke. Some one half-jokingly remarked that Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians never fail to miss a chance to miss a chance to make peace.
Response to Duke Nuk'em; Israelis created Israel themselves, over the opposition of all their neighbors. A bit earlier the UN sanctioned (i.e, by resolution approved) the Jews right to create Israel.
Read Genesis. Most of what Colleen61 is in there and easy to find.
For the irony value of it, let them have Palestine, Texas. [There is a town in Texas called Palestine.] Might as well let them have Iraan, Texas as well. [There is a town in Texas called Iraan, with two 'a'-s.]
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