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Fairness and Justice

Ed52 Wrote: Feb 11, 2015 9:58 AM
There are more barriers to entry now than there ever have been: How many laws will you break if your buy a box of bananas, sell them on a street corner and then, the next day, buy a box of bananas and a box of pears and sell them...and so on? Essentially, that is how the Wegmans food market chain started. Since business processes are now patentable the potential infringements and threats of law suits have multiplied. They apply to uses and functions not originally conceived within the granted, excessively broad patents. Any new business that threatens an established monopoly or cabal, especially if it is licensed or regulated, faces legal costs far in excess of the basic costs of establishing a new business or industry.
Only if the majority continues to be intimidated by the minority. This (and the discussion above) implies that a true reformation would have had people reverting to every law in the Pentateuch. This would lead to a lot of death and isolation.
I don't think it's a coincidence that the quality of journalism - researching, questioning, relating to context and history and actually reporting - has declined greatly since the establishment of a "Journalism" major in colleges. In the before times a liberal arts major gave people at least a familiarity with history, geography, art, literature, economics, philosophy, psychology, etc. plus the skill to observe, research and analyze objectively. Current reporters don't seem to know enough to know what they don't know and seem to lack awareness, objectivity and those skills of observation, research, and analysis that lead to the formulation of pertinent questions. Of course, if they had possessed those skills they would not have absorbed, believed and sworn fealty to all the liberal twaddle from their professors and become committed to changing the world to conform to their wishin' & hopin' visions
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Forward into the Past

Ed52 Wrote: Feb 09, 2015 4:07 PM
I'm surprised you didn't get charged extra for requesting a specific plate number.
I wrote this back in the days of the ROTC turmoils. It is still relevant but covers more topics: Can the military recruitment effort be so overwhelmingly powerful that all who dare to be exposed to it are immediately enchanted into signing up? Have the colleges that purport to ready their students for the real word been so incompetent that those students are not able to rationally ask questions, assess opportunities and come to their own conclusions? Are the college administrators and "student leaders" afraid that their views of what is best for the universe will be so discredited because some students want to speak with a military recruiter that their universe will crumble and an atmosphere of uncontrolled freedom of thought and action will prevail? When will the major colleges produce the clear thinking, well rounded, aware citizens of the world their own recruiting efforts promote?
The logical progression of a discussion including statements comparing jihadist behavior to the crusades and/or the inquisition is proving the need for an islamic reformation.
Our whole educational system, from the elementary schools to the universities, is increasingly turning out people who have never heard enough conflicting arguments to develop the skills and discipline required to produce a coherent analysis, based on logic and evidence. --- Thomas Sowell, Cheap Shot Journalism, 9/12/06
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The Latest Crazy LGBT Demand

Ed52 Wrote: Feb 06, 2015 1:44 PM
I protect and demand my right to not care. When I meet someone I not only not care what their sexual preferences are, I don't particularly want to know. I have found that people who primarily identify with their sexuality are emotionally weak and personally uncertain to the point where acceptance is not good enough – they demand validation from all and are personally insulted by those who merely accept. They also often wallow in indignation when social interaction does not conform to their sense of propriety. The public majority has refused to accept non-gender personal pronouns replacing his/her or he/she. This may change over time but the parallel to Miss vs. Ms. is not quite the same thing regarding insult or assumptions. Maintaining a mental list of what pronoun an individual prefers is not something most people want to do. When meeting an individual the new form of introduction or greeting would have to include a pronoun preference - “Hi, I'm Rocko, I'm a zie” As an aside, in the TV news Rocko also declares guilt feelings for possessing white privilege.
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Ed52 Wrote: Feb 05, 2015 11:17 AM
Our parasitic Fearless Leaders are parasites of the worst kind - they have multiple hosts so when one is killed off they have many more to feed off. Any error in judgement, oversight or "unintended consequence" merely costs them hosts. No problem, the hosts were weak & deserved their fate. Next.
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Dear Government, Please Could I Work?

Ed52 Wrote: Feb 05, 2015 11:07 AM
Another aspect of this protectionism is the resistance by Dentists to creating a nurse practitioner equivalent in dentistry.
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Free Speech and The Book of Mormon

Ed52 Wrote: Feb 05, 2015 11:03 AM
Mocking religions is an amusing entertainment but stories about the absurdities or excesses of religion should promote awareness and thinking ( see the movies Hawaii and Ryan's Daughter). Freedom of Speech means both Freedom to Offend and Freedom to Ignore. The ignore part is not used enough. Most of the LDS members I've met are also missionaries that have a sound knowledge of their faith and are willing to discuss differences rationally. They turn any insult into opportunity. Others, of many religions, find it easier, and more self-righteously enjoyable, to express indignation in various ways. BTW - The annual Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra NY in July is well worth seeing - you don't have to be a Mormon to enjoy it. It's a great free show.
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