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Young Adults Getting Squeezed Out of Jobs

Karl44 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 4:16 PM
Minimum wage. If I'm going to pay that much for a worker, I want one who's already trained.
I'm from Southern California where Cinco de Mayo is practically a State holiday and the burrito is a staple. Who are these people to tell me my State holiday and State food is not fit for consumption at Dartmouth? I'm offended!!!
I'm not quite so sure Rachel Jeantel was mocked merely because she couldn't read cursive. Apparently lots of kids of all races are graduating unable to read cursive, to the point where educators are declaring it a dying art. Personally, what I raise an eyebrow at is the assertion that she wrote the letter she was unable to read in court. I think if a white person had said that, she'd be fodder for late-night monologues for the next half a year.
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Who Decides Marriage Law?

Karl44 Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 11:08 AM
cont'd... Society arguably has an interest in reproduction -- without a next generation, society dies. Society has an interest in creating stable family units to nurture this next generation. What is society's interest in couples declaring themselves BFF? Perhaps those who cite the wall of separation between church and state are right. Get the state out of the religious institution of marriage, let the churches decide who they want marrying whom, and let those who want to be married find a church willing to marry them. And of course, government neutrality toward marriage would also mean no special privileges for people just because they've gone through a religious rite.
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Who Decides Marriage Law?

Karl44 Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 11:04 AM
Ultimately, the question is, why do we have marriage at all? Bruce Schneier, in his book "Liars and Outliers", discusses marriage as a solution to a problem in security. In a tribe of hunter-gatherers, a man who leaves his woman with the tribe while he goes off hunting leaves her available for other men. Result: He winds up raising someone else's children. Solution: create an institution by which sexual exclusivity is encouraged and enforced by society at large. Thus, marriage. One man has an exclusive claim on one woman, and can expect society to support this claim. We may say that modern society and modern technology has eliminated the need for this sort of mechanism, and nowadays marriage is all about love and life partners. (cont'd
Under DNC Rules, it's not who votes that matters, it's who counts the votes.
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Science Demands Big Government!

Karl44 Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 12:11 AM
It's cheap debating points to mock something you don't understand. No scientist I know offers "it's evolution, now shut up" as an explanation. Evolution is the starting point, leading to the investigation of which scientific processes gave rise to the matter in discussion. You see, evolution is nothing more than the notion that the features of all living things have a history, and arose according to known, or at least knowable rules. The issue of whether we have evolved to need coercion is actually two questions. First question, do we need coercion? Second question, if we do, how did that need come about? Evolution notwithstanding, scientists necessarily believe the world works according to rules, and these rules can be discovered.
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