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And...total disconnect with Carnival. Unless one is convinced we crawled out of the primordial soup eons ago, the voice-over is just blather. And what about all the people who don't 'feel the connection' to the sea? Lots of folk have a fear of open water, of being on boats, etc. Not sure there's anything 'biological' about that. Silly.
I thought the Bud one was a huge disappointment after last year, if only because of the awful cover. What is the point of 'making a song your own' by stripping it of almost everything that's lovable about it? It's not only that this new melody goes nowhere, but also that the cultural flavor is missing because it isn't the Proclaimers. This version has no spark.
*I ought to have said, it's lonely once one leaves the conservative institution, whence the alumni are scattered about to bear witness to the truth!
Well, and don't forget to overhaul high schools while you're at it. I taught at a Big Ten uni where the incoming freshmen COULDN'T WRITE. Not that they didn't know their alphabet, but couldn't write-- as in, a coherent sentence, let alone a coherent paper. And they'd been accepted and put on the hook for those several grand in loans.
Well, don't forget the 'scientists' behind climate change... as for humanities majors, it depends on where you go--at places like Hillsdale and other schools independent from gummint funding, you have a lot of conservative liberal arts majors. It's how the topics are approached and taught that matters. Kids who are reading Western & American Heritage are not being taught lit. and history from a 'hate the west' perspective at conservative institutions, and it's through humanities courses that one learns the origins and development of conservative principles and ideas; more than anything else, students can being taught how to think for themselves, which is not what you get in the non-sciences at most universities. And trust me when I say, it's awfully lonely being a conservative with a graduate degree in Classics, but it's worth it.
I feel dizzy...what year is this?
I think Sloandog's original point is more about the fact that animals can't be evil, and so caring about them or 'saving them' isn't morally complicated; the question of saving or preserving the lives of people in general isn't something we're necessarily automatically up for (we're going to approach 'saving the lives' of a terrorist, and an orphan on the street, differently). It's not about which kind of life is more 'valuable'.
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Tortured Reasoning

Petronia Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 7:42 AM
An important distinction that's too infrequently made.
Yeah, one can say that all of Australia is a gun-free zone. News here in the UK is that the police will 'try to resolve this peacefully', so that sniper Stan wrote about may not get the chance...
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What Obama's Ferguson Sermon Left Out

Petronia Wrote: Nov 26, 2014 10:53 AM
It's the typical left irrationalism in the 'We hate the police so let's burn the town' that gets me. I assume many of the people who run and work in the many burned businesses were not cops. And I assume they are not all white.
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