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Lot's Wife
There you go again, showing both your true colors and your inability to distinguish between reality and admitted farce.
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Lot's Wife
Agreed. The numbers seem wrong. But there is a lot of value in what SAHM/F do and it should be counted. I don't know if that number is $40,000 or 80,000 or more, but trying to get a handle on that fact is worthwhile.
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We calculate real numbers from a subset of important data in part because that is all people have been intelligent enough to calculate and, with increasing importance as scientists and economists become better equipped, and because it is in the interests of many actors to stay with the narrow system of valuation. You are right to indicate that that means things are mispriced and lots of damage i
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Lot's Wife
I think he did. That was followed by AnonoThisWeek or something like that. That's when his obscurantism drove Hie away. I get the sense macaRomney is a well-meaning man--that seems to come through sometimes--but he doesn't reflect on his thoughts, certainly, and he shows few signs of learning. Regarding my post, I would never create a strawman like that. My experience is that there are p
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Lot's Wife
Tongue in cheek, but the point is germane. A lot of prejudice is hard wired, or implanted in childhood, and arises from emotional impulse. The remedy is education/self-education and logical consideration. Virtually all generalizations contain some truth, and that truth deserves to be examined in all its aspects. But again, that evaluation must arise from rational scrutiny of facts. The p
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Lot's Wife
Yeah, sometime I'll give you a non sequitur that will make your head spin. But this time it was a reply, with precise quotations, to one of the most ill-informed and bigoted posts ever to grace these pages. ETA: I repeat what I said above. There is plenty to criticize in Islam but the place to start is with facts, not with brain stem convulsions misrepresented as the product of thou
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Perhaps a mundane consideration, but calculating the value of SAHM/F work would enable statisticians to get a much better sense of economic activity and even GDP. Governments and individuals allocate resources based on the value of services and the rates of return that investments in those services will produce. Getting the underlying values right renders economies more efficient. So if
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Lot's Wife
It was a response to a post by macaRomney (see my reference to his nemesis, the quadratic equation). All the quotes are from his rant. I don't know how my reply remained when the original post was removed--never seen that before--but that is what apparently happened. It's fascinating, actually. Looking at the placement of my post, it appears that the admins removed macaRomney's, then stuc
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Lot's Wife
I want to express my thanks for this sort of analysis, which strikes me as just right. We can argue about the methodology and the specific findings, but you have taken the debate from generalizations to specifics--and that is where it should be.
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Lot's Wife
I'm with Eric on this topic. My family grew up with football; a number of my siblings played, and some played very well. We have several friends who played college ball and three who played professionally. They all complain of health problems, joint injuries that have worsened with age, mental difficulties; and one of them, a professional player whose career was cut short by a serious and
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Lot's Wife
. . . from your cold dead greasy fingers.
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Lot's Wife
Also on that level, Niels Bohr, who on that fateful day in Copenhagen steered Heisenberg in the wrong direction, slowing the development of the Nazi bomb by several months and ensuring the Americans got there first.
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Lot's Wife
My stories are generally like these. There are national and international leaders whom I consider heroic, but those are the obvious and easy answers. The personal things matter are in some ways more meaningful. In that sense I am surrounded by heroes. I have a friend on Wall Street who works for filthy lucre for a couple of years, then takes off and does something with social utility like
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Abba Alexander Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I live in a community where I interact with > Muslims daily. The majority have the same attitude > toward their religion as I did back when I was a > True Believer in Mormonism That is the key, right? Islam is no different than other extremist religions. ----------------- > From the front
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Lot's Wife
We aim to entertain.
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Lot's Wife
Thanks for this, cludgie. My experience is that the Westerners who lived in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iran in the 1960s and early 1970s loved their time there. Military families, diplomats' families, business people's families: they speak of the experience in glowing terms. There is no question that the combination of Deobandi extremism spreading north from India and funded by Wahabi sym
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Lot's Wife
I believe it was Anthony Hopkins who once said, "the only time you should listen to an actor is when he is speaking someone else's lines."
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Lot's Wife
That is heroic.
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Lot's Wife
The first step towards reality is recognizing that blanket statements about huge bodies of people are silly. Islam spans the range from terrorists to enlightened moderates. The same is true of Christians. The key is recognizing the complexity of the categories and speaking of specific groups with some degree of specificity. It's the generalizations, pro and con, that are misguided.
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Lot's Wife
The only thing more impressive than your ignorance is your certainty. The combination is appalling. ---------------- "he slave kidnapping. No white European man would do it, ever!" That statement speaks for itself. ----------------- he Muslims would perform certain surgeries to make Eunuchs." And the Europeans routinely bought those eunuchs to use in their palace
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Lot's Wife
Do you have any idea how hard it is for me to avoid responding to that??
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Lot's Wife
Hmm. I'm not sure I ever defended Islamic involvement in the slave trade. Nor is that a topic that is likely to emerge in a discussion of contemporary Islam, which has plenty of other things to answer for. But hey, if Che Guaverra and Islamic history float your boat, who am I to point out that your bathtub is empty?
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I know Judic West. Send your money to me. PS: Give it up, Roy. You can't beat Judic, holder of the WWE championship belt in the featherweight division.
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Lot's Wife
Perhaps. But Maher's opinions are only politically incorrect relative to average American sensibilities. He hews tightly to the line that is dominant in West Hollywood and its satellite communities around the country, which is why he is popular. A friend made me watch a segment the other day in which Maher and that self-promoter Michael Moore stroked each other. It was excruciating.
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Lot's Wife
I have heard of St. Jude in the past. Please send your money to me. Thanks.
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Lot's Wife
A note of applause for summer and cl2's comments. There are heroes great and small, and both are heroic.
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Lot's Wife
I'm not going to watch the Maher clip because I find him about as inspiring as a Big Mac without the special sauce. I will, however, point out that Islam is not anti-White. In fact, there are few religions that are less raciocentric. Islam comprises masses of Semitic Arabs, lots of black Africans, a huge population of Southeast Asians, a significant number of Chinese in Xinjiang, tens of mil
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> COMMENT: Look, I am not saying that Dothout is the > epidemy of rational thought. Nor am I saying that > this essay is devoid of meaningless rhetoric. Then don't post it. Find something that is both "rational" and devoid of "meaningless rhetoric." -------------------- > That said, the point is to > get past such things and focus on the argument
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Lot's Wife
The church wields the Sharpies. It changes scripture; it changes doctrine; it revises history. It isn't a pen Nelson with which Nelson scribbles at night: it is a Sharpie. That's the new normal.
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Lot's Wife
Okay, so you are claiming that Coyne said he is an illusion. That is false. His nod to Nietzschean epistemology is an intellectually honest thing to do; he acknowledged it but did not commit himself to it. To the contrary, he posits that people can create their own meaning--which presupposes that those people exist. I'm not sure why that is confusing.
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