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  1. shissem@san.rr.com

    Climate change Is it too late to stop climate change?

    I'm not a scientist so I depend on what the 'experts' tell me. What bothers me are those non-scientists that tell me that this is an existential crisis, but are unwilling to do more than token efforts. Non-token efforts would include shutting down aviation: no sight-seeing, no business travel...
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    Sustainability How to choose the best chocolate for your health and for the planet?

    Either the future of the planet is important or it’s not. Wouldn't you give up delicacies like coffee and tea, chocolate, and beef from foreign countries to make a difference? I also see no reason to buy clothes and appliances from China when they can be made closer to home.
  3. shissem@san.rr.com

    Sustainability How to choose the best chocolate for your health and for the planet?

    What I meant, and perhaps expressed badly, was that if you want to limit ecological damage, don't eat chocolate, or any other food not available locally. Is that a hardship? Well, it's for the planet . . .
  4. shissem@san.rr.com

    Sustainability How to choose the best chocolate for your health and for the planet?

    Good article, but I didn't see anything about eating 'locally' to avoid the ecological impacts of transportation from tropical plantations. While it would be an imposition to eschew chocolate, wouldn't that be the better answer?
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    As a German, why do you insist on telling Americans what the official American term for 'white' people is or how 'regular people' refer to the subject? I promise you, I'm not going to tell you what German people think.
  6. shissem@san.rr.com

    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    Ailchu, Where do you get this? It seems you’re just making this up. Site some sources.
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    When I was a youngster I was taught that race did not exist as a scientific concept. That was the liberal/progressive viewpoint as well. What changed?
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    Crime New map of gun homicide rates by country

    I've never used the site so I don't know, but is Quora a survey of the people of the region, or just people sharing their opinions? That is, how do we know it's representative or if the views are of the people of the region?
  9. shissem@san.rr.com

    Crime New map of gun homicide rates by country

    I don't know, it could be, but it's not my lived experience. And, I have little faith in the artistic license of movies.
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    Crime New map of gun homicide rates by country

    Maciamo, I guess you did mean that you were literally afraid to visit a Bible Belt state. But, like Angela, I think you are describing a situation that simply does not exist. Fundamentalists do believe the Bible, but all that I've known stress the message of love of the New Testament, and I've...
  11. shissem@san.rr.com

    Crime New map of gun homicide rates by country

    I wouldn't link those two stats and, personally, I’ve never heard of a rabid hatred of atheists leading to violence. Take a look at Kentucky and West Virginia. Both high in religiosity and safety. Then look at Nevada and New York. Low in religiosity and safety. Not being argumentative, but I...
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    Crime New map of gun homicide rates by country

    You would be afraid to visit these states because they believe in a god? I'm an atheist and that sounds pretty extreme to me. I knew a man who was a Mormon, a religion I think to be preposterous, but that didn't mean I thought he was somehow dangerous. In fact, he was one of the nicest people...
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    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    I had a professor once who couldn't remember to put the same color socks on both feet. He was pretty smart though . . . in his own field.
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    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    In every time and in every place you will have the tendency for trouble when groups, like the police or the military, are given peculiar power. They may never misuse that power, but the potential is always there so they must be closely watched and regulated. One problem we have in America is...
  15. shissem@san.rr.com

    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    Somebody said that it's not the job of police to defend the people against criminals, it's to defend the criminals from the people. The people, in righteous anger, will become vigilantes if they have no other choice and they will not respect criminals' rights. If the state cannot defend order...
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    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    Well, there's something I can agree with completely.
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    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    I suspect you don't wonder.
  18. shissem@san.rr.com

    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    Carter was smart and good man (nuclear physics and habitats for humanity), but those aren't the qualities that make a good leader. A leader doesn't have to be the smartest guy/gal in the room (just smart enough to pick and listen to good advisors) and being practical is far more important than...
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    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    Well, I'm old enough that I voted for Carter, and I beg your forgiveness! After all, his favorite band was the Allman Brothers . . . what more could a 20-something ask for? Like many, I cringe every time Trump speaks or tweets, but, overall, I like the policies I've seen enacted. I'll probably...
  20. shissem@san.rr.com

    Politics Vote for a president of USA - 2016 election

    Yeah, I don't get it. In 2016 the Republicans had a big field in the primaries, but we ended up with Trump. In 2020 the same for the Democrats and we ended up with Biden. Maybe smoke-filled rooms were actually a better way of picking candidates.
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