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From my viewpoint, taxation is a necessary evil. There are things the government must do, and money is needed to do them.  (Friday May 8 | post #880606)

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Agreed, the bulk didn't. But there was a noticeable fraction that did. And, as I said, Campbell wasn't to blame.  (Friday May 8 | post #880605)

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The Visigoths were Goths. "Visigoth " means eastern Goth. And "Ostrogoth " means western Goth. IIRC, the split came shortly after the Empire fell. The Vs stayed in Italy, the Os moved west to Spain.  (Friday May 8 | post #880603)

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Ideally, there wouldn't be any need for abortion. But that ideal would require comprehensive REAL sex education and perfect contraception. We don't have either. And you can probably never get a perfect contraceptive. There will always be a tiny chance of failure.  (Friday May 8 | post #880600)

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The really unconstitutional move IMHO that Lincoln made was suspension of habius corpus.  (Friday May 8 | post #880596)

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Buck would have fit in well with 1950's McCarthyism.  (Friday May 8 | post #880592)

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Ben's definition is almost always the one used. What I was taught concerning Manifest Destiny was that we were fated by God to take over from sea to sea. Sadly, my teachers also seemed to think it was a real thing, that we actually had been fated.  (Friday May 8 | post #880588)

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You should note that the Roman military always recruited outside help" Yes, auxiliaries always made up about 1/3 of a legion's manpower. These were usually from client states, but later were made up outside barbarians. But in the last century or two of the western Empire, the legionnaires themselves were increasingly barbarians. "Yes I know who the Goths were, and the Vandals" I included that in case someone else didn't know. We do have quite a few historical illiterates.  (Friday May 8 | post #880582)

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My memory was that a married airman could get more money back than he had paid in. From what I recall, there were even a few bragging about it. A single airman, though, couldn't qualify. That joint return, apparently, made all the difference.  (Friday May 8 | post #880577)

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I saw not long ago one comedian making fun of the uber-patriot Tea Party attitude... It went something like... Liberal: We need to look at our practice of waterboarding Tea Party: How dare you! How dare you criticize this country followed a little while later by Tea Party: This country is going to Hell. Gays, liberals, sin... (hillarious...my spell checker didn't like "uber-patriot " and suggested maybe I meant "tuber-patrio t". "One potato under God..."?)  (Friday May 8 | post #880575)

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I read The Power of Myth and his Atlas of Mythology. Good stuff for the most part. There was one serious problem, though you can't blame Campbell for it. He bases some of his thesis on a very primitive tribe in the Philippines. The problem is that the "tribe" was a hoax perpetuated by someone in the Philippine government to get money from tourists and researchers. It was discovered later when someone noticed that one of the very primitive "tribesmen " also lived in a nearby village and was much more sophisticated when not playing his part as a tribesman. The hoax was very well planned out. It fooled anthropologists for several years. Campbell was one of those fooled. Have you read Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel? IMHO he makes a good case. I agree. Studying the myths helps to understand the past, and how we go to today. But we have learned so much more since and our philosophies have matured and become much more humanistic. For example, even in the time of the NT slavery was considered normal, even a social good. Today most of the world abhors the idea of slavery.  (Friday May 8 | post #880567)

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OH effing BS. Sanders is a socialist, not a communist. Of course, you probably don't know the difference, and don't care. In Sweden Sanders would barely count as a socialist. Sweden is hardly a communist country. You are so ideologically blinded, all you can see is your fantasy wingnut world. Here is a dare for you... Call your local university. Call their political science department. Ask to talk to their most conservative professor. Tell him how far the country has moved to the left over the last 50 years. Be prepared to be laughed at. (Come on Buck. Man up. Show some courage. Do it. I dare ya.) BTW, if you want to get laughed at some more, just tell him/her "In the 60s Sanders would have been recruited by the Soviet polit-bureau (sic)."  (Friday May 8 | post #880538)

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This is what creates revolutions. When wealth inequality grows too high, the underclasses will eventually realize how they are being taken advantage of and take the wealth back. That is, in large part, what drove the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution as well. (And many other revolutions before, between and after.) The rich were very rich, the poor were very poor and the poor finally had enough of it. Personally, I would rather there not be a revolution. That is one of the dangers that you are being blind to. I know you absolutely hated Occupy Wall Street, but that is just a tiny taste of what happens when the frustration grows. Can you honestly tell me that what a CEO does is worth 330 times what a lead engineer does? I'm sure you will, but then you aren't and honest person. Let's see... Average household income has increase 6% over 41 years. Per capita GND has increased 108% over those same years. And...let's see, increase of x10 to x330... Ave 1970 worker income is X, So ave 1970 CEO income is 10X. Ave 2011 worker income is 1.06X, So ave 2011 CEO income is 330x1.06X, or 34.98X. Ave CEO income has increased 3498% in the same time. (Let's just round that to 3500%) (All figures in 2011 dollars) 3500%!!! And that's keeping all the figures in real dollars! (I seem to recall we had CEOs when the income gap was only X10. Wasn't any need to over inflate salaries to get people to be CEOs then.) And Buck just keep on smiling while they stop using lube. And the CEOs are happy too.  (Friday May 8 | post #880537)

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Agreed. Sanders might have stood a chance in the '60s. But today, not a chance. I do think he will be able to effect the dialog, though. And that would be a good thing.  (Thursday May 7 | post #880415)

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Headline:

Turning coffee into theorems

Hometown:

Trapped inside a Klein Bottle

Neighborhood:

An Open Set

I Belong To:

The Human Race

When I'm Not on Topix:

There's no telling

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I think they are good

I'm Listening To:

Usually...Rock & Roll

Read This Book:

"The Demon-Haunted World"

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My dog Missy

On My Mind:

What did happen in the first microsecond of the universe?

I Believe In:

...not much. I do accept a lot of ideas, though.