Emory Babb I also wonder if the study (no time to read it at this moment, please help) controlled for standard of living. Weaker members of groups may be more willing to give up resources with the understanding that they will be protected by the stronger, and also live at a baseline standard in the group. Lots of good thoughts out of this!
Emory Babb Huh, this is extremely interesting. Hopefully, the majority of readers will be able to gain from this rather than looking down at their arms and taking a side (I checked myself just shy, I swear!). Implications that came to mind were: -Benefits to having women (if they are truly outside of this phenomenon) in leadership positions. (positive) - Effects for men, male image, and masculinity in an already image-centric society (negative?) However, maybe this also goes to show that image (at least relating to body stature) is of deep evolutionary use and while advertisers are manipulating it, we merely need to understand it better, and the possible negative thought about furthering research into image and stature undermines that.
Emory Babb It's too early for me to be weighing in on the incident itself, but the word is "rape," not sexual assault. The term would be used if it was referring to a woman. It's important to use the same terms for the same incidents, or the meaning becomes too narrowly associated. He is alleging that he was raped, and we ought to call it that. It's a predominately male crime, but we often forget it has male victims as well.
Emory Babb All is fair in love and war. We can sit here in our comfortable chairs with our wi-fi cafes and lattes and judge him all we want, but war is war... and war is bloody. The internet is finally reviving the lost (censored) art of war-photography and the American public especially would be wise to pay attention. This is what war leads to, no matter the "noble" causes of democracy and whatnot. See what happens.
Emory Babb I'm plenty critical of my generations love for entertainment, but you do realize how insulting your entire first paragraph is, right? One does not "mindlessly sit back" to learn anything, and like all tools, YouTube is at the mercy of its user. Throw in some gross generalizations about music, the art of video production, and viola! a perfect piece for Time Magazines cover about us... I imagine this was written at the behest of the editors, but you would do well to only accept pieces that will reflect your actual thoughts. That being said, if you genuinely believe the "top 5 _____" will tell you anything about an entire generation... then I'll just sign off, pour some lighter fluid on my laptop, and roast s'mores in the flames.
Emory Babb I don't support LWP or Death for people who commit singular acts, but the depravity of this occurring for a decade goes to show there will be no rehabilitating these folks. In which case I don't necessarily support the death penalty, but i'll be damned if I complain when he is strung up or injected...
Emory Babb I have said nothing about how great guns are, just that they are a necessary tool. An assault weapons ban is a political gesture at best and an assault on liberty at worst. Last year some 400 people died from assault weapons. But Sandy Hook and a few other incidents spurred the American public to terror that assault weapons are killing their children. I spent twelve hours in a maximum security prison today - there are 200 beds for mentally ill inmates IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF OREGON. Or we could address the issue of increasingly bad schools in poor, minority, and inner-city areas. Education has shown time and time again to reduce crime, but many of the 11k a year gun deaths are from suicide, and not crime. Let's have a conversation that helps
Emory Babb Michael, if we truly felt we didn't need guns, we would give them up. But we are realists and don't believe in the utopian idea of a gun-free society, which is ironically not free in any way.
Emory Babb I'm sorry Michael, but I gotta laugh at the naivete... Did you miss the Arab Spring? Violence doesn't go out the window just cuz we are "post-history" or "modern" or whatever. Violence will ALWAYS exist.
Emory Babb Hahaha the other commentators could do with a joint or two before reacting. I loved the article, very interesting and made me think of the rampant pot use in our football program (SKO DUCKS!). Marijuana is widely used and the peaceful white stoners of the US could do with a little more realization that everything has multiple uses, both good and bad. Besides, how cool is it that assassin means pot-head?? Gamers the world over rejoice!
Emory Babb Of course drones are inherently value neutral. But their use is not. They are already being abused and so a stigma is attached because of their misuse. That stigma will end when the government begins to use drones responsibly and with proper oversight. Until then, I see no reason why it should not. Maybe the loss of innovation (a questionable theory at best) will force the government to change their actions, although I highly doubt it.
Emory Babb Ummm yeah, exactly the bits I pulled out as well. You left out that the teachers asked students to calm down and get off the tables and they immediately did so. All around abuse of authority and over-reaction.
Emory Babb Starley, I understand where you are coming from, but the phrase "we're all human" is meant to imply that we all make bad choices (or euphemistically: mistakes) at some point. Teaching sex-ed allows teens to be prepared for whatever mistakes/bad choices may occur. Because they WILL occur. Morality is important, but practically irrelevant in this discussion because it fails to prevent pregnancy in the inevitable hypocrisy of humanity (for the moralists that is) .
Emory Babb From the article linked below: "When Jared refused to remove or reverse the shirt, the teacher began to raise his voice, and it caught the attention of students eating their lunch, White said." This is what the police chief termed "almost a riot" after students applauded him for debating a teacher at lunch and seemingly blowing him away (har-har!)? What a joke all around.
Emory Babb He was in the principals office no differently than if he had skipped class. How exactly is that disruptive? You attempt to call his motives into question, but how is that any different that asking what a sexual assault victim was wearing? Other students, teachers, and administrators should be expected to have the self-control not to allow a T-shirt as basic as the one he was wearing to disrupt their learning environment. Where is the responsibility?
Emory Babb No reference to the animosity felt toward drones and their tendency to create freedom-fighters/terrorists rather than kill "militants" (defined by Obama as any military aged, ie looks over 14 from a thousand feet up, male in a combat zone)? I guess I shouldn't be surprised because this is so pro-drone.... Moreover, nothing about the privacy concerns felt by many. Of course there are practical uses of drones and of course they are here to stay. This doesn't mean people should feel any differently while they are being used a strategy and not a tactic anyway. I'm fairly disappointed by this absurdly one-sided article from someone who claims a "moderate, rational point of view."
Emory Babb Yeah, I think they thought the punchline would be more of a hit... Pause to think about it, and even our very language is littered with violence. Obviously the sign was in bad taste, but I couldn't pass up the puns :p violence is everywhere.
Emory Babb A well-earned one, nonetheless! Their political status is simply "illegal immigrant" and they are fighting the same stigma that legal immigrants have fought since the founding. Focusing on the label rather than the xenophobia our country embraces in spurts only distracts from the actual immigration reform that we need. It's causing partisanship that will hinder actual change.
Emory Babb * Exciting, fun, charismatic. * As a child, he enjoyed playing with fire; more than curiosity. * Was or is involved in a violent sport. (What is he doing now?). 1 more and you'd have everyone running to get away from me! Good thing I skated by ;)