Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Letter to The Editor: To Find The Truth, You Must Peel The Onion | Sedona.Biz - The Internet Voice of Sedona and The Verde Valley
Of particular concern to the City of Sedona are the repeated attempts by our State Legislature to take control of Federal lands. The consequences of such an action are unknown, but it appears that the legislators that support this idea (including the Senator for our district, Sylvia Allen) would like to open our forestlands for mining and other exploitation. A National Monument designation would likely be excluded from any National Forest acquisitions by a State.
The only test most people have to pass to gain access to weapons of exceptional lethal power is this: Do you have enough cash or credit?
That's not enough. Classical republican theory restricts arms ownership to those it deems responsible enough to uphold public order. Our system of guns as a consumer good, and our democratic presumption of good citizenship, puts guns into unsteady and untrained hands.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Intel Inside... literally?
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Let’s stop talking about “rights”, or at least don’t assert them as unquestionable givens « Why Evolution Is True
I would prefer that we simply stop talking about "rights." That, of course, won't happen. But if we continue to do so, we should make it clear that they are social preferences, codified into law and behavior, that exist for reasons. This means that they are open for discussion, for of course "rights" will change as society changes. We now have a "right" to assisted dying (or so I feel), but that is something that reflects a chance in society's mores. Rather than "rights", I'd say "right", as in "it is the right thing to do to allow gays to marry". Or "it is the right thing to do to allow the terminally ill to end their own lives." Such a view allows us to discuss why these things are "right," and leads to possibility of constructive dialogue and examination of our own beliefs.
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In most cases, immigration helps on all three scores. More immigration means at least marginally faster productivity growth, immigrants improve the ratio of working-age to retired people, and foreign-born health-care providers help contain the cost of caring for the elderly.
Monday, August 24, 2015
II then looks at the Facebook problem and the JOBS Act response. Given the technological changes covered in Part I, we argue that Congress missed the real issue when it increased the trigger for a company to have obligations under the 1934 Act from 500 investors to 2,000 because it continues to base that number on shareholders "of record," an archaic m
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Another reason for the low representation of atheists in prison is that atheists tend to be well educated and have higher than average socio-economic status. Prisoners tend to be less educated and poorer than the average American. This points out a flaw in American society, not in atheists' morality." - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/08/do-atheists-really-only-make-up-less-than-1-of-the-prison-population/#sthash.wiCGwI3c.dpuf