Why build a exorbitantly costly structure that needs to never fail, to fight a battle against an enemy that will never give up?
Why not just make a plan to move away?
It's not like you have run out of land. There is plenty of land in California that's barren.
No matter how big all these companies are and how big cash they have, they are there to make profit using their product. They need to remain focused on the product and not get into construction business.
Very interesting argument. I agree that men and women are different. But still I think we need to have these arguments. Here is why.
My roots are in India. I am in US for a while now and can speak on both cultures. I see some stark differences in the way these cultures treat women.
I am in no delusion about the status of women in India. There are bunch of problems and overall woman's life in USA is better. I agree that.
But there is one major difference in the ways these cultures treat women. In India, a woman can be respected with all her feminine values. In USA, a woman can be respected only if she fits well in the male values. I know that in India a woman can shed a few tears, display emotions in public and still be respected as a strong leader in her field. Good luck to women in USA doing that. This is why India and even Pakistan have had a female chief of the country before USA. because to get to the top, women don't have to be what they are not.
Where does that difference come from? Because Indians have as many gods as goddesses and Americans have only one male god? I don't know. But we must have arguments to explore differences like this. Can you respect a woman only if she can become a man without a penis? Or can you respect woman even if she modifies the role of a CEO / President to suit her feminine nature and value? That's the question needs to be answered.
I don't understand insightful rating of the above post. Just painting a giant worldwide organization in one broad stroke - corrupt. The picture is more complex and less sensational than that.
Yes, there have been several cases of UN corruption. But UN has done some awesome things, especially UNICEF. It's completely crazy to see this whole discussion painting UN as useless dumb-asses. I am not defending bad things in UN. Just protesting clubbing good things with bad ones or insisting that there are not good things.
Totally agree with the NSA effect and the examples you gave. Let me add one more example similar effect of how a false media report can skew perception. The Prius recall due to accelerator getting stuck. I drove Prius for years before the recall news. But never felt any issue. After reading about it, I felt a couple of times my Prius was accelerating. Since I forgot about it, never been an issue.
Yet there is something different about Islam and other religions.
I would say it's not the existence of fanaticals, but the lack of liberals that separates Islam from rest of the religions.
In every other religion there is a strong liberal, self-critical voice. That voice always projects a different perspective, takes down the edge of extremist propoganda.
I log on regularly to Muslim forums and I see that there is no liberal voice there. They continuously post links that show how Muslims are targeted in non Muslim world. But they never hear about how non Muslims are targeted in Muslim world. If you try to make such argument, your credibility is already destroyed in their eyes. Many over there actually believe that 9/11 was orchestrated by US government.
The treatment of Muslims in non-Muslim world is distrusted and occasional discriminated. The treatment of non Muslims in Muslim world is horrible. It just never makes it to press.
In defense of founding fathers, the founding fathers may have been ok with things that are not accepted today. But what is more important is they set the country in the right direction. The direction where eventually as a society you figure out what's wrong and are empowered to take steps to correct it. Knowing what we know today, most likely the founding fathers would not have tolerated slavery.
I am not born in USA. Transplant here. But I am well familiar with American history and I think the founding fathers did a great job. Having said that the whole National security paranoia today scares me. This country is freaking separated by thousands of miles of sea from rest of the troublesome world. Only two neighbors up and down. They are pretty laid back and pose no danger. Can't you guys relax a bit?
I am a bit nervous as I am typing this as well. NSA, hello, if you are reading this, I am not your guy. I am rather interested in finding loose women on earth than virgins in heaven.
There might be a component of costs that is not in control of the universities. But a large part is.
I did my Masters in a US university and in the two years I was there, they destroyed two big dorms in perfectly good condition (I was living in one of them before they told me to leave and I had many friends living in the other and we were not aware of any problems or safety issues). Also they rebuilt a portion of the stadium and did some major renovation to another building. I was told the total construction budget was upwards of $800 mil over eight years or so.
Granted I didn't talk to the engineers behind those projects. But none of the students or faculty had heard of any problems with those structures. Those structures were in daily use and one day we just saw notices that they are going away. I could never figure out why those construction expenses took higher priority than giving scholarships to more students.
While this can possibly explain the tunnel and the white light, how can this explain people seeing things even when their eyes were closed?
So how do you feel about this? Leaves bitter taste in your mouth? How can the world be so unfair?
Good. Stay with that feeling for a moment. Soak yourself in it.
Now you understand how I felt when I realized I was born in a much backward country and just by being born in a developed country I could have gotten much better life. That unfairness is how I have felt my entire life, since when I realized that fate handed me an unfair deal. That's how 80% of the world feels that lives in third world countries.
If you are trying to tell me that USA citizens deserve all the credit for making USA such a great country, I will beg to disagree. 50% of people don't even vote. Your ancestors discovered this millions of miles of pristine land which is safely separated from the rest of the world from thousands of miles of water bodies. They kicked out the original inhabitants and made it their own. They made great use of the resources and safety. I will grant you that.
But you can't say for sure my countrymen would not have done what you did if we were in your place.
I have a strong suspicion that it's not 1 in 100 visit that proves fruitful. Most likely the false alarm rate is more than that.
If it is, then it scares me more than the terrorist attacks. I worry that the national debt will kill this country before terrorists.
There is one key difference in medical testing and NSA surveillance that no one seems to be talking about.
When I go to the doctor, it is politically and morally correct if the doctor looks at my race, age, gender, etc. and decides what is high risk to me and then narrow down the tests specifically for me. In short "discriminate" based on my age, sex, race, etc.
When a security enforcement person in a broad sense (NSA, cops, everyone combined), looks at you, they are not allowed to discriminate based on your age sex gender whether you should be monitored more or not, whether you should be kicked off the airplane or not. That makes them search needle in the haystack.
Don't get me wrong. I am not for all out surveillance. Merely pointing out a key difference between the medical and NSA world.
I second to that. Exact same situation and solution. My parents, both born in 40s, have iPads with netflix installed. Yes, high cost one time. But that one device gives them all, weather, newspapers, TV, video chat, pictures of whole family, games. They were not that computer literate and were not fond of computers before. But now love their iPads.
I am a Hindu by birth and I would still disagree with your rant against Christianity.
There is a lot of good missionary work being done, all over the world, including my country. It may be motivated in part by desire to convert. Nonetheless schools are being run and medicines are being administered under the flag of Christianity. It's still better if a life is saved by a religiously motivated person than a life not saved at all.
It has become a fashion to point a finger at organized religion as root of all evil. But I have seen Hindu and Christian organizations do a lot of good things and their source of motivation is their religious believes. Unfortunately those people never make headlines. But Hare Krishna and Westboro Baptist Church does.
When Jesus says love thy neighbor, one can add the neighbor in the list of people they love, or one can take out everyone but neighbor from the list of people they love. Those two are paths going in opposite directions, but both people can claim to follow Jesus.
The whole thing seems to be again correlation = causation thing.
The question of why some places have genetic diversity and some others don't has one easy answer. Moderate and stable weather. If there is moderate and stable weather people from other places will eventually move there and economy will grow. Some areas in Africa once had that weather and prosperous civilizations grew there. When the weather changed, they left.
Vast lands of Africa today are desert or tropical climate which is hot and humid. That plays a major role in people moving to Africa and thus it affects genetic diversity of Africa.