From the ancient Greek for equality in freedom of speech; an eclectic mix of thoughts, large and small
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Season 2 of the Discovery Channel’s post-apocalyptic reality-show, The Colony, has just begun, and episode 1 is now online. Watching people struggle for food, water, fire, shelter, and security puts some things in perspective.
Toddy Cat: What a bunch of horses**t. The whites had no intention of wiping out the Indians, in either North or South America. It was disease that did the killing, and the white settlers had no idea that they were carrying these diseases, or what caused them, and these diseases would have killed massive numbers of Indians no matter what the attitude of the White comonists had been. Any contact would have doomed most of the Indians, and it wouldn’t have mattered if the Europeans had been a bunch of...
Scipio Americanus: Yep, it’s Squanto. The last little bit about the genocide rather oversimplifies things for the sake of wrapping up neatly, but the narrative is roughly correct. I get the impression that, could he meet them, those aliens would seem even more alien to Mr. Alexander than they did to Mr. S.
Jehu: What I’m really curious is this: What fraction of auto fatalities involve one or more parties who can not legally operate their vehicle — whether for no license, suspended license, no insurance, etc?
Faze: This is basically the story of Squanto and the Plymouth colony — amiright?
William Newman: Searching the Madden article for ‘property’ and ‘forfeit’ I find nothing. Cynic that I am, the allegations that I had heard about heretics forfeiting property sounded plausible and left me with a high standard of proof for claims like “was an attempt to stop unjust executions of heretics,” unless they are intended to be read as “was in part an attempt…”. Asking Google about ‘inquisition forfeit property’ leads me to people...
Nick B. Steves: Driving in a city might seem dangerous, but wide-open stretches of rural road are three times more dangerous. Presumably on a per mile, not per minute, basis. Makes perfect sense, tho’ one wonders whether they count car-jacking.
Isegoria: I agree that students in some fields learn much, much more than students in others — although, frankly, anyone who earns less than an “A” in a class, STEM or not, probably retains next to nothing. The larger point is that classes meant to teach critical thinking do no such thing. Some students can think critically, and some can’t, but simple exposure to a “good” education doesn’t seem sufficient to confer the skill.
Isegoria: I don’t think it’s muddying the issues to say that bright, motivated immigrants (and natives) come to Silicon Valley for the startup scene, and improving our educational system won’t affect our level of innovation much, if at all.
Isegoria: I’m having trouble imagining a Good Governance Club that wouldn’t attract Progressive members.
Isegoria: She may be a nervous Reptoid shape-shifter, but her line of thinking does resemble both ancient Stoicism and modern mental training for competitive sports.