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Dec 17th 2012 11:28AM Not quite correct. It predicted the end of a long cycle. I think the better question is why pay attention to what the Mayans had to say on the nature of the universe? They also believed human sacrifice was required to appease angry gods and weren't able to develop soil preservation and other agricultural management systems that would have kept their society from total collapse.
Dec 17th 2012 11:10AM Well, now I know what Eid is about. The story of Issac and his near human sacrifice is one of the most disturbing in the Bible and Quran. At a metaphoric level I understand the connection between the predicate story and the later tale of God sacrificing himself as Jesus. But along with the slaughter of the innocents in connection with Passover, I find it very difficult to reconcile the story of Issac's near murder with the notion of a God that is anything other than a sociopath. It is one of the main reasons I first started to refuse to accept any part of the Bible as literal fact. The willingness to teach this story as fact and celebrate or try to explain it away as God's will is perhaps the reason that ever nation that embraces western religion from Iraq to the United States should question some of the roots of our culture. Frankly, I'm a bit tired of giving away the lives of our children to ideologies, gods, guns or beliefs in the values of various schemes of social engineering.
Nov 23rd 2011 6:30PM The matter needed to be settled before the plane left. The airline acted irresponsibly. The obese passenger should have been taken off the aircraft and asked to wait for another flight with available open seats - since he was the one who booked one seat for a two seat sized body. I haven't gone through the FAA's cabin safety regulations with a fine tooth comb lately, but I'm pretty sure that taking off and landing with a passenger standing is a major FAA no - no. This wasn't a case of someone who just didn't want to spend several hours sitting next to a fat person (or a baby or whatever). This is a case of one passenger taking another passenger's seat. A true no brainer. I sure hope that the airlines mechanics have more on the ball than this flight crew.
Jun 15th 2011 8:44PM In the retrospective vision of decades, it is certain the Kennedy family has four distinguishing traits. First, they seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time (bullets, Japanese destroyers etc). Second, they need to be kept away from heavy machinery. You don't want one flying a plane (JFK Jr, Joe Jr), captaining a boat (PT 109) or driving a car (Teddy or Patrick "ambian" Kennedy). Third, they tend to have problems with alcohol. And fourth and finally... Kennedy women suffer everything that their men heap upon them with dignity and grace. Apparently Maria is no exception.
Apr 10th 2011 3:07PM Amamnda Lucas should be a female Sumo wrestler. By definition (no pun intended) she doesn't have a fighter's body. Look at the physiques of serious female competitive martial artists, MMA fighters and boxers and you will note that most are solid and thick - but lean. This is nothing but a fat rich girl who has some emotional problems including an eating disorder. If martial arts are really her life maybe she should cut out the cheesecake and frapuccinos. I know far too many hard working female martial artists and boxers who respect their sports and themselves.
Apr 10th 2011 11:07AM MMA has come a very long way. For years it was little more than a mix between bar brawls and pro wrestling. More recently it has reached the level of boxing at its better moments. I think the sport is still evolving rapidly and is now dominated by serious athletes and highly skilled fighters - most of whom are also true sportsmen.
Mar 20th 2011 11:52AM He's a great fighter and a good guy but what he did was very unwise on a lot of levels - especially for such an intelligent man
Mar 20th 2011 11:37AM Bad move on Jone's part. You don't have a right to use violence to defend property. It's tricky because if you confront a thief and try to stop him and he escalates thats a different story. But chasing a thief and pounding them? Uh uhh.
Feb 22nd 2011 10:41AM That's not co-dependency (which isnt even a real term in human psychology). That's normal canine behavior. Dogs are already pack animals and that's why we were able to domesticate them. We have spent thousands of years selectively breedings our dogs to accept and crave us as pack alphas. Leaving one dog and taking another is going to produce some level of "behavior" in most dogs and that's their nature. It's not a dysfunction that needs to be corrected.
Feb 15th 2011 1:25PM Though this case happened because of criminal conduct, becoming awake and aware during surgery is more common than the medical profession wants to admit (or people want to know about.) First off, anesthesiology is as much of an art as a science. Second, its not always clear exactly how many types of anesthesia work on the human body. Further, anesthesia always involves significant risks and the least amount you need is what you should have. Finally a awreness pehnomenon often isnt remembered if the patient has a lot of benzodiazapines as part of the anesthesia mix (they're amnesiac).