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  1. martens is fed up commented on Matt Bors about 1 hour ago

    He was being just as snarky as Hiram posting just after him. (Poe’s Law again.)

  2. martens is fed up commented on Tom Toles about 1 hour ago

    I have seen some suggestion that the Iranians may be using Rezaian essentially as a hostage to bargain for release of some Iranians held by the West. Realpolitick time.

  3. martens is fed up commented on ViewsAmerica about 1 hour ago

    Ah! I think you hit the nail on the head here, kurt. And it seems you pushed a button or two…

    Most gun deaths are suicides, but Australia has seen a significant decrease in suicides over time continuing after their buyback program. This seems to give general support for your position.

  4. martens is fed up commented on Views of the World about 3 hours ago

    Putin isn’t saving anyone from anything except firming up his own position and support domestically in Russia. In fact, as far as the Syrians go, neither Russia nor the West have their best interests at heart, and you are verging on the gullible if you expect either to worry about the Syrian people (or the Lebanese or the Jordanians or the Palestinians, etc., etc.).

  5. martens is fed up commented on Jeff Danziger about 3 hours ago

    From the NYT Opinionator section “The Stone”
    Democracy and the Demagogue by Jason Stanley

    “In Book VIII of “The Republic,” Plato is clear-eyed about these perils for democracy. He worries that a “towering despot” will inevitably rise in any democracy to exploit its freedoms and seize power by fomenting fear of some group and representing himself as the protector of the people against that fear. It is for this reason that Plato declares democracy the most likely system to end in tyranny. Plato’s prediction is most dramatically exhibited by Weimar Germany. But more mundane recent examples of his description of democracy’s breakdown and descent into tyranny exist to varying degrees in the cases of Hungary and Russia. The fragmentation of equal respect is a clear alarm for the United States. We must heed it by categorically rejecting politicians who seek to gain office by exploiting the mistaken belief that democratic values are weaknesses.”

  6. martens is fed up commented on Clay Jones about 4 hours ago

    NG, I will try to be gentle here. You are missing the point and extrapolating inappropriately.
    1. If suggestions are “bad”, show how they are bad with real data.
    2. Suggestions are not “orders”. (Where did you get that idea?)
    3. It is NOT sufficient to say that a process will not work until that process has been tested. Long ago I heard a grad student say “If I had done the experiment, this is the result I would have gotten.” Unsurprisingly, he never had a career in scientific research….

  7. martens is fed up commented on Drew Sheneman about 16 hours ago

    Before you get too carried away on this point, consider (from Wikipedia):
    “Statistics on rape and other sexual assaults are commonly available in industrialized countries, and are becoming more common throughout the world. Inconsistent definitions of rape, different rates of reporting, recording, prosecution and conviction for rape create controversial statistical disparities, and lead to accusations that many rape statistics are unreliable or misleading. According to USA Today reporter Kevin Johnson “no other major category of crime – not murder, assault or robbery – has generated a more serious challenge of the credibility of national crime statistics” than rape.1"


    Non-consensual sexual penetration is termed “Rape” in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania; “Sexual Assault” in New South Wales; “Sexual intercourse without consent” in the ACT and the Northern Territory; “Sexual penetration without consent” in Western Australia. All these offenses are gender neutral and applicable in marriage. The laws in Australia have evolved from the English common law offense of rape, but have gradually changed, especially in the late 20th century.2627

    In Australia the reported rape rate per 100,000 people is relatively high, although it is in a decreasing trend, coming down from 91.6 in the year 2003 28 to 28.6 in 2010.29 This stands in contrast to reported rape rate of 1.2 per 100,000 in Japan, 1.8 per 100,000 in India, 4.6 rapes per 100,000 in Bahrain, 12.3 per 100,000 in Mexico, 24.1 per 100,000 in United Kingdom, 28.6 per 100,000 in United States, 66.5 per 100,000 in Sweden, and world’s highest rate of 114.9 rapes per 100,000 in South Africa.2829"

  8. martens is fed up commented on Views of the World 1 day ago

    BTW, did anyone pick up on kurtzwickey’s post about the maze?
    That is the problem in a nutshell, and not just with respect to this situation but to many others. If you are not willing to acknowledge that there may be some value to how others see a thing as opposed to how you see it, then we are certainly in a maze with no entrance and no exit.

  9. martens is fed up commented on Views of the World 1 day ago

    I have told this story many times here on GC, but here goes again. Many years ago (1968), I took a grad school course from a visiting prof from Israel. he was Jewish, but his family had lived many generation in Palestine. At the time that the West established Israel (1948), he was in his mid-teens. He joined a kibbutz in his early 20’s, and raised his children there. He was a very good biologist (I was impressed by the course I took with him in 1968). At the end of the course, he invited all us to dinner at his place to show us what he considered his cultural hospitality. In the conversation after dinner the 1976 war came up. Of course, he had been a participant, but when we, as naive Americans (from mostly the South), said “Yes, poor Israel, how will they prevail?”, he said, “No, you don’t understand what my people are capable of doing if we do not find accommodation with the Arabs.” He made it clear that he was afraid of the possibility that the Israelis would react in a way that was the total antithesis of what he valued. I should point out that his culture was Arab in its essentials; there were and are Arab Jews as many Jews recognize. I am sure that he is no longer among the living, but I have to say that his warning seems even more relevant now than it did then. I am glad that he, as an idealist, probably does not have to see the present situation. He had a great spirit and mind and sense of humanity. I wish there were more, in all venues, with that sense.

  10. martens is fed up commented on Ken Catalino 1 day ago

    You asked for real data and real references.
    That’s a No-No in some circles…