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commented on Michael Ramirez
9 days ago
I agree, and have commented before on this. Huge artistic talent showing an astonishing eye for detail, structure and balance that is completely at odds with a message bias that has to be intentional. .I find it hard to accept that he can be that visually insightful and truly believe the misinformation his cartoons have a tendency to peddle.
commented on Calvin and Hobbes
5 months ago
I once bought a badge on a long ago visit to the MIT museum that read:
“Artificial intelligence? I’ll be impressed when they invent Artificial Cunning”
commented on Steve Breen
7 months ago
Regulations Ima? I agree, but take a moment to consider the many other forms of collapse/tragedy which could be prevented by adequate regulation.
commented on Tony Auth
8 months ago
If you’ll forgive me paraphrasing a couple of my comments from a few months ago…..I find it hard to believe that anyone genuinely believes that teachers of 6-7 year old children tbeing armed with weapons and trained in the use of deadly force in order to protect those children in their pursuit of an education is either acceptable or remotely possible to implement..A school is a place of learning for young children, which is supposed to provide an atmosphere of easy safety, a haven, without distraction from the harsh realities of the outside world, in which they can learn to prepare for it..A society which allows free and easy access for anyone to what are essentially weapons of mass destruction at close quarters, is either placing every single man woman and child in the firing line, or by implementing the security measures necessary to counter that, imposing on the most vulnerable and innocent an awareness of the fear pervading your society at a time and in a place where they need it least.
commented on Jerry Holbert
9 months ago
I knew we’d agree on something eventually!
commented on Jeff Danziger
10 months ago
I think this raises an interesting question. Previously, war was a collective experience shared with your comrades in an environment at times extremely hostile & stressful with frequent long periods of inactivity (stressful in the field and often boring back in camp). But always consistent in its separation from normalcy and family, and its confinement to the field. PTSD is psychological affliction caused by what has been seen, experienced and carried out, which often begins to manifest itself on the return to normalcy and family. However, how much of this stress is mitigated by the shared experience in a communal environment, how much is dealt with amongst friends and comrades and how much can the subconscious come to terms with its experience before returning to normalcy?
What kind of stresses are these guys under, performing acts of extreme violence remotely, from an environment safe from physical attack, going from that to the family dinner table to get up the next morning kiss their kids goodbye, maybe drop them at school before going back to war? I think a lot remains to seen how they and their families are affected by this.
One thing I am sure of is that war of any description leaves no-one involved unaffected.
commented on Ken Catalino
10 months ago
A bit slow today!
Just noticed the Burger King logo. I hadn’t heard up to now, but apparently Burger King in the UK had purchased burgers from the affected Irish producer, and has admitted serving burgers containing horse meat.
Random DNA testing on cheap frozen burgers from supermarket shevles turn up varying amounts of horse DNA, from small to significant.
Currently the trail is leading to Polish producers of raw ingredients, imported to Ireland for the use in the manufacture of beef burgers.
The general view of the investigation so far appears to be that the imported ingredients were deliberately mislabeled. The complicity or not of the Irish importers has yet to be determined.
commented on Stuart Carlson
11 months ago
She’s a politician, therefore the full truth is never an option, regardless of political philosophy.
commented on Bob Gorrell
12 months ago
I respectfully disagree. It is a completely different kettle of fish.
Commercial flights are a long-standing target of international terrorist & criminal organisations.
1. It is to all intents and purposes impossible to walk onto a flight unannounced and armed.
2. It is practically impossible without elaborate preparation, to board a commercial flight with any form of object which could be improvised into a weapon; sharp objects, sporting equipment, tools, chemicals etc.
3. Sky Marshals are employed as a final line of defense against an organised attempt to take control of a vehicle containing potentially hundreds of people in a very precarious situation, i.e. mid-air, and which could in itself be used as a weapon of much wider destruction.
A school is a place of learning for young children, which is supposed to provide an atmosphere of easy safety, a haven, without distraction from the harsh realities of the outside world, in which they can learn to prepare for it.
A society which allows free and easy access for anyone to what are essentially weapons of mass destruction at close quarters, is either placing every single man woman and child in the firing line, or by implementing the security measures necessary to counter that, imposing on the most vulnerable and innocent an awareness of the fear pervading your society at a time and in a place where they need it least.
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