We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I’m clueless about why Intelligent Design gets hammered by atheists. In my little world, a big all knowing supreme spiritual being will know the end before inventing the means (or while inventing the means). They're everywhere all the time, so to speak. But the little scientist is stuck in some particular time and place, forced to percieve relatively and think linearly.
I've always found it interesting that both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on February 12, 1809. Coupling this with the fact that Felix Mendelssohn was born on February 3, 1809 provides me a convenient political, scientific and cultural touchstone.
I'd find it easier to believe in God, who left such abundant evidence of his plan, than to believe in some missing link which, to my knowledge, is missing still. But then, I sat in the back reading books by Tom Wolfe during science class.
Jeeze. It just is. That's all. Asking or contemplating unanswerable questions just takes one away from the present. A goal and benefit for many a nefarious player. But then, I work for a living, what do I know.
"Canadian University Drops Language-Police Force on Its Campus
Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, has shut down a controversial pilot project in which eavesdroppers could intervene in campus conversations deemed to be objectionable, according to an announcement by the university’s vice president, Patrick Deane.
In the project, six students, known as “dialogue facilitators,” were given the authority to step in if the talk in private conversations contained offensive language, showed any form of disrespect, or trashed ethnic, gay, or religious groups.
The so-called language-police project was widely condemned, not only on free-speech grounds but also because it had been imported from the United States without “assessing its appropriateness on a Canadian campus,” according to The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper.
The university acted to terminate the project immediately after a panel of experts recommended canning the language cops." —
``Darwin in The Expression of Emotion in Men and Animals, I remember, remarks that he had heard Sydney Smith say placidly "I hear that dear old Lady Cork has been overlooked," and he made quite clear to everyone that the Devil had forgotten to take her, but how he did it Darwin could not say.''