The ancient Romans made their circenses a centerpiece of public policy, along with free bread (panem -- also the name of the nation ruled by the "Capitol" in the movie). But they found that the spectacle of merely feeding people to lions, with no chance to win, became less popular than the gladiatorial contests, and that the gladiators wouldn't put on a good show unless they had a chance.Read more »
If Ron Paul doesn't win the nomination as a Repube, he may well win the Presidency anyway. If the GOP machine participates in dirty politicking and screws Ron Paul over (like has been already going on), Dr. Paul will bail and run 3rd Party or independent. He'll pull support from all the Ron Paul supporters, disaffected Demoncrats, and those who have given up on voting because they've figured out it's a scam, until now.Read more »
In the lost Golden Age, people lived in harmony with nature. There was no disease, pain, work, or conflict. Everyone lived in perfect peace. Insects didn't bite you. There were no extremes of temperature, and you could wander naked through the fields. If you happened to be hungry, all you had to do to satisfy your craving was reach up and pick a sumptuous ripe fruit off a nearby tree. However, Man lives by technology. The human race has never existed in a state of harmony with nature.Read more »
A few short videos about the future, the human condition, and the possibilities of technology. By Jason Silva.Read more »
While many animals have evolved to be socially agreeable, bonobos, a close cousin of chimpanzees seem to have experienced a natural evolutionary process of becoming a more peaceful creature.Read more »
'Change has come to America' - Obama's speech in full
President-elect Barack Obama spoke to the world from his home city of Chicago as he became the first black president of the United States.
Here is the full text of his victory speech:
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.Read more »
Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another. Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property. In vices, the very essence of crime — that is, the design to injure the person or property of another — is wanting.Read more »
America has enemies. Not just abroad, but within our shores as well. And our domestic enemies, as it turns out, are MORE dangerous and destructive than the terrorists could ever hope to be. Because while the terrorists want to destroy us, the following people and their organizations are doing far more damage.Read more »
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, of Duke University, and Franklin G. Miller, of the National Institutes of Health believe that “killing by itself is not morally wrong, although it is still morally wrong to cause total disability”.“[I]f killing were wrong just because it is causing death or the loss of life, then the same principle would apply with the same strength to pulling weeds out of a garden. If it is not immoral to weed a garden, then life as such cannot really be sacred, and killing as such cannot be morally wrong." Do you agree?Read more »
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