Huckabee and the Evangelical right
After one of Mike Huckabee's speeches I was absolutely floored. The man said that the constitution was easier to change than the word of god and that we need to bring those morals into the government legislation. He refereed to the constitution as a modern document, implying that it was a liberal tool that was against religion. Is this man serious??? The constitution, which has served the country for over 2 centuries, was INTENDED to separate the church and the state because this country was founded on the beliefs of religious freedom. How can a man call himself a true American when he consistently contradicts one of the most basic fundamentals of the forming of the United States. Our government is NOT run based on the Bible. How can so many people continue to believe that this man and root for this man! This causes me great concern. The majority of the country seems to have forgotten the lessons of 7th grade American History. Everyone knows we need change but a farther diversion from the basic foundation of our country will only send us farther away from a true democracy and into a complete state of disarray. I am becoming more and more worried as the days go on that the constitution and all the brilliant work and effort that has gone into it is being torn apart and trampled by those who believe they must enforce their beliefs on everyones lives. It is oppression, in all senses of the word. and it scares me that these people will fool too many people into believing they know what they are talking about.
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The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
- Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
- European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
- Iron Age Scandinavians only had access to poor quality iron, which put them at a tactical disadvantage against their neighbors.
- To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
- They couldn't have known that in so doing, they actually were forging a rudimentary form of steel.
Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
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