Bring it on.
Which means “present cogent arguments that global
warming weirding ISN’T anthropogenic, and I’ll do the best I can to either rebut your FACT BASED theory, or I’ll reconsider my position.
Republicans in Congress who reject the science behind climate change could soon be reduced to political fossils, with new polling on Wednesday suggesting three-quarters of young voters find such views “ignorant, out of touch or crazy”.
Make a “faith-based” argument, i.e. one based on conspiracy theories and not facts, and I reserve the right to ignore you with a simple statement that you have no facts to back up your position.
He has a lot to say on the Mexican drug trade, the firing of Mexican police (and what they did then to make money), and the US involvement in it ALL.
A truth-teller. FINALLY a truth-teller, instead of some fruitcake kicking some words around like it was FACT.
As most of you know, I’ve always been a keen follower of Roman history. For me, to a great extent we’ve not surpassed many of Rome’s achievements, the Renaissance notwithstanding.
In my recent visit to Rome I visited the various Forums, the Pantheon, various sites in what was the Campus Martius, the Baths of Diocletian and Caracalla…. and came to realize a number of things that one isn’t inclined to contemplate when reading history.
Probably 1/3 of ancient Rome was comprised of public buildings or gardens. Public buildings from the Republican period were almost all built by public-minded individuals with a tremendous civic sense (combined with a zeal to capture votes to achieve public office). Buildings from the Imperal period were absolutely impressive – mostly forums, libraries, and public baths.
Can anyone dare call Obama a socialist after contemplating what Roman republicans and emperors built for the general public? The Baths of Caracalla convinced me – one of the most impressive buildings built to service the general population of the city, filled with works of art of incomparable nature, so that the poorest of the poor could enjoy what the wealthiest of the wealthy couldn’t afford.
Taking in what the Romans built – in Rome and in virtually every city of the empire – it seems that 2000 years ago that the role of government was the common weal. Talk about socialism!
It was not only the common weal, however. Aesthetics were a light motiff in that age – mens sanae in corpore sano wasn’t enough – people had to live in a beautiful place.
So what the fuck’s happened since then? Rome wasn’t perfect, by a longshot, but it’s very clear that the entire concept of government back then had to do with providing services to the people. That idea, I’m afraid, is done with.
For the Baths of Caracalla: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baths_of_Caracalla
FWIW, Caracalla was a major SOB. But even so…
(Subtext: This is what happens when you believe something with ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER to support your belief.)