View RSS Feed

Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Polarization

    by , 12-27-2014 at 04:18 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I was thinking about political polarization, but it just occurred to me that there is a deeper layer involved, the matter of people being completely certain that they are right, regardless of actual facts. The actual facts usually show that something else entirely is real. For example, I recently saw that fifteen new Republican members of Congress swore to get rid of Food Stamps.

    I will ignore the fact that the Food Stamp program was converted to SNAP a few years ago; although that ...
  2. Human Sexual Differences

    by , 12-22-2014 at 04:39 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    An interesting question came up on another site where I am a member. It is a site for writers, and a woman member asked what it felt like for a man to fall in love or be in love. Of course, the question cannot be answered in full, but it is interesting, and it makes me wonder about the same thing. Personally, I would ask a female friend who had a fair grasp of neurotransmitters, hormones, and her own anatomy, but I wouldn’t expect a complete description, because of differences in anatomy and brain ...
  3. Obama: Stupidity or Hubris?

    by , 12-17-2014 at 08:51 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently Obama declared that he had agreed to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. There didn't seem to be any conditions on that, and I found that strange, because by law the U.S. cannot have normal relations with Cuba until the conditions in the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 (http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/[email protected]/chapter69A&edition=prelim) will be fulfilled, and Cuba has consistently refused to even consider paying for the seized property. This is a case where U.S. law is ...

    Updated 12-18-2014 at 03:35 PM by PeterL

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  4. More on Police Misconduct

    by , 12-12-2014 at 10:40 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    There have been problems with police probably as long as there have been police, and some of the problems are significant. I just saw an article about two undercover California Highway Patrol officers threatening a group of people, at a demonstration against police brutality, with their firearms after the undercover cops had been recognized and one unmasked. Prior to the police had been inciting the group to loot buildings. Read the articles linked below. The police behavior is indefensible; they ...

    Updated 12-12-2014 at 11:01 AM by PeterL

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  5. Police Power

    by , 12-06-2014 at 08:39 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    As a general matter I don’t protest police trying to do their jobs, but recent cases of Black people in Missouri and NY being killed by police officers seem to show that the legal ramifications of police killing people on the job is not considered as seriously as it should be. I am not someone who thinks that police should be prevented from doing their jobs, but there are legal responsibilities that they have; becoming a police officer does not exempt someone from any laws; it puts more legal responsibilities ...

    Updated 12-06-2017 at 07:28 PM by PeterL

    Categories
    Uncategorized