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Interesting letter. I, too, believe an open mind is a treasure (as did one of my favorite Founders, Thomas Paine who wrote The Age of Reason). And the last comment (it sets you free) certainly reminds one of a biblical verse (and CIA motto) John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." There's a lot of truth in Coyne's book, which I have but an even better one to have been recommended to Mr. Casebolt might have been Evolution (What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters, by Donald R. Prothero. But he wouldn't have liked it, either. Interesting discussion issue ... I hope it continues.
Hello downhill. Well, use of that word was tongue-in-cheek of course. Actually, the stinky inserts are only mildly irritating during the second or two it takes to flip them into a wastebasket. I'm no chemist but there must be a reason that the cologne in a newspaper insert is never as nice (nor alluring) as that encountered on a cocktail hostess. Probably something to do with her natural pheromones chemically mixing with the eau de cologne to produce an attractive scent. Suppose?
I agree with this writer's comment about the obnoxious noxious odors that emanate from newspaper cologne ads. I often wonder whether some readers who have health issues like asthma might suffer bad effects from them. Realize that income from advertisers is crucial to a newspaper but I agree that the world would be a better place without these odorous, malevolent inserts that I hurriedly toss into the nearest round file before even reading the paper.
I'm just happy the dinosaurs missed the boat. Tsk.
I disagree with the editorial as well. The 'Skins name is used as a term of endearment by it's fans and others. There's nothing derogatory about the name unless someone oversensitive in the PC realm is too (pardon the pun) thin-skinned. Hey, I have some Mohawk blood through my biological mother's line (confirmed via DNA testing) and I'm proud of it -- and certainly have no problem with team names be they Redskins, Warriors, Braves, or Palefaces. On the tax issue, I agree with Paco and Pearl .... remove tax exempt status ... and I would even include huge "mega-church" religious organizations over a certain size (excluding small churches).
It isn't bickering, MDJ. It's a debate or discussion. But by all means do not read them. It's very easy to tell by the subject line that Rick Eskil assigns each letter, or skip down to the name of the writer .... and just don't skip them. Now, was that so difficult?
Thanks for the link, G&C. I believe I also had it in one of my letters. The books (I believe) are somewhat more comprehensive and list all the 50 or so international scientists who compile these reports and their papers ... but unfortunately are cost-prohibitive for mose. The last one -- a huge tome -- was $140. So I'm happy they are putting this information out online.
Downhillracer .... always racing for the down hill road with his insults. However, that said .... what is stupid and ignorant would be someone who does not understand that those (yeah, right ... thousands) of "independent" scientists are receiving millions if not billions in research grants from the governmnent (not to mention the human nature issue of refusing to acknowlege that something they've been preaching for many years is wrong). Not to mention the political bias of many including the notoriously-biased IPCC.
Good to have that link so thanks, GeneandCassie. I also suggest reading the online Summary for Policymakers by the NIPCC (Climate Change Reconsidered II Physical Science) ... I'll provide a link later but you can Google it. Fatherof5 will advise you not to read it (and NIPCC's previous reports in 2009 and 2011) claiming they are untrustworthy due to "big oil" funding but that isn't factual. See for yourself .... and also note the 40-50 scientists listed as authors, contributors, reviewers and editors in the back and throughout the chapters. They are from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Norway, Russia, Italy, the UK, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Estonia.
I applaud your well-stated thoughts, Blue skies, and open mind. One question regarding many that could be asked of the several past IPCC reports is why none of their computer modeling predicted the leveling off and cooling of global mean temperatures over the past 17 or more years? Despite the steady rise of anthropogenic carbon dioxide?
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