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  1. That would seem to me to be the intelligent response as well. For the anti-confederates preservation of the statues would serve as proof so to the longevity of attitudes that supported the Confederacy.
  2. This article from 2003, from the right wing British magazine The Spectator, does take issue with Fisk's articles. And it ends with this: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2003/11/the-dangers-of-fisking/ It's a strange conclusion, effectively blaming the messenger and saying that if the American adventure in Iraq failed it would be the fault of those who criticised it.
  3. Thoughts 2017

    I've read some of Lee Kuan Yew's autobiography and he does seem to make the pitch that Singapore would have preferred to have kept the confederation with Malaysia & Brunei. I'm keeping an open mind. What I do observe, however, is that this is yet another example of Britain leaving a region it had colonised and suddenly the locals becoming so antipathetic towards each other that the country splits up. Funnily enough in this instance, the jewel in the crown (Brunei), is split off from Malaysia and becomes an excellent business opportunity for the well-connected in Britain.
  4. Over the years I am pretty sure that I have come across interpretations of history that claim the Confederates were not all bad and that the other side weren't angels either. But if the people standing up for Confederate generals are neo-Nazis and race supremacists and no one with an inclusive agenda willing to do so, then there is a problem with that cause.
  5. From Robert Fisk: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/al-jazeera-saudi-arabia-israel-policy-terrorism-isis-iran-prince-mohamed-netanyahu-a7885851.html
  6. What Have You Watched Recently? [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    ^ just realised that the film's alternative title Panfilov's 28, is a reference to a famous Russian general and I've visited the park named after him in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  7. What Have You Watched Recently? [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    Yes, I just watched this. Eminently watchable, great drama, all the family can see safely. No objectionable content. It is a zombie movie, so obviously there are scenes of people eating people. Pretty amazing film about U.S. army recruitment. It's not a documentary, but it highlights the pressures on everyone involved. Great drama. Safe viewing. Another good war movie. This time about the great patriotic war. Told from a Russian perspective. No objectionable content.
  8. Ate/Eating/Will Eat?

    You could make it a learning opportunity:
  9. Thoughts 2017

    People who get suspended from Shiachat multiple times should be asked to do this free course and come back when they have a certificate: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/conflict-management
  10. You get a lot of spam these days from people offering money for research etc. This site, however, is associated with the University of Oxford in the UK so 100% legitimate. You get paid to complete research questionnaires. You have to be over 18. The surveys you get access to are the ones which are for the demographic you fall into. As well as the money aspect it will also be useful for anyone wanted to see how questionnaires can be designed. https://www.prolific.ac
  11. Like Pakistan and India they can bleed each other dry and effectively kill their own populations without going to war. Both those south Asian countries spend billions they can't afford on defence.
  12. Fascinating article about the Uber experience in Pakistan: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/uber-in-pakistan-a-lesson-in-the-flaws-of-the-sharing-economy-a7395056.html
  13. Darwin?

    Surely if people can breed plants for specific characteristics, it means that they are susceptible to evolution? But just not to the same extent as animals. I would not be surprised if it did. But that would only be the case for the English language. If the Arabs and previous groups were doing this, they may well have had terms for it as well.
  14. Do not confess sins

    The problem with 'confessing' sins in public is that it risks normalising the behaviour. Anyone else who is in a similar situation thinks, 'ah, I have a kindred spirit' and you then risk a group identity becoming established, with their own sub-cultural leadership etc. We could the link this with the notion of 'subjective norms', which are measured as follows and considered to have an impact on personal behaviour: "Most persons who are important to me think I should/should not [description of behavior.]" https://chirr.nlm.nih.gov/subjective-norm.php
  15. Darwin?

    I think the selective breeding story goes back way further than the article suggests. The reputation of Arab horses didn't arise by accident.