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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector stalled in 2014 for the first time in 40 years, the International Energy Agency said on Friday. Unexpectedly the CO2 plateau came during a period of economic growth. By far the main culprit in global warming, carbon dioxide emissions, stood at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014, unchanged from the previous year, the IEA said. The slowdown came thanks to "changing patterns of energy consumption in China and OECD countries," said the statement. read more


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Boulder Daily Camera:
Ask the coordinators how they would describe the upcoming Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in Nederland, and they'll tell you it's an end-of-winter "celebration of life."

Or rather, a "celebration that death is a part of life," Amanda MacDonald said. After all, the man who inspired the event has been dead since 1989. read more


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TEHRAN (The Borowitz Report) -- Stating that "their continuing hostilities are a threat to world peace," Iran has offered to mediate talks between congressional Republicans and President Obama.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, made the offer one day after Iran received what he called a "worrisome letter" from Republican leaders, which suggested to him that "the relationship between Republicans and Obama has deteriorated dangerously." read more


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 begins on Thursday 19 February, and end on 5 March. It is day one month one of the Chinese lunar calendar, and its date in January or February varies from year to year (always somewhere in the period January 21 to February 20). read more


Sunday, February 15, 2015

"The purpose of this database is to provide as much information as possible about American citizens and permanent residents engaged in violent extremist activity as well as individuals, regardless of their citizenship status, living within the United States who have engaged in violent extremist activity." read more


Comments

"I don't understand the butt hurt over showcasing an antique such as the confederate flag in public, as long as no one is pledging allegiance to it or has it raised above the flag of the United State's of America, then it is insignificant to current realities of life. The only issue is when individuals appropriate the CSA flag to symbolize hate in the modern day, similar to when German Nazis appropriated an ancient symbol to use as a symbol of hate in the mid-20th century. Otherwise, the confederate flag should not be censored as it is a relic of American history, and if we begin to choose to censor unsavory parts of our history then we are bound to repeat the tragedies of history.
#12 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2015-04-24 05:33 PM"

Of course you don't, if that were the way it were being viewed.

IF: "no one is pledging allegiance to it or has it raised above the flag of the United State's of America" and one is ONLY "showcasing an antique" or it were being treated as a mere "relic of history",

THEN: it would be insignificant, even ignored. It would probably ignite as much interest as one examining a sword from the Norman Conquest and would hardly be a reason for stirring up animosities between the French and English in the present day.

However, try as some do to gloss over the realities, none of that is the case. How could anyone (honestly) tout this flag's insignificance when we are (STILL!) having this discussion over 150 years later. Is it because it's 'too close to home', 'too recent', 'a result of lingering animosity that was stoked after the conflict and continued for decades', or ???

It's irrelevant to this discussion to bandy about the reasons. The point is that this flag is NOT insignificant. If it were, there wouldn't be this ongoing quibbling (either for flying or not flying the flag). You can't have it both ways.

Meanwhile, the flag is NOT being censored/ignored. On the contrary, it is being highlighted and commented on as it DOES have significance. As long as folks are aware of that significance (and don't try to minimize or rationalize it), there'll be little danger of a repeat of the historical tragedy.

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At best sum zero. Think about it. It would take an incredibly dense person not to think someone has the right to religious belief. So in the situation, even if you consider a cake to be a right, you are left with two options. 1 a person has to go somewhere else 2 a person has to violate their religious beliefs. Not it does not take a genius to figure out which is the greater of the evils. So being treated equal means being subject to the same equation that others are. No special preferences for either. Now tell me which is worse.
#440 | POSTED BY SALAMANDAGATOR AT 2015-04-02 08:36 PM"

As long as we're summing up:
It's obvious that you can't cite a law and, similarly, don't know what you are talking about. Ironically, I agree with you that folks should not be discriminated against. I just pointedly put that request to cite the law because:

1. You've been making sweeping statements about discrimination and that last generalization saying there was a law was too much for me to let pass, and

2. You have yet to make the case of being discriminated against and by forcing you to provide the actual law would have made that more glaringly apparent (hopefully, even to you).

Since we (seem) to be in agreement regarding opposition to discrimination, there's nothing to discuss about that.

The only remaining issue is proving your claim of discrimination. You have not done that. Many examples (besides my own) have been provided showing that the bakery is not being discriminated against. You've ignored those examples. So, there's nothing to discuss there either. To be sure, this discussion was a zero sum.

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