May 27, 2014 at 12:35:16
“I looked at this article because it was so poorly defined that I couldn't even tell what they were trying to say. For one thing, I have known people who do smoke pot through a hookah, and I've never personally known anyone to use it for tobacco. Secondly, I think changing out the water would make a big difference, and I don't know if they addressed this. Thirdly, as far as I know, the hookah water acts as a filter, and it might be meaningful to discuss whether there is more or less harm done by using the hookah than not using a hookah. Also, the whole premise seems weird - they find that after a week of not smoking, tobacco users then have a spike in their nicotine when they smoke???? Sounds like one for Mr. Obvious.”
“So, after so many people in the community had to get involved to get this decision merely reversed, without any apology or compensation, are there any consequences for the one who made this decision in the first place?”
“Quiet black holes? Could this help to explain the huge amount of dark matter throughout the universe? Maybe there's just a lot more black holes than we thought. After all, they can be extremely small, so they could be scattered widely without necessarily being easy to detect.”
Sep 30, 2013 at 15:03:45
“Wait a second - Canada's 17 trillion debt bond is roughly similar to the US national debt???? How can ours be manageable with a tenth the population and a tenth the economy, at most? This should be a huge story. What is happening here?”
“I hope you are right in your assessment that societies are getting more liberal, but I don't know if that is true. Being around a university campus for many years indicates a stark contrast between than and now. There seemed to be a very strong progressive wave back in the 1970's on campus; whereas now neoconservatism seems to be the given consensus from which a few diverge.”
“One interesting statistic is that most of the traditional protestant churches have an aging membership which is shrinking quickly and as a result many of these churches are closing. I think there is growth in the fundamentalist churches like the southern Baptists, but I don't know the current stats. I think the Catholic church is growing mostly in Latin America, but the last two popes have done what they can to scare people off everywhere else.”
“I agree with you that my post and the quote are sweeping generalizations. And I agree that the study's secondary finding that the numbers of admitted nonreligious is increasing. However, I was addressing their primary finding that, because the young seemed to be more progressive than the old therefore society was becoming more progressive over time. I am arguing about their statistical interpretation.
There is another question I have about the nonreligious response, however. There are many possible reasons that more people are admitting they do not consider themselves religious. In the past I believe, for that there was considerably more censure of people who publicly admitted this. It may be that the atmosphere is changing for various reasons and more people who are nonreligious are feeling freer to admit it. This might make an interesting study.”
ColleenHarper on Jul 21, 2013 at 20:35:12
“Aaah! This can lead to a much more intelligent argument! Sorry for a rather snappish response.
Other considerations that should be accounted for in studies such as this are the number of people who are deciding they are disgusted by what they see of the outspoken portions of Christianity but consider themselves "spiritual" without resorting to Biblical authority, even though their "spirituality" has extensive Christian elements to it.
Another is the growth of the Pagan/Wiccan/Druidic versions of spirituality, especially considering how one can believe the tenets of any of these religions without seeking out and adhering to a group. I suspect some of them will claim "none" when surveys seldom delve any deeper than the major world religions.
And as you noted, it is no longer quite so culturally beyond the pale to admit that you are an atheist.
As I've followed the research (especially from the Pew Forum on Religion), I've been sad that even they don't dig deeper into the interpretation of the statistical grouping of "nones."”
“Another way to look at these numbers is their shocking finding that the young are and have always been more progressive than the old, not that people are growing more progressive over time.
George Bernard Shaw:
'If a man is not a socialist at age twenty he has no heart. If he is still a socialist at forty he has no brains."
Statisticians who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”
Retrorepublican on Jul 21, 2013 at 16:49:36
“I have definitely grown more progressive as I age.
Shaw: We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.”
TokyoTea on Jul 21, 2013 at 16:36:10
“One of the problems with Shaw's statement as applied to the US now is that it's the Dem party that's approximately where conservatives used to be, while the right is completely over the cliff.
You are right, however, that younger people are generally more liberal. Still, societies also seem to get progressively more liberal, with occasional spurts of fundamentalism when times get bad, change gets fast, and lots of people are afraid.”
LIBERALandProudOfIt on Jul 21, 2013 at 16:13:21
“I'd like to know the stats from the early 1900's and the 1800's. It seems like more younger folks are now less religious and more progressive which means that more of them will carry those ideas into their later years.”
ColleenHarper on Jul 21, 2013 at 16:02:52
“Your sweeping generalizations can't explain how among all age groups, the "none" are steadily increasing. While the increase is MOST pronounced in the young, even the elderly are trending steadily toward no religious affiliation.”
Jul 21, 2013 at 14:20:49
“I wish he could have made a film with Ed Wood. That would have been a monument to ham acting for the ages. Although of course Cage's entire career is a monument to ham acting. I think he hit his peak in Moonstruck, and it has pretty much been downhill ever since. Almost every film he does is an embarrassment. Luckily for him and not for us he seems oblivious to it.”
“Is this balanced by population? It is true that most of the population of the country is in the east, but I question whether this map is proportional to population in each area. Otherwise you may be slamming areas simply because they have a lot of people.”
pixiedust3505 on May 13, 2013 at 15:34:00
“The map details state: To produce the map all tweets containing each 'hate word' were aggregated to the county level and normalized by the total twitter traffic in each county. Counties were reduced to their centroids and assigned a weight derived from this normalization process. This was used to generate a heat map that demonstrates the variability in the frequency of hateful tweets relative to all tweets over space.”
MaryJane on May 13, 2013 at 15:30:46
“Not buying it. Look at the New England area, very populated and very blue. Same with west coast, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, etc.”
lsutton on May 13, 2013 at 15:20:18
“then why california with so little red and such a huge population? just ignoring that flaw in your logic?”
DataBoy on May 13, 2013 at 15:17:04
“True-that. F&F for statistical accuracy.”
wombat10 on May 13, 2013 at 15:14:38
“Nah...that would have taken too much work and the kids had Humboldt had a date with a dube. Plus that might have changed the result and this one looked the way they wanted it to.”
“The Constitution of the United States of America is and always was Infallible. That is why it defined slaves as being three-fifths of a person. Although this provision has since been altered, that does not mean the original constitution was not infallible. Similarly, the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. The Supreme Court has found that this clause is soley a limitation on the right of governments, not the source of the natural right to bear arms. The state has no business limiting the right to bear arms in any way, including the right of each citizen to bear thermonuclear weapons. Limiting this would constitute an infringement. Common sense points out that this aspect of the contitution is clearly infallible, and should never be changed, until it succeeds in killing every last citizen in the United States and turning it into a molten, smoking wasteland completely toxic to all forms of life.”
“Paris - I love the city, but you might recall a couple of years ago the French government ran an international campaign saying they were trying not to be so rude. It must have been run by non Parisians, because the Parisians are adamantly proud of how rude they are, to foreigners, and even to other Frenchmen. I mean, who has to pay millions to try to convince people they're trying to not be so rude? Even the Durgin Park in Boston, which advertises how rude they are, can only come a distant second to Paris.”
Ivee on Apr 27, 2014 at 21:19:00
“Actually, having been a New Yorker for many years, I think in some ways that Parisians are nicer. They have a certain reserve, but they are most definitely polite, at least in my experience, and we've been visiting for one week a year for nearly a decade.”
Hajnal on Apr 21, 2014 at 05:06:22
“Despite the way it was presented in the US media, that campaign was only targeting the tourism business, not Parisians in general: waiters, taxi drivers, shop clerks.
On the other hand, it is true that you will not find in Paris the fake, vacant-eyed cheerfulness that too often passes for politeness in the US. It's called "cultural differences". Also, remember: when you go into a store, or any business for that matter, and don't say bonjour, or go out and don't say merci, au revoir, you're the rude one.”
“Vancouver - I have to agree with most of what Alison Cowen said. I love Vancouver, I'm from Vancouver, but "non-stop summer sunshine"??? I remember being in Sunday school one time when they told us about Noah's Ark. "It rained for forty days and forty nights, which caused a great flood over all the world..." We just looked at each other and said "So, February. What's the big deal?" I was in Vancouver last year and the London Drugs store had tear off umbrella bags in two sizes for everybody to put their wet umbrellas in as soon as they came in the front door. non-stop summer sunshine?”
“For some people in some situations, where you come from is a conversation starter. Taxi drivers are often Sikh, and I travelled a bit in the Punjab, so it is a way to start a conversation with total strangers, and they usually enjoy talking about home. But this doesn't really apply to your case, because the appropriate answer would just be that you are from New York. One thing that I enjoy about Toronto that is different is that such a huge portion of the population is "blended" that few people care, and you really don't have a chance of guessing in most cases. So you don't ask questions like that until you get to know them better, and then only as casual but friendly conversation.”
“There are bad bosses everywhere, and sometimes it's just the bad luck of the draw and there isn't too much you can do about it. The only thing I can suggest in hindsight is that bosses are told extensively that they should give employees plenty of feedback and warning if they are unhappy about their work. I would say that similar logic should apply to the employee - You should give feedback to your boss, and then if there is no change, to his boss. Reporting to HR is almost a courtesy to leave a trail to justify yourself if there is any dispute, ie for wrongful dismissal. But in a large corporation there is often little else you can do.”
Nov 18, 2012 at 13:37:32
Canada British Columbia
“Far from being racist, this film is a concerted and conscious effort to create less racism in the world. It is easy to jump on a bandwagon and point fingers and say "they use a white in makeup to portray an asian, that's racist! It's like coming out foursquare in favour of motherhood. But it's a lot harder to actually do something about racism, as the makers of this film are trying to do.
On the other hand, some of the people who are so virulently opposed to a film that is trying to fight racism may be upset at that, while pretending not to be racist themselves. Methinks the critics doth protest too much.”
Red Cloud on Dec 13, 2012 at 22:50:54
“I avoid this because it's white racist film. You can't use White male to depict Asian male it's
impossible, and only way they do use make-up trick. That's how Hollywood racist make-up has continue. It does not matter how your race not see as racism. The victim sees as as they saw
in the past film and they see today film. This is white racist film.”