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Spiringtime for Hitler and Germany... Winter for Poland and France 
23rd-Apr-2008 04:49 pm
domo-kun
Well, France just fell and the Vichy government is in effect. America is lend-leasing weapons, Chamberlain has resigned. And thus does the man who fucked up the Turkish invasion during the last war become PM of Britain.

It's kind of nice to be looking at a broader history of World War II. Alough the Holocaust remains the area I'm most inclined to study, there was so much else going on at the same time. As I recall, I think it was Dutch or Belgium royalty who sent children to Canada during the war. I don't remember the whole story, but I do remember mom telling me about beautiful tulip gardens in Ottawa(?) that were a gift for sheltering them...

It's odd that such a bloody and destructive war incites so much romanticism even now among the generations who question our motives for pretty much any military action we've taken since WW II. I mean, seriously, how many people my age and a bit younger paid money to go watch Josh Harnett's nice bubble butt fight the Japanese Empire in Pearl Harbor or get sucked into Saving Private Ryan? Schindler's List sort of counts, but lord, it, like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, shot for the heart and hit the stomach in many places.

See, I think if Bush was half the speaker FDR or Churchill was, the current war might be more popular. I mean seriously, the WW II wartime leaders on all sides seemed to have the gift of selling the sizzle. Eventually. Chamberlain not withstanding.

My other source of amusement these days is the ongoing arguement in the local paper about Intelligent Design, thanks to Ben Stein's new movie. Now, I'm kind of at an advantage here, since my Freshman Intro to Science class included two weeks of ID as part of the quarter on Geology. My techer for the quad of Geology was psychoticallt evangelical and had a really bad tendancy to get touchy-feely with students. I still shiver at the thought of his slimy hands touching me.

Anyway, given the arguements being spewed out in the letters, I'm under the impression the "theory" hasn't changed much since 1990. Which basically to me proves AGAIN that ID isn't so much a theory as much as it is an attempt to disprove Evolution by any means necessary, with the assumption that if Evolution is disproved, ID must be correct.

Uh, yeah. Science doesn't really work like that. And I keep coming back to Einstein making some sort of comment about the Plasma discharge during the Big Bang being the separation of dark and light.

I also had someone named habhz07 add me today. Said user has one visible post (which consists of a quote), nothing for a profile, and a few friended folks, none of whom I have in common. I haven't added back, mainly because I'd like to know for sure a)it's not an internet troll (I do get them on occasion) or b)an advertisement. Given I got added with no comment at all anywhere... (Yes, I stealth add folks, but usually after dropping a comment or replying to a few.)

Any rate, think John and I are going swimming before dinner, mainly due to the heat down here.
Comments 
23rd-Apr-2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I think I may be one of the few people who believes in both ID and Evolution. Evolution cannot be disproven. It happens in populations today. I tend to think an intelligent hand set everything in motion then stood back to watch. :)
23rd-Apr-2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
I tend to agree, but then both my mom's father and step-father were Lutheran scientists who more or less believed in both.
27th-Apr-2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Most of the profs I knew in college who studied DNA were some form of religious.
24th-Apr-2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Plasma discharge sounds vaguely... sexual. Explains a lot of creation myths.
24th-Apr-2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
We're just Coyote's sperm gone horribly wrong.
25th-Apr-2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
my grandfather mentioned that movie the other day, he seemed pretty excited to see it (he's very catholic, creationism is the only way type of thinking.)
25th-Apr-2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Well, if some of the arguers are correct, most of the arguement is over free speech and the rights of someone to believe something so illogical. Which yeah, you have a right to believe as you want, no matter how stupid it actually is. I just persoanlly think if ID is gonna show up in a classeoom, it should be a humanities classroom rather than a science classroom.
25th-Apr-2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I don't really have any completely set-in-stone type beliefs.. but I think if they want to throw intelligent design in then 'every' creation story should be taught and it should all be thrown together as a class on its own.. separate from required sciences. (still should be required though, might make the students a bit more open-minded if they're taught all of the ideas together.)
25th-Apr-2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
You do realize ID is why we have the FSM now...;)

I do agree though. Like i said, it's just not really science, since they offer no proof, only disproof of another theory.
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