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On a rural road with not much shoulder to speak of -- particularly on one that is quite hilly -- you'd expect these folks to show a little caution. Nope. They piled right into the middle of the lane, forcing me to a crawl as they slowly ascended a steep hill.
As a cyclist, this is EXACTLY the attitude I follow. I am no expert, I just can't drive, so I bike.
For example, when going through an intersection, I find 2 cars that are moving at different rates, squeeze between them (the driver in the back quickly adapts to me, and slows down, otherwise I find another set), and pass through the intersection in the middle of the lane. If you are on the shoulder, it is to let people pass. When you let people pass, you can assume you can be jostled to the side by some drivers, and on a mountain road, that is VERY bad. Especially if you have a drain: if you are forced into a drain where the bars are in-line with your bike wheels, your thin wheels fall into the gap, and you end up very flat.
Disclaimer: As a teenager, I only have looked at all this, not actually been in the middle.
However, as it seems from down here, Courtship is something done either in the 18th century or by people who want responsibility for their own actions.
Am I entirely off my rocker with this?
It already has, the first paycheck is back.
I am afraid this falls apart at the title. There are no open-minded Progressives. If they were open minded, they already are Conservative.
Susan in Seattle: Nicely done, Mr. Senik! What a delight.
By the way, do you have any recommendations for cleaning red wine from a keyboard and monitor? · 0 minutes ago
Drink soda while reading Ricochet.
An aside point, but how do you think the inner city schools got their cops in the first place?
Nathaniel Wright: [verbose]
Lack of knowledge regarding the name of two bombs isn't a big deal. It's more along the lines of what I would call trivia. When the bombings occurred, where, and who ordered the bombing and why. Those are important. I don't care if they know the name of Nelson's ship at Trafalgar, only the importance of that naval battle.
I suspect the bombs were given names out of fondness — the same reason planes, tanks and whatnot were named. If the names were just technical shorthand, they wouldn't have been so cute.
The names of these two bombs are insignificant enough to be considered trivia. Why does this trivia matter?
Yes, but it is expected for a ship to have a name. Not a bomb. Every ship has a name and a type, but bombs are usually only given types.
The fact that the bombs were named shows a different attitude about them. Go ahead, call the names trivia, but remember those bombs had them.
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We tend to have better things to do than get involved in entertainment, things like making the world a better place.
Sure, we can come up with show ideas up the wazzoo, but which conservatives would actually want to produce and act it?
By the way, I'm finding the mechanics of the bombs being discussed here to be absolutely fascinating. Now I know how I'm going to waste my lunch period tomorrow.
Schrodinger's Cat: KidCoder,
Have you run across these names in your history classes?
USS ConstitutionThe Monitor and MerrimackUSS MaineLusitaniaUSS ArizonaUSS MissouriUSS Maddox
The Monitor and Merrimack
18 hours ago
Many of those names I recognize as 1800s names, like the Monitor, and out of scope of my current history class. So many of those names were in my AP US History class, but only the Lusitania was in my current history class. And I know the Arizona is still where she went down in 1941.
And one of my test questions was the name of the "Greatest Athlete of All Time".
Okay, so it mattered. Back then. To the people building them. In that time, in that place, in that very specific limited context.
Why does it matter now?
Why do the names of those bombs matter to some kid in high school in 2012? Why do they need to know the names in 2012? · 17 hours ago
Because, like it or not, the people who "own" history, who are doomed to carry the past into the future, are no longer from your generation.
Within 10 years, my generation will be editing the history books. Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it, but those who know the wrong history won't know the difference.
Lost knowledge is always a problem. Education is passed on from generation to generation, so the future can stand on the past. Any upset, no matter how small, can turn into a waste of a couple decades and societies. Imagine, if Hitler had read a little more of Napoleon's failings he may have even taken Moscow.
Thank you very much!
Glad you noticed what I was doing there. · 4 minutes ago
I was thinking. And the EPA was complaining about my illegal burning of rubber.
HeartofAmerica: I consulted my son, a history (with an emphasis in military history) graduate student regarding your observation. He believes that although history text books are increasingly omitting selected historical occurrences (mostly military-based) that this omission of the bombs names is probably not a calculated effort to address an agenda.
He's seen a lot in the last five years of college, especially in the last semester at a new university. Let's just say that it's not easy being a traditionalist in a world of progressives who want to rewrite history to please their agendas. · 34 minutes ago
Perhaps it is not calculated, but non-calculated errors are still mistakes. That many people make the same error may not be people trying to produce an agenda, but that many people were affected by the agenda.
That we gave names to bombs that were meant to destroy themselves means something. · 7 minutes ago
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Okay. It means something.
What does it mean? · 1 hour ago
Names, express that someone cared enough about one particular device or person or block of wood to give it a name.
Nicknames are given because someone was worth naming again. Names are given because a person was worth naming. People who name their knives don't name knives that they don't plan on often using.
We gave the bombs names, meaning we cared about them. Not only did we care about them scientifically (did Rutherford's gold foil ever get named?), we cared about them personally. They MATTERED. You can imagine some young engineer coming in one day and saying "So how's our Fat Man feeling today?" It is harder to imagine that same person walking in and asking "How's our second atomic bomb feeling today?"
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