Yes, as well as grammar. In fact, we should just get rid of English and create a standard language that the entire world has to learn
How about Elvish? It's a beautiful sounding language, and mostly complete. Tolkien-heads can teach the rest of the world.
Llie tula mellonea, vasa ni ulna en mereth en amin. = Come friends, eat and drink of my feast
Il'quen sinta mellonamin Lywnis? = Does everybody know my friend Lywnis?
Uma, lye sinta he. = Yes, we know him.
I just got some news from a few cousins. My ancestors' families didn't fight on the American side for the Revolutionary War. A few were Tories and others, were actually in the British army, fighting against Washington and company
And if you think England's empire is non existent then you are lost my friend. It took them a couple hundred years but the bloody Brits didn't give up and they've won the war, finally.
"Let’s take a moment to think about what’s going on just four weeks after birth. Babies haven’t even cracked their first real smiles yet. Mothers are still physically recovering from birth, particularly if they’ve had C-sections. They’re both probably getting up several times during the night to nurse. In fact, they’ve barely begun what’s supposed to be half a year of exclusive breast-feeding, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Yet going back to work in such a short amount of time isn’t just tiring or unpleasant, new research demonstrates that it’s bad for both women and children. We now have enough evidence to blame the short amounts of time mothers have with newborns for developmental delays, sickness, and even death... "
And this article is not even advocating long term maternity leave, ala Wesern Europe.
"In the wake of the devastating terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon one of the programme directors and senior executives of Clear Channel Communications, the largest radio network in the US, created a list of 160 “potentially inappropriate songs”, according to Mark Armstrong who wrote the article ‘ “Imagine” All the Inappropriate Songs’ one week after the attacks.
The list was said to have been distributed to the network’s 1,200 radio stations across the country with the suggestion that the songs should not be played on the air. While rumors initially floated that the list was a corporate mandate, or a cruel hoax, the radio conglomerate insisted that the programme director created and distributed the list on his own initiative."
BEGINNING about 1,100 years ago, what is now California baked in two droughts, the first lasting 220 years and the second 140 years. Each was much more intense than the mere six-year dry spells that afflict modern California from time to time, new studies of past climates show. The findings suggest, in fact, that relatively wet periods like the 20th century have been the exception rather than the rule in California for at least the last 3,500 years, and that mega-droughts are likely to recur...
.... "The assumption they've made for a long time -- that California is subject to droughts of a maximum of seven years -- could be harmful in the long run," he said, because "they have doled out water on that assumption.
"This could be destructive if you get hit with a 9th or a 10th or a 15th year of severe drought."
From Democracy Now - past history of Officer Ben Fields
AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to go to former Army medic Carlos Martin. This is quite amazing. He spoke to NBC about his own interaction with this officer, Ben Fields, back in 2005. This is 10 years ago.
CARLOS MARTIN: I live maybe like four or five miles away from base. I get out my car. I walk to my door. Everything’s normal. As I’m putting the keys in the door, I hear a car peel off. Naturally, my reaction was going to be I was going to turn around to see what was going on in the situation. As I turn around, Officer Ben Fields gets out of the car—I didn’t know his name at the time. He gets out of the car, and the officer is running towards me: "Hey, you! Hey, you! Come here! Come here!" I’m like, "Who? Me?" He was like, "Yeah, you. I’m out here for a noise violation." And I was like, "OK. Well, it couldn’t have been me. I just got home." ...
He asked me for my license and registration. I handed him my license and registration. The problem was, was when I was in Germany, I lost my picture ID. I was an Alaska resident, so Alaska sends you a paper license when you don’t have your picture license. So I gave him my paper license, my German license and my registration. I even pointed out to the fact that on my tags, I still had German tags on my car, because I was just moving to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where I was stationed. He got a little upset. I guess he didn’t understand the paperwork that I gave him. He was like, "Well, what the hell is this?" I was like, "Dude, if you just calm down, you could see that I have German tags on my car." And he interrupted me in the middle of the conversation, and he was like, "You will not address me as 'dude.' I’m a Richland County officer of the law." I was like, "Well, you addressed me by 'Hey, you.'" He was like, "Well, that’s because I don’t know your name." And I was like, "Well, sir, I don’t know your name, either." And the next thing you know, wham!, he slams me to the ground and starts beating on me, hitting on me, punching me. ...
He takes out his can of mace. He uses the whole can of mace on me. And he became more violent because I didn’t react like the normal civilian. Well, I’m not a normal civilian. In this whole situation, I was in my military uniform. ...
I don’t even blame him. I blame the people who allowed him to do it, because it’s not the first time he did it. He has continuously did it. So it’s just not Officer Fields being wrong, it’s Sheriff Lott, it’s his whole department, who allowed their wild dog to be off the leash, because they knew he was a wild dog from the beginning.
AMY GOODMAN: That is the Army medic Carlos Martin, who was describing his interaction with the same officer in the video at the Spring Valley school, but this was 10 years ago.
For those of you who justify this type of excessive use of police force on this teenage girl: Don't have a bad day at work, talk back to a co-worker or boss or refuse to do your job without a grin on your face, because your company may call the police to have you forcibly removed, violently. How dare you make a personal call during work hours on company property?! How dare you sit at your desk and not give your boss your phone when he demands it?!
Does anyone remember being a moody teenager? Did you listen to everything those in authority demanded of you as a teenager? Have you ever acted "bratty"? It would be the rare person who has never had a defiant moment. Should you have been slammed to the ground and dragged out of a room and then arrested?
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
I don't know what's going to happen to San Francisco over the next 5 years exactly but I can tell you precisely where it's going in the next 50 years. Just look at London or New York in 1890 or Manila and Delhi today and you'll see EXACTLY what is going to happen.
But America was built to be different, right? WE have a constitution that guarantees our rights. Those that created the constitution were trying to get away from what you just described -- a monarchy, aristocracy, elitism, etc. Can't we get back on track with ideals? Maybe not in the next 5 years, but surely within the next 50 years? Is this maybe a momentary hiccup, a "low point" in our journey to even greater freedom, equality, justice and liberty?
Why was she on the phone in the first place? Maybe it was an emergency. Maybe the teacher wouldn't let her out of class to use the phone to call her sick, ailing parent. And maybe she felt justified in using the phone based on reasons we don't understand, as we are not in her shoes. We don't know why she needed to use the phone in the first place or why she chose to use it in the classroom. Maybe her refusing to get up was her defending her rights as a human being, who should be able to use a phone whenever they damn well please, especially if there is an emergency, even in a high school classroom. How about giving her the benefit of the doubt?
i can see where social security, and even real estate could be looked at as a pyramidal model with the Boomers having bought in at the first level of the pyramid.
Okay, Boomer's had good timing. But what is frustrating to those lower down in the pyramid, is when Boomers sit in their $1.2m house that was bought for $25k in 1975 and bitch about how they worked so hard for what they have. That they deserve their pension, and their social security check, and on top of it, their ability to make time and a half working part time as a "consultant" or as an "on-call" in their old job. And obviously, other generations are not working so hard, or they could be just like the Boomers. Not only that, Boomers jeer and make snide remarks about those that don't have as much -- just look at this thread.
This behavior is perplexing to me as a Gen Xer. It amazes me constantly how shockingly selfish their behavior can be, even now. It's getting to the point that I have to take their underlying tendency to extreme selflishness into consideration for every Boomer I meet, especially within any business transaction. I wish I'd figured this out years ago as it would have saved me a lot of trouble.
I don't know which group is the bigger bunch of assholes.
The Millennials had for the most part Boomer parents. This is extremely unfortunate for them, because not only did the Boomers destroy America politically, economically and socially, they psychologically screwed up their millennial children. Instead of actually parenting these kids -- setting a good example, giving them healthy boundaries and parameters for behavior, etc., they instead were busy being their children's "friends", allowing the child to be the parent, and when that failed, medicating them. Imagine having the most selfish parents who can't see past their noses -- how do you think you'd turn out?
Of course the Millennials are confused. Hopefully we will see them come out of this Boomer generated fog-of-confusion and understand how they've been completely screwed by those that profess to "love" them. If a Boomer's love is destroying their children's future then I can't imagine what their hatred is capable of.