You would think a site called econ faculty would understand the difference between a economic system and a political system.
This is one of the dumbest things i've read in a while. It's full of halve truths, stupid assumptions and idiotic rambling and I feel dumber after having read it.
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."
-Richard P. Feynman
"No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race."
-Richard P. Feynman
"I couldn't claim that I was smarter than sixty-five other guys--but the average of sixty-five other guys, certainly!"
- Richard P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
4. I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet.
5. Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
Philip K. Dick
6. I can sympathize with people's pains but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights." -Abraham Lincoln
Although Gibson makes great guitars they can't ignore the law. This article is incredibly biased and among other things claims that there is no reason for this raid; but later admits it is breaking Indian law and by extension US law (importing endangered plants and animals which are illegal under either country's law). This also isn't Gibson's first illegal importation of wood and to make this current wood legal all they would have to do is process the wood in India. Also the wood shipments were fraudulently labeled, almost as if Gibson knew it was illegal and was trying to avoid the law.
Try this for a more balanced account.
A man is about to be executed even though there was no evidence connecting him to the crime and 7/9 witnesses have recounted their testimony.
An article on how a innocent man was executed! It's long but you wouldn't expect the "evidence" used to convict and execute a man along with evidence that proves his innocence to take a small amount of space.
Dr. Gerald Hurst, an acclaimed scientist and fire investigator (compare to most fire investigators who only have a highschool degree and a 40 hour course) who brought real science to this case and showed how every piece of "fire evidence" was either plain wrong or showed the opposite of what the prosecution alleged.
"People investigated fire largely with a flat-earth approach," Hurst told me. "It looks like arson" therefore, it's arson." He went on, "My view is you have to have a scientific basis. Otherwise, it's no different than witch-hunting."
---The main people who convicted an innocent man---
Manuel Vasquez, Douglas Fogg -Fire investigators
conviction was based on their "evidence" which was later (too late) discredited
Vasquez said almost all of the fires he investigates are arson, compared to a 50% average
James P. Grigson -forensic psychiatrist
AKA Dr. Death, said Willingham was an "extremely severe sociopath" and that "no pill" or treatment could help him. Also used the same wording to convict a "cop killer" who was only saved from death row when his innocence was proved to the court literally hours before his execution.
FTA: Three yeas later Grigson was expelled from the American Psychiatric Association for violating ethics. The association stated that Grigson had repeatedly arrived at a "psychiatric diagnosis without first having examined the individuals in question, and for indicating, while testifying in court as an expert witness, that he could predict with 100-per-cent certainty that the individuals would engage in future violent acts."
Tim Gregory- psychologist
Friend of the prosecutor who has a master's degree in marriage and family issues and had not published any research in the field of sociopathic behavior. "Interpreted" Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin and other music posters as signs of satanism
John Jackson -Prosecutor
Pat Batchelor -DA
David Martin, Robert Dunn -Public attorneys
"All the evidence showed that he was one hundred per cent guilty. He poured accelerant all over the house and put lighter fluid under the kids' beds." It was, "a classic arson case": there were "puddle patterns all over the place" "no disputing those." This is his own attorney
Johnny Webb -Jailhouse informant
A career criminal who said Willingham admitted the crime to him. Later recanted and then recanted that. Known to be bipolar among other mental issues. Also claimed to be unable to remember the robbery he was convicted of one month after the fact
"My memory is in bits and pieces. I was on a lot of medication at the time. Everyone knew that." He paused, then said, "The statute of limitations has run out on perjury, hasn't it?"
Changed their testimony of his actions; after he was charged to make it seem like he was uncaring for the fate of his children, making him look more guilty
-the Board of Pardons and Paroles
the board deliberates in secret, and its members are not bound by any specific criteria. The board members did not even have to review Willingham's materials, and usually don't debate a case in person; rather, they cast their votes by fax a process that has become known as "death by fax." Between 1976 and 2004, when Willingham filed his petition, the State of Texas had approved only one application for clemency from a prisoner on death row.
"The documents show that they received the report (from Dr. Hurst), but neither office has any record of anyone acknowledging it, taking note of its significance, responding to it, or calling any attention to it within the government"
Rick Perry -Governor
Could have pardoned or commuted all or part of his sentance (i.e. death penalty or life in prison)
Just before Willingham received the lethal injection, he was asked if he had any last words. He said, "The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for twelve years for something I did not do. From God's dust I came and to dust I will return, so the Earth shall become my throne."
From the page: Do not forget that an atheist is just as lost as a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist. God certainly wants us to spread the gospel (Matthew 28:19) and to defend the truths of His word (Romans 1:16). On the other hand, we are not obligated to waste our time trying to convince the unwilling. In fact, we are warned not to expend excessive effort on those who are clearly disinterested in any honest discussions (Matthew 7:6).
I don't think religious people should be putting others down for their "lack of honest discussion". I'm not sure if projection or hypocrisy is the right term for this.
"These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage?" Eastwood opined. "I don't give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of."
"They go on and on with all this bullshit about 'sanctity' -- don't give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."
"I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21, because he promised to get us out of the Korean War," he told GQ. "And over the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And libertarians had more of it. Because what I really believe is, let's spend a little more time leaving everybody alone."
Is this some kind of joke? It seems to suggest a "Stephen Colbert" thinking from the gut over thinking with your brain to determine what is or is not effective medicine.
From the page: The evidence-based medicine movement has remained both well known and controversial since its inception
a 33 micron wide crack
"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."
From the page: Texas has a high incidence of poverty and, compared with every other state, the biggest proportion of its population without health insurance.
There are also serious questions about the quality of jobs in Texas. A "right to work" state, it is tied with Mississippi for having the biggest percentage of workers paid at or below the minimum wage.