Certainly we ought to do our share -- indeed, we should do more than most since we are a rich society and can bear the costs. But let's not imagine that we're so important.
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"Attacks in the name of religion on places of worship or innocent civilians constitute terrorism, not jihad," The Daily Sabah reported Erdogan as saying.
"Those who attack mosques or those who target churches share the same dark mentality, they're all common enemies of humanity," Erdogan added.
Erdogan opens Turkey's largest mosque in Istanbul | Turkey News | Al Jazeera
For instance, she proposes a society with bookshops in which one can find books that disagree with the official history. She says that is a sign of a "democratic" society. To me on the other hand, that is the sign of a "liberal" society . It seems obvious to me that a democratic society can have legal censorship or stifling conformity; and that a non-democracy could have a very open discourse.
 Though #liberal has other meanings as well, with less connection to freedom of speech.
Listening to #CBC #Ideas, the person being interviewed says we must draw distinctions between nationalism and patriotism, between democracy and majoritarianism, between populism and anti-elitism, etc.
On the one hand she's right; on the other it seems hopeless that we'll ever resolve political or philosophical controversies if when she uses a word and I use that word it doesn't have the same meaning.
Maybe if we stop talking about abstractions and move to specifics discourse can be productive.
Portrait of Joseph Brant
High-altitude reconnaissance Spitfire has spotted German "pocket battleship" Bismarck in the North Sea- Royal Navy now scrambling all available warships to find & sink her.
1854: No Irish Need Apply - The New York Times
Before reading this article, I thought "No Irish Need Apply" was possibly a myth, but to the degree that it did occur it was pure bigotry. But the clippings shown are for Protestants wanting their children to be raised by Protestants; that's much more understandable.
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I remember once I had a Canadian guest coming to visit, so I bought a box of Raisin Bran, put it in the cupboard unopened of course. When the morning came to feed my guest, I opened the box to find all these little black things inside...
tired: naming your daughter khaleesi
wired: naming your son kal-el
inspired: naming your child kahless the unforgettable and gifting them a bat'leth for their first birthday
@RealTimeWWII Churchill claimed that in the defence of Crete, the Allied troops "broke the tip of the spear" of the German forces. That is, the German paratroopers who could have led the invasion of England were used up on Crete.
Of course, #Churchill wanted to find a reason to explain why sending troops to Crete had been strategically useful.