Daily Topics - Friday June 24th, 2011

Daily Topics - Friday June 24th, 2011

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mathboy
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I would love to hear the

I would love to hear the difference between a democracy and a republic in the caller's army field manual of 1928 (and why those would even be discussed therein). Currently, a republic is supposed to be simply a government without a monarchy, and democracy just means people get to vote (and have it count for something). But 83 years ago, who knows?

mathboy
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Why would someone to the left

Why would someone to the left of Obama agree with Ron Paul?? Easy; the political spectrum is two dimensional (probably more, I suspect) and the libertarians agree on half the issues with liberals, and on the other half with conservatives. The two dimensions are economic (laissez-faire vs. regulatory) and social (statist vs. individualist).

mathboy
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I remember somebody saying

I remember somebody saying that it was good for Obama to stay out of Wisconsin's union issue, so as not to distract from Wisconsin and the actual issue at hand.

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Bees are not likely harmed by

Bees are not likely harmed by cellular phones' microwave radiation:

http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/2011/05/26/in-which-sci-is-wrong-you-guys-follow-up-on-bees-and-cell-phones/