Daily Topics - Friday June 24th, 2011

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mathboy 5 years 4 weeks ago
#1

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?

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mathboy 5 years 4 weeks ago
#2

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).

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mathboy 5 years 4 weeks ago
#3

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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mathboy 5 years 4 weeks ago
#4

What happens in a musician's brain when they play a song?

Let's get geeky on music. Ever wonder what's happening in a musician's brain when they're actually playing a song?

What about when a musician starts improvising - starts playing music directly "off the cuff"?

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