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mathboy 3 years 38 weeks ago

I'm going to have to defend Rick Santorum.

I've heard the recording several times now in which he seems to say "black people's lives". What it sounds like to me, though, is that he started to say "lives", realized he left out the word "people's" and started over.

The initial /b/ comes from starting with the mouth closed. (The same thing happened in an episode of Star Trek. The entire crew was intoxicated by something transmissible from person to person, including Data, the android. Someone expressed surprise at this and Data said, "If you prick me, do I not ... [b]leak?") It's also possible that the /b/ was really the /p/ from "people's" and he accidentally skipped over the intervening sounds. Trust me, both are quite possible.

Another reason people have misinterpreted Santorum's utterance is that we think of a long i as one phoneme, but it's a combination of /ah/ and /ee/. If you stop talking in the middle of it, all you get is the /ah/. So Santorum got out
"[b]lah--" before he went back to redo the phrase "people's lives".

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HempForPresident 3 years 38 weeks ago


Thom, you need to watch this video. You'll absolutely love it. Paddy Ashdown talks about how power is shifting in the world... and I think you can guess in what way it is shifting.

railfan 3 years 38 weeks ago


Please read All the Shah's Men or listen to alternativeradio.org's taped speech by the author. I'm afraid you're off on the wrong path regarding Iran. It's not a matter of Shiite vs. Sunni. Iran's not provoking us.

They don't want a repeat of the 1950s: in '53-'54, their democratically elected leader, Dr. Mosadegh, with the support of the people, was democratically using British law to regain control of Iranian oil from American/British control. The US overthrew their govt./installed the Shah who allowed foreign use of resources in exchange for a lavish lifestyle and military "advisors." The CIA-trained secret police, SAVAK, were ruthless. Thousands suffered torture and death.

Iran doesn't want a repeat of the '70s when the US defended the Shah against citizen attempts of democracy. Hostage-taking was their non-aggressive response when they saw attempts at another subverting of their removing the Shah. Then the US froze Iranian bank assets here.

Let us have peace on Earth, share correct information; oil is not worth hurting other human beings.

"The market has become tilted..."

It seems like the most popular word in this election cycle is 'inequality,' but we need more than talk to narrow the great divide between the haves and have-nots in our nation.

According to a recent article by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the pro-corporate elite have rigged the system against us, and it's going to take the majority of us standing together to change the system.

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