Jakegnosis: Great! It's about time someone took that motherfucker to task.
For what? Having * crazy * thoughts like this?
The first is why, in an era when American military dominance comes in both the quality of its technology and of its troops, the defense secretary prefers emphasizing long-range precision weapons to putting boots on the ground.
The hawks are restless and in a televised war, the fifteen minutes of fame quotient gets maxed out, as everyone rushes to get their soundbytes heard. Next thing you know the * brilliant * field generals will allow a washed up journalist to write their battle plans in the sand...without turning him over to the enemy, that is.
"Some mathematicians did try to make the calculations, and the result was a rather acrimonious confrontation between themselves and some of the leading Darwinists at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia in 1967. The report of the exchange in fascinating, not just because of the substance of the mathematical challenge, but even more because of the logic of the Darwinist response. ...[T]he mathematician D.S. Ulam argued that it was highly improbable that the eye could have evolved by the accumulation of small mutations, because the number of mutations would have to be so large and the time available was not nearly long enough for them to appear. Sir Peter Medawar and C.H. Waddington responded that Ulam was doing his science backwards; the fact was that the eye *had* evolved and therefore the mathematical difficulties must only be apparent. Ernst Mayr observed that Ulam's calculations were based on assumptions that might be unfounded, and concluded that 'Somehow or other by adjusting these figures we will come out alright. We are comforted by the fact that evolution has occured.'" - Phillip Johnson, *Darwin on Trial*
An article on computer industry exporting of jobs that makes a lot of interesting points. (story.news.yahoo.com) This article says a lot of the things I was trying to express in an earlier thread, only better than I was able to.