- Ottawa, ON, Canada
- member since March 14, 2008
MrPopularSentiment’s last login was Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Recently joined Shelfari and found your shelf through your review of Medicus. I'm going to explore some of your titles--they seem like I'd enjoy and and be interested in them. I liike the way you can preview books easily and find more to read, although I never have time to read everything! Thanks for your input.
hey:0 - i just signed up on Atheist Nexus - probably not going to blog right away - we've been traveling a ton - barely home for the next few months - but, thanks for letting me know about it! - i friended you on it btw:)
as for Sagan's book - one of these days, i will get around to finishing it! - and i will let you know:) - but, i am liking it - he was a good guy - and he wrote well - it's not a slog at all:)
Tough question! It's been a while since I read the original series. I don't regret reading the new series though, their latest book (Paul of Dune) was a bit of a disappointment. Overall, I enjoyed the books. Given that they are supposedly working from Frank Herbert's notes and outlines for his final Dune book, there is some value in working through the new series, if only to find out what happens in the end. I won't say much more then this in case I spoil the plot for you!
I didn't really try to compare the new series to the original. The authors seem pretty "up front" with the books being different from the original series. I tried to approach reading the books with that expectation in mind.
About the bus ad thing: I think there was actually a Christian organization (something about bus bible studies) who were approved for religious advertising on OC transpo and who came out on record and supported the Atheist ads. I forget where I read about them but they took the position that I hope most people took that "They don't necessarily agree with the statement but we support your right to say it." and "the minute one group gets censored, we all can be censored." Of course, there were also offended Christian organizations boycotting the buses or marching too.
With all this activism going on you might almost feel sorry for OC Transpo caught in the middle...almost ;)
You bring up a good point that the decision to deny the ads may have been "just business" from their perspective but, if OC Transpo denied the ad on behalf of their already angry and potentially religious customers, I personally, would tend to see them as complicit in the bigotry. If this is the case, then OC transpo would have denied the ads because it thinks most of it's customers are religious people who would be offended. I wonder how often businesses deny access to it's services to specific groups of people (gender, race or culture) simply because it's bad for business with their existing customers?
I guess, as a business, you're not really supposed to sell ad space to your customer's competitors? ;)
To be honest, I gave up following that story as I figured it was a lost cause. I'm glad and a little surprised to hear however that the ads will run! (thanks to your message!)
It was a bit disappointing to hear about OC transpo's initial refusal to put up the ads especially in light of the religious advertising they already accepted money for. What really concerned me though is that, after the bus strike, OC Transpo is in a situation where they could actually use the extra income and they refused it anyway. Thankfully, this didn't have to go any further then the city council (ie a court case or a HRC complaint) That would have been really disheartening.
I do love stimulating arguements. I view them as a way to revalueate my beliefs as well. i must say i'm against gun control--to an extent. I can see the need to register guns. Fine. If it means the people who are using guns in crimes are caught, then I see that as reasonable. However, the purposeful banning of guns I am against.
One of the websites I used for my paper is http://justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp. There are facts and statistics here for both sides of the argurement, so I think this is a pretty nuteral source. I hope this helps a little.
Hi. How ya doing?
Anyway, You asked for us to continue our discussion in a privite message, yes? All of the statistics i have found have been from the NRA and other pro-gun organizations, so obviously they are very biased. If you allow me a few days I'll attempt to look up some more unaffiliated-sources to find neutral statistics. In the law class I am taking we recently discussed gun control, so i'll have to pull out my paper again. according to much of the research i did for the paper, areas in which consealed weapons (including guns) are allowed crime hs actually gone down. One of the possible reasons listed for this was because criminals were unwilling to take the chance to be shot-back at when attacking/robbing a possible victim (this is taken for several interviews with many criminals in various prisions).
Hope to hear back from you soon. It may be awhile before i can respond, however.