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April 8th, 2008
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Moving to the Right - What Causes It?

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From:mofic
Date:April 8th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I have found that parenting has made me more socially conscious and socially responsible, and consequently more progressive. All because I want to be a good example for my children.
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From:talktooloose
Date:April 8th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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Hence my words about "ability to decode and learn from history". You also have a protective instinct for your children but you have a more complex idea of things that they need. You're not going to be the one that says, "I need a gun in my house to protect my children!!!!!"
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From:mofic
Date:April 8th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
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"You're not going to be the one that says, "I need a gun in my house to protect my children!!!!!"

LOL! Yeah, not bloody likely. But I don't know that that comes from a more complex idea of things so much as an ability to look at simple math and simple statistics. Children in houses with guns are much more likely to be shot than children in houses without guns.
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From:talktooloose
Date:April 8th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Complexity and simplicity are two sides of the same coin. Real education teaches us to break things down into simple component pieces and to understand those pieces so we can reconstruct a meaningful, complex whole.

Following a subway shooting in Toronto last week, some are calling for transit security to be armed. Yeah, that will prevent shooting injuries!

One woman left a message on a CBC show saying that arming them was good because "there are more panhandlers on the subway cars now". I don't think she was doing the math...
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From:mofic
Date:April 8th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
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LOL! And to tie this in with my comment elsewhere, if one's social circle narrows to the point where the only people one associates with also think more guns on public transit leads to fewer injuries from guns on public transit, it may be harder to notice the flaw in one's thinking.

I wonder to what extent a lot of this is sparked by Helen's number 8 below.
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From:notmonica
Date:April 12th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
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IAWTC. I've actually become more active about liberal stances (which haven't changed) in order to set a good example for them.

Edited at 2008-04-12 04:38 pm (UTC)
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From:mofic
Date:April 12th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Glad I'm not the only one. What does IAWTC mean? I get stuck after "I am"
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From:notmonica
Date:April 12th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
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I Agree With That(this) Comment. IAWTC. I'm not much for 'netspeak' but that is one of a few that I use. ;D
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From:mofic
Date:April 13th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
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Aha! And I - who use a lot of 'net abbreviations - didn't get it.

I recently heard about a guy who was kind of a newbie but he had - he thought - picked up some of the netspeak from his kids texting him. Only he thought that LOL meant "lots of love" and he started using it in totally inappropriate ways, like "Sorry to hear your father died LOL."
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