Barbara Bearden

Hickory, NC, United States

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Barbara Bearden
Posted over 1 year ago
Why does the American government meddle in everything?
I would presume that this question is asking, Why does the US government meddle in everyone's affairs outside of its borders? To narrow that down even further, maybe the question could be asked, What are the US interests when it seems to be meddling in something outside its borders? I don't believe anyone is naive enough to think the US does everything with the transparent intentions it states it does. But maybe the question could be more specific as one person stated. I think it can be narrowed down to an interesting conversation starter. Thanks.
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Barbara Bearden
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is the Nick Hanauer talk not posted?
John, again with all due respect, I was not asking you to go into whether it was pointless. That is your opinion about my post. Fine but I disagree with you and am not going to defend the posting, it stands on its own without comment for discussion. Why don't you go read them in the entirety and then post on why you feel this is not a case of censorship be it personal or corporate under some of those definitions. Then read through the entire thread to see what all of have said and you will likely find your answers there. After you have posted your thoughts about the issues we are discussing with out making personal remarks about the "value" of a posting, I would love to reply to your answers with discussions on our thoughts and opinions in a respectful manner. Until then...have a great weekend.
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Barbara Bearden
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is the Nick Hanauer talk not posted?
I would beg to differ John, nothing is pointless in the pursuit of learning or discussion. I simply posted the definitions I found on several cites with the website link so one could go and view the article in its entirety and decide for themselves or to help add to the discussion of whether or not people feel it is censorship of a kind--there are many example of private censorship if you read the articles as well as others--as this part of the topic is a recurring theme with other posters as well. I did not add comment to the post to let them stand as they are written for people to read and continue the expanded topic of what is censorship in this light or not, along with the broader economic topics at play. Certainly you are entitled to your opinion but have you read them? The conversation was extended by TED so obviously they feel there is some point as well to the discussions. By all means add your points as to why you don't think it is censorship or how you feel about them not posting it or the merits of the economic points, Nothing is pointless--that is why we are here in the first place. Thank you.
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Barbara Bearden
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is the Nick Hanauer talk not posted?
Hey MItch, not sure if you are asking me or Don. I think it is a sticky wicket of a question, not knowing the rule of law in Canada. However, if I apply that here in the United States, I would have to first take some exception or analysis of our so called democratically elected representatives who then pass laws that fall outside of their constituents wishes or majority. Rule of law should inherently be law for the people not against the people even though in some cases they are there to protect people from people so to speak. I dont' think rule of law should ever be written in stone and should be subject to people's input, criticism, debate and discussion, while being updated and applicable to the times while not being used to curtail the freedoms of the general public. Such as the indefinite detention issues raised by the US NDAA act. If we always swallow the rule of law without appropriate room for civil dissent and discussion, we will quickly find ourselves surrounded by a fence of fascism with not only no room for dissent but harsh penalties for doing so. That begins to impinge on our rights to freedom of speech as the law or its penalties are unevenly applied and make citizens fearful to express themselves. Sorry--long and complex and I am surely no expert. This would be a good topic questions for another conversation starter to be sure! Thanks for bringing it up Don and Mitch.
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Barbara Bearden
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is the Nick Hanauer talk not posted?
They preceding definitions and sources cited, seemed to have offended a person. My apologies. I am accused of working magic or something like that--if only! :) However, I will state these are definitions posted in the name of furthering discussion---which has now been labeled by thsi person as a way to hide behind the issue?? These are others definitions, not mine, and I offer them up in the spirit of the continuation of this thread for 6 more days and to help expand the discussion to the larger issues at play that have been brought up. I am simply a contributor that has been attacked on a personal level by what I consider trolling to intimidate contributors to leave the discussion. If the discussion if finished, fine, but if not, let's keep the ball in the air, despite the naysayers. Thanks to everyone for their participation in this forum TED provides. Does not mean they are excluded from the discussions. If my posts have been perceived as personal attacks, them please accept my most humble apologies, they were never intended as such.