john robinson

Irving, TX, United States

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john robinson
Posted about 2 years ago
Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object
"In 1935 the Persian government requested countries with which it had diplomatic relations to call Persia Iran, which is the name of the country in Persian. This was a grievous error based on a misdirected sense of nationalism. The suggestion for the change is said to have come from the Persian ambassador to Germany, who came under the influence of the Nazis. At the time Germany was in the grip of racial fever and cultivated good relations with nations of Aryan blood. It is said that some German friends of the ambassador persuaded him that, as with the advent of Reza Shah Persia had turned a new leaf in its history and had freed itself from the pernicious influences of Britain and Russia, whose interventions in Persian affairs had practically crippled the country under the Qajars, it was only fitting that the country be called by its own name, Iran. This would not only signal a new beginning and bring home to the world the new era in Persian history, but would also signify the Aryan race of its population, as Iran is a cognate of Aryan and derived from it." This is a fairly generic example of what I've read, and was found on Iran-Heritage.org http://www.iran-heritage.org/interestgroups/language-article5.htm
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john robinson
Posted about 2 years ago
Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object
I totally respect your opinion, and I must admit your comment and the others below confuses me somewhat. I can find plenty of sources that support what I had been told about the name change. Take this for example: "In 1935 the Persian government requested countries with which it had diplomatic relations to call Persia Iran, which is the name of the country in Persian. This was a grievous error based on a misdirected sense of nationalism. The suggestion for the change is said to have come from the Persian ambassador to Germany, who came under the influence of the Nazis. At the time Germany was in the grip of racial fever and cultivated good relations with nations of Aryan blood. It is said that some German friends of the ambassador persuaded him that, as with the advent of Reza Shah Persia had turned a new leaf in its history and had freed itself from the pernicious influences of Britain and Russia, whose interventions in Persian affairs had practically crippled the country under the Qajars, it was only fitting that the country be called by its own name, Iran. This would not only signal a new beginning and bring home to the world the new era in Persian history, but would also signify the Aryan race of its population, as Iran is a cognate of Aryan and derived from it." This is a fairly generic example of what I've read, and was found on Iran-Heritage.org http://www.iran-heritage.org/interestgroups/language-article5.htm I'm just curious how all these different shades of interpretation come together. They clearly made the change in 1935, and it does appear to be to curry favor with Nazi Germany.
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john robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
why does the Libyan revolution look as a failure?
Well, yes.... the question is why does the "Libyan revolution look like a failure". I'll just put it like this: Libya looks like a failure because we DIDN'T do the dirty work of nation-building. So Iraq vs Libya can be seen as a contrast of the two methods of dictator removal... with or without nation building. Libya is failing for precisely the reasons Iraq didn't - but may yet still, because we may have left too early. Iraq may fail because we've essentially taken the Libyan approach to it.
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john robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
why does the Libyan revolution look as a failure?
With all due respect, Ms White and Ms Pavis, you're missing the point. I have no problem with equality of men and women. I just have a problem with people that seek solutions to problems based on the even distribution of genitalia. Those solutions rarely seem to work, and usually carry baggage of their own. People who think that more vaginas are the answer, generally see more penises as the problem... and those people in my experience seem to have a hatred of penises as well. (Notice it was your first diagnosis, and your first solution - we HAVE to do something about all the penises in here.) (Plus... I've never heard a man walk into a problem and declare that the issue was "too many women".) The biggest part of my point you're missing is the obvious misandry in your opening paragraph. Swap some genders and read this: "The most efficient way forward for Labia is for the female population to acknowledge their equality to men and to make sure that men participate on an equal basis throughout Labia. The design, planning, administration, religious and secular insitutions must reflect a 50% input from men and 50% input from women for that nation to function in a way that will bring health, prosperity and happiness for all Labian people. It's really that simple. Labians need to let go of their ancestral brainwashing and re-program themselves. I wonder why women do not realize the importance of admitting they are equal to men and encouraging men of all ages to participate actively in society. What is the fear, Iankovsky? The utter failure of female domination is obvious. Isn't it?" Now when you do that... it starts to sound a little different to your ears, doesn't it? That's because, now it's misogynist. Before that, it was misandric. You wish for "equality"; but don't realize the inequality in your own house.
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john robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change
Please, this is the least of the "factual" issues with this presentation. He says unequivocally that we need to reduce CO2 from 390ppb to 350ppb; that's an 11% decrease. The problem is the entire human race's carbon footprint is only 4% of the global CO2. So what does he propose to do AFTER eliminating the human race?
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john robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change
Ah, but there is the rub. CO2 does NOT drive climate. We have had a 30% increase in CO2 the last10 years, but a slight cooling in temperatures over the last 12. The climate always changes, that is always true. But to say CO2 is driving it, isn't. Facts don't lie - a child can do the math.
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john robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change
We scoff, because while algae may be a great sources of fuels; they are still carbon based. It's still oil. And we laugh, because even the researchers think algae production is a decade out. And then we cry, because we need oil now. Because we know that most of the fossil fuel industry is plastics and derivavtives; fuel is actually the smaller part of their business. I'm all for BETTER energy. But where is it? Until then, we need energy NOW. And regardless of how much you hate oil, or if switch to a different fuel - we are still going to need it for many, many, many years to come. That's why we scoff.
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john robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change
Sorry, Liz, but truth is truth; it doesn't matter who pays for it. In any case, there are hundreds of billions more being used pro-AGW right now. All the grant money is for green research... so perhaps you should be worrying less about fossil fuel companies and more about green energy companies that are owned by obama campaign donors that go bellyup and give their CEO millions in bonuses after receiving more subsidies than the oil industry ever dreamed of.
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john robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
why does the Libyan revolution look as a failure?
wow, misandry is back in style. The only thing worse than male power is female power bitc#ing about male power. This myth that females are somehow less violent or less powerful is just that - a myth. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, Try rewriting your post, but swap all the genders... I'm betting it will then appear as misandric as it really is.