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  1. Hey TD... hope life is treating you well. Take care.

  2. Now hold on just one second. The Rover is posting Free Tibet and Pro-Feminist threads? Is it the same The Rover? If so... YES!!!!
  3. Right. I believe that was the received view for quite some time. But now there are competing theories, and I think the Everest News team's theory is that Mallory's rope injuries were not caused at the moment of death - they were caused before, when he and Irvine were pulling each other up the mountain. I'm not sure on this though, just remembering from earlier reading.
  4. Okay here is the story on Irvine from Everest News What we think happened on that fateful day in 1924. We will never know what was in Sandy's mind during the final moments of his life. We do know that George and Sandy were going for the top. George was hell bent on summiting, whatever the cost. Mallory and Irvine had several options that day. Either they climbed what is now called the Second Step, or they took on the real Second Step "head on". The Norton couloir route would have been easier for George. But if Mallory took Norton's route, how did Sandy end up on the ridge? A similar
  5. Through the lives of men such as Hillary we learn what our species is capable of. I am deeply moved by his passing. There is now a new theory, based on new evidence (a 1924 oxygen bottle at I believe the Second Step), that Mallory summited in 1924 and died on the way down. The staff of everestnews.com has for the past several years been exploring Everest on special expeditions to try to determine definitively whether Mallory, or Irvine, or both, summited. It is fascinating reading, but not very well laid out and difficult to navigate. Below is what I think is a link to the first art
  6. John Fowles' The Magus It's my favorite because I've never been so completely transported into another world before or since. I barely even noticed reality. Huge Philip Roth fan too. My favorite work of nonfiction is The Constitution of the United States I guess. Back when it was nonfiction.
  7. Good thread idea WW! And nice to see you back. I recently watched Charlie Wilson's War, directed by Mike Nichols, and it's really good. For people who don't understand what the past has to do with the present re: Iraq war, I'd say it's required viewing. It's entertaining and informative. From Rotten Tomatoes: Charlie Wilson's War is the true story of how a playboy congressman, a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history. Their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end
  8. A trenchant analysis of factors driving religious choice Klu. I was raised Southern Baptist but never bought in, and I spent a number of formative years dealing with the emotional fallout from that. It's scary when you know from a young age that you do not accept the worldview of your parents. I saw the psychic damage religion could do - the neuroses created by religion - and it made me angry that the people who claimed to find peace in Jesus were so psychologically dysfunctional and un-self-aware. They psychically damaged their kids, and their kids didn't get psychologically healthy unti
  9. Go for it Spats. Be sure to report back here in detail regarding your exploits. I shiver. In antici......PATION!
  10. I disagree with your characterization of Child Welfare Services in general. I agree that Child Welfare Services is underfunded and overly bureaucratic, and suffers from a high rate of caseworker turnover. With hundreds of children assigned to one caseworker, children will slip through the cracks. It's inevitable. I also agree that the foster care system in this country is badly broken. To me, one of the highest priorities for any legislator should be to fix these things. But these issues aren't even a blip on the radar of most politicians. That's one of the things I've never understood
  11. Actually, Child Welfare Services overwhelmingly prefers to preserve the family by keeping children with their mothers. But the bottom line is that children need good caregivers more than they "need to be with their mothers." I'm sorry, but I have no sympathy for child abuse or child neglect regardless of the circumstances. Your argument appears to go as follows. Let young mothers have babies because babies are "meant to be," then let young mothers do whatever the hell they want to their kids because it's nobody's business, then when they abuse or neglect their kids say, "oh well, t
  12. I'm sure she does. Fortunately for her children, Child Welfare Services won't let that happen. The fact that people can reproduce doesn't give them a right to treat children "however they see fit." Thank goodness.
  13. I'm not arguing for or against the existence of god here. Nor am I commenting on the nature of god. That's what you guys do. And, yes, I get it. It's the idea that god cannot be simultaneously all-knowing and all-good that you take exception to. It's a bedrock argument between nonbelievers and believers, and has been for centuries. And will be for centuries to come, unfortunately. People apparently assume that because I made one post critical of what I consider to be a most unfortunate, overly simplistic way of conceiving of a certain subject I somehow wish to spend my time rehashing o
  14. OWZ I disagree! Billions of dollars are spent every year on teenage pregnancy prevention programs, and the reason is that research shows that children of teen parents do worse educationally, occupationally, emotionally, and socially than children who aren't born to teen parents. That is NOT to say that a child born to a teen parent can't do well in life. They can and do. But the ones who can and do are the exceptions, NOT the rules. Raising a child is enough of a challenge for those with good parenting skills, much less some clueless teen. On a related note, I did read the report f
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