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Re: Richard III

"A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!"

Very strange yet intriguing tidings indeed! I haven't heard anything about this recent finding of Richard III's remains (under a parking lot, no less!), but then again I don't have as much time for television and the news as I used to. I've always greatly enjoyed Mr. Shakespeare's play involving the king of the same name, so I'll have to keep my eyes and ears out for any and all developments about these findings.

Thanks for the tip!

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Richard III

As a longtime fan of Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time," which deals with the perils of the fact that everything we know about Richard III was written by his victorious enemies and those who kissed up to them (e.g. William Shakespeare), I am really interested to hear that they have found what are pretty incontrovertibly his long-missing remains, under a parking lot they were excavating. It will be interesting to see what gets confirmed and what get debunked by this turn of events.

As someone pointed out in one of the comment threads, we owe the right to bail to...Richard III.

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Yow! Cognitive Dissonance!

Superbowl Halftime: Beyonce or switch the channel and watch
Alaska: Last Frontier

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Blood/Conflict Diamonds in Zimbabwe

Out of total production of diamonds in 2008 of 250 Billion, total imports to the government treasury was 150 Million.

How can a diamond shoppe, online or in your neighborhood, guarantee that you are purchasing "ethichal" diamonds?

(Thanks and a tip of the hackey-sack to Fareed Zakaraia on Robert Mugabe)

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Chris Kyle shot at shooting range

I reviewed his book: "American Sniper" here in this thread. Kyle was the most prolific and successful sniper in American history. Another man was shot, on Kyle's side. Circumstances are not known.

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No doubt (Tightening mental health screening)

But not just on gun control. Can't fine tune these methods.enough to make a difference --
Do you trust the composing/compiling entities?.

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Re: Congressional Hearing today on Gun Control

I still don't think stricter gun control is the answer to the problem. Our country needs to do a better job of identifying, addressing, and treating mental illness. If the new gun control laws can be enforced to they level they should be, it's a good start, but it's just be the beginning. Otherwise, what happened in Sandy Hook and countless times before will happen again. And again. And again....

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Congressional Hearing today on Gun Control

Sen Pat. Leahy of VT chairs the hearing which was opened by a statement from gun-violence victim and former congressperson Gabby Giffords. Congress is moving to plug the gun show background check loophole, multiple round clips and assault weapons.

In Lake Placid, NY in the Adirondacks, LE met with many gun-owners, mostly hunters, who wanted to know the content of the new law passed in NY state. Many said they would be in open defiance of parts of it. 73% of people in NY are in agreement with the new law.

To get legislation passed means passing the House. Harry Reid will have to negotiate a watered down deal. Till the next horrific incident
when sanity will try to prevail again. Too bad the Norwegian massacre didn't impact our consciousness first (more than it did).

The positive thing to take away from this is that it has gone as far as it has. Farther than I ever thought.There is hope for the future.

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Timbuktu defeat detailed here about six months ago

And today Frech forces liberated Timbuktu. But not after these fundamentalists had destroyed ancient scholastic writing and disgraced the tombs of Sufi Masters.

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2012 Global Warming Impact

The most preventable tragedy the Earth faces today. The Mayan calender, widely disregarded now, could be looked at again in terms of the effects of Global Warming. While there are many weather events: the New Jersey super storm, 80% melt of Arctic ice pack and people being swept off the cliffs into the Sea in the LA basin all point to a new reality. There were many international events such as the nuclear incidents in Japan after a Tsunami swamped six of their reactors.

Some cultures will die out. Some will make amazing gains and and many others will go into chaos with great displacement of people. Does this disaster itself make the Mayan Calender significant? Probably, for almost every living creature on Earth..

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