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There is very little evidence of intelligence among humans. We consistently outbreed our resources, and frequently hurt and kill each other for no good reason. We prolong the lives of the bedridden, incontinent and incommunicado, even against their wishes, and send our fittest and finest to war. Remarkably, they go off and fight for abstract and valueless notions of faith or patriotism. We deliberately ingest toxins and hallucinogens, and then try to stop others from doing so. I could go on...the list of human stupidity is endless, and pretty much unique in the animal kingdom.
Yet, it is the young we send to battle.Ideally we'd just fill the armies with octogenarians.
What Galtieri needed was something that would unite the country behind him, take the sting out of the calls for reform and play on the traditional patriotism of the Argentinean people. The ownership of the Falkland Islands had always been an issue in Argentina – a successful taking of the islands would, so Galtieri gambled, unite and rally everyone behind him. So it proved to be.
we still cannot agree on why it happened.
The Falklands War is one of those events that would be hard to satirize. (Has any one ever made a film about it?)
Mistrust and fairness may be hardwired concepts.
Quote from: cheryl j on 16/12/2013 04:30:06Mistrust and fairness may be hardwired concepts.Or they may be learned. If you let people rip you off, they and their ilk will continue to rip you off. If you live in a world where people are allowed to rip other people off, you'll be ripped off more often, so you gain in the long run by preventing them from getting away with it, even if that means taking an immediate loss.
With the game where you push buttons, I'd press the button because I know that there's no chance of no one pressing it. Even if they're all intelligent, there'll always be someone amongst them who doesn't care about getting the full amount as they'd take so much pleasure in depriving others of getting anything.
When George W. Bush was president, I suspect they gave him a dummy nuclear button because they feared he wouldn't be able to resist the temptation to press it.
"Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
The US President can declare war on an abstract enemy like "Terror"
How did the British "win" the war on terror?
"Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
Which season sets them off?