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  •  See my Sig Line re: militarist... and (1+ / 0-)
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    wonderful world

    then see my response above in the thread...here.

    •  um, only because Birchers made that up .. (7+ / 0-)

      the peace symbol was derived in the 1960s. There's no record of it predating the 1960s from any reputable source I've ever seen.

    •  Research on the peace sign... (3+ / 0-)

      ...designed and completed on 21 February 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist in Britain for the 4 April march planned by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England.[1][2] The symbol was later adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

      Wiki good.

      It combines the semaphore flag positions for "N" and "D."

      Nuclear disarmament.

      BTW: Unicode, the peace sign is U+262E: ☮, and can thus be generated in HTML by typing ☮ or &#9774.

      Cool. If you see the &#x262E as the symbol, then your character set is full Unicode. If you see letters, then you're not doing full Unicode.

      Career criminals + Angry White Males + KKK wannabes + Personality Disorder delusionals + Pro-Life Christians =EQ= The GOPer Base

      by vets74 on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 05:36:22 AM PDT

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    •  See, here is the problem with (2+ / 0-)
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      uncritical thinking.

      You see something that appeals to you. You decide it "feels" true. When challenged, you hurriedly Google to find something to support your belief. More often than not, people who do this never bother to even check the site they are linking to.

      If you don't use rational criteria, the basic tools of critical thinking and the scientific method, to determine true from false, reality from myth, fact from propaganda, how can you possibly expect to affect real, tangible political change, that measurably affects real people's lives in a consistently positive and sustainable way?

      This may seem like a little, trivial example, but it is precisely why it matters how we approach the world:

      Do we approach it rationally, empirically, and factually, with the humility and willingness to learn that is essential to growth? Or, do we approach it from an emotionally-rooted, belief-based, dogmatic worldview?

      What we believe matters, because we act based on what we believe.

      Beliefs are arrived at, we aren't born with them. How we arrive at our beliefs, and how willing we are to continually examine and question them, determines everything we do. It determines how vulnerable we are to propaganda and electioneering. It determines our ability to understand data. it determines our ability to change things.

      To all those who attack me for challenging magical thinking - whether it is religious, or ideological, or just plain woo-woo - in any and all cases on any and all issues, This is why. This is just about a stupid symbol, right? Wrong. This is about a fundamental approach to knowledge, about the willingness, even eagerness, to be proven wrong, so that we can learn something new. This is about ending centuries, millennia, of irrational violence and politics-as-war, in favor of rational policymaking and political practice that benefits us all.

      What we believe, matters. Not just to us, but to those around us, to our society, and, ultimately, to the entire world.

      If we don't champion reason, we will be swept up by magical, emotional nonsense. A progressive, free society depends upon a community that has learned how to think.

      In My Opinion. Your Mileage May Vary - but, the facts do not.

      Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

      by RandomActsOfReason on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 01:41:07 PM PDT

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