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Month: September 2012

Number 269

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 269 28 September, 2012 According to international practice, the status of “refugee” or “displaced person” only applies to first-generation refugees — in other words, to a person who himself is actually displaced — but the United Nations makes an exception for Palestinians, who are defined as refugees even if they are descendants of refugees. The Speech Herewith some quotes from the speech recently delivered at Turtle Bay by Obama, along with observations on the utterances. (The quotes come from this source.) …we believe that freedom and self-determination are not unique to one culture. These are not simply American values or Western values — they are universal values. Absolutely not so. Western Civilization is unique in this respect. In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others. Correct, and the beginning of a decent argument against the above claim. Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. Moreover, as President of our country, and Commander-in-Chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so. Manifest nonsense, and a deliberate lie. The chairman...

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Number 268

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 268 12 September, 2012 The adoption of the conspiracy theory can hardly be avoided by those who believe that they know how to make heaven on earth. The only explanation for their failure to produce the heaven is the malevolence of the devil who has a vested interest in hell. Headline U.S. embassy in Cairo apologizes for “abuse of free speech” after protesters tear down American flagMEMO TO: Barack, Hillary FROM: The Citizenry of the USA SUBJECT: Cairo MESSAGE: Have you no sense of decency, Sir and Madam? At long last, have you left no sense of decency? The Full Answers Will Never Come To Light How did it come to pass that suicidal Muslim warriors were able to pull off the attack on the USA that is popularly called “Nine-Eleven”? In spite of the fact that historians will be trying to answer that question from now on and cannot hope ever to succeed, the issue has arisen as part of the Obama – Romney contest. With Slick Willy campaigning hard for The One, some “wingnuts” are trying to discredit the former president, while “progressives” are blaming everything on G. W. Bush. What little can be known — and there are overwhelming reasons why the unknown will remain forever secret — tells the level-headed observer that the guilt lies with neither man, but with...

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Number 267

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 267 10 September, 2012 …it was an unexpected shock to American psychology when the obvious was discovered, e.g., that the Stimulus-Response, need-gratification “machine” of a hungry rat may prefer exploration of its environs to food, that it explores without being conditioned by a reward, etc. Because upsetting the Stimulus-Response applecart, the detailed studies by Berlyne, the Harlows and others were needed to show what would be obvious from observations of a rat’s natural behavior. … Voices seeing in a rat’s “curiosity and exploratory behavior” not a mystery (which was created only by the prejudicial a priori that the rat should be a Stimulus-Response machine), but something perfectly natural and even trivial, were few and far between. What Is Going On Here? Is This A Revelation, A Hoax, Or A Fake Hoax? This video outlines an attack on Obama that appears to be more systematic than any previous “revelations” about his background. As you will see if you click on the link, a DVD (directed by one Joel Gilbert, who appears in the linked video) with all the allegations and presumably including some supporting information is available, and this newsletter has placed an order for it. Comments on the documentary, hereinafter referred to as Real Father, will be published here. Now of course all the claims made at the above link and on the DVD...

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Number 266

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 266 3 September, 2012 Owing to their immanent dynamics or laws, symbolic systems may become more potent than man, their creator. Then symbolic entities — status, nation, society, party, what have you — may govern man and human behavior more strongly than biological reality or organismic drives. This is the basis of the most sublime achievements of man; it is also the cause of all the follies of human history. A Documentary You Must See An excellent film puts global warming, global cooling and carbon dioxide into scientifically correct context. The documentary brings you up to date on all the significant developments with just one exception: the way temperatures are actually measured around the globe. (It does not mention that monitoring stations at higher altitudes and latitudes have been dropped from the database, thereby producing the false appearance of warming; nor does it review research into how badly-located temperature sensors have measured not climate, but the heat expelled by adjacent air conditioners and other local heat sources that produce tiny “islands” of warming.) A favorite moment for this newsletter’s editor: a scientist refers to “the Druid mentality” that replaces facts with articles of faith — and claims human sacrifices will improve the weather. You should recommend this film to everyone you know. Try this link or this one. Here’s a third possibility, just in...

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