Been doing some reading on causes of the American Civil War over the weekend. Iím a bit of a history nut, but so far have really focused on European and Far Eastern history Ė not much of North American history. Iíve always thought that the cause of the ACW was more nuanced that just slavery/anti-slavery Ė ie including things like economic differences, state v federal power etc, in particular as slavery didn't seem to confined to just the Confederate states. While thereís never really a simple reason for wars to start (WWI wasnít really started by Archduke Ferdinanz being shot, the war was coming and would have found another trigger if that hadnít happened) it does seem that slavery (and hence racism) underpinned a lot of the conflict between the Confederate and the Union states.
Iím aware that history is written by the victors and nobody is going to write that the losing side was right but hey we won Ė however I donít think thatís having a big impact on this.
Anyway, tl;dr: The original comment isnít as much hyperbole as I originally thought, and my comment was poorly worded in an attempt to make my point. Apologies for any offence. And thanks for prompting some additional reading! Am off to buy some ACW books to read over Christmas.
PS Just noticed you have the same underlying username as Tim, hence referring to you in the third person in my response above.
PPS You may have nothing without bad language, but at least you have that! :)
I did say "veering towards" - I understand that the Confederate states is not a race, any more than a religion is a race. To clarify - Tim was not being racist, but was being prejudicial towards a group of people with a shared cultural background.
As a group of people defined by their birthright the group "people who were born in a particular place" and "people who were born with a particular skin colour" are the similar in that there is no personal choice and both can be singled out and tarred.
I was merely pointing out that he was generalising by linking Confederate to racist. By making such a broad comment, he was tarring an entire group of people with a negative trait. If he was to imply that all of a certain race had a negative trait, it would be racist - hence my comment that applying a negative trait to all of a certain group, defined by where they lived rather than any particular active choice, is being just as prejudicial as someone who applies negative traits to everyone of a certain race (or religion for that matter).
Oh, and there's no need for bad language or personal insults.
Strikes me that Tim is veering towards racism here. To quote: "it's time for a fun little Confederate rant"
Given the rest of the article, he's clearly using "Confederate" in a derogatory manner to mean racist. In addition the event happened in Ohio, which to the best of my knowledge wasn't even in the Confederate States (although I confess I don't know where David Spondike comes from)
Maybe Tim is using the "C-word" to shock, or emphasize his point - but then that's an excuse that our Ohioan teacher could also use.
It seems the device is battery powered (source: wikipedia), so presumably it would be a fairly easy hack to fit a switch to the device. If I recall correctly from the last time I was in the US they're often stuck on the inside of windscreens so drivers should be able to operate a switch without taking their eyes off the road.
Miranda seems to have been guilty of:
- possessing information which could help terrorism
- and that this information was stolen
I've discounted the second point, as if someone has information which could help terrorism it presumably doesn't matter if it has been stolen. Otherwise you would be suggesting that it's OK to help terrorists as long as you didn't steal stuff.
On the first point, the list of information which could help terrorism is massively broad, including:
- maps showing government buildings
- sitting schedules for parliament
- chemistry textbooks
So I wouldn't advise anyone with high school chemistry to travel. Particularly not if they know that No 10 Downing Street is the Prime Minister's residence, or that parliament sits at Westminster. Probably best if those terrorists report at their nearest prison immediately!
Anyway, got to go turn myself in now, was nice knowing you all.