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April 25, 2011
Consider that the earliest manuscripts we have for Homer's Illiad, for example, are 500 years from the original.
Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars, 1,000 years.
Herodotus's History, 1,300 years.
There are only 643 manuscripts of Homer's Illiad available to us; 10 for Gallic Wars; 8 for Herodotus's History.
The manuscripts we have of the Bible's New Testament, including the accounts of Jesus' life, are as close as 25 years to the originals and number over 24,000. As far as ancient documents go, nothing really compares.
There is much less documentation for Alexander the Great. So, it isn't the lack of evidence at issue. It is whether or not one believes the accounts that are written in the ancient documents.
April 24, 2011
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April 18, 2011
Then you have a budget deficit of one to $1.4 trillion, where is the money coming from?
You couldn't close the deficit if you confiscated everybody's money.
April 17, 2011
As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, the United Nations in 2005 wrongly predicted there would be 50 million environmental refugees by the end of the previous decade as a result of global warming.
You might remember the other day I pointed out how the UN predicted 50 million climate refugees by 2010, a prediction that came up laughably short of the mark by only around 50 million. Well, if you go to that post and click on the link to the UN page making that claim… something funny happens. You get this:
Isn't that nice?
Worthing has cached screenshots of that page's content for those interested.
The man that first reported the irony of this U.N. prediction, Asian Correspondent's Gavin Atkins, noted Saturday:
In 2007, UN Under-Secretary General and Head of the UNEP, Aachim Steiner told a conference in Africa:
So I have initiated a number of reforms that will begin in the next few weeks.
Some however have already begun in terms of looking at how we can improve the transparency and accountability of this institution
He also received the Steiger Award for straight-forwardness, honesty, fairness and helpfulness.
Is the deletion of this map without adequate explanation an example of Mr Steiner’s transparency and accountability?
Is this what we can expect from the U.N. in the future - when one of its predictions of doom and gloom don't pan out, the evidence will get scrubbed?
That's quite a level of integrity at the organization largely responsible for all the world's panic over carbon dioxide emissions.
This should make folks even more skeptical of anything coming from this outfit.
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After the first 50,000.00 dollars of income (the monetary payment received for goods or services, or from other sources, as rents or investments). Individuals will be taxed 20%. (20% is a number I pulled out of a hat).
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April 12, 2011
We emphasize customer service, even if there are only a few of us on the floor.
So when a members starts a conversation with: "A while ago you had a..." I have a sense of dread. Usually this item is something we do not have and may, or may not have in the future. I can check the item and see if there are any in stock, at the warehouse etc. This only provides me a two week window on any given item. If you see something at Costco and you want it... buy it. Because, it may not be there the next visit.
Answering the "why do you not have something" is a slippery slope. Luckily, we have many long time Costco employees who have honed a response with experience. So I listen dutifully when one of these explanations, are spoken from a knowledgeable one. The corporate philosophy is to be honest and forthright. Which works well for me. I have never had management tell me not to tell a member something honest. However, presentation in these situations is key.