It is argued in the previous paragraphs that the fences Ceuta andMelilla will continue to influence negatively Morocco's relations withSpain and the EU. Spain's policy to fence the two enclaves' bordersreflects contradictory pressures in the region. While the Mediterraneansphere has witnessed an increasing number of cultural and economiccooperation projects in the last two decades, new physical and virtualwalls are being built in the region to achieve "Fortress Europe".
The U.S.-Mexico border wall marks the fault line between two differentworlds. Regardless of how many billions of dollars will be spent onthe further fortification and militarization of the common border, illegalcross-border activities will continue so long as there is a huge disparityin economic prosperity, political stability and social security betweenthe two countries.Regional integration and advanced partnerships may reduce theattractiveness of emigration, but they cannot erase the American dreamfrom the mind of millions of Latin Americans who will continue to seeknew ways to reach the America El Dorado -- regularly or irregularly.
The common denominator of new immigration policies takenby the host countries in the last two decades is the linking betweenimmigration policy and border-control management on one hand,and between the immigration policy and security issues on the otherhand.[...]Security concerns remain a main determinant of the current border-control policies which aim at preventing infiltration of members ofarmed groups, irregular migration, goods smuggling, drug traffickingand other clandestine cross-border activities. In some cases, borderfortification reflects the desire to impose unilaterally the de facto border.[...]One of the paradoxes of "globalization" is that an increasinglyinterconnected and interdependent world is simultaneously marked byintensified militarization and fortification of national borders. Today,some regions -- whether in North America, the Mediterranean or someAsian sub-regions -- are being pulled in two different directions: onetoward more complementarity and integration (e.g., NAFTA, Union forMediterranean, ASEAN, SAARC) and another toward the erection offurther tangible and intangible border barriers.Despite relentless efforts by receiving countries to preventunauthorized border-crossing by immigrants, drug smugglersand dissidents, these groups have not been deterred. Rather, theyhave adapted to the strategies designed to impede their movement,developing new ways and means to circumvent such barriers.[...]Though military walls may reach some short-term goals bydestabilizing the enemy, armed groups can adapt to the new situationby developing missiles that can exceed the height of these barriers,by digging tunnels or by penetrating the enemy lines using forgeddocuments as has been seen in Palestine and Kashmir.
And I've done a pretty good job staying away from Dan Brown.
Dan Brown is not a writer, he's a fraud for idiots to buy. The first three chapters were enough for realize it.
As a baptized and confirmed economist I would say that if the Malaysian workers know what the risks are, then IC is not behaving unfairly to anyone. It is providing gizmoes to people who value them, providing profits to the shareholders of IC, and providing income to the Malaysian workers; everyone wins, or at least everyone with the right to be consulted. No one is exploited or treated unjustly.
Obama is in cahoots with a motley assortment of evildoers, including his Islamic terrorist brethren, a murderous Mexican drug cartel and the shadowy Deep State--forces that would be only too happy to replace the Constitution with sharia law. All that stands in the way of this sinister cabal, with their hashish-fueled and hooker-laden sex-murder orgies, is a godly, morally pure assemblage of "Shadow Wolves," Native American lawmen uniquely adept at tracking drug dealers and illegal immigrants. (I was shocked to discover that Shadow Wolves actually exist and are a real unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, because they're portrayed here as the ultimate romanticized fantasy of Native Americans: real-life Jedi whose heritage gives them borderline supernatural powers and allows them to live in perfect harmony with nature.)
As cautionary warnings go, this is the socio-political equivalent of Reefer Madness in terms of unintentional laughs. Instead of being a terrifying dispatch from tomorrow, it reeks of high camp.
A Brief History of Time
Quote from: ersi on 2018-01-31, 12:10:31And I've done a pretty good job staying away from Dan Brown.Dan Brown is not a writer, he's a fraud for idiots to buy. The first three chapters were enough for realize it.
I tried to read Angels & Demons.
Quote from: Macallan on 2018-04-01, 22:26:54I tried to read Angels & Demons.Feeling adventurous were we?
In his new book, "Isaac Newton: The Asshole Who Reinvented The Universe," author Florian Freistetter depicts Newton as a thoughtless genius with no social skills and a harsh demeanor who, despite his scientific acumen, was also devoted to alchemy."Alchemy was . . . not merely a hobby [for Newton]," he writes. "If anything, it would be closer to the truth to call Newton's research into physics a 'hobby' that he fitted in between his theological and alchemistic studies."[...]Based on extensive studies of biblical texts, he estimated that the world would "reset" in 2060, when "the Kingdom of God" would prevail on the Earth, Freistetter writes. Meanwhile, Newton castigated other doomsday prophesiers for foretelling a more imminent apocalypse."It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner," Newton boldly proclaimed.
Isaac Newton contributed to the dawning sciences of chemistry and physics, even though he was also an alchemist who sought chrysopoeia in various ways including some that were unscientific.
It's not really clear to me why we're supposed to be quite so dismissive of alchemy.
That chemistry mentioned there -- that was alchemy too...
Chemistry is alchemy where the spooky aspects such as spiritual and immaterial have been cut off.
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