We’re meeting now…

For various reasons, no-one was in early to post talking points. But just before we walk into our meeting here are some questions I’ll be pitching…


Question: would you like to be famous?
Considering all of the trappings that go with the famous/infamous celebrities, from athletes to movie stars would you want this life? Yes, they may have a lot of money, but is this enough to make up for the constant scrutiny of your looks/weight, autograph seekers during your dinner and the occasional stalker. Are you willing to give up for privacy for fame?
I think this would be a great topic to hear from people around the world and well as the US and UK-maybe a lighter Friday topic.
All countries with a reliance on religious faith are anti-science and anti-technology. Discuss.

8 Responses to “We’re meeting now…”

  1. 1 Brett
    April 1, 2008 at 11:31

    Does immigration help your economy?

    Yes it does. Maybe not immigration at the rate it is currently and taking into account the financial situation of the US, which will increase the unemployment rate. But overall, immigration has helped the economy. First and foremost as is brought up every time this is discussed. Lazy Americans don’t want half the jobs that immigrants would be more than happy to have, this is either because they are too low paying for the Lazy American to afford their lifestyle, or because they are somehow above doing ‘lowly jobs’.

    If you say without a doubt that immigration is in no way helpful to the economy, I think you need to take a step back from that xenophobic state and re-evaluate your stance. There are pro’s and con’s. Look back into the influx of immigrants in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s to cities such as New York. This mass migration to the US helped it to become what it is today. The abundance of cheap migrant labor, often times skilled too, allowed capitalism to thrive in a young and growing nation.

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  2. 2 George USA
    April 1, 2008 at 11:54

    Fame is not what it use to be.

    Someone batted 400, won a medal of honor, discovered a breakthrough, wrote the great American novel.

    No more.

    Today fame is a business, no talent, no achievement, just a racket.

    Are you offering the former or the latter?

    The latter, just as I suspected.

    La Migra-

    Yes immigration is important for industry: it keeps wages frozen.

    If you cannot make ends meet

    as the CEO of your company gives himself millions in bonuses-

    open borders helped him and cheated you.

  3. 3 George USA
    April 1, 2008 at 12:33

    Cool Aid Therapy –

    In the most prosperous era of the USA, the 50’s and 60’s,

    Americans did all the jobs.

    The only Braceros, temporary Mexican workers, in the USA were picking harvests.

    Every other job in America was done by Americans.

  4. 4 George USA
    April 1, 2008 at 12:38

    faith are anti-science and anti-technology. Discuss.


    The USA that made the discoveries, developed the technology, went to church on Sunday across the land.

    I grew up in that country. I bear true witness.

  5. April 1, 2008 at 12:39

    Hi. I do have a Q. to all men who are reading this comment : Do you feel that you’re under pressure either from advertising and media (like magazines) or from the people surrounding you in order to look better or improve your external appearance ?! Are men becoming more obsessed with their bodies’ images than before ?! And also today is the 1st of April, so here’s another question from me : What’s the most convincing lie you guys have ever heard ?! With my love. Yours forever, Lubna from Beijing 🙂

  6. 6 viola anderson
    April 1, 2008 at 16:21

    Are all countries with a reliance on religious faith anti-science and anti-technology?
    If a person’s religious beliefs are shaken by science and technology and the person is unable or unwilling to re-examine his beliefs and adjust them to reality and this attitude dominates a country, that country will likely be anti-science and anti-technology.

    A point: Just as there have been erroneoused scientific precepts entrenched in the minds of scientists which they were loath to give up for various reasons (they seem logical: the majority of scientists supported it; they thought of it and they refused to entertain the notion that someone else had thought of a better one; etc.) so religious thinkers must accept that maybe, just maybe, someone else’s religious precepts may be valid and may displace their own if they more adequately express reality.

    Another point: If something(religion) attracts your attention to the point that you cannot pay attention to something else(science), guess what? You’re going to miss something possibly important or even dangerous.

    An organism that receives erroneous information about the external world or that misinterprets the data received has much less chance of survival than does the one that gets both right.

    Go into either of the two grocery stores in my home town and you will see people born in canada, and others born in Germany, England, United States, the Phillipines, China, Croatia, India, Pakistan and no doubt other countries as well. And this is with a permanent population of less than 8,000. So, yes, I would say that immigration has done well by Canada. As a country with a very low birthrate, Canada is absolutely dependent on immigration.

    British Columbia, Canada

  7. April 2, 2008 at 16:18

    I live in Eugene, Oregon, and have also lived in Minnesota, upstate New York, Colorado, Seattle, Washington, Arizona, and Arkansas. When I moved to the West Coast sixteen years ago with my then-husband to run a natural foods store, I was surprised and a bit creeped out by how “famous” it made me. We’d owned stores in Boston and Colorado and it never made me famous. But in Eugene people would point us out to each other and wanted to be my friend just because of my owning the store.
    I wasn’t comfortable with this fame and I noticed how many people on the West Coast are impressed by any sort of fame. I wonder if this is the proximity to Hollywood. I formed a theory that on the East Coast of the US people are famous for making money and in the Midwest no one wants to be famous and on the West Coast what you’re like onstage is more important than your personal integrity.
    I wish the people we revered were the people who treated others well rather than the people who lived for getting our attention.

  8. 8 Thomas Murray
    April 2, 2008 at 18:21


    I sent these two to Mr. Atkins, but I’m not sure he got them:

    Walter L. Wagner, of Hawaii, and Luis Sancho, probably of Spain, are suing CERN’s Large Hadron Collider project (an atom smasher so big that it takes France and Switzerland to hold it) in U.S. Federal Court for failing to provide proof that the colliding protons won’t emit a “strangelet” that will cause the earth to shrivel into a clod of dung so dense that not even crackpots can escape from it. (True story. See the New York Times, 3-28-08, page 1.)

    Question: Might this happen? Or have U.S. Courts gotten so daffy that they’ll try anything?

    It’ll be a good forum to discuss CERN’s mission to find the Higg’s Boson, the so-called “God particle.” But it would take a while to set up.


    In March, ESA launched a supply spacecraft from French Guiana (christened the “Jules Verne”) so large that it could carry a substantial crew. It’ll be used to supply the International Space Station and keep it boosted in a safe orbit.
    (NYT, 4-4-08, Science Section, D2.)

    Question: When is Europe going to man-up and put its own people in space?

    (Landing’s no problem. It could land in the Sahara using reel-out probes that ignite the final stage braking rockets in the manner of the Russians.)

    Question: With all the trouble in the world, why put any resources into space science?

    Answer: Because it’s noble, pure and high-minded, and, unlike helping a struggling third-world democracy to hold elections only to get genocidal riots, space science ALWAYS yields results that are good.

    (I still can’t hear you guys on the library terminal. So sorry.)

    –Regards. Louisville, Kentucky, US.

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