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  • Dan Dredger wrote a new post, Meet Sultana, the Taliban’s Worst Fear 4 years, 2 months ago

    By Nicholas Kristof
    OF all the students preparing to go to college this fall, perhaps none have faced a more hazardous journey than a young woman named Sultana. One measure of the hazard is that I’m not d […]

    • Wow; she must scare those morononic ignoramuses shitless.

      Question is, what turned them into what they are in the first?

      A rehetorical question if ever there was one.

    • From the OP

      I wish we understood that sometimes the most effective weapon against terrorists isn’t a drone but a girl with a book.

      Yes!

      Why else would it be so feared?

    • Her strength is inspiring. I would like to trade her for Trump?
      If the USA can’t help her, that will be a failure of this country that won’t be forgotten.

      This is why immigrants made the USA strong in the past. People who had to endure this kind of everyday punishment and still excelled are perhaps our greatest strength. We need a nation/world full of people like her.

    • alf

      I agree. If the US won’t give her a visa it will be a great loss. I hope she will apply to another Western country if the US stupidly blocks her from here.

    • Stafford #2 Is this one of those “chicken or egg” questions?

    • alf1200 #4
      Jun 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Her strength is inspiring. I would like to trade her for Trump?

      Perhaps a three way arrangement!

      USA can offer her a visa and a university scholarship, while Trump can be appointed as Honorary Lord-High US Consul to North Korea, – (strictly on the understanding that they keep him secure for citizen viewing, as an example of a degenerate capitalist!) – where he has bragged he wishes to show off his “superior negotiating skills”!

    • The North Koreans would probably love him, especially for his hair.

    • Alf @ # 6.

      Stafford #2 “Is this one of those “chicken or egg” questions?”

      I’m not quite sure what prompted your question, but no.

      I know what came first in that case; the egg.

      Because no egg could have carried a chicken until after innumerable generations of breeding had taken place to transform the Red Junglefowl into the domestic bird with which we are all now so familiar.

      All previous eggs could only have carried intermediary stage prototype chickens.

      I having a smart ass day!

    • Stafford Gordon #9
      Jun 7, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Because no egg could have carried a chicken until after innumerable generations of breeding had taken place to transform the Red Junglefowl into the domestic bird with which we are all now so familiar.

      OR : – Until even more numerous generations of Theropod Dinosaur had taken place to transform into birds!

    • With respect to the victims of Auschwitz…

      Knowledge Sets You Free

    • Stafford, I thought you meant the evolution of the “morononic ignoramuses”.
      How could they survived this long? How do they balance themselves without help?
      How did they survive the millions of years of evolution without participating?

    • Interesting to read through the threads, as I go down I see Alf1200’s comment about the egg and the the first thing that pops into mind is I must make a comment of course it’s the egg came first, we had eggs in fish long before chickens and chickens are of course directly related via evolution. That saying has always bothered me for that reason – no offense alf1200. Then I see that at least 2 others beat me to it. This must say something about this site eh? 😉

      About the article: Just amazing. I have a year 8 class currently that I can not get moving, or motivated about science, actually slow progress, but they are just really resistant to education. I think I’ll bring her up as an example. Some people have no idea how much they take their education for granted.

    • alf1200 #12
      Jun 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Stafford, I thought you meant the evolution of the “morononic ignoramuses”.
      How could they survived this long? How do they balance themselves without help?
      How did they survive the millions of years of evolution without participating?

      If you look in the animal kingdoms, there are large herds of individuals with small brains and poor vision! They follow dominant leaders and the crowd. The weak or unlucky go to the wall with massive mortality rates and much suffering, but they breed replacements fast enough to keep pace!

      Sheep(les), oxen, and rabbits, are not noted for their brain power!

    • Alan @ #14.

      “If you look in the animal kingdoms, there are large herds of individuals with small brains and poor vision! They follow dominant leaders and the crowd. The weak or unlucky go to the wall with massive mortality rates and much suffering, but they breed replacements fast enough to keep pace!”

      The cause and effect of religions encapsulated?