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  1. Oct 2019
    1. There are several instances of polygamy in the Old Testament: Moses had two wives, Abraham three, Jacob four, David at least 18, and Solomon all of 700. But biblical polygamy usually had a bitter ending. According to the Book of Kings, Solomon had ‘seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines’, but ‘his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God' (see picture). The creation story on the very first pages of the Bible clearly seeks to enforce a monogamous ethos. Upon seeing Eve for the first time, Adam says: “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh... Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

      Hell yeah

    2. Polygyny also has many drawbacks, particularly when seen through a modern, western lens. First and foremost, it sanctions and perpetuates gender inequality, with co-wives officially and patently subordinated to their husband. Women in polygynous unions tend to marry at a younger age, into a setup that, by its very nature, fosters jealousy, competition, and conflict, with instances of co-wives poisoning one another’s offspring in a bid to advantage their own. Although the husband ought in principle to treat his co-wives equally, in practice he will almost inevitably favor one over the others—most likely the youngest, most recent one. Tensions may be reduced by establishing a clear hierarchy among the co-wives, or if the co-wives are sisters (sororal polygyny), or if they each keep a separate household (hut polygyny).

      Not always perfect

    3. Under Islamic marital jurisprudence, a man can take up to four wives, so long as he treats them all equally. While it is true that Islam permits polygyny, it does not require or impose it: marriage can only occur by mutual consent, and a bride can stipulate that her husband-to-be not take a second wife.

      Muslims get it

    4. According to genetic studies, it is only relatively recently, about 10,000 years ago, that monogamy began to prevail over polygamy in human populations. Monogamous unions may have developed in tandem with sedentary agriculture, helping to preserve land and property within the same narrow kin group.

      Monogamy only became prevalent 10,000 year ago.

  2. Sep 2019
    1. The stigma attached to profiling where it hardly exists has perversely carried over to an area where it should exist but does not: the war against terrorism. This war, let us remember, pre-dates 9/11.

      Profiling has always played a major part of the way federal agencies conduct their business.

    2. TIA may therefore not be Used to gather information about U.S. citizens or resident aliens—despite the clear fact that significant number of persons in these categories have ties to terrorist groups.

      TIA is not allowed to gather information on US citizens.

    3. In addition to the lack of properly targeted security procedures at airports, and the failure to resist the gutting of TIA, a truly gaping deficiency in our arrangements is the openness of our northern and southern borders to illegal entrants.

      Borders security has long been a issue that threatens our daily lives.

    4. Of course, to say this, or to question the arguments of critics, is to risk being accused of censorship, actual or preemptive, or even McCarthyism.

      McCarthyism is a term describing Senator Joseph McCarthy indicating there were 200 plus communist in the US Government after WW II.

    5. The charge that our civil liberties are being systematically dismantled must be taken seriously. America has, in the past, overreacted to perceived security threats; the Palmer raids after World War I and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II are the most notorious examples. Are we once again jeopardizing the liberties of all Americans while also inflicting particular harm on Muslims in our midst?

      When the United States got attacked on 9/11 it heightened security awareness.During Wold War II there were many Americans who became scared of Japanese Americans resulting in raids called the Palmer raids.

  3. Aug 2019
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    1. Health care has emerged as a key fault line for Democrats. All of them want to make changes, but their plans vary widely

      Every Democrat wants to change the current healthcare system, either with a new system or refine the current system.

    2. Employer-sponsored insurance:Roughly half of Americans --or more than 150 million people --get their health insurance through their jobs today.

      Most popular Health care option currently.

    3. Affordable Care Act:This is Obamacare, and it affects all Americans' health care today. Passed in 2010, the landmark law made sweeping changes to the nation's health care system

      President Obama's attempt to correct a long standing American issue

    4. This proposal, spearheaded by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, would radically change the way Americans are covered, shifting control to the federal government and essentially eliminating the private insurance industry.

      Bernie Sanders wants to completely change the healthcare system by making a government controlled entity.

    5. Medicare for All

      A progressive idea spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders A.K.A single payer system.

    6. US is the only wealthy developed nation not to guarantee health care to all. Roughly one in 10 Americans is uninsured, but many more struggle to pay their medical bills.

      The United states is only wealthy country to have 10% of its population uninsured.

    7. t it's pretty pricey

      Health care is not a cheap commodity.