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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post

    This is the greatest power of America IMHO

    That your culture has aspects other nations want to emulate
    That is the greatest power of any dominant empire - during the 19th century, many countries - including its rivals - attempted to mimic British culture, and I expect a similar situation existed at the height of the Roman Empire. It is human nature to emulate what is presented as up-to-date and successful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo2 View Post
    That is the greatest power of any dominant empire - during the 19th century, many countries - including its rivals - attempted to mimic British culture, and I expect a similar situation existed at the height of the Roman Empire. It is human nature to emulate what is presented as up-to-date and successful.
    It is why places such as Mongolia or Kyrgyzstan have Cyrillic alphabet to this day

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Here are some members of the Vladivostok Orcas (Kosatki)

    Does that count? lol Mind you, they don't play like that, it was just a photo shoot they did for some magazine
    Oh HELL YEAH!! Gets the BigLeRoy Seal of Approval, Yessiree Bob! They don't play like that, you say? Well, they can play like that with ME!! Just send 'em over! Northern Colorado! Zip Code 80525!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Like this?

    LOL, yes, like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    You can have the rule of law without freedom, certainly. And without freedom, the concept of individual rights does not even come into the picture.

    Oh, and the chicken/egg things was sort of semi-addressed in the Talmud (i.e., you could derive the answer, even though that was not the point), so we might have a solution to that problem.
    Talmud is not something familiar for me even if I admire the skills which preside to its interpretation . I am not Jewish even though my father taught Hebrew, knew Aramean as a professor at university, in a protestant theological seminary. So I lack the background to enter in a Talmud style discussion. The only thing I feel close to is Jewish humour !
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    Quote Originally Posted by galatin View Post
    Talmud is not something familiar for me even if I admire the skills which preside to its interpretation. ... So I lack the background to enter in a Talmud style discussion.
    The chicken/egg thing is dealt with in Tractate Beitzah (which simply means "egg"), which tractate is about the laws of Jewish holidays, and it begins with a discussion about certain halachos (laws) surrounding eggs. I studied this one for months (1x/wk), and do not remember the details (I could look it up, but I am lazy that way). However, there was some discussion about the halachic status of an egg, and it is derived from the halachic status of the chicken. For that reason, the chicken had to come first, else the egg could not halachically exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by galatin View Post
    I am not Jewish even though my father taught Hebrew, knew Aramean as a professor at university, in a protestant theological seminary.
    That is quite the background. One rabbi I know is fluent, I believe, in English, Hebrew (Biblical and modern), Aramaic, and possibly French.

    Quote Originally Posted by galatin View Post
    The only thing I feel close to is Jewish humour !
    Lol ... I am sure we could share Jewish jokes.
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