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#19745

OMG: Sorry. I don't care about some boat lost in the arctic for decades. I don't care if basille is funding the search. I care about the issues of now like education and economy. I guess I'm not a Harper conservative®.

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  1. I guess you just don't care about history.

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    1. There's history and then there's history. If "Canadian history" wasn't so thin, nobody would have heard about or care about a catastrophically failed explorer who managed to get himself killed. The history of early colonial settlements is far more interesting and important because it means looking at how land was parcelled out and things were built up.

      Simply put, Franklin just isn't very important and the only reason this became news (in the sense of, hitting the national news rather than an archaeology journal) is because of the interest in Arctic oil and Canadian control over it. This isn't about history, it's about modern geopolitics.

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    2. 1a, your statement actually manages to prove exactly why we SHOULD care about this. It's not about "history for history's sake," but about the lens it provides us with which to view the present. Your assessment strikes me as being fairly accurate - well-put.

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  2. Interesting how Harper muzzles and fires scores of scientists doing research on items like climate research and fisheries, but he finds money for this pet project.

    They say Hitler has an affinity for such ventures as well, especially dealing with the occult. When will Harper announce he will be searching for the holy grail next?

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    1. Dang, Godwin's law sure kicked in quickly.

      And, I might add, without good reason.

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    2. So I'm guessing you think Obama is like Stalin as well since he likes universal healthcare?

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  3. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definitions_of_fascism

    So many similarities. It's almost of Conservative handbook.

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  4. Understanding our history is absolutely important, and has a wide range of (indirect) benefits in almost every aspect of modern society.

    As far as the conservative government goes, I find I'm reasonably happy with what they've done so far. I mean, I have my qualms about some things they've done, but on the whole the budget looks like it's going to be balanced next year, which is pretty impressive considering the magnitude of the recession they had to govern through.

    In general, I don't think they're that unlike *most* governments - they've made some things notably better while they've been in power, and other things notably worse. It just happens that the things they've made better appeal to my own personal biases, that's all.

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  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVY8LoM47xI

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