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  Posts on Oct 22, 2014
Stereotypes and Ethnic Jokes; from Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 10/22/14 1:45 pm) Ric Mauricio sends these thoughts in response to Robert Whealey (22 October): Whenever someone tells me a Polish joke (or any other ethnic joke, for that matter), people think that I don't h ... more

How About Yepes Jokes? (Henry Levin, USA, 10/22/14 11:07 am) When you have a real funny joke, but don't want to do an ethnic stereotype, I recommend using the town of Yepes. I think we had a discussion about the origin of this several years ago, but even i ... more

on Stereotypes (Robert Whealey, USA, 10/22/14 10:43 am) In his comment to my post of 21 October, John E appended a National Geography Style Manual statement about the word "tribe" and stereotypes. The problem with the concept "ster ... more

Wycliffe Bible Translators (Richard Hancock, USA, 10/22/14 2:06 am) I received a letter from the Wycliffe Bible Translators dated September, 2014. They state, "Since our founding in 1942, Wycliffe has helped complete 854 New Testaments and 37 complete Bible ... more

Mortgage Rules to be Loosened? (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 10/22/14 2:00 am) WAIS has discussed at length the causes and culprits of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the effects of which, many believe, are still with us today. Also, we didn't have a shortage of what should ... more

  Posts on Oct 21, 2014
Ebola: Cuba Sends Physicians to W Africa (Massoud Malek, USA, 10/21/14 1:44 pm) Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word. --Louis Pasteur The Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 in Zaire from the blood sample of a Belgian nun sent to a Belgia ... more

Oil Production and Pricing: Venezuela (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 10/21/14 5:33 am) Richard Hancock's post on energy (21 October) is interesting. Richard mentioned Russia and Venezuela as the countries most affected by current pricing trends. The article well describes the dram ... more

Persecution of Christians in Muslim Nations (John Heelan, UK, 10/21/14 5:09 am) Re: persecution of Christians in Muslim countries (see Eugenio Battaglia, 21 October), it is important to distinguish between those who are content to follow their Christian religion and those m ... more

"Other" and "Tribe"; on Toynbee (Robert Whealey, USA, 10/21/14 3:56 am) When commenting my post of 18 October, John E described my use of the word "tribe" as an "othering" term. I do not think the word "other" takes us very far. It was a fad ... more

Persecution of Christians in Iran (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/21/14 3:30 am) I appreciate very much the various posts from Massoud Malek, as they have been useful to better understand Islam and the Koran. By the way, when I was living in Mount Prospect, Illinois, my neighbour ... more

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