Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What do you think about the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights?

What are your comments on iht ?
examples of “right to bear arms” 🙂 ?

Answer by Lily
people who own their own property have the right to defend it against intruders, in that they should be able to own guns for protection, if they choose to

Answer by kpk02
There’s a lot of misconception on what it is there for. The number one reason was so that the general population can protect themselves from a government that becomes too oppressive and oversteps their bounds. Back when it was written, citizens had access to the same weapons as the military. It sounds harsh but remember that they had just fought a war against such a government to secure independence. They wanted to make sure that we retain the ability to keep that independence.

Answer by Gourdman
The 2nd Amendment reads:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

I think the NRA’s opposition to all gun control is problematic for several reasons:

1. When the 2nd Amendment was written, the US had no regular army and militias were its only defense against the British and other potential invaders
2. Current gun owners do not serve in any militia necessary for the “security of a free State”
3. In the 1700s, only unreliable, single shot, muzzle-loaded guns existed. There were no automatic weapons or armor-piecing bullets. Guns were much less of a threat
4. The Founding Father’s obviously would not have approved of universal gun ownership, i.e., psychologically unbalanced individuals packing heat. In fact, gun ownership WAS abridged — it was denied to all slaves
5. On the frontier, guns were a necessity. They offered protection and food. It’s hard to argue for the necessity of a gun in contemporary Palm Springs

My comment is that it’s high time to amend the 2nd Amendment. In today’s world, it makes very little sense.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What is the easiest language to learn in your opinion?

I’m just curious
you don’t comprehend how hard it must be to learn english.

we have several meanings, and spellings for one word, it’s a foreign language to spanish, or whatever people.
I’m sure it sucks.

i mean

to, too, two, tu-tu lol
knew, new
where, were, we’re

i mean seriously.

we’re lucky we were us born. lol
again, no, it’s the most complicated language to learn. lol

it’s quite easy since you grew up on english.

i meant besides english.

Answer by Just a woman that wants answers
For me french

Answer by Naomi K
ENGLISH! …i hope you agree 😛

Answer by Miss Understood & Miss Behaving
Spanish

Answer by William W
No language is easier or harder than another in any absolute sense. All over the world, it takes young children about the same amount of time to learn a language. Of course, in a relative sense some languages are easier: if you know a closely related one, it’ll be easy to learn than other language. If you know Spanish, Portuguese isn’t too hard. If you know Danish, Norwegian comes quickly. If you know Bengali, it’s not hard to make rapid progress in Assamese.

For English speakers, despite the Germanic origins of our language, the easiest languages to learn are usually the Romance ones, and this is because of vocabulary. For English speakers, French and Spanish will probably require less work to get to a given level of fluency than for any other languages, even Dutch or Frisian which are grammatically much closer.

Answer by shabz D
persian

it exsist in almost every language and so its so easy

Answer by DLJ
Spanish. But those Rs are tough for me.

Answer by Jagg
Esperanto!

Here is a language that was designed for simple, expressive communication. Learning Esperanto first makes learning other languages easier as you will see through the last web site listed below. As of 1995 it was estimated to have over 2 million speakers, and that has probably grown by leaps and bounds with the rise of the Internet. You’re probably asking yourself right now “What’s the point?’ Again, below you’ll see how useful it truely is. Be sure to read all the way down.

Here is a short and sweet lesson so that you can see for yourself how simple Esperanto is. More detailed on-line courses are available below as well as mail courses. Esperanto clubs are readily available in most areas. Correspondence is also readily available.

Each Esperanto letter has only one sound, always. Here is a guide to some of the sounds. The stress is always on the next-to-last syllable of a word.

A – pronounced ‘AH’ as in palm
E – pronounced ‘EH’ as in there
I – pronounced ‘EE’ as in three
O – pronounced ‘OH’ as in glow
U – pronounced ‘OO’ as in too

c = ts (as in lots); oj = oy (as in boy); G = g (as in go)
kn are always pronounced separately: k-nabo = boy

Just to drive the point home. Letter sounds ‘NEVER’ change and ‘NEVER’ have more than one sound.

Numbers and colours:

0 nulo (say: noo-lo)
1 unu (say: oo-noo)
2 du (say: doo)
3 tri (say: t-ri)
4 kvar (say: k-vahr)
5 kvin (say: k-veen)
6 ses (say: sehs)
7 sep (say: sehp)
8 ok (say: ohk)
9 naŭ (now)
10 dek
11 dek unu

20 dudek
21 dudek unu

30 tridek
31 tridek unu

100 cent (say: tsent)

flava (flah-vah) yellow
verda (vehr-dah) green
blua (bloo-ah) blue
blanka (blahn-kah) white
nigra (nee-grah) black
griza (gree-zah) grey
bruna (broo-nah) brown
ruĝa (roo-jah) red
(“ĝ” as in “gem”, “gentle”)

All nouns end in ‘O’
All adjectives end in ‘A’
All adverbs end in ‘E’
All past tense verbs end in -is (say: ees)
All present tense verbs end in -as (say: ahs)
All future tense verbs end in -os (say: ohs)

Example:
La bona (adjective) knabo (noun) trinkis (past tense verb) malrapide (adverb).
(The good boy drank slowly)

By applying markers to the words it allows us some flexibility in word order. (Remember, Esperanto is intended as a language that can be spoken by many different groups, and they don’t all use the subject – verb – object word order. For example, German usually places the verb at the end.)

Word construction follows a very easy system which uses a small system of prefixes and suffixes. For example

By placing the -in- suffix before the final ‘O’, you make it feminine.
Patro – Father
Patrino – Mother
Filo – Son
Filino – Daughter
Frato – Brother
Fratino – Sister

By placing the prefix Bo- in front you get the in-laws (or out-laws depending on your point of view.)

Bopatro – Father in law
Bopatrino – Mother in law
Bofilo – Son in law
Bofilino – Daughter in law
Bofrato – Brother in law
Bofratino – Sister in law

By placing the -id- suffix before the final ‘O’, you make it an off-spring.

Hundo – dog
Hundido – puppy
Kato – cat
Kitido – kitten
Koko – chicken
Kokido – chick

By placing the prefix Mal- in front you get the opposite.

Bona – good
Malbona – bad
Seka – Dry
Malseka – wet

This system stays the same throughout.

Below I’ve listed just a few sites of interest, including a Brazilian site that has a free down loadable instructional program with interactive pages; a very good program. You can sign up for tutors on this site.

Here’s something interesting.
There are even native speakers of Esperanto. The number is considered to be in the 2000 range. These are people who are the product of couples who have met through Esperanto and each speaks different languages. Therefore the house hold language is Esperanto.

Search for speakers with Pasporta Servo the International Hospitality Service using Esperanto.
http://www.tejo.org/eo/ps
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasporta_Servo
With these services available you can visit many countries very cheaply, find a plethora of friends and more importantly learn about their culture and language.

There are a wide range of cultural materials available also. I spend a good deal of my time listening to Esperanto music. I find it helps in tuning my ear to it. Also, there is no lack of original and translated written works to enjoy.
Like the Klingon said, ‘you haven’t lived until you’ve read Shakespear in it’s original Klingon.’ (Please note tongue firmly planted in cheek). Yeah well, wait till you read him in Esperanto.

By all means, research and draw your own conclusions.

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Answer by Elena S
English is the easiest… really

Answer by chy5398p
Basically, none of all languages is easy or difficult, and, most importantly, there is no difference between what is useful and what is not and there is no duration limit in how long it takes to be fully proficient. The most important thing you need to remember while learning any foreign language is you learn and apply with confidence (maintain your morale), determination (keep up with your good fight against all odds), and patience (control yourself even during a difficult time). Learn to make mistakes; you can’t improve yourself without making mistakes first. Also, practice frequently with full consistency and you will overcome any obstacles, large or small, in life. Don’t worry yourself if you are a slow learner; everyone learns in different speed and style and learning a new language takes time. So know yourself first in how you learn and how you can utilize your skills to maximize your learning potential.

For more information on how you can learn a new language, try the webpage Language Learning Tips from Omniglot (an excellent informational website related to the topics on languages that is run by Simon Ager, an Englishman with tremendous interest in foreign languages). You are going to love Simon Ager and his website after you read those information if you haven’t visited his website before.

Language Learning Tips from Omniglot
http://www.omniglot.com/language/index.htm

Omniglot Homepage
http://www.omniglot.com/

Also, if you want to know about how you learn, I recommend you to understand theory of multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner. You will be surprised by how much you haven’t known about your secret self.

Theory of multiple intelligences (from Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_multiple_intelligences

There are also plenty of websites where you can get yourself tested on your preferred learning method for free. Just use your favorite search engine and type “Theory of multiple intelligences” or, alternatively, “multiple intelligences”. The search engine will do your work quickly and easily.

Many people have also asked another common question on learning a foreign language: “How many languages one should strive to learn?” The answer is extremely simple. The sky is the limit! The more languages you learn, the better you can communicate with others, particularly in international traveling and employment. (In other words, “The more, the merrier!”)

Most importantly, you must be proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in each language to be considered as fluent. If you are not proficient in at least one of the four categories of a particular language, then you are not fluent in the particular language, even though you can only speak another language without flaws. Imagine you are lost and you try to find a place to stay in Russia. The address you have is in English but the street names are in Russian. It is really horrendous when you can’t read Russian, especially when you are stranded in the middle of the winter night (it is really cold like ice, brrrr!). So, therefore, learn to read and write just as you learn to speak and listen, even if it is difficult.

Also, master every aspect of the language you are learning, including pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and expression. Get it wrong and expect something unusual to happen. Finally, keep practicing with consistency. It will make you better in using another language while practicing, whether you are at home, work, or traveling.

Some languages have phonetic alphabet that is not found in most languages, which makes most people having difficulty in mastering some of those languages without knowing the exact pronunciation first. If you have that difficulty in pronunciation, I suggest you use IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) as a guide for correct pronunciation. For those of you who don’t know what is IPA, it is a set of alphabet where each letter represent only one sound for consonants and vowels and other symbols as changes in the way a consonant or a vowel is pronounced. It is traditionally used by most linguists around the world as the most standard form of phonetic alphabet and now used in many foreign language textbooks where the foreign languages do not use Latin alphabet (including Russian, Greek, Hebrew, and Japanese). If you can find it, I encourage you to buy it, or at least borrow it. Alternatively, go to Wikipedia or Omniglot (you can use any search engine to find it) and find the language you are learning; many languages now have pronunciation guide in IPA. Just look for the pronounced words closed by two square brackets like these [ ] on most webpages, including Omniglot, or two slashes like these / / on many webpages of Wikipedia but not in Omniglot.

Anyway, I hope this answer helps you with your question. Happy learning!

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Is it true that Hugh Hefner opened up the new Playboy club to save Playboys rappidly dropping stock?

I didnt even know its stock was doing so bad, but why open up a club? Is there somewhere on the internet where I can read about this?

Answer by Social_Butterfly
This Reuters article answers your question:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061009/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_life_playboy_1

In short, yes, due to declining advertising revenue and other factors that take away from the Playboy business, Hefner was seeking another revenue generator that keeps the Playboy brand top-of-mind.

Here’s the relevant part of story if the link doesn’t work:

Old fashioned bunnies at new Playboy Club By Alexandria Sage
Mon Oct 9, 3:02 AM ET

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Flaunting bunnies, booze and blackjack, the first Playboy Club in nearly two decades opened in Las Vegas on Saturday night with high hopes that its time-tested combination of sex and celebrity will attract a new generation of high rollers.

With a distinctly vintage feel, Playboy bunnies wearing the distinctive ears and cottontail delivered drinks and dealt cards to a mostly male crowd at the Palms Casino Resort.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner surrounded himself with a bevy of blonds — and one brunette — in a red corner booth while pulsating music filled the smoky room.

“There’s a new generation ready to come out and play,” Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner told Reuters before the party, saying the Playboy brand was just as relevant today as it was when he started the men’s magazine in 1953.

“Playboy has always stood for something — a social, sexual and political agenda that has real meaning,” the 80-year-old Hefner said.

Almost a half century has passed since Hefner opened his first club in Chicago in 1960 and helped usher in the sexual revolution while the Playboy bunny and the Playboy centrefold skyrocketed to American icon status.

Now, the flagship magazine faces depressed advertising and lower newsstand revenues amid competition from magazines like Maxim and Internet porn.

At the same time, however, Playboy has attracted new fans through “The Girls Next Door,” the reality television show about Hefner’s three live-in girlfriends, and a successful licensing business.

While once controversial, the brand appears almost quaint amid today’s X-rated offerings, said Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, who says that Playboy represents a pivotal moment in American culture.

“(Hefner) was starting a revolution to break down fusty, infantile, puritanical mores that probably needed to be broken down,” Thompson said. “At the same time he was creating a cultural climate that made many women who were just starting to make progress in the young feminist movement very uncomfortable.”

In their heyday, the dozens of clubs reached as far as Japan and Jamaica and featured the hottest entertainers of the time like Sammy Davis Jr. and Sonny & Cher.

But the symbols of flesh and free wheeling began shuttering their doors in the late 1980s amid escalating costs, and a sense among many that the bunny brand had peaked.

Now, Playboy is banking that its retro appeal will lure younger fans into the club.

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