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Memories of the 28th Century

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  1. Better Hydration

    by , 07-13-2018 at 03:15 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    "I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes." W. C. Fields
    https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/w_c_fields_151502

    I had a conversation with a medical person, who told me that I should hydrate after a CT scan. I said that I would have a few beers. The poor, ignorant person was horrified, so I explained that beer is excellent for hydration, but she had bought into the hydration myth so she was dubious.
    https://www.backpacker.com/news-and-...ter-than-water ...
  2. Marketing Lies

    by , 06-30-2018 at 03:35 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Beyond fake news and other forms of lying we find marketing puffery:
    “The FTC stated in 1984 that puffery does not warrant enforcement action by the Commission. In its FTC Policy Statement on Deception, the Commission stated: "The Commission generally will not pursue cases involving obviously exaggerated or puffing representations, i.e., those that the ordinary consumers do not take seriously." e.g., "The Finest Fried Chicken in the World.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffery ...
  3. Big Lies and Fake News

    by , 06-24-2018 at 03:48 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    A lie told often enough becomes truth.
    Nicolai Lenin

    The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." from Mein Kampf

    “...a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.” from Machiavelli's, The Prince, note 2, at ch. XVIII

    The ...
  4. Time Is Money

    by , 06-13-2018 at 06:22 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Origins of the adage "time is money":
    "The first cite is a version from Classical Greece "the most costly outlay is
    time" attributed to Antiphon. The second cite is from 1572 Discourse
    upon Usury, "They saye tyme is precious."" http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pip...ch/097859.html

    I had an appointment this morning at Baystate Franklin, but when I got there I was informed that the appointment had been ...
  5. Hunting Witches

    by , 06-06-2018 at 05:43 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I have never been on a witch hunt, per se, but those aren’t as popular as they used to be. But considering what nice people most witches are maybe I should hunt some up. Hearing news about Robert Mueller conducting a witch hunt got me thinking about such things again.

    Hunting witches was never an especially popular sport in the U.S. or in the region that became the U.S. The Salem witch trials and executions were the biggest such event. If we want to find information about hunting ...

    Updated 06-11-2018 at 09:23 AM by PeterL

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