I was thinking about a piece of fiction that Iím writing; it is built around a somewhat mysterious event that led to great changes in the world. It was a simple murder by an unknown attacker that led to religious persecutions, the Inquisition, and great political changes in Europe. This got me to thinking about other pivotal events in history, so I leaned back and started thinking. I made a list of a dozen or so, but there must be more. I searched online, and found a few similar lists, but most
Updated 05-20-2015 at 05:21 PM by PeterL
These days my life is like an event-less set of hours stitched together by misery itself. Here's what I do everyday:
Wake up - usually at 9 am . Pretty unusual for me as an early riser back in college days.
Check mail and my online applications for updates.
Eat breakfast - or skip it and wait for lunch.
Surf the net till afternoon.
Around 1:30 pm I set the table for lunch & wash the dishes after it's finished. >> most useful thing I do all day
I have thought up yet another proposal for the reform of time keeping. I was sitting in Starbucks this morning, mourning the lateness of the opening time six AM and remembering watching the sky brighten while sitting that same location, when it occurred to me that setting time by the Sun is a very good idea; people still live by the Sun, even though they use clocks to determine the time.
I first noticed how humans keep Sun time when I was working in Lewiston, Maine for several months.
The idea of free speech has been around for quite a while. It was essential to Ancient Greek democracy, and in ancient times the suppression of free speech was often a clear sign that government was acting badly. The actual origins of the idea of free speech aren't important, and the origins predate history, so there is a limit on what we can say about it. But the re-emergence of free speech during and after the Reformation and during the Age of Reason is very important to the concept of free speech
Updated 05-11-2015 at 10:10 AM by PeterL
Yesterday I found an article about the inability of the climate scientists to make accurate predictions, http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/04/25...tipping-point/
. Those people have been prophesizing disaster for decades, but they have been as wrong as the people who predict the end of the world. Biblical prophets with records like that would have been sent into the wilderness, or worse. But the climate scientists don't seem to be bothered by facts, but they