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  1. Dangerous Foods

    by , 07-15-2017 at 04:01 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Today I was offered potentially dangerous foods twice, and I walked past a usually dangerous plant twice also. It occurred to me again that humans consume lots of things that are dangerous, some toxic and some usually leading to disease. Humans eat all sorts of strange things that they might be better off avoiding. There are the obvious ones like almond of apricot, cherry pits, peach pits and leaves, puffer fish, etc., but there are people who eat strange and clearly dangerous foods. One that comes ...
  2. Persistence of Lies

    by , 07-05-2017 at 02:26 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes.

    So who really did say it? Benham's Book of Quotations credits the line to Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), a celebrated English fundamentalist Baptist preacher and the author of "John Ploughman's Talk; or, Plain Advice for Plain People." His exact words were: "A lie travels round the world, while Truth is putting on her boots."
    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/02/we...the-twain.html ...

    Updated 07-07-2017 at 08:34 AM by PeterL

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  3. Effects of Loud Noise

    by , 06-26-2017 at 05:22 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Or why some handicaps in "Harrison Bergeron" were noises

    I was annoyed by the noise level in a bar recently, so I left, but I was reminded of that great short story by Kurt Vonnegut "Harrison Bergeron"; specifically the use of noise to disrupt thought and the use of noise in bars and some other places to encourage people buying more and throwing caution to the wind. It does seem that noise effectively decreases intelligence.

    Noise, especially discordant ...

    Updated 06-28-2017 at 05:29 PM by PeterL

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  4. They blew it up yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Ahmad View Post
    Yesterday it has been erected
    They blew it up
    Therefore, civilization should end
    Eid would come and no dress up
    Undressed you shall be
    O, Hadbaah
    The worshiping place to all
    A pious man and saint
    O, the minaret of a generous glory
    I cry you
    I bid you a farewell
    As a noble champion
    And you had in each year a memory.
    Ears got down
    Trodden by horses' hooves
    Reminiscence and aches
    And ever
    ...

    Updated 06-22-2017 at 12:42 PM by Mohammad Ahmad

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  5. Educational Shortcomings

    by , 06-20-2017 at 04:09 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Educational systems seem to fail everyone in some significant way. Here in the U.S.A. elementary and secondary school teachers are generally under-trained and underpaid, so they arenít fully prepared to teach children, and there are major problems with the curriculum they are expected to teach. The curriculum doesn't include many things that should be included, and it does include many things that are a waste of time.

    One thing that I was thinking of was basic logic. Many people ...