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  1. I remember that. It was in France, I believe? Can't remember, but I do know she died last year. Unfortunately in the last decade scientists in Italy have made a slew of unfounded claims about many things without the slightest hint of actually using the scientific method. Many of them are "think" themselves into a solution for some problem in ways that would make Deepak Chopra proud.
  2. This has been a great failure of humans as a whole. Those who are inclined to study our existence and advance the lives of all living things tend toward getting carried away in the "fun" things and the "busy" things, and ignore the distasteful roles of political leadership. A thousand years ago, much of the Middle East was considered the height of human collected knowledge and learning, and now they actively and often violently oppress portions of their population that might bring into question the fragile power they have built on a weak foundation. Nonetheless, I don't believe that will be the eventual fate of the world as a whole. We are still entering this Information Age, and despite this temporary "disinformation" phase, I really do believe that the small humans of today are growing-up with more information than ever before, and they love knowledge and they love this world-- And they will learn to sort truth from lie. And when they hold the power, they will create a future that is better than what we are giving to them.
  3. "We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born The potential people who could have been here in my place But who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA So massively exceeds the set of actual people In the teeth of those stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds How dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state From which the vast majority have never stirred?"
  4. Net Neutrality. The most boring and important fight during our lifetime?
  5. The written word is subject to the interpretation of the reader, and all that. The human brain is made to compare things, so when someone says something that is similar, at least on the surface, to arguments made by other people, it's hard not to categorize what they're saying, lumping it in with the patterns experienced in past conversations. In fact, I've noticed that I myself have specifically done that to you many times, so I caught your meaning (I think) only because I caught my bias and slowed down when reading your posts. That being said-- I think that people are starting to hold corporations accountable for the environment they create. As I suspect you were likely a strong salesperson, you were able to demand a certain level of respect that many people in other careers are not. It's far too easy for people who feel replaceable to allow themselves to be oppressed because it is the best job they can get. Fox News pays quite well and you're considered to have "made it" in the business. Or at least, you're in the process of "making it"! So yes, many of them stayed quiet for a very long time-- or worked behind the scenes for years and only brought it to the public when that failed. There are apparently some court cases going back years. Also, this popular incident is actually a part of a larger issue. Companies like GoDaddy and CKE (Carl's Jr. and Hardees) have class action lawsuits starting and pending, with some of their highest level executive women pushing for change. But frankly, it's worse at lower levels of employment. Women who live in an area were good jobs are scarce-- and those who are in bad positions in life-- They often don't have a choice. They need their jobs, can't easily replace them, and can't take a stand against the way they are being treated. And that is why we need women like Gretchen Carlson. They force these conversations. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “The reasonable woman adapts herself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to herself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable woman.”
  6. Oh man... that's one of those I wish I had thought of myself!
  7. Apparently he wrote this one himself, and even read the audio for it. It might qualify as illegal adult video?
  8. I don't feel guilty-- it's not my job! But I do blame the people whose job it is-- at least those among them who not even trying. Those few who are actually are trying get blocked by a bunch of asshats with investments in NOT fixing the problems our country faces. It's difficult to have appropriate facilities located in reasonable places when the funding is cut again and again. One of my aunts is the administrator of a major facility here in the South, so it's hard not to have a Thanksgiving without learning all the new ways in which the Feds and our lovely state continues to cut funding to the point where it is creating unsafe conditions for her underpaid, overworked staff. But hey, less government is "good", right? Yup, I'm making a career of it-- My dissertation will be an attempt to explain the Claude Phenomenon. Ambitious, I know!
  9. Not really. Mentally disturbed people are often quite likely to work in fields related to behavioral health. In a completely unrelated note, I'm going back to University in the Fall to study psychology and psychiatry.
  10. Seriously though... I think we have always had a certain percentage of the population that is severely mentally disturbed, who as a society we fail to acknowledge and take care of. It probably only seems like there are more recently because the media is so much more quick and and stories are more widespread?
  11. Good point Kay! Wish people like that would start with themselves!
  12. They say with about 20 minutes of recording you speak, they can have you say almost anything.
  13. I'm going to have soooooo much fun with this!!
  14. That was a decoy. I gave him my bank account number just before that happened. He's gonna all the rest of his money in my account so that it will be safe until he gets here to the US. I didn't know my grandfather was friends with a real-life Prince!! I'm so excited, he's coming to live with me this weekend. His granddaughter is beautiful and just a little younger than me!