My mind is not the most mathematically inclined, I think right dominates in an endless battle for eminence.
We all know the above is a lie - A lie usMy mind is not the most mathematically inclined, I think right dominates in an endless battle for eminence.
We all know the above is a lie - A lie us creative people tell ourselves to justify foregoing hours of hard work. Disenfranchised with burning candles in a mental grind to sap knowledge from every single book, paper, or conversation. Instead, we suffer at the hands of simplified algebra and calculus that makes our eyes droop.
Droop they may, but we shall continue to read Riemann's Hypothesis and Poincare's Conjecture over and over again until we grasp these concepts and hold them close to our chest, murmuring sweet nothings, treating them as our own....more
Apt I think, given the recent death of Fidel Castro, to confront where a lot of Western opinion on his various activities in Cuba originated. The yearApt I think, given the recent death of Fidel Castro, to confront where a lot of Western opinion on his various activities in Cuba originated. The year 1986 saw the release of Armando Valladares' memoirs which instantly became the topic of media frenzy. He had been a Cuban prisoner and, according to the Washington Post and New York Times, told an "inspiring and unforgettable account" of how Castro "created a new despotism that [had] institutionalized torture as a mechanism of social control." They further stated that "only the most light-headed and cold-blooded Western intellectual will come to the tyrant's defence." Now before I go on let me remind you that this was the account of one man. Valladares was praised by Ronald Reagan and appointed the U.S. representative at the U.N. Human Rights Commission. This position enabled him to block charges against Guatemalan and Salvadoran governments about the unspeakable atrocities they themselves were committing which made what he suffered seem petty. The same year, members of the Human Rights Group of El Salvador who had survived (most of the leaders had been killed), who were also lawyers, managed to take affidavits from 430 of the 432 prisoners in the prison they were being held. They spoke, under oath, of "electrical torture and other atrocities, including, in one case, torture by a North American U.S. major in uniform, who [was] described in some detail." They were able to secrete this 160-page report out of prison and to the U.S. where no media outlet would touch it*; it didn't fit into our carefully scripted Western history. A man by the name of Herbert Anaya was responsible for the creation of this detailed report. Upon his release through a prisoner exchange he received no praise from Ronald Reagan, he was given no special titles or duties, in fact he was assassinated "apparently by the U.S.-backed security forces."
*The San Francisco Examiner published one article....more
It would be hard to write a more serious satire that spins words into such ominous daggers. It is also hard reading, contextually, a satire so specifiIt would be hard to write a more serious satire that spins words into such ominous daggers. It is also hard reading, contextually, a satire so specifically meant for a generation three hundred years past - their wants, needs, and unfulfilled aspirations are so different from our own. Given the suggestions of the government then, it was indeed 'a modest proposal.' Perhaps now you'll indulge me with a modest proposal of my own.
It would serve the people, I think, if politics were not some 'thing' that had to be learnt and studied. "Then what?" you ask. Well, what if politicians were like celebrities and they acted out an ambitious soap opera - complete with the honest, the stupid, and the most vile human beings. Now, I know the show would be made for the public but I'm sure we could include some racist rhetoric, bribery, and sex scandels. I think it could work.
“I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.” ...more
Ever wanted to know how life could begin out of the 'primordial soup?' Or, why parts of the Theory of Evolution are theory and parts are fact? Maybe yEver wanted to know how life could begin out of the 'primordial soup?' Or, why parts of the Theory of Evolution are theory and parts are fact? Maybe you're more interested in how DNA mapping can trace human and animal lineages back to that aforementioned 'soup?' Grab a banana and jump right into this fantastic Layman's introduction to evolution, approached from five different sides... and a sixth side which reads as if the author has thrown away his scientific scrutiny in lieu of fitting all and any facts to a particular religion. If however, you can read between the lines of the final chapter it does make a compelling case AGAINST religion, clearly pointing out the reasons why there isn't a reason to believe in a god....more