Friday, December 9, 2011

Stuff I Found Interesting


"It is a solemn and terrible thing to write a novel."
--Willa Cather

I don't understand what she meant by that, which is not surprising since there is much in her writing that I suspect is deeply profound below the surface, but as of yet I have been unable to recognize it... if it's actually there, that is.

Willa Cather in 1936

I am currently reading Ms. Cather's novel, My Antonia. I purchased the Kindle edition from for the quite affordable price of $0.The name in the title, by the way, is pronounced AN-ton-ee-ah -- accent on the first syllable. Or so says Wikipedia...


Thomas Sowell believes: "...the prevalence of black men in the NBA doesn't mean that the NBA is racist, it means that reality is racist. Yes, Barack Obama and congressional Democrats really do practice the same kind of ethnic politics that resulted in the Rwandan genocide and the Sri Lankan civil war, even if they do not practice them to the same extent. Yes, affirmative action is naked racism. No, rent-control laws don’t control rent. No, gun-control laws don’t control guns. No, standardized exams are not culturally biased--but, yes, life is culturally biased."


"More than 99.99 percent of the species that have ever existed have become extinct." -- Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan in Microcosmos.

See brief book review HERE

I had never heard of Evolutionary Biology... but now I have.

Lynn Margulis who is well-known in the field of biology for Endosymbiotic theory died last month, November 22, 2011 at age 73

As climate-change science moves in one direction, Republicans in Congress are moving in another. Why?

Heads In The Sand


In a comment following the above mentioned article, I read this sentence: "From a far it is probably not obvious to you that the Republicans and the Democrats inhabit the same corporate pockets." -- That is the first time I ever saw: "... from a far" instead of from afar.

And that reminds me of the incorrect spelling (and conception) of the wrongly perceived word alot instead of the original phrase a lot which has been so often misspelled that it has now become acceptable.


From March 2007 to December 2010, the Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming held 80 hearings and briefings exploring American energy resources, clean technologies, climate change and the risks associated with it.

Below is a link to the Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming website:

What are their conclusions and/or solutions... if any exist?

Not Going Away: America's Energy Security, Jobs and Climate Challenges -- videos and transcripts.

More on Global Warming


No one is more truly helpless, more completely a victim, than he who can neither choose nor change nor escape his protectors.
--John Holt

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