Thursday, October 18, 2012

So Much To Learn


Opening Note:
I get some feedback about various of my blog posts but they most often come to me via other media, personal email, Facebook, and the like. This is fine. It's certainly better than nothing. But I sure would like to get more comments directly from the bottom of each of these postings.

If you read something at any time on this blog about which you agree, or disagree, then give it a try. Post a reply comment.



Greta Christina, a fine, fine writer has just announced she was dignosed with cancer and needs some help.

Read the details HERE


All my life (so far) I have been driven to 'learn' -- to find out why and how things work as they do. So I read, and ask questions, and I view and listen to intelligent people lecturing or debating on Youtube videos.

Like the one described below:

With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a "Baloney Detection Kit," ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.

The 10 Questions:
1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
2. Does the source make similar claims?
3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?

LINK to video



corona [kohr-OHN-uh]
The Latin word, according to Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary, has these English meanings:
- A garland, chaplet or wreath (the original sense);
- A crown;
- A circle of people, a crowd or multitude;
- A line of besiegers;
- A cornice;
- An elevated ridge of land as a boundary line;
- The hairy crown over a horse’s hoof;
- A circular ridge (of mountains);
- The halo round the sun.

Born Oct 18, 1935
Died Dec 12, 2006

Peter Lawrence Boyle was an American actor, best known for his role as Frank Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, and as a comical monster in Mel Brooks' film spoof Young Frankenstein (1974).

Born Oct 18, 1939
Age: 73 years old.

Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. is a former American football NFL player, television commentator, and coach. Ditka coached the Chicago Bears for 11 years and New Orleans Saints for three years. Ditka and Tom Flores are the only two people to win Super Bowls as a player, an assistant coach, and a head coach. Ditka was the only individual to participate in both of the last two Chicago Bears' championships, as a player in 1963 and as head coach in 1985.

Born Oct 18, 1951
Age: 60 years old.

Pam Dawber is an American actress best known for her lead television sitcom roles as Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy (1978 – 1982) and Samantha Russell in My Sister Sam (1986 – 1988).

Born Oct 18, 1927
Died Sep 22, 1999

George Campbell Scott was an American stage and film actor, director and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton, as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, and as Ebeneezer Scrooge in Clive Donner's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Scott refused the Oscar nomination for Patton, just as he had done for his 1962 nomination for The Hustler


"One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers."
--Eugene O'Neill

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