This is an interesting documentary about triplets who were given up for adoption and became unwitting research subjects. One was given to a working class family, one to a middle class family, and one to a rich family. They were studied throughout their lives, until one day two of them met on a college campus where they both studied. The research was buried, and the documentary spins it as an embarrassing overreach by scientists, but I think the real reason the research didn't become public is that it conflicts with the blank slate hypothesis, much loved by social engineers.
Ericthonius, or Imposture
Explained of the Improper Use of Force in Natural Philosophy
The poets feign that Vulcan attempted the chastity of Minerva, and impatient of refusal, had recourse to force; the consequence of which was the birth of Ericthonius, whose body from the middle upwards was comely and well-proportioned, but his thighs and legs small, shrank, and deformed, like an eel. Conscious of this defect, he became the inventor of chariots, so as to show the graceful, but conceal the deformed part of his body.
EXPLANATION. - This strange fable seems to carry this meaning. Art is here represented under the person of Vulcan, by reason of the various uses it makes of fire; and nature under the person of Minerva, by reason of the industry, employed in her works. Art, therefore, whenever it offers violence to nature, in order to conquer, subdue, and bend her to its purpose, by tortures and force of all kinds, seldom obtains the end proposed; yet upon great struggle and application, there proceed certain imperfect births, or lame abortive works, specious in appearance, but weak and unstable in use; which are, nevertheless, with great pomp and deceitful appearances, triumphantly carried about, and shown by impostors. A procedure very familiar, and remarkable in chemical productions, and new mechanical inventions; especially when the inventors rather hug their errors than improve upon these, and go on struggling with nature, not courting her.
In the west, Zoshchenko is one of the lesser-known Russian writers, but in his time he was huge. He called himself the "temporary substitute for the proletarian writer." His stories are very short, with short sentences, but they are hilarious. He was brilliant at satirizing Soviet rhetoric; he became so popular that Stalin had to do something; he (Stalin) let him live, but banned him from any further publication.
Here's some that are accessible for free, they haven't gotten many views but they really should.
The answer: attack them! The suicide stats are discussed beginning at p. 3.
How often is this happening?
Today is World Book Day, so named because it is the day we celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare (1564), as well as the death of Shakespeare and his only rival, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (`1616). Nobody bothered to notice the passing of either writer; no eulogy, no comment from contemporary writers, nothing even in private correspondence. It would be a great boon to humanity if this issue were brought to light, but I'm not holding my breath.
-90% reduction in U.S. beef consumption by 2030
-"Smart" packaging to monitor food consumption and waste
-France bans short domestic flights
Dr Yeadon was the head of science at Phizer. He asks "can you think of a benign reason for this?"
When Youtube removes the video it can be seen at
The source of QAnon is still unidentified. This is absurd, considering the threat it is said to represent. I pegged it as a government psy-op from the beginning, like flat earth. So whenever you see QAnon invoked seriously, you know that person is either an idiot or a liar. Just to double-check that they haven't figured out who is behind this, I did a quick search and took a look at QAnon's Wikipedia entry. It is enormous, there are 347 footnotes. By comparison, the entry for "The Renaissance" has 142 footnotes, and the entry for "The Age of Enlightenment" has 270.
Recently history has been reframed to fault white men for all the evils on the earth, without giving us any credit for anything good we've done. I don't hinge my own identity or achievements to other white guys, but the level of hostility has gotten ridiculous; some of us were dissidents before it was corporately sponsored, and if you want to advocate for social justice, you will have to take up the banner of 9/11 truth. That event caused the deaths of many times more people of color than American police have, and the end is not yet in sight. If you're an atheist, maybe you've got a problem with history, but if you believe in God and you're not a Deist, that is, you think God has a hand in history, you have to give white guys some credit. I'm not defending everything we've done, but we have done some good, and you are benefiting from it. I hate to tell you this, but the light bulb and the telephone were not invented by black women (nothing against black women, but I'm trying to mount a defense). (Ironically, the inventions that enabled the West to conquer the earth - printing, gunpowder and the magnetic compass - were invented earlier in China.)
I've spent some time at this hospital, at the site where the events that inspired The Exorcist happened. It's also very close to the high school Jack Dorsey (Twitter CEO) attended.
This is odd, I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience.
Every winter I get a bad flu, sometimes twice. In the winter of 2019-2020, a month or so before reports of Covid began, I had a nasty ten-day bout, went to the doctor and got antibiotics (flu is a virus but they still help), got somewhat better but then it came back for another week. It was three miserable weeks. A month or so into the Rona, I was at the main specialty pharmacy in downtown La Paz, Mexico (this is where you have to go for certain medicines). I'd been watching the Johns Hopkins coronavirus map, and thought to myself in the pharmacy, "If that virus has hit little towns in North Dakota with a hundred people, surely it's here in this pharmacy."
Sure enough, two days later I started with a runny nose, then coughing. My bones were starting to ache and I thought for sure I was in for a bad flu. I went to bed and woke up at 3 AM with severe chills, sweating and shaking. I got back to sleep after a while and...
...woke up feeling fabulous, noticeably better than usual. It was like my immune system kicked into high gear or something. An eight-hour flu!
And this winter I didn't get sick at all, no flu for the first time in probably ten years. My conclusion: I think I had the Rona, and I'm very glad I did.
Dr. Faustus famously said there is no sin except ignorance, but maybe it's the other way round, a virtue. Knowledge makes us culpable: if we have knowledge of good and evil and deliberately choose wrong, it is far worse than acting badly out of ignorance. "If you were blind you would be without sin, but as you say you see, you are guilty." God is not impressed with our knowledge or intelligence, and perhaps if there is an all-powerful being who endows us with our virtues, it would be silly for any of us to get a big head over it, but like charity, ignorance covers a multitude of sins.