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Week 32, 2020

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German assault on Liege begins first battle of World War I on August 05, 1914

German assault on Liege begins first battle of World War I on August 05, 1914

German assault on Liege begins first battle of World War I: On August 5, 1914, the German army launches its assault on the city of Liege in Belgium, violating the latter country’s neutrality and beginning the first battle of World War I.

By August 4, the German 1st, 2nd and 3rd Armies - some 34 divisions of men—were in the process of aligning themselves on the right wing of the German lines, poised to move into Belgium. In total, seven German armies, with a total of 1.5 million soldiers, were being assembled along the Belgian and French frontiers, ready to put the long-held Schlieffen Plan - a sweeping advance through Belgium into France envisioned by former German Chief of Staff Alfred von Schlieffen—into practice.

German assault on Liege begins first battle of World War I on August 05, 1914

The 2nd Army, commanded by Field Marshal Karl von Bulow, was charged with taking the city of Liege, located at the gateway into Belgium from Germany. Built on a steep 500-foot slope rising up from the Meuse River, some 200 yards wide, and defended by 12 heavily armed forts—six on either side of the river, stretching along a 30-mile circumference - Liege was considered by many to be the most heavily fortified spot in Europe.

Bulow’s 2nd Army, numbering some 320,000 men, began its attack on Liege and its 35,000 garrison troops on August 5. Six brigades, commanded by General Otto von Emmich, were detached from the 2nd Army to form a special “Army of the Meuse” that would open the way for the rest of its comrades through Liege.

Confident of an easy victory with little significant Belgian resistance, the Germans assumed Emmich’s men could topple Liege while the rest of the German troops were still assembling. In fact, the Belgians put up a valiant defense from the first moment - a struggle led by their sovereign, King Albert, who had earlier urged his subjects to fight this threat to their neutrality and independence at all costs.

German assault on Liege begins first battle of World War I on August 05, 1914

By the end of the day on August 5, all of Liege’s 12 fortresses remained in Belgian hands.

Liege eventually fell to the Germans on August 15, but only after they had brought up the most powerful land weapons in their arsenal, the enormous siege cannons. One type of cannon, built by the Austrian munitions firm Skoda, had a barrel measuring 12-inches (305mm); the other, manufactured by Krupps in Essen, Germany, was even more massive at 16.5 inches (420mm).

Until that point, the largest guns had measured 13.5 inches and were used by the British navy; the largest on land had only measured 11 inches. The heavy shelling of Liege began on August 12; on August 15, after taking 11 of Liege’s 12 forts and exploding the walls of the 12th , Fort Loncin, with a shell, Emmich and his comrade Erich Ludendorff entered Loncin to find Liege’s commander, General Gerard Mathieu Leman, alive but unconscious.

German assault on Liege begins first battle of World War I on August 05, 1914

Taken prisoner by the Germans, he later wrote to King Albert from Germany, “I would gladly have given my life, but Death would not have me.” For their parts, Emmich and Ludendorff were awarded Germany’s highest military medal, the Pour la Merite cross, for their capture of Liege.

The main German advance through Belgium, towards France, began three days later, on August 18. Fearful of civilian resistance, especially from snipers, or franc-tireurs, shooting at them from hidden positions in trees and bushes, German troops from the first day in Belgium took a hard line against the native population. As early as August 5, the Germans had begun not only the shooting of ordinary civilians but the deliberate execution of Belgian priests, whom German propaganda at home insisted were encouraging franc-tireur activity.

“Our advance in Belgium is certainly brutal”, wrote German Chief of Staff Helmuth von Moltke to his Austrian counterpart, Conrad von Hotzendorff, on August 5.

“But we are fighting for our lives and all who get in the way must take the consequences.”

In total, German troops killed 5,521 civilians in Belgium and 896 in France, earning Germany the full measure of Belgian hatred and damning it in the eyes of many foreign observers. The steadfast Belgian resistance, meanwhile, at Liege and elsewhere during the German advance, would earn the small country and its valiant king the world’s respect, and provide a shining example, and a worthy cause, to the other Allied nations then entering what would become Europe’s most devastating conflict.

History Channel / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / First World War / Imperial War Museums IWM.org.UK / Library Of Congress.gov / The Atlantic / German assault on Liege begins first battle of World War I on August 05, 1914 (YouTube) video

“This Day in History”

This Day in History August 05

•  910 Battle of Tettenhall: The last major Danish army to raid England for nearly a century is defeated.

• 1068 Byzantine–Norman wars: Siege of Bari: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.

• 1100 Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.

• 1278 Spanish Reconquista: the forces of the Kingdom of Castile initiate the ultimately futile Siege of Algeciras against the Emirate of Granada.

• 1305 William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed.

• 1620 The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England, carrying would-be settlers, on its first attempt to reach North America.

• 1689 Beaver Wars: Lachine Massacre: Fifteen hundred Iroquois attack Lachine in New France.

• 1716 Austro-Turkish War (1716–1718): Battle of Petrovaradin: One-fifth of a Turkish army and the Grand Vizier are killed.

• 1796 Italian campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Castiglione: Napoleon;s first campaign of the Wars.

• 1824 Greek War of Independence: Battle of Samos: Constantine Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian naval forces.

• 1861 United States Army abolishes flogging.

• 1861 American Civil War: In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861.

• 1864 American Civil War: Battle of Mobile Bay: begins at Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, Admiral David Farragut leads a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and seals one of the last major Southern ports.

• 1884 The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.

• 1914 Cleveland, Ohio: The first electric traffic light is installed.

• 1916 World War I: Battle of Romani: Allied forces, under the command of Archibald Murray, defeat an attacking Ottoman army under the command of Friedrich Freiherr Kress von Kressenstein, securing the Suez Canal and beginning the Ottoman retreat from the Sinai Peninsula.

• 1944 World War II: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp (Gęsiówka) in Warsaw, freeing Jewish prisoners.

• 1944 World War II: Wola massacre: The Nazis begin a week-long massacre of between 40,000 and 50,000 civilians and prisoners of war in Wola, Poland.

• 1949 Ambato earthquake: In Ecuador, an earthquake destroys 50 towns and kills more than 6,000.

• 1974 Vietnam War: The U.S. Congress places a $1 billion limit on military aid to South Vietnam.

Understanding Military Terminology: At the Marine Corps Museum: Norman Rockwell's “The War Hero”

Understanding Military Terminology

Oscillating Mine

(DOD) A mine, hydrostatically controlled, which maintains a pre-set depth below the surface of the water independently of the rise and fall of the tide.

See also Mine.

Joint Publications (JP 3-15) Barriers, Obstacles, and Mine Warfare for Joint Operations

Other Detainee

Person in the custody of the U.S. Armed Forces who has not been classified as an enemy prisoner of war:

(Article 4, Geneva Convention of 1949 Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (GPW)),

retained personnel (article 33, GPW), or

civiliannternee (article 78, Geneva Convention).

Also called OD.

See also Civilian Internee; Custody; Detainee; Prisoner of War; Retained Personnel.

Joint Publications (JP 1-0) Doctrine for the Armed Forces of the United States

“The Odyssey”

The Old Salt’s Corner

“The Odyssey”


Thus did he speak, and they all held their peace throughout the covered cloister, enthralled by the charm of his story, till presently Alcinous began to speak.

“Ulysses”, said he, “now that you have reached my house I doubt not you will get home without further misadventure no matter how much you have suffered in the past. To you others, however, who come here night after night to drink my choicest wine and listen to my bard, I would insist as follows. Our guest has already packed up the clothes, wrought gold, and other valuables which you have brought for his acceptance; let us now, therefore, present him further, each one of us, with a large tripod and a cauldron. We will recoup ourselves by the levy of a general rate; for private individuals cannot be expected to bear the burden of such a handsome present.”

Every one approved of this, and then they went home to bed each in his own abode. When the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn, appeared, they hurried down to the ship and brought their cauldrons with them. Alcinous went on board and saw everything so securely stowed under the ship's benches that nothing could break adrift and injure the rowers. Then they went to the house of Alcinous to get dinner, and he sacrificed a bull for them in honour of Jove who is the lord of all. They set the steaks to grill and made an excellent dinner, after which the inspired bard, Demodocus, who was a favourite with every one, sang to them; but Ulysses kept on turning his eyes towards the sun, as though to hasten his setting, for he was longing to be on his way. As one who has been all day ploughing a fallow field with a couple of oxen keeps thinking about his supper and is glad when night comes that he may go and get it, for it is all his legs can do to carry him, even so did Ulysses rejoice when the sun went down, and he at once said to the Phaecians, addressing himself more particularly to King Alcinous:

“Sir, and all of you, farewell. Make your drink-offerings and send me on my way rejoicing, for you have fulfilled my heart's desire by giving me an escort, and making me presents, which heaven grant that I may turn to good account; may I find my admirable wife living in peace among friends, and may you whom I leave behind me give satisfaction to your wives and children; may heaven vouchsafe you every good grace, and may no evil thing come among your people.”

“The Odyssey” - Book XIII continued ...

~ Homer

Written 800 B.C.E

Translated by Samuel Butler

“The Odyssey” - Table Of Contents

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”

“Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”

“The world is a dangerous place to live;

not because of the people who are evil,

but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”

~ Albert Einstein

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.”

“It's not what happens to you,

but how you react to it that matters.”

“Nothing great is created suddenly,

any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.

If you tell me that you desire a fig.

I answer you that there must be time.

Let it first blossom,

then bear fruit,

then ripen.”

~ Epictetus

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

“Bad spellers of the world, untie!”

“There’s many a pessimist who got that way by financing an optimist.”

“The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity.”

~ Anonymous

Second Hand News

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Are Left-Handed People Really More Creative? Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: Are Left-Handed People Really More Creative?

The left-handed brand has come a long way in the last few decades. The majority of people no longer assume that southpaws are tools of Satan, alight with hellfire. Today’s lefties are surrounded by a far more benevolent glow. We associate left-handedness with intelligence, out-of-the-box thinking, and artistic talent. But are these flattering generalizations backed up by science? Does being left-handed really make you more creative?

The answer to that is a definitive … maybe.

Scientists have been chipping away at the peculiarities of left-handedness, which occurs in about 10 percent of the population, for a long time. They’ve looked into the purported links between left-handedness and things like mental illness, faulty immune systems, and criminal behavior. They’ve studied whether lefties are better at problem-solving, and if they’re more likely to die young. From all these studies on left-handedness, we can conclude one thing, and one thing alone: science is complicated.

Are Left-Handed People Really More Creative?

A handful of studies have found a link between left-handedness and creativity, conferred (some think) by the fact that left-handed folks constantly have to adjust to a right-handed world. Other studies found no link at all.

Some researchers conclude that lefties are no smarter than righties, while others say that left-handedness comes with a clear intellectual advantage. Is there really a left-handed personality? Are lefties more prone to schizophrenia and learning disabilities? That depends on who you ask.

But “Are lefties different?” might not even be the right question. Over the last few years, a number of studies have concluded that it’s not which hand is dominant that matters - it’s the degree of dominance. According to researchers, very few people are truly entirely left- or right-handed; it’s more of a spectrum. We use our left hands for some things and our right hands for other tasks.

These experiments have found that people toward the middle of the spectrum are more flexible thinkers. They seem to be more empathetic and better able to view things from other people’s perspectives. When considering the risks and benefits of any given decision, inconsistent-handed people (as researchers call them) are more likely to focus on the risks, whereas people at the outer edges of the handedness spectrum pay more attention to potential benefits. They may even sleep differently. It seems we’ve been aiming our stereotypes a little too far to the left.

But who knows? This is ever-changing, constantly evolving science. If you’re a lefty who enjoys feeling superior, we’re not going to tell you to tone it down. For all we know, you could be right.

Science Alert / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Scientific American / Science Daily / Business Insider / Mentalfloss / Quora / Are Left-Handed People Really More Creative? (YouTube) video

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang - U.S. Navy

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

O-Gang: The wardroom. Officers are O-Gangers. See also A-Gang.

O I (wish I was asleep): Derogatory remark made by any non-OS rate whenever a OS complains about how bad they have it while underway, because OS's are almost always “Port & Starboard” when underway.

OS's constitute “OI Division”.

Oil King: An enlisted engineer responsible for fuel, lube oil, boilerwater and feedwater testing and also their quality, quantity, and transfers around the ship. Back when there existed a rating called Boiler Technician (BT), they most commonly were the Oil Kings. It wasn’t unheard of to see a Machinist Mate also occupy the position.

Old Man: The Commanding Officer or Admiral in command. The term is used, regardless of the officer's age or gender, when the officer has gained the respect of subordinates.

(RADM Grace Hopper is a female “Old Man”.)

Old Salt: Naval veteran. See also “Salty”.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

Oki: Okinawa.

Old Asia Hand: Person with more than one tour in Asia.

Old Man: Very informal nickname for the commanding officer, considered an inappropriate term of endearment for use by a junior, thus used in reference but never in address.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

HSM-74 Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron SEVEN FOUR - nicknamed the “Swamp Fox”

United States Navy Naval Air Station - Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida / Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron - Squadron Lineage: HSL-44 August 21, 1986 - June 2011 / HSM-74: June 2011 - present.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “Quid pro quo”

Quid pro quo:

Meaning: Something given in return for a item of equivalent value - like “tit for tat”, “favor for a favor”, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”.

Literally translated:

“Quid” = “What”;

“Pro” = “For”;

“Quo” = “Where”.

History: 'A Latin term meaning 'something for something' or 'this for that'. The idea is more commonly expressed in English as 'one good turn deserves another'.

It has been in use in the English speaking world since the 16th century. An early example of it in print is found in Erasmus' Lytle Treatise Maner & Forme of Confession, 1535:

“Poticaries and phisions do more greuously offende, than do these persones now rehersed, which haue a prouerbe amonge them, quid pro quo, one thynge for another.”

It is worth remembering that, as the phrase is quite old, the pudding wouldn't have been a sticky toffee pudding from the sweet trolley, but a potentially fatal savoury dish.

In Camden's listing of proverbs he also includes “If you eat a pudding at home, the dog may have the skin”, which suggests that the pudding he had in mind was some form of sausage. THE OED describes the medieval pudding as 'the stomach or one of the entrails of a pig, sheep, or other animal, stuffed with a mixture of minced meat, suet, oatmeal, seasoning, etc., and boiled'.

Those of you who have ventured north of the border on Burns Night will recognize this as a fair description of a haggis - “the great chieftain o' the pudding-race”, as Burns called it in the poem Address to a Haggis, 1786. medieval peasants, faced with a boiled up farmyard massacre, might have thought a taste test to have been a wise choice.

Phrases.org UK

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

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ESO observations reveal black holes' breakfast at the cosmic dawn

ESO observations reveal black holes' breakfast at the cosmic dawn

Source: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Summary: Astronomers have observed reservoirs of cool gas around some of the earliest galaxies in the universe. These gas halos are the perfect food for supermassive black holes at the center of these galaxies, which are now seen as they were over 12.5 billion years ago. This food storage might explain how these cosmic monsters grew so fast during a period in the universe's history known as the Cosmic Dawn.

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have observed reservoirs of cool gas around some of the earliest galaxies in the Universe. These gas halos are the perfect food for supermassive black holes at the centre of these galaxies, which are now seen as they were over 12.5 billion years ago. This food storage might explain how these cosmic monsters grew so fast during a period in the Universe's history known as the Cosmic Dawn.

“We are now able to demonstrate, for the first time, that primordial galaxies do have enough food in their environments to sustain both the growth of supermassive black holes and vigorous star formation”, says Emanuele Paolo Farina, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, who led the research published today in The Astrophysical Journal. “This adds a fundamental piece to the puzzle that astronomers are building to picture how cosmic structures formed more than 12 billion years ago.”

Astronomers have wondered how supermassive black holes were able to grow so large so early on in the history of the Universe. “The presence of these early monsters, with masses several billion times the mass of our Sun, is a big mystery”, says Farina, who is also affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching bei München. It means that the first black holes, which might have formed from the collapse of the first stars, must have grown very fast. But, until now, astronomers had not spotted 'black hole food' - gas and dust - in large enough quantities to explain this rapid growth.

ESO observations reveal black holes' breakfast at the cosmic dawn

To complicate matters further, previous observations with ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, revealed a lot of dust and gas in these early galaxies that fuelled rapid star formation. These ALMA observations suggested that there could be little left over to feed a black hole.

To solve this mystery, Farina and his colleagues used the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in the Chilean Atacama Desert to study quasars -- extremely bright objects powered by supermassive black holes which lie at the centre of massive galaxies. The study surveyed 31 quasars that are seen as they were more than 12.5 billion years ago, at a time when the Universe was still an infant, only about 870 million years old. This is one of the largest samples of quasars from this early on in the history of the Universe to be surveyed.

The astronomers found that 12 quasars were surrounded by enormous gas reservoirs: halos of cool, dense hydrogen gas extending 100,000 light years from the central black holes and with billions of times the mass of the Sun. The team, from Germany, the US, Italy and Chile, also found that these gas halos were tightly bound to the galaxies, providing the perfect food source to sustain both the growth of supermassive black holes and vigorous star formation.

The research was possible thanks to the superb sensitivity of MUSE, the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, on ESO's VLT, which Farina says was “a game changer” in the study of quasars. “In a matter of a few hours per target, we were able to delve into the surroundings of the most massive and voracious black holes present in the young Universe”, he adds. While quasars are bright, the gas reservoirs around them are much harder to observe. But MUSE could detect the faint glow of the hydrogen gas in the halos, allowing astronomers to finally reveal the food stashes that power supermassive black holes in the early Universe.

In the future, ESO's Extremely Large Telescope will help scientists reveal even more details about galaxies and supermassive black holes in the first couple of billion years after the Big Bang.

“With the power of the ELT, we will be able to delve even deeper into the early Universe to find many more such gas nebulae”, Farina concludes.

Science Daily (12/19/2019) video

Second Hand News

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"What they (Democrats) stand for, which is total chaos, power at all costs, which has its roots in Marxism, Communism, Socialism." audio  

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American culture cancels American culture. audio  
Pursuing Michael Flynn as if he is Jean Valjean. audio  

Is it futile waiting for Durham? audio  
Blue governors continue to check the American consumer and still we spend. audio  
Can the President overcome the media storm against his re-election? audio   John Batchelor (08/03/2020)

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“Gloria” - Them 1964

“Gloria” - Them
Album: The Angry Young Them
Released 1964 video

Them was a garage band from Belfast.

Gloriavideo was written by Van Morrison, who was their lead singer. The song is about a girl who comes by for (presumably) sexual encounters.

The recorded version is a tidy two and a half minutes with nothing explicit, but when Them (and later The Doors) would perform the song live, it often became an extended jam with Morrison going into more graphic, spoken-word detail about the encounter. Anyone who wondered just what happened when a groupie came by to see a willing rock star was given a first-hand account.

According to Van Morrison, the song was titled after his cousin Gloria, who was 13 years older. The song is not about her though.

In December 1964, this was released as the B-side of the Them single “Baby Please Don't Govideo which was a cover of a blues standard. video gained traction when it became a highlight of the group's live shows, sometimes developing into a 20-minute jam.

The song got little airplay in England, but found a following in America among the same garage rock audience that loved “Louie Louievideo. In the U.S., it was first released (as the B-side) in March 1965, but was reissued as the A-side of the single in April 1966, which is when it charted at #71. It became the most well known song for the group, despite its humble beginnings.

At this stage in their career, session musicians played on Them's records instead of the actual band, although Van Morrison did the real singing. One of these session players was Jimmy Page, who played guitar on this song. He did a lot of studio work before going on to fame with The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.

The Shadows of Knight made a version video that hit #10 in the U.S. two years later (1966). It became a very popular song to cover because it's easy to play on guitar and contains an anthemic chorus (G-L-O-R-I-A).

Some of the other groups to record the song include:

I Ragazzi del Sole (1966) video

Blues Magoos (1967) video

Van Morrison (1974) video released his own version

Patti Smith (1975) video with a line from her poem Oath added at the beginning: “Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine”

The Doors (1983) video

Eddie and the Hot Rods (1997) video

Rickie Lee Jones (2001) video

Simple Minds (2001) video and

Popa Chubby (2001) video.

In Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time issue, Morrison says of this song:

“I was just being me, a street cat from Belfast. Probably like thousands of kids from Belfast who were in bands.”

In 1966, The Doors shared a bill with Them at the The Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, California for a series of shows. Them's Morrison was a big influence on The Doors' Morrison, and Jim learned a lot about stagecraft and incorporating poetry into his act from watching Van. The final night of the performances, both bands shared the stage to perform this song.

This song did not make Van Morrison a rich man. In fact, he saw almost zero money from the hit. Upon reviewing the numbers, attorney Alan Gershen estimated that Morrison had lost out on at least $250,000 - a huge amount of money, especially for that time.

“It seemed to me that Van really didn't have a clue about the music-publishing business”, friend Jon Gershen said of the situation.

Van Morrison official site / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / Them

Image: “The Angry Young Them (album)” by Them



● The only known monotremes in the animal kingdom are the echidna and which other creature?

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● Which author wrote The Silence of the Lambs?

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● In a game of bingo, which number is represented by the phrase 'two little ducks'?

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● Prior to the introduction of the Euro, the Lira was the currency of which European country?

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● In mathematics, what term describes the bottom number in a fraction?

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A Test for People Who Know Everything

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“This curve is a representation of progress in gaining knowledge measured vs. the time required to achieve mastery.”

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“The King James Bible says, 'of the tree of the knowledge of' these two opposites, 'thou shalt not eat'.”

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“Donald Rumsfeld said “There are” this contradictory pair, 'that is... we know there are things we do not know'.”

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“The name of this basic branch of learning is from the Latin for 'to know'.”

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“Don't gnash your teeth; just gname this early Christian sect whose name means 'pertaining to knowledge'.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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“If your high-flying idea turns out to be a dud, it lands with this sound that rhymes with dud'.”

● Answer: Predator. Dictionary

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“After a few hours in the hot sun, I'm ready to drink a cold beverage this way, also an engine sound.”

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“Large ones can measure more than 5 feet across.”

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“Large ones can measure more than 5 feet across.”

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Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day


How does an attorney sleep? Well, first he lies on one side, then he lies on the other.

You’ve heard that one, along with a million other lawyer jokes that people have sprung on you from the moment you first announced you were going to school to be a paralegal. Some of them probably even get told around the law office. Even lawyers like to laugh and there are a lot of aspects of legal practice that are ripe for a little deadpan humor.


Joke of the Day


An investment banker decides she needs in-house counsel, so she interviews a young lawyer.

Investment Banker: “Mr. Peterson”, she says. “Would you say you’re honest?”

First Case Lawyer: “Honest?” replies Mr. Peterson. “Let me tell you something about honesty. My father lent me $85,000 for my education, and I paid back every penny the minute I tried my first case.”

Investment Banker: “Impressive. And what sort of case was that?” askes the investment banker.

First Case Lawyer: “Dad sued me for the money.”

Darwin Award of the Week

Darwin Award of the Week

Norwegian Flag Mistaken for Confederate Flag

CANCEL CULTURE: Norwegian Flag Mistaken for Confederate Flag

ST JOHNS, MI (New York Post) - Michigan inn owners of the Pineapple Bed and Breakfast take down Norwegian flag after it’s mistaken for Confederate flag.

Greg and Kjersten Offenecker, who own The Nordic Pineapple in St. Johns, said they removed both the Norwegian flag and an American flag posted outside their Civil War-era mansion last week following accusations of promoting racism in the largely conservative Michigan town.

The couple made the move after receiving “at least a dozen hateful emails” and twice as many comments about it, Kjersten Offenbecker told the Lansing State Journal.

“I don’t see it because I grew up with the Norwegian flag”, she told the newspaper. “To me they are two distinct flags.”

The couple, who bought the nearly 9,000-square-foot mansion built in 1861 two years ago, started flying the Norwegian flag shortly after taking over the property. Kjersten Offenbecker said they were still new in town when the owner of a downtown shop relayed to her that someone had mistaken the Norwegian flag as a Confederate one.

“We were panicked initially because we were like, ‘Oh my gosh. This town thinks that we’re hanging the Confederate flag”, said Kjersten, whose grandfather was born in Norway.

Both flags have the same colors, although their patterns and symbols differ - the Norwegian flag features a blue Scandinavian cross, while the Confederate flag is comprised of a blue “X” with white stars.

Greg Offenbecker, a Navy vet who served in Desert Storm, said he was dumbfounded that some people regularly confused the two flags.

“It bugs me as far as the stupidity of people”, he told the newspaper. “Even if the flag is blowing in the wind or laying limp, there are no stars on it. They look nothing alike.”

Kjersten Offenbecker announced the move in a July 20 statement on the bed and breakfast’s Facebook page, saying the removal was necessary given the “current cultural climate” and judgment by others based on their misconceptions.

“I urge people to slow down and see the world through less jaded glasses”, she wrote. “When we think of the worst before we have all the facts, we lose sight of all of [the] good [that’s] out there that we should find. If you got to know us you would see that we are very proud Americans and very patriotic.”

Some St. Johns residents, meanwhile, have since urged the couple to start flying their Norwegian flag again, but they’re refusing to do so unless there’s a way to make sure it won’t be mistaken again for a Confederate one, the Lansing State Journal reports.

“We’ve gotten a lot of support since taking it down but we took it down because we weren’t getting support”, Kjersten Offenbecker told the newspaper.

New York Post - Joshua Rhett Miller