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    My professor just told me about a study that she read that discovered that the more solid evidence you provide to someone who's already convinced themselves of something, the less likely they are to listen to you.


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    Within an hour of the Challenger disaster, 85% of Americans knew about it. This is certainly true with me; I was in zero period Geometry and some random science teacher rushed into our class and announced what had happened.
    If bees did go extinct, we could always hire people to dress up as bees and pollinate flowers with tiny feather dusters. Sure it'd be more expensive, but there are also millions of idle teens.

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    The roots of the Christian depiction of the fours evangelists as a human, a lion, an ox and an eagle might go back to Babylonian mythology with the ox representing the city god Marduk, the lion representing the war god Nergal, the eagle representing the wind god Ninurta and the human representing Nabu, the god of wisdom.
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    For when you don't have apples:

    "Friedrich Bischinger, an Austrian doctor specializing in lungs, advocates using fingers to pick nasal mucus and then ingesting it, stating that people who do so get "a natural boost to their immune system." The mucus contains a "cocktail of antiseptic enzymes that kill or weaken many of the bacteria that become entangled in it", so reintroducing the "crippled" microorganisms "may afford the immune system an opportunity to produce antibodies in relative safety.""

    Boogers work just as well as apples.

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    The Fragile States Index 2015 | The Fund for Peace

    Very High Alert

    1.South Sudan: 114.5
    2.Somalia: 114.0
    3.Central African Republic: 111.9
    4.Sudan: 110.8

    High Alert

    5.Congo (D. R.): 109.7
    6.Chad: 108.4
    7.Yemen: 108.1
    8.Syria: 107.9
    9.Afghanistan: 107.9
    10.Guinea: 104.9
    11.Haiti: 104.5
    12.Iraq: 104.5
    13.Pakistan: 102.9
    14.Nigeria: 102.4
    15.Cote D'Ivoire: 100.0
    16.Zimbabwe: 100.0

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    More Stable

    153.Poland: 39.8
    154.Czech Republic: 37.4
    155.Uruguay: 36.5
    156.South Korea: 36.3
    157.Japan: 36.0
    158.United States: 35.3
    159.Singapore: 34.4
    160.France: 33.7
    161.United Kingdom: 33.4
    162.Slovenia: 31.6
    163.Belgium: 30.4

    Sustainable

    164.Portugal: 29.7
    165.Germany: 28.1
    166.Netherlands: 26.8
    167.Austria: 26.0
    168.Canada: 25.7
    169.Ireland: 24.7
    170.Australia: 24.3
    171.Iceland: 23.4
    172.New Zealand: 22.6
    173.Switzerland: 22.3
    174.Luxembourg: 22.2
    175.Denmark: 21.5
    176.Norway: 20.8
    177.Sweden: 20.2

    Very Sustainable

    178.Finland: 17.8

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    Today I learned I write very haphazardly most of the time on here. I never really bother to reread my worrying to ensure it's as cohesive as I think it is. So when I read an old post I make the lack of attention to detail irks me lol
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    I've just discovered this guy. He has some interesting ideas.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_von_Kuehnelt-Leddihn

    Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

    Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (born July 31, 1909 in Tobelbad (now Haselsdorf-Tobelbad), Austria-Hungary; died May 26, 1999, in Lans, Austria) was an Austrian Catholic nobleman and socio-political theorist. Describing himself as an "extreme conservative arch-liberal" or "liberal of the extreme right", Kuehnelt-Leddihn often argued that majority rule in democracies is a threat to individual liberties, and declared himself a monarchist and an enemy of all forms of totalitarianism.[1] Described as "A Walking Book of Knowledge", Kuehnelt-Leddihn had an encyclopedic knowledge of the humanities and was a polyglot, able to speak eight languages and read seventeen others.[2] His early books The Menace of the Herd and Liberty or Equality were influential within the American conservative movement. His best-known writings appeared in National Review, where he was a columnist for 35 years.

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    His socio-political writings dealt with the origins and the philosophical and cultural currents that formed Nazism. He endeavored to explain the intricacies of monarchist concepts and the systems of Europe, cultural movements such as Hussitism and Protestantism, and the disastrous effects of an American policy derived from antimonarchical feelings and ignorance of European culture and history.

    Kuehnelt-Leddihn directed some of his most significant critiques towards Wilsonian foreign policy activism. Traces of Wilsonianism could be detected in the foreign policies of Franklin Roosevelt; specifically, the assumption that democracy is the ideal political system in any context. Kuehnelt-Leddihn believed that Americans misunderstood much of Central European culture such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire,[8] which Kuehnelt-Leddihn claimed as one of the contributing factors to the rise of Nazism. He also highlighted characteristics of the German society and culture (especially the influences of both Protestant and Catholic mentalities) and attempted to explain the sociological undercurrents of Nazism. Thus, he concludes that sound Catholicism, sound Protestantism, or even, probably, sound popular Sovereignty (German-Austrian unification in 1919) all three would have prevented National Socialism although Kuehnelt-Leddihn rather dislikes the latter two.

    Contrary to the prevailing view that the Nazi Party was a radical right-wing movement with only superficial and minimal leftist elements, Kuehnelt-Leddihn asserted that Nazism (National Socialism) was a strongly leftist, democratic movement ultimately rooted in the French Revolution that unleashed forces of egalitarianism, conformity, materialism and centralization.[9] He argued that Nazism, fascism, radical-liberalism, and communism were essentially democratic movements, based upon inciting the masses to revolution and intent upon destroying the old forms of society. Furthermore, Kuehnelt-Leddihn claimed that all democracy is basically totalitarian and that all democracies eventually degenerate into dictatorships. He said that it was not the case for "republics" (the word, for Kuehnelt-Leddihn, has the meaning of what Aristotle calls πολιτεία), such as Switzerland or the United States because of its constitution. However, he considered the United States to have been to a certain extent subject to a silent democratic revolution in the late 1820s.

    In Liberty or Equality, his magnum opus, Kuehnelt-Leddihn contrasted monarchy with democracy and presented his arguments for the superiority of monarchy: diversity is upheld better in monarchical countries than in democracies. onarchism is not based on party rule and "fits organically into the ecclesiastic and familistic pattern of Christian society." After insisting that the demand for liberty is about how to govern and by no means by whom to govern a given country, he draws arguments for his view that monarchical government is genuinely more liberal in this sense, but democracy naturally advocates for equality, even by enforcement, and thus becomes antiliberal.[10] As modern life becomes increasingly complicated across many different sociopolitical levels, Kuehnelt-Leddihn submits that the Scita (the political, economic, technological, scientific, military, geographical, psychological knowledge of the masses and of their representatives) nd the Scienda (the knowledge in these matters that is necessary to reach logical-rational-moral conclusions) are separated by an incessantly and cruelly widening gap and that democratic governments are totally inadequate for such undertakings.

    In February 1969, Kuehnelt-Leddihn wrote an article arguing against seeking a peace deal to end the Vietnam War.[11] Instead, he argued that the two options proposed, a reunification scheme and the creation of a coalition Vietnamese government, were unacceptable concessions to the North Vietnam.[11] Kuehnelt-Leddihn urged the US to continue the war.[11]

    Kuehnelt-Leddihn also denounced the US Bishops' 1982 pastoral The Challenge of Peace. [12] "The Bishops' letter breathes idealism... moral imperialism, the attempt to inject theology into politics, ought to be avoided except in extreme cases, of which abolition and slavery are examples."[12]

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    The longest word ever used in Sanskrit literature is निरन्तरान्धकारित-दिगन्तर-कन्दलदमन्द-सुधारस-बिन्दु-सान्द्रतर-घनाघन-वृन्द-सन्देहकर-स्यन्दमान-मकरन्द-बिन्दु-बन्धुरतर-माकन्द-तरु-कुल-तल्प-कल्प-मृदुल-सिकता-जाल-जटिल-मूल-तल-मरुवक-मिलदलघु-लघु-लय-कलित-रमणीय-पानीय-शालिका-बालिका-करार-विन्द-गलन्तिका-गलदेला-लवङ्ग-पाटल-घनसार-कस्तूरिकातिसौरभ-मेदुर-लघुतर-मधुर-शीतलतर-सलिलधारा-निराकरिष्णु-तदीय-विमल-विलोचन-मयूख-रेखापसारित-पिपासायास-पथिक-लोकान्

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olm the Water King View Post
    The longest word ever used in Sanskrit literature is निरन्तरान्धकारित-दिगन्तर-कन्दलदमन्द-सुधारस-बिन्दु-सान्द्रतर-घनाघन-वृन्द-सन्देहकर-स्यन्दमान-मकरन्द-बिन्दु-बन्धुरतर-माकन्द-तरु-कुल-तल्प-कल्प-मृदुल-सिकता-जाल-जटिल-मूल-तल-मरुवक-मिलदलघु-लघु-लय-कलित-रमणीय-पानीय-शालिका-बालिका-करार-विन्द-गलन्तिका-गलदेला-लवङ्ग-पाटल-घनसार-कस्तूरिकातिसौरभ-मेदुर-लघुतर-मधुर-शीतलतर-सलिलधारा-निराकरिष्णु-तदीय-विमल-विलोचन-मयूख-रेखापसारित-पिपासायास-पथिक-लोकान्
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    “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." A.C. Doyle



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