## A Thought for the Day

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ed
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If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. H. L. Mencken
Wenn ich Kultur höre, entsichere ich meinen Browning!
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ed
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Started reading some of his stuff but it is pretty dated.
Wenn ich Kultur höre, entsichere ich meinen Browning!
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Pyrrho
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@ChuckWendig

Tonight my son said, when smelling the smell of woodsmoke, “IT SMELLS LIKE BURNING SCARECROWS.” Then he added: “FALL IS OVER. SANTA IS COMING. HE IS BURNING SCARECROWS TO LIGHT HIS WAY,” and I was like, holy fuck.
The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

Witness
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"We are like lambs in a field, disporting themselves under the eye of the butcher, who chooses out first one and then another for his prey. So it is that in our good days we are all unconscious of the evil Fate may have presently in store..."
– Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Sufferings of the World

Pyrrho
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

Witness
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Opinion 3: The Demise of the Anonymous' Referee
By: Doron Zeilberger

Written: May 2, 1995.

The Iron Curtain has been lifted, and with it, the KGB with its legion of anonymous informers, that made life in the fSU, before it got the f, a living hell, where you could not trust your friends, and even spouse, since they were all potential (or actual) informers.

It is about time to abolish the immoral institution of 'Anonymous Referee'. Even in the paper era, with its paper-mentality elitism, it was superfluous. A paper is either worth publishing or not. If it is not, you should have the guts to say it out loud, and if you are right, the author should thank you for saving him or her embarrassment. However, granted that you want to save the rain forest, there was some ecological justification for being picky, and if you are picky, sometimes you must reject papers on arbitrary, or at best subjective, grounds. In this case, you may be embarrassed by your arbitrary decision, and may wish to remain anonymous.

But paper is out. With it, the establishment of paper publishers, paper editors, and paper referees, who, as Mao used to say, are but Paper Tigers. Authors are no longer at the mercy of editors, since they can be their own editors, in their ftp and/or http directories, and they can appoint their own referees. Anybody can read their paper, and send them comments, that the author may want to add to the end of her or his paper. In exceptional cases, of long and involved proofs, like in my paper Proof of the Alternating Sign Matrix', the author can appoint many checkers, and entrust each with a small part.

Next time you receive a paper to referee, refuse to referee it unless the editor agrees to reveal your identity. If you agree to referee it, staying anonymous, and reject the paper, you are no better than a KGB informer.
For more of his Opinions (mostly math): http://sites.math.rutgers.edu/~zeilberg/OPINIONS.html

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sparks
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I think I'll let my subscription expire. Especially if the Orange Fucktard does another 4 years.
You can lead them to knowledge, but you can't make them think.

Abdul Alhazred
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You'll stop paying taxes? Good luck with that.

Forget the silly tweet. It's protection money.
The arc of the moral universe bends towards chaos.
People who believe God or History are on their side provide the chaos.

Pyrrho
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

Abdul Alhazred
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Also works as a method of getting laid.
The arc of the moral universe bends towards chaos.
People who believe God or History are on their side provide the chaos.

Witness
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Also works as a method of getting laid.
But with disappointing results.

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.

– Otto von Bismarck

Pyrrho
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@AJA_Cortes

I don't know who needs to hear this,

But whatever you're going through....

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

sparks
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As one who has always taken full responsibility for his own life, I can only agree with that.

Bartender? One more if you please!
You can lead them to knowledge, but you can't make them think.