Sun

24

Jun

2012

John Ciardi - A Brief Biography

From Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week


On June 24, 1916, John Ciardi was born to Italian immigrants who had
settled in the "North End" section of Boston, Massachusetts.  After losing
his father in an automobile accident at age three, he was raised by his
barely literate mother and three older sisters.  He became interested in
poetry as a young child, and that early interest deepened when his family
moved to suburban Boston (Medford).  He first began to show signs of
poetic genius while studying at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  He
transferred to Tufts University, graduating in 1938, and did graduate
study at the University of Michigan (he published his first volume of
poetry in 1940, a year after getting his M.A. degree).

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Wed

20

Jun

2012

More Paraprosdokians

From Trust - Alternet News

 

"In one case described in the report, Eliezer "Boy" Billanes, a community leader in the Philippines who campaigned against a new copper and gold mining project, was shot dead by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle whilst buying a newspaper."

 

Wow - sure a hard way to buy a newspaper (and they shouldn't read whilst driving!!!).

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Mon

18

Jun

2012

Galápagos Tortoise Tragedy: Zoo Love Affair Ends after 115 Years

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Mon

18

Jun

2012

Rodney King Dies

Rodney King (victim of L.A. police beating was 47) Dies.

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Sun

17

Jun

2012

06/17/2012 Article to Read

English Sina

The magic people plant that hides in dense forests

 

The expensive ginseng is sold in

bundles at a Fusong market.

Raymond Zhou / China Daily

 

My biggest discovery in Fusong, Jilin province, was that its ginseng looks nothing like the kind of ginseng I previously knew. It's so leafy that it can look like a carrot.

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Sat

16

Jun

2012

Disagreements in Rio+20 Negotiations

15 JUN 2012: SHARP DIVISIONS EMERGE 
AS RIO+20 NEGOTIATORS SEEK CONSENSUS

From Environment360 - Yale


With the United Nations Rio+20 summit on sustainable development set to open next Wednesday, negotiators from developing nationswalked out of a key working group over disagreements with wealthier nations about funding environmentally responsible development and the transfer of green technology. As negotiators attempted to forge an agreement, the G77 bloc of developing nations, led by China, proposed that wealthy countries finance a global fund for sustainable development with an initial annual budget of $30 billion. But European Union nations said they were unable to afford that because most EU states faced an economic crisis. Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, rejected that argument, saying, “We cannot be held hostage to the retraction resulting from financial crises in rich countries.” As 130 world leaders (with the notable absence of the leaders of the U.S., Britain, and Germany) prepared to arrive, a top Brazilian diplomatlamented the summit’s disparate blocs, saying the traditional north-south divide was only one of many divisions.

 

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Fri

15

Jun

2012

06/15/2012 Article to read aloud

China to open service sector wider

 

By Bao Chang

China will further open its service and trade sectors, facilitating market access for competitive industries including transportation, construction and travel in the global market, a Ministry of Commerce official said on Thursday.

 

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Thu

14

Jun

2012

Owl Series 2

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Thu

14

Jun

2012

Unconventional Education

delanceyplace header

Date: Tue, May 15, 2012 at 3:35 AM
Subject: delanceyplace.com 5/15/12 - unconventional education

 

In today's excerpt - an unconventional approach to education:

"In 1999 the Indian physicist Sugata Mitra got interested in education. He knew there were places in the world without schools and places in the world where good teachers didn't want to teach. What could be done for kids living in those spots was his question. Self-directed learning was one pos­sible solution, but were kids living in slums capable of all that much self-direction?


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Thu

14

Jun

2012

Paraprosdokian Headlines

A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg


There's a well-known (and possibly made-up) newspaper headline:

 
Teacher Strikes Idle Kids

 

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Wed

13

Jun

2012

1910 Ford Model R

1910 Ford Model R
1910 Ford Model R

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

 

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

 

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

 

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

 

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

 

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

 

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

 

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

 

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

 

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

 

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.

 

A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

 

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

 

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

 

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'

 

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

 

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

 

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

 

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

 

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars.

 

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30!

 

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

 

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

 

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

 

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

 

Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'.

 

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

 

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U. S. A.!

 

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.  From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD -- all in a matter of seconds!

 

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

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Wed

13

Jun

2012

Welcome Home Daddy

Welcome Home Daddy

 

 

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Wed

13

Jun

2012

Arctic Ice: The Other Recession

from  Sierra Club

Arctic Ice: The Other Recession

Florian Schulz photographs the wildlife at the top of the world

Photography by Florian Schulz, from To the Arctic | Text by M.P. Klier

 

 

What follows is a series of 10 very beautiful pictures

 

Enjoy.  

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Tue

12

Jun

2012

Inappropriate Grammar Rules

From delanceyplace.com 4/26/12

Excerpt from 

You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity

by Robert Lane Greene by Delacorte Press

In today's encore excerpt - certain grammatical "rules" that are widely viewed as correct come from the invalid application of grammatical rules from Classical Latin and Greek to the English language by British authors writing hundreds of years ago. Two such "rules"-which have been beautifully and routinely violated by writers from Shakespeare to Hemingway-are the prohibitions against split infinitives and ending a sentence with a preposition:
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Tue

12

Jun

2012

Yutyrannus Huali, Tyrannosaurus Rex Relative, Was Largest Feathered Dinosaur Ever

From AOL

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer 
Published: 04/04/2012 01:18 PM EDT on LiveScience

Feathered TyrannosaurFirst Posted: 04/05/12 10:58 AM ET Updated: 04/05/12 10:58 AM ET

 

A newly discovered titanic tyrannosaur is the biggest feathered dinosaur yet, reaching up to 30 feet (9 meters) long and weighing more than 3,000 pounds.

 

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Tue

12

Jun

2012

Quotes La to Lz



Lawrence Lessig

 born June 3, 1961

 American Professor and Activist

 

We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut."

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Tue

12

Jun

2012

Quotes Ia to Iz


Lee Iacocca

October 15, 1924 - ...

 

Automobile Executive


In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. 

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Mon

11

Jun

2012

Bat Tongue: Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat's Tongue Is Longer Than Its Body

From Huffington Post

By: Life's Little Mysteries Staff 
Published: 06/09/2012 12:01 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries

 

A team of explorers for the National Geographic Channel has captured never-before-seen footage of the tube-lipped nectar bat, a peculiar species discovered in 2005 in the cloud forests of Ecuador. The bat is camera-worthy thanks to one attribute in particular: its incredibly long, wormlike tongue.

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Sun

10

Jun

2012

Quips and Quotes: Famous Verbal Exchanges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Reed Vs. Henry Clay

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Sun

10

Jun

2012

'Planet X?' Odd Orbits In Solar System May Mean Unseen Object, Astronomer Conjectures

From The Huffington Post

Posted: 05/22/2012 5:44 pm Updated: 05/25/2012 4:14 pm

By: Natalie Wolchover 
Published: 05/22/2012 12:54 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries

 

Planet X 

 

A planet four times the size of Earth may be skirting the edges of the solar system beyond Pluto, according to new research. Too distant to be easily spotted by Earth-based telescopes, the unseen planet could be gravitationally tugging on small icy objects past Neptune, helping explain the mystery of those objects' peculiar orbits.

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Sun

10

Jun

2012

Noam Chomsky | The US War on Latin America

From Reader Supported News
The US War on Latin America
By Noam Chomsky, Nation of Change  12 May 12

Though sidelined by the Secret Service scandal, last month’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, was an event of considerable significance. There are three major reasons: Cuba, the drug war, and the isolation of the United States.

 

A headline in the Jamaica Observer read, "Summit shows how much Yanqui influence had waned." The story reports that "the big items on the agenda were the lucrative and destructive drug trade and how the countries of the entire region could meet while excluding one country – Cuba."

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Sun

10

Jun

2012

Quotes Pa to Pz

 

Linus Pauling

Chemist, Peace Activist, Author, Educator;

Nobel Prize in chemistry,

Nobel Peace Prize

1901-1994

 

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. 

 


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Sat

09

Jun

2012

How Big Banks Run the World - at Your Expense

From Truth Out News

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00    By Gar Alperovitz, Truthout

 

The recent Public Banking conference held in Philadelphia offered a message that is at once so simple - but also so bold - it is hard for most Americans to pause long enough to understand how profoundly their thinking had been corralled by the masters of finance - in ways far, far, far more insidious and powerful than even the latest financial crisis suggests.

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Sat

09

Jun

2012

Mitsuhei Murata: Fukushima Plant "Not Under Control at All"

 

 

From Reader Supported News

By PanOrient News   08 June 12


The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Number 4 reactor presents a security problem for the entire world, Mitsuhei Murata, Japan's former ambassador to Switzerland said.

 

Fukushima Daiichi plants are "not under control at all... and the situation with nuclear reactors in Japan is like vehicles being driven without a license," Mr. Murata told a news conference at the foreign correspondents' club of Japan on June 5.

 

Japan's Environment and Nuclear Minister Goshi Hosono, second from left, inspects a pool containing spent fuel rods inside the No. 4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, May 26, 2012. (photo: Toshiaki Shimizu)Japan's Environment and Nuclear Minister Goshi Hosono, second from left, inspects a pool containing spent fuel rods inside the No. 4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, May 26, 2012. (photo: Toshiaki Shimizu)


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Sat

09

Jun

2012

Scientists: Environmental Collapse Now a Serious Threat

From Reader Supported News

By Agence France-Presse   08 June 12


A drought has dried up Lake Jordan in Farrington, North Carolina, a source of drinking water for the nearby population. (photo: out of ideas/flickr)
A drought has dried up Lake Jordan in Farrington, North Carolina, a source of drinking water for the nearby population

 

 

Climate change, population growth and environmental destruction could cause a collapse of the ecosystem just a few generations from now, scientists warned on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

The paper by 22 top researchers said a "tipping point" by which the biosphere goes into swift and irreversible change, with potentially cataclysmic impacts for humans, could occur as early as this century.

 


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Fri

08

Jun

2012

Humor in Newspapers

Did I read that sign right?
TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT
 
In a London department store:

BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS 


In an office:

WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN
In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD
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Fri

08

Jun

2012

Quotes Ja to Jz

 

William James

1842-1910

Psychology, Physiology, Philosophy

 

Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves ... But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean's bottom.


 

Japanese Proverb

 

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.


Samuel Johnson

also called Dr. Johnson

1709-1784 

English poet, Moralist,

Biographer, Lexicographer.

He worked for nine years on his 

 Dictionary of the English Language (1755)


Who will consider that no dictionary of a living tongue ever can be perfect, since, while it is hastening to publication, some words are budding, and some falling away; that a whole life cannot be spent upon syntax and etymology, and that even a whole life would not be sufficient; that he, whose design includes whatever language can express, must often speak of what he does not understand.

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Wed

06

Jun

2012

Ray Bradbury dies: Science fiction author of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and ‘Martian Chronicles’ was 91

From The Washington Post

By Wednesday, June 6, 11:07 AM

 

Sci-fi master Ray Bradbury, author of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ ‘Martian Chronicles,’ dead at 91: The imaginative and prolific author wrote some of the most popular science-fiction books of all time, including "The Martian Chronicles" and "Fahrenheit 451."


Ray Bradbury, a boundlessly imaginative novelist who wrote some of the most popular science fiction books of all time, including “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles,” and who transformed the genre of flying saucers and little green men into a medium exploring childhood terrors, colonialism and the erosion of individual thought, died June 5. He was 91.


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