Nov 22, 2013 at 02:37:13
“Such a facetious question. NO.
While I was happy to be able to stumble around Paris being able to say basic phrases, I otherwise have had zero use for it. French is for French people; for visiting France and any of the colonies or a Federal government job.
Otherwise, use it or lose it. French classes from grade 5 through 11 and I still have no mastery at any level.
Boondoggle. However, with that said, ou est la salle de bain s'il vous plait?”
Nancy Stewart Cockburn on Nov 22, 2013 at 17:36:16
“I lived in France for 15 years and I have to say even after living in Paris already for 3 I was taking a taxi ride home and the taxi driver said he was from Portugal. I said I loved Portugal. The Portuguese are warm people. What I actually said was I love Portugal the portuguese are horny :-)”
Nancy Stewart Cockburn on Nov 22, 2013 at 17:34:01
“No offense but I think you were asking for a room with a bath tub. Not a washroom. You were indicating you wanted to wash your body. That is what a salle de bain means in French French. Quebecios is another matter.”
“Civilized society does many things including coddling the dense. Political correctness; manners and politeness have their place but in many situations, by not saying anything or diluting our criticisms, people either ignore or the reaction is so small that it has little to no effect.
Miley Cyrus - if she did that at a party, she'd probably be a laughing stock at school but as a consequence of another part of society - money is the great equalizer.
If any of us had a billion dollars and walked around in a tricorn hat; fur coat and gumboots, we probably would care very little”
“Depends on how you look at it. If you're talking only of the value of a human life, then he's right and there's no debate. But if we're looking at a population that has their basic needs met - technology/Internet can help deliver low cost education to help organize; connect and mobilize groups and populations.
But as the Maslow hierarchy of needs shows, you cannot focus on or achieve a higher level until you've fulfill the current or lower one.
Sad Facebook update:
"Gotta post quick. Glad to be on Fackbook but arm getting tired from hand cranked electricity. Didn't have anything to eat in the past week. Damn skeeters are everywhere."”
“If the world's climate is changing, I don't care if its a natural cycle or not. Humans are a significant contributor and even that is a red herring. The real question should be about how and in the way we use resources. We're just killing the planet. 1.7 billion and growing. That's the real scam when people justify no climate change but not understanding just population alone has an impact on the planet. To deny that humans have no role in this at all is just a gap in common sense.”
“Ned Flanders: Well, morning Apu. How are the little blessing?
Apu: Owhh, they're a ravenous sworm of locusts just eating and screaming and grabbing and poking and pulling and drooling, and two have cradle rash. How do you get cradle rash when you sleep in a suitcase?
Ned Flanders: [chuckles] They can be a handful... of joy.
Apu: Shut up!
Ned Flanders: They fill your lives with...
Apu: SHUT UP!
Ned Flanders: [quickly] Can't put a price on a miracle.
Apu: I can't believe you won't shut up!
“Hate stories like this. I wish that the law allowed for rapists to be convicted (important) then their sentence be tied to a chair and punished like in Casino Royale every month for a whole wack of years and being forced to look at her picture while it happens so that her face is what they see in the morning when they wake up.”
“John Boehner: Harry, don't tell anyone but I'm going to move quickly on this one
Harry Reid: That's awesome John, when do you think we'll see a vote?
John Boehner: When Hell freezes over, frankly. I meant I'm move quickly for that exit. Be a pal and cover me.”
“Becoming more and more convinced that the only way that current government operations to continue this way is for the Tea Baggers to splinter off into a 3rd party. So essentially the Dems can be left of centre; moderate Republicans as the right of centre and the Confederate Party as the extreme right.”
“I agree, often times I wonder if the amount of 'knowledge' is now so large and diverse that no government official can stay up to date. Else, how did the Republicans say became anti-science?”
kwaut lizard on Oct 13, 2013 at 01:42:41
“Worse than that is that science conflicts with either their religious dogma or that of their constituents. A conflict that is totally unnecessary and very harmful at best. The inability to understand science allows it to be portrayed as a threat and with deteriorating education, even more easily portrayed in that dim light. Lifer politicians are a massive threat on so many levels, finance, business, socially, realpolitik, policy, church and state, ... but it is science that is the target of vocal ire because of broad ignorance amongst the populace. ”
“Yeah, I'll have to call you on this one as a bit of an unfair swipe at Obama.
Its no longer a measure of belief. The country's economic balance sheet are now so skewed that American had to trim. At the height, Apollo was a merely 4 cents out of every tax dollar. Now its less than half a penny (0.48%).
NASA's budget was 18 billion last year. Military spending was 1.4 trillion. American is #1 and spends more than the next 10 countries COMBINED.
Think of what NASA could do if they cut the difference between the US and #2.”
kwaut lizard on Oct 11, 2013 at 01:30:32
“You see, the sciences are the fields that resolutely expose how inept, uneducated and opportunistic our political representatives truly are. The current President has never actually taken this approach of addressing the sciences as a direct threat but clearly several democrats and more than a few republicans have definitively aligned themselves against science. I suggest you simply support the sciences in the face of any politician under the current threat that this represents to our education, technological base, scientific endeavours and the future of our country.