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Are we good enough for democracy?

October 23, 2006


1. Ruling is a skill.
2. It is rational to leave the exercise of skills to experts
3. In a democracy the people rule.
4. The people are not experts.


Therefore:
Democracy is irrational

From Royalinstitutephilosophy.org,and Bact’

 

But I think;
Democracy is be”lie”f.
Lie is hidden in be”lie”f.


therefore:
Lie is hidden in democracy ?!?!

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Gay slang

August 16, 2006
Some interesting and funny gay slang sites.

Dictionary of gay slang terms and words
GLTB slang dictionary
Pink UK’s gay slang dictionary
By the way,”Hula Hoop”‘s meaning is really kick ass because it means your bottom entrance. ūüėČ

Morgens und Abends zu lesen

August 15, 2006

Der, den ich liebe,
Hat mir gesagt, Daß er mich braucht.
Darum
Gebe ich auf mich acht
Sehe auf meinen Weg
Und f√ľrchte von jedem
Regentropfen
Daß er mich erschlagen könnte.

(Bertolt Brecht)

Free German language course in internet

August 8, 2006

Deutschkurs online : : Gratis Deutschlernen im Internet.

10 More Words You Simply Must Know

July 20, 2006
From Encarta

1. Abhorrent:
1. “repugnant: arousing strong feelings of repugnance or disapproval”
2. “incompatible: incompatible or conflicting with something (literary)”

The odor in his apartment was abhorrent.

2. Masticate:
1. “to grind and pulverize food inside the mouth, using the teeth and jaws”
2. “grind to pulp: to grind or crush something until it turns to pulp”
Be sure to masticate thoroughly before swallowing.

3. Paradigm:
1. “typical example: a typical example of something”
2. “model that forms basis of something: an example that serves as a pattern or model for something, especially one that forms the basis of a methodology or theory”
3. “set of all forms of word: a set of word forms giving all of the possible inflections of a word”
4. “relationship of ideas to one another: in the philosophy of science, a generally accepted model of how ideas relate to one another, forming a conceptual framework within which scientific research is carried out”

The heiress who has become famous for being infamous is the paradigm of celebutantes.

4. Disseminate:
“to distribute or spread something, especially information, widely, or become widespread”

Some publications may not want to disseminate rumors, but many tabloids make it their primary business.

5. Promulgate:
1. “declare something officially: to proclaim or declare something officially, especially to publicize formally that a law or decree is in effect”
2. “make known: to make something widely known”

The City Council has approved the regulation and will promulgate it soon.

6. Pestiferous:
1. “annoying: troublesome or annoying”
2. “causing infectious disease: breeding or spreading a virulently infectious disease”
3. “corrupting: evil and corrupting (formal)”

“The pestiferous mosquitoes enveloped the campers as they sat around their campfire–a persistent annoyance in an otherwise pleasant evening.

7. Ostentatious:
“marked by a vulgar display of wealth and success designed to impress people”

They were actually deep in debt, but their ostentatious parties were the talk of the neighborhood.

8. Sternutatory:
“causing or resulting in sneezing”

Cat dander is sternutatory to me.

9. Salutary:
1. “producing or contributing to a beneficial effect; beneficial; advantageous”
2. “wholesome; healthful; promoting health”

“False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.” — Charles Darwin

10. Pugnacious:
“having a quarrelsome or combative nature: truculent”

He was pugnacious, frequently landing himself in detention for fighting at recess.

10 Words You Simply Must Know

July 19, 2006
Today I read an interesting article about linguistics from Encarta. I couldn’t believe what I read. The topic was ”10 Words You Simply Must Know”. I must confess, that I barely knew those words!!!. How the hell in the world, that those words must have been known. The quote is shown as follows;

British novelist Evelyn Waugh once said, “One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilization or it will die.” Encarta editors picked some of their favorite words to nourish your vocabulary. Some of them you may even use. (Tip: Click to see the full definition and hear the word pronounced.)

1. Defenestrate: “throw somebody or something out of window: to throw something or somebody out of a window (formal or humorous)”

It is quite entertaining to defenestrate paper airplanes.

2. Garbology: “study of waste materials: the study of a cultural group by an examination of what it discards”

Garbology might be a good career choice for dumpster divers. Recycling may make the job of future garbologists extremely difficult–they’ll have less to study.

3. Digerati: “computer experts: people who have or claim to have a sophisticated expertise in the area of computers, the Internet, and the World Wide Web”

Not too long ago, computer expertise was considered nerdy. These days, many people strive to be among the digerati.

4. Antipodes:
1. “places at opposite sides of world: places at opposite sides of the world from each other, or the areas at the side of the world opposite from a given place”
2. “opposites: two points, places, or things that are diametrically opposite each other”

One could say that Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli and Warren “Potsie” Weber are antipodes.

5. Hallux: “first digit on the foot: the big toe on the human foot, or the first digit on the hind foot of some mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians (technical)”

The ballerina had her hallux insured for $10 million!

6. Otiose:
1. “not effective: with no useful result or practical purpose”
2. “worthless: with little or no value”
3. “lazy: unwilling or uninterested in working or being active (archaic)”

Will e-mail render traditional letter writing otiose? Let’s hope not.

7. Cullet: “glass to be recycled: broken or waste glass returned for recycling”

Don’t forget to take the cullet out to the curbside, and be sure to put it next to the trash, not in it.

8. Pellucid:
1. “clear in meaning: easy to understand or clear in meaning (formal)”
2. “transparent: allowing all or most light to pass through (literary)”

The police officer’s warning was pellucid: Drivers must go the speed limit in the school zone.

9. Borborygmus: “stomach rumble: the rumbling sounds made by the movement of gases in the stomach and intestine (technical)”

If you lay your head on someone’s stomach, you are likely to hear borborygmus.

10. Expropriate: “take away something belonging to somebody: to take property or money from somebody, either legally for the public good or illegally by theft or fraud”

The thief’s goal was to expropriate the ladies’ jewelry.