Month: July 2015

How Did We Survive?

So true it hurts

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My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning.

Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting e. Coli.
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Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake or at the beach instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

We all took Phys Ed ….. And risked permanent injury with a pair of plimsolls instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small car. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

We got the strap for doing…

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Destroy The Old World, Build The New World

Rhyming With History

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“Destroy The Old World, Build The New World” That’s what it says on this poster from China’s Cultural Revolution. Compare and contrast with what the current resident of the White House claimed he would begin upon election in 2008: the fundamental transformation of this country.

“Where has Kirk been?” you might be wondering. My last post was in November of last year. I’ve had nothing constructive to say since then. I figured I’d break my silence with a few lessons from history since this is, after all, the blog about historical rhymes.

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If you’ve been paying attention to current events, you are aware that our own Cultural Revolution has begun in this country. And you are on one side or the other even if you haven’t picked a side! This isn’t a revolution about thoughts, or ideas, or even philosophies. This is a revolution about identity. You see, if…

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Oh Really?

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From time to time I come across a timely bit of information. Timely in the sense that it bears on a contemporary topic of interest, and perhaps even reminds us of the kind of universal truths about human nature we are prone to forget or more or less purposely overlook. Like this one, via Hot air:

41.7% of all Federal criminal charges come from 5 districts that are on the US southern border.  In one district, West Texas, the US attorney filed 5,832 cases.  That’s more than all the cases filed for the entire length of the US norther border (5,257).  The southern district of Texas ranked 2nd, followed by Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California.

And that’s not all:

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Hot or Not? All you need to know about global warming.

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For nearly three decades now, climate change has been a hot topic of an ongoing public debate. The debate itself evolved, starting with cries of imminent doom for all mankind in the late 1980’s, through tales of unprecedented, unforeseeable, and unstoppable wild weather incidents (storms, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc.) at the turn of the centuries, to be finally hushed by a global economy crisis of 2008, when humanity discovered other threats to its well-being. With the crisis more or less over, the climate change debate reemerged in a more civilised form of real scientific arguments and long-term government policies, ceasing to be merely a popular bandwagon of easy publicity for celebrities and a lucrative fundraiser for numerous NGOs.

Being 35, I am a representative of the first “ecologically conscious” generation. Regardless of our personal viewpoint of the matter, either demonising or dismissing the human impact on the long-term, global climate processes…

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