The whole thing has macabre connotations, reminds me of the popular (in 90s) Russian novel "Omon Ra" - a fictitious noir account of Soviet space program, where one of the stages of preparation for the flight "To The Cosmos" was amputation of both legs - in order to fit into a small rocket...
I feel like Sheldon invited for a spaghetti and hot dogs...
>It's a poor leader who can't convince the majority of the populace to follow
That's sounds so arbitrarily insane that I lost interest to anything you might say on this subject
I do not believe in democracy. I do not believe general population should play any role in making complex important decision. It should be left to technocrats and leaders, true leaders.
I state again: if someone wants to know about science, he should study science. All those colorful analogies do not worth a damn, they do not increase understanding of public, their only purpose is infortainment like news or weather.
I never liked so called popularizers of science. You know who is the best popularizer of science? Good lecturer at the university.
Kapitsa Junior was a Professor giving lectures to fellow students from the same year. They bloody moaned from his inept lectures. On the TV he was an established host of the popular sci program, in the classroom he was nobody.
Feinman was never a popularizer like Sagan. He was a brilliant lecturer for people who want know, who were serious about physics.
Sagan, Dawkins, etc are all from the same cohort of nobodies.
Perspective is always justified. Alarmism is not. I have heard Ebola jokes on Friends....
One of the first known quarantines was established by Umar ibn Khattab, second Khalifah, radhi Allahu anh, due to the plague that hit Hijaz during his Khilafah.
> "Because they are no longer reporting to Wall Street, they can be more competitive."
Paraphrasing popular song: "If you love your company, do not let it go"
If making ridiculous extrapolations to the future without any backlash from scientific community is possible, then _everything_ is possible.
As a regular at the Moosque I'd rather be interested in the opposite device converting speech into breath.
When I hear from time to time those wonderful thoughtful remarks by US politicians that seem to be so upfront against "reactionary" establishment, it always reminds of a 30-year old (at least) Russian meme called "The fight of Nanay boys". Basically, those Nanay folks of Far North of Russia had had this traditional entertainment show called "The fight of Nanay boys" where an entertainer would dress his lower and upper parts of his body in clothes in such a way so when he bends forward and stands on his feet and hands it appears so as if two boys are fighting each other
Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
That's what first come to mind when I here statements like the one from Mrs. Sotomayor
The whole series of his reviews of fictional books is wonderful.
One of my favorites is Die Kultur Als Fehler, or 'Civilization as a mistake':
I haven't read other comments (I do not want to be a subject of the study
The level of anti-"terrorist" propaganda is 10 times more than after 9/11, and there is no event even remotely close to that nowadays.
Notice the change in the level of dissent. After 9/11 there were Stockhausen and Maher. Granted, both of them were slapped at their dissident hands, so that contributed to deafening silence that followed.
I haven't heard a single voice that dares to doubt the propaganda.
Thanks for providing an answer that at least remotely fitting to Muslim during this month of Ramadan:
> I mostly care about the food
Fireworks started at 9pm, right at the time I just started to eat my Iftar. At first, when I was still hungry, it sounded like pop-corn was finishing last pops in the microwave.