Isn't "Moon Express" the name of the Chinese take-out place around the corner?
Yet ordinary Americans, for the most part, seem not to care...
It may only seem that way. Ordinary Americans are worried about suveillance too.
I'm even wondering if I should post this comment anonymously.
IBM solved this problem 20 years ago with their Integrated Language Environment (ILE), not that anyone cares.
(Damn noobs think every problem they encounter is new and unique).
This is big news, if you think about it. Really big news. For a long time I've heard the term "genetic memory", but it didn't make sense that such a thing would exist. Yet, when you work with dogs, there are certain breeds which seem to know exactly what their job is and how to do it. It is amazing to see a herding-breed dog, for instance, which has never seen sheep before, start herding them within a few minutes of being introduced to the animal. Intuitively, people have always seemed to know that learned behavior can be passed down to offspring. And now we've found a mechanism by which it can happen.
Easy to build? Really? And how is a modern conventional car any safer from such a device?
This will be great for those few days out of the year when your Volvo isn't in the shop.
Sorry to reply to my own post, but I just realized that the NSA has become the Ministry of Truth.
We know the NSA captures a lot of information on everyone. So now, whether you like them or not, you are likely to believe anything the say about anyone. Which means the NSA can discredit, blackmail, manipulate, or destroy anyone they want. It does not matter whether the information they have is real or fabricated. There is no way to successfully refute anything they say about anyone.
What a monster we have created.
Well, yes, if you live in a rural area, going to a museum in the U.S. is pretty unusual. I grew up in the Ozarks, not far from Bentonville, Arkansas (where the museum in question resides). The nearest museum would have been in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- over 100 miles (160 kilometers) away. Such a trip would have been an all-day, expensive affair, to a small museum which is nothing like Crystal Bridges. It would be a rare thing.
The first art museum I visited was when I was seventeen, and it was the Pergamon Museum in (then) East Berlin. We were there as part of a student exchange program. The impact it made on me was huge, and I still think it's interesting that I had to travel to a communist country to see my first art museum.
I don't know that I'd go so far as to call them "idiots", however, it surprises me that so many people practically kill themselves to get somewhere hundreds of miles away merely to spend a day with their extended family. In my experience, it's something that is highly overrated, and I know I'm not the only one who feels that way. I don't feel the need to go into detail, but it's virtually impossible this year for me to be with family, and I am okay with that. Thanksgiving, like Christmas, has become a holiday filled with obligation and guilt. You MUST be home for Thanksgiving. You MUST buy presents for everyone. It is no wonder that for some, the holidays are nothing more than a time of stress, anger, disappointment and depression.
Well, justice is supposed to be blind...
Just like all those people in GITMO. They haven't been charged with any crimes either.
I'm sorry you disagree fatphil. Personally, I am not prepared to challenge the OED or MW in their assessments, but perhaps you are. People are using the word "democratize" in this fashion, like it or not. I know, I know. These things can be maddening. For instance, I do not like it when people use "literally" as an intensifier. It gets under my skin. Yet, that is what they are doing. I wish you luck in tilting at this particular windmill.
(shrug) Well, that's how it goes with words. What you like or what I like is irrelevant. I went to the OED, the de facto arbiter of English word definitions, and they have for democratize "make (something) accessible to everyone", with the following example sentence, "mass production has not democratized fashion." This is using the word in the same way that the OP used the word. I think if it's in the OED we can be confident that the word is not "in a state of evolution", but is acceptable for use in this sense.
The meanings of words can change over time, and dictionary definitions are often behind the curve. Merriam-Webster's online dictionary gives as its third definition of democratic "relating to, appealing to, or available to the broad masses of the people". And for democratize they give the example sentence, "The magazine's goal is to democratize art".
If you'd like to know more about how words change over time, you should ask about the process in the discussion forum at Wordorigins.com.