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Comment Re:The Big Lie (Score 5, Informative) 205

Warren Buffet is the son of a four-term congressman who owned a stock brokerage and gave him his first job. He graduated high school in Washington, DC while his father was a sitting member of congress, then was promptly enrolled at U. Penn to study business.

Please stop spreading this "started from nothing" bullshit. It is a myth.

Comment Re:Wrong objective (Score 1) 204

Replace the margarine with butter and you are fine - Melt some butter until it foams but does not yet brown, stir in fresh, chopped sage leaves, pour over pasta, Add parmesan. Voilà - pasta con burro e salvia. Or fry some chopped onion in it at low-medium heat, add lemon juice - pasta al limone. Or take olive oil instead of butter and fry some garlic in it at low heat, not browning it. Pasta aglio e olio. Those three are 10-minute recipes.

If you need any more tips, feel free to drop me a PM at the cheftalk forums :D

Comment Re:Wrong objective (Score 1) 204

Great! Just as a precausionary note, and please don't be offended if you know this, but given your stated culinary background I better say it: recipes like I gave you are shorthand and assume certain things. E. g. the pasta recipe assumes of course that you season it with salt and pepper to taste when finished cooking, that you fry the onions at medium heat until glassy but not brown. If you need more tips, feel free to hop over to - I am going by GeneMachine on the forums there and I, as well as the whole community there in the Cooking Discussions forum would be happy to supply any info needed. Also, stop that pasta with margarine thing. It is an abomination unto the Lord, blessed be His Noodly Appendages, verily ;)

Interviews: James Randi Answers Your Questions 217

A while ago you had the chance to ask James Randi, the founder of The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), about exposing hucksters, frauds, and fakers. Below you'll find his answers to your questions. In addition to his writings below, Randi was nice enough to sit down and talk to us about his life and his foundation. Keep an eye out for those videos coming soon.

Comment Re:Why wouldn't animals be communicating? (Score 1) 133

Generally, language would be considered a subset of communication. However, if you gather two linguists, you will end up with three definitions of language.

It is generally seen as probably the most important distinctive property of human languages compared to other modes of communication that human languages are open-ended, i.e. capable of forming an essentially unlimited set of expressions. This is not the case for any known animal communication system. There have been several other properties proposed as defining for a true language - for example metalinguistics, i.e. the ability to talk about a language in the language itself

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