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May Pieces Of My Mind #3
Ambition: from Lat. ambire, “go around” (canvassing for votes).
Reading a paper book. Want to check something in it somewhere. Annoyed that there’s no search function.
Awesome. I just spoke to a lady from Latvia who insisted that her country was named Lithuania.
The traditional phrase ending a French business letter, the ”Yours sincerely”, can be translated as ”May you wish to allow, Sir, the expression of my distinguished feelings.”
Facebook informs me that I am interacting as myself. That’s… deep.
You know why a state cultivates an ideology of respect for war veterans? To motivate young people to keep enlisting as soldiers. To motivate families to keep sending their kids to possibly be killed or maimed for the state’s questionable purposes.
It’s strange to hear Conservative Party members on the municipal council refer to Property Rights as sort of a can’t-argue-with-that sacred principle on a par with Human Rights. I’m thinking “Are you aware that these appeals of yours have very little traction with most of the people listening to you?” It’s like talking to a religious person who tries to win an argument by referring triumphantly to one Scripture or another, and you’re just like, “Umm… So?”.
No thanks, I don’t want to read Neal Stephenson’s new 896-page novel.