VOCABULARY: What is a “right”?

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/french-president-macron-abortion-is-fundamental-right-women-2022-06-24/

r/worldnews

French President Macron: abortion is a fundamental right for women

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As a fat old white guy injineer, I struggle when people use words that make no sense. When they add adjectives, they don’t seem to help my understanding.

A “right” is a meme that humans have agreed that everyone “has” by virtue of their humanity with respect to other humans.

You can chat with a lion, bear, or tiger, about your “rights”.  “Rights” have to be backed up with or enforced by force.  In polite society, “rights” are mutually agreed after a long violent process of “adjudication”.  

Now we can discuss “positive” and “negative” rights.  If you have a “negative” right, it’s somethings others agree not to interfere with (i.e., “free speech”).  If you have a positive “right”, then who has an obligation to provide it?  

Hence, little L libertarians don’t believe there are any “positive” rights.

Now let us parse Macron’s statement: “fundamental right”.

Clearly, he is stating a case for a “positive” right.  Who pays?  Who is FORCED to provide this service?

I don’t understand what “fundamental” adds to the equation.

And, we have to understand that “abortion” is killing a living human being. Seriously, does anyone believe that life doesn’t NOT begin at conception. 

Finally, how about that human life that is being killed?  When do that young human get their “rights”?  If you have to draw lines, the ones that have been suggested are: conception, first heartbeat, end of the first trimester, when “born”.  From my pov as a fat old white guy injineer, it when that child can defend his “rights” — for sure!

Sigh!

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VOCABULARY: Chumbolone — what politicians think of us taxpayers

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2009-06-25-0906240981-story.html

Chumbolone (pronounced chum-buh-LOAN), my favorite Chicago political word that explains exactly what politicians think of us taxpayers, has finally made it to the big time, with its own listing on urbandictionary.com.

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VOCABULARY: “Bottleneckers” use the Gooferment to limit choice?

https://youtu.be/p4yb9SA_z20

Eye Test Innovators vs The Bottleneckers
36,978 views Apr 19, 2022
John Stossel
651K subscribers

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Need glasses? Going to an optometrist can be a pain and waste the better part of a day. So a company, Opternative, invented an at-home test.

It’s cheaper and more convenient than traditional eye exams. You just need a cell phone and a computer.
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But the American Optometric Association wants it banned. They say “it poses significant health risks to consumers” because “it relies on new, self-administered tests” rather than “assessment by an eye care professional.”

Is this new eye test dangerous? Or is it a cheap and efficient eye care alternative?

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Well, when first I heard of it, I thought about my last eye exam.  It was done by an ophthalmologist; not an optometrist.  He scanned my retina. Reminded me to stay on my RX for high blood pressure that he’d detected more than a decade ago.  As well as, noting that my cataracts had not progressed any further. 

So there is a fine point on this.  Although I’m not sure what an “assessment by an eye care professional” would mean if that “professional” is an optometrist?

YMMV, I recommend seeing an ophthalmologist for your annual exam.  It may cost more but it could save your sight and even your life.

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VOCABULARY: “SLUDGE” — the administrivia that make getting things done near-impossible

https://bigthink.com/smart-skills/sludge/

Sludge: How paperwork, wait times, and confusion degrade our well-being

  • Sludge may be inevitable, but there are better ways to manage such frictions in our daily lives.

with Cass Sunstein

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As defined by Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, sludge is the amorphous accumulation of daily frictions that separate people from the things that can make their lives easier or better. Think tedious paperwork, long wait times, and bureaucratic procedures to fulfill simple requests. If you’ve ever navigated the layers of an automated answering system to speak with a human representative only to be put on hold for hours listening to public-domain slow jazz, then you know the pains of sludge.

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Just yesterday, I called Walgreens about an OTC item that ordered on their website.  I had it confirmed then canceled.

I called three times.  Navigated phone choices.  Got a person each time who asked my name and birthdate — despite it wasn’t about a prescription — and they “transferred” me to a number that rang innumerable times then “transferred” me to survey “in order to give you outstanding service”.  Regardless if you took the survey or not, it hung up on you.

So I went to the store — ready for war — a nice lady took my name and birthdate — I have no idea why — and my order number.  She also said that they would fill my order but it would take an hour.

Argh!  So I left to do errands and came back,

New lady.  Took my name and birthdate — Argh! — and had no idea why order was cancelled.  Or why my order wasn’t ready.

Earlier lady returns equally clueless.

Then the pharmacist gets involved.  Also clueless as to why.  (It is an OTC item.)

After another hour, I get my order.  No apologies and no explanations.

SLUDGE in inaction.

Argh!

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VOCABULARY: “Security Theater”

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2022/03/why-vaccine-cards-are-so-easily-forged.html

Why Vaccine Cards Are So Easily Forged
Bruce Schneier

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Back in 2003, at the height of our collective terrorism panic, I coined the term security theater to describe measures that look like they’re doing something but aren’t.

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Well, for once, he and I disagree.  The smug cheater getting away with fraudulent documents instills in society that some are above the “rules”.  Like when politicians are unmasked but force everyone else to mask up.  One set of rules for me; another for thee. Doe the smug cheater get to run red lights and put others at mortal risk?

As a little L libertarian, I don’t recognize the Gooferment as having the power to mandate a lot of what it does.  I’m for the “night watchman” government if we have to have one at all.  So, when the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats promulgate their diktats, I feel free to treat them as “suggestions”.

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” — Robert A. Heinlein

So I stop at red lights and stop signs and expect others to do the same.  Not because the Gooferment has a diktat about it, but it is common sense to cooperate in the real world. 

If a shop keeper feel that masks are need for the well-being of their patrons — even if masks are ineffective and just provide some crazy people psychological comfort — then I’ll either accept their invitation to shop there wearing a mask or go somewhere else. (It’s not my role in society to disturb the peace and preach “any gospel” to the infidels.

Sigh, there are common sense rules that we obey for the benefit of humanity. And, they are way above diktats in moral authority.

But “theater” of any type should be mock, skirted, or just ignored if at all possible.  

(Note: I don’t do bail money. So obey that old knight. “But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.” Grail Knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097576/quotes)

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VOCABULARY: The Streisand Effect

https://www.mindbounce.com/trivia/the-phenomenon-wherein-trying-to-hide-information-makes-it-more-public-is-known-as/

TRIVIA
Hard

The Phenomenon Wherein Trying To Hide Information Makes It More Public Is Known As?

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Back in 2002, photographer Kenneth Adelman undertook a massive project wherein he photographed the California coastline in a series of 12,000 photographs. The purpose of the exercise was to document coastal erosion for the California Coastal Records Project, a government-sanctioned project focused on preserving the state’s massive coastline.

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In 2003, when it came to the singer’s attention that her home was displayed on the CCRP’s website, her lawyers drafted a lawsuit and sued the photographer, the site displaying the images (Pictopia.com), and even the server company hosting the actual files (Layer42). The total damages sought were for $50,000,000.

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Two years later in 2005, Mike Masnick, CEO and founder of the Techdirt blog, immortalized the whole affair when he wrote:

How long is it going to take before lawyers realize that the simple act of trying to repress something they don’t like online is likely to make it so that something that most people would never, ever see (like a photo of a urinal in some random beach resort) is now seen by many more people? Let’s call it the Streisand Effect.

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An interesting addition to the genre of Unintended Consequences?

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VOCABULARY: “The Overton window”

https://www.zerohedge.com/crypto/overton-window-bitcoin

The Overton Window & Bitcoin
BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, FEB 12, 2022 – 09:00 PM
Authored by ‘DON’ via BitcoinMagazine.com,

As Bitcoin enters the mainstream conversation, it is becoming increasingly common for politicians to embrace or disparage the technology…

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“The Overton window is the range of policies politically acceptable to the mainstream population at a given time. It is also known as the window of discourse.

“The term is named after American policy analyst Joseph P. Overton, who stated that an idea’s political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within this range, rather than on politicians’ individual preferences. According to Overton, the window frames the range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme to gain or keep public office given the climate of public opinion at that time.”

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Can’t stop BITCOIN because it fulfills a basic human need — the ability to save financial wealth from the rapacious of seizure by central Gooferments!

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VOCABULARY: Thomasson — an object with no purpose

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2021/12/04/pointlessness-exalted/

Pointlessness Exalted

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Artist Akasegawa Genpei took a strange inspiration from this: He defined a “Thomasson” as “an object, part of a building, that was maintained in good condition, but with no purpose, to the point of becoming a work of art.” For example, in Tokyo he’d noticed a well-maintained stairway with a blank wall at its top, and a ticket window that had been boarded up but whose tray had been assiduously permitted still to function.

Akasegawa’s colleague Chikuma Shobo eventually published a whole taxonomy of Thomassons: useless doorways, useless staircases, useless windows, doors to nowhere, senseless signs. Just like art, these items have no purpose in society, but they’re preserved with care, to the point that they seem to be exhibits in themselves. “However, these objects do not appear to have a creator, making them even more art-like than regular art.”

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An interesting concept.

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VOCABULARY: A ‘brand tax’ on future job searches

https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-pays-brand-tax-hire-talent-fears-career-black-mark-2021-12

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Facebook’s reputation is so bad, the company must pay even more now to hire and retain talent. Some are calling it a ‘brand tax’ as tech workers fear a ‘black mark’ on their careers.

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Like with those who worked at Enron, and their auditors Arthur Andersen, were stained in future job searches.

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VOCABULARY: ‘Typical Rykozhop’ is Russian for Rube Goldberg, or worse

https://www.boredpanda.com/problematic-design-solutions-typicalrykozhop/

30 Construction Solutions That Don’t Solve Problems, Only Create Them, As Shared By This Instagram Account (New Pics)
Jonas Grinevičius and Mindaugas Balčiauskas
 
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Many of us instinctively know whether a design is good and user-friendly or if it’s something clobbered together at the last minute without much thought for aesthetics, the future, or our poor artistic feelings. However, some home design ‘solutions’ are so problematic, they deserve to be named and shamed far and wide.

That’s where the Russian ‘Typical Rykozhop’ project on Instagram comes in. The account documents the most egregious design and construction decisions that would make any design major’s jaw drop (watch some of them faint, too!). Scroll down for the best of the truly worst (or is that the worst of the worst?) and upvote the design solutions that you simply love to hate, dear Pandas.

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It’s definitely pretty funny to this fat old white guy injineer.  In a few cases, it is hard to figure out what they were trying to accomplish.  And, in one, I was befuddled.

Reminds me when I was working on a new building for a Wall Street datacenter.  Some SVP gave the “baby” electrician aka union apprentice for some trivial thing.  I think the fellow parked in the guy’s “space”; there were no markings or assignments I was aware of.  When the Unions heard about this, they had had enough of the this guy and that was the straw that broke their back.  It wasn’t the first time he’d <past tense synonym for urine output> them off. So they took advantage of a blanket order to work any overtime needed to get the building done ahead of schedule, and that Saturday EVERY TRADE came in to work putting up doors.  They put EVERY DOOR in a nine story building in one day just as it was drawn on the plans by the architect and signed off by everyone in the chain of command.  That Sunday morning, when I came it and did my daily walk thru for site security with my supervisory team, I immediately recognized what had been done.  I got the dubious pleasure of calling my SVP telling him that “I thought” (I knew) EVERY DOOR was installed backward (i.e., the holes were on the hinge side).  Since these were ALL special fire doors, they have to be ordered and remade from scratch. The union’s chief steward suggested that they might want to ask a certain SVP about who could park where and ALL the trades called in sick on Monday.  One of the few times I ever saw the CEO, CFO, and a bunch of other Chiefs was that Monday morning at 7AM walking through the building.  By lunch time, that SVP was fired and, on Tuesday, the doors began to come down very very slowly.  The building was delayed two months.  And, we were all verbally informed don’t mess with the unions.  

Laugh!

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VOCABULARY: Sc3nius is communal genius — magical time-place combinations

https://www.notboring.co/p/sc3nius

Sc3nius We’re all gonna make it

To clear up some terms we’ll use here, “scenius” is the concept of communal genius, but we’ll use Scenius with a capital S to describe those magical time-place combinations. Scenius is the proper noun; scenius is the common one. Ancient Greece was a Scenius. The Renaissance was a Scenius. Silicon Valley was a Scenius. (Not Boring)

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Interesting concept and going global due to the web.

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VOCABULARY: ​It’s not a “vaccine”; it’s an “inoculation”​!

https://townhall.com/columnists/robjenkins/2021/09/26/this-new-peerreviewed-article-could-be-a-gamechanger-n2596486

This New Peer-Reviewed Article Could Be a Game-Changer
Rob Jenkins | Posted: Sep 26, 2021 12:01 AM

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About the “vaccines” themselves: “A vaccine is legally defined as any substance designed to be administered to a human being for the prevention of one or more diseases….A January 2000 patent application that defined vaccines as ‘compositions or mixtures that when introduced into the circulatory system of an animal will evoke a protective response to a pathogen’ was rejected by the U.S. Patent Office because ‘the immune response produced by a vaccine…must be protective….[It must be] a compound which prevents infection.’ In the remainder of this article, we use the term ‘inoculated’ rather than vaccinated, because the injected material in the present COVID-19 inoculations prevents neither viral infection nor transmission. Since its main function in practice appears to be symptom suppression, it is operationally a ‘treatment.’”

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​It’s not a “vaccine”; it’s an “inoculation”​!

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VOCABULARY: Zeigarnik Effect

https://www.lifesavvy.com/95122/what-is-the-zeigarnik-effect-and-can-it-boost-your-productivity/

What Is the Zeigarnik Effect, and Can It Boost Your Productivity?
SHEA SIMMONS @heysheashea SEP 22, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT 

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According to the Zeigarnik effect—coined in the early 20th century by Bluma Zeigarnik, a Russian psychologist—people intentionally leaving tasks unfinished to harness the motivation to return to them.

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Interesting. I never heard of this.  Not sure if it would work for me?

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VOCABULARY: A “spamouflage” network to muddy the waters

https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3982675/posts

ENTER THE MATRIX Inside China’s chilling network of AI generated PEOPLE on Facebook & Twitter spreading anti-vaxx lies & Covid fake news
The US Sun ^ | August, 5th, 2021 | Henry Holloway
Posted on 8/6/2021, 12:11:45 PM by David Chase

CHINA has a sprawling creepy network of AI generated people who it uses to spread anti-vaxx lies and fake news about Covid.

Beijing is believed to use a massive “spamouflage” network to muddy the waters and promote its own interests to unwitting social media users – and its computer generated “people” are perhaps its most disturbing tactic.

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Now that’s a an interesting twist.  Need more ways to authenticate “real people” from computer generated “people”, astroturf “groups”, and just plain old trolls.

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VOCABULARY: “the pandemic virus industrial complex”

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/07/24/patents-prove-sars-cov-2-is-a-manufactured-virus.aspx

Patents Prove SARS-CoV-2 Is a Manufactured Virus by Dr. Mercola / 15h

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In a January 2021 lecture, Jonathan Latham, Ph.D., introduced the term “the pandemic virus industrial complex,” to describe the academic, military and commercial complexes that are driving the pandemic agenda and obscuring facts that indicate SARS-CoV-2 is a manmade virus.

In the video above, David E. Martin, Ph.D., introduces shocking evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is indeed a manmade bioweapon, and has been in the works for decades. Much of this research was funded by none other than the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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Certainly an interesting summarization of all the patent related to Covid.

And why is the CDC patenting things?

The article certainly defines a new “complex” conspiracy for “We, The Sheeple” to worry about!

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VOCABULARY: Dismisinfoganda

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/dismisinfoganda

“Dismisinfoganda”
BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2021 – 01:40 PM

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Misinformation, i.e., wrong claims innocently made

disinformation, i.e., wrong claims willfully made

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dismisinfoganda is the politicized spreading or squelching of claims without, or counter to, adequate empirical evidence. 

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Therein lies the true cost of runaway dismisinfoganda. Many Americans once believed government officials unless/until they had good reason to doubt them but increasingly they disbelieve officials unless/until they have reason to believe them. Maybe that is a good thing as it will eventually induce Americans to ask why they continue to pay the salaries of people they cannot implicitly trust to do their respective jobs. 

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Remember EPA Christie Whitman: “Ground Zero Air Is Safe”?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/10/epa-head-wrong-911-air-safe-new-york-christine-todd-whitman 

NOTHING any politician and | or bureaucrat says can be taken for fact at face value.  Ditto for “news media” or “celebrities”!

Argh!

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VOCABULARY: Meatspace is the opposite of Cyberspace

Meatspace and Cyberspace

The word “meatspace” refers to the real-life physical world that we inhabit. The term was invented as a contrast to the emergence of “cyberspace,” which is the interconnected virtual world of computers that we interact in. Within a modern context, cyberspace would be everything online, while meatspace would be everything offline.

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VOCABULARY: The Cantillon Effect

https://buff.ly/2Pnn5AE

How The Nation’s Central Bank Is Covertly ‘Nudging’ Americans To Accept Digital Money & The Great Reset – LewRockwell 

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The Cantillon Effect explains that money is first distributed to the financial classes, bankers, government, etc., and then the masses. As money ripples through the economy, its value is inflated away. The first people to receive the money do not experience the inflationary (loss of purchasing power) that the last people to get the money do.

The wealthy benefit from inflation as the value of their assets (property, investments) rise.  The poor benefit from deflation because necessities are cheaper to buy, effectively giving them what they perceive as a pay raise.

Also, in periods of credit expansion, the poor borrow much like receiving a pay raise.  For the wealthy, the stock market is their playground; for the poor, lottery tickets may be their only opportunity to get ahead financially.

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So why is the FED (Federal Reserve System) —

The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.

—, the Gooferment. Its politicians, and its bureaucrats pushing for inflation?

Cui bono?

The Gooferment gets to repay the “national debt” or the interest on that debt with “dollars” that are worth less.

Argh!

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VOCABULARY: Fleeceware

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-tell-if-youre-being-scammed-by-fleeceware-apps-1846574109

Fleeceware is one of the worst scams you can deal with on your device, because it has one, singular goal: extracting as much money from you as possible. It generally accomplishes this not by dropping malware on your device or otherwise forcing you to do something; instead, fleeceware hides in plain sight

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VOCABULARY: “samfundssind” = “community spirit”

https://nypost.com/2020/10/24/danish-word-samfundssind-may-become-2020s-hottest-term/

Danish word ‘samfundssind’ may become 2020’s hottest new term
By Paula Froelich
October 24, 2020 | 4:09pm

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The country that introduced the world to “hygge” now has another term for us: “samfundssind.”

Last year Americans went wild for hygge, which encompasses all things cozy and comforting — but the likely 2020 “word of the year” in Denmark is “samfundssind — which the Danish Language Council defines as “putting the concern of society higher than one’s own interests.” More loosely translated as “community spirit” or “social mindedness” according to the BBC.

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As long as it it’s a voluntary action, i think it’s admirable and we should imitate it.

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VOCABULARY: A Bartender explains “tolerance”

https://www.boredpanda.com/bar-bartender-nazi-punk-iamragesparkle/?cexp_id=30519&cexp_var=35&_f=featured&utm_source=duckduckgo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=organic

In 1945, a philosopher named Karl Popper introduced a concept that he called the paradox of tolerance. “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance,” he wrote. “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.” In other words, if society is tolerant without any limits, the intolerant people will eventually destroy it. “We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant,” Karl Popper wrote.

Bartender Savagely Kicks A Polite Nazi Customer Out Of His Bar And Explains Why It’s Important To Do So

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—Bored Panda

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Reminds me of @Stephen K. Trynosky’s tales about his Dad.

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VOCABULARY: We Have Become Karen Nation – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

A Karen is a person, usually a woman, who is never satisfied with the service she’s receiving and demands to talk to the manager. It doesn’t matter if Karen’s complaints are valid or not.

Source: We Have Become Karen Nation – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

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“KAREN”?

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VOCABULARY: “Granny Farming”

You Don’t Have to Take Trump’s Word to See Mail-In Vote Fraud

Here, the President enjoys broad agreement. Elections officials from all political stripes acknowledge that mail-in ballots are far more vulnerable to fraud. Stories of political operatives who routinely scam senior citizens out of their absentee ballots are so widespread that the term “granny farming” was coined.  Even the New York Times, when reporting on suspicions of election fraud in North Carolina last year, noted that “absentee ballots are especially susceptible to manipulation.”

Source: Eric Eggers: You Don’t Have to Take Trump’s Word to See Mail-In Vote Fraud

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Great!  Now we have a word for a type of election fraud.

“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” — Emma Goldman ― often incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain ― but very very true imho!

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