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Posts on 05/14/21

Bullfighting and Catalonian Tradition

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 05/14/21 4:29 am) Commenting on my last post about sacrificing animals, especially in bullfighting (tauromaquia or "la lidia," as it is commonly called), John E points out that in Catalonia this prac ...

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How Can the US Compete with the Chinese?

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 05/14/21 3:21 am) About four years ago we had an exciting discussion comparing China and the USA along social political economic dimensions. My final remarks were that "we Americans should concentrate on improvin ...

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Posts on 05/13/21

U of Cape Town Fire: An Appeal for Help

(Jose Manuel de Prada, -Spain, 05/13/21 6:24 am) In connection to the recent and devastating fire that destroyed the African Studies collection at the University of Cape Town, John Eipper asked if I knew of any "crowd funding" initiative t ...

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Sacrificing Lobsters...and Bulls

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 05/13/21 4:50 am) I can understand the scruples against slaughtering lobsters alive in boiling water. It would possibly be more "humane" to kill them first. On the other hand, is there a humanitarian differe ...

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On Memory and Alzheimer`s

(Leo Goldberger, USA, 05/13/21 3:45 am) The body of research on memory and aging is quite extensive and complex--though a fine overview published by our professional organization, The American Psychological Association, is available via th ...

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Posts on 05/12/21

Cruelty in the Kitchen: Caldereta de Langosta

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/12/21 4:06 am) Oh my goodness, NO! Regarding our discussion on caldereta de langosta, how can you enjoy eating a sentient animal that has been bought alive, placed for some time in a refrigerator then sliced s ...

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Memory, and a 1962 Barcelona Snow Storm

(Enrique Torner, USA, 05/12/21 3:45 am) I appreciate the responses to my post on Caldereta de langosta and memory from Timothy Ashby, Gary Moore, and Tor Guimaraes. Memory has always fascinated me, and not because I have a great one. ...

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Posts on 05/11/21

Reinterring the Irish Invicibles

(Patrick Mears, -Germany, 05/11/21 7:21 am) A very interesting video recently appeared in the Irish Times Online about the assassinations of Lord Cavendish and Thomas Burke in Phoenix Park on May 6, 1882. Read more

Memory and Brain Injuries

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 05/11/21 4:35 am) This discussion of things that we can and can't remember is fascinating to me. My most fun entertainment is to sit in a quiet and beautiful place and reminisce about events in the past. Like mos ...

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Scylla? Or Charybdis? You Decide

(David Duggan, USA, 05/11/21 3:53 am) As for Scylla and Charybdis, I believe John E inverted the metaphors. Charybdis was the whirlpool which risked destroying the entire craft and crew; Scylla was the 6-headed monster (an anthropom ...

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