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What constitutes ‘correct’ grammar in English seems to have a cyclical life, aided and abetted by new generations of enthusiastic grammarians.
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t think that "follow the syntax of your heart" on a t-shirt would be a good start.

Maybe you should say that grammar is like a toolbox of soultions, from which you can choose a few to fit any situation. Kind of like whether you're going to put an arch over a doorway or whatever you call the long block. That's an idea they should get.
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As "The Time of Great Silliness" known as the American presidential election season enters its larval stage, let us remind ourselves with a simple demonstration that:
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.  --Richard Feynman
A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America, and why no one likes to be wrong.
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It's only taken the Catholic church 500 years to join the science party, but better late than never.
Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican
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NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies monitors numerous aspects of earth's atmosphere. Using this data, Bloomberg Business has published these animated graphs to help non-climatologists understand the causes of climate change.
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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There's a reason one should never discuss religion, politics or college football in polite society: they trigger that tribal ooga-booga emotional reaction in us, which squelches rational thought. But if democracy should be based on rational discourse, where does that leave us?
 
Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors.” This according to a study published last year by Stanford and Princeton researchers.  The divide is as fierce as it has been, since… since previous phases of the recurring American Civil War. See: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html

I found this excerpt interesting: “Also of note is that the partisan polarization occurs even though Americans aren’t all that split on policies or ideology. Their partisanship is more tribal than anything — the result of an ill-informed electorate. “In order to have an understanding of the ideology of your party and the opposing party you have to have a lot of information….”
 
And hence, polemicists on both sides (though one far worse than the other) strive to oversimplify and to downplay science. The article blames we, in the electorate.  And sure, some fault lies there.  But history tells us how our ancestors got out of similar phases, in the past.  And it always took just one thing.  One thing that’s needed now.
 
Blue America (the Union) has to wake up, get mad, win the damned thing, turn the nation back toward a scientific and calmly, can-do future… one that pragmatically negotiates, mixing a mostly decent government with even-greater emphasis on joyful-competition and self-reliance... and thus we can restore a blessed, though much-maligned word and process to our tormented land.
The problem with politics isn’t Washington, but a hyper-tribal electorate.
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This is a revealing interactive map showing the second-most spoken language in countries around the world. While it was no surprise to find Spanish holds that position in the US, I did not expect to learn that 60 million Americans - that would be 3/4 the population of Germany - speak a language at home other than English.

Also no surprise is that Germany's Turkish immigrants have established their language as number 2, at just 1.8% of the population.

Spanish is the most common second language throughout [the US], but in several states (Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) French is the most commonly spoken second-language. More than 60 million Americans speak a language at home other than English
The most spoken language in any country is often obvious; usually, it’s the official language of the country. However, you can learn a lot about a country by analyzing its second most spoken language.
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This seems strikingly similar to the myth of taste bud zones on the human tongue. Told enough times, we're even convinced we taste bitter only at the back and sweet at the front. As long as everyone agrees to agree....
 
In the world of art, architecture, and design, the golden ratio 
has earned a tremendous reputation. Greats like Le Corbusier and Salvador Dalí have used the number in their work. The Parthenon, the Pyramids at Giza, the paintings of Michelangelo, the Mona Lisa, even the Apple logo are all said to incorporate it.

It's bullshit. The golden ratio's aesthetic bona fides are an urban legend, a myth, a design unicorn. Many designers don't use it, and if they do, they vastly discount its importance. There's also no science to really back it up. Those who believe the golden ratio is the hidden math behind beauty are falling for a 150-year-old scam.
The golden ratio is total nonsense in design. Here's why.
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