The Jury Talks Back

1/17/2009

In keeping with the trend

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 11:23 pm

Of me hating the media and the psycophantic circle-jerk it has become of Teh One…

This drinking game will likely kill you.

I do not recommend it.

Extrinsic Incubation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amphipolis @ 2:17 pm

 

David McCullough on the time it took for people to accept the proven fact that malaria and yellow fever are spread by mosquitos:

In the conventional understanding of history, human advancement is marked by specific momentous steps: on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, the Wright brothers fly in a heavier-than-air machine and at once a new age dawns; in a hospital ward outside Havana Dr. Jesse Lazear dies a martyr’s death and the baffling horror of yellow jack is at last resolved. But seldom does it happen that way. Ideas too have their period of extrinsic incubation, and particularly if they run contrary to what has always seemed common sense. In the case of the Wright brothers, it was five years after Kitty Hawk before the world accepted the idea that their machine could fly.

The Path Between the Seas p 422

Never Plead Guilty

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 12:26 pm

John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, embodiment of the presumption of innocence as the Golden Thread of British Justice, passed away yesterday.  I plan to raise a glass of Chateau Thames Embankment in his memory.

Tributes pour in as writer, wit and barrister John Mortimer dies at 85 (Guardian)

Rumpole Creator Infused Whodunits With Levity (NY Times)

Wit, flirt, genius: John Mortimer dies aged 85 (The Independent)


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