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Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

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In the interest of fostering rational arguments, I'm going to present a common fallacy with each day's links. Today's fallacy is: Anonymous Authorities

Most mornings when I wake it feels like there is an elephant sitting on my chest. This has been happening for a long time, eight years if I had to guess, and yes I know it's a sign that all is not well. But, I was afraid to go to the doctor and learn the truth that I'm dying, that my ticker is ready to tick its last tock. But, today when I awoke the weight was gone. Boy was I relieved, I wasn't dying after all. I went to the kitchen brewed a pot of coffee, and read Onegoodmove's Links With Your Coffee. In some ways nothing had changed, but the paper did report that the elephant, known as George to his friends, and as Dumbo to the rest of us, is retiring to Texas, and that the health of the Nation is on the mend.


  • Editorials worldwide pillory Bush one final time - Yahoo! News

  • The Bush Years, Part Two: Bush and the Iraq War - Opinions You Should Have

  • ChessBase Christmas Puzzles

  • 1000 novels everyone must read | Books | guardian.co.uk

    This is an outstanding series, don't miss it.


  • THE ILLOGIC OF U.S. FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION
    In November of 1970, a thirteen-year-old girl arrived, accompanied by her mother, at a California family aid office. The girl, who is known publicly by the name “Genie,” walked hunched with her hands raised in front of her like paws. According to Susan Curtiss, author of Genie: a Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-Day Wild Child, she weighed only 59 pounds and spat incessantly. In addition to her decrepit physical appearance and bizarre social habits, Genie seemed incapable of producing normal language – only ever uttering a few isolated words.

    For the ten years leading up to that day in November, Genie had been confined to a single room – strapped, by day, to a “potty chair,” and, by night, to the inside of a sleeping bag. During that time, Genie had very limited human contact, and – of particular interest to the psychologists who studied her for the eight years to follow – almost no exposure to language. This fact – the occasion of Genie’s tragic abuse – gave scientists the opportunity investigate a question that could never have been probed through direct experimentation: does one lose the ability to acquire a first language?


  • Colin McGinn

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  • Annals of Public Policy: Getting There from Here: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
    In every industrialized nation, the movement to reform health care has begun with stories about cruelty. The Canadians had stories like the 1946 Toronto Globe and Mail report of a woman in labor who was refused help by three successive physicians, apparently because of her inability to pay. In Australia, a 1954 letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald sought help for a young woman who had lung disease. She couldn’t afford to refill her oxygen tank, and had been forced to ration her intake “to a point where she is on the borderline of death.” In Britain, George Bernard Shaw was at a London hospital visiting an eminent physician when an assistant came in to report that a sick man had arrived requesting treatment. “Is he worth it?” the physician asked. It was the normality of the question that shocked Shaw and prompted his scathing and influential 1906 play, “The Doctor’s Dilemma.” The British health system, he charged, was “a conspiracy to exploit popular credulity and human suffering.”


 

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