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Hundreds of doctors will this week call for a ban on NHS funding for homeopathic treatments.

A sentence comparing a kiss to the sucking of a very thirsty gerbil has won Seattle-based novelist Molly Ringle the world's worst writing contest.

Ringle, who says she only writes bad fiction when she fails at good fiction, took the Bulwer-Lytton prize for the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels yesterday with: "For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss – a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world's thirstiest gerbil."

Speaking to the BBC, Finland's communication minister Suvi Linden explained the thinking behind the legislation: "We considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment.

"Finland has worked hard to develop an information society and a couple of years ago we realised not everyone had access," she said.

It is believed up to 96% of the population are already online and that only about 4,000 homes still need connecting to comply with the law



Ambrose Bierce in his Devil's Dictionary said something about homeopathy being medicine for fools and that it was criticized by the ignorant but not by the wise as it didn't cure the fools but sometimes killed them.

Sorry I don't have the exact definition he gives.

i only know about christopher hitchens because of 1gm, and have had much amusement and enjoyment, as well as frustration from his offerings to public discourse. as a fellow "polemicist" and heavy smoker, even though i often find myself on the wrong side of his incredibly and admirably eruditely expressed positions, i wish him a complete and speedy recovery, and a powerful return to said public discourse, which would be much the poorer without him.

re: politics and language:

so, does this mean that all your many posts during the bush era inferring bushes (actual) stupidity from his (apparent) clumsy misuse of the english language were so much bullshit?

damn, how many pleasant moments i wasted laughing at that stuff...

i still get a kick out of it when obama tries to sound "folksy". :)

In April 2003, Richard Brookhiser of the National Review wrote an article for the Atlantic in which he repeatedly stated that George W. Bush is intelligent. He offered virtually no evidence in support of his claim. Anyone who isn't an idiot must concede that Bush is inarticulate, but that is only one part of the case for his stupidity. It seems to me that among the most important qualities of an intelligent person are curiosity, creativity, and the ability to think analytically. Intelligent people usually have good vocabularies and imaginations and/or show evidence of the ability to think abstractly. During the painful process of watching Bush speak publicly or converse in interviews, I've never saw any spark of originality or leaps of imagination. Intelligent people usually have good memories, and because they are curious it follows that they are knowledgeable about a variety of subjects – certainly those subjects related to their profession. Bush seemed to be wholly incurious about subjects that should be of intense interest to anyone who aspires to be president. The guy’s father was UN ambassador and chief liaison officer to China and yet, when Dubya ran for president in 2000, his knowledge of foreign affairs was appalling. (Will Farrell’s SNL caricature barely qualified as parody.) Before Bush ran for president, GOP handlers spent a year traveling to Austin to tutor him. Given the ignorance Bush displayed in the Bush-Gore debates, he would have to be stupid and/or lazy to have learned so little - and his presidency was a showcase for his ignorance in a wide variety of subjects. Various Bush administration flacks went out of their way to point out that Bush is a voracious reader of books. If it is true, it is actually a pretty damning indicator of his stupidity. You can't get to be 60 years old and remain as broadly ignorant as Bush is if you've read a lot of books and you are intelligent.

Incurious, inarticulate, broadly ignorant at 60 years old, lacking creativity and adaptability - the word for that is stupid.

In France, the government, which is very right-wing, is pushing for internet access for everyone. One private provider is installing access for free in poor housing projects and another one is providing access for 2 euros a month for families receiving government aid. The usual price is 30 euros per month.

The program is intended to expand to try to make access universal. We'll see what happens.


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