Suggested card for a white elephant gift

“My dear Mrs. Snead-Cone:
Mrs. Begg-Newshall gave this to me last year and I put it away expecially for you. I knew you would dislike it as much as I did. I don’t where Mrs. Beggsnewshall got it from, but it must have caused her a year of misery before she gave it to me. Hang it on your library wall and it will help you wonderfully in self-control.
Mrs Ashton-Woolsey”

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Psychopath or Cool Guy?

Women like men who are confident and know the right thing to say.  Unfortunately, psychopaths tick both those boxes.

This is why our great-grandparents warned that you should watch how a man treats his mother, the hired help, waitresses- people he doesn’t need to impress- especially when he doesn’t realize you’re watching.

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Debunking Howard Zinn

I knew he was pretty worthless as a historian, and that by his own admission he didn’t care much if he was accurate or not.  But he was really dishonest.  Also here.

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Manners

I’m reading an article on manners, published in 1902 in England. A story is told of a gentleman who had been sitting by Duchess A, and he left the conversation and went to talk to Duchess B. Later on he told a friend that he had to leave Duchess A because the fire was intolerably hot and he had to go cool off. His friend asked him if he told Duchess A why he was leaving her, and he said no, but he had told Duchess B. The article on manners used this as an exhibit of tactlessness and said the gentleman had put his foot in it twice, and had he had a happier childhood and a kind and clever mother, she would have laughed him out such blunders at a very young age.

It would never have occurred to me to call this bad manners, and I am not sure what the breach was. Any ideas to share?

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Free Speech

How Twitter and FB are silencing political speech they don’t like.

Group threatens theaters for showing a political play and suggests they might have to get out the guillotine if a local church airs a documentary about Jordan Peterson. Guess which end of the political spectrum they fall on?

“Earlier this year an anonymous threat forced a D.C. theater to cancel a production of “FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers.” The play, produced by Phelim McAleer, featured a reading of texts from disgraced FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.” Click through and you can watch the play.

According to the September, 2003 issue of National Geographic:
There are an estimated 27 million men, women, and children in the world who are enslaved — physically confined or restrained and forced to work, or controlled through violence, or in some way treated as property.

Therefore, there are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade [11 million total, and about 450,000, or about 4% of the total, who were brought to the United States]. The modern commerce in humans rivals illegal drug trafficking in its global reach—and in the destruction of lives.http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0309/feature1/

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