Links and Thinks

Wishing you were good at crafts?   This English Paper Piecing thing looks pretty neat, and quite doable.

Overpopulation– I have been saying this for 30 years or so, but these researchers were shocked to discover that half the world’s countries are not at replacement level. There are exceptions, of course, but the countries that are at replacement level or above are also largely not countries with a history or culture of innovation, technological advancement, protections for women, or indoor plumbing.

Lifespan not tied to genetics as much as previously thought. It’s an interesting topic for discussion at the family dinner table.

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ― Theodore Dalrymple

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