Whaleoil general debate

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Face of the day

Word of the day

The word for today is…

rigmarole (noun) – 1. Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
2. A complicated, petty set of procedures.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1736, “a long, rambling discourse,” apparently from an altered, Kentish colloquial survival of ragman roll “long list or catalogue” (1520s), in Middle English a long roll of verses descriptive of personal characters, used in a medieval game of chance called Rageman, perhaps from Anglo-French Ragemon le bon “Ragemon the good,” which was the heading on one set of the verses, referring to a character by that name. Sense transferred to “foolish activity or commotion” by 1939.

Daily proverb

Proverbs 24

21 My child, fear the Lord and the king.
Don’t associate with rebels,

Wednesday nightcap

A whole YouTube channel dedicated to climate sceptics!  — 1000frolly. This one gets interesting at the end when members of the audience criticise the speaker for not being a climate scientist, not realising that climate science courses are more social studies than science and that guys like this are higher level thinkers that can you use very simple scientific concepts to see the holes in “ climate science”.

Funny video: Trump versus Iranian Mullahs

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Wednesday weapons

Stephen Fry: Political correctness does not work

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A highlight from recent Munk debate.

Fry paraphrase’s Yevgeny Zamyatin, “Progress is achieved, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”

I think that describes the Whaleoil readership quite well…


A Munk debate: Is political correctness good?

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Daily roundup

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