I Didn’t Mean That

Archon's Den

Contradiction II

Here’s a list of words that don’t mean what they used to.

  1. Nice

The original meaning of nice used to be, well, not so nice. The adjective actually comes from the Latin word “nescius,” meaning “unaware” or “ignorant.” When it was picked up by the English language in the early 1300s, it described a “stupid, ignorant, or foolish” person. Ouch!

2. Awful

Nowadays, if you say something is awfulyou’re not being kind. However, back in the day, it was actually a term that people used to praise things, seeing as it literally meant that someone or something was “worthy of awe.” As awful became more negative, the word awesome largely replaced it in terms of its original meaning.

3. Flirt

Flirting with someone in today’s sense is what most people would consider to be flattering. However, if you were to flirt with someone based on the word’s original…

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Thought-Provoking Words

Filosofa's Word

Until just a couple of weeks ago, I had not, that I can recall, heard of Umair Haque.  Then, our friend David sent me a piece by him that I found to be thoughtful and thought-provoking, so I did a bit of research on the man.  Umair is a London-based consultant, and author of at least three books1.  I read several articles by him, in addition to the one David sent, until Medium, where he publishes, told me I had reached my limit of free articles.  While I do not necessarily agree with all he says … after much pondering, I mostly agree.  I have highlighted in red the parts that really made me sit up and take note.  Please read the following and give it some thought.  I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.

Umair-Haque Umair Haque

Here’s a tiny observation. Forgive me. You might not like it.


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How many people?

Life Unscripted

How many special interests can a politician sell out to before they stand for absolutely nothing?

I gotta tell you I’m pretty disgusted with the entire political scene right now, but when I read the obscene amounts of money being spent on political campaigns it’s obvious that the donations are not coming from your average John Doe.  There aren’t enough people in the country to support on a casual basis the advertising and travel budgets these candidates are bragging about.  

Not that anyone thinks that’s the case — we all know that a lot of corporate money is going into U.S. political pockets but the preponderance of special interest money is so blatant that no one even pretends to be supported by the public  — except perhaps Bernie Sanders.  

The question comes to mind how many times can a politician sell themself to special interests before they literally…

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Clean Energy Innovation is not Enough

Life Unscripted

Politicians love easy, painless solutions.  The problem is that some problems cannot be solved in painless baby-steps. Sometimes the problem being faces is gargantuan and people who depend on public support cower at the thought of antagonizing their constituents.  Which is why the U.S. Constitution was never designed for career politicians.  Right now we are facing a dilemma of that sort and cowardly career office holders are doing their best to avoid doing their job.

To tackle climate change, clean-energy innovation isn’t enough. Forget renewable energy for a moment. To really fight climate change, the world needs to focus far more on cutting its use of oil, natural gas and coal. Like adding salad to your pasta doesn’t help you lose weight, adding cleaner energy to a world run on fossil fuels won’t cut greenhouse gas emissions. Yet that’s what we’re doing now.

This idea is the biggest upshot of…

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Two Different Impeachment Playbooks

Nan's Notebook

Following are some of my thoughts related to this article.

I don’t know about you, but on several occasions I’ve considered the differences between Clinton’s impeachment and what’s happening with Trump. Although Clinton didn’t “own up” at first, he finally did … apologized … and got back to running the country for the American people. Trump, on the other hand …

Well, I’ll let you read this excerpt from the article:

While Trump rarely goes more than a few hours without weighing in on the impeachment inquiry, Clinton’s strategy was to appear above the impeachment fray, a figure too busy working on behalf of the American people to spend his days focused on the investigation by Ken Starr or the impeachment proceedings that followed.

Take note: Clinton’s strategy was to “be a figure too busy working on behalf of the American people.” (He has said he would advise Trump…

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