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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:47 am

Classic.

Improved only by Dr. Kwak's supplementary information, "I'll be assisted by my internist, Dr. Don L. Duck".
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:58 pm

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Here’s two for the price of one:
<2011 “‘. . . and may help males achieve ejaculation quickly. ‘The key to reproductive success is impregnation, and the faster you can achieve that, the better,’ says Owen Lovejoy . . .”—Science News, Vol. 175, No. 8, 9 April, page 15>
OK, so they were talking about mammals other than humans! (>;)
<2011 “‘Consumers want to be able to complete their transactions on mobile, so this should be a big focus for advertisers,’ says Michael Slinger, Google’s director of mobile ads for the Americas.”—Technology Review, Vol. 114, No. 3, May/June, page 73>
Mike's close associates call him old flinger-slinger.
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:43 pm

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What more apt handle than Learned Hand for a mommy and daddy to hang on their son, a future famous judge:
<2011 (book description by Oxford University Press) Billings Learned Hand [[1872-1961]] was one of the most influential judges in America. In Learned Hand: The Man and the Judge, Gerald Gunther provides a complete and intimate account of the professional and personal life of Learned Hand. He conveys the substance and range of Hand's judicial and intellectual contributions with eloquence and grace.>
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:20 pm

About Learned Hand's curious name, Wikipedia has this to say:
Billings Learned Hand was born on January 27, 1872, in Albany, New York, the second and last child of Samuel and Lydia Hand (née Learned). His mother's family traditionally used surnames as given names, and Hand was named for an uncle and a grandfather, both named Billings Peck Learned.
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Post by Wizard of Oz » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:44 am

.. I am a member of the NSW Art Gallery .. I recently noticed that our new Executive Director is Craig Brush ..

WoZ in the galley .. I mean gallery
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Signature: "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

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Post by Ken Greenwald » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:17 am

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<2011 “[Dr.] Gary Sic, a specialist on Iran at Columbia, said he believed that the covert campaign, combined with sanctions, would not persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear work.”—New York Times, 11 January>
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Ken – January 11, 2012
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:32 pm

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<2012 "Penelope Lively's ‘fresh and charming’ new novel begins unexpectedly with the mugging of its protagonist . . . The result is one of Lively's ‘funniest and most enjoyable character studies’ in years.”—The Week, 20 January, page 22>
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Ken – January 21, 2012
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:21 am

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<2012 “In truth, few people are really taking the prospect of independence [[Scotland's]] seriously, said Ian Smart in the Scotsman on Sunday. If there were a widespread belief that it might happen in five years, Scotland's major public companies . . . would spend significant resources 'war-gaming' what that would mean for them. ‘They don't.’” —The Week, 27 January, page 14>
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Ken – January 22, 2012
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:17 am

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<2012 (headline) “Mind-altering drugs research call from Prof David Nutt.”—BBC News, 23 January>
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Post by Wizard of Oz » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:52 am

.. I found a local funeral director, Fry Bros, who offers cremations .. that I thought was a worry BUT when I looked for their website I found it on Eatability .. now that really worried me ..

WoZ not going to BBQs
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:10 am

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And a second contribution from our ever-experimenting doctor:

Bulletin!
<2012 “A team led by psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt . . . recruited 15 people . . . Each was injected with a small amount of psilocybin, the ingredient responsible for magic mushrooms’ mind-bending properties.”—Science News, 25 February, page 8>
And we're off to never-never land!
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Ken – March 2, 2012
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:11 pm

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<2012 “Rick Santorum is spreading disgusting lies about the Netherlands, said Niels Posthumos.”—The Week, 9 March, page 12>
Niels was kind enough to file this news item before he passed on.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:28 pm

You might still find him in the garden.
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:28 am

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I read the following in an interesting article on names:
<2012 “What’s in a Name? We don’t choose the names we carry, but they have an immense and often hidden effect on our lives. . . . A name can exert unconscious influence over a person’s own choices. Some scientific researchers contend that there are disproportionally large numbers of dentists named Dennis and lawyers named Lauren, and that it’s not purely an accident that Dr. Hart of Scarsdale, N.Y., chose cardiology or that the Greathouse family of West Virginia runs a real-estate firm [or that Sue Yoo of Los Angeles . . . is an attorney. . To some degree this has always been true: The Romans had the expression nomen est omen, or ‘name is destiny.’”—The Week, 16 March, page 9>
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Ken – March 11, 2012 (And ta think, I coulda been a condenda paintin green walls!)
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:40 am

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A friend by any other name:
<2012 “A sex scandal has rocked the world of yoga . . . John Friend, a charismatic teacher who created the Anusara school of yoga, announced last week that he was taking a leave of absence [[spend more time with the family (<:)]] after admitting he’d been secretly engaging in sex with dozens of female students and employees, some of whom were married. More than 50 Anusara teachers have quit in disgust, and many of the 200,000 practitioners from around the U.S. are ‘devastated’ by their gurus fall from grace.”—The Week, 16 March, page 17>
Now Sussie, assume the inverted lotus position!
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Ken – March 12, 2012
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