Thought of the Day
A not always obvious, though utterly central, paradox of humanity’s evolution revolves around the search for knowledge vis a vis the ability to declare that one really, truly knows something: the first utterly defines a core aspect of becoming an actually functioning real human being, while the second, at least in relation to any complex phenomenon or multilayered dynamic, at best represents an impossibility, in the most optimistic situation a case of fatuous fantasy that, as soon as anyone shows the temerity truly to support or insist on such foolishness becomes something much darker, sinister and insidious matters indeed, an affair of promoting beliefs that justify the most extreme sorts of feral fury and fascistic ferocity in the name of truthsthat no more exist than did either the ether that believers in this now hilarious view of electromagnetism defended diligently or the phlogiston that proponents of this even more ludicrous perspective on combustion held to as firmly as infants grasp their mothers’ breasts.
This Day in History
Today is both a day to celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez, and International Transgender Day of Visibility; at Medina, thirteen hundred and ninety years ago, a siege began against the forces of the prophet Muhammad; five hundred and nineteen years hence, more or less exactly, in 1146, Bernard of Clairvaux preached a renowned sermon that called for a new Crusade against Islam’s expansive power; three hundred forty-six years further along, meanwhile, in 1492, the same year that Columbus set sail for America, Spain issued its Alhambra decree that required Muslim and Jewish citizens to convert or face expulsion for the crime of having a different religion; MORE HERE
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Rosenbergs’ Convictions – http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rosenbergs-convicted-of-espionage
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