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“Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”

You say ‘potato’; I say ‘potahto’; you say ‘tomato’; I say ‘tomahto’. A great Astaire/Rodgers song everyone ought to know. [But just in case, I provide a link.] On the other hand, grammar is not up for arbitrary or capricious grab. Below, you will find a correspondent’s concern for how to use neither/nor in sentences. ***************** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ3fjQa5Hls

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Mr. Calvino

When I first read Mr. Palomar I was overwhelmed by the beauty of its prose and could hardly focus on its content. Italo Calvino never went on to win the Nobel Prize because he died too soon and the prize is never awarded posthumously. That he never won it is reason enough to think the rules concerning the award should be reconsidered. Wikipedia rightly points out that the title character makes philosophical observations about the world...

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What Happens In North Korea Should Only Stay In North Korea

May 12, 2013 Floral Tribute Paid to Statues of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il 1. Delegations of different countries and regions Sunday visited the statues of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill. The delegations came here to participate in the 16th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair. They laid a floral basket before the statues of the peerlessly great men who made immortal contributions to developing the friendly...

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Make It One For My Baby And 1,200 For the Road

Even Tony Scalia can’t get it wrong all the time. ****************************** Police following up on drunk driving investigations will no longer be able to draw their suspect’s blood without a court order authorizing the search, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. In a 5-4 decision, with Justices Sonya Sotomayor, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan making up the majority, the court ruled that...

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ESS, MEIN KINDT, ESS. [EAT, MY CHILD, EAT]

Atkins, South Beach, and all the others, it is time to move to the sidelines. There is a new kid on the block getting all the attention. New England Journal of Medicine, 04/08/2013 Continuing Medical Education Estruch R. et al.– Observational cohort studies and a secondary prevention trial have shown an inverse association between adherence to THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET. and cardiovascular risk. The study is a randomized trial of this diet...

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Good Friday And The Smudged Telescope

According to a tale that sadistic Christians like to tell each other with unrelenting pleasure, their hero was hung up to dry and, when he was sufficiently emaciated, the Bad Guys nailed him down. We commemorate the occasion with great glee. It seems the day ought to be named AWFUL FRIDAY but what do heretics know? The principal reaction of Outsiders when this tale is thrust upon them once each year is: OUCH! For some obscure reason, after...

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