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Friday, September 11, 2009

5:12 pm cdt

Thunderbird


Myth or Fact?There have long been stories of a mythical Thunderbird, described in many ancient cultures.  It was described as a huge raptor capable of catching large prey, including humans.

So, what if it wasn't a myth?









5:11 pm cdt

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Literacy

Did you know:

*  75% of unemployed are illiterate

*  1/3 of mothers receiving family aid are illiterate

*  60% of prison inmates are illeterate

*  85% of youths appearing before juvenile court are illiterate

....  seeing a trend here??



1:36 pm cdt

Harrison Bergeron

There has been much talk of everyone having exactly the same in equality.  It sounds like a wonderful concept, but it can come at great cost.

I read this short story many years ago, and I finally found a copy of it on the web as this idea is much on my mind here lately.

I'll give a copy of the first paragraph, but click here to read the entire story .

Harrison Bergeron
by Kurt Vonnegut (1961)


THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.



8:39 am cdt


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