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User Name: Dinos Constantinou
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Topic: Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 10:46:21 AM
Bully_rus wrote:
And how many are capable of tasting the suffering of others? Is there a difference? What does it tell us about us?

Hi Bully_rus!

I think you make a good point. Empathy is difficult enough these days and when you try to show sympathy, you're often accused of being condescending.

I watched a five minute film recently, entitled, "Solipsism". It made me think that we are trending that way and it may explain why we defend our opinions as though we are defending our very being.

An extract from wikipedia about the consequences of being a solipsist is given here:

"Furthermore, the joy and suffering arising from empathy is just as real as the joy and suffering arising from physical sensation. They view their own existence as human beings to be just as speculative as the existence of anyone else as a human being."

If it's not a digression, you may consider some of what is written in the link below:

A social view would seem to contradict the essence of this quote: the happiness that is shared between partners; spouses; and good friends, engaged in an activity they both enjoy.

Also, why does an audience laugh together after a comic has delivered a particularly funny joke?


Topic: libelous
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2016 5:32:23 PM
monamagda wrote:

Libelous is the adjective and Libel is the noun

Notes: Libel started out as a noun, but it now may be used as a verb, a 'to libel someone', meaning "to falsely accuse them of something damaging their reputation". The adjective is libelous, as 'libelous language', and someone who libels someone else may be called either a libeler or a libelist; your choice.

In Play: Libel is a close semantic relative of slander. Both are legal terms, but slander refers strictly to speech, while libel casts a broader semantic net, and may refer to pictures that misrepresent someone: "Susan Liddy-Gates won her libel case when it was proven that the statements made by her client, the defendant, were true."

Word History:
In the 14th century this word meant "formal written statement"; however, in 15th century civil law it came to mean "plaintiff's statement of charges". The current meaning was first attested in the 1630s. It was borrowed from Old French libelle "small book; (legal) writ" from Latin libellus "a little book, pamphlet, petition", the diminutive for liber "book". Liber also underlies librarium "chest for books", which English borrowed, via French, for its library. Liber comes from libra "inner bark of a tree", the material early Romans made scrolls from. English reflects a similar relation between book and beech; they also share the same origin. This may be the reason why, in many IE languages, the pages of a book are called "leaves

Thanks again for your thorough research of the topic.

My own preference between libeler and libelist is to use the former as the noun describing someone who libels. I prefer it because the suffix -ist, normally refers to a specialist (e.g. Podiatrist) and libeling can be done quite casually. Libeler fits better, just as a slanderer is one who has slandered another and a murderer is one who has murdered another. Incidentally, the noun 'raper' was used to describe someone who rapes another until a reporter popularized the alternative 'rapist', which, in my view, would be better used to describe one who is a serial 'raper'. What's your opinion?


Topic: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Hold Their First Bed-In for Peace (1969)
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2016 12:24:09 PM
monamagda wrote:

John Lennon's first non-Beatles single, the anthemic Give Peace A Chance, was recorded on the penultimate day of his and Yoko Ono's second bed-in for peace, in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada.

"It wasn't like 'You have to have peace!' Just give it a chance. We ain't giving any gospel here - just saying how about this version for a change? We think we have the right to have a say in the future. And we think the future is made in your mind."
John Lennon, 1980
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Lennon used the phrase "All we are saying is give peace a chance" during an interview on the first day of the bed-in. Over the next few days he worked up a melody and lyrics, and recorded the song during the final day of the event.

The song was intentionally simple, with two chords and a chorus which anyone could join in on. The verses, meanwhile, were largely nonsense, although the third verse contained the word 'masturbation'; this was changed by Lennon to 'mastication' in the published lyrics, as Lennon wished to avoid courting controversy.

On the day of recording Lennon instructed Apple's press officer Derek Taylor to arrange for recording equipment to be brought to the hotel suite. Taylor contacted a local studio owner, André Perry, who brought four microphones and a four-track recorder.

During the recording Lennon and Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers played acoustic guitars. A wardrobe door was repeatedly opened and closed to provide a rhythm, and the various assembled guests sang during the choruses.

Thank you for giving us a clear and comprehensive contribution about John and Oko.


Topic: entrepot
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2016 11:54:15 AM
monamagda wrote:

1.Commerce: Trade in which imported goods are re-exported with or without any additional processing or repackaging.

2.Finance: Financial center where foreign lenders and foreign buyers meet or deal and which acts as a channel for international funds with little or no money retained in its local market. Strictly speaking, London is an entrepot center but not New York where a large part of foreign funds remain.

The digital marketplace is an entrepot business because none of the products that are sold were manufactured by the Amazon company.

Read more:

Thank you for giving us a clear explanation.

Topic: He died...of a broken heart, a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined.
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2016 11:40:19 AM
gerry wrote:
One can develop a resistance to a broken heart ask any young person the one that kills is death of faithShhh

What does it say of a person, young or mature, when they develop a resistance to a broken heart? Maybe they invest less of their heart each time? As for faith, faith in what or in whom? Do you mean faith in love, oneself, God, or other? Clarity is more important than brevity, if you want to be understood.

Topic: Prokaryota: The First Living Cells
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2016 6:26:51 PM
Daemon wrote:
Prokaryota: The First Living Cells

It is generally accepted that the first living cells on Earth were some form of prokaryote. In biology, a prokaryote is generally a single-celled organism that lacks membrane-bound organelles such as a nucleus, mitochondria, and chloroplasts. Genetic material is instead organized into a ring-like structure called a nucleoid. Most prokaryotes are bacteria, and the two terms are often treated as synonyms. What are the four basic shapes of prokaryotic cells? More...

Hello Daemon!

This is an interesting topic but you've used a site that is difficult to understand for people who are not specialists in microbiology or a closely related discipline. I have included below a link to a site meant for schoolchildren:

I always do this when I want to learn about a topic I know little or nothing about and I'm not ashamed to do so. I hope this is helpful?


Topic: The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2016 4:29:15 PM
Daemon wrote:
The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

I think this quote is not a good one. I think I've experienced love and it was equally important to me to love and be loved, in equal measure. For the first ten years of our marriage (we divorced in 1987), I believe that was true for us. We made each other happy and there was much laughter between us.
Topic: The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2016 3:59:58 PM
FRANK ED wrote:
a tree alone in comparison to trees in company\ a lone tree can love being a life on a mountain and be conditioned to be admired by all who notice.

I don't know that a lone tree can love being a life on a mountain? Is it sentient, or are you making an analogy? Also, did you mean to write that it can be conditioned to be admired by all who notice it, or, that it can condition those who notice it to admire it?

I'm trying to understand you so please do not take my questions negatively.
Topic: Gonzo's Roots
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 5:46:41 PM
Daemon wrote:
Gonzo's Roots

In 1970, journalist Hunter S. Thompson was assigned to cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan's Monthly. With a deadline fast approaching and his story still unwritten, Thompson desperately resorted to tearing out pages of his notes and sending them to his editor. The resulting story, titled “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” became the first example of Gonzo journalism. Whose belief that “fiction is often the best fact” formed the basis for Thompson's subjective writing style? More...

This was a very interesting article and the topic was new to me. I have long held the view that so-called objective journalism hardly exists. You can read a different paper, reporting on the same news topic, and get a totally different story. At least Hunter S. Thompson did not pretend to be objective or unbiased.
Topic: Who is there who has not felt a sudden startled pang at reliving an old experience or feeling an old emotion?
Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 6:39:30 PM
Verbatim wrote:
Dinos Constantinou wrote: 'I think it was Jung who said, "A well-balanced person can make the same mistake twice and not feel nervous about it." '

Dear Carl would go to any length to advocate "individuation", including, perhaps, plagiarizing Alexander Hamilton, who apparently said before him:

"A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous." Shame on you

Errare humanum est..... equilibrium ad infinitum? Whistle

Thanks for supplying the original quote from Alexander Hamilton and for the link to an excellent site on quotes.