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James M. Barrie

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:00pm
"I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life."
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Bobby Knight

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:00pm
"All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things."
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weal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 20, 2014 is:

weal • \WEEL\  • noun
: a sound, healthy, or prosperous state : well-being

Examples:
The president spoke of devotion to the common weal and the hope of creating a better country.

"'Higher healthcare costs'? No one could be for that, so the campaign [against it] looks like a flag-carrier for the public weal." — Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2014

Did you know?
Weal is most often used in contexts referring to the general good. One reads, for example, of the "public weal" or the "common weal." The latter of these led to the formation of the noun commonweal, a word that once referred to an organized political entity, such as a nation or state, but today usually means "the general welfare." The word commonwealth shares these meanings, but its situation is reversed; the "political entity" sense of commonwealth is still current, whereas the "general welfare" sense has become archaic. At one time, weal and wealth were also synonyms; both meant "riches" ("all his worldly weal") and "well-being." Both words stem from wela, the Old English word for "well-being," and are closely related to the Old English word for "well."

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November 20, 1945: Nuremberg trials begin

This Day in History - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00pm

Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.

The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace, to crimes of war, to crimes against humanity. Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided over the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted of 216 court sessions.

On October 1, 1946, 12 architects of Nazi policy were sentenced to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life, and three were acquitted. Of the original 24 defendants, one, Robert Ley, committed suicide while in prison, and another, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, was deemed mentally and physically incompetent to stand trial. Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, leader of the Gestapo and the Luftwaffe; Alfred Jodl, head of the German armed forces staff; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior.

On October 16, 10 of the architects of Nazi policy were hanged. Goering, who at sentencing was called the "leading war aggressor and creator of the oppressive program against the Jews," committed suicide by poison on the eve of his scheduled execution. Nazi Party leader Martin Bormann was condemned to death in absentia (but is now believed to have died in May 1945). Trials of lesser German and Axis war criminals continued in Germany into the 1950s and resulted in the conviction of 5,025 other defendants and the execution of 806.

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Daily Puzzle - November 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:37pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What number completes this sequence?

4 15 14 11 5 ==?==

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - November 19 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:37pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - November 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:37pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Pointer
   Guide your mouse through each level whilst avoiding the walls and other obstacles. Can you complete the game in less than 5 minutes?
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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John Billings(Henry Wheeler Shaw)

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:00pm
"When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him."
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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:00pm
"Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite."
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Donald H. Rumsfeld

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:00pm
"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much."
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Will Rogers

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:00pm
"I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago."
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officious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 19, 2014 is:

officious • \uh-FISH-us\  • adjective
1 : volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed : meddlesome 2 : informal, unofficial

Examples:
Staff members view the new consultant as an officious individual offering unwanted feedback, but she is simply doing her job.

"During an interview this week with Morris News, Saxby, a Republican, said he is frustrated by the delay but attributes it more to officious federal bureaucrats than to partisan gamesmanship." — Carla Caldwell, Atlanta Business Chronicle, April 2, 2014

Did you know?
Don't mistake officious for a rare synonym of official. Both words stem from the Latin noun officium (meaning "service" or "office"), but they have very different meanings. When the suffix -osus ("full of") was added to officium, Latin officiosus came into being, meaning "eager to serve, help, or perform a duty." When this adjective was borrowed into English in the 16th century as officious, it carried the same meaning. Early in the 17th century, however, officious began to develop a negative sense describing a person who offers unwanted help. This pejorative sense has driven out the original "eager to help" sense to become the predominant meaning of the word in modern English. Officious can also mean "of an informal or unauthorized nature," but that sense isn't especially common.

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November 19, 1863: Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address

This Day in History - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:00pm

On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing.  The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee's defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army's ultimate decline.

Charged by Pennsylvania's governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, an attorney named David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle. Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery's dedication. Almost as an afterthought, Wills also sent a letter to Lincoln—just two weeks before the ceremony—requesting "a few appropriate remarks" to consecrate the grounds.

At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Lincoln spoke. Lincoln's address lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. This was his stirring conclusion: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Reception of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was initially mixed, divided strictly along partisan lines. Nevertheless, the "little speech," as he later called it, is thought by many today to be the most eloquent articulation of the democratic vision ever written.

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Daily Puzzle - November 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Find two words, which are anagrams of each other, which complete this sentence:

Due to a recent outbreak of a ==?== infection in the zebra house, the local zoo had to ==?== their electron microscope correctly, to ensure rapid detection.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - November 18 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - November 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Ice Rush
   Extreme Arctic racing game.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Randy K. Milholland

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:00pm
"Nothing like a lot of exercise to make you realize you'd rather be lazy and dead sooner."
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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:00pm
"Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born."
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Margot Asquith

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:00pm
"What a pity, when Christopher Colombus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it."
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Oscar Wilde

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:00pm
"I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means."
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