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Friedrich Nietzsche

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:00pm
"Only sick music makes money today."
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Anonymous

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:00pm
"God is not dead but alive and well and working on a much less ambitious project."
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histrionic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 20, 2015 is:

histrionic • \his-tree-AH-nik\  • adjective
1 : deliberately affected : theatrical 2 : of or relating to actors, acting, or the theater

Examples:
The candidate declared that he would not stoop to address his opponent's histrionic and patently untrue accusations.

"When we listen in on one-sided telephone conversations in the movies, often the behavior is not quite human. Rather, it becomes an actor's showcase for histrionic tears or smiling through tears—a good old-fashioned wallow in capital-O Overacting." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, January 16, 2015

Did you know?
The term histrionic developed from histrio, Latin for "actor." Something that is histrionic tends to remind one of the high drama of stage and screen and is often stagy and over-the-top. It especially calls to mind the theatrical form known as melodrama, where plot and physical action, not characterization, are emphasized. But something that is histrionic isn't always overdone; the word can also describe actors, acting, or the theater, and in that sense it becomes a synonym of thespian. The related plural noun histrionics is similarly bifurcated. It can refer to either theatrical performances or to a deliberate display of emotion for effect.

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February 20, 1985: Ireland allows sale of contraceptives

This Day in History - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:00pm

In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives.

Up until 1979, Irish law prohibited the importation and sale of contraceptives. In a 1973 case, McGee v. The Attorney General, the Irish Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to marital privacy covered the use of contraceptives. Pressured by strong conservative forces in Irish society, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, the government was slow to change the law to reflect the court's decision, and a number of proposed bills failed before reaching the books.

In 1979, the Irish health minister, Charles Haughey, introduced a bill limiting the legal provision of contraceptives to "bona fide family planning purposes." Signed into law in November 1980, the Health (Family Planning) Act ensured that contraceptives could be sold by a registered pharmacist to customers with a valid medical prescription. Still, many people saw the law as too strict. Over the next several years, a movement began to make contraceptives more easily available, causing bitter divisions inside and outside of the Dail, Ireland's main house of Parliament.

As the government debated the changes, Catholic Church leaders railed against them, warning that increased access to contraceptives would encourage the moral decay of Ireland, leading to more illegitimate children and increased rates of abortion and venereal disease. On the eve of the vote in early 1985, the Dublin archbishop claimed the legislation would send Ireland down a "slippery slope of moral degradation." Some politicians were even threatened with violence if they voted for the legislation.

On February 20, 1985, a coalition of the Fine Gael and Labour parties led by Dr. Garret FitzGerald defeated the opposition of the conservative Fianna Fail party by an 83-80 vote. The new legislation made non-medical contraceptives (condoms and spermicides) available without prescriptions to people over 18 at pharmacies; it also allowed for the distribution of these contraceptives at doctors' offices, hospitals and family planning clinics. Though it was still illegal to advertise contraceptives and use of the birth control pill remained restricted, the vote marked a major turning point in Irish history--the first-ever defeat of the Catholic Church in a head-to-head battle with the government on social legislation.

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Daily Puzzle - February 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:45pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is the next letter in this sequence:

J A S O N ==?==

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Daily Sudoku - February 19 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:45pm
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 - February 19

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:45pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Mass Attack
   Drop weights to balance the scales. It's much more addictive than it sounds!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Robert Frost

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference."
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Stephen Jay Gould

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos."
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Don Marquis

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race."
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Dick Gregory

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:00pm
"I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark."
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