Ordinarily I don’t like to discuss politics because I always get into an argument. I am a moderate in the middle and issues driven, so this means like a sailboat, sometimes I tack left and sometimes I tack right to stay on course. This pleases no one.
Having never been on a sailboat, I don’t know if this is tacking, tacking, or something else. I read a lot and David did much sailing before he met me..which means I get my information about sailing from him or books.
The closest I have come to floating or sailing things was paddling a canoe at Girl Scout camp, or washing dishes. Have you ever noticed how long it takes the heaviest dish to sink? That’s buoyancy. And it was Galileo who explained buoyancy. This is what made him famous, not the propaganda spread by early Protestants about how the church “fried” him for something or other silliness regarding the sun. I’d explain it here, but suffice it to say our old history books got much wrong.
One thing some talking heads get wrong is that a flat earth society ever existed. Humans figured out long before the Age of Religious Reform the earth was round. I’d explain it here, but it would be exhausting. Suffice it to say this is a pet peeve with me. Every time I hear someone use the expression ‘flat-earth society,’ I know they are ignorant. If you hear someone use the expression, you too can know they are ignorant. Trust me, I used to be a Girl Scout.
A little game I have played with David lately is ‘tell me what you remember about President X.’ For example, did you know it was President Johnson who pushed through Civil Rights laws? Most people remember him for Viet Nam or pulling Beagle ears. Too bad.
We remember Presidents for many things, but often it is not what they did best. Often it is something hyped by the media. Such is our perverse human nature. We like scandal. This propensity to remember the worst about someone also applies to any illustrious person.
A poet said…
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is often interred with their bones.
Can you name the poet, the work, who said it and about whom it he said it? That’s part of the game. (answer from Wiki below)
In title case, the phrase may refer to:
- The Evil That Men Do, a 1969 book by John Brunner
- The Evil That Men Do, a 1904 novel by M.P. Shiel
- The Evil That Men Do, a non-fiction book co-authored by retired FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood
- The Evil That Men Do (Buffy novel), an original novel based on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do, a comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics
- The Evil That Men Do (film), 1984 film starring Charles Bronson
- “The Evil That Men Do” (song), by Iron Maiden on Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
- “Evil That Men Do”, a song by Queen Latifah on All Hail the Queen
- “The Evil That Men Do”, a song by Yo La Tengo on Ride the Tiger