Monthly Archives: May 2019

A veterinarian goes to see a doctor

The doctor began his consultation by asking the veterinarian about the pain and its intensity. The veterinarian sarcastically replied: “When I treat animals I can’t ask questions. I have to use my skill and judgement.” The doctor said, “OK.” After … Continue reading

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The limits of personal responsibility: Auschwitz and Hiroshima

Although subordinates in the military are expected to obey orders, they remain beneath the law. Obeying orders is a personal responsibility, which entails deciding whether they’re lawful or not. Unlawful orders should be challenged or disobeyed. Many Nazis were executed … Continue reading

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George Burns* on know-it-all people

“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” A long forgotten American comedian

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Book Review: Attica Locke~ Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)

The shocking thing about this book is that it’s a twenty-first century novel published exactly fifty years after ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ was released. The film and Attica Locke’s novel are set in the Deep South. In east … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s attitude towards Black-Americans in 1858

While I was at the hotel to-day an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing a perfect equality between the negroes and white people. [Great laughter.] While I had not proposed to … Continue reading

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The meaning of prejudice

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” J K Galbraith, economist and all round genius Chris

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He knew what he meant

A doctor asks a pharmacist to prepare some tablets of acetylsalicylic acid. “Do you mean aspirin?” asks the pharmacist. The doctor slaps his forehead. “That’s it!” he says. “I can never 
remember the name.” Chris

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