• A Fallacy Recognition Exercise by James F. Klumpp

    Click on the appropriate name for the fallacy illustrated in the example….

    “According to the latest opinion poll, illegal activity fills the boardrooms of America. Fifty-five percent of those interviewed believe that laws have been violated.”

    Name Calling | Glittering Generalities | Guilt by Association | Begging the Question | False Dilemma | Plain Folks Appeal | Ad Populum | Ad Hominem | Post Hoc Ergo Prompter Hoc | Red Herring | Composition | Division | Appeal to Inertia | Ad Misericordiam | Appeal to Ignorance | Straw Target |

Firefox Dual Language Spanish-English Spellcheck Dictionary

I wanted to be able to easily type a combination of English and Spanish and for my spelling to be checked for both simultaneously.

So, I installed two language files. I then combined my primary English dictionary with the Spanish (Spain) dictionary available from the Firefox add-on site. I combined the files by copying and pasting the contents of my English .aff and .dic files into the the Spanish .aff and .dic files.

This sort of works. I say sort of because when I use the Spanish dictionary, most English words are correctly identified as being spelled correctly. However, plural words and words ending in ed are identified as spelled incorrectly. Here is a screenshot of the phenomenon I’m describing.

In Windows 7, the dictionary files are installed here: C:\users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\

Leonard Cohen’s “Who by Fire?” Spanish Translation Attempt

And who by fire?
Who by water?
Who in the sunshine?
Who in the night time?
Who by high ordeal?
Who by common trial?
Who in your merry, merry month of may?
Who by very slow decay?
and who shall I say is calling?

Y ¿quién por fuego?
¿Quién por agua?
¿Quién en claridad?
¿Quién en oscuridad?
¿Quién por ordalía?
o proceso común?
¿Quién con aliento fecundo?
¿Quién en el ocaso?
Y ¿De parte de quién?

And who in her lonely slip?
Who by barbiturate?
Who in these realms of love?
Who by something blunt?
and who by avalanche?
Who by powder?
Who for his greed?
Who for his hunger?
and who shall I say is calling?


Y ¿quién por conmoción?
¿Quién por barbitúrico?
…en reinos del amor?
…por algo despuntado?
¿Quién por avalancha?
¿Quién por polvo?
¿Quién por avaricia?
¿Quién por hambre?
Y ¿De parte de quién?

And who by brave assent?
Who by accident?
Who in solitude?
Who in this mirror?
Who by his lady’s command?
Who by his own hand?
Who in mortal chains?
Who in power?
and who shall I say is calling?

Y ¿quién con valentía?
¿Quién por accidente?
¿Quién en solitario?
¿Quién en el espejo?
…por orden de su mujer?
…por su propia mano?
…en cadenas mortales?
¿Quién en poder?
Y ¿De parte de quién?

Partial Transcript of Nightline Face-Off: Does God Exist Part II

Martin Bashir: Kirk, in Victor Stenger’s book God: The Failed Hypothesis, he says, “Evolution, by natural selection, is accepted as an observed fact by the great majority of biologists and scientists in related fields and is utilized in every aspect of modern science, including medicine.”

How do you account for the fact that evolution is now the dominant philosophical understanding for so many of the sciences? Continue reading Partial Transcript of Nightline Face-Off: Does God Exist Part II

On the Source of Racial/Community-based Antagonism

“As the patient searchers discern more and more about early man and his predecessors, they also may gain an ever-widening insight about modern man, his nature, his failings and his future. Most major anthropologists reject the notion popularized by Robert Ardrey (The Territorial Imperative) and others that man is inherently aggressive and that his murderous instincts derive from his apelike origins. Indeed, they have found no evidence in their digs that man was anything but a peaceable hunter-gatherer before the invention of agriculture some 10,000 years ago. It was farming, they believe, that created settlers with property to protect and fostered cultural differences that led to antagonisms between races and communities.

Richard Leakey…notes that racial differences, as they are commonly perceived, are a superficial and recent development, having arisen only about 15,000 years ago.”

Time Magazine article “Puzzling Out Man’s Ascent,” Monday, Nov. 07, 1977

Immigration Miscellanea

  • Hispanics and Arizona’s New Immigration Law

    According to Pew Hispanic Center tabulations from the 2008 American Community Survey, there are 2 million Hispanics in Arizona, representing 30% of the state’s population. One-third (33%) of Arizona Hispanics are foreign born.

  • Modes of Entry for the Unauthorized Migrant Population

    Nearly half of all the unauthorized migrants now living in the United States entered the country legally through a port of entry such as an airport or a border crossing point where they were subject to inspection by immigration officials.

    As much as 45% of the total unauthorized migrant population entered the country with visas that allowed them to visit or reside in the U.S. for a limited amount of time. Known as “overstayers,” these migrants became part of the illegal population when they remained after their visas had expired.

  • Gordon H. Hanson’s “The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration

    In this Council Special Report, Professor Gordon H. Hanson of the University of California, San Diego approaches immigration through the lens of economics. The results are surprising. By focusing on the economic costs and benefits of legal and illegal immigration, Professor Hanson concludes that stemming illegal immigration would likely lead to a net drain on the U.S. economy—a finding that calls into question many of the proposals to increase funding for border protection. Moreover, Hanson argues that guest worker programs now being considered by Congress fail to account for the economic incentives that drive illegal immigration, which benefits both the undocumented workers who desire to work and live in the United States and employers who want flexible, low-cost labor.

Pronounce Greek

  • Frieda Babbley’s Greek Alphabet Guide

    There is a Greek alphabet song that goes along with it. Actually it is more of a chant. At any rate, the translation is a bit astonishing. None the less, it is taught to this day. (Please note that I have dashed each syllable and have put an apostrophe at the end of each stressed syllable, so you sound more like you know what you’re doing.) So this is what you chant after you chant the Greek Alphabet. It’s loads of fun.

  • Harry Foundalis’s Greek Alphabet Guide

    Alpha: [a], as in “father”. Same as [a] in Spanish and Italian. Phonetically, this sound is: open, central, and unrounded.

  • Greek Alphabet Entry on Greek Language Wikipedia