Fossil fuels are what make our civilization possible and are actually a huge net positive for the environment. Don’t believe it? Talk to a farmer. Without petroleum-based fertilizers and machines to work the land, we’d need to plow under every last acre of wild lands just to feed ourselves. And for that you need oil tankers, and yes they leak or sink on very, very rare occasions. Children whine about anything that’s wrong. Adults look at the whole picture and make considered value judgements.
As reliable as modern journalism? Wow, that’s a low (and ever-sinking) bar. Cheers!
Maybe, but I think “niblick” is just increases the humor factor whenever it’s used. “Farnsworth! Fetch me my niblick from the chesterfield. Chop chop!” There were also baffing spoons, cleeks, and brassies.
Thanks for pointing me to the comments—also interesting. I don’t think Gladwell is arguing Goliath was in bad shape—just that he couldn’t see very well, which is not terribly important in hand-to-hand combat. I think in general (or as a general) you still go with the 6’9" (or whatever) guy to represent you when most soldiers of the era were pretty short by today’s standards (about 5’5" on average). I’m not fully convinced by either side of the argument, and I’m not sure there’s a real “truth” to be had with relying only on tellings of retellings of an old story, but I do find the whole thing fascinating. Have a great day!
Malcolm Gladwell has a really interesting take on this: https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath/transcript?language=en
Instead of a comic, an ad for a book.
Gray with a hint of purple.
Nicely done, Carol. For no reason I can explain, I found this one very poignant.
Child abuse. Though perhaps they could set her straight on how the economy works.