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  1. about 6 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    Unlike the mail carrier, we know that Puck is real. But suppose he is (for example) locked in a old chest when the critical time for leaf control arrives.

  2. about 6 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    Everyone depends on Puck too much. The others should learn how to deal with the leaves. Suppose one year he can’t manage it. Then they will be doomed.

  3. about 9 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    “Bring/take” errors are annoying, and yet very easy to avoid. If you use “come” for the motion, you “bring” what you carry. If you use “go” for the motion, you “take” what you carry. “Lie/lay” is, I admit, trickier, because the past tense of one is the present of the other. And because women lie in bed.Now I’ll hide from the outrage instead of going on with other irritating errors.

  4. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    The Japan Meteorological Agency reports on earthquakes, volcanoes, and the cherry blossom front sweeping up from the South in Spring. Clearly all those count as weather. Why not birds? They grow on trees, just like cherry blossom.

  5. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    Fewer leaves, Elvis.

  6. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    Let us review the situation.

    We started with the idea that, if something comes into existence at some time then there is a proximate explanation for that.

    My coming into existence cannot be explained as being rationally self-evident. It cannot be explained by natural regularities.It cannot be explained as the decision of a rational agent.No other explanation seems possible.

    We can only conclude that I did not come into being.

    (Modus tollens – A ⊃ B; ∼B, therefore, ∼A )

    This would not be problematic but for one detail. I do exist.

    Either I came into being or I always existed. I did not come into being.Therefore, I have always existed. QED.

    (Disjunctive Form of Modus ponens – P∨ Q; ∼P, therefore, Q)

    Although I have existed from the beginning of time (if time began) or for all time (if it didn’t), that is no guarantee that I will carry on existing. But since I have managed to exist without this body in the past, this body has not been necessary for my existence. It seems likely, then, that this body will not be necessary in the future, either. We have good reason to believe that I will continue to exist without it in the future.

    Don’t blame me if this turns out not to be true. No money returned.

    So, contrary to Sophie’s claim, I am probably not temporary.

    I will discuss a few possible difficulties with the argument next week.

  7. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    Why aren’t birds weather?

  8. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    When they are being polite.

  9. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    The kind you’re thinking of are good for you as well. Lots of iron and flavonoids.

  10. 2 days ago on Breaking Cat News

    @GDSMom, How are you getting on?

    Since food has been the central issue of the story, I thought I should pass this on to you. If your spouse is like mine, he is now thinking that probably the Big Macs deep fried in batter and the pizza and lard smoothies are not the best thing for you, and so worrying about heart-healthy diets. Mostly this involves stuff that is a mix of straw and ground-up doormats.

    But what you need is food that will rebuild blood, bone, and muscle. Chocolate and red meat for iron and protein, cheese and Guinness for your bones. (Guinness doesn’t contain as much iron as was once thought, but there is plenty of other good stuff in it.)

    If you find Guinness rather bitter (as I do) try Murphy’s or Beamish. But whatever you do, don’t put it in the fridge. The leprechauns will punish you, and you will deserve every minute of it. Chilled stout loses its body and taste, and becomes thin and watery. You might just as well drink Coors or some other American beer substitute.

    And always remember. You must get your medical advice from random commenters on the Internet rather than from highly trained doctors who know the details of your particular case.