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Monday, March 12, 2012

Where will we go in the end? Blackberries are green when they are red

Lord Caversham:
     I don't know how you stand society.
    A lot of damned nobodies talking about nothing.
Lord Arthur Goring:
     I love talking about nothing, Father.
    It's the only thing I know anything about.
Lord Caversham:
     That is a paradox, sir. I hate paradoxes.
  • (Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 1999)

"There is nothing that fails like success."
  • (G.K. Chesterton, Heretics, 1905)
 "blackberries are green when they are red."

Does that rock look any lighter to you? 
 “Today the problem is solved”

is it? Read these paradoxes by G Carlin

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 

but by the moments that take our breath away.

The paradox of our time in history is that 
we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, 
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less, 
we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, 
more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense,

more knowledge, but less judgment,

more experts, yet more problems,

more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much,  and laugh too little, 
 get too angry, stay up too late, but read too little, 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We’ve added years to life not life to years.

We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
 We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, 
to produce more copies than ever, 
but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, 
big men and small character, 
steep profits and shallow relationships.

One of the typical signs the end of times is at hand is the fact that the world has gone to ruin. 
ONE - at one time the rich lived in the center of Rome in luxurious palaces and the poor on the desolate peripheries; 
today it seems the palaces that face the Colosseum are like prostitutes, with toilets on the balcony that you can enter for four bucks. --corrupt politicians go to live outside the imperial walls.

TWO -Yesterday the poor travelled in trains and only the rich were permitted airplanes; 

today the airlines cost forty cash, (those with the best price resemble cattle carriers in a time of war), while the trains become ever more expensive and luxurious, with bars reserved only for the hegemonic classes. 

THREE - At one time, the rich went to sea-side (Cote d'azur, Rimini, Costa blanca -Lloret) ,
 while in the islands of the Indian Ocean there lived a miserable population as well as those deported there for life imprisonment. 
Today, it is only politicians of rank who go to the Maldives, 
and in Costa Blanca o lloret, Rimini, Cote d'azur) on the other hand, you will find mostly lower-class tourists (Russians or otherwise) barely removed from the slavery of the soil.
Where will we go in the end?

Double here: Eco -english 
Eco -español 
If high cholesterol causes heart disease, then countries where more people have high cholesterol should experience a higher rate of heart disease and vice-versa.

However, facts paint a completely different picture.

We have all heard that heart disease is rare in France, a country where high cholesterol is rampant. This apparent contradiction led researchers years ago to talk about a “French Paradox,” explaining that it occurred because the French drink red wine, which supposedly protects from heart disease – a theory that was never proven but that I am sure the wine industry loves.

But if there is an uncovered  Swiss paradox: Switzerland actually has an even greater incidence of high cholesterol among its population and an even lower rate of heart disease than France.

At the other end of the spectrum,  a Russian paradox: since Russia has the highest rate of heart disease of all the countries analyzed but the third-lowest rate of high cholesterol.

FACTS:  both high cholesterol and low cholesterol are equally compatible with high and low rates of heart disease.


Where will we go in the end?

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