August 20, 2010
Sefora Etymology Quiz:

Scientists and Engineers FOR America examines the language of science and politics today. See if you can figure out the origins of these words:

1. “the hidden one”

2. “the Greek goddess of vengeance”

3. “a treasure, storehouse or chest”

4. “pirate” or “freebooter”

5. Named by Ben Franklin for its simultaneous explosive properties


A. Filibuster

B. Thesaurus

C. Battery

D. Krypton

E. Nemesis

Answers are here.

August 9, 2010
John Aylesworth, R.I.P. (and saaaaLUTE!)

July 8, 2010
Pledge of Allegiance: Socialist.

So the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Christian Socialist. Odd that Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, didn’t originally put “under God” in there.

Odd, too, to think of a Baptist minister being a socialist. But that wasn’t really all that unusual at the time. And America’s Christian socialists are still around, although not nearly as influential as Britain’s Christian Socialist Movement (CSM) (which included Tony Blair) and the corresponding movement in Australia, which counts Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a member.

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