Category: The Ledlie Letter - Year: 2011

October 2011

Must’ve been the cuisine.  After the earthquake earlier this month, approximately 200 prisoners escaped from a prison in Van, Turkey, when part of the wall surrounding the building was destroyed. Fifty of the prisoners returned after visiting their families. One more thing to get wrong.  The “point d’ironie” is the …

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September 2011

Why we type this letter.  Most U.S. schools now end instruction in penmanship by the second grade.  The logical extension of this fact is that rather soon, every American will have the handwriting of a seven-year-old. Moving beyond Mario.  Online gamers recently cracked an enzyme code vital to HIV research …

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August 2011

Bible ban.  New members of the U.S. military will no longer get a complimentary Bible from the Gideons.  This is clearly counter to our nation’s fighting effectiveness, since The Old Testament provides a seemingly endless supply of ruthless and imaginative battle strategies. RIP.  (Also QED.)  Philip A. Contos, 55, joined …

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June/July 2011

Lady Gaga, or the price we pay for global.  A recent study shows that as global news becomes more accessible, local news falls through the cracks.  Now, instead of reading about our next door neighbors or peers with similar incomes and lifestyles, we’re being smothered with coverage of the rich …

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May 2011

   Wasn’t the recessional hula nice, though?  Catholics in the U.S. this winter will see a return of the language of the Mass to a style of English more like the original Latin text. This little story about the vagaries of translation comes courtesy of Father Dwight Longenecker, author and …

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April 2011

Faux foes. You know what happened to “Japan Inc.” Sad.  Now China is looking a little dubious as a world powerhouse. Current betting is on India, with its vast outpouring of educated youngsters in engineering and the sciences, who, moreover, speak English! From deep within the Mumbai business leadership, however, …

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March 2011

Ornithology and you. The humorous twist on the old line about how humans resemble birds suggests you and I might sing like one (yes, a crow) or eat like one (a vulture).  But a scientist says that, bird-wise, we’re either a lark (early to bed and early to rise), an …

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January 2011

Let’s talk >> Not dead yet >> Right, but did he use text or did he use paper and ink? >> RT @getyourcarback >> It’s not you; it’s my nucleic acids >> I don’t feel too good myself >> Contest >> Quotable Quote

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