Today US President Obama announced plans for a “cyberspace strategy” that includes everything from possible offensive cyberwar strategies to education. It also contains a little-discussed “identity management" plan that makes me wonder if Facebook profiles are about to become the new Social Security cards.
The phrase “identity management” sounds kind of scary.
In truth, rights are not social gifts but political principles based on facts of reality. These facts don’t bend to the so-called will of society. That’s why the most fundamental question a Supreme Court justice must answer is what in fact do the individual’s rights to life, liberty, property, and happiness include? Only then can he determine if a certain law or government action is securing or violating those rights.
L’esprit de l’escalier or esprit d’escalier (stairway wit) is the sense of thinking of a clever comeback in an encounter when it is too late. The phrase can be used to describe a riposte to an insult, or any witty, clever remark that comes to mind too late to be useful—when one is on the “staircase” leaving the scene of the encounter. The phenomenon is usually accompanied by a feeling of regret at having not thought of the riposte when it was most needed or suitable. The French encyclopedistDenis Diderot originally described this situation in his Paradoxe sur le Comédien.
The German word Treppenwitz or the Yiddish word Trepverter are used to express the same idea. The German term is old, but it was made popular by W. Lewis Hertslet in a 1882 book entitled Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte (“Stair-joke of world history”).
Whenever a ghost in a movie tries to grab an object, their hand always waves right through it. They walk through furniture, they walk through doors, and they even walk through people. But why don’t they ever fall through the floor? You’d think that movie ghosts would have to hang out in the basement.
Better question (okay worse): If the door of the house was made out of the same material as the flooring, would the ghost be able to walk through it or would they face-plant right into it?
I’ll hang up and listen for your answer.
I would say that this is a really stupid question - suspension of disbelief while watching a movie, and all that - but I’ve had a problem with it as well.
Today, my mom informed me that she wouldn’t be joining the rest of the girls in the limo ride to the church for my wedding ceremony because she wants to have her car with her. Why? Because she is planning to leave my wedding reception half way through to go home and take her dog out to pee. FML
I don’t know, this seems like a kind of reasonable thing to do.