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- user joined since September 11, 2008
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Is Ben on to something?
In Homework - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 3 answers - 9 years ago
Any idea why people in North and South America are charged more for a subscription to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography than the rest of the world?
In ODNB, OED - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 1 answer - 9 years ago
Who was the first African American to win an Oscar?
In oscars - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 1 answer - 9 years ago
What would the initials D.V. stand for, relative to, I think, the Church of England?
In Initials, Church of England - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 2 answers - 9 years ago
What is the weather like in the South Atlantic this time of year?
In Sailing, weather, South Atlantic - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 1 answer - 9 years ago


I remember in the sixties spending an couple of hours with two English university students touring the US. One of them would say something in a British dialect, the second would give the place, and I was to interpret. Some were easy, some difficult. Some I only managed a few words and some were completely unintelligible (to me).

By comparison, our American accents would only present problems to someone learning English as a second language.

And they are rapidly disappearing, or so it seems to me. I suppose they're still alive in the wilds of Geogia, Texas, Brooklyn, or pockets in Boston. Of course, it should come as no surprise. Radio and television were the first to get rid of the accents, and we have been using our televisions as baby-sitters for many years; good-bye "y'all".

Go To Question - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 0 replies - 9 years ago

"Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector."

Note the word 'appoint'. Note also, that each state would determine its own method for doing this. Nothing about voting here.

(The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not lie an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; a quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two-thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice-President.) Superseded by the 12th Amendment.

Scholars say the intended role of the Electoral College was to nominate candidates, from which the House of Representatives would than 'chuse' a President and Vice President. This did not take into account political parties, which quickly arose and made the whole system unworkable. (Part of the impetus of all this was the smaller states' fear of being marginalized by the larger states.) They wound up, in 1796, with the President being of one party and the Vice President of another. In 1800 it took 36 ballots for Congress to elect a President. (It was between Jefferson and Burr and it tool Hamilton's making known his preference for Jefferson to break the deadlock.) The 12th Amendment changed the procedure.

In this day and age, when state jealousies don't amount to much(?), we really should dump the whole thing and have direct election by the popular vote of the entire nation.

Go To Question - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 0 replies - 9 years ago

Television, mobile phones, MRI, wireless networking and amateur radio all use radio waves.

Microwaves are used in ovens and Wi-Fi. The military uses them, but they aren't talking.

Terahertz, mostly military, but they are studying uses in imaging and communications.

Infrared is used in photography and astronomy and is used to identify compounds.

Light is used for just about everything.

Ultraviolet is good for sunburn and skin cancer. It also has some scientific uses.

Because X-rays pass through most substances it is used in medicine, industry, astronomy...

Gamma rays are useful to astronomers and physicists.


Go To Question - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 0 replies - 9 years ago

I think it may be because he is better known for his involvement in the revolution. In my case, in school (many, many years ago, who knows what they're being taught today), we were taught that he did this, that and the other during the revolution, and, oh, he was also president. He served two terms as Washington's vice-president, largely as a recognition of his contributions to the revolution, and then was elected president in turn. But he didn't have a very successful presidency and was not reelected. He was opposed within the Federalist party by Alexander Hamilton, and he signed the Alien and Sedition Act, very unpopular.

Go To Question - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 0 replies - 9 years ago

I can't remember ever hearing voices in my head, mine or anyone elses, not even when I dream. With me it's all pictures or visualizations. Makes sense, the only thing I ever retained from a lecture was what was in my notes, everything I'd heard was soon gone. Even when I'm reading something if I can't visualize it, the only way I'll retain it is to memorize it (not easy, for me).

Is there a split between auditory people and visual people, like between morning people and night people?

Go To Question - asked by OneFootInTheGame - 0 replies - 9 years ago