Common folk quotes – Commonfolk Using Common Sense http://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 17:24:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-99.png Common folk quotes – Commonfolk Using Common Sense http://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/ 32 32 With Central Vista, statue of Bose, Narendra Modi decolonizes the Indian spirit https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/with-central-vista-statue-of-bose-narendra-modi-decolonizes-the-indian-spirit/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:06:58 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/with-central-vista-statue-of-bose-narendra-modi-decolonizes-the-indian-spirit/ The installation of the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose at the India Gate in New Delhi does more than honor a hero of the struggle for freedom. It is one of the most significant results of the long ongoing battle of ideas to define the nature of the anti-colonial struggle and India’s past. This debate […]]]>

The installation of the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose at the India Gate in New Delhi does more than honor a hero of the struggle for freedom. It is one of the most significant results of the long ongoing battle of ideas to define the nature of the anti-colonial struggle and India’s past. This debate is not limited to Indian elites – ordinary people remain intrinsically engaged in it as well. The perception gap between the elites and the popular masses on vital cultural and social issues exists in almost all postcolonial societies. However, this gap is minimal in African countries due to the importance of cultural concerns in their struggles against colonialism. Intellectuals and ruling elites in Africa have understood the value of autochthony. Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o rose to fame after his work, Petals of Blood, was transferred from English to a Kenyan language, Gikuyu, in 1977. This proved exemplary for African authors. Such impetus was lacking among Indian intellectuals as well as the ruling elites of the Nehruvian era. A critic of Hindi literature, Namvar Singh, succinctly described this as “the missing attitude of militant decolonization”.

The moral mandate of the masses for Narendra Modi’s toughness on decolonization is evident from their support for his deconstruction of Eurocentrism. It utilizes the resources of the Indian knowledge tradition and this, in turn, has had an indelible impact on new generations and campus discourses. He quotes, pertinently, the Vedas, Upanishads, Smritis, Mahabharata and the writings of great saints and poet-philosophers like Thiruvalluvar and Tulsidas. He is committed and consistent in his approach. This encouraged research on Indian cultural themes and heralded a climate conducive to India-centric discourses. The failure of the elites to realize their dissonance with this reality has earned them the ire of the masses. It also made their opposition to the RSS and Modi increasingly weak.

Ideological conversations in the West have impacted our narratives about the freedom movement. The Indian National Army (INA) led by Subhas Chandra Bose remained poorly received by the ruling elites of the Indian National Congress as it solicited support from Germany and Japan for India’s war against British imperialism. It was seen as legitimizing fascism and militarism – as if Britain were doing philanthropy in India. British brutality had crossed all bounds. There are several unrecorded incidences of their barbarism. We know a few like Jallianwala Bagh, Ashti and Chimur through our history books. They killed innocent children, like 12-year-old Baji Rout in Odisha and Tileshwari Barooah in Assam. The seven high school students who hoisted the tricolor at the Patna secretariat on August 11, 1942 were killed by bullets from the colonial forces. They are the ones who called the INA and Bose the “Fifth Column”.

The attitude of Congress toward Bose remained unchanged. In 1939, he was forced to resign from the elected position of Congress President by Gandhians during the Tripuri Session of Congress. The Servant of India, published by Poona, reported that Bose, who came to the session despite having a high fever, was accused of placing onions under his armpits to increase his body temperature. None of the great leaders, including Nehru, came to his rescue.

After independence, the request to install the statue of Bose in the capital was rejected by the governments of Congress. On November 3, 1965, this request was made to the Rajya Sabha – it was not the first time. This was finally done by Modi in 2022. The state under Modi does not shy away from expressing its ideological position just as the Nehruvian state affirmed its social philosophy. This is what divides independent India into two distinct eras represented by Nehru and Modi.

Nehru used ancient Indian history to support his arguments for liberalism and humanism. However, his European sense of modernity was a limit to convince those who saw colonialism as a rot that had to be completely eradicated. Essentially, the Nehruvian state was both a lazy and reluctant decolonizer. The government had no answer to the question posed by Dattopant Thengadi on November 3, 1965 to the Rajya Sabha about the continued presence of the statues of King George, King Edward and Queen Victoria in New Delhi. The Nehruvian state and its philosophy had the support of institutions and intellectuals, which were systematically cultivated over the decades.

Modi’s decolonization project has a clear direction and goal. The government repealed several colonial laws that continued for decades after independence. Cultural decolonization was recognized as a concern in the early decades of the 20th century, but it was systematically suppressed by colonial forces and the Western bias of Indian rulers. Rabindranath Tagore in gora (1910) and KC Bhattacharya (1931) in Swaraj in the idea defended its necessity. Bhattacharya said: “The dominance of man over man is felt in the most tangible form in the political sphere. There is, however, a more subtle domination exercised in the domain of ideas by one culture over another, a domination all the more serious in consequence because it is not ordinarily felt. Congress had shown itself totally indifferent to this “slavery of the spirit.” It adopted no less than 423 resolutions on the question of minorities during the liberation movement but could not do the same for the defense of Indian culture and education.

Modi’s determination to remove the symbols and structures of oppression bears a unique similarity to the vision of Frantz Fanon, an anti-colonial thinker. Fanon wrote that “imperialism leaves behind germs of rot that we must clinically detect and eradicate from our and but also from our minds”. The Central Vista project declaims the colonial heritage. The RSS sees India’s past as the fundamental basis of the nation and sees history in its continuity. Unlike the Nehruvians and Marxists, for the RSS, India is a civilizational nation. This distinguishes it from the West and offers it many opportunities to deploy its creative energy in the fields of art, culture, social sciences and philosophy. Indian masses cherish the memory of the early 20th century when Indians displayed excellence in the fields of art, literature and social sciences. The era was led by people like Tagore, Lokmanya BG Tilak, BC Pal, Maharshi Aurobindo and others. This recovery is a collective aspiration of the people and can be achieved through collective effort – beyond the boundaries of ideology and party. It carries the potential to resurrect India’s higher status via philosophy, art and culture. The idea of ​​India cannot shine without it.

The writer is a BJP MP in the Rajya Sabha

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30 wise old sayings that have totally lost their meaning in the contemporary world, as shared by members of this online group https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/30-wise-old-sayings-that-have-totally-lost-their-meaning-in-the-contemporary-world-as-shared-by-members-of-this-online-group/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 17:55:12 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/30-wise-old-sayings-that-have-totally-lost-their-meaning-in-the-contemporary-world-as-shared-by-members-of-this-online-group/ Over the millennia of its existence, mankind has accumulated a huge amount of so-called “folk wisdom” – sayings, proverbs and various supposedly wise quotes. These are words that are intended – often in rhyming form – to reflect some kind of rule of conduct, or simply to calm down an upset person. They are passed […]]]>

Over the millennia of its existence, mankind has accumulated a huge amount of so-called “folk wisdom” – sayings, proverbs and various supposedly wise quotes. These are words that are intended – often in rhyming form – to reflect some kind of rule of conduct, or simply to calm down an upset person.

They are passed on from generation to generation, remain in our subconscious and we keep saying them without even thinking about them – but how much sense do they have? Well, some are just outdated, don’t keep up with the rapid development of mankind over the past decades, some are even harmful, as public morality has changed dramatically, and some are just a big lie.

Want an example? So ! You may have heard the famous saying of Thomas Edison: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Beautiful and impressive, isn’t it? On the other hand, this statement may only be true for one person – Edison himself.

The fact is that the great inventor did not receive a fundamental education, but rather simply phenomenal perseverance and ability to work. Suddenly, where it was enough to do a few scientific calculations, Edison compensated for everything by a banal manual enumeration of the options. It worked for him, but it’s far from a fact that it works for others.

Well, there’s a very popular thread in the AskReddit community where the topic starter wonders “What old saying is actually nonsense?” In the few months of its existence, the thread has been upvoted over 35.4K times, and today it consists of almost 16.6K comments, many of which hide a complete deconstruction of certain elements of this famous “folk wisdom”. .

bored panda made a list for you with the most popular comments from the original thread. Some of them we’ve heard hundreds of times in our lives, some you’ll encounter for the first time in this post – in any case, feel free now to scroll to the very end and if you don’t find something that seems completely absurd to you, please write it in the comments.

More info: Reddit

“It’s always the last place you look”

Of course it is. Why would you keep looking once you’ve found it

toad , Qetesh Report

“appearance doesn’t matter”

I’ve noticed this is usually said by people who are attractive themselves. It’s like someone born rich who says money doesn’t matter.

RadiantHC , kitschkitten Report

“Age brings wisdom”

We have a congress, a senate, and a bunch of aging baby boomers proving that wrong.

CLWho83 , Csaba Torok Report

“Money is the root of all evil” is probably one of the most misquoted sayings. The actual quote is “for the love of money is the root of all evil” which completely changes the meaning behind the quote imo

Jmclay681 , 401(K) 2012 Report

Do something you love and you won’t work a day in your life. B******t, now what brought me my joy is miserable and I have no backup career.

Surely maybe , Susan Fitzgerald Report

“To go to bed early, to rise early, makes a man healthy, rich and wise.”

I’ve been doing this for years, and I’m morbidly obese, lower middle class, and stupid as hell.

stonesdisposable24601 , chispita_666 Report

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” No matter how much I put in my butt, I still had to do a colonoscopy

blunt trauma420 , Conall Report

“Pick up by your bootstraps”
– this is an ironic/satirical phrase, as it refers to an act that is literally impossible

ChimpskyBRC , Eric Ray Report

“A jack-of-all-trades does not master any”. Only because no user ever uses the full quote, so it’s useless in that form.

nLedd , Johnny Hunter Report

My grandmother used to say, “This man is as useless as a one-legged man kicking ass.”

Well, I worked in a mental institution. I once saw a one-legged man completely destroy another guy. Jumped at him with his crutch, then leaned forward and just stomped on him with his leg.

Spodson Report

Feed a cold, starve a fever.

Just eat nutritious, easily digestible foods when you’re sick (and stay hydrated).

edit: Holy cow this comment exploded! Thanks for the rewards!

As for people who tell me my version is incorrect, I can tell you that’s the one I heard growing up, and the internet seems to confirm that it is indeed a saying (although starve a cold, feed a fever also seems to be a thing)

hyren82 , CC central kitchen Report

Boys pick on you because they love you.
It hurts me more than you (when a parent spanks a child)
Don’t play the victim.
All bad for many reasons.

Myattet Report

Note: This post originally contained 47 images. It was shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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Final Fantasy 9 has the largest ensemble cast in JRPG history https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/final-fantasy-9-has-the-largest-ensemble-cast-in-jrpg-history/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/final-fantasy-9-has-the-largest-ensemble-cast-in-jrpg-history/ JRPGs are created by their characters. You may have outlandish worlds to explore and dense combat systems to learn, but if the personalities behind every passing moment don’t hold their own, you might as well throw in the towel. It matters more than you think. Bravely Default 2 is a perfect example of a cast […]]]>

JRPGs are created by their characters. You may have outlandish worlds to explore and dense combat systems to learn, but if the personalities behind every passing moment don’t hold their own, you might as well throw in the towel. It matters more than you think.

Bravely Default 2 is a perfect example of a cast that falls short. The game’s gorgeous visuals and the brilliance of the engaging combat, but the characters it expected me to fall in love with were so boring that I didn’t even bother to see it through to the end. Eternal Sonata, Resonance of Fate and all Star Ocean games of the last 15 years are also guilty of this shortcoming.

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Final Fantasy has rarely fallen victim to boring characters and outdated worlds, with Square Enix understanding that each entry should feel fresh, exciting, and subversive to everything that has come before it. Granted, I’ll never be an 8 or 13 super stan, but I can still look at all they accomplished and understand what the team was aiming for.

Although they didn’t gel with specific entries, they were still so easy to enjoy as thousands of other fans gravitated towards them. Whether it’s a mainline entry, sequel, spin-off, or bizarre side project, Final Fantasy very rarely fails when it comes to exemplifying its own creativity. There’s a reason it remains the biggest JRPG franchise on the planet, a household-recognized name that its publisher is always keen to continue to build on.

In a series filled with highlights, Final Fantasy 9 will forever be my favorite. It’s a love letter to an older era in modernized genre history with timeless visuals, a heartfelt narrative, and a cast of characters each with interesting stories to tell. I know it’s considered sacrilege to put this masterpiece above other entries of the same generation, but for me it creates a comfortable atmosphere and a fantasy world that none in the series have. could never match. It’s what made me fall in love with JRPGs, and a game I return to again and again and again with a warm affection for its brilliance.

But why are its characters so brilliant, and what makes them more etched in my memory than Cloud, Squall, and Tidus? Final Fantasy 9 isn’t quite as austere, ditching cyberpunk and spiritualism in favor of a more traditional take on the genre. Gaia is a world of ancient magic, entrenched royalty, and disparate cultures all living on different continents with their own climates, beliefs, and worldviews. The game might start on the streets of Alexandria as a festival looms, but the next few hours will see us traveling the world in pursuit of a much greater destiny. Small beginnings are key, especially for a tale like this.


Zidane and company plan to kidnap Princess Garnet and throw the kingdom into chaos, while Vivi is a depressed dark mage who just wants to have a good time for once in her adorable little life. Steiner is a knight with unwavering loyalty to the throne, while the aforementioned princess fears that her destiny as a legendary summoner will only harm those responsible, as her power is abused by those responsible. All of our main characters have a place to go, and the first few hours do an impeccable job of bringing them all together.

But this isn’t an article about the game’s opening – although I totally need to write it now – but rather about the set of characters who all stare fate in the face and live to tell the tale. . We see demonstrable growth in Zidane as he transforms from a petty thief to a heroic warrior who must confront his own origins. Princess Garnet begins the game as a sultry princess, speaking with royal deliberation until the whole world teaches her to appreciate ordinary people better and where exactly her kingdom has failed.


Steiner is a stubbornly loyal knight who believes his queen could never be wrong, so obsessed with keeping orders and keeping the peace that he neglects the wars that break out right in front of him. We start the game hating his guts, but fall in love with this goofy, gullible character as he embraces a heart of gold. Vivi is a dark mage who doesn’t know his past or even how he was born, but watching him recognize his own humanity while staring the very nature of his existence in the face is both tragic and rewarding.

Final Fantasy 9 may look cute and cuddly on the surface, but it hides so many emotional character arcs and darker narrative elements that serve an overarching story with so much to tell. Square Enix loved to analyze the existential nature of our own state of being in the early 2000s, and that’s arguably more prescient today than it was then. Even the faces introduced much later in the game like Eiko, Beatrix, and Amarant hide stellar stories waiting to be unearthed, while the comic relief figures in the form of Quina still have plenty of substance.


If you load up Final Fantasy 9 and don’t touch anything while the game lingers on the main menu, a short montage of character portraits will begin to play. These are accompanied by quotes that summarize each party member’s journey, highlighting the personal goals they hope to achieve as well as the obstacles that stand in their way. The main theme is called Place To Call Home, a distillation of everything this game stands for, and how we follow a motley crew of undesirables looking for belonging in the midst of a world trying to push them aside. at every turn.

It’s spot on and sits above the rest of the series for me because it combines all of the greatest elements into one package that just can’t be matched. There are so many moments in this game that I’ve memorized, and now that I’ve spent an entire article talking about it, I need to reinstall this classic before I fall in love all over again.

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The Flying Squirrels have released their 2023 game schedule https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/the-flying-squirrels-have-released-their-2023-game-schedule/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 20:05:36 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/the-flying-squirrels-have-released-their-2023-game-schedule/

Recent walks along the James River and I can report that the papayas are ripening. In some areas it smells like the night after a frat tiki party, sticky smells of tropical fruits fill the air.

The papaya is the largest edible fruit tree native to North America. The trees produce their namesake papaya a greenish-blackish fruit, usually three to six inches long. As we get closer to the fall some areas along the river will smell more tropical than normal as the fruit falls and decomposes/ferments on the ground. They are one of only two fruit trees native to Virginia. The American khaki is the other.

If you want to cook with your harvested papayas, this page from Kentucky State University has the easiest set of recipes. Don’t just dive though, some people will experience digestive irritation and nausea when trying the PawPaw. So dip your toe in and make sure your stomach can handle the PawPaw.

Be warned that humans aren’t the only ones who love papaya.

Virginia Native Plant Society

The fruit is enjoyed by many species of wild animals as well as humans. Deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, mice, wild turkeys and many other species of small mammals and birds eat the ripe fruit. In contrast, crushed leaves smell a bit like asphalt and are extremely unpleasant to deer and other herbivores and are rarely browsed. Interestingly, papayas are the only host of the magnificent zebra swallowtail butterfly, whose caterpillars feed only on papaya foliage, eating the tender new leaves and protecting themselves from predators with the same chemical that makes the leaves so unpalatable to herbivores. .

Native tribes used papaya not only for food. The inner bark was used for rope, twine and lacing. Splints were used for basketry and mats. The wood was used to kindle the fire for the hand drills and fireboards as well as for the bow and the drill. The leaves and stems were used for medicine.

To find a papaya, look for understory trees. In this area, they really like to be near water, so you’ll find them along the James. The leaves are oblong, narrow at the base, then widening towards the end before ending in a point. They droop downward, giving a tree in full leaf a very distinctive look. Papaya rind is brown and smooth with wart-like spots called lenticels. These appear as pale gray spots.

For the record, if hit by a falling papaya, it does indeed hurt and startle you to death. I speak from experience.

Read more about the name papaya from Wikipedia:

The common name for this species is variously spelled pawpaw, paw paw, paw-paw, and papaw. It probably derives from the Spanish papaya, a tropical and subtropical American fruit (Carica papaya) sometimes also called “papaw”, perhaps due to the superficial similarity of their fruits and the fact that both have very large leaves. The name Pawpaw or Papaw, first recorded in English in 1598, originally meant the giant grass Carica papaya or its fruit (as it still is in many English-speaking communities, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa). According to Douglas Harper’s online etymology dictionary, it began to be used [presumably in North America] “from 1760 to designate the papaya tree” [meaning not Carica papaya but Asimina triloba].

Daniel F. Austin’s Florida Ethnobotany states that

The original “papaya”. . . is Carica papaya. In 1598, English speakers in the Caribbean called these plants “pawpaws” or “papaws”. . . [yet later, when English-speakers settled in] the temperate Americas, they found another tree with an equally aromatic sweet fruit. It reminded them of “papaya”, which had already become “papaya”, which is what they called these different plants. . . In 1760, the names “papaw” and “pawpaw” were applied to A. triloba.

Still, Asimina triloba has had many local common names, many of which compare it to a banana rather than papaya/papaya (i.e. Carica papaya). These include: wild banana, prairie banana, Indiana banana, Hoosier banana, West Virginia banana, Kansas banana, Kentucky banana, Michigan banana, Missouri banana, poor man’s banana, Ozark banana, banango, and asimoya.

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Telugu Language Day: History and Meaning https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/telugu-language-day-history-and-meaning/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 07:35:05 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/telugu-language-day-history-and-meaning/ On this day, funds and awards are provided by the government of Andhra Pradesh to improve the Telugu language. Various programs are organized during the day to promote the language Telugu poet Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy. Wikimedia Commons Telugu Language Day is celebrated on August 29 every year in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Telugu is […]]]>

On this day, funds and awards are provided by the government of Andhra Pradesh to improve the Telugu language. Various programs are organized during the day to promote the language

Telugu poet Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy. Wikimedia Commons

Telugu Language Day is celebrated on August 29 every year in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Telugu is spoken in the predominantly spoken Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Dravidian language is one of the six classical languages ​​of India. On this day, funds and awards are provided by the government of Andhra Pradesh to improve the Telugu language. Various programs are organized during the day to promote the language. August 29 was chosen as Telugu Language Day to coincide with the birthday of Telugu poet, writer and social visionary Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy.

Story:

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, Telugu taught in educational institutions was the Sanskritized diction used by scholars. This version of Telugu was quite different from the Telugu that common people used. As a result, learning to master written Telugu was not helpful for communication and the language suffered.

Ramamurthy wanted the Telugu taught in schools to reflect that spoken by native speakers. He had studied several languages ​​and was well versed in linguistic theory. The poet undertook the vast project of reforming and standardizing the written Telugu language. This resulted in the use of spoken Telugu as a medium for teaching, writing and testing in schools and educational institutions.

Ramamurthy was born in the town of Parvatalapeta, Srikakulam on August 29, 1863. When he was around 12 years old, his father died. The writer managed to complete his studies despite the difficulties and became one of the greatest modern Telugu linguists.

Importance:

The fourth most spoken language in India is Telugu. There are approximately 8.11 crores of native Telugu speakers, according to the 2011 census. Telugu is sometimes called “the Italian of the East” because Niccol de Conti, a 16th-century Italian traveler, discovered the Telugu language ends in vowels, just like the Italian language. The International Alphabet Association chose the language script to be the 2nd best in the world in 2012.

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Statistics quoted by Peter Obi https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/statistics-quoted-by-peter-obi/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 23:58:26 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/statistics-quoted-by-peter-obi/ My today, the concern is how the mainstream media interprets the statistics that Peter Obi cites in his public statements. It’s perfectly understandable – and fair – that we question the accuracy of the statistics he effortlessly churns out. Fact-checking by the media is the answer. However, it is equally important that we do not […]]]>

My today, the concern is how the mainstream media interprets the statistics that Peter Obi cites in his public statements. It’s perfectly understandable – and fair – that we question the accuracy of the statistics he effortlessly churns out. Fact-checking by the media is the answer. However, it is equally important that we do not perform fact-checking to hide the message embedded in the statistics Governor Peter Obi cites in his public speeches. There are disturbing signs on what we can read and hear as soon as the INEC denounces an official campaign.

Governor Obi unveils facts and statistics to demonstrate his expertise in what Nigeria needs to become a production economy. But there is something fundamentally wrong with the way he does it. It is this failure that motivates the media attention he receives when it comes to fact-checking. Before we get into what is fundamentally wrong and how to fix it, it’s important to look at some of the factual stories about the man. There are three main ways in which fact-checking misleads, rather than educates and guides, voters. Let us illustrate with the following examples.

First example: AFP, a respected global news agency, verified Obi’s statement that Morocco made more profit from its exports than Nigeria in 2021. The fact that Obi tried to establish was that Morocco, a less populated country without natural gas, should not do better than Nigeria but does. His message was that Nigeria was not doing well because of leadership failures. The fact and the message are materially true. AFP admitted as much in a sentence that read, “Morocco is a smaller country with higher exports than Nigeria in 2021.” So what was the purpose of fact-checking? The agency established that Obi had underestimated how much Nigeria was earning, not that his message and conclusions were wrong. By chasing this red herring, fact-checking unfairly targeted the credibility of the candidate.

Example 2: We have witnessed cases where the mainstream media has used fact-checking to editorialize in news stories. Newspapers with leanings towards one of the candidates are the biggest culprits. The function of fact-checking is to establish whether politicians are misleading voters; it is not a license to abuse candidates. Citizens who read verified reports will make up their minds about credible candidates based on what they read. Therefore, to go from verifying the veracity of politicians’ claims to insulting them is unprofessional. A newspaper used the words “serial liar” to describe a candidate, based on facts he misrepresented. Is it the journalist’s duty to tell the public that every candidate is a liar? Only opinion writers and columnists benefit from the license but not the journalist.

Example 3: Responsible media organizations have also fact-checked supporters and reported their findings so that some can attribute the opinions as those of the candidates they support. In one instance, online media verified the following statement allegedly made by a prominent church leader: “I will give Peter Obi eight million votes from my church. I have never supported any political candidate before. But Peter Obi is more than a political candidate. This is a move under which Nigeria will become great again. This statement clearly represents a personal opinion rather than a corporate opinion, given the “I” factor it contains. Those peddling the statement on social media have also never provided information on where and when someone posted the statement. However, supporters of candidates often do not need to meet with them or contact their parties to do so. So what was the means of fact-checking? The best a professional reporter can do is run the story (I wouldn’t) but add that the outlet hasn’t independently verified the claim. This outlet never published the original story but went to great lengths to debunk it, making it look like the claim came from the contestant himself! This is another instance where a report unnecessarily targeted a candidate’s credibility.

As we get closer to the electoral belt, many more of these misguided and mischievous fact checks are inevitable. Publishers will publish out of ignorance or willful mischief. The fact that this is happening now, before full-fledged campaigns, reveals something fundamentally wrong with candidate Peter Obi’s preparations.

It exposes poor or absent research and communication strategy in the campaign. Such a team will have the facts and statistics on the subject for any public discourse. Second, it also exposes the reality that Obi has not yet disciplined himself to work from a prepared script. There is a benefit in acquiring the discipline of writing speeches. A screenplay is not just a set of words and figures on paper. It automatically triggers fact-checking of numbers and statements, as any good editor knows. Third, with so many facts and statistics fighting for space in his brain, there’s always the chance that the message will come out confusing and inelegant. This often happens with his speeches. The stakes are too high to continue with this fluid style that gradually impresses fewer and fewer people with its knowledge of statistics.

As for our editors and publishers friends, Obi will remain the main object of a dominating fact-check. He is the leader of the thematic discussions and seems more charismatic than his opponents. We can therefore only cite cases where professionalism has failed to put the emphasis on the man. Professionalism in political reporting is about being loyal to the people who will choose a leader and not to the candidates who are fighting for the people’s mandate. Professionalism fails where the fact-checking statistics that Peter Obi (or any other candidate) cites fail to take into account its contexts and message, where editorialization results, and whenever a report tends to indict candidates for the sins of distant supporters.

There is always something unique about charismatic Nigerian leaders in politics. Four of these outstanding leaders, in order of their surnames, are MKO Abiola, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Peter Obi. Each of these visionary leaders amplified their charisma by using factual and oratorical devices to explain their vision of life and leadership.

Awo used facts and logic to gather his thoughts on each topic. Ordinary people marveled at the facts, leaving the intellectuals to analyze the logic. Zik was big on logic and most efficient in public delivery. Commoners and intellectuals alike united in praising his oratorical prowess but not much with his logic. MKO burst onto the scene to explain life and leadership with common sense and colorful local proverbs. We stumbled over the proverbs, which explained the life we ​​lived with such force and clarity. Today, as we enter another defining moment in our democratic history, Peter Obi interprets the Nigerian condition and its leadership imperative through facts and statistics.

In three cases, people, including intellectuals and historians, wrote the interpretations because the antagonists disciplined their public appearances. How could Obi present profound truths but degrade them with dubious numbers? Thinking what he needs is as simple as putting his thoughts on paper, subjecting them to internal fact-checking, and using manual or technological props to present them. This requires a little more discipline and formality on the part of the leader in his public outings.

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Rural Lament: Ghost Dancing To The Edge https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/rural-lament-ghost-dancing-to-the-edge/ Tue, 23 Aug 2022 16:28:38 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/rural-lament-ghost-dancing-to-the-edge/ The local newspaper reports that the year was dry. And 2020 has also been dry: “…Maine’s driest year in nearly two decades.” Of course, we land farmers tried to cope with the drought for most of the summer season. The water in the irrigation pond is low. You have to decide which crops get the […]]]>

The local newspaper reports that the year was dry. And 2020 has also been dry: “…Maine’s driest year in nearly two decades.” Of course, we land farmers tried to cope with the drought for most of the summer season. The water in the irrigation pond is low. You have to decide which crops get the water and which will be stunted and sterile. It is very unpleasant.

In Europe, rivers are drying up with too little water to float the barges so vital to trade there. It would be the worst drought in 500 years.

Of course, all this is quite consistent with the predictions of climatologists, largely ignored for decades. However, perhaps due to what climatologist James Hansen called “scientific reluctance”, the increasingly alarming cascade of events is coming sooner than expected. We apparently have less time than expected.

In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (historically one of the leaders of “science reluctance”) announced that we had 12 years to prevent what some call “climate runaway”. “.

The BBC quoted Prince Charles as saying: “…the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survival levels and restore nature to the balance we need for our survival.”

Of course, those 18 months have come and gone. Business-as-usual ruled. The planetary heating has started. A month ago, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned: “Half of humanity is in a danger zone, from floods, droughts, extreme storms and wildfires. No nation is immune. Yet we continue to feed our addiction to fossil fuels. … We have the choice. Collective action or collective suicide. It’s in our hands. »

However, based on personal observations, I must say that what is in most people’s hands these days are distraction devices – to better track the whereabouts of “celebrants” or d other ephemeral “influencers”, boom box criers, or well-tattooed posers of the moron type. The UK Guardian reported one of these July 21: “Kylie Jenner faced a torrent of criticism for her decision to board her private jet on a flight that lasted just 17 minutes (and generated a ton of carbon ). But the practice of taking brief trips on luxury jets appears to be common among the wealthy and celebrities despite growing concerns over climate change. Apparently, “….the 24-year-old socialite and businesswoman, faced opprobrium after posting an Instagram photo of herself and her partner, rapper Travis Scott…between two private jets (d ‘an obscene size) ($72 million) with the caption ‘do you want to take mine or yours?’ (Guardian) Uncharitable Tweeters called her a “full-time climate criminal.”

But why not? No structural attempt is made to slow global warming. Why should clueless Kylie don the designer hair skirt when it’s society-wide Burn Baby Burn?

As Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges recently observed, “Civilizations are dying in familiar patterns. They deplete natural resources. They breed parasitic elites who plunder and plunder…institutions and systems. … They engage in self-destructive wars. …Artistic expression and intellectual pursuit are replaced by a new dark age, the triumph of sly spectacle and the celebration of crowd-pleasing imbecility.

It’s descriptive enough for anyone paying attention. And, as societies predictably fail, Hedges observes, “The more insurmountable the crisis becomes, the more we, like our prehistoric ancestors, will retreat into self-destructive responses, violence, wishful thinking, and denial.

Hedges cites the history of 19th century Native Americans when it became clear that their societies were doomed. “Crisis cults have spread rapidly. …as the buffalo herds and remaining tribes faced extermination. So-called “ghost dances” invoking dead ancestors proliferate in the hope that “railroads, murderous cavalry units, timber merchants, mining speculators, hated tribal agencies, barbed wire, machine guns, even the white man himself – would disappear.Our psychological wiring is no different.

In this context, today’s Guardian (18/08/22) headlined the question: “Are indoor vertical farms (sic) really ‘future-proof farming’?” Considering the immense energy consumption of these growing operations – spoiler alert – it seems the answer is no. But presumably as a way of pretending to do something about the destruction of arable land and farmers while demonstrating the usual quest for a technological solution to a political problem – and our usual aversion to “dirt”, it is natural.

Nate Storey, ‘science director’ at one such syntho-shop, proclaims that in a climate-changing world, ‘…we are future-proof agriculture for our species’.

It’s the wishful thinking/selfish antics of a modern day ghost dancing/snake oil salesman. In fact, the article quotes Tamar Haspel referring to these capital-intensive vertical farming (sic) factories as producing “lettuce for the rich.”

So we procrastinate and dance towards the fiery finale of the Anthropocene.

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Cass McCombs: Heartmind Album Review https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/cass-mccombs-heartmind-album-review/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 04:03:00 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/cass-mccombs-heartmind-album-review/ As a writer, McCombs has never sounded more confident or intentional. For a long time, his most frequent comparison was Elliott Smith due to his muffled vocals, non-linear lyrics, and majestic, sinuous melodies. (“Karaoke” and “Belong to Heaven” from this record are particularly strong examples of this last gift.) On thought of the heart, McCombs […]]]>

As a writer, McCombs has never sounded more confident or intentional. For a long time, his most frequent comparison was Elliott Smith due to his muffled vocals, non-linear lyrics, and majestic, sinuous melodies. (“Karaoke” and “Belong to Heaven” from this record are particularly strong examples of this last gift.) On thought of the heart, McCombs sometimes reminds me of Bob Dylan in the 1980s when he turned his attention to subjects like Lenny Bruce and the rejuvenating power of Jesus Christ and sleeping in a field with a little dog licking your face, all covered with the same fervor intensity, humor and absurdity. “Empty ketchup packets can inherit the city,” McCombs sings toward the end of the title track, one of the most moving prophecies you’ll hear in 2022.

What comes next also helps: a slow, witty jazz coda that closes the record, shatters and ripples like nothing else in its songbook. The band reunited for this record – including, among others, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, drummers Kassa Overall and Joe Russo, keyboardist Frank LoCrasto, saxophonist Charlotte Greve, producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Buddy Ross, and guest singers Danielle Haim, Wynonna Judd, the Chapin Sisters and Charlie Burnham – feel selected to create this dark and lively atmosphere. Even moments of respite like “New Earth,” with its passing mentions of muted tweets and “Mr. Musk,” seem to rustle and change as you listen, packing in as much texture as possible to keep building to the fade.

This flow between music and message animates the disc and complicates its frank lyrics. In “Music Is Blue” — a song about obsessing over a gnarly arrangement that, indeed, sounds like it would take a bit of dedication to master, or even just sing along to — McCombs presents what reads like a dark life tour itinerary: living on beer, running out of money, losing touch with reality. “I stole to feed her / That’s a cheater’s lie,” McCombs sings, and that’s when “Music Is Blue” starts to sound like a love song to the person. which shed some light on the dark inevitability of his way of life. Whether the song is autobiographical or not, you can hear its message resonate through thought of the heartshining on its hard truths and casting an eerie, beautiful glow that, for the duration of the record, seems like the only thing worth risking everything to share.

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Blake Shelton says family is his #1 priority now https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/blake-shelton-says-family-is-his-1-priority-now/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 13:00:11 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/blake-shelton-says-family-is-his-1-priority-now/ A year after marrying Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton is making it clear she’s #1. The “No Body” singer says music and TV work aren’t pressing priorities like they used to be. The result could be new, slower-paced music from Shelton, who spoke to entertainment tonight about all this. “I have fun releasing songs whenever I […]]]>

A year after marrying Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton is making it clear she’s #1. The “No Body” singer says music and TV work aren’t pressing priorities like they used to be.

The result could be new, slower-paced music from Shelton, who spoke to entertainment tonight about all this.

“I have fun releasing songs whenever I feel like it, and luckily the record company lets me do that,” he says.

“No Body” is Shelton’s first new single released in 2022, after averaging two a year for five years and up to four in 2014-16. Body language is his latest album, released in May 2021. It was his first album of all-new material since 2017. Prior to that, he averaged one album a year for six years. two seasons of The voice each year has definitely slowed him down, but now he is focusing on his home.

“Listen, I love music and I love The voice“, says the 46-year-old man HEY. “I love all the cool things I can do with my job, but those things all take a back seat now for Gwen and the kids, and it’s just a new phase in my life.”

Although Shelton had no children of his own, he played an active role in the lives of Stefani’s three boys (Kingston, Apollo and Zuma). They spend a lot of time on his ranch in Oklahoma and seem to thrive in the rural environment having been raised primarily in Los Angeles before.

Next month, Shelton will be able to combine all his priorities. He and Stefani are set to serve as coaches in the 22nd season of The voice, starting September 19 on NBC. The country singer is the only coach to have been on the panel every season, starting in 2011.

Thus, Shelton slows down the release of new music, but does not turn off the beak.

“I want to keep my musical side of what I do alive until they [the fans] fire me,” he said.

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Independence Day 2022 | ‘At the stroke of the midnight hour…’, watch, read Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/independence-day-2022-at-the-stroke-of-the-midnight-hour-watch-read-jawaharlal-nehrus-tryst-with-destiny-speech/ Sun, 14 Aug 2022 06:28:14 +0000 https://commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/independence-day-2022-at-the-stroke-of-the-midnight-hour-watch-read-jawaharlal-nehrus-tryst-with-destiny-speech/ HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2022: As India celebrates the 75th anniversary of independence, it calls for remembering the day India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, delivered the empowering “Tryst with Destiny” speech during the hours leading up to the eve of independence. Considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, it welcomed a free […]]]>

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2022: As India celebrates the 75th anniversary of independence, it calls for remembering the day India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, delivered the empowering “Tryst with Destiny” speech during the hours leading up to the eve of independence. Considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, it welcomed a free and changing India.

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Nehru delivered the speech before the Indian Constituent Assembly in the Parliament building. The speech not only described the ups and downs the country has been through, but also mapped out the future which Nehru defined as the “relentless striving” to make dreams for India a reality.

Watch the glorious moment when “at the stroke of the midnight hour” India welcomed freedom with open arms:

Here is the full speech of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru:

Long years ago we made a date with fate, and now comes the time when we will redeem our commitment, not entirely or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of midnight, when the world sleeps, India will awaken to life and freedom. A time comes, which comes only rarely in history, when we pass from the old to the new, when an era comes to an end, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds expression. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the service of India and her people and to the still greater cause of mankind.

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At the dawn of history, India began her endless quest, and centuries without a track are filled with her efforts and the grandeur of her successes and failures. By chance as by misfortune, she never lost sight of this quest nor forgot the ideals that made her strong. We are now ending a period of misfortune and India is discovering itself again. The achievement we celebrate today is just one step, an opening of opportunity towards the greater triumphs and achievements that lie ahead. Are we brave enough and wise enough to seize this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?

Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests with this Assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom, we endured all the pains of labor and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this pain. Some of those pains continue even now. However, the past is over and it is the future that awaits us now.

This future is not one of ease or rest, but of unceasing efforts so that we can keep the commitments we have so often made and the one we will make today. India’s service means service to millions of suffering people. It means the end of poverty, ignorance, disease and inequality of opportunity. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. It may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and pain, as long as our work is not finished.

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And so, we have to work and work, and work hard, to make our dreams come true. These dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all nations and peoples today are too intertwined for any of them to imagine that she can live apart It has been said that peace was indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so is disaster in this one world that can no longer be broken into isolated fragments. To the people of India, of whom we are the representatives, we launch an appeal to join us with faith and confidence in this great adventure. Now is not the time for petty and destructive criticism, nor for showing ill will or blaming others. We must build the noble abode of free India where all her children can dwell.

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The appointed day has come – the day appointed by fate – and India is rising, after a long sleep and a long struggle, awake, full of life, free and independent. The past still clings to us to some degree and we have a long way to go before we redeem the promises we have so often made. Yet the turning point has passed, and history begins again for us, the history that we will live and act and that others will write.

This is a fateful moment for us in India, for all of Asia and for the world. A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East, new hope is born, a long cherished vision materializes. May the star never set and may this hope never be betrayed!

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We rejoice in this freedom, even though the clouds surround us, and many of our fellow citizens are afflicted and difficult problems surround us. But freedom brings responsibilities and burdens and we must face them in the spirit of a free and disciplined people. On this day our first thoughts go to the architect of this freedom, the Father of our Nation [Gandhi]who, embodying the ancient spirit of India, held high the torch of freedom and illuminated the darkness that surrounded us.

We have often been his unworthy disciples and have strayed from his message, but not only we, but future generations will remember this message and carry the imprint in their hearts of this great son of India, magnificent in his faith, strength, courage and humility. . We will never allow this torch of freedom to be blown out, no matter how windy or stormy. Our next thoughts must go to the Unknown Volunteers and Freedom Soldiers who, without praise or reward, served India unto death.

We also think of our brothers and sisters who have been cut off from us by political borders and who unfortunately cannot currently share in the freedom that has come. They are ours and will remain ours whatever happens, and we will be complicit in their good. [or] misfortune likewise. The future is before us.

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Where are we going and what will our business be? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, peasants and workers of India; combat and eradicate poverty, ignorance and disease; to build a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions that will ensure justice and the fullness of life for every man and woman.

We have a lot of work ahead of us. There is no rest for any of us until we have fully redeemed our pledge, until we make all the peoples of India what fate intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country poised to move boldly forward, and we must live up to that high standard. All of us, whatever religion we belong to, are also the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, because no nation can be great if its people are narrow-minded or narrow-minded.

To the nations and peoples of the world, we send our greetings and pledge to cooperate with them to advance peace, freedom and democracy.

And to India, our beloved homeland, the ancient, eternal and ever new, we pay respectful homage and rededicate ourselves to her service.

JAI HIND.

Following the speech, the members of the Constituent Assembly pledged to devote themselves to the service of the country and its people. India was finally freed from the clutches of British rule. Since then, on August 15, India’s Prime Minister has hoisted the national flag over Delhi’s historic Red Fort. Following this, the Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, is sung.

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