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  1. On tolerating intolerance

    Do you tolerate intolerance? The question begins to take more and more relevance as one sees how intolerance is gaining ground in many places and even in day to day thinking. Intolerance imposes terrible deviations in a lifestyle that has been forged, slowly and at great cost, over a couple of centuries. Tolerance has been fundamental in the eradication of Racism and Sexism (at least in what the printed law says; in practice, the struggle continues every day), and it has been the great springboard ...

    Updated 08-11-2020 at 07:00 AM by ponchi101

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  2. On Covid-19. II

    Proof me wrong.
    As we have reached the end of the first four months of 2020 more data have been inserted in the analysis of the COVID Pandemic. And the data keep getting worse.
    A recent article in the New York Times points in the direction that this has been and perhaps will continue to be worse than it has been reported. The article shows data that support the idea that the total number of deaths related to COVID is much higher than reported. The logic is straightforward: the spike ...
  3. On Covid-19

    I don't want to monopolize the thread.
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    As we approach the end of the first 1/3 of the year, the official count of COVID deaths stands at a bit below 200,000 (it will pass that by this week). Letís assume there is serious undercount of 50%, leaving us with a "real" count of 400,000. That is 100,000 per month, on average. Multiply by 12 months, 1.2 million in a year. In view that there are no cures, no treatment and no vaccine, plus that a lot of countries are simply ...
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  4. The great ones don't jitterbug

    I wrote this piece in 2011, but never posted it. Therefore, my excuses if the names are by now outdated, but the concept remains.

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    I was subject during a recent tennis broadcast to the peculiar guilty pleasure of watching Daniela Hantuchova play. I say it is a guilty pleasure because while watching Dani is all by itself something to relish, watching her bounce up and down while preparing to serve is certainly excruciating. Hantuchova is indeed a very talented player, ...
  5. The dumbest shot

    The story made it to some tennis magazine.
    Andre Agassi went to an amusement park while playing the Cincinnati Open and got into a batting cage. The attendant set it to a moderate pace, which Agassi mastered immediately. Asking for more speed, he was indulged. Pretty soon he asked for the machine to bet set to its maximum. The operator warned him that the machine could throw 95MPH drives, which only made Agassi more adamant. Agassi kept hitting balls off the machine, getting to the stage ...
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