Sunday September 30th 2012

 Thought for the Day

We can never be sure that the opinion
we are endeavoring to stifle

is a false opinion;
and if we were sure,
stifling it would be an evil still.

~ John Stuart Mill
On Liberty, 1859


John Stuart Mill by John Watkins, 1865John Stuart Mill, (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was a British philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy. He has been called “the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century”. source


afterthoughts

Word for the Day: stifle

  • sti·fled | sti·fling \st?-f?l\ transitive verb

Definition of Stifle:

  1. to kill by depriving of oxygen :
  2. to cut off (as the voice or breath)
  3. to withhold from circulation or expression

Examples:

  1. He tried to express his opinion but was stifled when he was thrown in jail.
  2. The editor knew he must stifle the story if he wanted to keep his job.
  3. We are stifling our world, in constant denial that we are the problem.

Synonyms:

  • censor, choke, smother, suffocate, strangle, throttle, muffle

source



History Today: September 30

    • The dam across Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, the site of the first hydroelectric power plant in the world1882 – The World’s First Hydroelectric Power-Plant begins operations on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States. Initiated by Appleton paper manufacturer H.J. Rogers, who had been inspired by Thomas Edison’s plans for an electricity-producing station in New York. The plant became later known as the Appleton Edison Light Company.
    • 1951 – “The Red Skelton Show” debuted on NBC-TV.
    • 1955 – Film star James Dean dies in a road accident aged 24.
    • 1981 : Sandra Day O’Connor – 1st female U.S. Supreme Court justice
    • 1982 – 1st broadcast of “Cheers” on NBC-TV
    • 1993 – A magnitude 6.4 earthquake in southern India, killing 10,000.

Happy Birthday Today September 30

      • 1924 – Truman Capote, American author (d. 1984)
      • 1933 – Barbara Knox, English actress
      • 1946 – Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (d. 1993)
      • 1972 – Shaan, Indian singer
      • 1975 – Marion Cotillard, French actress
      • 1981 – Cecelia Ahern, Irish author

Holidays and observances:

      • Botswana Day, independence from United Kingdom 1966
      • International Translation Day (FIT)
      • International Blasphemy Rights Day – founded in 2009 by the Center for Inquiry, a day in which individuals and groups are encouraged to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for, religion. International Blasphemy Rights Day is part of a larger, national campaign by CFI for freedom of expression.

Did You Know?

The term censorship derives from the official duties of the Roman censor who, beginning in 443 b.c., conducted the census by counting, assessing, and evaluating the populace. Originally neutral in tone, the term has come to mean the suppression of ideas or images by the government or others with authority. source


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