How I seal my watercolors on paper – David Castle Art

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via How I seal my watercolors on paper – David Castle Art

Kama muta: a new term for that warm, fuzzy feeling we all get | Aeon Ideas

via Kama muta: a new term for that warm, fuzzy feeling we all get | Aeon Ideas

Kama muta is recognisable by six co-occurring features:

  1. It is evoked by the sudden intensification of communal sharing – that is, sudden ‘love’ or kindness;
  2. It is brief (typically less than a minute or two, though it can repeat in rapid succession);
  3. It feels good (though it can occur in the context of other, negative emotions);
  4. When intense, it is often accompanied by the same set of physical sensations: a warm, fuzzy feeling in the centre of the chest; moist eyes or tears; being choked up (a lump in the throat); chills or goosebumps; and often a smile and putting the palm(s) on the chest, sometimes saying ‘Awwww!’;
  5. It motivates devotion and compassion to communal sharing – also known as ‘loving kindness’;
  6. Depending on the language and the context, it is often labelled with the terms mentioned above.

Word of the Day

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 16th century

The appearance of truth or resembling reality


Something that only appears to be true

Examples of Verisimilitude in a sentence

“The critics panned the new movie as lacking verisimilitude with over-the-top acting.”

“Her claim of being 45 years old was verisimilitude — her secret was that she was really 59.”


The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon Ideas

via The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon IdeasAdversarial criticism is commonly driven by a binary understanding of ideas. Claims are either true or false; arguments are either valid or invalid. If this understanding is correct, then the exclusion of false or invalid points does indeed seem to leave us with true ideas. If this were the case, criticism would indeed be a good way of responding to the proponent of an idea. But how well does this work in practice? The philosopher Catherine Hundleby at the University of Windsor in Ontario analysed how argumentation is taught to students and concluded that ‘argument repair’, in which the proponents of a position revise their argument in response to criticism, is greatly neglected. Instead, what is emphasised are quick tools for evaluating arguments by putting ‘fallacy labels’ onto them. This is less helpful than one might think because it’s purely negative.

Ethical Alliance Daily News 

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United States: Food Company Reports Bribery, Environmental Issues to U.S. Authorities
Jan 08, 2020 08:00 pm

Landec Corp. , a California food company, has disclosed potential bribery and environmental law violations at a facility in Mexico to U.S. authorities. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is cooperating with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the…
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United States: Ex-Atlanta official gets 2-year sentence in corruption probe
Jan 08, 2020 07:30 pm

A man who was tasked with ensuring equal opportunities for those seeking contracts with the city of Atlanta was given a two-year prison sentence Tuesday for failing to disclose outside consulting work and not reporting some income to tax authorities….
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South Korea: Police raid POSCO in corruption probe
Jan 08, 2020 07:00 pm

Police raided POSCO’s steel mill in Pohang on Tuesday in an investigation into a corruption scandal allegedly involving company officials. About ten investigators from Gyeongbuk Provincial Police Agency searched an office at the steel mill for two hours from 9…
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Japan: Japan Launches Casino Regulatory Body amid Bribery Scandal
Jan 08, 2020 06:30 pm

The Japanese government launched a body to regulate casino resorts on Tuesday, amid a bribery scandal that could threaten its strategy to shore up economic growth through the introduction of such facilities. The government intends to proceed with its plans…
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Malaysia: Former DBKL senior deputy director charged with receiving over RM1mil in bribes
Jan 08, 2020 06:00 pm

A former Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) deputy director pled not guilty at the Sessions Court here Tuesday (Jan 7) to six counts of receiving bribes, totalling RM1.08mil in 2018 and 2019. Sabudin Mohd Salleh, 58, who was the senior…
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China: Former Top Chinese Lottery Official Sentenced to 11 Years for Corruption
Jan 08, 2020 05:30 pm

A former top Chinese lottery official was sentenced to 11 years in prison for corruption that caused 750 million yuan ($108 million) of revenue loss to the welfare lottery system. The conviction brought the total of senior officials punished in…
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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Johnny Cash’s Road Day? In 1982, the Johnny Cash Parkway opened in Hendersonville, Tennessee. John R. “Johnny” Cash, AKA “The Man In Black,” was an American singer-songwriter, actor and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

— Johnny Cash