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Anaxagoras
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Word of the day

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ignosticism
The philosophical position that the question of the existence of God is meaningless, because the term "God" has no coherent and unambiguous definition.
Good point. I like that.

FWIW, let's see how the same dictionary defines "God":

god

An extremely long entry follows, but here is the first definition offered:
A deity or supreme being; a supernatural, typically immortal, being with superior powers, to which personhood is attributed.
OK, what is a deity? What is a supreme being?
A supernatural divine being; a god or goddess.
A god, or a similar deity, characterized by power over all things.
So it appears that we have a circular definition.
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Do not flauccinaucinihilipilificate the significance of these definitions, 馬鹿.

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Infanticide.
Confuse people of a certain ilk.
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Kill v "To create a vacancy without naming a successor."

– Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
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This is sort of shower thought (actually a drunk thought) but "paper tiger"

Were "paper tigers" ever actually a thing?

In World war 2, we actually used something like that to good effect. There were fake tanks in Britain, to throw the Nazis off as to where the D-Day invasion was coming from. Just mock-ups that would look real from the air.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:38 pm This is sort of shower thought (actually a drunk thought) but "paper tiger"

Were "paper tigers" ever actually a thing?

In World war 2, we actually used something like that to good effect. There were fake tanks in Britain, to throw the Nazis off as to where the D-Day invasion was coming from. Just mock-ups that would look real from the air.
They had an entire phony Army Division in France -- including huge sound systems that could play recordings of everything from tanks moving to men drilling to people working on trucks, etc. And a radio hut to fake all the messages needed to keep a division running.

Fascinating stuff - though I don't think anyone out-did the British on that kind of thing (i.e., Project Fortitude, The Man Who Never Was, etc . . .)
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Patton and his entire fake army actually did help a lot

http://www.americainwwii.com/articles/p ... host-army/

Deception is a huge part of war