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About Ormond

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    Besides ASOIAF:Given names, their usage and history

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  1. Ormond

    U.S. Politics: Next-ennials vs stamps

    As a psychologist I just have to point out that the "vividness" or number of details in a memory is no indication that it is an ACCURATE memory. There are many examples of vivid and detailed memories of crimes (including sexual assaults) where the witness does not correctly remember who the perpetrator was. This doesn't mean that Ms. Ford's memory is inaccurate, just that the degree of vividness and detail in it is no indication of whether or not it is.
  2. I think you are using the wrong term there. Libraries "weed", "discard", or "de-accession" books all the time -- like individuals, they only have so much space and they don't keep forever materials that either aren't being used, or that are physically worn out. But at least in the USA it would be very rare for libraries to "ban" a book, which would imply they are removing something from their shelves because it is controversial. As a profession librarians in the USA are the least likely people to want to get rid of something because it's controversial -- they celebrate "Banned Books Week" every year precisely by featuring books that have been controversial enough for someone to want to ban them, and books that end up on the National Library Association's "Banned Books List" are probably among the books LEAST likely to be weeded or discarded by most libraries. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top100 https://bannedbooksweek.org/resources/
  3. I have two students in my online classes, one who lives in North Carolina and one in Virginia Beach, VA, who have informed me they will probably have to evacuate because of Hurricane Florence. I hope everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Florence will heed warnings and stay safe -- and that goes for anyone on this board who might happen to be in the path of Hurricane Isaac in the Caribbean or Tropical Storm Olivia in Hawaii, too!
  4. I don't know the people you know, but they are not a random sample of the American population, and it is simply not true that there is a huge difference between men and women on views on whether or not abortion should be legal. 2017 figures from Pew show 38% of women and 42% of men saying abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. http://www.pewforum.org/fact-sheet/public-opinion-on-abortion/ In the Gallup 2018 data, the % of women and me who in the USA who agree abortion should be "totally illegal" is 19% for both. https://news.gallup.com/poll/235646/men-women-generally-hold-similar-abortion-attitudes.aspx As a man I personally would have no problem with letting women decide this for themselves. But the idea that all American women think abortion should be legal is incorrect.
  5. Here is the link to today's column. https://www.omaha.com/living/evans-swahili-names-like-taraji-sanaa-see-swell-in-popularity/article_fe04b96d-268d-5728-82ef-27df2df1321c.html Of course there are some celebrity names like "Kanye" which are often claimed to be Swahili but really are not. Also while researching this article I discovered that the common explanation for "Jelani" as meaning "mighty" or "great" in Swahili is almost surely incorrect. Jelani is likely the Swahili form of the Arabic name Gilani or Jilani, which is from the surname of a famous 12th century Sufi saint, referring to his coming from the Iranian province of Gilan along the south shore of the Caspian Sea.
  6. Calling Obama a "narcissist" is nothing new. People on the right have been doing that ever since 2008. http://www.faithfreedom.org/obama.html
  7. Ormond

    U.S. Politics: A Song Of Mimes And Musicians

    ? I was explicitly quoting the paragraph where you discussed your "glance" at the 17 states that were not in your original sample.
  8. Ormond

    U.S. Politics: A Song Of Mimes And Musicians

    Just to point out -- Like Arizona and California, Iowa has a nonpartisan redistricting plan. It's not set up exactly the same way as it is in those two states, but it seems to have actually done a very good job with both congressional districts and the state legislature districts in terms of "proportionality." http://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting/the-iowa-model-for-redistricting.aspx
  9. Ormond

    U.S. Politics: A Song Of Mimes And Musicians

    I said to call me when his approval in an AGGREGATE of polls like 538 gets to 36%, not in a single poll. As of this moment the 538 aggregate has him at 40.0%, actually a smidgen higher than yesterday's 39.9%. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/
  10. Ormond

    U.S. Politics: A Song Of Mimes And Musicians

    Which "promises" do you think he can reasonably deliver on in the mere two months we have before Election Day?
  11. Ormond

    U.S. Politics: A Song Of Mimes And Musicians

    That's nice, but I don't think I'll really be impressed until it dips below 36.4%, its lowest point last December.
  12. Ormond

    Participation Trophies Are A Good Thing

    A "fraction of applicants" will get into one of the few elite colleges and universities out there. There are plenty of universities where all you need to be admitted as a freshman is a high school diploma. Whether failure serves as "motivation" or not is highly dependent on one's past experiences and personality. There are many people who do use failure as a learning experience. There are plenty of others who end up with a lesson in "learned helplessness" and believe the failure shows they will never be able to win at anything, so why try?
  13. So sorry! Also sorry I missed the thread the first time. Were you really going to use a text with a 1991 copyright, or is that really the year the first edition came out and you are using a more recent edition? As a psychology professor I couldn't get away with using a main textbook that old unless it was specifically a course on the history of the topic.
  14. Here's the link to today's column, one of the few I got a request from a reader for. https://www.omaha.com/living/evans-keegan-keeps-on-growing-in-popularity/article_ff783824-d246-59e7-a0df-e0a7c48c2b97.html
  15. Ormond

    U.S. Politics: Covfefe Boys

    Allowing their loved one's tragedy to be used for political purposes they know she did not agree with, without making any public comment about it, would to my mind be morally irresponsible. Of course they will get pushback from right wing crazies, But they are doing to right and responsible thing. I would certainly hope that if I were in a similar situation I would have the bravery to do what her aunt has done. The aunt should be supported and commended, precisely to counter any crazy right wing attacks she will get. More power to her.