Ameliorate

Word of the day  

compete

Definition: v.intr. (often foll. by with, against a person, for a thing) strive for superiority or supremacy (competed with his brother; compete against the Russians; compete for the victory).
Synonyms: vie, contend
Etymology: L competere competit-, in late sense 'strive after or contend for (something)' (as COM-, petere seek) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
by Honore de Balzac

Birthday of the day  

Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldūn or Ibn Khaldoun (full name, Arabic: أبو زيد عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن خلدون الحضرمي ‎, Abū Zayd ‘Abdu r-Raḥman bin Muḥammad bin Khaldūn Al-Hadrami, Berber name: Ben Xeldun; May 27, 1332 AD/732 AH – March 19, 1406 AD/808 AH) was a North African polymath — an astronomer, economist, historian, Islamic jurist, Islamic lawyer, Islamic scholar, Islamic theologian, hafiz, mathematician, military strategist, nutritionist, philosopher, social scientist and statesman—born in North Africa in present-day Tunisia. He is considered a forerunner of several social scientific disciplines: demography, cultural history, historiography, the philosophy of history, and sociology. He is also considered one of the forerunners of modern economics, alongside the earlier Indian scholar Chanakya. Ibn Khaldun is considered by many to be the father of a number of these disciplines, and of social sciences in general, for anticipating many elements of these disciplines centuries before they were founded in the West. He is best known for his Muqaddimah (known as Prolegomenon in English), the first volume of his book on universal history, Kitab al-Ibar. Ibn Khaldun's ideas were not absorbed by his society, nor were they carried forward by its future generations.

Joke of the day  

A guy goes to a girl's house for the first time, and she shows him into the living room. She excuses herself to go to the kitchen to make them a few drinks, and as he's standing there alone, he notices a cute little vase on the mantel. He picks it up, and as he's looking at it, she walks back in. He says 'What's this?' She says, 'Oh, my father's ashes are in there.' He goes, 'Geez...oooh....I...' She says, 'Yeah, he's too lazy to go to the kitchen to get an ashtray when he smokes.'

Thought of the day  

Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.

Fact of the day  

927 – Death of Simeon I the Great, the first Bulgarian to be recognized as Emperor.
 

Biography of the day  

Melvil Dewey

Melvil Dewey (December 10, 1851-December 26, 1931) was the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system for library classification. In 1883 he became librarian of Columbia College, and in the following year founded the Columbia School of Library Economy, the first-ever institution organized for the instruction of librarians. This school, which was very successful, was removed to Albany, New York in 1890, where it was reestablished as the New York State Library School under his direction. From 1888 to 1906, he was director of the New York State Library and from 1888 to 1900 was secretary of the University of the State of New York, completely reorganizing the state library and making it one of the most efficient in America, as well as establishing the system of state traveling libraries and picture collections. In 1890 he helped to found the first state library association - the New York Library Association (NYLA) - and he was its first president, from 1890-1892.

Article of the day  

Menominee Tribe v. United States

Menominee Tribe v. United States, 391 U.S. 404 (1968), was a case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Menominee Indian Tribe would keep their historical hunting and fishing rights even after the federal government ceased to recognize the tribe. It was a landmark decision in Native American case law. The tribe had entered into treaties with the United States which did not specifically state that they retained hunting and fishing rights. In 1961, Congress terminated the tribe's federal recognition, and two years later, three members of the tribe were charged with violating Wisconsin's hunting laws on former reservation land. The Indians were acquitted, but when the state appealed, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the tribe no longer had hunting and fishing rights due to the termination action. The tribe sued the United States in the U.S. Court of Claims, which ruled that tribal members retained those rights. Opposite rulings by the state and federal courts brought the issue to the Supreme Court, which ruled in the tribe's favor. {{TFArecentlist| Anachronox Texas Revolution Hurricane Lenny }}

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