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Old 01-21-2019, 09:12 AM   #3901
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Sharing this because it made me laugh. Horrifically, I am not 100% sure the author doesn't actually believe it. From the blurb for Lawrence James Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India

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it sheds new light on Mountbatten and the events of 1946-47 which ended an exercise in benign autocracy and an experiment in altruism.
(e.a because CHUTZPAH!)
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David Quammen on his role as a natural history columnist:

"His monthly mandate is to demonstrate that evolutionary biology, theoretical ecology, and the incisive contemplation of nature can provide piquant entertainment for people in dental waiting rooms."
- David Quammen, The Dope on Eggs: Anisogamy, Science Journalism, and Other Food for Thought - Outside, February 1988
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If I were a good businessman, and cared a tittle for my unborn great-grandchildren, which I do not, I would gather all the junk and the wrecked automobiles, comb the city dumps, and pile these gleanings in mountains and spray the whole thing with that stuff the Navy uses to mothball ships. At the end of a hundred years my descendants would be permitted to open this treasure trove and would be the antique kings of the world. If the battered, cracked, and broken stuff our ancestors tried to get rid of now brings so much money, think what a 1954 Oldsmobile, or a 1960 Toastmaster will bring—and a vintage Waring Mixer—Lord, the possibilities are endless! Things we have to pay to have hauled away could bring fortunes.
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley in Search of America

It's as if he foresaw eBay!
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