Red Lights (window dressing)
Window Dressing (NYC) – All reproduction rights reserved David L’Hoste

Archive of past issues of <:> i n t e r a l i a <:>:
1. A Word A Day — defalcate
2. Graphics of the Day — by David J. L’Hoste
3. Quote of the Day — David Kirby
4. HotSites – Oldies but goodies
5. Reading List:

    A. Why our brains make us laugh
    B. Take Two Hookworms and Call Me in the Morning
    C. The GOP’s War on Voting Comes to Washington

6. For Art’s Sake – David Halliday
7. WTF? – Man accused of burning wife with iron claims she assaulted him with sex toy
1. A Word A Day


verb intr. To misuse funds; to embezzle.

From Latin defalcare (to cut off), from de- (off) + falx (sickle). Earliest documented use: 1541.

“Prakash hit upon a more daring method to defalcate the company.”
Samsung Official Dupes Company of Crores; The Economic Times (New Delhi, India); Dec 2, 2005.

From Anu Garg and A Word A Day:
2. Graphics of the Day — by David J. L’Hoste

French Quarter Facades – 11 images.

The Big Apple – five images.

New York Public Library – eight images.

Small Hours in City Park – eight images.


LaSalle Elementary/NOCCA (Abandoned) (28 images)



Tree at Dawn

Parkview Guest House

GOTD Archives:
3. Quote of the Day — David Kirby
My Favorite Foreign Language

“What’s your favorite foreign language?” asks the cabbie,
and when I ask why, he says he knows “butterfly”
in 241 of them, so I say, “Okay, French!” and he says,

“Papillon!” and I say, “German!” and he says, “Schmetterling!”
and I’m running out of languages I know, so I say,
“Uh, Wolof!” because I’m reading a short story

where a woman speaks Wolof, and he says something in Wolof,
and the professor-y part of me wants
to say, You shouldn’t call them foreign languages, you know,

because that means there’s only one real language, but
I’d be saying that to him in our common
tongue, so it really wouldn’t make sense unless I were chiding

him in, say, Wolof, a language in which he knows only
one word and I none. What’s the best country?
Heaven, probably: as everyone knows, the cooks are French,

the mechanics German, the police English, lovers Italian,
and it’s all organized by the Swiss, whereas
in Hell, the cooks are English, mechanics French, police

Germans, lovers Swiss, and everything is organized by the Italians,
which leaves out the Spanish,
though perhaps not, for the ancients say a man should speak

French to his friends because of its vivacity,
Italian to his mistress for its sweetness,
German to his enemies because it is forceful, and Spanish

to his God, for it is the most majestic of languages.
Hola, Señor! Okay if I put my suitcase
over here? Thank you for having me! Yes, I would

like to hear what they’re saying in the other place, like “Dictators
over here” and “Corporate polluters
in this area” and “Aw, come on—another boring poet?”

David Kirby

Hanging Loose 98

4. HotSites – Oldies but good

Today’s Front Pages – of 800 newspapers with links to content, from

Rx List – Drugs.

Innerbody – Human anatomy online.

5. Reading List
Why our brains make us laugh
From a Tufts term paper to a new book on the cognitive origins of humor

By Chris Berdik
November 20, 2011
The basic, most simple humor is first-person humor. It’s when you
catch yourself in an error, like looking for the glasses that happen to be
on the top of your head. You’ve made an assumption about the state of
the world, and you’re behaving based on that assumption, but that
assumption doesn’t hold at all, and you get a little chuckle.

But we’ve become complex social creatures, and as we grow, humor
takes on all the aspects of our complex social life. For instance,
here’s a joke we tell in our book: A man and a woman who have never
met before find themselves sharing a sleeping car on an overnight train.
After some initial embarrassment, they both go to sleep in their
bunks. . . .But in the middle of the night,
the woman leans over and says to the man: “I’m sorry, but
I’m a little cold. Could I trouble you to get me another
“I’ve got a better idea,” the man
replies with a glint in his eye. “Just for tonight, let’s
pretend we’re married.”
“OK, why not,” giggles the woman.
“Great,” the man says. “Get your own damn
The woman and the audience both make the same
mistake by assuming something about what the man said. Punch lines make us
aware of these automatic covert inferences. Humor rewards the discovery of
our mistakes.

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Full Article:
From: The Boston Globe
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Take Two Hookworms and Call Me in the Morning
Researchers are giving parasites a second look.

By Jennifer Fisher Wilson
Hookworm infection certainly provided an excellent argument for shoes. The invasion by tens of thousands of squirmy, blood-sucking worms was not only nauseating, it also had damaging effects such as delayed growth, anemia, and lethargy. Once known as the “the germ of laziness,” hookworm contributed significantly to school absenteeism and adult unemployment. The deworming campaign saw such positive effects as improvements in literacy, agricultural output, and income.

And yet. Today, growing evidence points to a significant downside to life without hookworm. Lately scientists have hypothesized that such parasites may play a critical health role by helping the immune system adjust to everyday environmental irritants without overreacting and producing excessive inflammation. The idea falls in line with the well-known “hygiene hypothesis.” First officially presented a dozen years ago, the hygiene hypothesis proposes that without prenatal or early life exposure to microorganisms and parasites — with which we coexisted throughout much of our evolutionary history — we have become prone to an imbalanced immune response later in life.

While modern medicine and improved cleanliness practices have eliminated many dreadful afflictions from the United States, others have escalated. Initial research on the hygiene hypothesis focused on asthma, allergies, and eczema, all of which have increased in prevalence dramatically in developed countries over the past 150 years. Research has expanded in surprising ways to consider other big-time chronic diseases linked to excess inflammation, including heart disease, depression, and obesity.

In an ironic twist, it appears that humans may actually benefit from limited, controlled exposure to some microorganisms and parasites. In particular, researchers have begun testing the effects of controlled exposure to hookworm and other intestinal parasites. Early research at University of Iowa showed that exposing mice to parasitic worms helped prevent inflammatory bowel disease. Additional studies demonstrated that the therapy could protect the mice from colitis, encephalitis, Type 1 diabetes, and asthma.
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Full Article:
From: The Smart Set
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The GOP’s War on Voting Comes to Washington
House Republicans want to kill the federal agency charged with making sure voting machines work.

—By Siddhartha Mahanta
Thu Dec. 1, 2011
Republicans in state legislatures across the country have spent the past year mounting an all-out assault on voting rights, pushing a slew of voter ID and redistricting measures that are widely expected to dilute the power of minority and low-income voters in next November’s elections. Now that effort has come to Capitol Hill, where the House* will vote Thursday on a GOP-backed bill to eviscerate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC)—the last line of defense against fraud and tampering in electronic voting systems around the country.

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Full Article:

From: Mother Jones

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6. For Art’s Sake
David Halliday

David Halliday

7. WTF?
Man accused of burning wife with iron claims she assaulted him with sex toy
By Claire Osborn

Nov. 30, 2011

GEORGETOWN — A Hutto man accused of burning his wife with an iron brought court to a brief standstill Wednesday when he testified that his wife attacked him with a sex toy.

Hugo Alquicira, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, told a Williamson County jury that he never struck his wife, Maria Isabel Puente, with an object but he did push her onto a bed after she penetrated his buttocks with a plastic sex toy.


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