Granted, Wikipedia is greatly improved since its early days.  Often it now cites its sources; often inaccurate information is removed almost as soon as a rogue editor adds it.

Still, for anyone who carelessly assumes that Wikipedia today is simply accurate and trustworthy, occasionally Wikipedia itself provides a cautionary reminder.  From the first paragraph, the very top, of the article on Jainism:

It prescribes ahimsa (non-violence) towards all living beings to the most possible extent. The five main principles of Jainism are ahimsa, anekantavada (non-absolutism), aparigraha (non-possessiveness) and guruajna (obeyance of the preachings of the preacher).

Further down in the article, it talks about the “extreme difficulty” of “attaining true faith”.  I don’t see what’s so difficult; all you have to do is embody five out of four principles!

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Band Name

March 22, 2016

I think Sideways Headers would be a good name for a band.

NPR in One Sentence

November 27, 2015

“But sociology graduate student Nicole Bedera says she found that ad to be insufficiently feminist.”

That about sums it up…

“Also this hour, fans of The Walking Dead have to wait another week.”

“It’s impolite to take you out of the running as a mate just for that—so I won’t—but if we were animals in the wild, I might.”

Conceptual Cooking

November 14, 2014

“Yogurt is just like really runny cheese.”

NPR this week, trying to explain why Republicans beat Democrats so badly in Tuesday’s elections:

People who came out to register their distress with Obama or congressional Democrats — or with any aspect of current reality — were more likely to vote Republican for governor, as well.