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Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.

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 Today in History - 10/8

  • 314 Battle at Cibalae: emperor Constantine beats emperor Licinius
  • 451 Council of Chalcedon (4th ecumenical council) opens
  • 876 Battle at Andernach: Louis the Young beats Charles the Bare
  • 1085 San Marcos minstery in Venice initiated
  • 1492 Columbus' fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico
  • 1600 San Marino adopts constitution
  • 1604 Supernova "Kepler's nova" 1st sighted