devil’s advocate

"[D]evil’s advocates . . . engaged in the time-honored process of arguing one side of a proposition in order to test the other’s flaws. That name dates back to the 17th century, when the Roman Catholic Church created an office popularly known as the advocatus diaboli — a person tasked with making the case against [...]

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snowfall - Ranking of biggest cities by their record snowfalls.  Philadelphia ranks first with 30.7 inches in1996.   See graphic at: NYT 06Feb11 - Biggest Cities' Snowfall Records  

union workers

            11.9: The percentage of American workers in unions last year, the lowest proportion in more than 70 years, according to the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of workers in unions fell by 612,000 last year, to 14.7 million. About 20 percent of workers were in unions in 1983; the figure was [...]

Steinbeck/ diaries

       I have tried to keep diaries before, but they didn’t work out because of the necessity to be honest. -- John Steinbeck Quote from article at: NYT 22Jan11: Tales of Lives Richly Lived, But True?

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