• The Ration Detail
    The Ration Detail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rationalize weed out unwanted or unnecessary things "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
    • v rationalize remove irrational quantities from "This function can be rationalized"
    • v rationalize think rationally; employ logic or reason "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
    • v rationalize defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior","he rationalized his lack of success"
    • v rationalize structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the First World War, cigarettes were handed out to soldiers along with their rations
    • Rationalize To form a rational conception of.
    • Rationalize To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.
    • Rationalize To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.
    • Rationalize (Alg) To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.
    • v. i Rationalize To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief, etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the principles of rationalism. "Theodore . . . is justly considered the chief rationalizing doctor of antiquity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The U.S. army packs Tabasco pepper sauce in every ration kit that they give to soldiers
    • rationalize To make conformable to reason; give rationality to; cause to be or to appear reasonable or intelligible.
    • rationalize To subject to the test of reason; explain or interpret by rational principles; treat in the manner of a rationalist; as, to rationalize religion or the Scriptures.
    • rationalize In algebra, to free from radical signs.
    • rationalize To think for one's self; employ the reason as a supreme test; argue or speculate upon the basis of rationality or rationalism; act as a rationalist.
    • rationalize Also spelled rationalise.
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  • Karl Marx
    “While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.”
  • Raymond Chandler
    “However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.”
  • Voltaire
    “Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.”
  • Jerome Wiesner
    Jerome Wiesner
    “Some problems are just too complicated for rational, logical solutions. They admit of insights, not answers.”
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    “A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.”


In literature:

Commissaries of subsistence will issue, on the requisitions of Chaplain Eaton, omitting the coffee ration, and substituting rye.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
On the evening of the 25th of June we were ordered to cook three days' rations.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
Once more they had to bivouac in the open, and rations, tents, and blankets were still behind.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
It was the practical, ready, rational furor of the Latin race.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
These alterations in the ration and in the hours of labour, however, were not to commence until the 1st of the following month.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
The food that was kept by the slaves, that is the rations given them, was kept in the kitchen part of the house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
He is a person, a rational being.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Bread rations are in force in both France and Italy.
"Food Guide for War Service at Home" by Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
Chance and miracles, he says, are mere expressions for our ignorance of rational causes.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
The ration must be increased next year and we must have some properly-thought-out diet.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
If one emergency ration is carried in addition to the two haversack rations, it is packed on top of the top layer.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
That which is not rational is contra-rational; and such is hope.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Compulsory rationing to be workable must be a simple scheme, and no overhead ration of bread, for example, is just.
"Women and War Work" by Helen Fraser
Religion would therefore seem to be a vehicle or a factor in rational life, since the ends of rational life are attained by it.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Rational: etymology of "rational" in German, 81 ftn.
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
The ration La ration.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Cavalry of the Army" by U. S. War Department
The love of life is not something rational, or founded on experience of life.
"Three Philosophical Poets" by George Santayana
We were nearly out of rations and had no forage of any kind for our horses.
"The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry" by Samuel H. Fletcher
They had had a meal themselves just before we began ours, so we had been able to estimate what had been given them as their rations.
"13 Days" by John Alan Lyde Caunter
Knowledge is (he says) true opinion, coupled with rational explanation.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume III (of 4)" by George Grote

In poetry:

I imagine him
Impotent as distant thunder,
In whose shadow I have eaten my ghost ration.
I wish him dead or away.
That, it seems, is the impossibility.
"The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath
Whiskered cats arointed flee,
Sturdy stoppers keep from thee
Cologne distillations;
Nuts lie in thy path for stones,
And thy feast-day macaroons
Turn to daily rations!
"To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
And now each work (while nature's fabric stands)
Loud for its wise and mighty Lord demands
A rent of praise, a loud and lofty song,
From every rational beholder's tongue.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
"Friends, Romans, and countrymen, lend me your ears!"
(They were all of them fond of quotations:
So they drank to his health, and they gave him three cheers,
While he served out additional rations).
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Chorus: Tramp, tramp, tramp, etc.
You ask me if they want men, you ask for rations then,
If they don't stump up a warning should be made;
To teach them better sense — why, "Set fire to their fence"
Is the war cry of the Wallaby Brigade.
"The Wallaby Brigade" by Anonymous Oceania
Dusty patch in desolation, bare slab walls and earthen floor,
And a blinding drought is blazing from horizons to the door:
Milkless tea and ration sugar, damper junk and pumpkin mash—
And a Day on our Selection passes by me in a flash.
"The Last Review" by Henry Lawson

In news:

So much whisky is being exported that distilling companies in Scotland have been forced to to ration supplies.
Jay, you raise a great point about the rationality of those who think Iran is a rational actor.
Pork producers have long understood the value of virginiamycin due to increases in growth and performance when added to corn-soybean meal rations.
Since the advent of Thatcherism, Tories had not questioned the power of rational incentives to shape human behaviour .
The Romney-Ryan vision would slash federal health spending by shifting costs to seniors, businesses and states while empowering insurance companies to ration care.
When we think of ready-to-eat meals, we usually think of those packets of nutrient-dense soldiers' rations, like the Army sandwich that stays fresh for two years.
When a soldier or Marine sits down to warm up his military ration, or MRE, he's not being shot at, he's not losing friends.
And thus as rational policy based on fact and consensus becomes impossible at the national level, so too does a deep polar political and cultural divide make rational policy difficult at the county level.
NEW YORK — Buses, taxes and limousines are among the vehicles that are exempt from New York City's gas rationing plan.
On a rational level, they don't really stack up.
No rational doubt exists that Jeff Crouere's Ringside Politics (7 am to 11 am on WGSO 990 am, streaming at WGSO.com) is deservingly the best weekday morning news talk show in the Greater New Orleans area.
Is it ever rational to choose death.
Retailers like Giant-Carlisle are using data-driven techniques to tackle the highly complex challenge of SKU rationalization.
This seems rational to the average person, but not if you're one of the few animal activists in the area.
City Manager Eric Benson said he plans to stop water rationing Monday.

In science:

Pick (to begin with) an arbitrary nonzero element of G, g = q0 + Pn 1 (xi − αi )qi , where qi are rationals; since g is not zero, not all the rational coefficients are zero.
Simple archimedean dimension groups
If α is a real number that is algebraic over the rationals, then g(α) = 0 entails q0 + Pn 1 qi (αi − αi ) = 0, yielding the equation, q0 + Pi=1 qiαi = P qiαi ; the left side is algebraic (over the rationals), hence belongs to QR , while the right side is a rational- (hence a QR -) linear combination of {αi }.
Simple archimedean dimension groups
Note that Hω (q) is clearly a rational function in q with rational coefficients.
Quiver varieties and the character ring of general linear groups over finite fields
Since P(qr ) is an integer for all r ∈ Z>0 , the rational function P must be a polynomial with rational coefficients.
Quiver varieties and the character ring of general linear groups over finite fields
Main results For a rational number r ∈ ˆQ := Q ∪ {∞}, let K (r) be the 2-bridge link of slope r , which is defined as the sum (S 3 , K (r)) = (B 3 , t(∞)) ∪ (B 3 , t(r)) of rational tangles of slope ∞ and r (see Figure 1).
Simple loops on 2-bridge spheres in 2-bridge link complements
We consider also a natural correspondence between finite binary sequences and subintervals of [0, 1) with dyadically rational endpoints. A finite sequence α of length n corresponds to an interval [a, a + 2−n) with dyadically rational endpoints, where a = P1≤i≤n αi2−i .
On Instability of the Ergodic Limit Theorems with Respect to Small Violations of Algorithmic Randomness
We suppose that the rational number r from the definition of the partition π0 , π1 has a dyadic rational form.
On Instability of the Ergodic Limit Theorems with Respect to Small Violations of Algorithmic Randomness
Throughout the text, rational means rational over C.
Real versus Complex Volumes on Real Algebraic Surfaces
We say this cone is rational if both rays are rational, that is, if they contain an element of N1 (XR ; Z)\{0}.
Real versus Complex Volumes on Real Algebraic Surfaces
The GW-invariants are rational numbers if the (co)homology classes are integer and the above integral has an interpretation as a rational count of solutions of some intersection problems.
Applications of Polyfold Theory I: The Polyfolds of Gromov-Witten Theory
Theorem 28 (Monotone rationality) Given a monotone rational decision maker for ℓ∞ contracts, there are pi ≥ 0 such that P pi < ∞ and {x | X xi pi > 0} ⊂ Z ⊆ {x | X xi pi ≥ 0}.
Axioms for Rational Reinforcement Learning
We set up simple common sense rationality axioms that imply that a complete rational decision maker has preferences that can be characterized as maximizing expected utility.
Axioms for Rational Reinforcement Learning
Let P be the set of equivalence classes of all rational projections with respect to the equivalence relation p ∼ p′ ⇐⇒ ker p = ker p′ . A vector subspace of Rn will be called rational, if it has a basis of rational vectors.
Generic Tropical Varieties on Subvarieties and in the Non-constant Coefficient Case
Orthogonal polynomials are just the special case of biorthogonal rational functions, where the poles of the rational functions have disappeared to infinity and the a priori two different families on both sides of the bilinear form have reduced to identical functions.
Limits of elliptic hypergeometric biorthogonal functions
Because of the naive notion that these provide “rational points in continuous moduli spaces” one would have expected this to be a extremely large set, but in reality the class of accessible rational CFTs is rather limited.
The Kreuzer bi-homomorphism