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Salad Days

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about 4 years ago

“I never knew a rocket leaf could speak. Then Meredith Young came along and now I do – although what it has to say is rather sad. Rocket leaves; thinly sliced portobello mushrooms; artfully wilted spinach: these aren't the usual subjects of psychologist Young. But, with a team of researchers, she ...

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No Moon Feat

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President Barack Obama has scrapped US plans to return astronauts to the moon. The plan forms part of a cost saving initiative designed to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit. “US plans to return astronauts to the moon have been scrapped under a revised budget presented to the US congress. The plan ...

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“I Ended Apartheid”

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Twenty years ago today, FW de Klerk addressed South Africa’s parliament and stunned it and the rest of the world by ending 41 years of Apartheid. The press were gathered as everyone was expecting de Klerk to announce that Nelson Mandela was to be freed. “In fact de Klerk had no intention of freeing ...

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Dalai Harm

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China has warned that its relationship with the US would suffer if American President Barack Obama were to agree to meet with exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama. “[A Chinese] official, Zhu Weiqun, said if a country’s leaders meet with the Dalai Lama ‘we will take necessary measures to help them ...

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Run Of The Mill?

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The remains of an aircraft bomb have been uncovered allegedly contradicting Israeli claims that it hadn’t attempted to bomb a flour mill in Gaza during the conflict last year. “Israel last week submitted a 46-page response to a highly critical United Nations inquiry by South African judge Richard ...

Eruptions

Activity increasing at Tungurahua in Ecuador

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Tungurahua erupting in an undated AP photo (although I think it is the current 2010 activity.) It hasn't really made it to much of the English-speaking news, but the current eruptive activity at Tungurahua appears to be on the up-tick. Hugo Yepes of the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador suggests ...

Waq al-Waq

Quick Links

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James King, an expert on Zaydism, has a good and accessible over-view of the situation in Yemen at Truthout.org He was also kind enough to email me a link to a paper he has written titled "Zaydi's in a Post-Zaydi Yemen". I look forward to reading it and blogging about it, as I think that it is too ...

Think, See, Feel

Davos Before Bono, Etc.

Davos
about 4 years ago

Each January, an observer in Davos will find a small, well-selected set of men and women taking refuge from the world to try to come to terms with its problems. Yet this small Swiss town was also the setting for a great work of literature: German Nobel Laureate Thomas Mann’s novel Magic Mountain ...

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Lasting Veteran

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Former Corporal Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, has turned 109 today and is still hoping for a national memorial in Washington for his comrades. “Buckles is expected to deliver remarks during a quiet celebration Monday afternoon at his home in Charles Town, West ...

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Sweet Salary

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A new study has revealed that people who have recently consumed a sugary drink are more successful at negotiating a pay rise that those who do so on an empty stomach. “Researchers at the University of South Dakota asked 65 students to answer a series of questions in which they had to choose between ...

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Shrink Torture

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Despite it being US military practise to have a psychologist present during torture to "protect the victim", experts argue there is “no role for mental health professionals” in such situations.“Psychologists and psychiatrists should not be expected to participate in torture as they do not have the ...

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Doing Good?

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The ten US Baptists who were arrested trying to take 33 children out of Haiti say they were “just trying to do the right thing” despite having no legal documentation to do so. “Prime Minister Max Bellerive told The Associated Press Sunday he was outraged by the group's ‘illegal trafficking of ...