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Waq al-Waq

From Ḥadīth to Zawāmil

over 4 years ago

Today's big news from Yemen, as usual, happened in Arabic. Ḥasan Muḥammad Manā', who is quickly becoming my favorite governor to read, has an interview in today's al-Sharq al-Awsat. How can you not like a guy who quotes a ḥadīth in an interview with the press? He talks about a number of things ...

Waq al-Waq

Congress Tackles Qat

over 4 years ago

So I've been battling a cold the last few days, and have been losing. You know- foggy, can't think straight, haven't had the energy to blog. So imagine, if you will, the curative powers that overcame me, as if I were dipped into the healing waters of Warm Springs, when I found out that Congress ...

Trend World

Collecting Data Through Your Cell Phone

over 4 years ago

In a world that seems to be governed more and more by hard data, the search is on to find the fastest and easiest way for collecting that data. With metrics assisting in the decision-making process with everything from sports to business to policy, how can we compile figures around the world in an ...

Novel Copy

Murdoch Posts Big Fat Profits

over 4 years ago

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation announced quarterly profits of $254 million today. It’s a sure sign that, as the industry leader plans to make readers pay for the online content of all its newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London, more and more newspapers will try to ...

Daylight Atheism

Book Review: The Quantum Mechanic

over 4 years ago

Summary: A compelling atheist thought experiment, wrapped inside a cleverly plotted and fast-paced tale of transhumanist fiction. This isn't the first time I've reviewed a book written by a fellow blogger, but it's always a pleasure for me to do, and this one was particularly pleasurable to read ...


Guardian Angel?

over 4 years ago

Mutation of the gene dubbed the “guardian angel” for its ability to protect the body from genetic instability leads to cellular changes responsible for triggering premature birth, according to a study appearing in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. “The research by scientists in the Division of ...


“Retard” Blasted

over 4 years ago

Failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is calling on the White House to fire Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for using the word “retarded” during a strategy session last year. “In a posting on her Facebook page Monday, Palin blasted Emanuel for calling an idea from some of President Obama's ...