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Daylight Atheism

Photo Sunday: Newfallen

Dabanner
over 4 years ago

In honor of the season, and of all the frigid weather we've been having here in the Northeast, here's the first Photo Sunday of the new year. Stay warm! Snow on pine needles, New York City, New York, December 2009. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for ...

Resurgence

Thinking Big In 2010

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over 4 years ago

The new year always brings new beginnings. For me, it is a time to throw out the detritus from last year, including the voluminous pile of notes I've accumulated while researching blog posts or preparing for radio appearances. But somewhere along the way, the number of pages heading for the ...

Waq al-Waq

Snapshot of Yemen

Missing
over 4 years ago

I realize that most of Waq al-waq's long-time and loyal readers (as silent as you usually are) are well aware of the complicated tribal politics in Yemen, but since Waq al-waq's daily readership has more than tripled over the past week I thought it would be illuminating to highlight this article ...

Waq al-Waq

Foreign Policy

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over 4 years ago

Tomorrow the new issue of Foreign Policy hits the newsstands. Inside the issue I have a small(ish) article on Yemen. The article was solicited months ago as part of a project on things that could "explode" in 2010 - it seems that the editors of FP knew what they were doing when they included Yemen ...

Waq al-Waq

Sunday Morning Round-up

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over 4 years ago

Now that I have returned to the Princeton and given all the news that has been coming out of Yemen - or perhaps more accurately, been coming out about Yemen - I thought it would be helpful to link to a few recent articles that I consider important. First up are a pair of articles by Michelle ...

IdeaFeed

Freedom to Die

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over 4 years ago

“In a move that is both ethically profound and (so far, at least) politically rare, Montana has become the third state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. A divided state supreme court ruled Thursday that neither state law nor public policy prevented doctors from prescribing lethal drugs to ...

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Mind Over Matter

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over 4 years ago

“Quietly but noticeably over the past year, Americans have rejiggered their lives to elevate experiences over things. Because of the Great Recession, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll has found, nearly half of Americans said they were spending less time buying nonessentials, and more than half ...

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Jobless No More

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over 4 years ago

“The worst U.S. employment slump in the post-World War II era may have almost ended in December, signaling the recovery will not be jobless much longer, economists said before reports this week. Payrolls probably fell by 1,000 workers last month, the smallest drop since the recession began two years ...

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In Praise of 2009

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over 4 years ago

“No one likes the starry-eyed techno-optimists. After all, the automobile was a revolution too, as was the television, and the radio. Most of us find our skins crawling a bit when people compare the current moment to Gutenberg inventing the printing press. It seems historically presumptuous, somehow ...

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Electronic Incentives

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over 4 years ago

“Federal health officials said Wednesday they have cut billions of dollars from the projected cost of a program to push doctors and hospitals to use electronic medical records, suggesting their previous estimates overstated the number of health care providers likely to adopt the technology. The goal ...