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Brave Green World

Top 10 Green Building Trends For 2010

Green_home
almost 5 years ago

Losing sleep over the bleak future of real estate? You might do well to look into hooking your home (new or old) up to use geothermal energy. Experts are saying that actually, while the rest of the market spiraled down the toilet last year, sustainable and energy efficient building did relatively ...

Waq al-Waq

To be anonymous

Missing
almost 5 years ago

I have often wondered what I would say if I could say something without my name being attached to my comments, I'm still not sure. But I would certainly request anonymity if I said this: "The similarity between Yemen and Somalia is that they are tribal societies, they have conservative social ...

What's New at Big Think

Of Parasites and Men

Parasite
almost 5 years ago

How many parasites live inside us? What is the relationship between internal parasites and allergies? And could one parasite even have affected our brain chemistry over the course of millennia? Science journalist Carl Zimmer ("Parasite Rex") stopped by Big Think this week to discuss these and a ...

Waq al-Waq

More Self Promotion

Missing
almost 5 years ago

I feel like this blog is now essentially serving as a PR agent. But here is a new column that pretty much is a basic overview of what we've been saying here. I also think the picture attached makes me look like a younger Christopher Hitchens. I am not totally sure how I feel about that.

Waq al-Waq

The most dangerous family in the World

Missing
almost 5 years ago

For those of you who have been closely following the reports out of Yemen lately it appears as though either A.) the al-Haniq family of Arhab is the most dangerous family in the world or B.) the entire composition of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is drawn from this family. And, since we know ...

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Kan Yen?

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Japan’s new finance minister Naoto Kan has said it would be “nice” to see a weaker yen in order to aid the recovery of the Japanese economy, during a press conference.