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Strange Maps

411 - Lit Map of Frisco

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco,” which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. - Norton I, Emperor of the United ...

Daylight Atheism

Religion Promotes Morality: The Evidence

Dabanner
almost 5 years ago

One could argue that atheism leads to immorality. With no God-given commandments, the atheist pretty much has to make up moral standards as he or she goes along... The philosopher John Locke – one of the intellectual forebears of American democracy – once said that atheists can't ultimately be ...

Undiplomatic

Lebanon's Problems Go Beyond Politics

Corniche
almost 5 years ago

Attention is finally being paid to Lebanon’s latent political crisis. The prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, has sacked himself, according to the constitution, for failing to cobble together a power-sharing agreement of various ministries. Hariri blames the Hezbollah-led opposition for blocking ...

Mind Matters

Losses

Paintbrush
almost 5 years ago

I had a neighbor years ago, a nice woman in a happy second marriage with two adult kids and two elderly parents. Devoted to Martha Stewart's algorithms for a gracious life. The last time I spoke to her she was painting her front door yet again because she wasn't satisfied with the color from two ...

Mind Matters

Why (I Think) Conservatism is Unnatural

Bt-old_vampire_young_sleeper
almost 5 years ago

America's health-care debate is like a grown-up version of the silly '90's-era ``culture wars'': Today's fights are exposing profound and serious differences between ``progressive'' and ``conservative'' worldviews. There is some research to suggest that these differences are rooted in ...

Waq al-Waq

The Forum Shell Game

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Last year on the eve of September 11 the al-Ikhlas forum was taken off-line. I have yet to see a good explanation for its absence although I have heard plenty of conspiracy theories many of which could form the kernel of a good novel. It was a bit disappointing for the students who were about to ...

Eruptions

Large eruption underway at Shiveluch

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Undated photo of Shiveluch volcano in Russia. In case you haven't seen the report yet, Shiveluch in Kamchatka has gone, as they say, "non-linear". KVERT has raised the alert level at the volcano to "Red" with reports of many strong explosions and an ash plume of >32,800 feet / >10 km. This all ...

Waq al-Waq

Double Endorsement

Missing
almost 5 years ago

I know Greg posted below about Christopher Boucek's Carnegie piece, but having read it last night I want to doubly endorse it. It is a large overview, but unlike many large pieces it hones in on many key and often over-looked details. One I found particularly interesting was the amount of private ...

Waq al-Waq

Housekeeping

Missing
almost 5 years ago

Brian and I are both in the process of posting skeleton bios and e-mail addresses to our profiles. Over the coming days - hopefully not weeks - we will also be posting a reading list on Yemen as well as a comprehensive list of our own articles and some videos of speaking engagements. Stay tuned ...

Eruptions

Mystery Volcano Photo #3

Missing
almost 5 years ago

OK, well, apparently MVP #2 was waaay too easy because Elizabeth got it on the first try - it was indeed Villarrica in Chile - I'll post something on Villarrica later this weekend. Anyway, for the weekend, I'll leave you with this photo. Hopefully it won't be so easy ... but then again, you all ...

Eruptions

Mystery Volcano Photo #2

Missing
almost 5 years ago

The first Mystery Volcano Photo worked out so well, I thought I'd try a second one, this time culled from my personal collection. I'll try to figure out a way to post the scoreboard on the blog so you can keep track of your standing as MVP continues. Take your best guess! Enjoy the weekend ...