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Waq al-Waq

A Meme Is Born

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about 5 years ago

Three articles in three major publications- yes, TNR is still a major publication, at least in my heart, and people do in fact read the Huffington Post. And then, of course, the New York Times article, this one dealing with the problems in shutting down Guantanamo. Greg talked some about it ...

Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: Atheistic Meteorology

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 2 In the second chapter of Case, Lee Strobel worries whether evolutionary theory, by its undirected nature, rules out the possibility of a creative and purposeful deity. He admits that some prominent evolutionary scientists, like Christian de Duve or Kenneth ...

Eruptions

Volcano Profile: Mt. Hood

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about 5 years ago

Back in the days when Eruptions was on Wordpress, I held a vote about what volcano should be the next to be profiled on this blog. The winner was Mt. Hood in Oregon, and after much waiting, the profile is here. I will actually be out of town until Monday doing some house shopping in this little ...

Waq al-Waq

Blog Policy

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about 5 years ago

Just as an FYI to our vast readership, in the interest of fairness Waq al-Waq would like to invite anyone we disagree with or critcize by name to please email us and we will show your unedited reply in a seperate post. That's only for people with whom we argue- the rest of you are still relegated ...

Waq al-Waq

See Yemen Read Afghanistan

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about 5 years ago

There are two new articles out on Yemen both asking roughly the same question: Is Yemen the next Afghanistan. The first by Diane Tucker of the Huffington Post relies mostly on western experts, including yours truly and friends of Waq al-waq Thomas Heghammer and Charles Schmitz. The second by Bay ...

Daylight Atheism

More on the Rapture

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

After writing "Life Goes On", I had some extra material that had been left on the cutting room floor. Since it was too good to pass up, I just had to write another post. How could I pass up the opportunity to share a belly laugh like this? Because the tribulation will be hell on earth, there ...