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Attention to all slaves

From First Thoughts curious mixture of reportage and religious pronouncement from the Shabelle Media Network, via The Worldwide Religious News (a aggregation service that I heartily recommend):The Islamic administration in Dobley town have ordered the women in the town in Middle . . . . Continue Reading »

Not Yet

From First Thoughts

“This is my father’s world,” we sang Sunday in church, in the familiar hymn. Certainly it was easy to believe so. Storms had gone through the area the night before, the sun was bright, but the air was clear, without the oppressive humidity that is usual in July. Birds are . . . . Continue Reading »

Cosmic Convergence o’the’Conomy

From First Thoughts

What does it say about the trajectory of the universe when David P. Goldman and Robert Reich appear to be saying the same thing about the economy?Probably nothing good.Goldman has been calling it a “zombie economy” for months:It’s not about getting a recovery going. That’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Now for something completely different

From First Thoughts

The only only problem is: according to this data, the correlation is inverse. The more pornography, the less rape. “...since the mainstreaming of porn into American lives in the early 70s, ...the incidence of rape per capita has declined by an astonishing 85%.” The data apparently ties . . . . Continue Reading »

Fear all art

From First Thoughts

A bumpersticker in a parking lot at one of my work places reads: “Fear No Art.”I did not expect to be drawn into a discussion of art. As I acknowledged in my first posting, other than an amateur enjoyment of classical music and opera, my artistic knowledge is woefully undeveloped. . . . . Continue Reading »