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How to acquiesce in a national catastrophe: a case study featuring the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

How to acquiesce in a national catastrophe: a case study featuring the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

| December 8, 2006 | 4 Replies

Take a look at the front page of today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  You can see the photo of an Iraqi man grieving over the body of his three-year-old daughter outside of the Baghdad hospital.  According to the paper, “the girl was killed and three other family members injured when they were caught in crossfire as […]

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Say what? Only 6 out of 1,000 at U.S. embassy in Bagdad fluently speaks Arabic

Say what? Only 6 out of 1,000 at U.S. embassy in Bagdad fluently speaks Arabic

| December 7, 2006 | Reply

Here’s the story.  But, of course, it is more important to get rid of gay military translators than to communicate with residents of Iraq.

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If Women Ruled the World?

If Women Ruled the World?

| December 7, 2006 | 9 Replies

A couple of summers ago, my husband and I attended a wedding that took place just outside Missoula, Montana, where one of our sons lives.  The groom is an incredibly nice man whose family is from India.  He and his family are Christian, not Hindu.  His uncle, who participated in the wedding ceremony, is a […]

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Exploring the universe from big to small: Powers of Ten

Exploring the universe from big to small: Powers of Ten

| December 7, 2006 | 7 Replies

To continue with a posting trend we started a couple days ago, I wanted to recommend a terrific book called Powers of Ten: About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe, by Philip Morrison and Phylis Morrison, originally published in 1982 by scientific American Library.  [It appears that new softcover copies of this book […]

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OT God versus NT God

OT God versus NT God

| December 6, 2006 | 29 Replies

How do people who believe the Bible to be inerrant reconcile the Old Testmament version of God with the New Testament’s version?  They don’t often try.  Rather, they cherry pick.  They tell the Noah story by focusing on God’s “saving” of Noah’s family, rather than firmly acknowledging God’s decision to commit cold senseless genocide regarding everyone else (even the […]

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The size of the Earth

The size of the Earth

| December 5, 2006 | 3 Replies

Ok, here’s another site that shows what tiny (yet interesting) specks of almost-nothing we humans are.  But it does such a good job of it!  Check it out. 

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It wasn’t the snow so much as the ice

It wasn’t the snow so much as the ice

| December 5, 2006 | 5 Replies

(In re Erich’s Snowflake Architecture) I have always been impressed by the history of snowflake photography, and all the forms of micro-, mega-, high-speed, etc. non-human-scale pictures. But I often find many look-worthy things on human scale just walking around the neighborhood. Just walking and seeing the world around me. In this case, also listening […]

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Snowflake architecture

Snowflake architecture

| December 5, 2006 | Reply

My city (St. Louis) is still covered with traffic-clogging snow needing to be hefted from sidewalks.  I was glad that I happened onto these photos to remind me what is really going on out there. As in the previous post about the Hubble photos, the human eye gets such a narrow slice of what is […]

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Stare into an empty spot in the sky, if you dare to know how small you are

Stare into an empty spot in the sky, if you dare to know how small you are

| December 5, 2006 | 1 Reply

This is a six-minute video of several of the Hubble telescope’s great accomplishments. Who said scientists can’t be inspirational?

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