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Niche Magazines For The Elites

I was walking through the airport this weekend, wrapping up a long business trip, when I spotted a pile of magazines available for people to read. On the top of the pile was one called Millionaire Asia: India Edition.

The featured headline on the cover was Great Power, Great Responsibility, followed by Party […]

Was Einstein Right About Global Civilization?

Princeton University has released a website called Digital Einstein, containing many writings by Albert Einstein that were previously unknown by the general public. Among these is a Manifesto To The Europeans, which begins with the declaration that, “technology and traffic clearly drive us toward a factual recognition of international relations, and thus toward a common […]

Honesty In A Politician: Roger Jewell For President

It is often said that there’s no such thing as an honest politician. Anyone who says this has, however, never heard of Republican presidential candidate Roger Jewell.

While other presidential candidates talk about their great personalities and impressive experience, Roger Jewell talks about his flaws. He doesn’t do this just as a quick mea […]

Merry Krampusnacht 2014 – And The War On Krampusnacht

Tonight is Krampusnacht, the night when the wild hairy trickster of Yule goes cavorting around in the darkest shadows of the year.

They’re Krampusing in Chicago, and in Bloomington, too. Hell, they’re even putting on horns in Charlotte.

Graveyard Dirt writes, “Krampus is often described as a spirit of Christmas, but in truth, the character […]

Why Orion?

In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew […]

Richard III Society Members Aren’t Descended From Richard III After All

By all accounts, Richard III of England was a nasty piece of work. It’s generally agreed that he had his own nephews killed so that he could become king himself.

There are some in England, however, who seek to rehabilitate the reputation of Richard III, saying that he really wasn’t as bad as people made […]

Time Warner Cable Bullies Trying To Get Even Bigger

I have just spent the last 45 minutes trying to get a Time Warner Cable customer service agent to remove cable television from the services that I pay for. I use the telephone, and I use the internet connection that we get from Time Warner, but I just don’t watch television. Nobody in my family […]

Irregular Math Gets Queasy

I was doing some research on a problem in algebra early this morning, and one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was looking at a paper presented at the American Mathematical Society in 1972 with the purpose “to show that a complete, convex, externally convex metric space is generalized euclidean if […]

Your Chance To Be Soaked In The Blood Of People You Kill

This advertisement for a video game is currently making the rounds on Facebook: “Only the strong survive in Game Of War. Are you up for the challenge? Realtime. Worldwide.”

This description, accompanied by the image of a blood-soaked soldier, is all-too close to reality – realtime – worldwide. Only the armor on the soldier […]

The Only Online Video Production Of Shakespeare’s Play King John

King John was the very first of Shakespeare’s plays to be adapted into a movie, in 1899. 115 years later, there is only one complete film version of King John available to watch online. It’s an outdoor production by a group of volunteers in Wichita, Kansas – and it’s about what you’d expect… including the […]

Obama And Congress Continue To Protect Bush’s Torture Architects

Before they vote on Election Day, Bob Goodlatte’s constituents need to ask themselves why their U.S. Representative opposed anti-torture legislation, and whether they are willing to endorse that action. […]