Guns, wedding gowns, cold beer. I think one of these things at Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine does not belong with the other two, but I can’t decide which it is.
This is the opposite of what happens in the big cities, where specialty shops like Filipino groceries or antique travel book shops [...]
When our society’s seekers of knowledge, conquest or material objects talk about their ultimate goals, they often appeal to crusading and questing metaphors that can take on religious overtones. Some place themselves in the role of old Sir Galahad, speaking of their object as “the Holy Grail of” something or other, even when that object [...]
Cars are doing us more harm than good.
Cars pollute the air and water. They clutter up the land with roadways and parking lots.
Cars encourage not just the burning of fossil fuels, but drilling, too, resulting in significant ecological degradation.
Cars fill our neighborhoods with noise. They slam into pedestrians and bicyclists, making it [...]
Google Correlate is a new research tool used to find out where in the United States the entry of certain search terms is concentrated, and which search terms’ levels of popularity are correlated with one another across the 50 states. The first idea is pretty straightforward: where are people more or less likely to be [...]
I love the cultural blends that shape America.
I can also report that a deep-fried Twinkie tastes just about as awful as you’d expect.
Those same illegal immigrants that right wingers love to complain about seem to be slowing down the erosion of religion in California. I wonder if the Religious Right will adjust its rhetoric, and shift toward support of liberalized immigration. [...]
The survey indicates that about 28 percent of people in Wyoming identify themselves as having no religion. That’s only 6 percent fewer than the percentage of nonreligious people in Vermont. [...]
Who are you going to let be the creature creator? Will it be you doing the creating, or will you need to hire the software super geniuses over at Electronic Arts to give you a paint-by-numbers canvas? [...]
Yesterday, a group of dissident Catholics ordained three women as priests. The Vatican expressed outrage that such a thing should occur, and declared once again that only men can become priests.
In other news from the Catholic Church:
- In Switzerland, a book about horse breeding methods was published using a printing press. [...]