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NY Times Washington:

“An American intelligence assessment that the war in Iraq has increased Islamic radicalism, worsening the terror threat, set off a sharp debate today among lawmakers and other political figures over credit and blame for the war and the broader fight against terrorism.”

Those with good memories (or organized archives) will know this is the second such report.

09/24/06 • 04:13 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

PhysOrg:

Surprises from the Edge of the Solar System.  Now this is some of the coolest information I’ve read in a long while.

09/24/06 • 10:24 AM • Science • No Comments

Washington Post:

Rocket Set to Launch From N.M. Spaceport.

09/23/06 • 06:17 PM • Santa Fe LocalScience • No Comments

The Prometheus Institute:

Five Tips to Increase Your Likeability.  Whether or not you value ‘likeability’, these are good pointers.

09/23/06 • 04:30 PM • Psychology • No Comments

Quick link.

In all this Pope/Islam controversy, it might be good to read what he actually said, in context. 

An excerpt:  “The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. ‘God’, he says, ‘is not pleased by blood - and not acting reasonably (???? ????) is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats ... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death ...’.  The decisive statement in this argument against violent conversion is this: not to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God’s nature.”

Tangential, and related: What’s goin’ on ...

09/22/06 • 11:40 PM • HistoryReligion(3) Comments

The new south wall of the dining room.

 


the new south wall of the dining room.


Later on I’ll try for a better picture, that is exposed properly enough to render the mountains in the background.  Compare with previous.


09/22/06 • 05:41 AM • GeneralHome & LivingPersonalSanta Fe Local(4) Comments

Why I ain’t webloggin’...

 


workin' ...


Thought folks might like to see.  It’ll look much better once it’s all done.


09/21/06 • 11:59 AM • General(7) Comments

Still fixing the house.

Gotta make a run to Albuquerque to pick up a redone window.  I may have time to weblog a bit later today.

09/21/06 • 08:28 AM • PersonalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

State accounting system is plagued by problems.  I’m waiting on some very overdue checks, m’self.  I’ve worked as a contractor for NM State for a number of years, and they seem to constantly be switching accounting systems.  I would respectfully suggest going back to people, pens and accounting books; as far as I’m concerned, computing has failed in this industry ... ‘big accounting’.  Every large company I’ve ever worked for, has had nightmares with computerized accounting systems.

09/20/06 • 08:32 AM • EconomicsPersonalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Deputies trap mountain lion.  Speaking of which, driving back from the hardware store after dark, I saw a good-size young mountain lion on the side of the road, where 285 meets Old Las Vegas Highway, east of Santa Fe.  Sleek, like an Abyssinian cat, but on a much larger scale.  Certainly no bobcat.

09/20/06 • 08:27 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local(2) Comments

A blissful break from hammering,

and then ... the stucco guys show up early.  Wa-ha!  I’m awake now.  Nothing like meeting contractors in a bathrobe and tousled hair ...

09/20/06 • 08:24 AM • Personal • No Comments

I’m bushed.

All the windows are in.  Insulating and plastering tomorrow (my job), trim and stucco on Thursday.  God, what a mess.  But that sliding glass door in the back is spectacular [photo to come].

I wonder if I can rent one of those hurricane-type fans (those eight foot ones you see at tent events) and hook it up to one end of the house, and blow out all the dust ... ?

09/19/06 • 06:53 PM • GeneralPersonal • No Comments

No freakin’ chance

to weblog.  Half our windows are gone, there’s mariachi music playing to accompany the sawzalls and hammers.  As I’m typing this, the wind is blowing through my office.  In the midst of projects like this, you really do wonder if everything will ever be ‘normal’ again ... later, taters.

09/18/06 • 09:32 AM • Personal(2) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Ohkay Owingeh: Crash kills Tewa storyteller.  Alcohol takes another life.  Rest in peace, good lady.

09/18/06 • 05:11 AM • ArtsHuman RightsLaw • No Comments

CNN:

Scarlet elephant has animal lovers seeing red.  Hmmm.  I recall when they painted women gold for the Bond film “Goldfinger”, they had to leave a large patch open on the small of the back; if you completely cover the skin, it will kill you ... ?

09/17/06 • 09:37 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalHealth(3) Comments

ArtNews:

Say It with Flowers—or Gourds, Goats, Fur Cups, or Fried.  “Sometimes the discovery of sexual content in an artwork comes as a surprise even to the artist.”  Making art needs no explanations, no excuses.  What my art is to me, may not be what my art is to you.

09/16/06 • 07:47 PM • Arts • No Comments

Yahoo News/The Nation, Opinion:

Bush Aims to Kill War Crimes Act.  If America ‘does not torture’, then the War Crimes Act should be left alone.

09/16/06 • 06:22 PM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPolitics(3) Comments

BBC:

Vitamin D ‘slashes cancer risk’.

09/16/06 • 06:17 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Indian remains unearthed by Utah builder linked to 1853 massacre.  Do the requisite CSI-style investigation to determine cause of death, but return them to their tribe.

09/16/06 • 06:11 PM • HistoryHuman RightsScience • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

I was wondering where the spinach bug hit in New Mexico.  Bernalillo.  “The outbreak was traced to Natural Selection Foods, based in San Juan Bautista, Calif., and the company has voluntarily recalled products containing spinach.”

09/16/06 • 06:08 PM • FoodHealth • No Comments

“It’s clobberin’ time!”

 


a little home remodeling.




09/16/06 • 11:29 AM • General • No Comments

The Economist:

The new titans.  “Emerging economies are driving global growth and having a big impact on developed countries’ inflation, interest rates, wages and profits. As these newcomers become more integrated into the global economy and their incomes catch up with the rich countries, they will provide the biggest boost to the world economy since the industrial revolution.”

09/15/06 • 09:59 PM • EconomicsGeneral • No Comments

Congressional Research Service:

U.S. Undisclosed Detention Sites Overseas; Background and Legal Issues [pdf].  Good background reading for an understanding of Geneva Conventions, vs. the Bush Administration attempt to ‘reinterpret’ those Conventions.

09/15/06 • 07:20 PM • Human RightsLaw • No Comments

Get out of your cell phone contract.

Celltradeusa.com.

09/15/06 • 02:57 PM • ConsumptionHardware • No Comments

AutoMotoPortal:

10 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time.  The Shelby Mustang “Eleanor”?  No way.  The Aston Martin’s an interesting choice ... fusing an early ‘50’s suck-your-face-off Ferrari front end with a more tasteful body.  I think I approve.

Related:  Beauty is, as beauty does.

09/15/06 • 02:56 PM • ArtsConsumptionDesign(5) Comments
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