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Part of me greatly adores and admires words, as they are man’s chief means of communication and the primary treasure of his High Word Hoard. Another part of me, an equal part, absolutely distrusts and detests words as they are the means by which far too many men habitually deceive themselves and the rest of the world, and mankind’s primary method of excuse making in order to avoid noble and just action.

(As a writer) I am like a man caught in the grinding maw of some bizarre and fantastic creature who is sometimes angelic, and sometimes demonic, yet always dangerous.

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Tome and Tomb

Recently I’ve been reading the Batman ’66 set of graphic novels. If you haven’t read them then you really need to do yourself a favor and read them as soon as possible.

They’re superb! Absolutely superb!

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It is far more important to be interested in the state of another man’s soul than in his societal station. And it is far, far more important for a man to be interested in his own True Nature than in his political one.



This year I have decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. And this year I have several good ideas for a potential novel I’d like to write for NaNoWriMo.

However I am trying to solicit the opinions of others on which idea and novel they’d prefer to read. Of the three novel ideas/plots I’ve I’d like to write for this November and that I have personally shown to family and friends so far I have the following results:

13 votes for The Old Man

10 votes for The Cache of Saint Andrew, and

4 votes for The Wonder Webs (all have been kid votes)

So I’d like to ask you, as my readers and internet friends, which novel story would you prefer to read: The Old Man, The Cache of Saint Andrew, or The Wonder Webs?

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The murder of Speaker Tresham

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A 15th century murder mystery features in this week’s blogpost. Dr Simon Payling, Senior Fellow of the Commons 1422-1504 section, investigates the murder of Commons’ Speaker William Tresham…

In tymes paste one Willyam Tresham …cumming from Northampton toward Siwelle, and saying his matens, was cruelly slayne by one Salisbyri and Glin of Wales, servantes to the Lorde Gray of Ruthyne, with their route. This William had a route of servantes cumming by chaunce half a myle behynd him, and they hering the scry cam and cut of eche end of the spere yn hym, bringging hym bak to Northampton, where after the truncheon was pullid out he dyed.

So the Tudor antiquary, John Leland, writing some 80 years after the event, described the murder in 1450 of William Tresham, one of the most important parliamentarians of the fifteenth century. As a lawyer in the service of the Crown…

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Al Shabaab pledges Loyalty to ISIS

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With ISIS gaining the support of both Boko Haram and now Al Shabaab in Africa, it has solidified its position in that politically fractured country and at the same time secured its Southern Flank in its campaign to conquer Europe.-SF


The Islamic State has already won the loyalty of Boko Haram in Nigeria and many other jihad groups worldwide. Its claim to be the caliphate is validated every day, in the eyes of those who accept that claim, by the fact that none of those who have vowed to destroy the Islamic State have yet managed to do so.

“Al-Shabaab Faction Pledges Loyalty to ISIS After Killing 150 Christian Students,” by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post (thanks to Pamela Geller):

A senior spiritual leader of the al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia, which earlier this year massacred close to 150 Christian students, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group…

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Army declares 100 Boko Haram members wanted

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The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Wednesday declared 100 members of the Boko Haram insurgents wanted.
According to him, the arrest of the wanted members of the sect would help a great deal in the final push against the Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast region and the …Army declares 100 Boko Haram members wanted

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Biblical Wisdom – Hebrews‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”‭‭

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Hell—Nothing Less—And Without End: Six Days in Warsaw


Miron Białoszewski | A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising | New York Review Books | translated from the Polish by Madeline G. Levine | October 2015 | 37 minutes (10,141 words)

Below is an excerpt from A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising, by Miron Białoszewski, as recommended by Longreads contributing editor Dana Snitzky. Originally published in Poland in 1970, in this new edition translator Madeline G. Levine has updated her 1977 English translation, and passages that were unpublishable in Communist Poland have been restored.

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This Asteroid Will Come Eerily Close to Earth on Halloween

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Yes, it’s true: a rather not-so-tiny near-Earth asteroid SKULL-SHAPED ZOMBIE COMET (see below) 2015 TB145 will make a relatively close pass by our dear planet Earth on October 31, aka Halloween — the day when certain beliefs profess that the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, allowing spiritual and even physical interaction to occur between both.

Of course there is no scientific evidence that the latter is at all true but it makes for good scary stories around the light of a campfire. And as the first-world campfires of today are the stark lights of computer monitors and smartphone screens, some are trying to weave scary stories about the passing of this asteroid as well. Should you be afraid? Certainly not. (But there is a cautionary tale to be told.)

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Nuda Waya’s Appalachian Trail Adventure V. (Final)

The Left has won


This is a statement of fact. It is not emotionally charged nor is it an admission of defeat on my part. It is just the reality of the matter. They have successfully used collectivist and altruist ethics to destroy many aspects of Western Culture. They have done this in two main ways:


Through government funded and subsided education they have employed teachers who directly benefit from receiving this funding. The teachers then go on to brainwash and indoctrinate the children from a young age about how evil and racist white people and men are. They are taught to hate men and that without government financing education that those evil capitalists would give them a bad education.

They are taught that the biggest problems in life such as poverty, global warming, environmental destruction, racism, sexism- are in existence because of those evil racist white men.

History teachers mock those families in…

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Nasa News: October 2015 Recap

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Unless you’ve been living under a large rock, you know that there has been some pretty exciting news from everyone’s favorite space agency. So here’s a quick recap in case you missed the big stories:

Oct. 5th, 2015

NASA on-track for 2016 launch with Green Propellant Infusion Mission.



Oct. 8th, 2015
Earlier in 2015, NASA scientists found signs that water may have existed on Mars in the past. NASA’s Curiosity rover confirms ancient lakebeds do exist on Mars.



Oct. 16th, 2015

Astronaut Scott Kelly becomes U.S. Astronaut who spent the longest amount of time in space, ever.



Oct. 20th, 2015
NASA plans to use a Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope in search of ‘exo-planets’



Oct. 23rd, 2015

NASA satellites capture footage of record breaking hurricane Patricia approaching Mexican shores.



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God, that’s pathetic. That’s why I’ll hardly touch the damned things…



I’ve been saying the same thing practically my whole life.

Mystery Hill – a.k.a. “America’s Stonehenge” (Salem, NH)

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From the moment you drive into the parking lot of Mystery Hill, (a.k.a “America’s Stonehenge”) in Salem, New Hampshire,(the other Salem in the New England region) you know it’s a special place.



There are strange rock formations and….


…a bridge in the front entrance welcomes you from the past.


and brings you to the future



But, the front entrance of America’s Stonehenge is only a tease.  Once you exit the gift shop (it costs $12 for adults and $7.50 for kids), you are greeted by some Alpacas on the right.  They are fenced but they are very friendly.



There are also a variety of time keeping devices which, to this day, still keep correct time.

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But, some of the things I liked best were not the structures or rock formations but the statues, flowers, decor and the hollowed out canoe.

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How to Build a Human — Infographic


How to Build A Human

From fertilization to birth this fantastic animated infographic from Eleanor Lutz at TabletopWhale.com walks you through the key steps of embryonic and fetal development.  Fantastic for health or parenting classes, and a real treat to see something different in an animated graphic!  [VIA]

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Answering 11 Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus


There are several approaches to defending the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. Skeptics have offered a wide range of natural explanations throughout history to explain away the bodily resurrection of  Jesus. In this post, I will go ahead and several of them and try to give a response. In some cases I will leave some additional reading.

 #1: Legends Hypothesis: This hypothesis states that the New Testament accounts of the disciples who gave testimonies of the postmortem appearances are all legends that were invented much later.

Response: This can’t be supported by the evidence. From about AD 48 until his death, Paul wrote at least 13 of the New Testament’s books. Given that historians look to those who are contemporaries of the events, Paul is an important resource for what historians can know about Jesus of Nazareth. Furthermore, the earliest documents we have for the life of Jesus are…

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SODOM CITY UNEARTHED: Evidence Sodom is Tall el-Hammam By Shawn Nelson on Oct 18, 2015

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But Where’s the Evidence?

Some news sites are presenting the evidence better than others. Yet some, like the Washington Post, seem to avoid listing any evidence at all, offering a hasty conclusion instead: “Of course, while the reality of this city is not in doubt, there is little evidence that it’s actually biblical Sodom.” Sifting through the articles, it can be difficult to understand just what the actual evidence is. So here I do my best to summarize all of the top evidence for Tall el-Hammam being the long-lost biblical city of Sodom.

Top 12 Reasons Sodom is Tall el-Hammam

In 2013 I was fortunate to enroll in a graduate level class from the lead archaeologist running the excavation, Dr. Steve Collins. Here is his top evidence Sodom is Tall el-Hammam compiled from my notes. All of this info can be found on Dr. Collins’ website, particularly here and here, or in his…

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Wrinkle Your Brain

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DARPA hands MIT Lab $32 million to program living cells


Christopher Voigt talking about engineering biology

…The Broad Institute Foundry, a synthetic biology laboratory at MIT, has announced its new contract with DARPA. The lab will receive $32 million for engineering cells to find better treatments for disease, make new biofuels, or create fabrics woven with life.

Living cells are the ultimate engineering substrate. They are the most difficult thing out there to be able to control,” says Christopher Voigt, professor of biomedical engineering…

“Imagine being able to engineer a living cell that can navigate the human body, identify disease, and correct that disease. That requires that the cell be able to sense where they are in the body, be able to detect it, and deliver a therapeutic. And that’s something that biology, we know it can do. But we don’t know how to harness that as part of a medicine.”

The Foundry is one of many labs…

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Ugandan scientist develop 5 minute Ebola test kit



 5 minute Ebola test kit

Dr Misaki Wayengera developed a rapid diagnostic test but lack of funding and government support threatened to derail the project

Ugandan scientist, Dr Misaki Wayengera has developed a rapid diagnostic test that can detect Ebola proteins in less than five minutes at the point of care in the community, a giant step in African medical innovation and in the fight against Ebola.

However, the process of developing the test kit has been marred by funding challenges and bureaucratic setbacks which threatened to derail the project.

According to New Times, Dr Wayengera did not receive financial support from the government although at the time, “the president’s office acknowledged the importance of his research for biodefence and pledged full support”.

A worker in a Personal Protection Equipment suit (PPE), typically used for protection against ebola. Photo: AFP

Through Dr Wayengera’s efforts, his research team at Makerere University College of Health Sciences eventually secured funding from Grand Challenges Canada, a non-profit initiative funded by the…

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Sundiving, Part 2

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In the previous post, I figured out how to get a spacecraft to an altitude of one solar radius (meaning one solar radius above the Sun’s surface, and two solar radii from its center). That’s nice and all, but unless we figure out how to get it the rest of the way down intact, then we’ve essentially done the same thing as a flight engineer who sends an astronaut into orbit in a fully-functional space capsule, but forgets to put a parachute on it. (Not that I know anything about that. Cough cough Kerbal Space Program cough…)

The sun is vicious. Anyone who’s ever had a good peeling sunburn knows this, and cringes at the thought. And anyone who, in spite of their parents’ warnings, has looked directly at the sun, also knows this. But I’ve got a better demonstration. I have a big 8.5 x 11-inch…

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Should Britain Leave the EU?

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Here’s a video I made explaining why.

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New: List of English Personal Nouns

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I’ve put together a list of English nouns that refer to people (or, less clunkily, “personal nouns”). I plan to use it alongside existing text analysis tools (like David Bamman’s excellent BookNLP) to detect unnamed characters in the Gospels and other ancient biography. It should also, hopefully, make automatic social network extraction easier and more accurate.

The list, along with the code and sources I used to generate it, is available on my GitHub.

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Final straggler: the Japanese soldier who outlasted Hiroo Onoda

A Blast From The Past

Nakamura Teruo lead Teruo Nakamura, a soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army, survived deep in the jungles of Morotai for 29 years after the end of World War II – becoming the last of more than 120 stragglers to be rounded up on various islands in Indonesia and the Pacific between 1947 and 1974.

Japan’s past met its present, four decades ago, by a river in a rainforest on the island of Lubang. The encounter took place late in the tropical dusk of 20 February 1974, as the breeze died and the air grew thick with flying insects. Representing the present was a college drop-out by the name of Norio Suzuki, 24 years old and clad in a T-shirt, dark blue trousers, socks and a pair of rubber sandals. He was stooping, making up a fire from a pile of twigs and branches, quite unaware that he was watched. The past, meanwhile, peered out from the cover of the jungle, wondering if the…

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The Forgotten Drug War: Dorothy Sullivan, Informant (Chicago, 1941)

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“There was not the least sign of social disorder in 1942”

—Daniel Patrick Moynihan, speaking at the 100 Years of Heroin Conference, Yale University, 1998

Screenshot 2015-08-27 09.27.33Dorothy Sullivan was an informant for the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. On Tuesday, January 22, 1942, she was scheduled to testify in federal court in support of the government’s case against two men charged with heroin sales. She never made it to court. Instead, she fell, screaming and on fire, from eighth floor of a South Dearborn office building. Passers-by described looking up when they heard screams, and seeing what looked like a “flaming bundle of rags” plunging to the street. Dorothy Sullivan was killed instantly when she hit the ground, just one of an uncounted number of narcotics informants to meet a violent end over the course of the war on drugs. Their stories are rarely told.


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My Unsentimental Education


Debra Monroe | My Unsentimental Education, The University of Georgia Press| Oct. 2015 | 14 minutes (3,487 words)

A misfit in Spooner, Wisconsin, with its farms, bars, and strip joints, Debra Monroe left to earn a degree, then another, and another, vaulting into academia but never completely leaving her past behind. Her memoir My Unsentimental Education was published today, and our thanks to the University of Georgia Press for allowing us to reprint the chapter below. Two previous excerpts from the book have been long-listed for The Best American Essays (2011 and 2015), and an early excerpt also appeared on Longreads in 2013.  


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on the problem of wanting

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For weeks I’ve wanted to write about all that’s happened in my life in 2015, but I couldn’t find a good way to get at it. I keep thinking back to a rainy Sunday night, about a year ago, when I met two friends for dinner. One was pregnant and doing interesting research for her PhD in linguistics. She and her husband were thinking about buying a condo or moving to a new, baby-friendly apartment. The other, a psychologist, I hadn’t seen since August, when she was in the midst of a messy break up with a not-at-all-nice guy. But by March she was living happily with her new boyfriend—a man who seemed unbelievably successful and kind and good for her. A man she met the day after her break up. She told us about helping to raise his two kids, and her summer plans to attend conferences and visit…

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Paul’s Body Politic: Striving for Individualistic Unity

The Myth of Comprehensive Data

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“What about using Twitter sentiment?”

That suggestion came to me from someone at a recent Data Science DC meetup, after I’d given a short talk on assessing risks of mass atrocities for the Early Warning Project, and as the next speaker started his presentation on predicting social unrest. I had devoted the first half of my presentation to a digression of sorts, talking about how the persistent scarcity of relevant public data still makes it impossible to produce global forecasts of rare political crises—things like coups, insurgencies, regime breakdowns, and mass atrocities—that are as sharp and dynamic as we would like.

The meetup wasn’t the first time I’d heard that suggestion, and I think all of the well-intentioned people who have made it to me have believed that data derived from Twitter would escape or overcome those constraints. In fact, the Twitter stream embodies them. Over the past two decades, technological, economic, and political changes have…

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