Monthly Archives: February 2009

DEVELOPING: Christopher Hitchens, in Lebanon, is Assaulted by Fascist Admiring Anti-Semites

On Valentine’s Day, Christopher Hitchens was in Lebanon, and on an evening out on the town, he appears to have encountered a wall poster of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, an anti-Semitic, fascist admiring national party that sports this Nazi … Continue reading

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A Brilliant and Beautiful Mash Up: Soviet Era Dancers—and Run DMC!

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Nouriel Roubini Says: “NATIONALIZE THE BANKS”

The highly respected (and right so far) economist, Nouriel Roubini (“Dr. Doom”), is now advocating the nationalization of the banks, stabilizing them, and then reselling them back into the private sector. Read his argument for doing this (in a piece … Continue reading

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Maybe I Do Want Popcorn

Do subliminal flashings of images (like a popcorn box on a theater screen) work afterall? For years, we’ve been told “probably not.” Now there are researchers saying, “maybe so.” Not sure what to make of this, but an article on subliminal messages … Continue reading

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Digital Paper is Coming Next Year (January, 2010). Will It Kill the Kindle?

Techno-prophet, Ray Kuzweil, a few years back, said this would come. Here’s a demonstration of the technology: And read a review of the product here.

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Dresden Boy Reads an Anti-Semitic Newspaper (1937)

A boy in Dresden reads Der Stuermer, an anti-Semitic newspaper. The slogan at the bottom of the display box reads: “The Jews are our misfortune.” Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive.

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Jews in Dresden Before the War (1934-35)

The portrait depicts members of the Guttmann and Aisenscharf families. Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archives.

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Moral Equivelence?: The Nazi Holocaust v. The Allied “Bomb Holocaust”

Neo-Nazis, every February 14th, turn the anniversary of Dresden’s bombing (in which approximately 25,000 residents died) into an anti-Semitic “cause celebre” for Holocaust-equivalence, claiming (contrary to contemporary historians’ best estimates) that “hundreds of thousands” died in Allied bombing there. According to Der Spiegel, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: “Got up. . . . Wrote book. Went out, bought bottle of wine. Came home, cooked dinner. Drank wine.”

From Michael Dirda’s review of Julian Barnes’s book, NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF: Beautifully done might also justly describe Nothing to Be Frightened Of. A friend once summed up Julian Barnes’s own daily existence: “Got up. . . . Wrote … Continue reading

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A Very Grimm Fairytale, Indeed: The Anti-Semitic Blood Libel Folk Story of Anderl von Rinn (also Known as “Andreas Oxner”) Appeared in One of the Earliest Editions of the Grimm Brothers’ “Fairytales” (Early 19th Century)

The first Christian “blood libel” story directed toward Jews is in the Gospel of Matthew (where the gospel writer claims that the Jewish crowd at Jesus’ trial, crying for his crucifixion, collectively called out to Pontius Pilate: “His blood be upon us and upon our children!”). Subsequent blood … Continue reading

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Question of the Day: What is the Origin of the Yellow “Star of David” That the Nazis Required Jews to Wear at the Time of the Holocaust?

Answer: The yellow patch, or yellow “star of David”, set upon the clothing as a marker of Jewish identity, has its origins, not in 20th century anti-Semitism, but in 13th century Christian anti-Semitism. In 1215 Pope Innocent III decreed that … Continue reading

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In Our Milky Way Galaxy Alone: 100 Billion Earth-Like Planets and Perhaps Thousands of Civilizations

So the BBC reports today. Puts life in perspective, doesn’t it? Money quote: Dr Boss has estimated that each Sun-like star has on average one “Earth-like” planet. This simple calculation means there would be huge numbers capable of supporting life. … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation: Asa Gray, in the “Atlantic Monthly” for June, 1860, Reviewed Darwin’s “Origin of Species” and Clearly Explained Why Science Can Never Be Satisfied with a Supernatural Explanation of Origins

Below is one of the clearest “apologies” for the separation of science from the supernatural that I have ever encountered—and it was written a hundred and fifty years ago. In June of 1860, Asa Gray, in The Atlantic, reviewed favorably … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Mass Grave at Bergen-Belsen

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: An American Soldier Removes One of the Few Survivors on the Dachau Death Train, April 29, 1945

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archives

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: An American Soldier Poses in Front of a Dachau Train Car with Corpses, 1945

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Corpses in an Open Rail Car, Dachau, 1945

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Dachau Death Train, May 1945

Alexander Zabin of Long Island took the below photo in May of 1945 (while “serving with the 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group in the US Third Army”).

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Corpses in a Dachau Train Car

Alexander Zabin of Long Island took the below photo in May of 1945 (while “serving with the 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group in the US Third Army”). Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive.

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Seven Economic Doomsayers

From Nouriel Roubini to Nassim Taleb, The Daily Beast lists the top seven super smart (and right so far) economic doomsayers here. A scary list. Very scary.

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