meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned

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Insurance Policy

Israel signed a contract with Germany last month to buy two Dolphin-class submarines that will … provide superior second-strike nuclear capabilities. Israel’s submarine force is viewed as critical to national security. It is intended...

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Collective Punishment

Moses dispatches his army, which quickly kills the five Midianite kings and slaughters all the Midianite men … The Israelites capture all the Midianite women and children and march them back to camp. Moses...

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Ireland’s Dependency Ratio

[The] relation between the number of people who aren’t of working age and the number of people who are is captured in the dependency ratio. In Ireland during the sixties, when contraception was illegal,...

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Hot For Teacher

A man was arrested in the killing of a retired schoolteacher whose dismembered body was found in his Long Island home and whose severed head was discovered in the trunk of his car.

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Snip Snap

Next weekend in Seattle, critics of genital mutilation are convening an international symposium on circumcision. The program lists 40 sessions. Not one mentions AIDS or male circumcision in Africa. Something’s sorely missing from this...

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Television With Pity

Akhund said he had spent the past year in the border regions of Pakistan, where he described senior Taliban figures as operating freely and working with Pakistani intelligence agencies. He said he and his...

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A Little Bit Choosy, A Little Bit Cheesy

The contents of last year’s official Oscar bag included four nights at the Vera Wang suite at the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach, handcrafted truffles in a silk box, a private dinner party at...

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Biting the Apple

Several Apple executives were granted options on July 11, two days after Amelio’s departure was announced. So began [Steve] Jobs’ term as interim CEO, the earliest phases of which were marked by substantial uncertainty,...

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More Petaluma Weirdness

As if further proof was needed that Petaluma, California, is the epicentre of all weirdness in California, I note in passing that the suspect in the JonBenét Ramsey murder, John Mark Karr, worked in...