John Oliver skewers US Defense strategy and so-called ‘safeguards’ on nuclear weapons… Hilarious!]]>
While I don’t expect a mass release of political prisoners or imminent free and fair elections, I applaud our President’s decision to begin repairing relations with Cuba after 54+ years (since 1961) of American imposed isolation and trade restrictions. This move is long overdue IMHO. Good on us!
My brother Frank is a Santeria priest of ‘Ifá’, a ‘Babalawo’. “Ifá” is a complex West African (Yoruban) system of divination. A Babalawo attempts to assist ‘clients’ through life difficulties of all types and severities. A priest of Ifá is NOT a ‘witchdoctor’, but more of a ‘guide’ and helper. To those ends, Frank has made many trips to Cuba, flying through Mexico or Canada to circumvent the U.S.’s absurd travel restrictions…
I am not qualified to discuss ‘Santeria’ in any detail, but my bro has built and maintains this helpful site:
Baba Eyiogbe’s Orishanet website.
Viva la isla de Cuba!]]>
An “All Time Best Series” Hugo award only adds savory gravy. Certainly a formative part of my earlier years. This, Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger In A Strange Land” and A. C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” were my introduction to ‘serious’ Science Fiction… Viva Dr. Asimov!
Here’s an audio book version that I’m presently listening to:
“The Foundation Trilogy”
P.S.: Thanks also to the ‘Killer Bees’ and others for their worthy additions to the Foundation oeuvre.]]>
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I thought this might be wrong because of the Anatolian source rather than the Proto Indo-European (PIE) steppe origin I’d read of previously. It appears, however, that this represents the latest thinking.
Family Tree of Languages Has Roots in Anatolia, Biologists Say
Despite the importance of the languages, specialists have long disagreed about their origin.
Linguists believe that the first speakers of the mother tongue, known as proto-Indo-European, were chariot-driving pastoralists who burst out of their homeland on the steppes above the Black Sea about 4,000 years ago and conquered Europe and Asia. A rival theory holds that, to the contrary, the first Indo-European speakers were peaceable farmers in Anatolia, now Turkey, about 9,000 years ago, who disseminated their language by the hoe, not the sword.
The result, they announced in Thursday’s issue of the journal Science, is that “we found decisive support for an Anatolian origin over a steppe origin.” Both the timing and the root of the tree of Indo-European languages “fit with an agricultural expansion from Anatolia beginning 8,000 to 9,500 years ago,” they report.
Tom was a pretty bright guy!]]>
CINEMA SPACE TRIBUTE from Max Shishkin on Vimeo.
Very nicely done.]]>
Wittgenstein and Hitler Attended the Same School in Austria, at the Same Time (1904) http://t.co/JAy6kJtCYn pic.twitter.com/wNUlzlTTEV
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