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Slaves Hill wasn’t…

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Metalworkers in biblical times at a mining camp in Israel’s Timna Valley were apparently  not slaves  at all,  considering how well they ate.   Archaeologists have analyzed the remains of ancient meals and found a variety of meats,  and even nuts, which would have had to be imported.

I do so enjoy watching archaeologists having to eat some humble pie when a preconceived notion is being toppled.

 

 

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November 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

A very bright Christmas…

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This  overabundance  of lights strikes me as garish,  even for an Australian Christmas display,  but it’s put up for a good cause,  so bully for the lawyers who arranged it all.

 

 

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November 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

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What they suggest for Christmas 2014…

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Here are  the Christmas gift recommendations from an assortment of National Review writers.   Some are deadly serious works which require your full attention and consideration,  while others are lighter in tone.   I’ve read a couple of them myself,  and bought a few more as gifts.

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November 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Let’s play!

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The dog is  enjoying the  play much more than the baby elephant,  but it’s still amusing to watch.   One of the dogs from my childhood would play tag with a wild fox on cool fall mornings,  and they both seemed to take pleasure from the game.   Let’s face it — most dogs love to chase and be chased.

Big Girl likes nothing better on these frosty mornings than to chase me around the back yard,  growling and snarling as if she were going to eat me if she caught me,  but she has her mouth open in a grin and her feathery tail is curled up high and wagging gently so I can be certain it’s all pretend.   Some days she will fetch a ball for me to throw,  but mostly she won’t, preferring the game she has created for me to share.   What a joy a truly happy canine is!

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November 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

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Icelandic peat church…

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Yes, this is  an ancient  church made partly of peat.   Iceland wasn’t exactly awash with other materials for building,  and the low-slung buildings were efficient to build and maintain,  and the turf offered superior insulation in a very cold climate.   This photo  gives you a better idea of the basics of building such a structure.   Look at the rest of the gallery while you’re visiting.

Many of today’s earth-sheltered homes borrow heavily from such structures.   There are not many of these little jewels left.

 

 

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November 28, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Colorful cosmic cluster…

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One of the telescopes at the La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken a lovey photo of Star cluster NGC 3532,  which was actually the first target ever observed by the Hubble Space Telescope back in the 1990’s.

More conventionally known as the Wishing Well Cluster or Football Cluster,  this grouping is 300 million years old,  which means it is entering its twilight years in astronomic terms.   Not to worry —  it’s still bright and big,  even from 1,300 light-years away,  but until you’re in one of the places on earth you can see it from,  enjoy this  beautiful shot  of the cluster.

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November 28, 2014 at 10:15 am

Obama’s Thanksgiving…

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His Oneness has flunked the Thanksgiving proclamation  test yet  again,  as expected.   I confidently predict that he will fail it twice more,  since he has no real understanding of the holiday’s meaning.

My Thanksgiving featured plenty of food and a nice array of desserts,  but certainly not  the six pies  the White House had,  so it’s nice to know the president at least  had to pay  for the food.

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November 27, 2014 at 11:51 pm

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Thanksgiving 2014…

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The New York Times found the  most searched  for Thanksgiving recipe in every state.   Even with  all the errors,  it’s rather interesting.

The good news is that the traditional turkey dinner will cost a  little less this year.   The bad news is that nearly one out of every five families will have to do its celebrating  on food  stamps.   If you can pay for it,  a fitness guru assures us that it’s  okay to  pig out this once.

Never one to resist the opportunity to be snotty,  His Oneness used the annual turkey pardon  to remind  us of his overwhelming legal authority for his executive pardon of millions of illegal aliens.   Chuck Norris researched Obama’s Thanksgiving  declarations  against those of other presidents and found him wanting,  especially when compared  to George Washington.   We should be thankful for  all of  our Founding Fathers.

Juan Williams is thankful  for government.   Stephen Moore is thankful for other things.   I’m happy to know why  a bird  and a country have the same name.   Like Rich Lowry,  I am grateful to be living in what is still a wonderful nation,  despite the best efforts of  Obama and the Democrats.

Charles Cooke offers a  progressive guide  to Thanksgiving conversation,  tongue firmly in cheek I hasten to add.   Katherine Timpf has  more in  a similar vein.   Of course,  it might be smarter to  avoid political discussions altogether,  which wouldn’t matter if you avoided your family and  stuck to friends.   I enjoy being with both family and friends,  and in some cases they are one and the same.

Lighten up with some wild and  wonderful links  from Debby Witt at The Corner,  then read this  Jewish prayer  for Thanksgiving from 1941,  which has not only held up well with the passage of time,  but is now sorely needed again.

UPDATE:   Some not wild,  but still  wonderful links  from Debby Witt.

 

 

 

 

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November 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

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3-D in space…

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A 3-D printer on the International Space Station has  turned out  a part:  a faceplate of the casing of the printer extruder.   Other than adhesion working a bit differently in space,  the test seems to have worked well.

 

 

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November 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Print thyself…

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I knew 3-D printing would change multiple industries,  but I never anticipated the extraordinary applications which would be devised in the field of medicine.   This is  simply astonishing.

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November 26, 2014 at 10:12 am

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