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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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