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Friday, 01 January 2010
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And the ready tear....

Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 01/01/2010 4:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 01 January 2010
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Is there any word in modern usage as telling as "hardwired?" We are now bring informed that we are evolutionary machines "hardwired" for religion. See reviews of Nicholas Wade's new book, "The Faith Instinct" here and here. Love is just an evolutionary trick to get us to bond and take care of our children, you see. Religious experience is just an illusion to foster altruism, thus benefitting group selection. Morality must be some kind of evolutionary trick as well.

And this is where modern secularism meets fatalism: I can't help it, I'm just wired that way. We are only our bodies and our bodies are only machines.

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Posted on 01/01/2010 2:46 PM by Rebecca Bynum
this website brought Eight Bells of Dunmow, the head of one maid and two cows. A bit short in the milkmaid department but pub signs are not an equal opportunities
Listen here. On the upper right, in Russian, is more about this singer, so famous in pre-Revolutionary Russia and, especially, in the White emigration.

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From Wikiepedia:  The Basmachi movement (Russian: Basmachestvo) or Basmachi Revolt was a Muslim and largely Turkic uprising against Russian Empire
Excerpted from The New York Times:  Russian Medals Sale The New York Sale A cross, top, and a “Badge for the Crushing Defeat of the

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Congratulations to David Towery of Virginia for being the first to correctly finish December's devilishly difficult crossword puzzle. He will receive
Nay, lass, it's all in perfect working order. A brief (geddit?) Hogmanay interlude:

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by Hugh Fitzgerald (January 2010) In remarks published at this site recently, the Iranian-American exile, Amil Imani, a fearless apostate, and a
I, and my partner R-------, am in the North of Scotland for this New Year. It took us over twenty hours to drive here through the snow-bound chaos that

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Watch, and listen, here.

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Watch, and listen here.
From an article here: Abdurrahman Wahid Arguably the most signi?cant development after Rabin's visit to Jakarta in October 1993 was the visit of Indonesia's

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From The Wall Street Journal:  Indonesian Leader Resisted Extremists By TOM WRIGHT Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid was a key religious
Those who understand Farsi can watch, and listen here. But evreyone who knows English can  read the many comments critical of Abdolkarim Sorroush,

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by Esmerelda Weatherwax (January 2010) One Christmas when I was a child I watched a television programme where a kindly looking man told the story

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by Ares Demertzis (January 2010)   (i) It was an arranged marriage. His father having died when he was three, a solicitous uncle performed
by Jack Dixon (January 2009) My topic is simply the question of word division-- mostly in English, but with a diplomatic glance at French. My title

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