Monthly Archives: February 2015

Did I Serve? I’ve Never Been Under Fire

February 24, 2015 There’s a certain luster in having served in the military. Members of Congress like to claim it, journalists, too, even when these claims don’t turn out to be accurate. Having served in an elite branch of the … Continue reading

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Do I Love My Country?

February 23, 2015 “I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.” Albert Camus said that, and he added, “I don’t want any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I … Continue reading

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World’s Top Arms Exporters, 2013

February 22, 2015 This stunning graphic displays all transfers (sales or donations) of major conventional weapons in 2013 from one country to another.  Natalia Bronshtein, a professor and consultant who runs the blog Insightful Interaction, used data from the Siri … Continue reading

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Don’t You Just Love Friends? Outhouse Edition

February 13, 2015 From the Durham Friends Meeting (Maine) newsletter (item reprinted in its entirety): Open Meeting of Trustees  –  Sunday February 22 Re: What to do with the old outhouse After Worship

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Weltenburg Abbey, Danube Gorge

February 10, 2015 Weltenburg Abbey, in Kelheim, Bavaria (north of Munich) on the Danube River. Weltenburg Abbey brewery (Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei) is by some reckonings the oldest monastery brewery in the world, having been in operation since 1050.

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Andrew Sullivan’s Case Against War — and For War

February 6, 2015 Today is the last day of Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, a blog I’ve been reading steadily for a decade. “Biased and balanced” has been its tagline: he’s offered strong opinions, but he’s also carried the opinions of … Continue reading

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Should Iran have Nuclear Weapons?

February 4, 2014 Should Iran have nuclear weapons? Of course not. That seems simple, doesn’t it? The threat to human beings from nuclear weapons was more on our minds during the Cold War. Now we think of them only occasionally, … Continue reading

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