I want to briefly address another story that recently made the rounds, best expressed in this headline from Vox: “The perfect response to people who say all Muslims are violent, in one tweet“.
By ‘people who say all Muslims are violent’, the headline is responding to (inter alia) HBO comedian Bill Maher, who argued on his show that members of “the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are actually not extremist outliers but represent the inherent violence and intolerance of Islam itself, and by extension its 1.6 billion followers.”
Vox counters by citing this tweet and subsequent explanation:
Continue reading Why the Muslim-Nobel Peace Prize argument won’t exactly convince its target audience
From Treehugger come reports of new research into the fluid dynamics of stingray movement and its possible application to deepwater unmanned vehicles:
Researchers at University at Buffalo and Harvard University are studying stingrays to find out how their unique movement and shape allows them to glide through the water so effortlessly. The findings will be used to design more efficient and agile unmanned underwater vehicles for exploring deep sea spots or even clean up and rescue vehicles.
Genius work, guys, I’m sure this will win you a Nobel Prize. How ever did you come up with that idea?
Just kidding. Even Jar Jar Binks figured out that when it comes to underwater navigation, stingrays know what’s what:
Continue reading Whereever did these two get that idea?
The answer to the riddle I posed in the subject of this post: Bethlehem.
Here’s a Glenn Beck compilation, with some choice excerpts from the first two years of Obama’s presidency [it makes for a nice soundtrack as you read this post, and hopefully check out the bonus links at the end]:
And here’s a recent story out of the West Bank, via Algemeiner:
Continue reading Where Palestinians and Glenn Beck can find common ground