I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable,...– Agatha Christie
The country is a land of natural contrasts, with spectacular waterfalls and volcanic hot springs, and with an extreme economic gap between the poor and the rich members of society. Ethiopia has some of Africa’s highest mountains as well as some of the world’s lowest points below sea level. The largest cave in Africa is located in Ethiopia at Sof Omar, and the country’s...
Oral Traditions →
Every African society has a long history of transmitting knowledge and human experience through the medium of oral tradition. The linked paper examines the function of oral traditions among the Arsi-Oromo of Ethiopia. Before the coming of Islam and Christianity, the Arsi were followers of Waaqeffannaa (belief in Sky God), the Oromo version of the African traditional religion. In the Arsiland,...
If you want to do something for a country like Ethiopia, spending your money...– Spectrum Guide to Ethiopia, Philip Briggs
The Spiritual Dimensions of Ornamentation →
An Indian Perspective.
The Second Amendment (2A) to the U.S. Constitution...
The Debate Pro 2A Video “What I always like to say to people who are against the 2nd Amendment is that they should read it. It clearly states “shall not be infringed”….What part of “shall not” do they not understand? There is no arguing legal circle one can draw around those two words. Shall not means shall not.” - YouTube Comment Contra 2A Video ...
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one,...– Chinese Proverb
Be a fool in the Taoist sense, in the Zen sense. Don’t try to create a...– Osho
Showers of anguish Rain, do not exhaust Ocean of revenge Of the innermost Voice of the betrayed Comfort of the lost, Tears torn itself Blood of the heart. ~ Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin
Israeli government accused of adopting a racist policy towards the country’s Ethiopian Jews.
The Invisible Cryptologists: African-Americans,... →
An essential reading for all who are interested in the early days of cryptology, all who are interested in the social history of National Security Agency (NSA) and its predecessors, and all who are interested in the history of American race relations.
The Ever-changing Harlem →
OLD NEW HARLEM. ARCHITECTURE. ARTS. MUSIC. RETAIL. FOOD. COMMUNITIES.
Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of...– Bill Watterson
You see the people ― they are miserable because they have compromised on every...– Osho
How Africa is Becoming the New China and India →
“China and India get all the headlines for their economic prowess, but there’s another global growth story that is easily overlooked: Africa.” - Newsweek
"A Thoroughbred Artist"
from THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (1961) by Ingmar Bergman Fredrik: I’m an artist. Karin: Artist? Fredrik: Yes, Princess, a thoroughbred artist: a poet with no poems, a painter with no pictures, a musician with no music. I despise Ready Made Art, the banal result of vulgar effort. My life is my work and dedicated to my love for you. Karin: Funny, you always say and do the very right...
The Art of Disappearing
NAOMI SHIHAB NYE When they say Don’t I know you? say no. When they invite you to the party remember what parties are like before answering. Someone telling you in a loud voice they once wrote a poem. Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate. Then reply. If they say we should get together. say why? It’s not that you don’t love them any more. You’re trying to remember...
Perhaps the most common generalization linking political systems with other...– Seymour Martin Lipset, Political Man, New York, Anchor Books, 1963, p.31
The Wonders of Corn
Corn is a work of both art and brilliant mathematics. From the leaves to the individual kernels on the cob, everything is arranged in an aesthetically pleasing and precise pattern. What is more, as the plant grows, it ‘talks’ to you. It tells you if it’s thirsty or malnourished. A human baby cries when it needs something. A growing corn plant, like many other plants, gives visual signals, such as...
King Ferdinand I (1751–1825) is said to have disguised himself as a commoner and, in clandestine fashion, visited a poor neighborhood in Naples (Italy). Why the secrecy? One story has it that he wanted to sink his teeth into a food that the queen had banned from the royal court—pizza. Pizza may have originated in Naples about 1720. Back then, pizza was primarily for the poor, a “fast food” that...
Hubble 3D - IMAX →
Myth of "People's Capitalism" →
Address to Venus
BY LUCRETIUS … For when the rising Spring adorns the Mead, And a new Scene of Nature stands display’d, When teeming Budds, and chearful greens appear, And Western gales unlock the lazy year, The joyous Birds thy welcome first express, Whose native Songs thy genial fire confess: Then savage Beasts bound o’re their slighted food, Strook with thy darts, and tempt the raging...
Debate and Compromise in the US
Countrystudies.us The 18th-century statesmen who met in Philadelphia were adherents of Montesquieu’s concept of the balance of power in politics. This principle was supported by colonial experience and strengthened by the writings of John Locke, with which most of the delegates were familiar. These influences led to the conviction that three equal and coordinate branches of government...
What if senators represented people by income or... →
For the past few decades, Wal-Mart has been ruining the American landscape with their blandly designed stores and uneasy corporate glare. It is one of the largest corporations in the world, and its influence over the global economy is truly terrifying. What the discounted items and major bargains hide is a system which seeks to homogenize locales while simultaneously taking advantage of the...
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing...– Voltaire