Monthly Archives: November 2010

THOSE BATTY CZECHS!


The Czech news site iDNES reports that the Czechs are recognized as pioneers in the study of bats (Chiroptera).  Chiroptera is the second-largest mammalian order, with over a thousand species.  And so it is appropriate that over 500 of the … Continue reading

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UNIVERSITY OVER THE ABYSS


Some years ago, I had the honor of participating, as text editor, in a Holocaust research project that focused on the extraordinary cultural developments in the Terezín ghetto.  The Nazis used Terezín, a walled fortress town in what today is … Continue reading

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U.S. GOVERNMENT BEGINS TO SEIZE WEB SITES


According to the Huffington Post (h/t Prison Planet), the government has seized over 70 websites that allegedly violate copyright.  The seizure was driven by the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) and the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) … Continue reading

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BAD DOG


I found the dog on the bed. “Bad dog,” I said, But unconvincingly, it seems, Because he only raised his head And wagged his tail and smiled, As if to say: “Don’t get so riled And interrupt my doggie dreams!” … Continue reading

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OPEN LETTER TO JOHN PISTOLE, TSA ADMINISTRATOR


Dear Mr. Pistole: On November 21, 2010, in a CNN interview with Candy Crowley, you justified your refusal to implement the effective and largely non-invasive Israeli method of screening airline passengers because, in your view, it is “profiling.”  You then … Continue reading

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RED


RED is CIA jargon for Retired, Extremely Dangerous.  At least in the movie. If you want great acting and serious belly laughs, see this film.  John Malkovich (the CIA gave him LSD for 16 years) and Mary-Louise Parker (clueless Dilbert-cube-worker-turned-secret-agent) … Continue reading

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GROUND ZERO MOSQUE APPLIES FOR FEDERAL REDEVELOPMENT MONEY


The issue of formally legal but ethically unacceptable reared its head again in the continuing saga of the Ground Zero Mosque.  The developers of the controversial project applied for up to five million dollars available through the 9/11 redevelopment fund. … Continue reading

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JUST IN CASE ANYONE IS FEELING NOSTALGIC FOR THE “GOOD OLD DAYS”…


A cousin forwarded this fascinating extract from a 1960 copy of the Czechoslovak youth magazine ABC, which was supposed to be mainly an educational mag with focus on science.  The article addresses itself to that glorious future hope of socialist … Continue reading

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A MAGICAL MOMENT – LANDING IN AMERICA


As seen and photographed by my uncle, JUDr Miroslav Kubat, on November 03, 1965. A family of four bare-bottomed refugees walks from a Superconstellation at Kennedy Airport after a long flight from Vienna, Austria where they had taken refuge following … Continue reading

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MAMA GRIZZLIES HAVE GOT IT COMPLETELY WRONG


These are very hard words for me to write, but write them I must.  Sarah Palin’s mama grizzly imagery took me aback by its exclusion of men from a process that I am hoping will turn into an American renaissance.  … Continue reading

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