Posted: 28 Mar 2010 04:09 AM PDT
Spock (to Stonn): "After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." From the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" A number of President Obama's fans in the media used to compare him to Mr. Spock, the logical Vulcan on Star Trek. But maybe they've picked the wrong Vulcan to compare him to. Maybe he's more like Stonn, the Vulcan preferred by Spock's intended, T'Ping. Spock admonished Stonn, warning him that getting what he wants - T'Ping - may not be as pleasing...
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 04:07 AM PDT
The council has spoken. Winning Council Submissions First place with 2 1/3 points! - Bookworm Room - Tom Hanks shows stunning ignorance when he claims Americans were engaged in racial genocide against the Japanese during WWII Second place with 2 points - The Razor - Scorched Earth Winning Non-Council Submissions First Place with 1 2/3 Points - Abe Greenwald / Contentions - Outsmarting history Second place with 1 1/3 - Megan McArdle/The Atlantic Online - 8 Predictions for Health Care Congratulations to all the Winners! Plus the latest National Journal bloggers poll is up. Several Watcher's Council members participated and...
Posted: 28 Mar 2010 03:47 AM PDT
In the U.S. when you're on public transportation there's a sign to the effect of "Please reserve these seats for the elderly and the disabled." In Israel the comparable sign is: Effectively it means "Get up for the elderly." It is taken from the Torah (Bible.) I'm happy to say that Israelis take it quite seriously. On my last day in Israel, my daughter and I were headed to Yerushalayim. My father took us to Tzomet Shimshon (Shimshon Junction) to get a bus. We got on and moved to the middle of the bus. At which point a Chayelet (female...
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