Thursday, July 01, 2004

Random Notes July 2

  • Before you all go off on your camp-outs, cook-outs, and other soirees: Happy Independence Day

  • Brdgt (the angry/crafty girl) notes research into the possible presence of humans in the Americas 20,000 years ago. As she explains in her comments, this research is controversial because:
    [the] existence of pre-Clovis cultures would mean that the first people came to the Americas not by the Bering Land Bridge, but some other way (boats for example - explaining how they could go all the way down the coast to Chile.)

  • Geitner Simmons highlights a book about the reputation that Kansas received in the 1920s for its involvement in moral reform at the national level:
    The 18th Amendment -- the prohibition amendment -- was dubbed the "Kansas Idea" by some wags[.]

  • Language Hat notes that the century old Jewish Encyclopedia has become public domain and is online--perhaps an interesting research tool for Judaism and Zionism.

  • Somewhere along the line I lost a link to an article in the LA Times from the last month about the difficulties that the Lubavitcher Hasidim are having getting over the death of Schneerson--there are people who still think that he is Moshiach, despite being dead.


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