The Most Potent Virus on Iranian Computers

It isn't Stuxnet or even Flame, but... The malware known as 'Flame,' that was described by the analysts who discovered it as a super-cyberweapon, is actually a tool for cyberespionage that has been running inside Iranian data centers and labs for as long as five years without being discovered or causing significant damage. Contrast that …

Ten Things She Doesn't Get About Christians: My Reply to Emily Stone

I found Emily Stone's list of ten things she doesn't get about Christians intriguing.  So I set myself to answer these as follows: The Tipping Business.  That goes back to Finney, who made a very big deal about Christians tallying every monetary transaction they made to be exact to the penny, which has given rise …

Book Review: Barbara Tuchman's Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

When we think of China today, we think of a nation growing very fast economically and taking its place as one of the great powers of the world.  Getting to that point--or getting to that point again, if one takes a long view of history--took a course of great suffering and several unexpected turns (how …

Yes, it Can be Proven Whether Elizabeth Warren is Cherokee or Not

Michael Tomsky of the Guardian is simply wrong about this: So if Warren’s mother told her there was Cherokee blood, and if one little rivulet of Cherokee blood going back generations makes one a Cherokee, which legally it does, then she’s Cherokee, at least as far she knows. Now she has to prove this? You …

The Unabomber Only Did What The Rest Wish They Had

Old Ivy is a little chagrined over the career accomplishments of this Class of '62 member: Harvard University alumni attending their 50th class reunion this week are getting updates on classmates, but one person stands out among those sharing news about career moves, retirements and grandkids — Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Kaczynski graduated in 1962 and …

If We Had Been a German Colony, We Would Have Been Further Down the Road

I've mentioned on occasion that, where I teach, the full-time faculty in my discipline is entirely African.  We recently had a faculty retreat and, before we got underway with the matters at hand, we discussed various items.  One of them was the subject of Americans keeping lions as pets, which the Africans found understandably unbelievable. …

Underscoring the Dangers of Mao Tai (and Vodka)

The idea that Mainland China and Taiwan should be connected by a 124-km long tunnel got this reaction: "The tunnel proposals were made after banquets and alcohol," Hu Sheng-Cheng, an economist at Academia Sinica, Taiwan's most renowned think tank, told Asia Times Online when flatly dismissing the tunnel idea. Taiwan must already spend huge sums …

An Overview of Jerusalem

I recently came across a fascinating book entitled The Handbook of Palestine by H.C. Luke and E. Keith-Roach.  Produced in 1922 by the British Mandate government which had just taken control of the country after a long Ottoman Turkish rule, it’s a fascinating snapshot of the Holy Land beginning its transition to the State of …

The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem

I recently came across a fascinating book entitled The Handbook of Palestine by H.C. Luke and E. Keith-Roach.  Produced in 1922 by the British Mandate government which had just taken control of the country after a long Ottoman Turkish rule, it’s a fascinating snapshot of the Holy Land beginning its transition to the State of …

Courts for Christians and Jews

I recently came across a fascinating book entitled The Handbook of Palestine by H.C. Luke and E. Keith-Roach.  Produced in 1922 by the British Mandate government which had just taken control of the country after a long Ottoman Turkish rule, it's a fascinating snapshot of the Holy Land beginning its transition to the State of …

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