The journey for wisdom starts with knowledge
Various writings on culture
For those wondering what is QAnon, and why it is so nefarious, here is an overview.
QAnon is an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against Donald Trump.
What happens when aboriginal people who are living a hunter/gatherer or farmer life style come face to face with 20th century technology and civilization too quickly? Their minds could not fathom the rest of earth's human civilization gradual progression over the past 5,000 or so years.
The people of Tanna island of Vanuatu suddenly woke up during World War II to the U.S. Navy establishing airfields, forward bases, and housing close to 250,000 people, with all the necessary support services, including telephone and cinemas.
In a previous article, I attempted a translation of the oldest know literary work in Maltese, Il-Cantilena, without looking up any translations, and relying only on my knowledge of Arabic as a native speaker of both classical and a North African dialect (Egyptian). I was largely successful.
The BBC Middle East correspondent Tim Franks, reflects on remaining impartial in the Middle East.
He notes the dissociation that most Israelis exhibit to the plight and conflict in the West Bank. Many more observations. A very good read.
The best quote? "This is the Middle East but, no, it is not the Middle Ages".
An Associated Press article about Belgium, Belgians vote on future, united country in doubt drew some parallels of the Quebec separatist movement and their relationship with Canada.
103 years old Gladys Flamer from Coatsville Pennsylvania is one feisty old lady.
Not only does she live alone, but she still drives her 1979 Cadillac Coupe Deville, and runs errands for friends younger than her.
And she turns 104 in 2 weeks. Way to go Gladys!
A new sensation in Egyptian songs is Nader Abou El Leef.
His real name is Nader Anwar Gaber, and he is from Alexandria.
The Arabic Wikipedia has a biography of him and the Egyptian dialect wikipedia has another.
The BBC has an interesting look at the African-Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Their ancestry comes from Chad, Nigeria, Sudan, and Senegal.
They settled and married from other Muslim Arabic speaking non-African Palestinians in Jerusalem, and face the same challenges that the broader Palestinian community faces.
How low can criminals go? Kidnapping for ransom is repulsive, since it preys on the fears of the victim and the victim's family who are forced to give money to the kidnappers in order to get their loved one back.
How how low can someone go, ransoming the remains of a dead person? Here is a case where the ex-president of Cyprus remain were held for ransom!
Massimo Marcone is a food science professor at the nearby University of Guelph. A few years ago, he released a book titled: In Bad Taste?: The Adventures And Science Behind Food Delicacies which lists many foods around the world that are considered repulsive. That book is now renamed to "In Bad Taste? A Quest for the World's Most Exotic Foods".
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