This Guy for President: 2016

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I think I’ve been pretty clear about my disdain for our two party system, particularly for the way in which the Republican Party has abandoned core principles of conservatism in favor of corporatism and imperialism. I like Ron Paul, but more in a nutty-uncle way than in a leader-of-the-free-world way. Honestly, America doesn’t need a [Read More...]

Custom Organs and Co-Creation

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I write about these stories from time to time, and with each new headline the ball seems to be a little further down the field. I was particularly taken with a line in this article about Andemariam Beyene, who received a new windpipe to replace one ravaged by cancer. The windpipe was “grown” on a plastic scaffolding using [Read More...]

Apologists and Catechists, Debate and Dialectic

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The role of Catholics online has evolved in interesting  ways, with social media tools allowing all members of Christ’s Church to explore and share the faith, from the pope right down to the average layperson with a mobile phone and a Twitter account. A vast range of topics and approaches falls within that spectrum, but [Read More...]

Hopeful Signs as Benedict Arrives in Lebanon

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John Allen has these truly surprising reactions: Last week, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim, announced that Saturday would be declared a national holiday in honor of the pope’s arrival. Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has publicly welcomed the visit, describing it as “extraordinary and historic.” Other Muslim leaders have also struck positive notes, including Grand [Read More...]

Eagle Gets Printed Beak

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One for the “just plain cool” files, from Grist via io9. Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face, which left her looking like she was wearing a duck mask, and also unable to eat on her own. She now has a brand-new 3D-printed nylon polymer beak that will allow her to clean and [Read More...]

Uncovering Hidden Texts at the Mountain of God

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St. Catherine’s Monastery occupies a spot at the base of Mount Sinai where Moses is believed to have encountered the burning bush. We know monks have been there since at least the late 4th century, since the peripatetic Egeria noted its existence in the early 380s, but it’s possible monastic life there stretches back even further. So: really old. St. Catherine’s [Read More...]

To Answer a Question

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Why, after George W. Bush made so many mistakes and violated so many core principles of conservatism, do some of us still think so fondly of him? Because he’s a good man, and no reasonable person could doubt that he loves this country and her people in all our messy weirdness. Because I can’t imagine [Read More...]

You Know What Makes New York’s Spy Computer a Little Less Terrifying?

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The fact that it’s not run by the FBI. Nationwide. With facial and voice recognition as a core feature. Because that would be so much worse: Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American [Read More...]


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