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snow sculpture on a Park Slope stoop, Feb 27, 2010

February 28, 2010

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26 February 2010 snow storm – a set on Flickr

February 26, 2010

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via flickr.com The juniper tree outside our window bent over under the weight of heavy snow.

NY Times Magazine: Depression’s Upside

February 26, 2010

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The Victorians had many names for depression, and Charles Darwin used them all. There were his “fits” brought on by “excitements,” “flurries” leading to an “uncomfortable palpitation of the heart” and “air fatigues” that triggered his “head symptoms.” In one particularly pitiful letter, written to a specialist in “psychological medicine,” he confessed to “extreme spasmodic […]

Ancient tribal language becomes extinct as last speaker dies | World news | The Guardian

February 25, 2010

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Boa Sr, the last speaker of the Bo language of the Andaman Islands, has died. Photograph: Alok Das/Survival/Survival The last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world’s oldest cultures. Boa Sr, who lived through the 2004 tsunami, the Japanese occupation and […]

Houston makes bid to be electric car capital of the U.S. – SmartPlanet

February 25, 2010

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Houston, the Energy Capital of the World, is making moves to become the electric car capital of the nation. How’s that for turning over a new leaf? Known for the countless oil and gas companies that call the city home, Houston wants to compete with San Francisco for the title, and is entering into partnerships […]

Canadian Jewish Tourism Ad Uses Oral Sex to Promote Israeli Tourism | Tikun Olam-תקון עולם: Make the World a Better Place

February 25, 2010

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Judaism 101: 13 views of the Book of Esther

February 25, 2010

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Megillat Esther 1)  The Book of Esther is the Hebrew Bible’s most secular book. It is the only book in the Hebrew Bible in which God is not mentioned. Nor is there any mention of Mordecai and Esther praying; they rely on their own resources to save their people rather than on Divine intervention. Moreover, […]