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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

On January 27, 1945, Russian troops from Marshal Ivan Konev's
1st Ukrainian Front(*) liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp.


 Old woman and children on the way to their death at Auschwitz-Birkenau 
(Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-74237-004 / CC-BY-SA [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons)


(*)During World War II, a Russian "army front" was the equivalent of an Anglo-American "army group". The front's name was typically a reference to its geographical location at the time of its military formation. Hence, the "1st Ukrainian Front" was the designation for the front (of Russian armies) that was leaving Russia behind and moving into the Ukraine (and subsequently into Poland) in its pursuit of the Wehrmacht (which was retreating toward Nazi Germany).
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kate

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


.Kate. by Ekaterina Kochetkova on 500px
Photograph .Kate. by Ekaterina Kochetkova on 500px


Post 2,539 Kate

Friday, January 23, 2015

Yellowstone Falls

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Yellowstone Falls by Taylor Ehat on 500px
Photograph Yellowstone Falls by Taylor Ehat on 500px


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rovinj, Croatia

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Rainy sunset in Rovinj, Croatia by F Levente on 500px
Photograph Rainy sunset in Rovinj, Croatia by F Levente on 500px


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Orion in the Sky with Colors

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


Infrared Orion from WISE, Francesco Antonucci, et al., APOD


Post 2,535 Orion in the Sky with Colors

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Field of Yellow

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Palouse Field of yellow by Dorothy Cutter on 500px
Photograph Palouse Field of yellow by Dorothy Cutter on 500px


Post 2,534 Field of Yellow

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spindrift Clouds

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Spindrift Clouds Panorama by Alexander Luginin on 500px
Photograph Spindrift Clouds Panorama by Alexander Luginin on 500px


Post 2,533 Spindrift Clouds

Monday, January 12, 2015

Idealism needs much salt of the earth; reality demands but a grain

Bernard d'Agesci, La justice
(Image via Wikipedia)
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“Hateful speech against Israel, America and Western values must be responded to in the marketplace of ideas. It cannot be defeated by the censor. It must win the battle for the minds and hearts of open-minded students and faculty.”
— Alan M. Dershowitz, January 12, 2015 (gatestoneinstitute.org)



As is his wont, Mr. Dershowitz looks good on paper, as a renowned legal scholar should. But I suspect he is not being entirely ingenuous here. As most knowledgeable people are aware, American academia today is woefully deficient in open-mindedness.

I think that the biggest fly ("the size of a Buick" to quote Woody Allen) in the ointment of idealistic prescriptions is that our very flawed earthly circumstances are ill suited for idealism. And a principal contributor to our world's incongruity with idealism is the imperfectibility of human nature. Read my lips: Evil. Is. Ubiquitous.

Of course, the Golden Rule is one of the finest concepts on record. But in order to survive, let alone fluorish in the real world, you would be well advised to avoid any action that is a threat to your own well being.
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Toughest School in the World — Hard Knocks

Roger Kimball
Roger Kimball (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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“Liberal regimes have always suffered from this paralyzing antinomy: Liberalism implies openness to other points of view, even those points of view whose success would destroy liberalism. Tolerance to those points of view is a prescription for suicide. Intolerance betrays the fundamental premise of liberalism, i.e. openness. Of course (may I say “of course”?), there is a sense in which the antinomy is illusory, since any robust liberalism, i.e., a liberalism buttressed by a core of conservative backbone, understands that tolerance, if it is to flourish, cannot be synonymous with capitulation to ideas that would exploit tolerance only to destroy it. The “openness” that liberal society rightly cherishes is not a vacuous openness to all points of view: it is not “value neutral.” It need not, indeed it cannot, say Yes to all comers. American democracy, for example, affords its citizens great latitude, but great latitude is not synonymous with the proposition that “anything goes.” Our society, like every society, is founded on particular positive values—the rule of law, for example, respect for the individual, religious freedom, the separation of church and state. Islam in its current configuration denies those values.”
— Roger Kimball, January 9th, 2015 (pjmedia.com)


Ever since its War of Independence (1948), Israel has been pressured by the political Left of the world to open its borders to its neighboring political entities. The latter populations have openly stated their desire for, nay their holy mission in life to be, Israel's complete destruction, along with all the Jews in the world at large. Israel's majority are Ashkenazi Jews. They are not known for their suicidal tendencies, which is how they have survived their haters' wrath for millennia. They know something's rotten in Denmark when they see it (mixed metaphor intentional). Hence, their response to all the Left-leaning Western democracies has been an unwavering, "You first".

Predictably, the foolish Left-leaning Western democracies went first — they opened their borders to the barbarians at the gates. The result of such self-destructive policy may be summarized as The Universal Law of Easily Foreseen Consequences. One well known example of this law is commonly referred to in computing as, "Garbage in; garbage out". As applied to unimaginative immigration policy it may be termed, "Barbarians in; barbarism out".

If this pathetic Leftist saga is ever brought to film (who better than Hollywood to produce such a "blockbuster") a good title for it would be "This Time Will Be Different".

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Ivanka

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Inaka by Olya Lesovaya on 500px
Photograph Inaka by Olya  Lesovaya on 500px


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Snake River

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Snake River #1 by Florian Cloquemin on 500px
Photograph Snake River #1 by Florian Cloquemin on 500px


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Corona in the Sky without Beer

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


Stars and Dust in Corona Australis, CHART32 Team, et al., APOD


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Monday, January 5, 2015

Élyse

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Élyse by Emilie Tournevache on 500px
Photograph Élyse by Emilie Tournevache on 500px


Post 2,527 Élyse

Unicorn in the Sky with Fox Fur

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


A Fox Fur, a Unicorn, and a Christmas Tree,
R. Colombari & Francesco Antonucci, et al., APOD


Post 2,526 Unicorn in the Sky with Fox Fur

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Dolomites

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Dolomiti - tramonto dal lago Misurina by Luigi Alesi on 500px
Photograph Dolomiti - tramonto dal lago Misurina by Luigi Alesi on 500px


Post 2,524 The Dolomites

Friday, January 2, 2015

Shannon

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Shannon by Kristoffer Cox on 500px
Photograph Shannon by Kristoffer Cox on 500px


Post 2,523 Shannon