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A Test Drive, and the Design Story Behind Range Rover's Most Unusual Vehicle

SoHo is one of New York City's most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods--and paradoxically, the best place in Manhattan to see every car design on Earth. On Lafayette, bland rideshare Toyotas share lanes with Teslas. On West Broadway's restaurant row, delivery trucks are wedged in with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, the odd Bugatti. The streets in between are the parking lot of the upper middle class, awash with everything else--primarily crossover SUVs of German and Japanese heritage, so numerous and si...
Tags: Europe, UK, Design, China, New York City, Cars, Ford, Athens, Gm, Manhattan, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Lafayette, Land Rover, Audi, Joe


Abortion discrimination = pregnancy discrimination

Thanks to, among other states, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio (sorry about that last one), the debate over abortion is raging. Suppose you are staunchly anti-abortion, and you learn that one of your employees is considering, or has had, an abortion. Can you fire her? Thus far, three courts have looked at this issue, and all three courts have all reached the same conclusion. No. The latest, Ducharme v. Crescent City Déjà Vu, L.L.C. (E.D. La. 5/13/19), concerned an employee fired after requestin...
Tags: Law, Ohio, EEOC, Crescent City, Eric Meyer, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA, Alabama Georgia, Jon Hyman, Ducharme


Yet another example of how the Vatican misunderstands America...and economics

Yet another example of how the Vatican misunderstands America...and economics After almost 20 years in Rome, I've learned not to insist too much on the Vatican reading the U.S. with any kind of accuracy, so I usually don't feel the need to comment on every little misunderstanding coming from the Roman Curia. It would take up way too much time and make me grumpier than I already am. But there are times when something must be said. August, for example, when ...
Tags: Religion, America, Rome, United States, Pope Francis, Vatican, Leo, Smith, Adam Smith, Ben, John Paul II, Francesco, CC BY SA, Assisi, Roman Curia, Kishore Jayabalan


A linguistic League of Nations

Some time ago, a question followed my discussion of sound-symbolic and sound-imitative sl-words (March 13, 2019): “What about slave?” Obviously, as I replied, not all words of a certain phonetic structure belong to the same homogeneous group. Yet ever since, I have been planning to write something about this tricky subject. Slave would not have deserved special attention if it were not so close to Slav. By way of introduction, I decided to devote some space to the use of ethnic names in words an...
Tags: Books, Britain, Pennsylvania, Geneva, Essex, Fowler, Hollander, CC BY SA, Hollands, Cobham Brewer, Hrothgar, James A H Murray, Hrothgar Beowulf, Wealhtheo, J R Skelton Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons As, André Chivinski


Secularizing the Church of Sweden: By politics alone

Secularizing the Church of Sweden: By politics alone Sweden stands out as arguably the world’s most secular and individualistic nation, according to the Inglehart/Welzel cultural map of the world. At the same time, Sweden is one of the nations where the state has the among the strongest control over the people in the world and which only recently disestablished its state church. How is this paradox possible? Did the nation’s Social Democratic Party cause a ...
Tags: Sweden, Church, Religion, West, Paris, Catholic Church, Luther, Scandinavia, Christ, Jarvis, General Synod, Martin Luther, Concord, Ben, David Martin, Stefan Lofven


The Ten Commandments or ‘Ten Thousand Commandments’

The Ten Commandments or ‘Ten Thousand Commandments’ On Mt. Sinai, the Lord handed Moses the Ten Commandments divinely traced by His own finger. The Torah expounded these into 613 laws; but in 2018 the collected regulations issued by the federal government, known as the Federal Register, took up 61,308 pages. The quantity did nothing to improve the laws’ quality, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute notes in the latest edition of its annual report, Ten T...
Tags: Congress, Germany, Religion, Barack Obama, Eu, Spain, Ted, Italy, Brussels, CEI, Ralph Nader, Federal Register, Trump, Ben, Jehovah, CC BY SA


German churches will lose half their members in 40 years: Report

German churches will lose half their members in 40 years: Report The membership of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches will fall by half in Germany by 2060, experts forecast. Most of that will be due less to Germans' low birth rate than to Christians actively renouncing their religion. The number of Catholics and Lutherans will drop from 45 million today to 22.7 million in a generation, according to a new report commissioned by the Catholic German Bis...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Berlin, Africa, Religion, West, United States, Catholic Church, Catholic, Kampala, Roman Catholic, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, CC BY SA, EKD, National Catholic Register, Evangelical Church


Emotional Baggage: Passengers Taking Their Bags During Airline Emergencies

Over the past several years, there have been multiple instances of air passengers retrieving their belongings before exiting an aircraft while under evacuation orders, despite instructions to leave these items behind. This has often brought swift rebukes from airline staff, industry professionals, media commentators, as well as fellow passengers. With the recent videos taken from inside Emirates Flight 521 as it was evacuated in Dubai last Aug. 3, this behavior is on clear display as numerous pa...
Tags: Los Angeles, Luggage, Emirates, Delta, Tenerife, Dubai, Aviation, Johnson, Faa, United, British Airways, Columnists, Canary Islands, Boeing 747, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board


Legal sports wagering = more Kentucky Derby options

In a few hours, we'll find out which thoroughbred will be wearing this year's coveted Garland of Roses. (Photo by Craig L. Duncan via English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0]) OK Tax and tax fans, have you placed your Kentucky Derby bets yet? By now, you know that tax, in addition to being the main focus of my professional writing life also is the name of a horse entered in today's 145th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Betting basis: Is Tax a good bet? Depends on what you want to get out of...
Tags: Taxes, Supreme Court, Oakland Raiders, NFL, United States, NHL, District Of Columbia, Sam, Aga, Kentucky Derby, Louisville Kentucky, American Gaming Association, CC BY SA, National Hockey League NHL, Churchill Downs, National Basketball Association NBA


America doesn’t have a radically capitalist economy

America doesn’t have a radically capitalist economy Socialism, it seems, is back. But maybe the real question we should be asking is how far the United States has embraced various features of what might be called social democracy over the past 100 years. This is one of the points underscored in a well-written paper by the Heritage Foundation’s David Burton, entitled “Comparing Free Enterprise with Socialism” (April 30, 2019). Among other things, Burton als...
Tags: Hong Kong, Scotland, Religion, America, United States, Electric, Burton, Heritage Foundation, David Burton, CC BY SA, France Spain, Samuel Gregg, Nick Youngson, Sam Gregg


The Triumph of Divine Mercy

The Gospel of Divine Mercy Sunday records a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which His mercy to sinners begins to flow.  Watch out!  There is no stopping it. Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-31) The celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday usually focuses on the sheer ecstasy of His victory over death.  All during Holy Week, we are absorbed with the details of His horrific Passion.  When we reach Easter, our hearts nearly burst with joy that Jesus is alive and vindicated as ...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Jesus, John, St John, Thomas, St Luke, Luke, Adam, CC BY SA, Gospels, Peter James, Christ the Son of God, Risen Jesus


As Notre Dame burns, France called to re-set world ablaze

As Notre Dame burns, France called to re-set world ablaze Like most big stories, the world discovered last night’s fire devouring Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral at breakneck speed on social media. Images and video reached billions within a few minutes, nearly as fast as the dramatic flames took to completely engulf the ancient roof and send its tallest spire hurdling into a billowing smoky abyss. The images were horrifying, especially to those have person...
Tags: France, Religion, Jerusalem, Rome, Paris, Vatican, Catholic, Napoleon Bonaparte, Notre Dame, Christ, Walt Disney, Siena, Emmanuel Macron, Ben, St Catherine, Notre Dame Cathedral


The #Astrology of the #NotreDame Fire

By Julie Anne Workman – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11590000 (Astrology Explored)   Paris and the world suffered an inexplicable loss with the destruction of much of the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral. Starting at around 6:50 PM, Paris time, initial reports stated that the fire started on the roof. Four hundred firefighters battled the blaze for nine hours before they extinguished it. The great Medieval churches weren’t just the sign ...
Tags: Wikipedia, Uncategorized, Events, Paris, John, Mars, Denis, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Notre Dame, Capricorn, Astrology, Uranus, Natal, Roman Catholic Church


The Cambridge Philosophical Society

In 2019, the Cambridge Philosophical Society celebrates its 200th anniversary. When it was set up in 1819, Cambridge was not a place to do any kind of serious science. There were a few professors in scientific subjects but almost no proper laboratories or facilities. Students rarely attended lectures, and degrees were not awarded in the sciences. The Philosophical Society was Cambridge’s first scientific society. Within a few years of its foundation, it had begun hosting regular meetings, set up...
Tags: Books, Technology, Featured, Society, History, Britain, Cambridge, Charles Darwin, South America, Cavendish, Charles, British, University of Cambridge, Darwin, Wilson, Scientist


Why You Need to Visit French Speaking Switzerland

Guest contributor Anna shares her insider tips on the best things to do in Switzerland’s French half including Geneva, Lausanne, and some of the prettiest mountain towns you could hope to find. When most people come to Switzerland, they usually spend all of their time in the German-speaking part of the country. And with such stunning locations as Zermatt, Lucerne, St Moritz and Interlaken, who can blame them. But as a long-time resident of Switzerland, and someone who has been to almost every ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Switzerland, Alps, Geneva, Anna, Ringo Starr, Zurich, Zermatt, Verbier, Mont Blanc, Lausanne, Zurich Switzerland, Val, Geneva Switzerland, Lausanne Switzerland


Saint Waldetrudis: A Model for All Christians

The history of the Catholic Church overflows with thousands of saints, each one a model of virtue and sanctity; an image of Christ in the world.  Most are priests or religious; however, many saints were married, offering a different model of holiness for Christ’s flock. Then there are saints like Saint Waldetrudis, whose feast falls on April 9 (she is sometimes called Waltrude or Waudru). Waldetrudis falls into a more select group of saints: those who were married and then later became a member ...
Tags: France, Religion, Belgium, Catholic Church, St Vincent, Christ, CC BY SA, Mons, Dagobert, Mons Belgium, Waudru Waldetrudis, St Waldetrudis, Waldetrudis, Maldegaire, Fredegar, St Landric


25+ of the Best State Parks in the USA

While the National Parks of the USA are famous for awe-inspiring scenery, don’t overlook the country’s lesser-known State Parks. Catherine shares her picks for 25+ of the Best State Parks in the USA from coast to coast. If you want to experience the natural beauty of a country, heading to protected parks should be a priority. Often, the government prevents the development of these properties, allowing wildlife to thrive and supporting native plant species. In the United States, there are actua...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, New York, Hollywood, Texas, Minnesota, California, Oregon, Virginia, New York City, US, America, Indiana, Mountain, Pennsylvania


A Tool for Forest Renewal

This runs long, but please bear with me: this topic deserves the space If you have ever donated money to a cause or even just signed an on-line petition, I’m sure that your inbox, like mine, is flooded with email solicitations.  Mine mainly relate to environmental causes, and I find that they really help to keep me up to date.  One I received the other day, though, concerned me. The message came from the Global Justice Ecology Project, and it celebrated the fact that two board members of the Mas...
Tags: Gardening, North America, New England, Homo, CC BY SA, Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy, Science Says, American chestnut, GMO trees, Transgenic Trees, Global Justice Ecology Project


Socialism, and gangsterism, stalk Malta

Socialism, and gangsterism, stalk Malta This Friday, April 5, George Vella is due to become the tenth president of the Republic of Malta (Repubblika Ta’Malta). Vella, who was nominated by Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, will succeed President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and continue her efforts to oversee potentially dramatic amendments to the Maltese constitution. The 76-year-old is also likely to support the left-leaning policies of the prime minister...
Tags: Europe, UK, Religion, Labour, Italy, The Times, Libya, Tony Benn, Strasbourg, Oxfam, Parliament, Labour Party, Panama, Cabinet, European Parliament, Malta


Annunciation: Mary's vocation and ours

Annunciation: Mary's vocation and ours March 25 is the feast of the Annunciation, exactly nine months before Christmas Day, and marks the moment that Jesus Christ was conceived “of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became Man.” The primary importance of this event – which is recorded in St. Luke 1:24-28 – is the salvation of the world, but it also reveals how God sanctifies the world through our work. The Archangel Gabriel announced to the Blessed V...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, John, United, Christ, Eva, Jesus Christ, Mary, Gabriel, Lyons, Virgin Mary, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Christian Church, Eve, CC BY SA, Marian


England Bowling Attack the Key to Ashes Success

"James Anderson" by Tim Felce (CC BY-SA 2.0) During the whole of last summer, and more than likely the whole of this summer, questions will be asked about the England batting line up, particularly the top order. England were already struggling to find a new opener before Alastair Cook retired and, without him, that has become an even tougher task. However, despite their issues at the top of the order, it will be the bowlers that decide where the Ashes go this summer. Will England...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, West Indies, Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Anderson, Chris Woakes, CC BY SA, Sam Curran, Anderson Broad, Glen McGrath, Tim Felce CC BY SA


St. Joseph: Our Sublime Model for Saintly Fatherhood

If we want to look to the saints as models then we should raise our eyes, mind and heart to the greatest of all saints and that is, of course St. Joseph! The Church celebrates liturgically Glorious Saint Joseph twice a year: March 19th and May 1st. In March he is celebrated under the title Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary. In May his title is Saint Joseph the Worker. In this short essay we would like to focus on Glorious Saint Joseph as patron of families and patron of fathers. As we all know, in t...
Tags: Church, Religion, Egypt, Catholic Church, Jesus, God, Dad, Siena, Bethlehem, Herod, Mary, Joseph, St Joseph, Mary the Mother of God, Nazareth, CC BY SA


Unvaccinated high school student is suing the health department for banning him from school during a chicken pox outbreak

An 18-year-old high school senior is suing the Northern Kentucky Health Department for banning him from school and sports during a chicken pox outbreak. He refuses to get vaccinated because of his "Christian faith," so the Health Department refuses to let him attend school or play sports. "The fact that I can't finish my senior year in basketball, like, our last couple of games, it's pretty devastating. I mean, you go through four years of high school playing basketball, you look forward to you...
Tags: Post, News, Nbc, Vaccinations, Chicken Pox, Health Department, CC BY SA, Anti-vaxxers, Northern Kentucky Health Department, Kunkel, Jerome Kunkel


The “sl”-morass: “slender” and “slim-slam-slum”

Several years ago, I devoted a series of posts to the origin of English kl-words: cloud, cloth, clover; perhaps there were more (June 29, 2016, July 13, 2016, and August 10, 2016). Cleave, clay, and many other such words contain the idea of clinging to some substance or clutter. It is hard to miss the sound symbolism that unites them. Some other technically unrelated words also form groups. For example, fly, flow, flatter, flutter, and flicker suggest unsteady movement, even though each of those...
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German govt sells family dog to pay taxes: A tale of ends and means

German govt sells family dog to pay taxes: A tale of ends and means Bloomberg recently ran an article detailing how difficult high-tax states in the U.S. can make it on wealthier individuals trying to leave. The idea of the state using teams of investigators to determine if one passes the “Teddy Bear Test” is likely to strike many Americans as creepy and slightly authoritarian. The Germans, however, show just how ruthless states can be in their enforcement...
Tags: Media, Germany, Religion, US, Bloomberg, Bbc, Npr, GSS, Ben, CC BY SA, Edda, Dan Mitchell, Frank Merschhaus, Leonard Read


Schizophrenia and ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky

Schizophrenia is the most iconic of all mental illnesses but both its conceptualization and causes remain elusive. The popular image portrays patients convinced of being persecuted and hearing voices that nobody else can hear. In reality this complex brain disorder presents an endless variety of psychotic (delusions and hallucinations) and non-psychotic symptoms. This complexity is at the heart of a century-long debate about whether schizophrenia is a single illness or should be conceptualized a...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Barcelona, Budapest, Paris, Switzerland, Zurich, St Petersburg, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA, Nijinsky, Pixabay, Theatre du Chatelet, Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky


The 14 Most Beautiful Castles in Normandy, France

There are countless castles in France dotted across the countryside. Catherine shares 14 of the most beautiful castles in Normandy, France, including two castle hotels where you can stay in luxurious style. Castles are popular destinations for all kinds of world travellers. If you love to marvel at architecture from eras gone by, experience history first hand, or simply stroll through unique locations, the castles of Normandy, France are excellent choices. However, the Normandy castle options ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, France, Normandy, William, Washington State, Richard, Catherine, Rouen, Normandy France, William II, Wikimedia Commons, Dukes, Catholic League, Duc


Jeff Bezos topped U.S. philanthropy in 2018 ($2 billion)

Amazon founder Bezos and ex-wife-to-be MacKenzie topped charitable giving in 2018 with $2 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which released its annual list this month. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) No. 2: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He donated $767 million to the arts, education, health and other causes last year. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds No. 5: Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer and his ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Craigslist, Microsoft, Washington Post, Ebay, New York City, US, Samsung, Sport, Soccer, United States, Williams, Bill Gates, Paul Allen


What a morning at the BMV teaches about cybersecurity

I spent way too much of my Saturday morning at the local Bureau of Motor Vehicles (aka the Walmart of government agencies). "Why," you ask? Because my plates were on the verge of expiring, and I had forgotten to take advantage of the much preferable online registration process. So there I found myself at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, waiting in line. To be fair, it was the "express" line, designated for license renewals only. My experience, however, was less than express, thanks to the patron two sp...
Tags: Law, Walmart, Vpn, Dashlane, Intuit, Turbotax, Wikimedia Commons, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, CC BY SA, BMV, Jon Hyman, Paulius Dragunas, Fabio Lanari


Fmr. Swedish prime minister warns Bernie Sanders about socialism

Fmr. Swedish prime minister warns Bernie Sanders about socialism After video footage surfaced of Senator Bernie Sanders extolling the Soviet Union’s cultural and youth programs, the former prime minister of Sweden threw cold water on the idea that socialism builds sound societies. The tweet by Carl Bildt is the latest intervention by Nordic nations to divert the United States from adopting Marxist policies. As the 77-year-old Vermont senator announced his ...
Tags: Sweden, Religion, United States, Denmark, Norway, Ussr, Nicaragua, Vermont, Castro, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Burlington, Soviet Union, Ben, Cato Institute, Jane