Yesterday: China, Puerto Rico, and the land of Borealis. Today:
HOW WE’LL LIVE ON MARS
The author says little more than 20 years. But even if it winds up being 50 — or 100! — that’s basically tomorrow. Can’t wait to read the book.
IS IT TIME FOR THE JEWS TO LEAVE FRANCE?
My great friend Marie Brenner wrote this just-published — riveting — piece for Vanity Fair. Is it beginning all over? Again? I like to think the good people of France will not allow it — just as the good people of South Carolina have decided to lower the flag.
When you read in Vanity Fair about Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four at a Jewish supermarket in Paris . . . and then here, in an impassioned post by Douglas A. Blackmon, about Dylann Roof, who killed nine in a church in Charleston . . . you realize how much they have in common. A black Muslim murderer from Mali; a white Lutheran murderer from South Carolina. Both certain they were doing something good.
In a world where such things are possible, we cannot have a backup world soon enough. Just in case the good people of Earth are somehow unable to prevent catastrophe.
Mike Martin: “I believe yesterday’s Hunan fireworks video is fake: notice that YouTube describes it as ‘FWSim’ which is software for simulating fireworks displays on your computer.” Oops.
But have a great weekend anyway.
Quote of the Day
We've forgotten all the sacrifices that the people who've gone before us made to give us this wonderful life that we have. We accept it; we take it for granted; we think it's our birthright. The facts are, it's precious, it's fragile -- it can disappear.~Ross Perot, 1988
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