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.

THAT 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.

If only Mars were a little warmer.  (But forget Venus!)  And, under the cirucmstances, should we change its name from Mars to Pax?

*CORRECTION*

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.

 

 

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