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5,000-year-old semi-circles made of holes found in in Mexico may belong to a prehistoric dice game.
Washington's Farewell Address 1796 Friends and Citizens: The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.
Religion and the Federal Government: PART 1 (Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, Library of Congress Exhibition)HOME - EXHIBITION OVERVIEW - OBJECT LIST SECTIONS: I. America as Refuge - II. 18th Century America III. American Revolution - IV.
"Trial by media" is very much a feature of political life at the moment, and it works largely because it seems that the public has different standards of proof for misdemeanours among those in public life from those it maintains for private citizens. In public life it is enough to be "tainted" with suspicion for one's future to be blighted. In practice, the same is probably true of people accused of offences in their own small social world, and yet we maintain formally that justice operates on much more rigorous principles.
Interesting... makes me think of ninja clans in remote mountain villages, playing up their "magic" and otherworldly nature to discourage intruders or would-be conquerors.
Carl Zimmer writes about theories of consciousness in today's Science NY Times , and describes the work of my Wisconsin colleague, Giulio Tononi. But Dr. Tononi’s theory is, potentially, very different. He and his colleagues are translating the poetry of our conscious experiences into the precise language of mathematics. To do so, they are adapting information theory, a branch of science originally applied to computers and telecommunications.
By Chris Brooke UPDATED: 09:03 GMT, 11 December 2008 Family scandal: George Haywood is the wealthy industrialist father of William Haywood, who tried to conceal a love child with Martha Higginbottom It was a scandalous affair which would have ruined the reputations of two well-to-do families.
 Muse, sing of Hermes, the son of Zeus and Maia, lord of Cyllene and Arcadia rich in flocks, the luck-bringing messenger of the immortals whom Maia bare, the rich-tressed nymph, when she was joined in love with Zeus, -- a shy goddess, for she avoided the company of the blessed gods, and lived within a deep, shady cave. There the son of Cronos used to lie with the rich-tressed nymph, unseen by deathless gods and mortal men, at dead of night while sweet sleep should hold white-armed Hera fast. And when the purpose of great Zeus was fixed in heaven, she was delivered and a notable thing was come to pass. For then she bare a son, of many shifts, blandly cunning, a robber, a cattle driver, a bringer of dreams, a watcher by night, a thief at the gates, one who was soon to show forth wonderful deeds among the deathless gods.