My Seditious Heart: An Unfinished Diary of Nowadays - The Caravan. ON A BALMY FEBRUARY NIGHT, aware that things were not going well, I did what I rarely do.
I put in earplugs and switched on the television. Even though I had said nothing about the spate of recent events—murders and lynchings, police raids on university campuses, student arrests, and enforced flag-waving—I knew that my name was still on the A-list of “anti-nationals.” That night, I began to worry that, in addition to the charge of criminal contempt of court I was already facing (for “interfering in the administration of justice,” “bashing the Central Government, State Governments, the Police Machinery, so also the Judiciary,” and “demonstrating a surly, rude and boorish attitude”), I would also be charged with causing the death of the eternally indignant news anchor on Times Now.
I thought he might succumb to an apoplectic fit as he stabbed the air and spat out my name, suggesting that I was a part of some shadowy cabal behind the ongoing “anti-national” activity in the country. Government Museum Chennai, Museum in Chennai - Categories. What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State?
Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules an area larger than the United Kingdom. Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of Islam whose beliefs about the path to the Day of Judgment matter to its strategy, and can help the West know its enemy and predict its behavior. But Adnani was not merely talking trash. I. Paul Ibbotson and Michael Tomasello.
The natural world is full of wondrous adaptations such as camouflage, migration and echolocation.
In one sense, the quintessentially human ability to use language is no more remarkable than these other talents. However, unlike these other adaptations, language seems to have evolved just once, in one out of 8.7 million species on earth today. The hunt is on to explain the foundations of this ability and what makes us different from other animals. Grammar 1.0 The intellectual most closely associated with trying to pin down that capacity is Noam Chomsky. It was a bold claim: despite the surface variations we hear between Swahili, Japanese and Latin, they are all run on the same piece of underlying software. First, it turned out that it is really difficult to state what is “in” universal grammar in a way that does justice to the sheer diversity of human languages.
Universal cognition If not universal grammar, then what? Putting our heads together. Faith and Suspicion: On Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila’ “Gilead was the kind of town where dogs slept in the road for the sun and the warmth that lingered after the sun was gone, and the few cars that there were had to stop and honk until the dogs decided to get up and let them pass by.
They’d go limping off to the side, lamed by the comfort they’d had to give up, and then they’d settle down again right where they were before. It really wasn’t much of a town.” This is the setting for Robinson’s Iowa trilogy, three novels that span a century of our history. Gilead (2004), Home (2008) and Lila, Robinson’s new book, center on the lives of two ministers—John Ames and Robert Boughton—and their families. Much of the narrative is set during the 1950s, but it also harks back to the 1850s and some of the years in between. Gilead is a safe, domesticated place where people work in their gardens and hang out their wash. The Drone Papers. Street-art-17. On The Blower: London's Lost Pneumatic Messaging Tubes.
Pneumatic messaging blows cylindrical carriers in tubes, carrying messages and small items in closed systems, which were pioneered and developed in London in the 1850’s, ironically to support a new electric communications technology, the telegraph.
Britain’s first telegraph line went from Paddington to Slough and made headlines in 1844 when it transmitted the news of the birth at Windsor of Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, to London. But it was several years before this technology would catch on outside the railways (which used them to pass train running information along the line). After being exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851, telegraph use took off in Britain, providing London with near-instant communication with other cities. Once the first telegraph submarine cable linked England and France and other parts of Europe in 1852, London was connected near-instantly with its neighbouring countries.
Telegraph Bandwidth Limitations Non-Electric but Pneumatic Solution.