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Friday May 12, 2006

Politics: Justin Taylor had what I thought was a very good reflection on American Pessimism. “What used to be a moral sense that we had done something wrong now becomes conflated with compassion and is a sense that we should feel “guilty” and pessimistic if others are worse off than us.”

History: And while we’re on the topic of Justin Taylor, he has a helpful roundup of historical biographies given by Michael Haykin.

Video: Here is a really interesting (if you’re a geek like me) video of FedEx airplane arrivals at the Memphis hub while a thunderstorm rolls through the area.

Da Vinci: Jonathan Morris, who writes for FoxNews and has had some interesting comments on Dan Brown and all things Da Vinci, has posted some interesting quotes by Dan Brown. “We are unable to conceive of our hopes, dreams, memories, and spirits evaporating into thin air when we die, so therefore we say there must be an afterlife. We can’t imagine it another way.”


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