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August 1, 2010
Action Update

“Iran is routinely criticized for its human rights record and continues to lead the world in executing juvenile offenders. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, the state has executed 19 people in the last month alone, and amputated the hands of five prisoners.” http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/07/iran-wife-and-brotherinlaw-of-human-rights-lawyer-held-hostage-by-authorities.html There have been two significant developments in Sakineh...
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July 30, 2010
From the Editor

Joan Hayden The heat seems endless this year.  I have just come in from watering the plants on my porch, and giving a drink of water to the ducks.  Oddly, our ducks prefer to be on land, rather than cooling themselves in the lake.  I have recently transplanted my bay leaf tree and a...
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July 15, 2010
From the Editor

  The Reading List “For the aim of this book is pleasure.  I have never read a book or thought about a subject except for pleasure.  Sometimes it is an athletic sort of joy, like a game of tennis, or hunting on a cold, wet day, but if I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t...
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Action

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July 8, 2010

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtianior One of my first friends in colleges was a woman from Iran.  She was a few years ahead of me, and lived in my dorm.  I do not know why we became friends, but we did.  She looked exotic, but not because she was Iranian, rather because she had a certain...
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Did You Know?

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July 7, 2010

Do you remember vacuum tubes?  No, not something to help you sweep the floor, but rather the large, bulky, glass tubes which were housed inside of television sets, that were anything but flat!  They were the electronic amplifiers which allowed the world the wonder of radio, television, and the first computers.  The size and...
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Oil

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July 6, 2010
Oil

78 Days Later One of Florida’s perks is that you really can swim year around, as the water is almost always warm; and in general Floridians love the beach.  We live on a peninsula, surrounded by a truly breathtaking vista of sea and sand.  Having lived in California and Hawaii, with their impressive beaches...
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July 6, 2010
From the Editor

October 13, 1958   Our family has few heirlooms, most of which no one else would consider of value.  I have just packed away a photo of my father, standing in front of one of his paintings.  I am sending it to Caroline, my younger sister.  Her name is written on the back of...
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Did You Know?

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July 6, 2010

With the exception of the Bible, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Man of La Mancha has been translated into more languages than any other book!  It is undoubtedly, the finest piece of Spanish fiction ever written, credited as the first modern novel, in any language, and considered by many to be one of the best...
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From the Editor

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June 24, 2010
From the Editor

The General and The President “I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at...
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Did You Know?

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June 23, 2010

There are over 40 calendars used in the world today.  In the Western World, we use the Gregorian calendar.  In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII, issued a papal bull to correct the Julian calendar, which was created by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C., inspired by the Jewish and Egyptian calendars.  Caesar, however, had made a...
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