Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Archive for February, 2005

1989 All Over Again

Posted by Mark on February 28, 2005

Again freedom is spreading, this time in the Middle East. That troubled land of Lebanon is throwing off the shackles of a fear society. The pictures in the link are vivid reminders of these words:

We have seen our vulnerability, and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny — prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder, violence will gather and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

Those who laughed at this speech a month ago are now once again realizing how much they misunderestimated this President.

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Mystery: The Voynich Manuscript

Posted by Mark on February 27, 2005

Thanks to Tim O for this one.

Everyone loves a conundrum. Here’s an old and valuable one. A manuscript written in a language no one can understand, no known author, and constellations that make no sense from Earth. Maybe Peter Jennings will do two hours on this one if his ratings keep plummeting….

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Mystery: The Voynich Manuscript

Posted by Mark on February 27, 2005

Thanks to Tim O for this one.

Everyone loves a conundrum. Here’s an old and valuable one. A manuscript written in a language no one can understand, no known author, and constellations that make no sense from Earth. Maybe Peter Jennings will do two hours on this one if his ratings keep plummeting….

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The Eye in the Sky

Posted by Mark on February 27, 2005

Ever wonder what your house looked like from the air or space? How about your neighbor’s house? TerraServer lets you find out. Just plug in an address, or better yet the longitude and latitude you want, and off you go.

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The Eye in the Sky

Posted by Mark on February 26, 2005

Ever wonder what your house looked like from the air or space? How about your neighbor’s house? TerraServer lets you find out. Just plug in an address, or better yet the longitude and latitude you want, and off you go.

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Tsumani: Echoes From the Grave

Posted by Mark on February 25, 2005

Chilling photos from a digital camera found by a missionary. The couple who took the pictures died in the killer wave just after taking the pictures.

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Tsumani: Echoes From the Grave

Posted by Mark on February 24, 2005

Chilling photos from a digital camera found by a missionary. The couple who took the pictures died in the killer wave just after taking the pictures.

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Life on Mars: More Hope From Life Here

Posted by Mark on February 24, 2005

I’m not obsessed with Mars story. Really, I’m not. But the stories coming fast and furious the past few weeks need to be read:

A new type of organism discovered in an Arctic tunnel came to life in the lab after being frozen for 32,000 years.

The deep-freeze bacteria could point to new methods of cryogenics, and they are the sort of biology scientists say might exist on Mars and other planets and moons.

“The existence of microorganisms in these harsh environments suggests — but does not promise — that we might one day discover similar life forms in the glaciers or permafrost of Mars or in the ice crust and oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa,” said Richard Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Even if life is not there now, it still pushes along the hope of human colonization one day. And, perhaps, that day will be sooner than we think.

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Life on Mars: More Hope From Life Here

Posted by Mark on February 24, 2005

I’m not obsessed with Mars story. Really, I’m not. But the stories coming fast and furious the past few weeks need to be read:

A new type of organism discovered in an Arctic tunnel came to life in the lab after being frozen for 32,000 years.

The deep-freeze bacteria could point to new methods of cryogenics, and they are the sort of biology scientists say might exist on Mars and other planets and moons.

“The existence of microorganisms in these harsh environments suggests — but does not promise — that we might one day discover similar life forms in the glaciers or permafrost of Mars or in the ice crust and oceans of Jupiter�s moon Europa,” said Richard Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Even if life is not there now, it still pushes along the hope of human colonization one day. And, perhaps, that day will be sooner than we think.

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Blogging in a Fear Society

Posted by Mark on February 24, 2005

Natan Sharansky divides the world in to free societies and fear societies. This site is designed to protect those bloggers courageously telling the truth in spite of the danger. Put it in your favorites folder, and go there regularly.

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