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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Codex Sinaiticus
Saint Catherine is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. It's a fortress at the foot of Mount Sinai and it was founded by the empress Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine. She had a small chapel built next to what was believed to be the burning bush from which God spoke to Moses.

Saint Catherine's holds one of the largest and most important collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world - second only to the Vatican - and consisting of some 4,500 volumes in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Slavic, Syriac, Georgian and other languages. Among its treasures of ancient manuscripts and icons, are pages from the Codex Sinaiticus - the oldest surviving bible in the world.

Today only twenty-two Greek Orthodox monks live in the monastery and they've embarked on a very important project: Monks use hi-tech on ancient texts
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Raphael's secret love
This story is so sweet. Raphael was in love with (and clandestinely married to) a baker's daughter, and he painted her and hid hints that they were married in the painting. Now they've figured out that the story must be true because of a pearl hidden in the painting (the "Fornarina"). The Latin word for pearl is "Margherita", which is her name. You can see the painting and the story after the jump...

(thimbleful of cognac to Peter Schramm at No Left Turns, who adds that the Fornarina is currently traveling and you might be able to see it)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Meet the new police, same as the old police
Zakariya Zubeidi is an Al-Aksa Brigades member and is on Israel’s most-wanted list for coordinating attacks on Israelis. He just took a position with the Palestinian Authority police force and announced that he has no intention of arresting "activists" and that terrorism will go on as usual. He will be joined by another 494 fellow armed terrorists who will be comprising the new PA security force. Terror Chief Zubeidi Joining PA Police in Jenin
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Khodah Hafez, Allah Hafez
Islam à la Saudi is spreading in previously tolerant Bangladesh. Madrassas dedicated to radicalism and military training are preparing a new generation of jihadis and many believe that when this trend peaks, up to 20 million young men will have been brainwashed into fundamentalist Islam. Bangladesh under the shadow of Islamic fundamentalism?
Religious freedom is currently facing great danger in Bangladesh. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Bangladeshi government is giving in to pressures from Islamic fundamentalist groups and aligning itself with those perpetrating acts of discrimination and violence against minority communities. AsiaNews sources confirm that the situation is worrisome and that an entire new generation of young people is being weaned on fundamentalism without outside scrutiny.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Russia is a police state
This chilling account of Putin's rise to power in Russia has to be read to be believed.

“Instruction number one for obtaining full power has been completed," Putin announced to the generals.


This is the same man of whom George Bush said, "I looked into his eyes and I saw his soul". No you didn't, Dubya. If you did, you would have recoiled in horror. The Cheka is in charge of Russia.

This explains a lot of things. Russia's erratic behavior has been excused away as growing pains in a country where law and order and the authority of the state needed to be brought back. Those pretexts ring quite hollow now. Russia's growing militarism, authoritarianism, stifling of dissent, meddling in neighbors like Georgia, assistance to Iran's nuclear project, hostility to the democratic movements in its periphery, nationalisation of Yukos, silencing of the critical media and cosying up to China need to be faced. The country is well on the way to becoming America's adversary once again, and Putin is no friend of ours.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Avian flu: China blows it, again and again
That China hasn't learned a thing from the SARS epidemic is obvious if you've read my story about how they're covering up a human toll of avian flu victims. Even worse, it's now come to light that China basically bred a super-bug by dosing chickens with a human antiviral drug that was the most practical treatment for the virus—until China's agriculture ministry told its farmers to use it on sick chickens. So of course, the avian flu that is spreading now to people has a high resistance to amantadine.

Thanks a lot, you glitzy third-world communists. How many more people have to die while China continues to be obsessed with looking good?

A thimbleful of cognac to Cynic for this link.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
“Pleasure Marriages" on the rise in Iraq
Muta'a is an arrangement where a man marries a woman under a contract for a defined length of time, generally paying her money for her sexual intimacy. Of course, it's just prostitution with a thin veneer of religious justification, but is it really such a bad thing? It's more common among Shi'ites than Sunnis-Ayatollah Sistani has the rules posted on his website-but even Sunnis are taking it up. Abortion is religiously allowed for a woman in a muta'a contract.

In some of these cases, the muta'a clearly benefits the man far more than the woman and is a form of exploitation. But in this case, for instance, I don't see how it hurts anyone:
In the past, some muta'a contracts have been struck when permanent, legal marriages were not possible.

Ayad Muhammed Ali fell in love eight years ago with a woman who walked into his Baghdad tailor shop. She was a widow with two young sons whose husband, a member of an underground group outlawed by Saddam, had been executed by Saddam's men. The woman also was richer than Ali, so her family would never have consented to a legal marriage.

The lovers agreed to a yearlong muta'a in 1993 and have renewed their contract every year since, he says. In the decade after their muta'a, the couple never dared meet in the open. In April 2003, the month U.S. forces swept into the capital, they began meeting in public places for the first time, he says.

"I was always so afraid someone would find out and I'd go to prison," says Ali, 29. "Now, I'm not afraid. My only fear is her family."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
What's so special about New Jersey?
Hate groups in N.J. are rising sharply
Hate groups, particularly Nazi-oriented skinheads, are mushrooming across New Jersey at the same time that anti-Semitic incidents in the state have shot to an all-time high.

Law enforcement officials and organizations that monitor such groups say New Jersey's increase is extraordinary.

Active hate groups in New Jersey totaled 31 last year, up from five in 1999, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups around the nation.
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sine in The People's Diner:
Pork Tenderloin Recipes

Is your loin tender?
Is your tenderloin moist?



I love roast pork loin, studded with garlic and basted by its lovely top layer of fat. But when I tried roasting pork tenderloin, it came out dry. Then Cook's Illustrated showed me the way to roasting a gloriously moist tenderloin.

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