Shorter Niall Ferguson: If we don’t attack Iran, There’ll be Nuclear War

The Washington Monthly
Via the irreplacable Kevin Drum at the Washington Monthly, an op-ed by Historian (and sometime alternate historian) Niall Ferguson. He writes a looking backward history, of how the Bush administration’s failure to use military force to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear weapon leads to a nuclear exchange between Iran and Israel, and the subsequent Decline of the West.

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Game Ire #24: Pilgrimage


Back by popular demand is the game meme IRE–Inspired by Recent Events. I take an event which has happened recently, and we, that is to say, myself and anyone who wants to play, spins a RPG scenario based on it.
The previous IREs are available to be read here.
This time out, I am going to eschew all the bad news that has hit the world lately, and go for something positive–Eid Al Adha, the beginning of the Muslim Hajj.
The Muslim Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every faithful Muslim is asked to make at least one in his or her life. The pilgrimages traditionally begin at this time every year.
So, what shall I do with this in an RPG sense?

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Not just one North Star, but Three

HubbleSite – There’s More to the North Star Than Meets the Eye – 1/9/2006
By using the full capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomers have verified that Polaris, the North Pole Star, is not just a single star, but actually a trinary star system! Its been known for a while that Polaris had a relatively distant companion, but the Hubble verified that Polaris A actually has a close companion–a mere 2 billion miles away. The companion is a mediocre main sequence star, one reason why its been lost in the glare and power of the Polaris A supergiant.

2005 Wildcard Round: Carolina 23 NYG 0

GameCenter: Recap – SuperBowl.com – Official website of Super Bowl XL
And so my Giants end their season not on a bang, but a whimper, one of the most inept playoff performances in their storied history.
The Panthers rightly believed that shutting down Barber was the key to unraveling the Giants, and it worked. It worked like a charm.
Well, I would have been happy at the beginning of the season with a 9-7 record, so an 11-5, division title season is nothing to sneeze at. I just hope Manning straightens up and flies right next year.
I really hope we don’t need a new quarterback. We paid too much for him as it is.

2005 Books Read List

I wanted to read 52 books this year. Including two audio books listened to on the trip to and from Yellowstone, I managed 61 books this year. My only regret is that driving in to work the last couple of weeks stalled my reading. I had to find other time than my commute to finish my last book.
With History of God done, my next book, and the first for next year, will be by the same author that I started 2005 with–Terry Pratchett.

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