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Melancholy and The Channel. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Friday, December 5th, 2014

On a Bridge to Anywhere
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On a Bridge to Anywhere. iPhone 6S Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England Monday, July 25th, 2016

Bevelled Bricks with Waterfall
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Bevelled Bricks with Waterfall. iPhone 6S Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England Monday, July 25th, 2016

Please Do Not Leave
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Please Do Not Leave. iPhone 6S Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England Monday, July 25th, 2016

Blenheim Boathouse
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Blenheim Boathouse. iPhone 6S Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England Monday, July 25th, 2016

Pile
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Pile. iPhone 6S Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England Monday, July 25th, 2016

Near Broadway Tower
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Near Broadway Tower. iPhone 6S Worcestershire, England Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Bodiam Castle and Moat
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Bodiam Castle and Moat. iPhone 6S East Sussex, England Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Nice Seaside Desktop
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Nice Seaside Desktop. iPhone 6S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Pre-Gentrification
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Pre-Gentrification. iPhone 6S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Still Alright, London
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Still Alright, London. iPhone 6S Hyde Park, London, England Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Alright, London
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Alright, London. iPhone 6S Hyde Park, London, England Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Pretty Police Station
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Pretty Police Station. iPhone 6S Hyde Park, London, England Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Tower Bridge from Thames Clipper
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Tower Bridge from Thames Clipper. iPhone 6S London, England Monday, May 2nd, 2016

City Hall from a Thames Clipper
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City Hall from a Thames Clipper. iPhone 6S London, England Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Greenwich White House
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Greenwich White House. iPhone 6S London, England Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Straight In
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Straight In. iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Marina Cluster
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Marina Cluster. iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Civic Serenity
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Civic Serenity. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Not Scared at All
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Not Scared at All. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Burgeoning Capital
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Burgeoning Capital. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Thames Angles
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Thames Angles. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Gonna Get Down in that Sunny Southern Weather
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Gonna Get Down in that Sunny Southern Weather. iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, November 30th, 2015

It’s Still Life with Little Garden Pleasures
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It’s Still Life with Little Garden Pleasures. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 5th, 2015

Saved
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Saved. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 5th, 2015

Pleasant Crescent Way
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Pleasant Crescent Way. iPhone 4S East Sussex, England Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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Briefs

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

“The real story of this election is that after several decades, American democracy is finally responding to the rise of inequality and the economic stagnation experienced by most of the population,” writes Francis Fukuyama in Foreign Affairs [requires free registration].

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

“The Kemalist era in Turkish history lasted for almost 100 years, but finally came to an end in the last 18 hours.” A great balance between up-to-the-minute reports and historical background, Walter Russell Mead live-blogs the failed Turkish Coup.

“Belief” has been at all times—for example in Luther—only a cloak, a cover, a curtain behind which the instincts played their game.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

There can only be religion where there is a desert country.

Gertrude Stein, Everybody’s Autobiography

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A recent primer on how society can handle religion.

 

Friday, December 25th, 2015

A professor of medieval history laments the contemporary propensity to be surveilled just as Europeans were by the Church. [Via aldaily.com]

Monday, July 7th, 2014

By looking the other way and unconditionally supporting and arming Maliki, President Obama has only lengthened and expanded the conflict that President Bush unwisely initiated, argues — nay, explains — a US official who saw it all. A must-read.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

But men are better than their theology.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Leon R. Kass on The Ten Commandments is the opening essay at the new http://mosaicmagazine.com.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Sorry, but more David P. Goldman, this time at Tablet with “Dumb and Dumber” (not his title) on recent US Middle East policy. He begins: “Errors by the party in power can get America into trouble; real catastrophes require consensus.” Like liberals, neocons got mugged by reality.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The horror, the horror. Spengler looks at Syria. What we’ve seen so far, he says, are merely the preliminary skirmishes of Sunni-Shi’ite war.

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

“The Bashar al-Assad regime commits atrocities that are designed to be unforgivable,” Spengler postulates, “in order to persuade their base to fight to the end.” His conclusion? “Let the Alawites have their enclave, and let the Sunni Arabs have a rump state, minus the Syrian Kurds, whose autonomy would be an important step towards an eventual Kurdish state.” Me, I’d be willing to wager just three things about the Middle East in 50 years: there will be Israel, there will be Kurdistan, and there will be Arabs. PS — Doesn’t Goldman look like Gary Oldman playing James Baker III?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

James Bond and the Jews in The Forward. While the article itself is unfortunately flimsy — I could have done better myself — there’s some knowledgeable discussion in the comments.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Andrew C. McCarthy in National Review: The challenge is Sharia.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Carlos Fraenkel, professor of philosophy and Jewish studies at McGill University, holds a seminar with lapsed Lubavitchers the office above Soho’s Star Bar, owned by one of the students. [Via aldaily.com]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012

To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.

Larry Hansen

Monday, July 30th, 2012

“Israel is as American as apple pie”. Walter Russell Mead explains why Mitt Romney’s Israel visit is his most important as a US presidential candidate. It’s not the Jewish vote, which is tiny and pro-Democratic.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

From the comments section: “I feel sad that a supposedly respectable publication would allow a disturbed person to humiliate themselves by publishing a rant as perverse as this.” ‘Breaking Bad Karma: How the cancer victim at the center of the AMC series justifies my skepticism of Holocaust survivors’ by Anna Breslaw. [via Commentary]

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Exhaustive and wonderful list of what Alli Magidsohn expects to miss upon leaving Israel after 7 years, published by the impressive David Horowitz’s new The Times of Israel. (Not so sure about “the ferocity of celebration here” though, at least among the non-religious.)

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Josef Joffe, editor of Hamburg’s Die Zeit, analyses Günter Grass’s What Must Be Said.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Jeffrey Goldberg, who seems to be seeing a lot of the President lately, relates what happened when he presented Barack Obama with a copy of the New American Haggadah.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Turns out that in the USA, according to recent research by American Sociological Association, “the ‘bitter clingers’ are increasingly better educated and more affluent than the unchurched” (via Via Meadia).

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Nice review of Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, Living in the Material World. “Scorsese is making a film about something that matters, but never quite succeeds in conveying that.” Here’s Variety’s smarter review.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Revenge of the Sunnis: What the Arab Spring is really about. By Edward Luttwak. In Foreign Policy.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Some of what you might have wanted to know about scientology by Rachel Aviv.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Lordy, I’m such a pagan.

Chokae Kalekoa

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Walter Russell Mead waxes deep on Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. “…The people and the story of Israel stir some of the deepest and most mysterious reaches of the American soul.”

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

John Podhoretz judges the judge in “The Choice of Richard Goldstone”.

Monday, April 25th, 2011

An interview with the towering Kobi Oz sitting somewhere at Rothschild.

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

A donut without a hole is a danish. “Secret of the Sabbath“ by Yosef Yitzhak Lifshitz in Azure.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Video of Christopher Hitchens with the imposing Jeffrey Goldberg.

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Racism is about appearance and the material; anti-Semitism is abstract and about the conspiracy.

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

In a modern, liberal society, religious observance does not “take away” choice. It is a choice.

Virginia Postrel

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

Lee Smith

A rich mixture of travelogue, history and policy pamphlet that is ultimately more of the former than the latter, it casts itself as a critique of Bush’s invasion of Iraq, but isn’t really. Rather, it’s a diving in. A lively and exciting diving in. I did want it to be longer than it is.

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Beginning of Wisdom

Leon R. Kass

The book of the Book. I am biased but there is just so much here, and the good doctor is such graciously juicy writerly company. I especially like the Babel treatment.

♦♦♦♦

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Excellent piece of history by Daniel Kurtzer, former US ambassador to Israel, on settlements. Excellent because specific details affect the reader’s general beliefs.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Satan’s open letter to Pat Robertson in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as transcribed by Lily Coyle.

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The noughties, a sinister death cult.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The Cameron Way: What American conservatives should learn from the British Tory leader, by Joseph Loconte in National Review.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Invert, always invert.

Charlie Munger

Monday, September 28th, 2009

All orthodoxies believe that if you do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, you will probably end up in possession of the right frame of mind.

Irving Kristol

 
 

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