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Scholars Say Bones Belonged to Richard III – NYTimes.com

Jeepers creepers,  the underbelly of a parking lot befitting a king!?

“Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him in battle buried the man in haste, naked and anonymous, without a …”

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Islam and science: The road to renewal | The Economist

A Spiritual Paradigm Shift for Islam?

The secular world moves forward on its empiricist ethos….  but what about the spiritual world?  What about other cultures whose historical conditions have not benefitted in tandem with the protestant reformation, the protestant ethic and western education?  The London Economist raises the topic of the “Islamic Scientific Spring” we might say….

“THE sleep has been long and deep. In 2005 Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have produced only two Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics. Both moved to the West: the only living one, the chemist Ahmed Hassan Zewail, is at the California Institute of Technology. By contrast Jews, outnumbered 100 to one by Muslims, have won 79. The 57 countries in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference spend a …”

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Video – Hugh Hefner’s Son Cooper Hefner Discusses Taking On His Father’s Public Role – WSJ.com

Hefty inheritance is being passed on, as little Heff (Cooper Hefner) prepares to receive the Playboy empire from his pajama wearing baby boomer daddy.

Whose your daddy?  Whose your daddy?

“Cooper Hefner, the 21-year-old son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, talks to WSJ’s Lee Hawkins in an exclusive interview about Hugh Hefner’s paving the way for Cooper to replace him after …”

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For the Aging Rocker in you: The legacies of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin : The New Yorker

Interesting conversation between the boys in the Led Zeppelin on their stairway to heaven and the Stones on their cloud!  The same cloud today’s aging baby boomers won’t get off of and bad boy Jagger peers out from as he may feel less and less “cool” as marihuana becomes legal and eventually boring in more and more states.  The Stones have not changed and Rock and Roll is relevant and cool to less and less Americans.  Yes, those of us over 50 have now definitely become “them”.

The world has changed beyond recognition since British Rock absconded with the mojo resting in the soul of American Blues.  Read this little ditty from the New Yorker and smother your aging enthusiasm in the blossom of bad boy nostalgia …

“Two of the landmark sixties British blues bands, likely the two that mattered most, are rounding out their stories. Led Zeppelin reunited briefly in December of 2007 for a show at London’s 02 Arena that’s …”

via The legacies of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin : The New Yorker.

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Binders Full Of Women

Fat bastard on equal employment issues…

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How Capitalism Can Save Art – WSJ.com

Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.

Warhol grew up in industrial Pittsburgh. Today’s college-bound rarely have direct contact with the manual trades.

Yet work of bold originality and stunning beauty continues to be done in …

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Frank Lloyd Wright House in Phoenix Faces Bulldozers – NYTimes.com

It’s hard to say which is more startling. That a developer in Phoenix could threaten — by Thursday, no less — to knock down a 1952 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Or that the house has until now slipped under the …

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Neil Young Comes Clean – NYTimes.com

Driving down the hill above his ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco, Neil Young took a deep whiff of the redwood forest momentarily serving as the canopy for his 1951 …

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The Louvre’s New Islamic Galleries Bring Riches to Light – NYTimes.com

When I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid opened at the Louvre more than 20 years ago, many argued that this 70-foot-tall structure had destroyed the classical beauty of one of the world’s great museums. But today, as crowds wait on long lines outside the pyramid, which serves as the Louvre’s main entrance, what once seemed audacious has become as accepted a part of the city’s visual landscape as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe.

Now the museum is again risking the public’s wrath as it introduces the most radical architectural intervention since the pyramid in …

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