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where was Leonard killed inside Karbala?

Tonight I tried to pinpoint specifically where Leonard was killed within Karbala.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to locate the Mukhayam (sometimes “al-Mukhayam”, or “al-Mukhayyam”) Mosque on the map, other than its proximity to the Imam Husayn and Imam Abbas shrines.  I have drawn a rough region narrowing the location as far as I had evidence to do so.  If anyone has more detailed information, please help me correct this map (research available on map upon clicking the region).

Federalist #1 – be courageous, seek substance

From the Federalist #1, published on October 27, 1787:

So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society. This circumstance, if duly attended to, would furnish a lesson of moderation to those who are ever so much persuaded of their being in the right in any controversy.

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scientists confident – we touched ice on Mars

If true, this is big, big, big, and exactly what we hoped for.  It would confirm we wouldn’t need to carry all our own water to Mars when we finally start moving humans there.  Living off of some in situ resources is an important first step towards total off-Earth self-reliance.

This would be an obvious aid in actually learning how to solve environmental problems back on Earth, when solving environmental problems eventually becomes a true objective.  Today, the Big E-N-V is nothing more than political football played by pseudo-scientists and pseudo-economists (check that – in most cases, by non-scientists and anti-capitalists with thinly disguised agendas).

profanity concern is (apparently) *so* 2004

My oldest son and I rooted hard for the Celtics during the NBA Finals.  I’ve never been a big Lakers fan, and I really enjoy watching high quality basketball because of its similarity to lacrosse.  I often use NBA games to reinforce flow concepts that I try to teach my sons on the lacrosse field.
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rhetoric engine

From “The Miner’s Friend; Or, An Engine To Raise Water By Fire, Described.  And Of The Manner Of Fixing It In Mines; With An Account Of The Several Other Uses It Is Applicable Unto; And An Answer To The Objections Made Against It.“, by Thomas Savery, Gent.  The following excerpt is a plea to King William III of England, in 1702:

It is upon this consideration I am encouraged, with a profound respect, to throw this performance of mine, with the author, at your Majesty’s royal feet, most humbly beseeching your Majesty, that, as it had birth in your Majesty’s auspicious reign, you will vouchsafe to perpetuate it to future ages by the sanction of your royal approbation, which is the utmost ambition of, may it please your Majesty, Your Majesty’s most humble, most loyal, and most obedient Subject, Thomas Savery.

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a good belly laugh

Last Tuesday, my son and I watched Hillary repeat the story of the boy who sold his video games and bike, and sent the money to Hillary’s campaign.  I completed Hillary’s sentence for her on that occasion, “…and I TOOK it.”  We both rolled with laughter.

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