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  • Photos: New Year 2011 at the Vank Christian Church in Isfahan - Iran

    01/02/2011 5:59:20 PM PST · by sionnsar · 37 replies
    Payvand ^ | 1/02/2011
    The Vank Cathedral was one of the first churches to be established in Isfahan by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-05.Church construction is believed to have begun in 1606, and completed with major alterations to design between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David..Vank means cathedral in the Armenian language.. The cathedral consists of a domed sanctuary, much like a Persian mosque, but with the significant addition of a semi-octagonal apse and raised chancel usually seen in western churches. The cathedrals exteriors are in relatively modern brickwork and are exceptionally plain...
  • Who Is Janet Trisk?

    08/16/2010 5:19:21 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies
    e-mail ^ | 8/16/2010 | Sarah Hey
    Dear members of the long-inactive Traditional Anglican Ping List: It's been years since we (well, I) decided to let go of TEC and its antics and to tell the truth I've been much the better for ignoring it, but this e-mail today from Stand Firm in Faith's own Sarah Hey rocked me back a bit. Note that this "movement" she describes is not limited to TEC and CofE but reaches rather a bit further, apparently including Rome and others. See if Rudyard Kipling did not capture it accurately. And beware.
  • The "FReepers stranded in Europe" thread

    04/17/2010 11:36:51 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 133 replies · 2,271+ views
    vanity | 4/18/2010 | sionnsar
    Fellow FReepers stranded in Europe, this thread is for you. Who are you, where are you, what do you see and hear? Maybe we can get together...
  • Breaking: A Letter from Archbishop Orombi to Archbishop Rowan and all Primates and Moderators

    04/10/2010 1:50:35 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | 4/09/2010 | Matt Kennedy
    Main Entry: pri'mate Etymology: Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus Date: 13th century 1 often capitalized : a bishop who has precedence in a province, group of provinces, or a nation2 archaic : one first in authority or rank : LEADER 3 [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] : any of an order (Primates) of mammals comprising humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers) -pri'mate-ship \-*ship\ noun --pri-ma'tial \pr*-*m*-sh*l\ adjective "... How can we expect the gross violators of Biblical Truth to...
  • A Question of Liberty and Limited Government: Senate Passes Enhanced 911 Tax

    04/01/2010 11:13:09 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 8 replies · 357+ views
    LibertyLive ^ | 4/01/2010 | Brett Davis
    Earlier today the Washington State Senate passed SB 6846, which would, among other things, add a statewide tax up to 25 cents per month per cell phone to boost current 911 emergency communications services. According to the Office of Financial Management, the enhanced 911 tax would bring in nearly $79 million over 10 years. See the chart below. Year Enhanced 911 Tax 2010 2011 2,419,000 2012 6,562,000 2013 7,365,000 2014 8,192,000 2015 9,043,000 2016 9,920,000 2017 10,824,000 2018 11,754,000 2019 12,712,000 Total: $ 78,791,000 SB 6846 passed 29 to 12. Click here to view the roll...
  • Happy Norooz!

    03/20/2010 12:32:43 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 70 replies · 1,480+ views
    FarsiNet ^ | 3/20/2010
    Nowruz 2569 (1389) will begin on: با شادباش نوروز - تحويل سال نوتحويل سال نو ۲۵۶۹ - ساعت ۹ و ۲ دقيقه و ۰۰ ثانيه بعد از ظهر شنبه اول فروردين ۱۳۸۹ در ايران Tehran: Saturday:      09:02:00 PM      March 20, 2010 New York: Saturday 01:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Chicago: Saturday 12:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Denver: Saturday 11:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 Los Angeles:      Saturday 10:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 London: Saturday 05:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Paris: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Rome: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Berlin: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Athens:...
  • Why you are glad you are not in France [Obama-worship continues]

    02/14/2010 7:12:47 AM PST · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 572+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/13/2010 | Don Surber
    Cutline: A float called Yes we can be ecologist depicting U.S. President Barack Obama, parades during the 126th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Nice, southern France. The carnivals theme this year is King of the Blue Planet.Makes him look like a Disney superhero. And there is this What The Hell shot:And this: ...
  • Iran's political winds are shifting ["signs are emerging that the government could collapse"]

    01/17/2010 5:36:26 PM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 599+ views
    LA TImes via "Payvand News of Iran" ^ | 1/17/2010 | Iason Athanasiadis
    In late December, I received a New Year's e-mail from a former Iranian diplomat. The contact surprised me. I had known the man when I lived in Tehran from 2004 to '07, but I hadn't heard from him in more than two years. ... ... "The current regime has broken the social bonds that tie it to the public and thus is eventually due to fall," Bill Beeman, a Persian-speaking professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota and former president of the Middle East section of the American Anthropological Assn., told me recently. "Iran is a hierarchical society. Folks...
  • Things Are Going to Be Bitter in Olympia [WA] This Year

    01/11/2010 2:30:34 PM PST · by sionnsar · 10 replies · 593+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | 1/08/2010 | Laura Onstot
    Every year CityClub, a local non-profit that hosts political debates and forums, holds a luncheon to preview the legislative session with the the leadership from down in Olympia. Two years ago, Senate Majority Lisa Brown (D-Spokane), Minority Leader Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla), Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) and the now-floppy-haired House Minority Leader Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), joked around about the 520 bridge, Seattle hatred, and the Sonics leaving for Oklahoma. This year's preview forum, however, was far less cordial. There's one agenda item dominating the short session which starts Monday--resolving the $2.6 billion budget deficit. And on how...
  • Anglo-Catholic Fight Song

    01/11/2010 2:19:07 PM PST · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 563+ views
    ... For now, the words to the "Anglo-Catholic Fight Song" (sung to the tune of "The Church's One Foundation"): Our church is mighty spikey with smells and bells and chants And Palestrina masses that vex the Protestants. O happy ones and holy who fall upon their knees For solemn Benediction And mid-week Rosaries. Though with a scornful wonder men see our clergy, dressed In rich brocaded vestments as slowly they process; Yet saints their watch are keeping lest souls be set alight Not by the Holy Ghost, but by incense taking flight. Now we on earth have union with Lambeth,...
  • Are planned airport scanners just a scam?

    01/02/2010 6:20:06 PM PST · by sionnsar · 30 replies · 979+ views
    The Independent | 1/03/2010 | Jane Merrick
    [Material cannot be posted; Mods, please delete if links are also impermissible. "Yes," says an 'expert.']
  • Two Cheers for Airport Security: It's not as bad as you think

    12/30/2009 1:34:43 PM PST · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 768+ views
    WSJ Opinion Online ^ | 12/29/2009 | Holman Jenkins
    Considering the ease with which a suicide bomber could stroll into a Starbucks in any American city and kill a dozen people, you have to wonder at al Qaeda's obsession with targeting commercial airliners. If 19 terrorists (the number who carried out the 9/11 attacks) each blew himself up at one- or two-week intervals in a shopping mall or a movie theater, America likely would become a seething nation of paranoid shut-ins. That it hasn't happened tells you something: Al Qaeda doesn't have a ready supply of competent suicide bombers, domestic or imported, to carry off serious attacks. That it...
  • Physicist Howard Hayden's one-letter disproof of global warming claims [pre-Climategate]

    11/27/2009 2:01:23 PM PST · by sionnsar · 56 replies · 2,953+ views
    Mises Economic Blog ^ | 10/29/2009 | Stephan Kinsella
    Physicist Howard Hayden, a staunch advocate of sound energy policy, sent me a copy of his letter to the EPA about global warming. The text is also appended below, with permission. As noted in my post Access to Energy, Hayden helped the late, great Petr Beckmann found the dissident physics journal Galilean Electrodynamics (brochures and further Beckmann info here; further dissident physics links). Hayden later began to publish his own pro-energy newsletter, The Energy Advocate, following in the footsteps of Beckmann's own journal Access to EnergyI love Hayden's email sign-off, "People will do anything to save the world ... except...
  • Treemometers: A new scientific scandal [couple months back]

    11/24/2009 5:13:43 PM PST · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 641+ views
    The Register ^ | 9/29/2009 | Andrew Orlowski
    A scientific scandal is casting a shadow over a number of recent peer-reviewed climate papers. At least eight papers purporting to reconstruct the historical temperature record times may need to be revisited, with significant implications for contemporary climate studies, the basis of the IPCC's assessments. A number of these involve senior climatologists at the British climate research centre CRU at the University East Anglia. In every case, peer review failed to pick up the errors. At issue is the use of tree rings as a temperature proxy, or dendrochronology. Using statistical techniques, researchers take the ring data to create a...
  • Leaked Email Reveals Dem Astro-Turf Operation [WA]

    08/24/2009 5:43:10 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 25 replies · 1,222+ views
    NW Digest ^ | 8/24/2009 | Andrew
    A leaked email originating from Congressman Jay Inslees office may reveal a widespread astroturfing effort on behalf of Washington Democrats and liberal interest groups to pack town halls with grassroots supporters of government-run health care. In stark contrast to a spontaneous grassroots groundswell against President Obama and Congressional Democratss government-run health plan, it appears both overt and covert efforts are underway to orchestrate support for the Presidents agenda from the highest-levels of the political Left.In the email which follows below the jump, Inslees official Congressional scheduler forwarded to State Democratic Chairman Dwight Pelz a list of upcoming town halls the...
  • Spotted owls block Skamania wind farm expansion [WA]

    08/24/2009 4:19:09 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 795+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 8/24/2009
    VANCOUVER, Wash. Plans for a wind farm on some state land in Skamania County are on hold because it's spotted owl habitat. The Department of Natural Resources is no longer considering leasing 2,560 acres to the SDS Lumber Co. for possible future expansion of the proposed Whistling Ridge Energy Project. ...
  • Revolutionary Types: Iran's is a peaceful uprising

    07/25/2009 9:13:36 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 494+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7/20/2009 | John O'Sullivan
    Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler would undoubtedly have regarded the Iranian demonstrations as not really serious. There was no attempt to seize power, neither tanks in the streets nor the storming of a presidential palace. The demonstrators confined themselves to civil disobedience. Only the authorities used violence and only demonstrators were killed. Indeed, the poster girl for the Iranian democratic resisters is a young woman bleeding from a fatal wound inflicted by a government sniper. Yet a revolution was assuredly being attempted indeed, a more genuine revolution than would have been, say, the arrest of Iran's "supreme leader," the Ayatollah...
  • Tales of Persias Wondrous Past [The Shahnameh mourns the loss of Irans pre-Islamic...]

    07/25/2009 7:51:02 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 1,349+ views
    Wall Street Journal: Leisure & Arts ^ | 7/25/2009 | EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH
    Before the Islamic Revolution dimmed the Iranian literary imagination in 1979, and before an expanding Islam swept Iran into its Arab empire in the seventh century, there existed the rich and colorful Iran recounted in Ferdowsis Shahnameh, or the Book of Kings. Nearly four centuries after the Arab conquest, the Shahnameh tells the story of pre-Islamic Iranwhen Persian civilization was at its zenith. The epic proceeds through the reign of many monarchs, chronicling the at times legendary, at times mythological, and at times quasihistorical stories of each reign. Then, with the Arab conquest, the chronicle comes to an end. This...
  • The Laptop, Circa 1968

    07/04/2009 5:35:25 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 65 replies · 2,260+ views
    Technologizer ^ | 7/04/2009 | Harry McCracken
    In 2009, portability is the default state of affairs with computers, since laptops outsell desktop PCs. But in the 1960s, the typical computer was a room-filling mainframe; minicomputers, which were merely the size of a refrigerator, were the small computers of the day.Which didnt mean that folks werent craving the concept of mobile computing even back then. I was just rummaging through Googles invaluable archive of several decades of Computerworld, and came across a short item from March 1968 on carrying cases for the typewriter-like Teletype terminals that were then used to interface with mainframes and minis. Anderson Jacobson sold...
  • Reichert Issues Reasoning for Economy Killer Cap and Tax Vote

    06/29/2009 12:39:17 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 913+ views
    NW Bloggers ^ | 6/27/2009 | Aurelius
    From the Seattle Times: Washington, DC - Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) released the following statement today after the U.S. House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act: Energy independence and our national security are critical issues for America. These issues transcend politics. The future of this country is on the line and we can spare no effort when it comes to leading on these issues at a global level. This bill is not perfect, but it is a vital step toward energy independence. America cannot maintain global leadership without innovation and new ideas, and we cannot lead if we...