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What’s going on with Djoser’s Pyramid?

What’s going on with Djoser’s Pyramid?

DWD:

Some wild and contradictory stories have been coming out of Egypt with respect to the status of the Pyramid of Djoser, which I wrote about at my rarely updated historical preservation blog. Since people seemed to like my recent post on Stonehenge, I thought I’d put this here as well since it’s along those same lines.

Originally posted on World Heritage Alert:

There were terrible reportsa…

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Saturday Night Tunes: The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1

Saturday Night Tunes: The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1

J. J. Johnson (or Jay Jay, if you like) may not be as widely known as Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but he’s quietly one of the most influential musicians in the development of bebop and post-bebop jazz, because he as much as anybody can be credited with bringing the trombone back. Anybody who’s heard Dixieland music, one of jazz’s immediate ancestors, knows that it makes heavy use of the…

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President Kenya HUSSEIN Nobama is sending soldiers to shoot Ebola with bullets, so why not ISIS too?

President Kenya HUSSEIN Nobama is sending soldiers to shoot Ebola with bullets, so why not ISIS too?

Fox and the far right continue to beat the long-dead corpse of parody:

Former congressman and Tea Party icon Allen West:

The world need to step up against Islamo-fascism but I suppose fighting Ebola is easier for a faux Commander-in-Chief than to fight a real enemy of America.  Nice optics there Barack, good try to change the subject, and make yourself seem like a leader fighting a really bad flu…

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So I’m going on TV today

So I’m going on TV today

I’ll be appearing at 2 today on Alhurra’s “All Directions,” their weekly panel discussion on US foreign policy (three guesses what we’ll be talking about). This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, and they asked me to be on television despite presumably knowing what I look like. Anyway, I’m excited and a little panicked and also grateful to the folks at Alhurra for the chance.…

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What a way to make a livin’

What a way to make a livin’

I realize that Congress was originally constituted as a part-time body (members were only paid a per diem until 1815, when they started to earn a whopping $1500 per year), but, you know, we pay them like full time workers nowadays:

Oh, do we ever (source)

So why don’t they try working something approaching full time for a change?

And so, over the 14 weeks spanning the beginning of August and the…

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Maybe ISIS has trapped us, but are they also trapping themselves?

Maybe ISIS has trapped us, but are they also trapping themselves?

Dan Froomkin at The Intercept is asking whether America is just playing into ISIS’s hands by going to war with them:

There are many reasons the U.S. shouldn’t go to war with the Islamic State — and the best one may be because that is exactly what they want us to do.

A growing number of people I consider experts in the field believe that the recent beheadings of two American journalists and a…

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Seriously, what the heck is wrong with The New Republic?

Seriously, what the heck is wrong with The New Republic?

This supposedly liberal magazine is so hell bent on salvaging World War III out of what they perceive to be Barack Obama’s insufficient zeal to do war on the Cossack that not a day goes by anymore without some borderline unhinged screed pouring forth from its internet tubes. Today’s screed is courtesy of Adrian Karatnycky:

Obama Can’t Admit That Romney Was Right: Russia Is Our ‘Top Geopolitical…

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Oh, Joe Biden, what the hell?

Oh, Joe Biden, what the hell?

I know our VP has a tendency to run at the mouth, but this is too much:

Vice President Joe Biden was called out by the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday after he employed a term historically used as a slur to describe Jews as greedy moneylenders.

Addressing the Legal Services Corporation at its 40th anniversary conference, Biden told his audience that his son Beau had informed him of the…

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Supergenius Vladimir Putin gets everything he wanted in Ukraine, except the things he wanted

Supergenius Vladimir Putin gets everything he wanted in Ukraine, except the things he wanted

We’re back on the “Vladimir Putin is an all-knowing, all-powerful demon-king” beat, I guess. That’s the best takeaway from this piece at The New Republic yesterday:

Putin Just Got Exactly What He Wanted in Eastern Ukraine

Let’s…maybe take a step back here. If you were Vladimir Putin, when the big ball dropped in Times Square (big potato at the Kremlin? Whatever, work with me here) to ring in…

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Mission creep, an illusion in three parts

Mission creep, an illusion in three parts

Prologue: The Problem

President Obama and European leaders called Thursday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, after months of his violent crackdown on protesters. The rhetorical escalation was backed by new U.S. sanctions designed to undermine Assad’s ability to finance his military operation.

“The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is…

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