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Oz Sizzles in the Hottest Summer Ever

February 28, 2013


Following close on the heels of the hottest summer in United States history, we now have the hottest summer in Australian history, 1.1oC (2oF approx.) hotter than the 1961-1990 average.  Daytime maximum temperatures were 1.4oC (2.5oF) hotter than average.  And this record-breaking summer happened courtesy of global warming alone, without a leg up from El […]

Legends of Myself 63

February 25, 2013


63.  Hazelton, 1959-1960:  The Middle Row After the local late nineteen century gold rush was over (which was very quickly) and once again after the railway-induced land rush at the beginning of the 20th century which left the original site of Hazelton off to the side—out of the mainstream—facing a real danger of irrelevance, it […]

The City of Gaudi

February 22, 2013


The city of Gaudi is Barcelona, of course.  The works of architect Antoni Gaudi are among the dominant images of that city, especially his magnificent Sagrada Família, unfinished at his death and still, even today, under construction.  Guidebooks and post cards use the Sagrada Família to represent Barcelona almost as iconically as the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. […]

The Germantown Protest (1688)

February 22, 2013


The first (White) discourse against slavery in the American colonies. In 1688, some settlers from the Rhine Valley, fleeing persecution in their homeland, looked at the institution of slavery as practiced by some of their fellow settlers, and identified that as persecution as well.  We would not wish this done to us, they said, which […]

Legends of Myself 62

February 14, 2013


62. Gitanmaax, 1959-60:  A Playground on the Edge of Town I don’t remember arriving in Gitanmaax in 1959.  It’s surprising how few of those kind of memories have survived, despite the importance of arrivals and departures in the stories people tell.  Perhaps when you spend much of your life arriving and departing, such moments lose […]

The Treaty of Waitangi, 1840

February 10, 2013


Below is the English text of the Treaty of Waitangi, signed by the Māori and British Crown in New Zealand in 1840.  The Treaty also has a Māori version which was agreed to and signed simultaneously with the agreement below.  The Māori version (available here) is just as definitive as the English version, and is also […]