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Richard Dearlove, head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, from 1999 to 2004, points out that “some of what we worried about after 9/11 and were sure would happen — a dirty bomb, some sort of biological attack — didn’t happen.” That kind of strategic threat never materialized, in part because of good intelligence and the disruption of Qaeda networks.
You can read them as a divine symbol or as abstract architecture or simply as an annual public art project. The pinstripes created by 88 lamps may remind you of the striations in the twin towers’ facades, or the rivulets in the memorial waterfalls, which may in turn suggest the passage of souls through space. Or not.
The point is: No one is telling you what to think. You are merely invited to do so. For free.
The Kids In The Yard (jdargis)
Federal law protects older homeless children by ensuring (formally, at least) that they are in or have access to school, but there is “not as strong a safeguard” for those younger than six, says Sheila Smith, the director of early childhood at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “They should be considered an exceptionally vulnerable group,” she adds.
The United States once offered refuge to tens of thousands at a time. In 1979, it provided sanctuary to 111,000 Vietnamese refugees and in 1980 almost doubled that number to 207,000. Around the same time, the United States took in more than 120,000 Cuban refugees during the Mariel boatlift, including more than 80,000 in one month alone.
Futurism Has Cultural Blindspot (jdargis)
But when it comes to culture we tend to believe not that the future will be very different than the present day, but that it will be roughly the same. Try to imagine yourself at some future date. Where do you imagine you will be living? What will you be wearing? What music will you love?
Why I Put My Wife’s Career First (jdargis)
After taking leave following the birth of each of our two sons, I returned to work assuming my career trajectory would not really change. I planned to make extra time for the kids by being more efficient at the office. If Anne-Marie and I functioned as equal co-parents, in the short term helping each other to cope with work deadlines and travel, and in the longer term trading off periods of being the primary parent, everything would surely turn out fine. Our children would thrive, and we would still be able to grab professional brass rings as they passed by. We had bought into the prevailing wisdom among other dual-career families we knew: 50–50 parenting was not just desirable, but doable.
Tri Alpha’s breakthrough is exciting for exactly that reason. The biggest innovations, the ones that change the world, are not easy – they are very hard and usually take years or even decades of research. It’s not clear if the new Tri Alpha machine will be the approach that finally works, but the fact that the company is trying new approaches and getting successful trial results matters. In fact, even Tri Alpha’s competitors seem to be taking notice.
The collectors uncovered a bounty of the wild Oryza plants, which in time should help plant breeders adapt the world’s most important food crop to the challenges of climate change. Observing them, Hamilton discovered for herself a new relationship to the wild, and what it might mean for our domesticated lives. Read the full story at California Sunday magazine or on FERN’s web site, where you can also find our Q&A with Hamilton. The following photographs are an exclusive look inside the journey.
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