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Secular humanist, freethinker, progressive, and bibliophile. I enjoy love, knowledge, and life itself.
Chart: A ranking of European countries by how much couples argue over household chores

Interesting research. I wonder what, if anything, does this say about sociocultural attitudes towards gender roles, relationships, romantic expectations, or other factors that may contribute to conflict between partners.

Chart: A ranking of European countries by how much couples argue over household chores

Interesting research. I wonder what, if anything, does this say about sociocultural attitudes towards gender roles, relationships, romantic expectations, or other factors that may contribute to conflict between partners.

Gym workouts and sunbathing do more for your brain than crosswords and Mozart

This could certainly explain why my mind feels sharper on days or weeks when I workout more regularly.

Gym workouts and sunbathing do more for your brain than crosswords and Mozart

This could certainly explain why my mind feels sharper on days or weeks when I workout more regularly.

Eighty-Five People Have More Wealth Than Half The World

It is undeniable that wealth and income inequality is growing in the U.S. and across the world. But scale and extent of it is far more than previously imagined. Although about six months by the time of this post, the report by  Oxfam International – titled “Working for the Few” — is no less stark and relevant in its identification of a “growing tide of inequality” (to use the report’s own…

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Prisoners and the Art of Winemaking

There are many things wrong with the U.S. justice system, but perhaps the chiefest problem is high recidivism: as of 2011 (the most recent reliable data I could find) an average of 43.3 percent of prisoners fall back into crime. Clearly, the rehabilitation system isn’t living up to its name.

One of the key causes of this is the lack of skills and opportunities among the largely poor and…

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Hats From Around The World

Since I am busy and not in the mood to write, today’s post will be light but fun — here are eighty hats from around the world courtesy of DesignTaxi.com, which in turn pulled them from travel website Venere.

In addition to the iconic hats we all know and love — the French beret, Mexican sombrero, and so on – there are some pretty interesting and little-known varieties (especially from Africa and…

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My little Pacman frog’s habitat is coming along nicely. Only natural soil, moss, and tropical plants for both aesthetics and self-sustaining humidity. I cannot wait to upgrade him to a bigger size.

My little Pacman frog’s habitat is coming along nicely. Only natural soil, moss, and tropical plants for both aesthetics and self-sustaining humidity. I cannot wait to upgrade him to a bigger size.

Members of the Nihang, a military order in the Sikh religion also known as the Akali (The Eternal) and the Akal Sena (The Army of the Eternal). Renowned for their strict discipline, courage, and martial skill, the Nihang are named after a Persian mythical sea creature to which their fighting prowess was compared (historians of the Mughal Empire likened their ferocity to that of crocodiles).

The Nihang are accorded considerable respect and affection among Sikhs worldwide, for although their role is primarily ceremonial, they are bound to defend their community in times of war. During the festival of Hola Mohalla (which usually occurs in March), thousands of Nihang gather at Anandpur, a holy city of the Sikhs, where they display their famous martial skills (known collectively as gatka).

As you may have noticed, the Nihang are best recognized by their large and often elaborate turbans. They are often reinforced with steel and fitted with various weapons, including a trident (for stabbing in close-quarters), bagh naka (claw-like weapons) and one or more chakram (steel throwing weapons).

I love the character, color, and personality in these photos (the first of which was taken by Mark Hartman but the others whose . Many thanks to my friend and colleague Richard for first sharing the first photo with me, and thus piquing my interest to learn more about this fascinating group and faith.

Global Spotlight: The Nihang Sikhs Members of the Nihang, a military order in the Sikh religion also known as the Akali (The Eternal) and the Akal Sena (The Army of the Eternal).

A Persian Gulf Nation On Mars

A Persian Gulf Nation On Mars

If the United Arab Emirates has its way, it may very well beat its better-known contenders (such as the U.S., Russia, and China) in landing on Mars, which has increasingly become the accepted next step in human space exploration.

UAE Flags

Will this be the first flag planted on the moon?

Now I know what many of you are thinking: does the UAE even have a space program, much less the infrastructural and…

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Hero of the Week — Maria Bashir

Hero of the Week — Maria Bashir

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Maria Bashir is the Chief Prosecutor General of Herat Province Afghanistan (the second largest jurisdiction in the country), the only woman to hold such a position thus far. Her fifteen years of experience as a civil servant has brought her into conflict with criminals, the Taliban, and corrupt policemen. When the Taliban took power in 1996, she was barred from working and instead spent her…

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Reflections Upon Mild Sadness

Reflections Upon Mild Sadness

I fell asleep sorrowful, filled with a vague foreboding of coming trouble…That precaution of love against death, even in the presence of abounding life, caused my thoughts to wander all night about those scenes where I had passed, without knowing it, the happiest hours of my life.

– Jorge Isaacs, Maria

It has been a while since I have written a personal post, so I know it must be strange to…

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National Pride Around The World

National Pride Around The World

With the rise of the nation state — whose conceptual origin is disputed but typically traced back to the Treaty of Westphalia in the 17th century – has emerged the idea of patriotism and pride in one’s civic and national identity — equally contentious and amorphous concepts.

As a life-long American, I am intimately aware of the impact, prevalence, and subsequent controversy of patriotism —…

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The Atlas Moth. Too cute.

The Atlas Moth. Too cute.

The Rose Apple plant, which can form into a tunnel when planted parallel and produces a watermelon-like fruit.

The Rose Apple plant, which can form into a tunnel when planted parallel and produces a watermelon-like fruit.

Cichlids in the lake at Fairchild. It makes me want to go back to raising them again.

Cichlids in the lake at Fairchild. It makes me want to go back to raising them again.