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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Sunspots 650


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:


The Arts: An unusual high school band's percussion section.

Christianity: A Christianity Today author on getting rid of her own "tribalism," with lessons for all of us.

Relevant reports that the government of Nepal has made evangelism illegal.


Food: (and drink) Tea growing is expanding rapidly in the US, including in my home state. I thank one of my brothers, who sends me links that I include in this column.

Listverse tells us a lot about pumpkins.

FiveThirtyEight on which candy is most popular for Halloween, and why.

Philosophy: He Lives points out that free will is outside of nature, and of scientific explanations.


Politics: (And computing) FiveThirtyEight analyzes the responses (number of likes, retweets, or replies -- not the content of replies) to Twitter posts from President Trump, former President Obama, and other prominent politicians.

Wired reports that the Federal Communications Commission has made it easier for large companies to expand their media share. This means that one kind of political view may be unchallenged in some media markets. See also here.

FiveThirtyEight reports that the Trump Administration's first FBI crime report is much less informative than previous such annual reports.

Science: A dying female chimpanzee recognizes a former human associate. (Less than 3 minute video.)

Scientific American on whether global climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous.

FiveThirtyEight considers what would happen if there were no number 6. (This was based on a 5-year-old's question, and gets pretty deep into interesting questions.)

Listverse on how animals, of many kinds, have had large effects on the environment.

The Seattle Times on how monarch butterflies have been affected by warmer climate.



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2 comments:

FancyHorse said...

I loved that drum line competition! Our younger son was a drummer in his high school band, and we went every year to the drum contest in Villa Rica, Georgia, as well as other places. Fun times! I emailed that link to both sons and to my husband.

The article about tribalism is thought-provoking. Sometimes I feel I am caught in the middle, as I don't completely agree with neither my conservative friends nor with my liberal friends. I do agree with both sets, in part.

Warmer climate = stronger hurricanes seems obvious, as hurricanes need warm ocean water to grow.

As always, interesting Sunspots!

Martin LaBar said...

As always, thank you for your comments.

I also have trouble with finding a place among what seems to be a fractured society.