From Tom Chivers. This comet is currently being visited by the ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft.
Pictures behind cut
How conservatives make a mockery of the oppression of religious minorities
Some Christians equate not getting their own way in the political sphere with brutal and unjust persecution
See also this post from a year ago.
Irish Class, August 11, 2014
Rang Gaeilge, 11ú lá Mí na Lúnasa 2014
Troid agus Todhchaí Beo.ie
This morning in Church it was my turn to read the lesson from the Hebrew scriptures, about Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of Silver (Genesis 37). I also read the assigned part of Psalm 105, where this story also comes up.
||He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
||They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
I saw the phrase “iron collar” and my mind immediately went “Anachronism!”. Continue reading →
A battle in 1389 was part of the background of World War I, and the Yugoslav wars of the 1990’s.
The ghost and legend that ignited the First World War
On Saturday, June 28, 2014, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia von Hochenberg were assassinated by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. This event ignited the First World War.
… that was the day [June 28] commemorating the June 1389 battle in the Balkans between Serb and Ottoman forces at Kosovo Polje (“Field of Blackbirds”). Both leaders, Serbian prince Lazar and the Ottoman sultan Murat I, were killed. With the death of the sultan, the Serbs, if they had so desired, could have claimed victory. But that was not the case. The event instead became a legendary tale of resistance to a foreign power, first to the Ottoman empire, secondly to the empire of Austria-Hungary, thirdly to Yugoslavia itself.