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A picture spanning millennia…

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Hat tip to Bayou Renaissance Man’s blog post, where he writes:

This last picture, also from the Imperial War Museum … shows the Royal Navy battleship HMS Howe, passing through the Suez Canal in 1944 on her way to the Pacific Ocean theater of combat, where she served as the flagship of Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser during the Okinawa campaign and the final months of World War II.  The felucca in front of her uses a design that probably dates back to the Exodus, if not before . . . an interesting contrast in technologies.

To my Persian friends… Happy Nowruz!

March 21 is the Persian New Year.  I’ve been to Iran – before the revolution when I was knee-high to a grasshopper – and remember it fondly.  I’d love to be able to go again someday.  I’d like to see the Blue Mosque in Isfahan, and that mosque in Shiraz with all the mirror tiling inside.  And to spend a day in the ruins of Persepolis again… WOW!

So from me to you…  HAPPY NOWRUZ!

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Phriday Filosophy

“The curse of every ancient civilization was that its men in the end became unable to fight. Materialism, luxury, safety, even sometimes an almost modern sentimentality, weakened the fibre of each civilized race in turn; each became in the end a nation of pacifists, and then each was trodden under foot by some ruder people that had kept the virile fighting power the lack of which makes all other virtues useless and sometimes even harmful.”

— President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (can’t find a specific attribution)

Reminds me of this prior Phriday Filosophy.