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Achenblog: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Samuel Huntington

The conservative scholar Samuel Huntington has passed away, and even if you didn't agree with him (he was the author of "Clash of Civilizations," most famously, but wrote many other provocative books), you had to acknowledge that he was...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 2, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (303)
 
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Catastrophe Roundup

[Slow day at the office, so I'm pondering the End of the World. Or, more exactly, catastrophism. We get so obsessed with long-term, inexorable, gradual forces of decline, degeneration and extreme unpleasantness that we forget to pay attention to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 2, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Fireballs In the Sky

[Here's the top of my story posted this afternoon on the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis.] Something dramatic happened about 12,900 years ago, and the continent of North America was never the same. A thriving culture of PaleoAmericans, known as...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 1, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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19 More Days

Let my people go. That should be his first line. He's got the right voice for it. He'll have the huge crowd. LET MY PEOPLE GO ... It feels as if the New Year is merely a modest prelude...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 1, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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2008 in Pictures

Today I'm sorting through my photo files. Some of these you've seen before, some are new. I took them all with a little Canon point and shoot camera, which would probably work much better if the person holding it...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 30, 2008; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (393)
 
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