Birka – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/03/18/why-was-a-9th-century-viking-woman-buried-with-a-ring-that-says-for-allah-on-it/?wprss=rss_world It’s by Stockholm. My peeps were from Kalmar, which was just as Viking-y as far as it goes. Are the Norskies and Danes more Viking-y than the Swedes? Kinda seems that way.
Related: Knowing your Scandinavia. Ben Carson whiffs. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/415622/ben-carson-forgets-baltic-states-are-nato-dates-islam-christ-flubbed-foreign-policy Not to say he isn’t smart, cuz that’s not true. But its outside of his specialty, and a man’s got to know his limitations. Specialization see, it’s a big deal. Makes me wonder, are Presidents specialists or generalists?
Not a double standard, but a false equivalence… http://theweek.com/articles/544553/democrats-shameful-double-standard-abuse-power See, Democrats can abuse power, the pursuit of egalitarianism justifies it. Republicans, no…they just do things for the Koch brothers. Not morally equivalent people.
Dilletante Foreign Policy – I was moved to try and understand what the nature of the contention over the West Bank is. It was ‘won’ by Israel in the 6 day war, right? And a result of them defeating the surprise attack of 3 enemy states…. And by this time some decades later, Jordan has relinquished it anyway, and moved on… But Israel is squatting and the fair and just resolution is to give it to the Palestinians? I don’t see that…