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Extreme Weather, Past and Present

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On January 17, 2016
The climate can change fast and it can change hard. One of the great mistakes of modern society (no doubt pre-modern too to the extent they could) is building a huge infrastructure based upon the idea that what I personally see in the climate is normal. That’s a huge problem because normal changes over time. […]

Freshmen

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On August 27, 2013

Freshmen in the 15th century had it rough: “Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen. Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult,

Crusades and Jihad

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On December 19, 2011
My friend Jay Rubenstein has been promoting his new book about the first Crusade with a series of pieces at HuffPo. His latest asks whether the Crusades or early Jihad was more violent. Not surprisingly, the answer is the Crusades by a long shot: What became of all the Christians in the conquered territories? For […]
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