Deana sent this “story from Yahoo! News”:http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1894&e=1&u=/ap/20040610/ap_on_sc/dog_language: _German researchers have found a border collie named Rico who understands more than 200 words and can learn new ones as quickly as many children._ _…The researchers found that Rico knows the names of dozens of play toys and can find the one called for by his owner._ [...]
I’m glad I’m not the only one looking for a bit of “perspective about the Reagan presidency”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29859-2004Jun9.html. The article calls for a bit more “balance” than I’d allow, but at least it’s more thoughtful than the current love-fest has been. _Reagan’s growing reputation as the great victor in the Cold War who made Mikhail Gorbachev [...]
A quickie: The SpaceShipOne folks have announced a “historic launch on June 21″:http://www.spacedaily.com/news/xprize-04e.html: the ship will reach 100 km, generally regarded as the “edge of space”. Apparently this is the first space launch that can be viewed up close by the public, since the rocket itself doesn’t fire until the carrier plane is aloft.
This “article about Irshad Manji”:http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/01/1086058850070.html, a feminist Canadian Muslim and author of _The Trouble With Islam ó a Wake-Up Call For Honesty and Change_, caught my attention. I’m very impressed by her candor, and I think she is right to press for a Muslim reformation, in that the true power of a faith comes from [...]