Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.94.8: A MEDITATION ON GOING TO MARS

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For most of my years Mars was a place inhabited by Martians. Martians were fearsome creatures who were always invading, as in the War of the Worlds example, as those extraterrestrials who wanted

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Vol.85.6: A BRIEF RUMINATION ON THE COMING DIE-OFF, [Updated]

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We have a tendency—perhaps because we are around only so briefly—to characterize history in “ages”; time Before Christ, or the Dark Ages, the Enlightenment

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Vol.85.1: GAS[P] WARFARE

Pvt. Vito Vitelli (1918) Courtesy of Vito Vitelli, Jr.

Pvt. Vito Vitelli (1918) Courtesy of Vito Vitelli, Jr.

On the morning of August 17, 1918, Private Vito Vitelli, of the American 21st company of the 151st Depot Brigade was lying in a foxhole in the Argonne Forest when the

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Vol.59.6: THE LAST MOON WALK

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© 2009, UrbisMedia

Random ruminations on a sort of lunacy

I can just see myself, four decades younger, in what I fancy as

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Vol.59.3: THE EVOLUTION OF HAND TO MOUSE COMBAT

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© 2009, UrbisMedia

Again, yesterday it was announced in the news that an American drone predator had killed several Pakistani civilians along with some Al Qaeda insurgents. The ratio is the subject of argument.

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Vol.41.7: SYSTEMS AND TRADITIONS

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Friends sometimes ask me why I have returned so many times to live in Hong Kong. It’s not

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Vol.39.2: THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH

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And soon it won’t do any good to repent.

 

We humans seem to delight in doomsday scenarios

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Vol.26.5: THE KANSAS SCHOOL BOARD SCIENCE NEWS

Students from science teacher Evangeline Suggs’ class were given the assignment of going out and finding the best examples of the Lord’s “Intelligent Design.”   The top three examples

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Vol.26.1: THE MULTI-TASKING MIND

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We are still in the Jurassic of brain research, at least compared with what we know about the rest

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Vol.21.1: STEM-CELLS AND WITCH-DOCTORS

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Remember when all those missionaries used to go to remote, undeveloped places to win new souls for

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