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Maine Mead Works, Honeymaker Meads

In 2007, entrepreneur Ben Alexander co-founded the Maine Mead Works in Portland, Maine, with experienced South African mead-maker Dr. Garth Cambray. Maine Mead Works is going strong today, still staffed by Dr. Cambray, mead-maker Nick Higgins, and Ben and Carly Alexander. They offer a variety of carefully-crafted meads made from…

When Truth is Stranger…

NOTE: SF writer Charlie Stross inadvertently broke a fairly major story online, so the links to his original post may only work intermittently, and the comments feature at Autopope may not work at all, for a bit. He’s expressed some difficulties serving the anomalous amount of traffic. But here’s the link to the relevant Hansard…

Amazing Yellowstone

Okay. I must confess, I’m a fan of apocalyptic-science, even though I realize that terms like “Super-volcano” are scientifically meaningless. But how cool is this? Once thought to be the dead remains of an extinct volcano or volcanic system, the Yellowstone Caldera is alive and well, sleeping just below our…

AfricaTown and the Last Slave Ship

Anthropology professor Neil Norman from the College of William & Mary has recently excavated sites in Plateau, Alabama, searching to reconstruct the lives and deaths of those early inhabitants of AfricaTown, according to this article at al.com. Dr. Norman has been working to reconstruct the everyday lives and history of AfricaTown’s…

The Tower Restored

Pisa’s famous leaning tower was reopened in 2001, but now the historic turret has been deemed stable, and its gradual tilt seems to be semi-permanently arrested for the first time since its construction more than 800 years ago. The Telegraph reports on the release of The Tower Restored, a 1000…

Because it serves us well to stop and remember…

We really are all in this together, like it or not.

“Marlboro Earth: Saving the Environment One Customer at a Time”

How do we best save the earth? By heroically decimating humanity, of course. From The Onion, that last bastion of parodic commentary so true it hurts, perpetually raising the bar in fearless journalistic  pursuit of answers: According to a press release from Philip Morris, the new environmentally friendly cigarettes work…

Spin that Story!

Blatant examples of media agenda and spin as seen in the coverage regarding the GM Payback . . . Wow. Just wow. MSNBC Fallen giant General Motors Co. accelerated toward recovery Wednesday, announcing the repayment of $8.1 billion in U.S. and Canadian government loans five years ahead of schedule. The…

Veteran Marine, Mainer to Meet Obama

Leroy Peasey, an 87 year old resident of Rockland, Maine who served in the Pacific theater during WWII, was wounded in action on Guam, and waited on reserve during the invasion of Iwo Jima, has been invited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the President’s visit to Portland, Maine,…

Freedom, Sex, and Censorship, as Reported by the Internet

Several news stories and blog posts worth noting, discussing topics that bear discussion and offer the potential of deeply  interesting further developments. And so, with no further ado, here’s the Tuesday round-up. An NPR report about a current lawsuit challenging the Patriot Act as unconstitutional: The U.S. Supreme Court hears…

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