The Winding Path

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Alastor took the hill road which went around the town of Attica. The byway was a narrow path, one that added two hours to his journey.

He had to avoid the town, for there were many enemies there, led by the resident blacksmith and his confederates. What had started off as rivalry between two tradesmen had ended in a flurry of fisticuffs.

Alastor, though built like a bull, was a retiring sort of a fellow. After that fight, he decided to take his mother, his only family, to a nearby village. The gods smiled upon him. Without the need to pay local gangs, as was the lot of tradesmen in Attica, Alastor levied lower prices for his services and that channelled a ready stream of custom to his iron works. Over the years, the village, an eclectic collection of people who had fallen foul with the overt and covert powers…

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Scientists came to explore the fabled waters of the Arctic — but their work could also change its future. – Washington Post

This icebreaker’s objective was to carry scientists into little-charted seas high in the Canadian Arctic. There they planned to map regions of the seafloor at high resolution and pull up a sample that could reveal what happened here at the close of the last ice age, 10,000 to 12,000 years ago

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No Moore, Roy

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The people of the state of Alabama deserve better than for the likes of a homophobic pedophile like Roy Moore to represent them in the US Senate. That Moore is not fit to hold that position was eminently true even before the recent revelations and accusations regarding his alleged sexual harassment/assault were brought to light by multiple women/girls ( one of whom was only 14 years old at the time of the occurrence.

Many high-ranking GOP elected officials came to agree with this assessment after the publicity surrounding the alleged unacceptable behavior began with a thoroughly researched article published in that bastion of establishment print journalism – the Washington Post. But even before that, establishment Republicans were wary of supporting Moore in the GOP primary. Many endorsed Luther Strange, who had been appointed to sit in the open Senate seat until the special election to replace Jeff Sessions after his…

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3D Reefs – Marine ecology and conservation

I work to understand and conserve ecosystems into the future. I have a PhD in Spatial and Quantitative Marine Ecology from the University of Queensland (Supervised by Prof. Peter Mumby). My expertise in marine ecology and conservation developed from the urge to understand drivers of ecosystem change. This urge evolved into a multidisciplinary set of skills, spanning extensive fieldwork, 3D remote sensing and advanced statistical modeling.

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North Korea Is No Longer the Hermit Kingdom — but How Long Will China Be Its Lifeline? – The New York Times

Down the street from my home in Bangkok, next to a tailor and a nail salon, sits a peculiar outpost of the North Korean state. Inside the Pyongyang Okryu restaurant, five tall, pale waitresses float among the tables in sparkly dresses and carefully cultivated smiles. “Are they really North Korean?” my wide-eyed young son asked, a bit too loudly, on a recent visit. He’d been reading about the country’s isolation and the fusillade of insults and threats exchanged by President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader. A waitress overheard him and nodded, but her blank smile — a rictus of nonrevelation — never wavered.