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Two TVs. Their boxes are full of confusing terms and complicated jargon. And their prices are night and day. How do you know if the pricey TV is worth the money? What are you really getting for the upgrade? It's hard to know for certain while you're standing in the store, and online reviews just make things even more byzantine. At the end of the day, it can be tough to know what you're paying for when you're buying a TV. So we're putting two sets head to head—one under $500 and one over $2,000—to look at their differences and similarities for the money. READ MORE »
The Event Chronicle
3 days
To accept every single one of these objects as genuine is a matter of faith. To question the chain of evidence in their provenance – could these really be the bones of the Magi in that box? – is a question of forensic science and, one might claim, common sense. Churches at this time vied hotly for the possession of relics. A recognised relic was a sign of legitimacy for the owner. They were not above stealing these things from one another. Nobody at this period owned a clock . To find out what day it was, they asked a priest. It was the Feast Day of Saint So-and-So. This was either a working day, or a holiday. That ended the discussion. With these facts in mind, it is possible to follow the arguments of the Phantom Time Hypothesis. The Phantom Time Hypothesis An Outrageous Conspiracy Theory? The Phantom Time Hypothesis, as advanced by German researcher Heribert Illig, and expanded by Dr Hans-Ulrich Niemitz of the Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur in Leipzig, claims the following: The Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII caused his scribes to recopy Byzantine historical documents from the old writing style, called majuscule, into the new writing style, called minuscule.
The Event Chronicle
3 days
But the real shocker is this: the map shows contours as the continent would have appeared before it was covered with ice! So how long ago would THAT be? It is presumed that Antarctica has been covered with ice for 12,000 years (or about half of one Mayan Calendar precessional cycle just google the phrase precession of the equinoxes.) In his research, Dr. Farrell discovered that the Piri Reis map is not the only one that shows an ice-free Antarctica. We know that that there are maps that date back even earlier, at least to 1339 A.D. These maps comprised the portolanos that were being used by European navigators. Naturally, here is the next question: Where did these maps come from? Here I will quote the Vipers book beginning at page 196 and, as usual, anything within [brackets]are my own interpolations: We speculated there [in Chapter Two]that the presence of the Byzantine humanists Bessarion and Plethon among the Greek delegation to the council [of Medici banksters]was the contact point for the Florentine merchants who may have been seeking lost knowledge that could only have come from the imperial archives of the East Roman Empire in Constantinople.
Voice Of America
7 days
That byzantine process can have a huge impact on political power: During Obama's presidency, Democrats lost more than 1,030 seats in statehouses, governor's mansions and Congress. “We lost sight of the fact that a lot of governing in this country happens at the state and local level,” said Holder. “Coming out every four years and campaigning hard for a progressive presidential candidate is not nearly enough.” The effort will begin this year with the Virginia governor's race and a possible special election in North Carolina. The Supreme Court put a court-ordered redistricting and special election on hold this week after Republicans challenged the lower court ruling.
Informed Comment
8 days
I have assets that are and now people have found out how big the company is, I have very little debt I have very low debt. But I have no loans with Russia at all. This assertion is disingenuous because he might have partnerships or Russian investors without categorizing that money as loans. In fact, Trump owes at least $300 million to creditors, and if you total up the debts held by all the companies in which he has at least a 1/3 stake, the debts may come to $1.5 billion! One of the New York City buildings he has a part ownership of carries a $950 million debt, some of which is held by the Bank of China. Trump may presently have no Russian creditors or projects (and his finances are so Byzantine that it is impossible to know), but that does not rule out his having Russian partners or investors in US or European projects.
The Huffington Post
9 days
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The term "Middle East" - coined in the 19th century - fails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam - and continue to do so today.
I4U News
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Informed Comment
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For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
9 days
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Phys.Org
10 days
Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave.
The Huffington Post
14 days
) Notwithstanding all the political noise that long ago drowned out all discussion of actual facts about the actual law: Obamacare is a radical endorsement and extension of the status quo. This is why everything that was ever wrong with the health insurance system -- ever increasing premiums, deductibles, and co-payments, the perennial narrowing networks of providers, and all of its byzantine administrative processes -- has now been laid at the feet of the plan. This is why the House Speaker has no qualms about uttering utter nonsense about Obamacare "ruining" and "dismantling" the health care system. To minimize actual (not perceived or politicized) disruption to most people's coverage - a major and valid criticism of the Clinton plan -- the architects of the ACA retained most of the features of the traditional employer, insurance and provider systems.
Open Culture
14 days
That is, if we insist on perpetuating economies of scaled-up production. The perpetuation of work, however, simply becomes a means of social control. Watts has his own theories about how we would pay for a UBI, and every advocate since has varied the terms, depending on their level of policy expertise, theoretical bent, or political persuasion. It’s important to point out, however, that UBI has never been a partisan idea. It has been favored by civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King and controversial conservative writers like Charles Murray; by Keynesians and supply-siders alike. A version of UBI at one time found a proponent in Milton Friedman, as well as Richard Nixon, whose UBI proposal, Stern notes, “was passed twice by the House of Representatives.” (See Stern below discuss UBI and this history.) During the sixties, a lively debate over UBI took place among economists who foresaw the situation Watts describes and also sought to simplify the Byzantine means-tested welfare system.
Washingtons Blog
16 days
Real-world limits also impose costs. Energy costs are rising for a variety of structural reasons; the easy-to-extract oil has been extracted, the full lifecycle costs of alternative energy sources remain substantial (maintenance is not free for the 20 year lifespan of the windmill/solar array, for example) and so on. Land for new housing is scarce in many cities, and that imposes scarcity costs as various entities compete for the scarce resource (land). If we look at eras of widespread prosperity, we find that work is abundant, private enterprises and trade are vibrant, the currency is stable, the cost of doing business is low, inflation and the cost of living are low, so even low-wage households can slowly improve their lot. This doesn't just describe America in the 1950s and 1960sit also describes the Tang Dynasty in 700 A.D. China and the Byzantine Empire in its heyday.
Times of Israel
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KyivPost
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It combines two stylesclassic Osman and Byzantine. Sultanahmet Mosque can accommodate 10,000 people inside at once. The most popular figure in Turkey is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He was founder of the Republic of Turkey after World War I. Ataturk reformed Turkey in a more European country. His portrait is on every street; each lane has his statue, bust or flag. His portrait is on Turkish money (lira). Turkish people respect him and all tourists can notice him everywhere – they name airports, universities and streets in honor of Ataturk. But what about the food? The city's cuisine is diverse and delicious. Locals take their eating and drinking seriously – the restaurants here are the best in the country. You can eat aromatic Asian dishes or Italian classics if you so choose, but most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebabs, tasty mezes and freshly caught fish that are the city's signature dishes.
TIME - Top Stories
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Core77
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That approach presents obvious problems. Panasonic's designers instead backed up to the shopping basket itself, rigging it up to scan items as they are placed within it. Then adding that removable bottom and that entire bagging system. It's Byzantine, overly complicated…and totally cool. Pretty much what we've come to expect from a subset of industrial designers in that part of the world. Amazon Go, the ball is in your court.
Mondoweiss
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In his studio in the heart of old Gaza, not far from a 5th century Orthodox church, Jeldha spends his days carving religious figurines, chiselling low-relief carvings of Biblical scenes and painting portraits of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the saints. My message is about my religion, said the grey-bearded 57-year-old, a member of the Greek Orthodox community. I want to make it visual, I want to make people see it, not only to be kept as texts in church. As he works, steel-rimmed spectacles perched on his nose, Jeldha listens to Byzantine prayer music that echoes softly around the studio, creating an atmosphere from another era. The walls are covered in his pictures, with more laid out on the arms of chairs and sofas, and others propped on a 150-year-old Russian piano in the corner. As well as painting and sculpture, Jeldha plays the accordion, piano and guitar.
Politico
a month
She had also joined an effort to trigger a precinct-by-precinct recount but dropped that move as well. It's unclear what Stein will do next in her recount efforts. Her lead lawyer in Pennsylvania did not respond to a request for comment. On Tuesday, she and top aides plan to hold a conference call outlining the campaign's next steps in the state. In a statement Monday, she gave no indication that she would move forward in Pennsylvania or what her options are at this point. Pennsylvania’s election system is stacked against voters,” Stein said in a statement. “Both the technology by which voters cast ballots, as well as the byzantine and burdensome laws determining recounts in the state, are a national disgrace.” Stein has repeatedly said her aim to initiate recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is to eliminate any lingering doubt about the election results. All three states are ones in which Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton.
The Huffington Post
a month
The expression "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" has often been used to describe the Byzantine nature of Middle East politics. For the United States, however, it seems that in the Middle East even its friends act like its enemies. Time for a serious rethink of US policy in the region and how it is being conducted. This article originally appeared in Military.com. Reprinted by permission. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
KyivPost
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