Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wisdom attributed to the Court of Solomon:

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain from it is better than gain from silver and its profit better than gold.  She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire … Continue reading

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Whence the term Yakuza?

“It was along the Tokaido and other highways that the gamblers first began using the word yakuza.  According to the most widely held belief, the term derives from the worst possible score in the card game hanafuda (flower cards).  Three … Continue reading

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From Whence Bangladesh?

“The fatal break between India and Pakistan came not in 1947, but in the 1970s. Even after the violence and dispossession of partition, there was a strong enough social overlap between the political and military leadership of the two countries … Continue reading

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Voting in India, where there are 714 million potential voters, with 600+ million registered, generates no chads -:)

“Voting was held across India in five phases over successive weeks [2010], to allow the election commission to shift 2.1 million police around the country to monitor 714 million potential voters.” ─ India, a Portrait, Copyright © 2011 by Patrick … Continue reading

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About India—From the book of that name by Patrick French

“…every sixth person walking on earth is Indian….” ─ India, a Portrait, Copyright © 2011 by Patrick French, Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, Page 30.

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