Monday, August 24

Random

Samoa is planning to switch sides of the road so they can be like the Kiwis and Aussies. There is nothing wrong with wanting to drive like them -- except that the roads were designed for right drive -- and it's going to be more hassle than it's worth to switch. Samoa already has enough problems and probably doesn't need to create more. I suspect that the politicians are just trying to introduce a distraction.

Crime is down in Phoenix -- in spite of the bad economy. Conventional wisdom has been that crime goes up as the economy goes down. But this is not at all a textbook economic downturn. ~ link

Was your Bible cover made by a slave? How about that cross on your wall? Hmmm. Troubling possibility. ~ link (via)

Arizona State University estimates fall enrollment at 69,000 -- "making it the largest university in the country." (I thought it was huge and unwieldy when I was a student with 40,000 others back in the late 70's. Bigger ain't necessarily better.) I'm sure that somebody will contest that designation.

• I've heard that Indira Gandhi National Open University in India has about 2 million students. I can't think of any US university coming close to that.Saguaro

• My find of the week was a cute, very healthy, 12-inch saguaro (the most regal of cacti) on clearance at Lowes -- $20! This size saguaro typically sells for 2-3 times that amount (they're slow growers). I'd bought a 3-incher elsewhere for $8. Our 12-incher now lives in the front yard. In a few years this is what it will look like -- more or less.

Malaysia, which already has more political chaos than one nation deserves, is up in a tizzy again, this time because of the scheduled caning of a Muslim woman who drank some beer. Muslims are subject to different laws than the non-Muslims.

In US neighborhoods people are not just upset at the growth of house churches (with the added traffic and related parking issues) but in Chandler, Arizona they're cracking down on a Buddhist group which has been meeting in a house. Religious equality.
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