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The Impressive ISIS PR Machine

Perusing just the first few pages of the latest issue of Dabiq, the official propaganda magazine of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, you’ll quickly realize what an uphill battle it will continue to be for those in the West to keep home-grown terrorism in check.

This is available at Scribd and you’ll quickly see how they appeal to young Americans in particular, praising those responsible for the failed terrorism attack in Texas. It kind of makes your skin crawl but, viewing the photo above, the appeal is understandable.

Via this item at Vox the other day that talked about a pretty interesting Game of Thrones map (by someone who is either about to make some big bucks capitalizing on the popularity of the show or who just has a lot of free time on their hands) comes this look at how the center of U.S. population has changed over the last couple hundred years or so.

Some historical perspectives…

- If the map included pre-1790 data, there would be yellow dots closer to Boston, where the population was about 7,000 in 1700 vs. less than 5,000 for New York and Philadelphia.
- Philadelphia peaked when the U.S. capital was there in the last decade of the 18th century.
- Grant’s Civil War campaigns along the Mississippi River were called the “War in the West”.

Meals on Wheels in British Columbia

Here’s one bear that is apparently quite hungry after hibernating all winter and, perhaps, awaking a little earlier than usual due to a warm winter in British Columbia (hat tip AJ).

I wouldn’t be surprised if this was photoshopped as the cyclist appears to be under-dressed and it seems pretty cold still for a bear to come out of hibernation and already be this active.

Nonetheless, an interesting image and a good reminder that bears can run pretty fast.

Turns out, the last week was a pretty good stretch to have a nasty cold and not feel like doing much other than watching TV – from a riveting Final Four college hoops to Masters week that culminated in 21-year old Jordan Spieth donning the green jacket.

In addition to breaking or tying all sorts of records, what was most fun about watching this play out in recent days was that Spieth is a throwback to an earlier, simpler time when cultural norms, particularly in sports, were very different (think, the return of “humble”).

One of the best examples of how Spieth is so different than the man whose records he broke occurred over the weekend. I had to back up a few times to confirm that I actually heard what I thought I heard, but CBS confirmed it a few minutes later when they apologized for a Tiger Woods expletive (i.e., Oh my f#@king God) after hitting a poor tee shot.

Of course, who knows how Spieth will change over time – Tiger Woods approaching age 40 seems much, much different than the 21-year old version in 1997.

It’s Dry in the West

Ski season is rapidly winding down here in Southwest Montana (my first year as a ski instructor has gone well, for those who may have wondered about the dearth of activity here at the blog in recent months) but, from what I’ve heard, ski season on the entire West Coast never really got started, a point that becomes quite clear when looking at all the brown (i.e., rather than white) in this Bloomberg video about Heavenly Valley Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe.

Also completely unrelated to today’s labor report is this new speed climbing record that, for most of us who have relatively normal strength-to-body-weight ratios, is just unbelievable.

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