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St. Nilus Island Skete: Could you handle that life?

I mentioned to a friend that I could do with a few days silent retreat. He came right back with a link to the St. Nilus Skete. And I said, “Um. Wow. But um. No freakin’ way!” A skete is a religious community midway between a monastery and a hermitage. Monks or nuns (nuns, in the case of St. Nilus), largely live and work solo, avoiding the communal perils of cenobitic life. But they gather for religious observances and meals to avoid the emotional and intellectual perils of pure solitude. Far as I know there are only a handful of…

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Midweek links

  • The (insouciantly charming) symbolism of launching a Tesla into space. (And before anybody goes objecting to Elon Musk and his very existence, you might want to read the comment by UnReconstructed, who happens to be a real rocket scientist, over at Joel’s place.)
  • Commander Zero on meeting folks: a real-world example.
  • Oh, yeah. This is what the country needs (she says rolling her eyes): ICE wants to become an intelligence (sic) agency. 10 Comments
  • Thursday links

  • I never had any idea there were such things as Formula One “grid girls.” Now they’re losing their jobs (because feminism) and they’re not taking it lightly.
  • She asked for help with postpartum depression. The nurse called the cops instead. (Slate’s take on this is different than yours or mine might be.)
  • If Bezos and Buffett “lift the veil” on health-care prices, insurers are in trouble. 7 Comments
  • Wednesday links and chit-chat

    Astronomers are taking a closer look at interstellar space object Oumuamua. Might it really be a probe from … out there? I usually dismiss such claims as media and true-believer overreaction, but this is definitely an odd one. Like Wendy McElroy, I’m glad Roy Moore lost yesterday. Whether he’s a pedo-predator remains unproven. That he’s a theocratic demagogue is fact. A Vice investigation reveals that shootings by cop are far more common than previously reported. Now it’s a matter of distinguishing righteous shootings from the activities of Officer Thug and Officer I Am Scared. How “smart” do you want your…

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    Weekend links

  • A 17-year-old flexes his rights during a traffic stop. Two years later his parents get a $2.4 million settlement. Not clear whether the killer cop will have to pay a dime of it, though.
  • When I first saw this, I thought, “If you so disapprove of ‘white DNA,’ why don’t you do the world a favor by expunging from your body all the DNA you share with us evil ones?” My second thought was, “You have your right to free speech, but why should the poor Texas taxpayers have to finance it?”
  • Leave it to the Mormons to come up with this. If you’re in Salt Lake City, you can now buy a goat or a chicken for someone in a third-world country. Or school shoes or an eye exam for a kid in need. From a vending machine. 17 Comments
  • Tuesday links

    Ten-year-old unlocks his mom’s iPhoneX by facial recognition — without even trying. Hahaha. From Reason: Detroit cops posing as drug dealers get into a brawl with Detroit cops posing as drug buyers. It’s here as we predicted: the first drug with ingestion tracking. Also from Reason, J.D. Tuccille asks whether it’s occurred to anyone that tighter gun laws with stricter enforcement are likely to leave libertarians as the best armed people around. (But wait; aren’t we already?) Locating lost cities of the ancient world by analyzing records of their commerce. South African TV refuses to air an “authentic” miracle. (NSFW)…

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