Libya protests: The tangled web keeping Gaddafi in power
The uprising in Libya is not nearly as clear-cut as those of Egypt and Tunisia due to the convoluted power structure that Muammar Gaddafi has created and cultivated.
One of the most common observations in recent days, as Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship has approached its violent nemesis, is that Libya has “descended into chaos”. Yet the key to understanding the country, and its current convulsions, is that chaos is not just a fact of life, but the essence of Gaddafi’s corrupt and brutal regime.
The secret life of punctuation: The Pilcrow, part 1
The pilcrow [¶] is not just some typographic curiosity, useful only for livening up a coffee-table book on graphic design or pointing the way to a paragraph in a mortgage deed, but a living, breathing character with its roots in the earliest days of punctuation.
Google Earth: US Presidents
Google has a very cool way to celebrate Presidents’ Day:
Celebrate the President’s Day holiday (also known as Washington’s Birthday) with Google Earth. With the [interactive Google Earth map here], you can:
- Explore all of the US presidents on the Google Earth map. View their birthplace and click on the number icon to learn more.
- See a progression of the states that voted during each president’s election (shaded in red).
- Download a Google Earth file (.kmz) to easily see a map of all the US presidents.
We also invite you to explore lesson plans and educational resouces on our Google Earth Education site. Have fun exploring the history of the US presidents.
[via Download Squad]