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The American Conservative

The American Conservative is a magazine founded in 2002 and published by the American Ideas Institute. The publication states that it exists to promote a conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business. Published twice a month, it was reduced to monthly publication in August 2009, since February 2013, it has appeared every two months; the American Conservative was founded by Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos in 2002 in opposition to the Iraq War. Daniel Strauss wrote: The idea of The American Conservative was that there were enough who disagreed with mainstream conservatism—libertarians, paleoconservatives, civil libertarian conservatives, among other dissenters—to warrant such a publication. While other conservative magazines like National Review and The Weekly Standard marched more or less in lockstep with the Bush Administration, The American Conservative argued for a different course—sometimes with greater ferocity than the major political magazines on the left.

McConnell served as the magazine's first editor, followed by managing editor Kara Hopkins. Before the 2006 midterm elections, The American Conservative urged its readers to vote for Democrats, saying: "It should surprise few readers that we think a vote, seen—in America and the world at large—as a decisive “No” vote on the Bush presidency is the best outcome"; as of 2007, Buchanan and Taki ceased to be involved with the editorial operations of The American Conservative, although Buchanan continues to contribute columns. Ron Unz was named publisher in 2007. In 2011, Wick Allison became the magazine's publisher, followed in 2013 by Jon Basil Utley, the current publisher. In 2010, Daniel McCarthy succeeded Kara Hopkins as editor. In September 2011, the magazine introduced an editorial redesign of its print publication and in May 2012 a redesign of its website. In October 2014, Benjamin Schwarz, the former national and literary editor of The Atlantic, was named national editor of the magazine. In November 2016, Robert W. Merry succeeded McCarthy as editor, with Lewis McCrary and Kelley Beaucar Vlahos as Executive Editors.

After Merry's retirement in July 2018, W. James Antle III was named editor. In 2009, Reihan Salam, National Review editor, wrote that the publication had "gained a devoted following as a sharp critic of the conservative mainstream". In 2012, David Brooks, columnist at The New York Times, wrote: The American Conservative has become one of the more dynamic spots on the political Web. Writers like Rod Dreher and Daniel Larison tend to be suspicious of bigness: big corporations, big government, a big military, concentrated power and concentrated wealth. Writers at that Web site, at the temperamentally aligned Front Porch Republic, treasure tight communities and local bonds. They're alert to the ways capitalism. Dispositionally, they are more Walker Percy than Pat Robertson. At an event at the University of New Orleans in March 2017, Hillbilly Elegy author J. D. Vance shared: "I did this interview with Rod at The American Conservative magazine and the book exploded!" Some notable contributors throughout the years at The American Conservative have included Andrew Bacevich, Doug Bandow, Pat Buchanan, Andrew Cockburn, Rod Dreher, Leon Hadar, Peter Hitchens, Samuel P. Huntington, James Kurth, Christopher Layne, Michael Lind, William S. Lind, John Mearsheimer, Rand Paul, Mark Perry, Paul Gottfried, Josh Hawley, Steve Sailer, Roger Scruton, Jim Webb.

Official website "Buchanan's Takeoff" by Murray Polner, Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2003. "Paleocon's Revenge" by Whitney Joiner. Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management, 1 September 2002; the American Conservative Crackup: Why I quit Pat Buchanan’s magazine by Alexander Konetzki, The Washington Monthly The American Conservative by J. Bradford DeLong, May 15, 2012

Hauran Druze Rebellion

The Hauran Druze Rebellion was a violent Druze uprising against Ottoman authority in the Syrian province, which erupted in 1909. The rebellion was led by the al-Atrash family, in an aim to gain independence, but ended in brutal suppression of the Druze, significant depopulation of the Hauran region and execution of the Druze leaders; the Hauran is a volcanic plateau, located in southwestern Syria and extending into the northwestern corner of modern-day Jordan. The area includes the Golan Heights on the west, is bounded there by the Jordan Rift Valley. With the advent of the Ottoman Turks and the conquest of Syria by Sultan Selim I in 1516, the Druze Ma'ans were acknowledged by the new rulers as the feudal lords of southern mount Lebanon. Druze villages spread and prospered in that region, which under Ma'an leadership so flourished that it acquired the generic term of Jabal Bayt-Ma'an or Jabal al-Druze; the latter title has since been usurped by the Hauran region, which since the middle of the 19th century has proven a haven of refuge to Druze emigrants from Mount Lebanon, has become the headquarters of Druze power The Druze family of Al-Atrash had nominally governed the region of Suwayda since 1879.

Following the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, the spread of taxation and conscription, to areas undergoing economic change caused by the construction of new railroads, provoked large revolts among the Druzes of the Hauran. The rebellion in Hauran erupted in May 1909, when a business dispute between Druze chief Yahia bey Atrash in the village of Busra al-Harir escalated into a clash of arms between the Druze and Ottoman-backed local villagers. A year of truce attempts followed, but failed to achieve any stability in the area and prompting an Ottoman response. Sami Pasha al-Farouqi arrived in Damascus in August 1910, leading an Ottoman expeditionary force of some 35 battalions, began advancing on Druze positions on 18 or 19 September; the first battle took place on 1-2 October. A second battle was fought on 12 October. By 8 November, the rebellion had disintegrated. Sami Pasha al-Farouqi arrived in Damascus in August 1910, leading an Ottoman expeditionary force of some 35 battalions, Though the Druze recognized their inferiority against such a force, several clashes followed.

Zuqan al-Atrash led a fierce battle against the Ottomans near al-Kafr, where he faced the forces of Sami Pasha al-Farouqi. After engaging Ottoman troops in two villages the Druze resistance collapsed. Sami Pasha succeeded in occupying the whole Jabal el-Druze; the rebellion ended with massive casualties among the Druze inhabitants of the Hauran, reaching as much as 10% of the population. The number of killed is put at 2,000 with a similar number of wounded and hundreds of imprisoned, taken into custody in Damascus and Acre; this led to significant depopulation of entire areas within the region. Zuqan, the leader of the revolt, was captured and executed in 1911. Following the collapse of the Druze revolt, al-Farouqi launched a campaign to disarm the Druze population - some 10,000 rifles were collected. Al-Farouqi performed a census of the Hauran area, ordering 200,000 cards from Istanbul for the purpose. Taxes were collected and arrears in cattle extracted when taxation was not available. Furthermore, one thousand Druze were conscripted into the Ottoman army and scattered throughout the empire.

The Druze campaign of 1910 became a starting point to cancel a "policy of exceptions" in Ottoman Syria implementing similar measures in Jabal Ajlun, as well as during the Karak revolt in Transjordan. During the First World War, the Ottomans left Jabal al-Druze in peace. Sultan al-Atrash, son of Zuqan al-Atrash, was able to get in touch with Pan-Arab movements and with the Arab Revolt in Hijaz; when Arab forces reached Aqaba, he sent a thousand men to join the revolt. He joined them himself with another 300 men, his forces were the first to enter Damascus and raise the Arab flag on the government house on September 29, 1918. Sultan al-Atrash was in good relations with the Hashemite Emir Faisal, leader of the Arab forces in the revolt. Sultan was awarded the title of Emir and the rank of a General in the Syrian army, the equivalent of the title of Pasha. In 1920, al-Atrash family was supporting the short-living Arab Kingdom of Syria, re-occupied by France after the Battle of Maysalun on July 24, 1920.

Sultan al-Atrash was gathering his men to fight the French, but the quick succession of events cut his efforts short, as French forces entered Damascus and the country was divided into five states, State of Souaida being one of them. Sultan al-Atrash would become the rebel commander of the Druze War against the French Mandate between 1925 and 1927, would remain a prominent figure in Syrian politics, despite the utter defeat of the Druze War. 1860 Druze–Maronite conflict Adana massacre Franco-Syrian War

South Mountain Community College

South Mountain Community College is a public community college in Phoenix, Arizona. It is one of the ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. South Mountain Community College was established by the governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District on April 18, 1978, opening its doors in 1980. Serving Phoenix, Ahwatukee and Laveen, South Mountain Community College offers associate degrees, certificates of completion, courses that transfer to universities and technology training to 7,500 students each year; the college takes its name from South Mountain, a few kilometers to the south of campus. The main campus is located at 7050 South 24th Street, Arizona. Two additional locations are the Guadalupe Center, 9233 South Avenida del Yaqui in Guadalupe and the Laveen Center, 5001 West Dobbins Road in Laveen, Arizona. South Mountain Community College carries the maximum 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. A member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, SMCC is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

A new Library was constructed and opened in the beginning of the fall semester of 2011. This library is not only for student use, but doubles as a branch of the Phoenix Public Library, as such, open to the general public. Within the 50,000 square feet of the library there is a cyber cafe, a teen space, a collection with over 110,000 pieces, a dedicated children's area/story time, as well as quiet reading/study areas; this new library was designed by Richard Bauer. Northern Arizona University and South Mountain Community College have teamed up to create a program that allows students to complete their bachelor's degree on the SMCC campus after finishing their associate degree. NAU maintains a building on the SMCC campus, offering bachelor's degree programs in elementary education and interdisciplinary studies. More bachelor's degrees will be offered at the SMCC campus in the future, based on local interest and enrollment. Chris Duffy Cody Ransom List of colleges and universities in Arizona Official website

Durian Tunggal (state constituency)

Durian Tunggal is a state constituency in Malacca, represented in the Melaka State Legislative Assembly. The state constituency was first contested in 1995 and is mandated to return a single Assemblyman to the Melaka State Legislative Assembly under the first-past-the-post voting system. Since 2018, the State Assemblyman for Durian Tunggal is Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab from Parti Amanah Negara, part of the state's ruling coalition, Pakatan Harapan; the Durian Tunggal constituency contains the polling districts of Parit Melana, Belimbing Dalam, Bukit Tambun, Pekan Durian Tunggal and Gangsa. The electoral results for the Durian Tunggal state constituency in 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2018 are as follows

Casey Riordan Millard

Casey Riordan Millard is a Cincinnati-based artist working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and publication. Millard’s work aims to “create a temporary distraction from the weight of oneself”, she obtained a Bachelor's in Fine Art in 1994 from Ohio University in Ohio. Millard’s artwork has been displayed in various cities and states such as Cincinnati, Buffalo, New York, Chicago, Illinois; the majority of Millard's pieces include Shark Girl. Millard’s character, Shark Girl, appears in many of her illustrations and sculptures. Shark Girl is a young girl with the head of a shark created in 1999, she was a way for Millard to “reflect her own anxieties”. A fiberglass sculpture of Shark Girl was built for the Ohio River Downtown with a $6,000 grant in 2012. Visitors used the piece as a photo-op. Around Easter 2014, visitors began to deface Shark Girl with graffiti; the city left repairs in Millard’s hands. Soon after, Aaron Ott, the public art curator at the Albright–Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo purchased the sculpture and the museum created a fund to maintain it.

The sculpture was moved to Buffalo. A YouTube video entitled “Come Follow Me” features Shark Girl; the video, created for Millard’s 2012 installation at The Contemporary Arts Center’s UnMuseum in Cincinnati, follows Shark Girl on a journey leading her to a horse, featured as a sculpture in the installation. The video is 4 minutes and 11 seconds long and was uploaded to YouTube on February 12, 2013, it features drawings and animation by Millard with editing and co-direction by Ossian Mendoza and music by John Aselin. Shark Girl is the title character in Millard’s 2014 children’s book “Shark Girl & Belly Button”. Shark Girl Teeth New Success article


Pseudoxenasma is a fungal genus in the family Russulaceae, described in 1976. The genus contains the single species Pseudoxenasma verrucisporum, found in Sweden; the original description reads: "Fruitbody resupinate, thin, hymenium more or less ceraceous smooth. Hyphal system monomitic with the individual hyphae indistinct. Always with sulphocystidia i.e. with positive reaction to sulphovanilline as in Gloeocystidiellum. The cystidia are provided with globose apical appendices. Basidia clavate, in most cases pleurobasidiate, with four sterigmata. Spores verrucose, broadly ellipsoid to subglobose in side view and with strong amyloid reaction."