And now for something completely different: a fun little probability puzzle. What's the probability that the human race will end some t...
What happened in Ethiopia? Simplistic narrative
My previous posts were deep dives for readers already familiar with the basic facts. Today, I just want to respond to this request: I could ...
Ethiopia and the ethnicity rat race - part 2: history
Part 1 looked at ethnic federalism in Ethiopia through a geographic lens, and showed it has a bug: that it's not feasible to geographic...
Ethiopia and the ethnicity rat race - part 1: geography
On the first anniversary of the start of this horrible war , let's take a moment to examine the concept that bedevils the country. Obv...
How old is Ethiopia?
There are quite a few possible answers: At one extreme, you could argue Ethiopia is just 27 years old, since the current constitution of t...
A brief experiment with Truth
In my previous post , I mentioned in passing that an article by Declan Walsh in the NY Times about the war in Tigray seemed to have reversed...
Pay any price, bear any burden
There is so much to say about the tragedy currently unfolding in Tigray, so much propaganda, so many paranoid conspiracy theories on all sid...
Five books: Pandemic Pentateuch
During the last 12 months, I read quite a few books that I really liked. I doubt my overall reading volume increased during the pandemic (...
Five books: historical fiction
By historical fiction, here I don't just mean novels that are set in the past, but more specifically, accounts of actual events and peop...
What is "good for the environment"?
Consider two pretty obvious statements. First, living in dense cities is much more energy efficient than living in rural areas, especially i...
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