We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, I realized that I could not locate Armenia on a map.
The nation has a complex and fascinating history. Most recently, they had been part of the Soviet Communist Empire. They were the first nation-state to embrace Christianity as a national religion in around 300 AD. They have the oldest cathedral in the world. They speak Armenian, and have the Armenian alphabet. There are roughly 11 million Armenians; 3 million in Armenia and the rest in Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan - and a huge population in the New York City area where most Armenians in the world, outside Armenia, live.
The latter are not all rug (rug - not drug) dealers, but it seems to be an Armenian specialty. Names usually end in -ian. I'll post on Caucasian rugs (mostly from what is now Armenia) later.