Around the Internets

Last Sunday of 2012 — what better way to spend it than on the internet?

[AZ] Senate approves bill on ‘wrongful births’ (h/t)

How Did The Log Cabin Republicans Buy That Chuck Hagel Attack Ad?

The Chuck Hagel affair and the American ‘pro-Israel’ litmus test

Lincoln’s signature moment – the Emancipation Proclamation (h/t)

Re-Thinking How We View and Discuss STIs

Turning point in India, triumph in Philippines for the rights of women (h/t)

America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff

The Strange 46-Year History Of The Term “Fiscal Cliff”

Will climate change ever have its Sandy Hook moment?

A New Focus on the ‘Post’ in Post-Traumatic Stress

It is not too early

Disastrous relief for Haiti

The disgrace of papal blessing for Ugandan homophobia

The Cultural Divide on Authority

Gerrymanders, Part 1: Busting the both-sides-do-it myth

The Sky’s the Limit: The Demanding Gifts of 2012

Failure Threatens Afghan Police Training Mission

Dark Ecology: Searching for truth in a post-green world

Steve Earle: Was Townes Van Zandt Better Than Bob Dylan?

2 comments to Around the Internets

  • Re Townes Van Zandt vs Dylan.
    IMO, Dylan was a 2nd-rate poet who had the smarts to put his poems to music – and get other people to sing them.

    With both his own work and covering others, Van Zandt was marvelous, but from what I’ve read, he was a poster child for the ‘brilliant-but-screwed-up-artist’ meme.

  • Re Lincoln: The question is whether or not he would have issued the proclamation if it had not been almost a political necessity. Aside from gaining more enthusiasm and recruits, the major impact of the proclamation had nothing to do with slavery per se. The Union naval blockade of Southern ports was reasonably effective, but was threatened by a strong pro-Confederate bloc in Great Britain. It was London bankers who held the debt of the big Southern landowners and who financed the cotton trade which was important to the British economy. The British Navy could have broken the American naval blockade of the Confederacy and there was pressure to do so. After Lincoln’s proclamation, the British government dared not aid the South, since the British public was strongly opposed to slavery.

    The British millworkers, btw, stood solidly against their own interests by opposing the South. Well done, chaps!

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