Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.
The American Conservative, By Patrick J. Deneen, September 12
If there are two things that one is likely to hear from college faculty today, they are that 1. Students are too careerist, and 2. We need a more democratic society. They worry [...]
High-tech 3D digital map reveals vast ritual monuments complex
RT, September 10
Eddie Izzard, it seems, was right about the Druids. Before Stonehenge, there were indeed other “henges” on Salisbury Plain.
Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art 3D digital map, scientists have revealed that Stonehenge was surrounded by a sprawling landscape of chapels, burial mounds, [...]
Vice News, By Jason Leopold, September 4
Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee’s rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security?
That’s a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court [...]
Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama
Salon.com, By Thomas Frank, August 24
Cornel West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and one of my favorite public intellectuals, a man who deals in penetrating analyses of current events, expressed in a pithy and highly [...]
Whereas the novelist creates characters to drive his narrative and arranges plot steps into a dramatic arc toward some sort of resolution, the historian is given his characters and tries to find a plausible narrative to support an unfolding record of events and outcomes. He searches the record to identify the circumstance, interpret the motive.
NYT- U.S. DOWNS IRAN AIRLINER MISTAKEN FOR F-14; 290 REPORTED DEAD; A TRAGEDY, REAGAN SAYS; ACTION IS DEFENDED – July 4, 1988- United States Navy warship in the Persian Gulf shot down an Iranian passenger plane today that the Navy said it mistook for a jet fighter, and Iran said all 290 people on [...]
Secret police files reveal six-figure payments to Ceausescu’s henchmen, as retailer denies knowingly paying Securitate.
The Guardian, By Matei Rosca, July 4
Bucharest – Romania’s brutal communist-era secret police received covert six-figure payments from Ikea as part of the Swedish group’s deals with a local furniture manufacturer in the 1980s, according to documents obtained by [...]
London Review of Books, By John Perry, June 27
Over ten days in June 1954, a decade after the D-Day landings, the CIA sent twelve planes to drop bombs and propaganda on towns in Guatemala in support of a coup against the elected government of Jácobo Arbenz. They did only minor damage at first: one [...]
The Edge, By Terence McKenna, March 27, 1990
[Speculative, but what the heck...]
First of all, I am delighted to be here. The great thing about being here in New York is you don’t have to worry if you’re the smartest person in the room. What impels me to talk to groups like this is [...]
It’s the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity’s undoing.
The Guardian, By George Monbiot, May 27
Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by [...]
originally posted on May 31,2010 by Michael Collins.
On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Lee ordered an impossible charge against Union positions. Known as Pickett’s Charge, the engagement was a disaster for General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. 4,100 men died in the engagement, mostly Southerners. These losses represented over half [...]
The IBM system 360 has survived 50 years. Please treat this as an open thread for mainframe related stories and links.
Evidence from skulls in east London shows plague had to have been airborne to spread so quickly.
The Observer, By Vanessa Thorpe, March 29
Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black [...]