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"We are still living in the wake of slavery," says Paul Gardullo, director of the Center for the Study of Global Slavery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and a member of the Slave Wrecks Project that was involved in the search for Clotilda. “We continue ...Read More
The history of psychiatry, like most medical fields, is wrought with gruesome experiments and extremely sad circumstances, usually portrayed in docudrama or fictive films that ultimately drew me away from the subject. Good to read on this history with a bit less sensation. I never knew the man who invented ...Read More
"Burning Man is to the tech world what the nineteenth-century Protestant church was to the factory." fred turner interviewed in @logic_magazine 🖕
The lack of WMD in Iraq, but not the munitions found on the Ocean liner that brought the US into WW1. Yet another example of the US government lying to it's citizens to go to war. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Lusitania
Great essay on modernist legibility failure mode. Legibility failure mode recipe: ...Read More
notes on the history of the artist as an amateur w nod to a timeline of increasingly sophisticated prosumer tools
"A new study in Nature examines trends of inequality across millennia, noting that inequality more often than not leads to social collapse."
China does not exist. ““China” is, and always has been, an economic category. The Occidental mirage of the “Far East” arose to designate the stubborn persistence of various non-capitalist modes of production on the East Asian mainland. After the “opening” of China demonstrated the Qing empire’s fundamental incoherence, late-imperial nationalists, ...Read More
The tasty Japanese seaweed nori is ubiquitous today, but that wasn't always true. Nori was once called “lucky grass” because every year's harvest was entirely dependent on luck. Then, during World War II, luck ran out. No nori would grow off the coast of Japan, and farmers were distraught. But ...Read More
This is about super long summers and super long winters. Previous ice age was triggered, according to one theory, by a bacteria infestation that abruptly consumed all CO2 from the atmosphere. Bacteria cannot compete with us in influence as we are about to prove to the universe. But there is There are significant geopolitical consequences of this global process in which humans chose to play a role that before was played by brainless bacteria. ...Read More
The American war on drugs is like "Donald Trump declaring a War on Real Estate Developers that fills prisons with people who occasionally rent out their spare bedroom on AirBnb." #mustwatch #binge
"The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world's earliest cities—a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets..."
We like to think of our own personalities, and those of our family and friends, as predictable, constant over time. But what if they aren't? What if nothing stays constant over a lifetime? The lining of the stomach, constantly under assault by digestive acid, is renewed every few days. But bones are refreshed once a decade. And there are a few parts of you that stay with you from birth to death.