About abortion )

The Holocaust )

Laurie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: The role of the French and Spanish in American independence. So trans-Atlantic it hurts—but it’s a new angle for me on the Revolution, which is really about how it fit into Continental power politics and often about how frustrating the French (and to a more limited extent the Spanish) found the fractious colonists, who could help them only if they committed to independence.

Tyranny and power )

Paul K. Conkin, A Revolution Down on the Farm: Over about a century, the US went from a rural economy in which one farm could support a few families to an urban one in which one farm supports hundreds. This was the result of huge changes in production methods and productivity. Conkin tells the story of farm policy, focusing on federal policy supporting farmers in various ways, throughout that time.
The old normal )
Okay, guys, I love Community too, but having Clark/Lex out in the first round of AfterElton’s slash tournament seems to me to be letting our history down.  Also, Damon/Alaric clearly ended up the sacrificial lamb there; I would rather they’d have put Damon/Alaric up against Damon/Stefan the way they did for SPN (Sam/Dean v. Dean/Cas), Avengers (Thor/Loki v. Cap/Tony), or even for Star Trek (TOS v. reboot), SG (SGA v. SG1), or House v. Sherlock.

Awesome older review of Steven Pinker's attempts to reduce art to evolution.


Nothing new under the sun: Evgeny Morozov on decrying new technology:
Long before bossy GPS technology invaded our cars, chiding us for wrong turns with a patronizing "Recalculating . . . ," cultural critics were already complaining about the debilitating effect of navigation technologies—even the paper-based and analogue variety. Some, like the Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse, saw road maps as the embodiment of the anti-humane and unthinking rationality of the modern condition. "A man who travels by automobile to a distant place chooses his route from the highway maps. . . . Others have done the thinking for him," he complained in 1941. Others thought that maps, signs and highway codes impoverish our sense of space, with the French theorist Henri Lefebvre lamenting that the driver "perceives only his route, which has been materialized, mechanized and technicized, and he sees it from one angle only—that of its functionality."
profane feminism, statistical ignorance, and LBJ becoming president )profane feminism, statistical ignorance, and LBJ becoming president )
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