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Reconsidering the period room as a museum-made object

For those of us used to visiting historical houses and encyclopedic museums, the word “period room” will sound familiar. A period room is a display combining architectural components, pieces of furniture, and decorative objects organized to evoke—and in some rare cases recreate—an interior, very often domestic and dating from a past era.Period rooms were widespread among European museums during the last decades of the nineteenth century, and became popular in North American institutions in the e...
Tags: Europe, Books, Design, Featured, History, Art History, Arts & Humanities, History Museum, Pixabay, Art & Architecture, History of art, Art Museums, Paul Ricoeur, Art Spaces, JDH, European Art

Down Range Radio #614: Report From The 2019 Tactical Conference

This week Michael recaps Tac-Con 2019 in New Orleans; plus, some thoughts on analyzing risk. Down Range Radio – Podcast Episode #614. Scroll down for reference links on topics discussed in this episode. Disclaimer: The statements and opinions expressed here are our own and may not represent those of the companies we represent or any entities affiliated to it. Host: Michael Bane Producer: Marshal Halloway More information and reference links: The Michael Bane Blog Michael Bane on Facebook Sh...
Tags: Podcast, Texas, Featured, Guns, New Orleans, Michael, Second Amendment, John Murphy, Michael Bane, Self Defense, Down Range Radio, Personal Defense, Shooting Sports, Gabe White, Lee Weems, Facebook Shooting Gallery Online SGO

Notable female microbiologists you’ve never heard of

Browsing through the most notable names in the history of microbiology, you could be fooled into thinking there were no female scientists working in ground-breaking fields such as antibiotic studies, bacteriology, or virology in the middle of the twentieth century. In fact, laboratories did employ women, though male scientists often thought of them as supplemental parts of teams working in a highly technical field, not contributing much in the way of impact. However, a closer look at the history...
Tags: Books, Featured, Scotland, Bacteria, Manchester, Journals, University of Oxford, Gender Equality, Illinois, Cambridge University, Immunology, Antibiotics, Bishop, International Women's Day, Health & Medicine, Hunt

Warning: music therapy comes with risks

Bob Marley sings, “One good thing about music—when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Although this may be the case for some people and in some circumstances, we dispute this statement as a global truth. After all, couldn’t any phenomenon commanding enough to alleviate human pain (ostensibly instantaneously) also harbor the potential to catalyze undesirable, even injurious, effects? And couldn’t this influence then logically extend to music employed within the context of a therapeutic process? As m...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Therapy, Journals, Bob Marley, Instruments, Health & Medicine, Music Therapy, Concordia University, Percussion, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Practitioners, Percussion Instruments

Theranos and the cult of personality in science and tech

Elizabeth Holmes was a chemical engineering student who dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos: a silicon-valley start-up company that, at one point, was valued at US$9 billion. Her plan was to be another Steve Jobs and, for a while, it looked like that would happen. She made the cover of magazines like Forbes, Fortune, and even Glamour, wearing black polo-neck shirts and was touted as being the next big thing. Former President Clinton was a fan. Former Secretary-of-State George Schultz was a...
Tags: Apple, Books, Technology, Featured, Law, Steve Jobs, Stanford, Defense, US, Fraud, Engineering, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Biotechnology, Theranos, Clinton

The future of borders in the Middle East

The collapse of Arab regional order during the 2011 uprisings provided a chance to reconsider the Middle East’s famously misshapen states. Most rebels sought to control the central government, not to break away from it. Separatist, in contrast, unilaterally sought territorial autonomy or outright secession. They took advantage of the breakdown of security services to set up their own peripheral enclaves. In the last eight years, separatists have served as foot soldiers in the coalition that defe...
Tags: Books, Politics, Isis, Featured, Iraq, Russia, US, Syria, United States, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Moscow, Libya, Benghazi, Assad, Yemen

How boring was life in the British Empire?

Boredom is a pervasive problem. Teenagers suffer from it. Workers are afflicted by it. Psychologists research it. Academic conferences are devoted to it. There is even evidence that you can die of it. And while there are those who claim that boredom can foster creativity, many people would rather give themselves an electric shock than be bored.The word itself was not used until the mid-nineteenth century (in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House). The feeling, however, saw increased expression beginning ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Australia, Navy, India, US, Toronto, History, Afghanistan, Atlantic, Britain, Winston Churchill, Northern Ireland, New South Wales, Army, Burma

The case for citizenship for US immigrants serving in the military

The United States has a long history of immigrant military service. Immigrants who serve in the armed forces during declared hostilities, including the period after 11 September 2001, are eligible for expedited naturalization. However, those who naturalized through military service since 24 November 2003 are vulnerable to potential revocation of their US citizenship. This presents unique and unacceptable risks for non-citizens who volunteer to serve in the United States military beyond the alrea...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, US, Military, United States, United States Military, Citizenship, Illegal Immigrants, US Army, Immigrant, Social Sciences, Michael J Sullivan, Earned Citizenship, Immigration Law Violations, Presidio of Monterey Public Domain

When a river is dammed, is it damned forever?

Since the dawn of advanced civilizations, humanity has sought to manage the flow of rivers. Protection from floods, water for drinking and irrigating crops, and extraction of resources like food and energy are among the most popular reasons for building dams. Early successes in controlling the flow of rivers for society’s benefit led to more construction, reaching the point that in Europe and North America today most prime locations for placing dams have been taken. Additionally, many large rive...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Biology, United States, Journals, North America, Dams, U S Geological Survey, Lake Mills, BioScience, Jeff Duda, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Public Policy, Biosciences

Beer before wine – can we avoid hangovers that way?

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many dread the incapacitated hangover of the day after – when the nausea hits you and you cannot do anything but lay in bed and every movement worsens your pounding headache. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have ways to lessen the burden of alcohol-induced hangover?A hangover is a complex of symptoms following an evening of heavy drinking that includes thirstiness, fatigue, headache, nausea, and dizziness. Even though we are more than familiar with its symptoms, scient...
Tags: Books, Featured, Germany, Alcohol, Beer, Wine, Carlsberg, Hangover, Health & Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Science & Medicine, Pixabay, St Patrick's Day, Medicine and Health, Academic Studies, Clinical Studies

Tactics and Strategies that Help You Look (and Think) Like a Pro

This week, we’ve got a bunch of tips, tactics, and strategies to help you get more out of the work... Continue Reading The post Tactics and Strategies that Help You Look (and Think) Like a Pro appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Books, Technology, Featured, Entrepreneurship, Selling, Content Marketing, Blogging, Content Marketing Strategy, Copyblogger Weekly

Is there room for creative imagination in science?

Not just once, but repeatedly, I have heard something like “I just didn’t see in science any room for my own imagination or creativity,” from young students clearly able to succeed at any subject they set their minds to. It is a tragedy that so many people do not perceive science as a creative. Yet it doesn’t take an Einstein to observe that without that essential creative first step of re-imagining what might be going on behind a natural phenomenon, there can be no science at all.Einstein had s...
Tags: Art, Books, Astronomy, Music, Featured, Biology, Painting, Creativity, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy, Albert Einstein, Mathematics, Einstein, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas

Why do homo sapiens include so much variety?

The past is a mess. To pick a path through the mire, historians have appealed to providence, progress, environmental determinism, class struggle, biology and fate.  No explanation has worked – so far. But try shifting perspective: look for the broadest possible context, the most suggestive comparisons. Climb the cosmic crow’s nest. Imagine what history might look like from an immense distance of time and space, with objectivity we cannot attain. The Galactic Observer  – I suggest – would notice ...
Tags: Books, Featured, History, World, Culture, Evolution, Primatology, Historians, Homo Sapiens, Imo, Arts & Humanities, Pixabay, Oxford Illustrated History, A Global World, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, The Galatic Observer

Copyblogger Book Club: Master Content Strategy

You might have noticed that we tend to be pretty big on content marketing strategy around here. “Throw a ton... Continue Reading The post Copyblogger Book Club: Master Content Strategy appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Books, Featured, Content Marketing, Blogging, Content Marketing Strategy

9 books to help us reimagine international studies

The 60th International Studies Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be held in Toronto from March 27th – March 30th. This year’s conference theme is “Re-visioning International Studies: Innovation and Progress.” The meeting will feature writers from around the world, whom collectively or individually speak to pressing issues like conflict and inequality. If you are attending this year’s meeting, drop by the OUP booth (#102, #104, #106, #108) to visit and to see our newest books — includi...
Tags: Books, Gender, Politics, Featured, Iraq, Toronto, Syria, Libya, Un, Yemen, Social Sciences, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ahram, Pixabay, International Studies, Brandon Valeriano

Down Range Radio #613: Influencers in Shooting Sports

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Tags: Podcast, Featured, Guns, Michael, Second Amendment, Verdana, Michael Bane, Self Defense, Down Range Radio, Personal Defense, Shooting Sports, Waylon Thornton, Leon Lishner, Facebook Shooting Gallery Online SGO, Outdoor Channel Weekly Video Blog Kahr CW

The Lost Art of Pastoring

I occasionally enjoy reading quirky books. For instance, I recently read (and loved) Maynard: Adventures of a Bacon Curer, the homespun memoir of a man who goes only by his first name, can’t read or write much, and who does work that no longer fits in today’s world. Maynard became a bacon curer just as that profession died. “Gradually the work became less and people started to shop on price not on quality, which marked the beginning of the decline of a wonderful industry.” A large com...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Life, Maynard, Baker Street, Pastoring, Spencers

Can we solve environmental problems without international agreements?

Between 11 March 2019 – 15 March 2019, the nations of the world will gather in Nairobi for the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly. This is world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. One of the themes of this year’s meeting is transforming economies toward sustainable consumption and production. Many of the environmental challenges we presently face are a result of the goods we consume and the manner in which they are produced. Be it toxic materials in our drinking ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Indonesia, Environment, Unilever, Deforestation, United Nations, Cargill, Globe, Rainforest Alliance, Coke, Social Sciences, Nairobi, McDonald, George H W Bush

Rediscovering Francesco de’ Medici’s private Renaissance room

Between 1570 and 1575, Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, commissioned a private studiolo – a small room – in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Four centuries later, a discovery in the archive changes our understanding of one the last great Renaissance studies.Francesco’s studiolo was a jewel box-like space decorated with over 40 works of art and featuring built-in cabinets displaying the Grand Duke’s collection of art and natural specimens. A sumptuously decorated cabinet of curiosities, ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, History, Journals, Florence, Duke, Christ, Tuscany, Art History, Art Collections, Florence Italy, Francesco, Cappella dei Principi, Palazzo Vecchio, Arts & Humanities

Is Trump’s assault on international law working?

For centuries, international law has functioned as an instrument of nation-states working in concert, acting out of a sense of legal obligation. Since World War II, this combination of state practice driven by legal obligation—in the form of both treaties and customary international law—has served as a prime mechanism for shaping and addressing complex global responses to pressing planetary challenges.  In practice, international law has helped to construct a system—exemplified by the United Nat...
Tags: Books, Featured, Human Rights, Leadership, Law, China, Russia, Immigration, America, European Union, Austria, United States, George Orwell, Nato, United Nations, Venezuela

The brave new world of cannabis: chronic vomiting

A young patient, let’s call him Chad, goes to the doctor. He complains of attacks of nausea from the moment he wakes up in the morning. Sometimes his belly hurts as well. It’s been happening, on and off, for years. He gets cold and shaky. At times, it will progress to full-fledged vomiting, uncontrollable with any medications. The nausea is unbearable. Sometimes, getting in a very hot shower will take the edge off the nausea, but not always. In many cases a trip to the emergency room is needed f...
Tags: Books, Featured, Marijuana, Ulcerative Colitis, Cannabis, Canada, Chad, Nausea, Journals, Medical Marijuana, Health & Medicine, Crohn, Science & Medicine, Crohn's Disease, Gastroenterology, Medical Cannabis

Fanny Burney in her own words

Born in 1752,  Frances Burney  (better known as Fanny Burney) was well known as a satirical novelist in her time, anonymously publishing her first book,  Evelina , in 1778. Despite her literary influence, Fanny Burney is a name unknown to many aside from the most ardent scholars. Did you know, for instance, that the title of Jane Austen’s  Pride and Prejudice   comes from the pages of Burney’s  Cecilia ? In the eighteenth century, female authors were uncommon due (in part) to social expectati...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Literature, Jane Austen, Camilla, International Women's Day, Samuel Johnson, Barlow, Alexandre, Burney, George III, Cecilia, Evelina, Fanny, Yale Center for British Art

Women in law: a legal timeline

In celebration of International Women’s Day, explore our interactive timeline detailing women’s legal landmarks throughout history. Covering from 1835, when married women’s property laws began to be reformed in America, through to future considerations on how the English judiciary system can continue to improve diversity, delve into the key milestones of women’s legal history. In addition, discover the global female pioneers of the legal profession, such as Arabella Mansfield, who was the first ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Law, America, Canada, Feminism, Multimedia, International Women's Day, Timeline, Oxford University Press, Women's History Month, Timelines, Arabella Mansfield, Women in History, Oxford Public International Law, Clara Brett Martin

Reflecting on gender justice

The Charter of the United Nations (signed in 1945), was the first international agreement to uphold the principle of equality between men and women. Since then there have been many significant achievements in the struggle for the international protection of women’s rights, most notably the United Nation’s landmark treaty the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the second most widely ratified human rights treaty in existence.Despite this advancement in gend...
Tags: Books, Featured, Human Rights, Law, US, Domestic Violence, Aclu, United Nations, International court of justice, Un, European Court Of Human Rights, Gender Equality, International Law, International Women's Day, Women's Rights, Security Council

Down Range Radio #612: Understanding the Gun Culture

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Tags: Podcast, Featured, Guns, Michael, Second Amendment, Verdana, Michael Bane, Self Defense, Down Range Radio, Personal Defense, Shooting Sports, Gabe Suarez, Elizabeth MacBride, Facebook Shooting Gallery Online SGO, Peter Rudenko

Contemporary lessons from the fall of Rome

It’s a time-honored game, and any number can play. The rules are simple: just take whatever problem is bothering you today, add the word “Rome,” and voilà. You have just discovered why the mightiest empire in Western history came to an end.In 1969, Ronald Reagan blamed it on “the twin diseases of confiscatory taxation and creeping inflation.” In 1977, Phyllis Schlafly said it was due to “the ‘liberated’ Roman matron, who is most similar to the present-day feminist.”And (a personal favorite), in ...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, Featured, History, World, Rome, Ronald Reagan, Supernatural, Playboy, Lincoln, Christians, Central America, Joan Collins, Jews, Ancient Rome

Where did the phrase “yeah no” come from?

I’ve noticed myself saying “yeah no.”The expression came up in a class one day, when I had asked students to bring in examples of language variation. One student suggested “yeah no” as an example of not-quite standard California English.California, it seems, gets the credit or blame for everything. But “yeah no” is not California English and it’s not just something young people say. It’s been around for a while and is used by males and females, young and old. I began to notice “yeah no” in the s...
Tags: Books, Featured, Australia, California, Bbc, Conversation, Britain, Language, Linguistics, Dan, University of Melbourne, Evan, Vicky Pollard, Joe Penhall, Lingua Franca, Mark Liberman

Could too low blood pressure in old age increase mortality?

With increasing age, blood pressure rises as a consequence of arterial stiffness, caused by the biological process of ageing and arteries becoming clogged with fatty substances, otherwise known as arteriosclerosis. Large hypertension trials showed that lowering blood pressure in people over 60 is beneficial and lowers the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and all-cause mortality, even in people over 80. Since arterial hypertension, high blood pressure in the arteries, is the most important preventa...
Tags: Books, Featured, Blood Pressure, Public Health, Hypertension, Old Age, Journals, Ageing, Elderly Care, Health & Medicine, Science & Medicine, High Blood Pressure, Pixabay, Age And Ageing, Arteries, Geriatric Health

Celebrating women in politics: 10 books you need to read for Women’s History Month

This March we celebrate Women’s History Month, commemorating the lives, legacies, and contributions of women around the world. Since the inception of the women’s suffrage movement at Seneca Falls in 1848, we have seen a significant increase in women’s involvement in politics and the fight for women’s rights. It is important to honor the ones who stood up and fought before us, especially as we look forward towards the challenges to come.We’ve compiled a brief reading list that explores the achiev...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Washington, White House, Women, United States, Feminism, Feminist, Gender Equality, Hilary Clinton, Social Sciences, Edith, ND, Hillary Rodham Clinton, 114th Congress

Frederick Douglass’ family and the roots of social justice

Frederick Douglass. Just the name alone is enough to inspire us to think of a life lived in activism and an unceasing fight for social justice. But there are other names in the life story of Frederick Douglass that are far more unknown to us, those of his daughters and sons: Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass.The Douglass family worked tirelessly as civil rights activists, radical reformers, public educators, typographers, printers, proof-readers, business cor...
Tags: Books, Featured, Virginia, Massachusetts, US, America, History, Rosetta, Rochester, Annie, Social Justice, Black History Month, Andrew Taylor, Brown, New Bedford, Frederick Douglass

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