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Let’s raise our taxes! Infrastructure and the American character

If the infrastructure—roads, rails, water, and sewer lines—is the foundation of our economy, we are living on ruins and on borrowed time. The fragility of our infrastructure symbolizes the failure of a national ideology that has submerged public welfare under an ocean of private interests. And what Henry Adams observed while riding through ante-bellum Virginia, is true for today also: “bad roads meant bad morals.”The 21st century inherited the 20th century’s infrastructure, whose maintenance was...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Virginia, US, America, History, Infrastructure, Sociology, Fema, General Services Administration, Social Sciences, Congressional Research Service, Arts & Humanities, Henry Adams, Private Citizenship

Beyond history and identity: what else can we learn from the past?

History is important to collective identity in the same way that memory is important to our sense of ourselves. It is difficult to explain who we are without reference to our past: place and date of birth, class background, education, and so on. A shared history can, by the same token, give us a shared identity—to be a Manchester United fan is to have a particular relationship to the Munich air disaster, the Busby babes, George Best, Eric Cantona, and so on.Over the years, politicians of all par...
Tags: Books, Featured, Eu, History, Munich, Britain, George Orwell, Manchester United, Sociology, John Major, Gordon Brown, British, Shakespeare, Social Sciences, British history, Culture Wars


Have you ever thought about what kind of world you would create if you got the chance??? Oh, the possibilities… You’d have to have some kind of food chain though, right?!? Would life on your planet be perpetuated through a similar dance between small organisms and large ones?  THIS is the delicate balance players are […]
Tags: Crafts, Games, Math, Science, History, Logic, Board Games, Strategy games, Homeschool, Gameschooling

QotD: Gray Origin Edition...

Regarding the dueling space programs of billionaires, Roberta X points out that all of this has happened before, and it will all happen again:"I wonder, when William Kissam Vanderbilt II (with help from a few of his wealthy and powerful friends) built the exclusive, private Long Island Motor Parkway in 1908, did critics gripe that he and his rich friends were going to use their motorcars to flee the city on that limited-access ribbon of smooth concrete and leave the poor trapped in urban squalor...
Tags: Space, Guns, History, Qotd, Tam, Zoom zoom, William Kissam Vanderbilt II, Roberta X, Long Island Motor Parkway

Pharmacological Dreams

I hadn't seen this 1936-vintage Happy Harmonies cartoon before. This was obviously long before cartoons were considered strictly kiddie fare.It has an article at Wikipedia, which makes a good jumping off point for a vintage animation wikiwander. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Wikipedia, History, Tam, Bread And Circuses, Vidjo, Happy Harmonies

Automotif CCXXXI...

Standing on the street corner, minding my own business, when all of a sudden... Hello! What's this, then? It's a '42-'47 Packard Super Clipper Club Sedan! The "PACKARD" vanity plate is to help out the people who didn't see the glorious swan hood ornament or the "Super Clipper" badges. There's a listing at Sotheby's for one that sold back in 2019 that has some detailed interior photos. The dashboard on these is quite grand; they were quite top-o'-the line in their day. In fact, earl...
Tags: Guns, History, Tam, Sotheby, Zoom zoom, Automotif, Packard Super Clipper Club

*MEDURIS* Risk & Reward | Resource Management | Strategy Game

In another engaging, theatrical, and fantastical setting, HABA brings us MEDURIS, a strategy game for 2-4 players ages 10+, for a quest to settle in the base of Mount Meduris by building huts and, most importantly, making offerings to the mystical druid who travels about the foothills. Players compete to collect precious rune stones and […]
Tags: Crafts, Games, Math, History, Logic, Board Games, Haba, Strategy games, Homeschool, Language Arts, Gameschooling, Mount Meduris

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: A Deluxe New Art Book Presents Hokusai’s Masterpiece, Including “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa”

Like most Japanese masters of ukiyo-e woodblock art, Katsushika Hokusai is best known mononymously. But he’s even better known by his work — and by one piece of work in particular, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Even those who’ve never heard the name Hokusai have seen that print, arresting in its somehow calm turbulence, or at least they’ve seen one of its countless modern parodies and tributes (most recently, a large-scale homage in the medium of LEGO). But when he died in 1849, the prolific a...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, College, History, Seoul, Fuji, Mount Fuji, Kanazawa, Taschen, Hokusai, Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Andreas Marks

Have humans always lived in a “pluriverse” of worlds?

In the modern West, we take it for granted that reality is an objectively knowable material world. From a young age, we are taught to visualize it as a vast abstract space full of free-standing objects that all obey timeless universal laws of science and nature. But a very different picture of reality is now emerging from new currents of thought in fields like history, anthropology, and sociology.The most powerful of these currents suggests that reality may not be singular at all, but inherently...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, History, Egypt, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Greg Rakozy, Arts & Humanities, Classics & Archaeology, Pluriverse

Back to the Future

The Nikon F5 shooting 35mm film at eight frames a second means you could burn up an entire roll in barely more than a quick count to "four Mississippi". It also means you can use a still film camera to shoot artsy movies... This one shot on Fomapan 100 looks especially old-timey thanks to the very vintage look of the film stock and the jerkiness of the slow frame rate. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Mississippi, Guns, History, Nikon, Tam, Neat-o, Vidjo, Pickcher Takin

Migrant Invasion

If you're in to dawn-of-civilization type history, this find from Spain is pretty interesting."Beginning in the Bronze Age, the genetic makeup of the area changed dramatically. Starting in about 2,500 B.C., genes associated with people from the steppes near the Black and Caspian seas, in what is now Russia, can be detected in the Iberin gene pool. And from about 2,500 B.C. much of the population’s DNA was replaced with that of steppe people. The “Steppe Hypothesis” holds that this group spread e...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Science, Guns, Russia, Spain, History, Iberia, Tam, National Geographic Society, Vilar, Miguel Vilar, Wolves of the Dawn

Discover Japan’s Oldest Surviving Cookbook Ryori Monogatari (1643)

Maybe your interest in Japan was first stoked by the story of the seventeenth-century sh?gun Tokugawa Ieyasu and his campaign to unify the country. Or maybe it was Japanese food. Either way, culinary and historical subjects have a way of intertwining in every land — not to mention making countless possible literary and cultural connections along the way. For the curious mind, enjoying a Japanese meal may well lead, sooner or later, to reading Japan’s oldest cookbook. Published in 1643, the su...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Japan, College, History, Food & Drink, New York Times, Korea, Tokyo, Seoul, Edo, Colin Marshall, Hiroshige, Tokyo National Museum, 21st Century Los Angeles, Max Miller

Trippy Triplane

In the course of trying to chase down info on the Supermarine Nighthawk the other day, I stumbled across this oddity: That's the Lloyd 40.08 Luftkreuzer ("Air Cruiser"), a three-motored triplane intended as a long range strategic bomber to more effectively hit back at the Italians, whose own Caproni trimotors were bombing the Habsburg Empire almost at will. Some madman has scratchbuilt one in 1/72nd scale. To get a feel for the nature of the Austro-Hungarian air campaign against Italy, ...
Tags: Guns, Planes, History, Italy, Tam, Lloyd, Habsburg Empire, Austria Hungary, Caproni, Wikiwander, Otto Prohaska, Luftfahrtruppen, Luftkreuzer Air Cruiser

Non Canonical? (Or: The Bugs Bunny Apocrypha.)

As I've mentioned, the first hour of the Saturday morning cartoons on Me-TV is "Popeye, Pink Panther and Friends", with the first half hour being old Fleischer Studios material and the second being the Freleng/UA Pink Panther and associated shorts.  This past Saturday there was a pre-Production Code episode of Betty Boop. In fact it was the last pre-Code Betty Boop, Betty Boop's Rise to Fame, which was released on May 18th of 1934. Enforcement of the National League of Decency-inspired Hays Co...
Tags: Guns, History, West Coast, MGM, Warner Brothers, Tam, Betty Boop, WB, Cab Calloway, Bobbi, Maurice Chevalier, Tom Jerry, Fleischer Studios, Animaniacs, Bread And Circuses, Vidjo

The VSI podcast season two: Homer, film music, consciousness, samurai, and more

The Very Short Introductions Podcast offers a concise and original introduction to a selection of our VSI titles from the authors themselves. From Homer to film music, the Gothic to American business history, listen to season two of the podcast and see where your curiosity takes you! Homer In this episode, Barbara Graziosi introduces Homer, whose mythological tales of war and homecoming, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are widely considered to be two of the most influential works in the history of we...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Religion, History, Canada, United States, Literature, Philosophy, Multimedia, Social Sciences, Editor's Picks, Peter Holland, Homer, VSI, Donald Wright

A Roman road trip: tips for travelling the Roman Empire this summer

As Europe reopens, consider a Roman road trip that takes inspiration from an ancient travel guide. The Vicarello itineraries describe what we might call the scenic route from Cádiz to Rome. Glimpses of the empire’s superlative architecture can be found along the way, and emerging digital tools can put primary sources at your fingertips. Tools for traveling like a Roman Use your preferred mapping tool to navigate the modern highway and let ORBIS plot a parallel journey along Roman roads. ORBIS, m...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Senate, Spain, History, Rome, Italy, Road Trip, Mediterranean, Travel Guide, Seville, Pompeii, Cadiz, Romans, Ancient Rome

Lu Tong; The Poet Sage of Tea

The post Lu Tong; The Poet Sage of Tea appeared first on T Ching.
Tags: Tea, History, Judi Slack, Lu Tong, Lu Tong's Seven Bowls of Tea, Tea Poet

Story of Old Glory – History of the American Flag

Story of Old Glory – History of the American Flag -iStock-tracygood1-480357060 U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The history of our country’s flag is rooted in the Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777. Officially, the resolution states: “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” That was all the direction that Congress provided. Like many government directive...
Tags: Guns, Congress, Washington, US, History, United States, Ohio, Eisenhower, Nra, United States of America, Flag, Shooting Industry News, US flag, Betsy Ross, Old Glory, High Caliber History LLC

Early Evolution in Aerial Warfare

While military technologies like submarines, armored vehicles, and aerial bombing had made appearances in larval form before, World War One saw their first effective mass application. German bombing of English cities started in 1915 and immediately posed a problem, since air-to-air combat was in its infancy. There was an outcry to Do Something, but what could be done? "Then we saw the Zeppelin above us, just ahead, amid a gleaming of clouds: high up, like a bright golden finger, quite small (...
Tags: Guns, Planes, History, Tam, Lewis, Zeppelin, Milton, Wikiwander

Whose streets? The picturesque, Central Park, and the spaces of American democracy

Dedicated to Alice Lipton (1/30/1930-6/20/2021), who loved Central Park Last summer, during the “Black Lives Matter” protests in US cities which were galvanized by the murder of George Floyd, it was common to hear marchers chanting: “Whose streets? Our streets!” In some instances, police seeking to break up the protests also took up this chant, an ironic retort to the crowd’s claim to political power. These contesting claims to possession of the city streets framed a conflict over social repres...
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Featured, New York City, US, America, History, United States, Literature, Black Lives Matter, Sam, Central Park, Everett, Andrew Jackson, American Democracy

*SHIFTING STONES* Pattern Creation Game

Board game art has come a long long way from the games of my childhood, and Shifting Stones, a new game from Gamewright Games, incorporates lots of really fun art elements that I find so appealing! I see whispers of Scandinavian and other folk art in these beautifully designed tiles, which just adds another layer of […]
Tags: Crafts, Games, Math, History, Logic, Geography, Strategy games, Card Games, Homeschool, Gameschooling, Early Elementary

Mexican independence from Spain and the first Mexican emperor

Mexico had been battling its way towards independence from Spain for some years when, in 1820, the Mexican-born officer, Agustín de Iturbide y Arámburu (1783-1824), proclaimed a new rebellion on behalf of what he called the Plan of Iguala. This called for Mexican independence, a constitutional monarchy with the Spanish king or another member of the Bourbon dynasty at its head, the Catholic religion as the only religion of Mexico, and the unity of all inhabitants, no matter what their origin, eth...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Congress, Mexico, Spain, History, Mexico City, Army, Catholic, Notre Dame, Latin America, Cordoba, Napoleon, Tuscany, Livorno

"Drinking not only allows wary, self-interested individuals to drop their guard and collaborate, he writes, it also facilitates the creativity and playfulness our species needs to innovate and survive."

"A negroni will essentially wipe out the prefrontal cortex, the site of pragmatic, grown-up thinking. Zap the same region with a transcranial magnet and you’ll get the same results: happier, less inhibited, more childlike adults. Given that transcranial magnets are 'expensive, not very portable and typically not welcome at parties,' alcohol remains a handy, low-tech tool to get good will and fresh ideas flowing. For our ancestors, inebriation was especially essential, 'a robust and elegant respo...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Law, Wikipedia, History, Drinking, Reddit, Joe, Göbekli Tepe, Joe Rogan, Golden Triangle, Ann Althouse, Slingerland, Edward Slingerland, Oliver Dietrich

Saint Napoleon? How Napoleon used religion to bolster his power

Though not a believer himself, Napoleon was well aware that religion was a vital tool for any ruler, especially when many of his subjects were believers. As he said to his secretary, Emanuel Las Cases, on St Helena at the end of his life: “from the moment that I had power, I hastened to re-establish religion. I used it as foundation and root. It became the support of good morals, of true principles, of good manners.” The Catholic religion had been suppressed in France during the French Revolutio...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, France, Religion, History, Rome, Judaism, Catholicism, Paris, Italy, Christianity, Napoleon Bonaparte, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Louvre

Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt Cuts For Dealers – a Look Inside a Colt Ad Catalog

You might have seen those old Colt revolver adverts from the late 1800s and early 1900s with their quirky claims and beautifully drawn illustrations. What you might not realize is that Colt, and many other firearms manufacturers of the time, provided the templates and even the woodcuts needed to print them, for free. Colt Revolvers […] Read More … The post Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt Cuts For Dealers – a Look Inside a Colt Ad Catalog appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, History, Revolver, Editorial, Colt, Pistols, Wheelgun Wednesday, Colt Revolvers, Old Adverts, Old Gun Ads

Colt 1991A1 Pistol from Movie “Heat” Up for Sale

Firearms fans and movie buffs often share a good deal of overlap. With so many excellent guns and gun-related scenes in such a plethora of films over the years, it’s easy to understand why. Many shooters will have a list of their favorite gun movies, scenes, or specific silver screen firearms. If you were to […] Read More … The post Colt 1991A1 Pistol from Movie “Heat” Up for Sale appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, History, Heat, Al Pacino, Daily News, Colt, Pistols, 45acp, Semi-Auto, Movie Prop, 1991A1, Lt. Vincent Hanna, Prop Gun

Thirteen new French history books [reading list]

Bastille Day is a French national holiday, marking the storming of the Bastille—a military fortress and prison—on 14 July 1789, in an uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution.In the lead up to the anniversary of Bastille day, we’re sharing some of the latest French history titles, for you to explore, share, and enjoy. We have also granted free access to selected chapters, for a limited time, for you to dip into. 1. The Death of the French Atlantic: Trade, War, and Slavery in the Age o...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, France, Russia, History, Reading List, Atlantic, South Africa, Paris, Switzerland, Holland, North America, Criminal Justice, Caribbean, Suzannah Lipscomb

Won't Get Fooled Again...

Although it happened over a year ago, I remember it like it was yesterday... I was headed home from Indy Arms Company and pulled up at the traffic light at the intersection of 54th and Keystone. I was westbound, and 54th Street makes a little dogleg across Keystone Avenue, so the two sides of 54th don't get a green light at the same time; westbound gets the green light first, and after it turns red, then eastbound traffic gets to go. The light was yellow already as I rolled up, so I stopped...
Tags: Guns, History, Sony, Keystone, Dodge, Plymouth, Fiat Chrysler, Tam, Marko, Dodge Challenger, Cuda, Zoom zoom, Indy Arms Company, Pickcher Takin, Keystone Avenue, Plymouth Barracuda Marko

*HONGA* Stone Age | Resource Management | Worker Placement Math/History Game

Lots of kids want a pet and they all PROMISE they’ll be the one to look after it. Before taking the plunge, maybe try out this game where players MUST care for Honga, a very needy saber-toothed tiger. Maybe the experience of making sure he’s attended to will make kids think twice about wanting a […]
Tags: Crafts, Games, Math, Science, History, Logic, Board Games, Geography, Strategy games, Card Games, Homeschool, Gameschooling, Early Elementary, Honga


I stumbled across an interesting article this morning while looking for pictures of the tailgunner's station in a B-52...The first American to shoot down five enemy aircraft was Frederick Libby, an ex-cowboy from Colorado who joined the British Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and served as an observer-gunner in FE-2B two-seat pusher aircraft. FE gunners used two machine guns, including a rear-facing Lewis gun, mounted on a steel pole, which required them to stand up on their seats when firing. “Only ...
Tags: Guns, Colorado, Planes, History, Taiwan, Egypt, Libya, Usaf, Turner, Tam, Lewis, Libby, John Moses Browning, Boomsticks, Sam Turner, Frederick Libby

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