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Pandemic Literature: A Meta-List of the Books You Should Read in Coronavirus Quarantine

Describing conditions characteristic of life in the early 21st century, future historians may well point to such epidemic viral illnesses as SARS, MERS, and the now-rampaging COVID-19. But those focused on culture will also have their pick of much more benign recurring phenomena to explain: topical book lists, for instance, which crop up in the 21st-century press at the faintest prompting by current events. As the coronavirus has spread through the English-speaking world over the past month, pa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Books, London, College, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, History, Literature, Guardian, Margaret Atwood, Albert Camus, Seoul, Florence, Michael Crichton

Virtual Visits to Italy’s Museums and UNESCO Sites

Many Italian museums and galleries have made it easier to take virtual visits of their works of art and historical relics.The post Virtual Visits to Italy’s Museums and UNESCO Sites appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Art, Video, Technology, History, Unesco, Museums, Italy, Arts And Culture, Museums and Exhibits, Art & Architecture, Culture & Living, Coronavirus

Donald Trump’s insult politics

Political commentators and satirists love to mock Donald Trump’s verbal gaffs, his simplified vocabulary and vague, boastful speech. But if you judge his oratory by its effect on the audience, Donald Trump’s rhetoric, particularly with large crowds of enthusiastic supporters, is undeniably effective. People have studied the art of rhetoric for millennia – so how does a style that runs counter to all established advice work so well? His use of simple vocabulary and repetition help him connect wit...
Tags: Books, Featured, Obama, Senate, America, History, Ted, Ronald Reagan, House, Language, Linguistics, John F Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Jfk, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg

what i'm reading: graphic adaptation of anne frank's diary

Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank, is many things to many people.It's the most widely read and recognizable Holocaust narrative.It's one of the most common ways to teach young people about the Holocaust specifically and genocidal in general.It's a book for all ages. I read it as a child, as a teen, and as an adult, and I understood it on different levels at different times of my life -- and that's probably a common experience. If you haven't re-read the Diary as an adult, I highly recommend ...
Tags: Travel, History, Graphic Novels, New York Times, Amsterdam, Anne Frank, Frank, Anne, Polonsky, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Ari Folman, Youth Books, Ruth Franklin, Folman, Secret Annex

What authority should government have over our actions?

In classical liberal philosophy, voluntary action says the scope of legitimate government authority is extremely narrow.While not all classical liberals agree on immigration policy, the question remains: What right does a government have to stop someone from moving to another country should they so choose?As an immigrant, himself, Georgetown University professor Peter Jaworski invites us to consider the freest countries in the world and examine the economic freedom and civil liberties their citi...
Tags: Democracy, Government, Future, Immigration, Society, Compassion, History, Choice, Peace, United States, Innovation, Refugees, Global development, Georgetown University, Global Issues, Peter Jaworski

Why You Should Keep a Pandemic Journal

Within the last month, life has changed in ways both large and small. What used to be a few news stories here and there about a new virus infecting people halfway across the world is now a global pandemic. Something as simple as visiting a friend, going to the playground with our kids, or even shopping for groceries…Read more...
Tags: History, Lifehacks, Journaling, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Download Classic Works of Plague Fiction: From Daniel Defoe & Mary Shelley, to Edgar Allan Poe

The apotheosis of prestige realist plague film, Steven Soderburgh’s 2011 Contagion, has become one of the most popular features on major streaming platforms, at a time when people have also turned increasingly to books of all kinds about plagues, from fantasy, horror, and science fiction to accounts that show the experience as it was in all its ugliness—or at least as those who experienced it remembered the events. Such a work is Daniel Defoe’s semi-fictional history “A Journal of the Plague Ye...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, London, College, Edgar Allan Poe, History, Britain, Moscow, Literature, Isaac Newton, Algeria, Albert Camus, Catherine, Marseilles, Lisbon

Take a 3D Tour Through Ancient Giza, Including the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx & More

Imagine the pyramids of ancient Egypt, and a vivid image comes right to mind. But unless you happen to be an Egyptologist, that image may possess a great deal more vividness than it does detail. We all have a rough sense of the pyramids' size (impressively large), shape (pyramidical), texture (crumbly), and setting (sand), almost wholly derived from images captured over the past century. But what about the pyramids in their heyday, more than 4,500 years ago? Do we know enough even to beg...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, College, History, Harvard, Architecture, Egypt, Nile, Seoul, Giza, Facebook Twitter, Khufu, Great Pyramid Of Giza, Khafre, Colin Marshall

New Research Exposes Horrific Conditions at Britain's Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

An archaeological survey of a former Nazi concentration camp on the British island of Alderney has revealed the frightful conditions endured by forced laborers and political prisoners during the Second World War.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nazis, History, Britain, Second world war, World War Ii, Nazi, Alderney, Atrocities, Concentration Camps, Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

Ancient Weapons

A grad student who specialized in Bronze Age weaponry made a pretty cool discovery in a monastery's museum..."During a guided tour of the monastery's museum, in the last display case before the exit, something caught Dall'Armellina's attention: a metal sword, about 17 inches long, resembling those she came across in her studies as a Bronze Age weaponry specialist."Like many swords of that vintage, it's a size we'd consider a largish dagger. You can find a guy in Britain making replicas of these ...
Tags: Guns, History, Britain, Swords, Tam, Dall Armellina

Hundreds of Bottles of Toxic Beer Found Hidden Beneath Victorian-Era Staircase

Archaeologists in Leeds, England discovered more than 600 beer bottles at the site of an old Victorian brewery. Stacked neatly beneath a cellar staircase, the beer inside these 19th-century bottles contains dangerous concentrations of lead.Read more...
Tags: Science, Alcohol, History, Beer, Lead, Leeds England, Deadly Beer

On R.R. Reno’s Faulty History

In a widely criticized essay on current state imposed social distancing, First Things editor R.R. Reno said the following about social reaction to the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic: More than one hundred years ago, Americans were struck by a terrible flu pandemic that affected the entire world. Their reaction was vastly different from ours. They continued to worship, go to musical performances, clash on football fields, and gather with friends. After insisting that Americans of 1918 understood metho...
Tags: Health, Economy, History, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, Health Care, Worcester, Infertility, Reno, John Barry, Wichita, Baltimore Sun, St, Evanston IL, Louis Columbus

Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Life, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Roman, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Felix Nadar, Jean Paul Marat

Journalist: “Animal Crossing Invokes the Spirit of Colonialism!”

A Japanese “journalist” writing in the Western media has made the extraordinary claim that Animal Crossing is linked to historic Japanese imperialism, failing to point out how exactly that is. Writer Kazuma Hashimoto links Animal Crossing: New Horizons, in which the player is tasked with moving to a desert island and creating a town, to […]
Tags: Games, Politics, History, Bizarre, Anime, Animal Crossing, Nintendo Switch, Kazuma Hashimoto

What Happened to U.S. Cities That Practiced–and Didn’t Practice–Social Distancing During 1918’s “Spanish Flu”

Americans have long been accused of growing socially distant, bowling alone, as Robert Putnam wrote in 2000, or worse becoming radicalized as "lone wolves" and isolated trolls. But we are seeing how much we depend on each other as social distancing becomes the painful normal. Not quite quarantine, social distancing involves a semi-voluntary restriction of our movements. For many people, this is, as they say, a big ask. But no matter what certain world leaders tell us, if at all possible,...
Tags: Health, Google, College, History, Current Affairs, Philadelphia, Vox, St Louis, Facebook Twitter, Lopez, Josh Jones, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Bitton, Durham NC Follow, Isaac Chotiner, Robert Putnam

How far does individual freedom reach?

Classical liberals favor democracy because it operates as a ruling of the people by the people, rather than rule by someone else.This lends itself to the concept of negative freedom, or freedom from being compelled by the state or other authority to do something. So Daniel Jacobson, professor of philosophy at University of Michigan, raises the question: Do we have absolute sovereignty over our bodies?The crucial point for liberalism is that liberty ought to be the default. It shouldn't be easy t...
Tags: Learning, Education, Identity, Law, Democracy, Government, Happiness, Society, History, United States, Innovation, Philosophy, Humanity, University Of Michigan, Self, Daniel Jacobson

Is There a Pro-Life Call to Death?

My title question is odd. I know it. However, it occurred to me as I considered two offerings from ostensibly pro-life sources. One is an interview with Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick; the other a truly stunning article in First Things by R.R. Reno. Let me start with Reno’s ode to death. Reno quarrels with N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo for his zeal to — of all things — save a life. Reno complains: A t the press conference on Friday announcing the New York shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “I want ...
Tags: Health, Politics, New York, Texas, Obama, History, Gop, Philadelphia, Andrew Cuomo, St Louis, Infertility, Reno, Hunter, Don, Dan Patrick, Susie Meister

QOTD: The Grimmest End?

“I’m a lawyer from Denver, Colorado, Mike… I probably can’t hit a thing.” – William Holden, The Bridges at Toko-Ri Sometimes, things don’t work out the way you planned. Sometimes, despite erring on the side of caution and always treading the right path through life, fate deals a cruel blow. It’s just the way it […] The post QOTD: The Grimmest End? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Brands, History, Autos, Qotd, Denver Colorado, William Holden, Toko, News Blog, Question of the Day

Why an Irish Buddhist resisted empire in Burma

On 2 March 1901, during the full moon festival at Rangoon’s Shwedagon pagoda, the Buddhist monk U Dhammaloka confronted an off-duty colonial policeman and ordered him to take off his shoes. Burmese pagodas are stupas, containing relics of the Buddha, so wearing shoes on them (as white colonials did) was a serious mark of disrespect. Choosing his target well, Dhammaloka engaged in an act of non-violent resistance that provoked a local political crisis but also launched shoes as an issue that woul...
Tags: Asia, Books, Featured, Singapore, Religion, America, History, Thailand, Ireland, Burma, Catholic, Buddhism, Wikimedia, Rangoon, Shwedagon Pagoda, Buddhist

An American artist illustrates a webcomic love letter to her hometown of Wuhan

Laura Gao was born in Wuhan before moving to the US at the age of 3. An experienced graphic designer who now works for Twitter, Gao has been — understandably — frustrated with the virulant racism that's accompanied the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and Trump's continued insistence on blaming China for the virus. But Wuhan isn't as well-known as other cities in China, even though it has a larger population than London or New York. So instead of letting her hometown continue to be a...
Tags: Food, Post, New York, London, News, China, US, History, Culture, Chinese Culture, Wuhan, Webcomic, Chinese Food, Trump, GAO, Chinese history

When Orson Welles Crossed Paths With Hitler (and Churchill): “He Had No Personality…. I Think There Was Nothing There.”

Dick Cavett excelled at turning the late-night talk show format into a showcase for genuinely revealing conversations (and the occasional wrestling match). Of the many riveting guests he had on throughout the 60s and 70s, some appearing multiple times, few could match Orson Welles for sheer storytelling prowess. As if in a contest to outdo himself, Welles appeared on Cavett’s show three times in 1970, and once more in 1973, as an amiable, gruff raconteur who lived a life almost impossibl...
Tags: Google, London, Television, College, Orson Welles, History, Winston Churchill, Time Magazine, Venice, Hitler, Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Alfred Hitchcock, Pearl Harbor, Churchill, Stalin

Watch AI-Restored Film of Laborers Going Through Life in Victorian England (1901)

In these times, we need to keep at some kind of routine. And so I’d like to doff my cloth worker’s cap to Denis Shiryaev, who once again has returned from the early days of cinema with another AI-restored clip of film from the early 20th century. Ah, but there’s something amiss this time, a glitch in the matrix of expectations. Not all sources can be saved by technology. Fans of Shiryaev’s crystal clear journeys back in time (find them in the Relateds below) might find the footage rough....
Tags: Google, England, Film, College, New York City, History, Britain, Caribbean, Victorian England, Facebook Twitter, British Film Institute, KCRW, Ted Mills, Guy Jones, Lumiere Brothers, Denis Shiryaev

Olympia Kyklos Transports a Greek Man to 1960’s Japan

The air date and staff for the unconventional Bessatsu Olympia Kyklos anime have been announced, a series where an athletic ancient Greek painter is transported to 1960’s Japan. The 24-episode short anime is set to begin airing on April 20th and will feature Daisuke Ono as the main character Demetrios, Jin Katagiri as the head […]
Tags: Japan, Greece, Trailer, Sports, History, Bizarre, Anime, Announcements, Adaptations, Olympia Kyklos, Bessatsu Olympia Kyklos, Daisuke Ono, Demetrios Jin Katagiri

Why We Don't Name Diseases After Places Anymore

All the legit health and policy organizations out there (the WHO and the CDC among them) are calling the coronavirus disease by its agreed-upon name, COVID-19. But a few folks are stubbornly arguing that we should call it the “Chinese” virus or otherwise peg its name to a location. That’s bullshit, and here’s why. Read more...
Tags: Cdc, History, Racism, Who, Lifehacks, Coronavirus

The Delicious Mutant That Set Off a Seedless Gold Rush

Fenced off and wrapped in mesh, a single orange tree sits at a busy intersection in Riverside, California. In a region famous for its citrus industry, you wouldn’t think much of this tiny grove flanked by strip malls. But if you enter the 7-11 across the street—or any supermarket in the country—and buy yourself a…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Fruit, Oranges, Riverside California, Juicy Stories

Singapore’s SAR-80

Back in January after the hustle and bustle of SHOT Show 2020, I had the pleasure of taking a look inside the armory at Battlefield Vegas. Battlefield Vegas have some amazing firearms in their inventory, one of many rare and interesting rifles you don’t see in the wild too often was a Chartered Industries of Singapore […] Read More … The post Singapore’s SAR-80 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Singapore, History, Editorial, Rifles, Battlefield Vegas, Ar-18, Chartered Industries, Chartered Industries of Singapore, CIS SAR-80, SAR-80, Battlefield Vegas Battlefield Vegas

Archaeologists solve the enigma of Ice Age mammoth bone circles

Archaeologists found new clues to the purpose of the bone circles in Russia and Ukraine from the last Ice Age.The previous theories assumed they were used for dwellings.The new finds indicate they were used partially for fuel and had remains of different plants. Researchers have made significant progress in figuring out the purpose of the 70 mysterious circular structures made of mammoth bones. These Ice Age curiosities were found in Ukraine and the west Russian Plain. A new study shows one of ...
Tags: Europe, Biology, Animals, Russia, Ukraine, History, Culture, Innovation, Moscow, Archaeology, Northern Europe, University of Exeter, Kostenki, Alexander Pryor, Russian Plains

10 misconceptions about the 1918 flu, the ‘greatest pandemic in history’

Pandemic: It's a scary word. But the world has seen pandemics before, and worse ones, too. Consider the influenza pandemic of 1918, often referred to erroneously as the “Spanish flu." Misconceptions about it may be fueling unfounded fears about COVID-19, and now is an especially good time to correct them. In the pandemic of 1918, between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5% of the world's population. Half a billion people were infected. Especially remar...
Tags: Health, Spain, History, Alaska, United Kingdom, Innovation, Disease, Kansas, Health Care, Epidemiology, Germany Austria France, Richard Gunderman, Pandemic, East Asia Europe

How emotions affect the stock market

Last year marked the 90th anniversary of Black Thursday, the October day in 1929 when stocks stopped gradually falling, as they had since the start of September, and started wildly crashing. All told, the Dow Jones dropped from 327 at the opening of trading on the morning of Tuesday, 22 October to 230 at the close of trading on Tuesday  the 29th, a loss of around 30% of its value.Before stocks could even bottom out, the debate about why they crashed had begun. It continues to this day. Read arou...
Tags: Books, Featured, America, History, Literature, Federal Reserve, Dow Jones, Fisher, John Marsh, Galbraith, Antonio Damasio, John Kenneth Galbraith, Arts & Humanities, Irving Fisher, Rick Tap, Black Thursday