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How #Article13 is like the Inquisition: John Milton Against the EU #CopyrightDirective

Censorship before or censorship after? The EU Copyright Directive rekindles the oldest fight in the history of free speech debates, first waged by John Milton in 1644. Then, like now, policy-makers were considering a radical change in censorship law, a switch from censoring material after it was published to requiring a censor's permission to publish in the first place. Fundamentally, policing of speech can happen at one of two points: before content disseminates, or after. Policing con...
Tags: Post, Article 13, Censorship, Copyfight, Copyright, Eu, Eucd, History

Four important women who championed peace

Throughout history women have struggled against adversity in order to enable future generations of women to have a greater freedom of choice. Though history favours the warriors, monarchs, and rebels, female pacifists and mediators behind the scenes were just as vital in the fight for equality. Female peacemakers are among those women who have made a substantial impact on the world, yet between 1990 and 2017 women represented only 2% of mediators and 8% of negotiators in major peace processes, d...
Tags: Featured, Arts & Humanities, Biography, Europe, History, Online products, World, Ethel Snowden, Hilda Murrell, Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale, Odnb, Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography, Ruth Fry, Women's History, Women's History Month

An Archive of Animations/Cartoons of Ancient Greece & Rome: From the 1920s Through Today

Ancient Greece and Rome have provided fertile hunting grounds for animated subject matter since the very inception of the form. So what if the results wind up doing little more than frolic in the pastoral setting? Witness 1930’s Playful Pan, above, which can basically be summed up as Silly Symphony in a toga (with a cute bear cub who looks a lot like Mickey Mouse and some flame play that prefigures The Sorcerer’s Apprentice…) Others are packed with history, mythic narrative, ...
Tags: Animation, Comedy, Comics/Cartoons, History, Literature

Remembering when bankers tried to overthrow FDR and install a fascist dictator

Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground. None When we look back at history, we have the benefit of knowing how things turned out — not true for t...
Tags: Government, Military, United states, Capitalism, History

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

Auschwitz asks visitors to stop balancing on rail tracks for photos

The rail tracks at Auschwitz, where more than a million Jews, Poles and other victims of the Nazi regime were murdered, have become a popular spot for selfies and other photos. "Balance beam" poses are especially popular. The museum would appreciate it if this would stop happening. The BBC: The official account for Auschwitz Memorial said on Tuesday: "There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolises deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths...
Tags: Post, News, History, Bbc, Holocaust, Auschwitz, Francesca, Auschwitz Memorial, Moran Blythe

Humans Built Complex Societies Before They Invented Moral Gods

The appearance of moralizing gods in religion occurred after—and not before—the emergence of large, complex societies, according to new research. This finding upturns conventional thinking on the matter, in which moralizing gods are typically cited as a prerequisite for social complexity.Read more...
Tags: Science, Religion, History, Anthropology, Human Behavior, Social Science, Complex Societies, Ancient Religions, Moralizing Gods

Corroborating evidence that Herodotus wrote accurately about a boat

Prior to its recent discovery the baris was a ship best known through Herodotus', widely regarded as the father of history, description. There were other references in literature but no physical sign this type of craft ever truly existed. A recent discovery shows Herodotus was no liar. Science Alert: In fragment 2.96 of Herodotus' Histories, published around 450 BCE, the Ancient Greek historian - who was writing about his trip to Egypt - describes a type of Nile cargo boat called a baris. ...
Tags: Video, News, History, Egypt, Ships, Herodotus, Greeks, Thonis Heracleion, Herodotus Histories, Damian Robinson, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Herodotus’ mystery vessel turns out to have been real

In 450 BCE, Greek historian Herodotus described a barge that's never been found. When the ancient port of Thonis-Heracleion was discovered, some 70 sunken ships were found resting in its waters. One boat, Ship 17, uncannily matches the Herodotus' description. None From [the acacia] tree they cut pieces of wood about two cubits in length and arrange them like bricks, fastening the boat together by running a great number of long bolts through the two-cubit pieces; and when they have thus fastene...
Tags: Transportation, History, Discovery, Egypt, Oceans, Innovation, Archeology, Herodotus, Robinson, Baris, Ancient World, Belov, Franck Goddio, Thonis Heracleion, Damian Robinson, Alexander Belov

The Story of Sir Hormusjee N Mody and Hong Kong University

Our dear friend and the resident dasturji of the Hong Kong Anjuman Ervad Homyar Nasirabadwala speaks about the amazing contribution of Sir Hormusjee N Mody, a distinguished Parsi businessman and a renowned philanthropist and benefactor. Sir Hormusjee N Mody made a major donation towards the founding of HKU. Without his generosity, the University’s existence may not have been realised. The below is a collaborative video production between Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative and U-V...
Tags: Hong Kong, Life, History, University, HKU, Hong Kong University, Hormusjee N Mody, Anjuman Ervad Homyar Nasirabadwala, U Vision The Story of Sir H N Mody

The Forbes Pigment Collection

How do you know for sure if your carefully-recreated 18th-century paint would fool pass muster as art dealers a legitimate recreation long enough to get away with it? of the authentic originals? Tom Scott visits the Forbes Pigment Collection. The Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums is a collection of pigments, binders, and other art materials for researchers to use as standards: so they can tell originals from restorations from forgeries. It's not open to the public, because ...
Tags: Art, Video, News, Color, History, Chemistry, Tom Scott, Harvard Art Museums

10 novels that brilliantly capture the American experience

Literature expands our ability to feel empathy and inspires compassion.These 10 novels tackle some facet of the American experience. The list includes a fictional retelling of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and hiding out in inner-city Newark.We call it "getting lost" in a novel, but what we find there is often more impactful than any nonfiction work can offer. Literature makes us more empathic and intelligent. Storytelling is how we bond, as tribes and a planet. A powerful...
Tags: Books, New York, Arts, Entertainment, New York City, America, History, Empathy, Harvard, Culture, United States, Innovation, Literature, Philip Roth, Newark, Seattle

Harvard’s Semitic Museum: Exploring the Ancient Near East

The Harvard University campus — the whole Boston area, in fact — is filled with world class museums. The Fogg, the Busch Reisinger, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardiner: you’ve heard of and perhaps been to these. Do you know about the Semitic Museum, though? The Semitic Museum is part of the Harvard campus in Cambridge. Though it’s equally world class with those...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories The Easter Rising: Ireland and HistoryGlasgow in Six Statues...
Tags: Travel, Boston, Massachusetts, History, Harvard, Ireland, Harvard University, Museums, Middle East, Cambridge, Archaeology, New England, Us Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Kerry Projects, Near East

Years of MySpace music deleted; Internet weeps

It’s not so much that anyone expected MySpace to be alive at this point, let alone a safe place for music uploads. The demise of years of MySpace music is more like a sad reminder of the direction of the Internet. First, there’s actually a few events in the timeline of how so much music disappeared from the service in the first place. Remember that about ten years ago it had only just been surpassed by Facebook. Since then, relative traffic, revenue, and headcount have plunged dramatically. T...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Music, Youtube, Opinion, Germany, Tech, Web, History, Bbc, Rants, Stories, Editorial, Myspace, Archiving

The Google Doodle Honoring Seiichi Miyake Will Make You Think About What’s Under Your Feet

You might have missed this ingenious invention right beneath your nose
Tags: News, Uncategorized, History, Onetime, Seiichi Miyake Will

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

Letterlocking: the long-lost art of using paper-folding to foil snoops

"Letterlocking" is a term coined by MIT Libraries conservator Jana Dambrogio after she discovered a trove of letters while spelunking in the conservation lab of the Vatican Secret Archives; the letters had been ingeniously folded and sealed so that they couldn't be opened and re-closed without revealing that they had been read. Some even contained "booby traps" to catch the unwary. Dambroglio and her colleagues have since been painstaking reconstructing these long-lost letterlocking techn...
Tags: Security, Post, News, History, Yale, Smith, Origami, Topology, Elizabeth, Hague, John Donne, MIT Libraries, Jana Dambrogio, Donne, Vatican Secret Archives, Physsec

The CIA’s Rectal Tool Kit for Spies–Created for Truly Desperate Situations During The Cold War

Though global espionage remains a going concern in the 21st century, somehow the popular stories we tell about it return again and again to the Cold War. Maybe it has to do with the demand those mostly pre-digital decades made upon the physical ingenuity of spies as well as the tools of spycraft. Take, for instance, one particularly ingenious CIA-issued tool kit on display at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. "Filled with escape tools," says the Spy Museum's web site, "thi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, College, Washington, History, Britain, Cia, John Le Carre, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, International Spy Museum, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Spy Museum, Atlas Obscura Related Content

Lucky Strike Recommends A Cigarette After A Round Of Golf

In this Lucky Strike commercial from 1956, the company suggests that the best thing after ... Read more. The post Lucky Strike Recommends A Cigarette After A Round Of Golf appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog.
Tags: Smoking, Sport, History, Golf, Cigarettes, Lucky Strike

Impeachment Shouldn’t Be Political

One frequently hears that impeachment is a “political question,” not a legal one. After all, Congress, which brings impeachment proceedings, is a political body. Then minority leader of the House Gerald Ford even claimed in 1970 that the grounds for impeachment are whatever the House takes them to be by voting for an indictment. But…
Tags: News, Congress, Uncategorized, History, House, Constitution, Donald Trump, Impeachment, House Gerald Ford

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

Visualize pitch like John Coltrane with this mystical image

Some musicians see Islamic mysticism; some the metaphysics of Einstein. But whether spiritual, theoretical, or both, even one John Coltrane pitch wheel is full of musical inspiration. One thing’s certain – if you want your approach to pitch to be as high-tech and experimental as your instruments, Coltrane’s sketchbook could easily keep you busy for a lifetime. Unpacking the entire music-theoretical achievements of John Coltrane could fill tomes – even this one picture has inspired a wide range...
Tags: Music, History, Analysis, Physics, Theory, Stories, Jazz, John Coltrane, Mathematics, Visualization, Einstein, Geometry, Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Pioneers, Legends

Still wondering why service trumps tech? Ask Blockbuster

You can't be full of yourself, provide poor service, a poor environment and “charge late fees” when customers expect to be delighted. Ours is a service industry where hubris has no place, and we ought to focus on the end user. Don't believe us? You might end up like Blockbuster.
Tags: Real Estate, Leads, Business Model, History, Radio, Agent, Mortgage, Blockbuster, Don, Customer Care, Select, Revaluate

Los Angeles City Council votes to make the Apeta Momonga Mission Trail historic-cultural monument

The Los Angeles City Council granted historic-cultural monument status to a two-mile unpaved equestrian and hiking trail in the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday. The Apeta Momonga Mission Trail, which stretches south and parallel to the 118 Freeway between De Soto Avenue to the west and Tampa Avenue to the east, is owned by several groups, including Sierra Canyon High School and the Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power. Ann Vincent, a historian of Chatsworth Historical Society, said her ...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Sport, History, Soccer, Mission, City Council, Local News, Los Angeles City Council, Daily News, Simi Valley, San Fernando, San Fernando Valley, Ortega, Audrey, Tampa Avenue

TV Roundup: Netflix Drops ‘On My Block’ Season 2 Trailer (Watch)

In today’s TV roundup, “On My Block” Season 2 releases a trailer and Netflix announces that it will add a new anime show to its slate, “Gods & Heroes.” FIRST LOOKS Netflix has given us a sneak peek into Season 2 of “On My Block” to be released on March 29.  The coming-of-age comedy, co-created by […]
Tags: News, History, Netflix, MasterChef Junior

Hundreds of Artifacts from Notorious Nazi Massacre Uncovered in German Forest

Archaeologists in Germany have unearthed some 400 artifacts dating back to a Nazi massacre in which hundreds of forced laborers were executed during the closing phases of World War II.Read more...
Tags: Science, Germany, Nazis, History, World War 2, War Crimes, World War Ii, German Forest

Discover the Great Medieval Manuscript, the Book of Kells, in a Free Online Course

Last week, we called your attention to the digitization of the Book of Kells, one of the great manuscripts from the medieval period. The digitized manuscript, we should note, comes accompanied by another great resource--a free online course on the Book of Kells. Both digital initiatives are made possible by Trinity College Dublin. The six-week course covers the following topics: Where and how the manuscript was made The social context from which the manuscript emerged, including early me...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, History, Ireland, Online Courses, Facebook Twitter, Trinity College Dublin, Kells, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The Roman Roads of Spain & Portugal Visualized as a Subway Map: Ancient History Meets Modern Graphic Design

Between the first century BC and the fourth century AD, Rome displayed what we might call an impressive ambition. In his project illustrating those chapters of history in a way no one has before, statistics student Sasha Trubetskoy has shown increasingly Roman-grade ambitions himself, at least in the realm of historical graphic design. We've previously featured his modern subway-style maps of as well as  here on Open Culture. Today, we have , the region today occupied mainly by Spain and Po...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, College, Spain, History, Rome, Portugal, Seoul, Iberia, Facebook Twitter, Roman Empire, Colin Marshall, Antoninus, Sasha Trubetskoy, Trubetskoy

Put on your hock-dockies, and let's read a little more...

... from the 1869 book, "The Slang Dictionary: Or, the Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and 'Fast' Expressions of High and Low Society."(Click image to enlarge and clarify.)What do you think of the "Gipsy" origin of "hocus pocus" and the alternative explanation that it's a mockery of the Eucharist? Etymonline buys into the "sham-Latin" explanation, but the OED says "The notion that hocus pocus was a parody of the Latin words used in the Eucharist, rests merely on a conjecture...."I like these other...
Tags: Marriage, Law, Wikipedia, Shoes, History, Language, Drinking, Hodge, Hobson, John Stuart Mill, Snopes, Ann Althouse, Clowns, Gipsy