Category: History

Disposable America

This article by Alexis Madrigal is an intriguing look at how the disposable straw explains modern capitalism, from its modern conception in the mid-1850s as a hygienic savior to its role in today’s culture wars as an ecological disaster. “…the straw has always been dragged along by the currents of history, soaking up the era, …

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Henry II & the meddlesome priest

During his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning, James Comey said that President Trump told him that he’d hope Comey would drop the Michael Flynn investigation. Senator Angus King of Maine asked if Comey interpreted the President’s use of “hope” as an order, Comey replied, “It rings in my ear as …

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America’s Forgotten History of Illegal Deportations

From The Atlantic: “It was a time of economic struggle, racial resentment and increasing xenophobia. Installed in the White House was a president who had never before held elected office. A moderately successful businessman, he promised American jobs for Americans—and made good on that promise by slashing immigration by nearly 90 percent. “He wore his hair …

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R.I.P. Bill Paxton

A very prolific actor, Bill Paxton, known for roles in Aliens, Terminator, Titanic, Tombstone, and over 90 acting credits, has died from complications after heart surgery. He was a young 61 years old. Aside from his Hollywood career, Paxton has a place in one of history’s most stunning events. At the age of eight, he …

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Margin of Error

The post-election autopsy is well underway. The obvious question, of course, is why was everyone so wrong about the eventual outcome? (Even some Trump advisors were skeptical he would win. So…) Specifically, why were the polls so wrong when almost every single poll had Hillary Clinton ahead 3-4 percentage points. Consider that most polls have …

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Everyone was wrong except for those who weren’t

How did everyone get it so wrong? All the polls, experts, newspapers, insiders and academics thought Hillary Clinton was going to win comfortably. The unthinkable happened instead. Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. What went wrong? Were there really “shy” Trump voters? All the predictions based on …

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Lady Gaga schools people about pop culture & history

At Hillary Clinton’s final campaign rally in North Carolina, Lady Gaga made an appearance in a striking costume that quickly became controversial as some people were (erroneously) calling it a Nazi uniform. Quick to vilify, these people apparently didn’t know the true history of what she was wearing. So to educated them, Lady Gaga tweeted this: …

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Black History is American History

(Pablo Martinez, The Associated Press) On September 24, 2016, President Barack Obama–the first black president–formally opened the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture alongside former President George W. Bush, who in 2003 signed legislation establishing the museum. On a side note, there are five living presidents, none of whom supports Donald …

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