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wmtc: what i’m reading: the deserters, a hidden history of world war 2

No one knows exactly how many US soldiers deserted from the Vietnam War, nor how many young men resisted conscription by going either to jail or to another country. The most conservative account puts the number at about 50,000, the highest at about dou… . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the deserters, a hidden history of world war 2

wmtc: james connolly, sid ryan, and marxism 2016

This is The Proclamation. The Proclamation was read by Padraig (Patrick) Pearse outside the General Post Office in Dublin on April 24, 1916. This marked the beginning of the Easter Rising. Rather less dramatically, a copy of the Proclamation has hung o… . . . → Read More: wmtc: james connolly, sid ryan, and marxism 2016

wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

On the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, these Revolutionary Thoughts of the Day are brought to you by the great Irish socialist, James Connolly.The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. (1910)This speech, from 1897, i… . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

Dead Wild Roses: Second Wave Smackdown – On Prostitution

It takes dedicated effort to remove these sorts of fiery speeches from the history of women. Oratory like this somehow doesn’t make it into the classrooms, or history lectures. So the lessons need to be discovered, theorized, and fought for in each generation of women making progress glacially slow. Yet we have helpful mnemonics for […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Second Wave Smackdown – On Prostitution

Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

Nihil est incertius vulgo, nihil obscurius voluntate hominum, nihil fallacius ratione tota comitiorum. Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote those words in the short book about a Roman court case, Pro Lucio Murena (For Lucius Murena). They mean, in English, Not… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Of all the outrageously unjust moments in United States history – and dog knows there are many to choose from – the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg holds a special place in my political underpinnings. It was an event I learned about early on, o… . . . → Read More: wmtc: a petition to exonerate ethel rosenberg

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Excerpts from Elizabeth Stanton’s address to the National American Woman Suffrage Association.   “Some men tell us we must be patient and persuasive; that we must be womanly. My friends, what is man’s idea of womanliness? Is it to have a manner which pleases him- quiet, deferential, submissive, approaching him as a subject does a […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Dead Wild Roses: John Stuart Mill – The Subjection of Women

John Stuart Mill wrote an essay in 1861 (published 1869) called the Subjection of Women. From this brief quote we can see the evidence that even in the 19th century there were people who understood how socialization effects people and how they behave. I’m constantly amazed that here and now in the 21st century I […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: John Stuart Mill – The Subjection of Women

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #OldNews about Alcohol and Planes

A warning against drunk driving. 6 Sept. 1949. Netherlands.@trouw #OldNews pic.twitter.com/yIFzzXo516 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) March 23, 2016 Roughly, it says: “Alcohol makes lumps. Whoever is not satisfied, can see it in this photo, which was acquired last night after a driver who was under the influence of liquor, first drove to the gate of […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #OldNews about Alcohol and Planes

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women

“Sarah Moore Grimké (1792 – 1873) was born in South Carolina, to a slave holding family. As an adult she came to Pennsylvania to live. Later, describing the agonies of conscience she suffered on the account of slavery, Sarah Grimké referred to the South as a “wilderness” in which they saw nothing “but desolation […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US Intervention In Syria: The Next Iraq

Here is a very brief synopsis of the US role in Syria. We will, for the sake of brevity, leave aside for the moment the obvious and documented facts of the US arming and supporting of the very terrorist groups they claim to be fighting; as well as th… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: US Intervention In Syria: The Next Iraq

Dead Wild Roses: Anthropological Norms Revisited – The Hunter Gatherer

Some food for thought regarding some of the assumptions of Social Darwinism. –Maria Mies, Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour (1986)Filed under: Feminism, History Tagged: Anthropolgy, Femin… . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Anthropological Norms Revisited – The Hunter Gatherer

Dead Wild Roses: Female Socialization – Mary Wollstonecraft

“Wollstonecraft concentrated on describing the state of ignorance and servility to which women were condemned by social custom and training. The passionate feeling with which her book is imbued give it wide social appeal and persuasive power. […] Wollstonecraft’s acute question – “how many generations may be necessary to give vigour to the virtue […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Female Socialization – Mary Wollstonecraft

Dead Wild Roses: The American Revolution – Abigail Adams/John Adams Correspondence – Rights for All?

“In 1776, when the letters reprinted below were exchanged, John Adams was in Philadelphia attending the Continental Congress. Within months of receiving his wife’s request that the “new code of laws” give some consideration “to the ladies,” he was hard at work, with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others drafting one of the world’s […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The American Revolution – Abigail Adams/John Adams Correspondence – Rights for All?

wmtc: what i’m reading: the invention of air by steven johnson

How do we know that the oxygen exists, and that oxygen is different from carbon dioxide? Well, we know it because we’ve been taught those facts. But how did that knowledge enter the scientific record? Air is invisible to our eyes. How did humans first … . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the invention of air by steven johnson

Scripturient: Decoding Alice in Wonderland

It is tempting to suggest author David Day’s lush new book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded is the final word on the mysteries and secrets behind Lewis Carroll’s iconic children’s fantasy, but alas, it would be an ov… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Decoding Alice in Wonderland

Dead Wild Roses: Unravelling Our Patriarchal Legacy – Allan G. Johnston

Cultural analysis at its finest. “Cultural mythology is often used in this way to distort what goes on between subordinate and dominant groups. It enables dominant groups to avoid seeing how much they depend on others to perform disagreeable labor in return for the low wages that help make privilege possible. Members of the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Unravelling Our Patriarchal Legacy – Allan G. Johnston

Scripturient: Judas, a Biography

Long before Darth Vader, long before Lord Voldemort, long before Stephen Harper, Judas Iscariot reigned as the supreme icon of evil in Western mythology. Judas betrayed God. How much worse can you get?* For 2,000 years we’ve used the term Judas . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Judas, a Biography

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

I brushed the snow off my solar panels a couple times on the weekend, and it helped with their production a fair bit. The full sun came out, and melted the remaining flakes off too. We watched Star Wars episode IV [8/10] and Empire Strikes Back [9/10] (Have them both on VHS), and several Star […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

Dead Wild Roses: Some Historical Misconceptions Dispatched

History is awesome! So rich, so vibrant…and mostly so amazingly garbled and riddled with inaccuracies. Here today is a modest start in correcting the damage. :)   Filed under: History Tagged: Historical Misconceptions, History . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Some Historical Misconceptions Dispatched

mark a rayner: Early Outbreaks of the Bozo Virus

Following the cataclysm of the Clown Apocalypse, researchers discovered there had been similar plagues throughout the ages. One of the worst outbreaks in history was the Great Buffoon Drive of ’47. Many thought it started with an especially bad o… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: Early Outbreaks of the Bozo Virus

Dead Wild Roses: Movies that Hollywood Won’t Touch – Neerja Bhanot -The Heroine of the Hijack

This is a heroic tale of a brave woman who sacrificed her saving children from terrorists. Can you ever imagine a Hollywood film portraying this kick ass female hero’s life? … Yah, me neither. It’s too hard for the hollywood dude establishment to tart up the heroine and tell a serious story at the same […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Movies that Hollywood Won’t Touch – Neerja Bhanot -The Heroine of the Hijack

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: reading 18th century history, reflecting on today

I’ve been reading about various wars in North America during the 1700s. Several things stand out to me. One is the idea that the governments were not able to control their people. Native elders were not able to prevent individual or small groups of native warriors from going off and killing colonists, and the colonists were unable to prevent individuals from going off and killing natives. The acts of individuals were then used to justify the acts of more individuals and of governments. The second thing is that the elites were manipulating everyone into war. Before the American Revolution, the Continue reading

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Scripturient: 1914: My Grandfathers’ Year

As I read further into Max Hastings’ book, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, I wondered, as I have done in the past when reading similar books about that time, what my grandfathers must have felt when that war broke out. What it meant to them… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 1914: My Grandfathers’ Year

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Short History of Wood Mountain Post

Stumbled across this video put together by Sask Parks. Some additional videos of Wood Mountain:   . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Short History of Wood Mountain Post