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Scripturient: Moses Revealed

He was a murderer, a sorcerer, a slave owner. He betrayed his adopted family and led a rebellion against them. He was a charismatic firebrand, an oracle, and a misfit. He fluctuated between fits of rage and periods of meekness. He led his forces to com… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Moses Revealed

Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Remember the case of Alger Hiss? I didn’t think so. It was before your time. Mine too. But let me jog your memory, just in case you’re older than I am. Or perhaps just well read in recent history. Hiss was a US government employee, a diplom… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Scripturient: Demagogues and dictators

I’m not sure why they fascinate me, but I’ve been reading about demagogues and dictators for many decades now and still can’t seem to get enough of them. Of course, it’s in part because I like to read about politics in all its… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Demagogues and dictators

Dead Wild Roses: Eugene Debs – The American Politician We Don’t Hear Much About

From Wikipedia: “Eugene Victor “Gene” Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States.[1] Through his presidential candidacies, […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Eugene Debs – The American Politician We Don’t Hear Much About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain: Population 21

When I was ten, my family picked up an exchange student from the Regina airport. It was Winter. As the South American boy rode with me on the van bench, across an open prairie between Regina and Moose Jaw, he asked how many people lived in Wood Mountain. I replied proudly, “Forty people live in […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain: Population 21

Scripturient: The Myth of Persecution

I just finished reading The Myth of Persecution by theology professor Candida Moss (Harper One, New York, 2013). I picked it up because of my general interest in theology, but also my more specific interest in early church history. I didn’t reali… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Myth of Persecution

Dead Wild Roses: Happy Gotcha-versairy, Shadow!

On May 15, 2012, Arb and I took possession of the house we now live in. Back in early April 2012, literally the same day we closed on the house, I started looking on Petfinder for a dog. We were going to have a fenced yard, and I had always wanted a dog. Arb grew up with […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Happy Gotcha-versairy, Shadow!

Dead Wild Roses: The Real Vietnam War – Nick Turse

The history that we’re not told about, the history that we need to know. Twenty five minutes of what we are not supposed to know. Nick Turse describes the horror that is war.Filed under: History Tagged: History, Kill Anything that Moves, Nick … . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Real Vietnam War – Nick Turse

Scripturient: Stoic or Epicurian?

I’ve been listening to the History of Rome podcasts of late and was pondering on some of the comments about the emperor Marcus Aurelius. He was, before listening, one of my top three choices for best ruler of the empire. What better role model th… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Stoic or Epicurian?

Dead Wild Roses: Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Women – Gerda Lerner

Seventy two years (+) of struggle just to get right to vote, and an uphill battle *all* of the way. Now who exactly was creating such resistance to positive social change? Hmm… now that is quite the puzzle now isn’t it. Those in power will never willingly concede their power. Not ever. What it takes […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Women – Gerda Lerner

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