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Friday, 27 March 2020

Go big, or no home: How Americans are limited by super-sized homes

quote [ The American obsession with large homes?a matter of culture, policy, and economics?restricts smaller, more affordable options. ]

Supply chains become brittle but going back to decent is surprisingly hard, it seems.
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@8:13pmGMT] [2 comments]

Barnacle Goose: The Bird That Was Believed to Grow on Trees

quote [ In the days before it was realized that birds migrate, ancient scholars struggled to explain why some species of birds appeared and disappeared as the seasons changed. The idea that these little feathered creatures can travel thousands of miles in search of food and warmth was unimaginable. But the notion was not entirely an alien one. ]

The songs of the birds
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:12amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 22 March 2020

The imaginary king who changed the real world - Matteo Salvadore

quote [ Get to know the legend of the king known as Prester John, whose myth would impact the decisions of European leaders for 400 years. ]

Prester John is breaking downtown
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:28amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Baseball, BBQ, and Dead Ponies?A History of Fat Men?s Clubs in Texas

quote [ How the team finally got to the park is not learned. The price of the horse will be charged to the Fat Men. ]

[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@4:09amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Yakkos world but its every atrocity and act of imperialism the US is complicit in (final cut)

quote [ And now, the nations of the world, brought to you by Yakko Warner! ]

The classic work revisited.
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by steele@2:38amGMT] [5 comments]

Friday, 13 March 2020

Thinking In Parallels

quote [ Why do we find historical parallels so interesting for analyzing current events like the coronavirus?and what do they leave out, anyway? ]

History repeats, these feelings like the end times
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

1958 Sir Vival, a Two Piece Concept Car Created by Walter C. Jerome on Mission to Make the World's Safest Car

quote [ Walter C. Jerome of Worcester, Massachusetts was a man possessed by a mission to make the world?s safest car. In the end, he failed to advance auto safety but Jerome?s segmented sedan might easily qualify as the world?s strangest car. ]

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
[SFW] [history] [+2 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:04amGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Bathysphere: The World?s First Deep-Sea Exploration Vessel

quote [ On the afternoon of September 22, 1932, listeners across America and the UK tuned their radio sets to an extraordinary live broadcast that was being transmitted from inside a small steel sphere hundreds of feet below the ocean?s surface. Locked inside the sphere was naturalist William Beebe and inventor Otis Barton, who designed the device. ]

I can't really feel or dream down here
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [1 comment]

'Push' unpacks the core culprit behind global housing crisis

quote [ a $217 trillion global property business, worth more than twice the world?s total GDP ...the financial industry invents brilliant instruments that allow it to invade other sectors ... [the US government] sided with the banks. They encouraged foreclosures, gave money to the hedge funds and private equity firms, who then bought the distressed assets to make money. It?s the way the 2008 crisis has played an important role in increasing wealth inequality. ]

A film by Gertten who uses Leilani Farha, UN?s rapporteur on adequate housing to get to the bottom of the global housing crisis. He gets explanations from two Columbia profs, Sassen and Stiglitz quoted above, Italian, Roberto Saviano, who explains how offshore companies are in the property money-laundering business

[SFW] [history]
[by yunnaf@12:26amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 1 March 2020

How the Furby went from adorable pet to cursed object

quote [ In the two decades since its release, the wildly popular toy has cultivated a campy brand of paranoia. ]

He said "last night that furby it was talkin to me
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:46amGMT] [7 comments]

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