eventually, she asked to see Garrison's penis
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

A Brief History And Future of Screwing Over Haiti

quote [ Hi. Here is a pretty depressing episode about the history of Haiti and all of the terrible people, institutions, and worldviews that continue to screw it over. ]

Cody captures my emotional state pretty well when it comes to these sorts of topics.
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by steele@5:34pmGMT] [4 comments]

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Do We Need to Work?

quote [ Suzman contends that it was this free time that subsequently shaped our species?s cultural evolution. Leisure afforded long periods of hanging around with others, which led to the development of language, storytelling, and the arts. Human beings also gained the capacity to care for those who were ?too old to feed themselves,? a trait we share with few other species. ]

Interesting book review with examples of early slack.
[SFW] [history]
[by Paracetamol@11:52amGMT] [5 comments]

Thursday, 7 October 2021

The Chain Boats of Europe

quote [ In his travelogue, A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain describes an encounter with a curious boat on the River Neckar in Germany. ]

Chain-boat at the miner quay
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 1 October 2021

Mermaids and Tritons in the Age of Reason

quote [ For much of the eighteenth century, Western intellectuals chased after tritons and mermaids. Vaughn Scribner follows the hunt, revealing how humanity?s supposed aquatic ancestors became wondrous screens on which to project theories of geographical, racial, and taxonomical difference. ]

He just met a mermaid
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@11:24amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Hackney Borough Disinfection Station

quote [ When you came down with an infectious disease in the early 1900s in London, not only were you whisked away in a horse-drawn cart to the hospital, but the city seized your belongings and took them away to disinfect at the newly opened disinfecting station in Millfields Road, in the borough of Hackney. ]

But this aint it, it's time for disinfection
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@11:25amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 25 September 2021

The One-Eyed African Queen Who Defeated the Roman Empire

quote [ Cocky male monarchs underestimated Queen Amanirenas for her gender, her race, and her disability. Each time, they did so at their own peril. ]

where the one-eyed bitch is queen
[SFW] [history] [+1 laz0r]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 17 September 2021

Circassian Beauty in the American Sideshow

quote [ Among the ?human curiosities? in P. T. Barnum?s American Museum was a supposed escapee from an Ottoman harem, a figure marketed as both the pinnacle of white beauty and an exoticised other. Betsy Golden Kellem investigates the complex of racial and cultural stereotypes that made the Circassian beauty such a sideshow spectacle. ]

Outside the freak show
[SFW] [history] [+1 Insightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:04amGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 13 September 2021

One Woman?s Mission to Rewrite Nazi History on Wikipedia

quote [ Coffman knows the book is legit, because she happens to have a copy on loan from the library. When she goes to the cited page, she finds a paragraph that appears to confirm all the Wikipedia article?s wild claims. But then she reads the first sentence of the next paragraph: ?This is, of course, nonsense.? ]

I'd say it's surprising, but the more I read about US support for right wing reactionaries in nations that take even the slightest step leftward it makes sense that the US has seemingly become a clearinghouse for apologia and image rehabilitation of Nazi individuals and even ideology. There's an interesting memory hole surrounding World War 2 where the US and Allied powers have sanitized themselves and their Nazi allies in the name of Anti-Communism and western dominance.

Anyway, random WW2 links in the extended.

[SFW] [history] [+6 Informative]
[by steele@6:22pmGMT] [3 comments]

Saturday, 11 September 2021

11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11

I feel like people's obsession with Trump from 2016-200 really made them forget just how batshit insane the post 9-11 Bush years were. So here's a couple of twitter threads taking a walk down memory lane.

[NSFW] [history] [+6 Underrated]
[by steele@9:09pmGMT] [6 comments]

Monday, 6 September 2021

Let?s Go To The Tape

quote [ Why Memorex, Silicon Valley?s first true startup, evolved into something of a ghost kitchen of computing. ]

It was all summed up on a Memorex mixtape
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:07pmGMT] [0 comments]

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