Monday, December 31, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
Anniversary of WWI's end reminded me to revisit family history from the period. Lots of Great War vets on dad's side, including a great-great uncle who was gassed and never the same. Found this old pic that Myron Hawley was in back in 1918. pic.twitter.com/rBFLH3jGyd— George Hawley (@georgehawleyUA) November 19, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Also, #iipcWAC18 seems like a perfect time for me to learn that my new book is up in @McGillQueensUP’s catalogue: History in the Age of Abundance? How the Web is Transforming Historical Research.— Ian Milligan (@ianmilligan1) November 14, 2018
You can pre-order or check it out at https://t.co/trL3OSKGfr. #webArchiving pic.twitter.com/2anPlgr4o2
Tlingit speakers travelling to 'historic' gathering in Alaska in effort to preserve language | CBC News https://t.co/99sEkgtqD4— Recovering Voices (@RecoverVoices) November 6, 2018
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Valuing tradition does not mean valuing the past as past. It means valuing what in the past was actually eternal and therefore has the potential to renew the present (while the mistake is to try and recreate the past).— Carlo Lancellotti (@_CLancellotti) October 29, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018
(Her show, Megyn Kelly Today was opposite The Wendy Williams Show. You know which one I'd always watch.)
29 October update: Late last week, Megyn Kelly Today was still listed for this week on the channel guide, but is now listed as Today Third Hour. And the last airing of her show on Friday (a rerun), was mostly pre-empted by coverage of the mail bombings. A fitting end.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
My scoop for @Harpers: Just days before her surprise resignation, Nikki Haley met in secret with the Council for National Policy, a group that essentially represents the vast right-wing conspiracy. I was the only reporter in the room when she spoke. https://t.co/sK9Z2juMHL pic.twitter.com/1H0zHRobhm— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) October 17, 2018
19 October update: It turns out Max wrote this for Browsings, the Harper's blog, and not the print magazine itself. Nevertheless, the article marks his first appearance in Harper's. He gets back into his Republican Gomorrah groove as he details Nikki Haley's "pilgrimage" (a week prior to her resignation as UN ambassador) to the "decidedly immoderate, highly secretive organization of right-wing, mostly evangelical Republican operatives known as the Council for National Policy, or CNP."
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
Avenatti tweets "chip in for Beto now" with an ActBlue link. But unless his followers click on that link in the text, they might not realize that only half of their donation is actually going to Beto. The other half goes to Avenatti's PAC. pic.twitter.com/dNA1enZR7G— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 11, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ford Fairlane is superior to A Star is Born and Andrew Dice Clay's performance was better back then. Remember that unforgettable line about Sting? https://t.co/lowvX1wd6B— armond white (@3xchair) October 11, 2018
Ford Fairlane is superior to A Star is Born and Andrew Dice Clay's performance was better back then. Remember that unforgettable line about Sting? --Armond White (@3xchair), Twitter, 11 October 2018
[To wit: "Is Sting really an a--hole?"]
Monday, October 08, 2018
Filling a city with an inadequate public transport system with speed cameras and doubling the fines after 2 weeks is one more thing @MayorBowser does to make DC uninhabitable for the working poor. Now she wants to quintuple fines & lower speed limits to 15 mph in some areas. https://t.co/uJKiMlrKIp— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) October 8, 2018
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Friday, September 28, 2018
The #KavanaughHearings offer an unsettling look at a particularly Catholic realm of elite DC suburban preppy culture. So many layers of damage there, all the way down to Kavanaugh and Judge's marriage & sex counselor, who also taught Neal Gorsuch. https://t.co/CqK9isSKKq pic.twitter.com/h8Tw5C6nfF— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) September 27, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
Enjoying @edroso's new newsletter, incl this LOL moment: "The Federalist isn't some fringe operation -- it's run by Ben Domenech, former celebrity plagiarist and husband of Meghan McCain, sort of a Richie Aprile of the conservative movement." Subscribe! https://t.co/htTx5eAwTt— Nancy Nall Derringer (@nnall) September 14, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
1. Re @RuleandRuin’s grumpy piece on the historiography of conservatism (https://t.co/G3ols3owF1), @TomSugrue offers the full-throated defense of the discipline’s honor: https://t.co/20TalVTsja. I have a more specific point, undeniably motivated by some “presentist” concerns.— Sam Rosenfeld (@sam_rosenfeld) September 10, 2018
Monday, September 03, 2018
And so the sun seems to stand still this last day before the resumption of business-as-usual, and whatever remains of labor in this sclerotic republic takes its ease in the ominous late summer heat, and the people across this land marinate in anxious uncertainty. What can be done?
Some kind of epic national restructuring is in the works. It will either happen consciously and deliberately or it will be forced on us by circumstance. One side wants to magically reenact the 1950s; the other wants a Gnostic transhuman utopia. Neither of these is a plausible outcome. Most of the arguments ranging around them are what Jordan Peterson calls “pseudo issues.” Let’s try to take stock of what the real issues might be.
Energy: The shale oil “miracle” was a stunt enabled by supernaturally low interest rates, i.e. Federal Reserve policy. Even The New York Times said so yesterday (The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Underground). For all that, the shale oil producers still couldn’t make money at it. If interest rates go up, the industry will choke on the debt it has already accumulated and lose access to new loans. If the Fed reverses its current course — say, to rescue the stock and bond markets — then the shale oil industry has perhaps three more years before it collapses on a geological basis, maybe less. After that, we’re out of tricks. It will affect everything.
The perceived solution is to run all our stuff on electricity, with the electricity produced by other means than fossil fuels, so-called alt energy. This will only happen on the most limited basis and perhaps not at all. (And it is apart from the question of the decrepit electric grid itself.) What’s required is a political conversation about how we inhabit the landscape, how we do business, and what kind of business we do. The prospect of dismantling suburbia — or at least moving out of it — is evidently unthinkable. But it’s going to happen whether we make plans and policies, or we’re dragged kicking and screaming away from it.
Corporate tyranny: The nation is groaning under despotic corporate rule. The fragility of these operations is moving toward criticality. As with shale oil, they depend largely on dishonest financial legerdemain. They are also threatened by the crack-up of globalism, and its 12,000-mile supply lines, now well underway. Get ready for business at a much smaller scale.
Hard as this sounds, it presents great opportunities for making Americans useful again, that is, giving them something to do, a meaningful place in society, and livelihoods. The implosion of national chain retail is already underway. Amazon is not the answer, because each Amazon sales item requires a separate truck trip to its destination, and that just doesn’t square with our energy predicament. We’ve got to rebuild main street economies and the layers of local and regional distribution that support them. That’s where many jobs and careers are.
Climate change is most immediately affecting farming. 2018 will be a year of bad harvests in many parts of the world. Agri-biz style farming, based on oil-and-gas plus bank loans is a ruinous practice, and will not continue in any case. Can we make choices and policies to promote a return to smaller scale farming with intelligent methods rather than just brute industrial force plus debt? If we don’t, a lot of people will starve to death. By the way, here is the useful work for a large number of citizens currently regarded as unemployable for one reason or another.
Pervasive racketeering rules because we allow it to, especially in education and medicine. Both are self-destructing under the weight of their own money-grubbing schemes. Both are destined to be severely downscaled. A lot of colleges will go out of business [Note: I'll keep track of colleges going defunct.--P.Z.]. Most college loans will never be paid back (and the derivatives based on them will blow up). We need millions of small farmers more than we need millions of communications majors with a public relations minor. It may be too late for a single-payer medical system. A collapsing oil-based industrial economy means a lack of capital, and fiscal hocus-pocus is just another form of racketeering. Medicine will have to get smaller and less complex and that means local clinic-based health care. Lots of careers there, and that is where things are going, so get ready.
Government over-reach: the leviathan state is too large, too reckless, and too corrupt. Insolvency will eventually reduce its scope and scale. Most immediately, the giant matrix of domestic spying agencies has turned on American citizens. It will resist at all costs being dismantled or even reined in. One task at hand is to prosecute the people in the Department of Justice and the FBI who ran illegal political operations in and around the 2016 election. These are agencies which use their considerable power to destroy the lives of individual citizens. Their officers must answer to grand juries.
As with everything else on the table for debate, the reach and scope of US imperial arrangements has to be reduced. It’s happening already, whether we like it or not, as geopolitical relations shift drastically and the other nations on the planet scramble for survival in a post-industrial world that will be a good deal harsher than the robotic paradise of digitally “creative” economies that the credulous expect. This country has enough to do within its own boundaries to prepare for survival without making extra trouble for itself and other people around the world. As a practical matter, this means close as many overseas bases as possible, as soon as possible.
As we get back to business tomorrow, ask yourself where you stand in the blather-storm of false issues and foolish ideas, in contrast to the things that actually matter.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Oh god: A guy just walked by with two squash racquets sticking out of his bag. And Rick Astley is playing on the video screens. If it weren’t for the smartphones, I’d think I walked into an ‘80s time warp.— Nancy Nall Derringer (@nnall) August 30, 2018
With this site, maybe the bar could be located, or at least guessed at.
1 September update: This list of the top fifteen squash courts and clubs in Toronto would be helpful too.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Wait. @Madonna aka Madge can open schools, hospitals and raise almost a million dollars for underprivileged kids and Twitter judges are silent..but let her tell a story about how Aretha influenced her and she is trending. It's not Madonna with screwed up priorities it's you.— Don (@DonWayneHair1) August 21, 2018
Madonna getting embalmed pic.twitter.com/vrznTKV2Vn— Christian (@christianismad) August 21, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Another instance of New York slowly becoming like a theme park, according to Jeremiah Moss.
Two things that occur to me:
I keep thinking about that fake stoop. The stoop, so utterly urban, normally brings the inside out; facing the street, it engages residents with the sidewalk ballet.
Lately, I've been watching reruns of Hey Arnold! on Teen Nick. One of the minor characters is named Stoop Kid. He doesn't just hang out on the stoop but lives on it, and apparently never leaves it. And not only doesn't he "engage with the sidewalk ballet" he actively rejects it, shouting at passersby who seem to get too close to his stoop, not unlike the stereotypical old man yelling at people to get off his lawn.
CBGB was never an abbreviation but an acronym: "Its full name of CBGB & OMFUG stands for 'Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers'."--Wikipedia
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
modern prehistoric housing— Thy Svid (@okolikon) July 28, 2018
(the photo by Prokudin-Gorskii) pic.twitter.com/JYq7E7N767
I don't get to The Ave that much, so forgot how big & independent @ubookstorereads actually is. I picked up this interesting book by @annebyrn (@rodaleinc) because Lady Baltimore Cake! pic.twitter.com/vZK1Htkjd3— Entre Rios Books (@EntreRiosBooks) July 15, 2018
Homemade Lady Baltimore cake, cappuccino; Vivaldi Gloria on the radio; light rain, rabbit in the backyard. Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/DpWKZeTIyu— Bill Thayer 🎗️ LacusCurtius (@LacusCurtius) May 20, 2018
Curious about the history of cake in America? Join us today @amhistorymuseum at 1:00 PM to learn about one of America's most beloved cake pairings: Lord and Lady Baltimore cakes. One features figs, the other cherries -- how fanciful! #SmithsonianFood INFO: https://t.co/grTipb5VRl— Dr. Ashley Rose Young (@AshleyRoseYoung) April 6, 2018
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Today @niasknaw hosted a successful workshop “Decolonizing knowledge”, on the development of knowledge cultures in Indonesia, India and Africa after independence. On the intersection of history of science, book history, and political history pic.twitter.com/Y4RVB2hCwL— Remco Raben (@RemcoRaben) May 28, 2018
New post on our blog! Georg Gangl discusses the "Theses on Theory and History" by Wild On Collective (@ekleinberg) in the disciplinary context of the philosophy of history: https://t.co/P1KOiQ56ce#TheoryRevolt— Centre for Philosophical Studies of History (@CpshOulu) May 28, 2018
So I've been working on this for a while - and it's now live. A website stuffed full of rare programme archives, unseen interviews, documents, and photos, all exploring the long history of the BBC's attempts to embrace a diverse, multicultural worldhttps://t.co/a6HY13X5jB pic.twitter.com/jSPSUxbCKQ— David Hendy (@DavidjHendy) July 18, 2018
Sunday, July 08, 2018
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Dr. Elizabeth Scott from WDM/ @wdmtweets discusses using microhistory for #Sask history/stories; emphasizes that we can ask new questions of old sources to find new understandings of both artifact and nonartifact histories #shfs2018 #masconf18 pic.twitter.com/IPqGTsnqD1— Laura Larsen (@triticum_red) June 8, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
I am saddened to see Mother Jones turn into a haven of neocon Cold War conspiracism with backing from a right-wing Silicon Valley billionaire https://t.co/iP9PPFtJM8 Also, Corn doesn’t challenge a single fact in @aaronjmate’s entirely accurate piece. https://t.co/ya0xIbdHwZ— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) June 14, 2018
I am saddened to see my old home, The Nation, publish apologia for Trump and Russia. https://t.co/2n8nhffqhD— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 14, 2018
Neither magazine is what it used to be. And it occurred to me recently that The Smoking Gun isn't discussed much anymore.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
1. Pay off credit card each month.— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) June 3, 2018
2. Don’t drink (save hundred$/ month - donate to a good cause instead)
3. Don’t buy or lease a vehicle.
4. Live close enough to work to walk to it.
5. Don’t get cable.
6. Eat out sparingly.
7. Save 20% of your paycheck.
8. Become a minimalist. https://t.co/FDPM9LITvs
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Excellent blog by @richardheinberg on why in 2005 peak oil advocates like us couldn't see the shale boom coming, and will struggle to get our message that it is in fact a giant Ponzi scheme out before the bubble bursts https://t.co/mZLXBQLDtT Meanwhile: pic.twitter.com/6GSXUw7K0d— Jeremy Leggett (@JeremyLeggett) March 7, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Baltimorean who is 41 with zero retirement savings who has never had a six-figure government job with a pension says people who have to go to work all fucking day and still make time to do whatever they can to “fix” Baltimore are sick of these rich fucking scolds.— Snazzy! Snazzi! Snazzé! (@disnazzio) May 24, 2018
New rule, if you were born before 1970 or if you have ever made 100k or more in a year, you don’t get to use the word “whining” anymore. We heard you the first 500 fucking trillion times you tiresome dicks.— Snazzy! Snazzi! Snazzé! (@disnazzio) May 24, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
I'm-a gonna watch at least part of the royal wedding tomorrow, I'm-a enjoy it, and none of you wet blankets, dweebs and won't-someone-think-of-the-poor-of-England hand-wringers are going to harsh my mellow. Life contains both misery and celebrations, and this one has great hats.— Nancy Nall Derringer (@nnall) May 18, 2018
My two cents on whatever it was that happened yesterday https://t.co/7Yzm52yTIB— William Whiteman (@willmwhiteman) May 20, 2018
No they’re inbred parasitical morons. https://t.co/ksCZPXkU1o— Doug Henwood (@DougHenwood) May 20, 2018
To which @ljhickey24 says:
We’ll take the Royals off ur hands in exchange for Trump & Family— maryjane ☘️ (@ljhickey24) May 20, 2018
Hey media companies: “in case I missed the royal wedding”? I didn’t miss it. I skipped it. That was on purpose. Quit reminding me of something I was intentionally avoiding.— Ted Rall (@TedRall) May 20, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Friday, May 04, 2018
MayDay: Saving Our Archives! On May 1-this year & every year-you can do something that will make a difference when & if an emergency occurs. That’s the purpose of MayDay-a grassroots effort whose goal is to save our archives. See @archivists_org MayDay https://t.co/6Witu7TbjM pic.twitter.com/9DZNGl1koF— SAA Preservation (@SAApreservation) April 25, 2018
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Before his assassination in 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. started to realize his "dream" had become a nightmare. MLK then started working on the #PoorPeoplesCampaign so we can get our "check." It's no surprise mainstream media won't play this footage even on this day. #MLK50 pic.twitter.com/k6S3izFyKZ— The Black Detour (@theblackdetour) April 4, 2018
He was complicated.
Monday, April 02, 2018
Save the UT Libraries! -- A library without books is NOT a library.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Mother and her two teenagers pass this pop-art piece depicting Reagan at the Hirshhorn. “Who is that?” she asks the daughter, who doesn’t know. Distressed, she then asks her son: “Who is that?” He doesn’t know. The look on her face... pic.twitter.com/HhNo4rN3k8— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) March 31, 2018
They probably think Paul Newman is the old dude who makes salad dressing.
Because my ability to keep up with good stuff that I should be reading is barely adequate I missed this superb tribute to "adequacy" as a concept & a standard for most people most of the time. One does something well enough to contribute &/or to enjoy. https://t.co/DgRMfY9qQ0— Jim Grossman (@JimGrossmanAHA) March 22, 2018
How historians @jmjafrx and @marthasjones_ extended the reach of their graduate seminar far beyond @JohnsHopkins . Any historian can do this: #EverythinghasaHistory & all histories have people who are interested. https://t.co/aWjkG4bIRm— Jim Grossman (@JimGrossmanAHA) March 22, 2018
A single computer failure can wipe out an entire digital photo collection, destroying years of a family's carefully curated memories.— Facet Publishing (@facetpublishing) March 22, 2018
How can library and information professionals help? https://t.co/jVMYn3Hwci#digitalarchive #archiving #digitalpreservation #digitalmemory pic.twitter.com/Ha7w5DSAFj
Just in time for #NEAARTSP18! JCAS volume 5, article 1 has been published: https://t.co/UcIMQC1it3— Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (@JCASonline) March 22, 2018
Meghan Rinn of @BarnumMuseum discusses gaps in subject headings related to disabilities.@NEarchivists @ArchivistsRT pic.twitter.com/5IVfU5m7El
Friday, March 30, 2018
On another note, this is interesting: U.S. Utilities Look To Electric Cars As Their Savior Amid Decline In Demand.
Jan Adams makes a dystopian prediction re: driverless cars.
31 March update:
bumping this again after reading the @nytimes story on the recent Model X crash, which it incorrectly called the “second fatal crash in which the Autopilot system.” https://t.co/i9jExgMOM6 https://t.co/KOIsZkVest— Ryan Felton (@ryanfelton) March 31, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Federation of American Scientists link to CRS Reports
Congressional Research Service [CRS] Reports
The Congressional Research Service, a component of the Library of Congress, conducts research and analysis for Congress on a broad range of national policy issues. While many CRS memoranda are generated in response to individual Member or staff inquiries and are confidential, most CRS reports are available to anyone who has access to a congressional intranet.
Yet at the direction of Congress, CRS does not make even its non-confidential publications directly available to the public online. In order to help overcome this unnecessary barrier, the Federation of American Scientists endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible. These reports are provided without congressional or CRS authorization as a public service.
Max Blumenthal opines:
.@ABC rewarding #Roseanne's long record of industrial level racism and anti-Palestinian incitement with a sitcom reboot is just another instance of corporate media fueling right-wing Trump culture https://t.co/pih8HpGcb0— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) March 28, 2018
The interesting thing to me is when something is revisited after many years, and seeing what changes and what stays the same. Imperial Bedrooms, the Bret Easton Ellis novel from 2010 is an example. Set twenty-five years after Less Than Zero, Imperial Bedrooms is current, but its characters haven't changed much. Rip may be constantly texting and watching CNN on a laptop, but he's still malevolent.
Then there's the new YouTube Red series, Cobra Kai. From what I can tell from the trailer h
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
REGION: CLOWN POLITICIANS PLAY-IN MATCH— WorstTweetAllTime (@WorstDamnTweet) March 22, 2018
Lieu's "Prison labor is good..."
King's "American babies..."
Whose tweet was worse?