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August 23, 2011

Affirmative Action For Colonial White People

Whiteness, as a concept, dates back to the early 1700s when slave holders wanted to basically destroy any solidarity slaves and non-slave laborers had with each other. T.Coates quotes a bit about this below, but for more check out Tim Wise's works. Affirmative Action For Colonial White People - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Personal - The Atlantic
Much of this pioneering work involved using the law to sever ties between white servants and black slaves who, in the early to mid 1600s, intermixed and intermaried. The new laws elevated the status of white servants, while lowering the status of black slaves. This particular bit from Morgan caught my eye: In an act that created perhaps the most invidious distinction between them, the assembly protected the property of servants while confiscating what belonged to slaves. During the seventeenth century it had been common for masters to give a cow or a pig to a favored slave or to allow slave to acquire such property by extra efforts of their own. But in 1705,in the same act that authorized the dismemberment of unruly slaves, the assembly provided that servants were to have the sole use, benefit and propriety of any property they owned or that came into their possession by gift or any other lawful means, but that "all horses, cattle and hogs, now belonging, or that hereafter shall belong to any slave, or of any slaves mark...shall be seized and sold by the church-wardens of the parish...and the profit therof applied to the use of the poor of the said parish." Thus even the small property previously allowed to slaves who had the excess energy and industry to work for it was handed over to poor whites--a highly effective device for dissociating the two.

August 21, 2011

One of My Former Students Got to Touch a Real, Dead Giant Squid!!!

Gizmodo and io9's Late-Night AMNH Adventure Was the Coolest Thing...

August 18, 2011

The Civil War was not a tragedy

Ta-Nehisi Coated of the Atlantic addresses people who claim that the Civil War was a preventable tragedy, people who claim it was about competing market paradigms, or anyone who refuses to discuss the war without addressing the slaves at the heart of it. Powerful stuff. Read it. The Civil War Isn't Tragic Cont. - Ta-Nehisi Coates - National - The Atlantic

August 04, 2011

Word Fun: Juvenoia

It's the baseless fear that the world/internet/video games/etc is corrupting the youths. Word Spy - juvenoia
n. The baseless and exaggerated fear that the Internet and current social trends are having negative effects on children. [Juvenile paranoia.]

August 03, 2011

Me and Susannah Breslin are getting along pretty well today

And I feel like this is pretty good advice, as...

August 02, 2011

Woodward Ave. from 1861 through 2010

Back in the 1920s and 1930s, traffic was regulated via...

July 28, 2011

South Koreans Create Glowing Dog

South Korean scientists create glowing dog: report | Reuters South...

July 26, 2011

Chart: How the deficit got so big

Spoiler: It was Bush. How the Deficit Got This Big - NYTimes.com

July 24, 2011

Graph: Who are the biggest military spenders?

There is basically ONE country who seriously spend smoney on their military. Everyone else spends a fraction of that. stfuconservatives: America spends more on its... | Chris Haley is... THE ENTHUSIAST!

July 22, 2011

Today in Global Warming

Joe. My. God.: Predicted Highs For Today

July 18, 2011

Graph: Belief in Evolution vs National Wealth

America the Outlier : Pharyngula

July 09, 2011

The Social States of America

The maps shows who talks to whom. The Social States Of America - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast
This is what our state lines might look like if we drew them based on who actually talks with each other, at least according to cell phone data gathered by MIT. These are the geographic clusters of who texts with whom within an area, from the MIT Senseable City Lab's Connected States of America mapping project.

July 06, 2011

The Very Very Many Varieties of Beer

It's a poster just waiting to grace basements, indie bars, and dorm rooms across America. Pop Chart Lab — The Very Very Many Varieties of Beer