Category Archives: History

Staying Objective with the News on the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The news on the Israel-Palestine conflict can be a bit confusing, overwhelming, and at times misleading. The conflict is not as new as the media is making it look. The following post was put together in an attempt to get … Continue reading

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One night in 1979, fifteen hundred nuclear missiles were believed to be about to hit the United States An article about a very tense night at Strategic Air Command in Nebraska in ’79…   “Within seconds, everyone in the bunker … Continue reading

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Bhopal: Thirty years after the worst industrial accident in history…

…people are still suffering. Over 20,000 people are estimated to have died after an American-owned plant, Union Carbide leaked tons and tons of a poisonous gas.    “Before dawn on December 3, 1984, a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, exploded … Continue reading

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Emojis as a branch of cultural studies? O_o

When you think of cultural analysis, what pops into your head? For me, it’s Margaret Mead doing her ethnography of Samoa. But nowadays, people are studying little faces on screens. Are they modern glyphs? Are they a text of sorts … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Son To Release His Father’s Translation of “Beowulf” ““Beowulf” was most likely written in Britain—by whom, we don’t know—in around the eighth century. (That is Tolkien’s date. Some scholars put it later.) The plot is simple and exalted. … Continue reading

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Today in Texas History…

“May 16, 1968 On this day in 1968, 400 students at Edgewood High School in San Antonio held a walkout and demonstration, and marched to the district administration office. Ninety percent of the students in the Edgewood district were of Mexican … Continue reading

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Amarillo And A Random Nuke Train

Originally posted on Kristoffer Tripplaar Isn't A Real Photographer:
During my New Mexico Cold War Extravaganza last year I took a quick trip into Texas to stop by the long closed Amarillo Air Force Base. The base was closed…

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The Dark, Dark Side of Agent Orange

The effects of Agent Orange linger, with both the people of Vietnam and with Veterans of the War. The defoliant used to get leaves off the trees contained high levels of dioxin, one of the most dangerous toxics currently known … Continue reading

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The Anarchist Origins of MayDay

  In lieu of May Day 2014 #decolonize, I’m posting this informative article on the origins and significance of MayDay to workers. From the Worker’s Solidarity Movement page: “In 1887 four Chicago anarchists were executed. A fifth cheated the hangman … Continue reading

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Texas, an ERA state

Were Texas and the other states who ratified the federal Equal Rights Amendment ahead of their time? Texas has the amendment in the Bill of Rights in its state constitution.  (See 3a.) Some interesting history of why Texas had its … Continue reading

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