Daily Archives: April 5, 2012

What I Did With My Afternoon

Got the #GOPWarOnCaterpillars hashtag to trend worldwide on Twitter. Context: While discussing whether the GOP was carrying on a general War on Women with recent abortion access legislation in various states, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus pooh-poohed the idea, saying: If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media […]

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Scalzi Shakes His Cane At The Kids’ Music Today

The song in question: “Ass Back Home” by Gym Class Heroes: It’s a song in the genre of “Musician pines for his woman back home while he’s out on the road, totally not partaking in groupies,” the most famous of which for my generation is Journey’s lighter-launcher “Faithfully.” The song itself is actually not bad, […]

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The Big Idea: David J. Silbey

The famous maxim says that history is written by the winners. But happens when the other side not only doesn’t write a history, but can’t? This was the challenge that Cornell historian David J. Silbey faced when writing The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China — The Boxers, mostly Chinese peasants, were ill-equipped […]

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