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Signposts of the New Gilded Age, No. 309

The Department of the Navy is advertising a summer internship as a “Student Trainee Laborer.” It is paid, admittedly, but doesn’t strike me as a particularly educational experience: This position is that of a Student Trainee (Laborer) assigned to perform a combination of tasks requiring little or no special skill, experience or training. Show More Summary

In A Continuing Series On Things That Might Still Go Boom.

World War II will not be entirely over for a long while: Tens of thousands of city residents and U.S. Army soldiers here will evacuate their homes, offices and barracks Thursday as military explosives experts, seasoned by duty in Afghanistan,...Show More Summary

Your Random Human Rights Reminder

Given today’s xkcd cartoon: I wanted to reiterate the point in this post. “Free speech rights” and “the First Amendment” are not synonymous with each other. The First Amendment is the American legal manifestation of the right to free speech, but the right exists outside the United States and existed before the first amendment. Show More Summary

First Emoticon: 1648?

Everything is older than you think it is: We interrupt our blogging of Daniel Deronda to share breaking news: In reading some of Robert Herrick’s poetry last night, I discovered what looks to be the first emoticon! It appears at theShow More Summary

I, the Gentry

A year ago, Rebecca Solnit write a “Diary” item for the London Review of Books titled “Google Invades”, complaining of the influx of moneyed Silicon Valley types, from Google, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, etc., into San Francisco. I sent in a short response, and the LRB published it (it’s appended to the piece online). Show More Summary

Brain Rewires Itself, Panic at Eleven.

Neuroscientists are discovering that online reading rewires the brain in favor of high speed sorting and filtering, rather than deep concentrated reading: To cognitive neuroscientists, [the rewiring] is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Show More Summary

This Blog Was In London, By The Way

And, at times, over London: Thus the radio silence. I’m back!

The Ron Rand Paul Revolution Aims For 2016

Rand Paul, Lifting Off Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is putting together “a network in all 50 states” to jump-start his Presidential run in 2016. This is a warning shot across the bows of Republican rivals like Chris Christie, MarcoShow More Summary

I Don’t Think You’re Clear On What “Ultimate Authority” Means

The National Football League is moving to a centralized replay system. That will enable referees at games to consult with the NFL’s Officiating Command Center in New York on controversial plays. Asked Monday how the system would work...Show More Summary

Pedal for the Living

(Guest Post! Ian Lekus is a lecturer in LGBT Studies at the University of Maryland and an LGBT Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA. He is writing Queer and Present Dangers: Sexuality, Masculinity, and the Sixties, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. Show More Summary

The Transfer of Knowledge

Political campaigns are giant startups that flare into existence in campaign season, hire thousands and spend millions, and then mostly wink out of existence. Others have made this point. What’s interesting me at the moment is what happens...Show More Summary

Founder of Blog Makes Good

Ari Kelman, who co-founded this here blog, manages to make good: Columbia University announced today that two acclaimed works will be awarded the 2014 Bancroft Prize: Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Ira Katznelson (Liveright Publishing Corporation / W.W. Show More Summary

Eek!

The cost of living is going up: We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your [Amazon] Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on July 14, 2014. Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Show More Summary

Making Me Think Even More Highly of Steve Jobs

After Glenn Beck made racist comments on his Fox News show, Steve Jobs was not pleased: When Apple founder Steve Jobs found out what Beck had said, he was furious. On a Saturday, Jobs, who hadn’t known Apple advertised on Fox, firedShow More Summary

Historical Vision and Greater Russia

Stephen Walt writes in support of learning history, but reveals that he hasn’t quite followed his own prescription: The United States and the European Union backed the anti-Yanukovych forces in Ukraine in a fit of idealistic absentmindedness,...Show More Summary

Ending the War

In 1945, as World War II ended in the Pacific, people turned to reestablishing small things: That day the commander of the British Landing Force and two other officers visited the grave of Will Adams at the nearby village of Hammamate. Show More Summary

Update on the Ukraine

1. Yes, Russia wants to annex the Crimea. Were we genuinely thinking something else? 2. No, there isn’t going to be another Cold War, whether Russia can afford it or not. Russia isn’t the Soviet Union, isn’t going to dominate eastern Europe, split Germany in half, and threaten the west. Show More Summary

In Russia, Map Annex YOU!

Note the map behind the presenter on Russia Today: The Crimea, now part of Russia. (h/t: @davekeating)

Baghdad Bob, Redux

Russian troops in Crimea? Don’t be silly: The defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, dismissed visual evidence — including numerous photographs and video clips taken by foreign correspondents and residents of the region — as “an act of provocation,” the state news agency Itar-Tass reported. Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Charles McKinney on the Rhodes College Civil Rights Conference

This is a slightly different kind of Leading Edge. Charles McKinney, a fellow Duke alum, helped organize and run a conference on civil rights at Rhodes College in Memphis. During the Conference, he posted regular Facebook updates on the speakers. Show More Summary

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