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Wait, What? You Can’t Have Poor People Doing This!

Sebastian Thrun, he of the MOOC evangelism: The way Fast Company has it, Thrun chucks those San Jose State students under the self-driving Google car faster than he chugs up a hill on his custom-made road bike, leaving a panting MaxShow More Summary


The New York Times surveyed 7000 college freshman on their knowledge of history and geography. They did not know that much: The students have but a faint idea of the geographical formation of this country. They place Portland, Ore on the Mississippi River, and St. Show More Summary

Parental Interference

Jill Silos-Rooney talks about the “The Problem We’re Afraid To Name:” parental interference in schools. In recent years, I’ve had to deal with parents much more frequently than I ever imagined I would have to as a college professor.Show More Summary

The Greek Chorus Of Junk Mail

Random excerpts from the junk mail I’ve received today: Barack Obama May Be Finished Friday! Hang A Bunch is a 6-in-1 hanger that creates up to 600% more space in your closet. Organize your tops, jeans, dresses, and more;Donating-a-car...Show More Summary

War To End All Wars

As a followup to yesterday’s post, I went and searched on “war to end all wars” in Google Ngrams. The result was somewhat surprising: The usage of “war to end all wars,” which I had usually taken to refer to the Great War, and (at least...Show More Summary

The Great War, Changing Names

The war of 1914-1918 has been known by two main names after it ended: the Great War, and World War I. This is what it looks like as the name changed, abruptly in 1939-41: A small thing, but interesting.

Inner Lincoln

(Guest post! David Fitzpatrick is back, with more words of wisdom) I am a military historian by training though my graduate coursework at the University of Michigan included a heavy dose of American history. Because I teach at a community college, however, my teaching load is heavy on the “bread and butter” U.S. Show More Summary

11 am on 11/11/18

Old men and women in corners, With tears falling fast on their cheeks Robert Graves, “Armistice Day, 1918?

Mi·nu·ti·ae – The Small, Precise, Or Trivial Details Of Something

Unskewed Things Michael Kinsley remarks on in his review of Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann: Big words; excrement; umbrage politics; jargon; campaign journalists; trivial reporting; professional consultants; vomit; gaffes; horse-race reporting. Show More Summary

There Are More Ligaments In Heaven And Earth, Horatio, Than Are Dreamt Of In Your Philosophy

Especially in the knee: Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have provided the first full anatomical description of a previously enigmatic ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. Show More Summary


Obama’s reelection team thought about replacing Biden on the ticket with Hillary: President Obama’s top aides secretly considered replacing Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the 2012 ticket, undertaking extensive focus-group sessions and polling in late 2011 when Mr. Show More Summary

Do Not Read Each Other’s Mail

Henry Stimson David Kurtz, writing for Talking Points Memo, quotes Dianne Feinstein: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declares: “Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country...Show More Summary

Smallpox for Syphilis And A Disease To Be Named Later

Treatment of a Syphilitic Couple with Mercury Balm, 15th Century The Europeans brought smallpox with them, and the Americans gave them syphilis. Or so it appears: A study published in 2011 has systematically compared these European skeletons, using rigorous criteria for bone diagnosis and dating. Show More Summary

Burning the Midnight Photovoltaics

One of my students is working on a paper on how much solar power each branch of the military uses. It’s a fascinating topic, as the military has gotten (partly because of outside pressure, partly because of the usefulness of mobile energy sources like solar power for fighting wars) extremely interested in renewable energy. Show More Summary

Meta Weirdness

Dick Cheney is weirder than you imagine, even allowing for the fact that you imagine Dick Cheney to be weird: Fearing that terrorists might use the electrical device implanted near his heart to kill him, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he had his doctor turn off its wireless function in 2007. Weird.

A National Blessing

(Guest Post! David Fitzpatrick is back. He’s still a retired US Army lieutenant colonel who taught military history at the United States Military Academy and who now teaches United States history at Washtenaw Community College in Ann...Show More Summary

The Second Time As Farce

The House GOP got its singing chops on today: When reports surfaced that House Republicans sang “Amazing Grace” during a Tuesday morning meeting, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) responded with a laugh. “Isn’t that usually sung at funerals?” he joked with reporters. Show More Summary

Just As A Reminder: The Civil War Was About Slavery

From the Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union, 1860: These ends it endeavored to accomplish by a Federal Government, in which each State was recognized as an equal, and had separate control over its own institutions. Show More Summary

Today in GOP Dumbness

Rep. John Fleming, (R-LA): “Perhaps he sees this as the best opportunity for him to win the House in 2014. It’s very clear to us he does not now, and never had, any intentions of negotiating.” Perhaps he was fooled by the part where President Obama said he wouldn’t negotiate until the government was reopened. Easy mistake, really.

I Shall Now Shoot Myself In The Foot. And Your Foot. And The Foot Of The Guy Next To You.

Ezra Klein makes a nice point about the GOP’s profound strategic stupidity: It’s hard to overstate the magnitude of the GOP’s strategic failure here: Obamacare’s launch has been awful. More than a week after the federal insurance marketplaces opened, most people can’t purchase insurance on the first try. Show More Summary

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