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Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World' recording turns 50

A half-century ago, as turmoil and restlessness stemming from the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the rise of feminism, nascent hippie culture and other social and political changes spread across the globe, Louis Armstrong recorded a simple, unapologetic ode to peace and brotherhood that...

In the middle of the night, Baltimore removes its Confederate statues and residents celebrate

The history of the Civil War and the Confederacy are exactly that—history. America has a complex relationship with its history. Certain parts of it, we revere and treat as legend. Other parts, the grim and ugly ones, we shirk away from...Show More Summary

Global liveability has improved for the first time in a decade

4 hours agoNews : Daily Chart

THE past decade has been a tumultuous one. Civil wars, terrorist attacks and a financial meltdown have put pressure on the quality of life around the world. Small wonder then that the Economist Intelligence Unit, our corporate cousin, has found that most of the world’s cities have grown less liveable for expats and business travellers.

Charlottesville and the Trouble with Civil War Hypotheticals

Jelani Cobb on how the recent racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, illustrated the problem with the idea of a show like HBO’s “Confederate.”

Mayor Michael Nutter says Trump presser is racist manifesto: ‘He did everything but have a torch in his hands’

6 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter pointed out on Wednesday that President Donald Trump may never recover from his remarks this week defending people who marched with white supremacists to protest the removal of a Civil War statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. During a segment on CNN about...

If it’s a civil war, pick a side: Donald Trump, white nationalism and the future of America

6 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Sometimes America feels like the movie Groundhog Day: a place where we keep waking up again and again to the same shit, hoping against hope that this time — no really, this time — things will be different. So this time, the videotape of the police officer shooting the unarmed black man (or child,...

Confederate Monument Has Been Removed From Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever has removed a monument to California's little-known Civil War history. [ more › ]

Hollywood Forever Cemetery To Remove Monument To Confederate Soldiers

A Confederate memorial evoking California's Civil War past will be removed from Hollywood Forever Cemetery. [ more › ]

Today’s New York Daily News Front Page

6 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

From the New York Daily News editorial board: Donald Trump launched the Civil War’s Battle of Fifth Ave. in a staggering display of verbal weaponry Tuesday — and America lost. In no particular order, Trump took aim at the truth, history,...Show More Summary

Did you know 'apology' and 'civil war' were coined the same year? Thank Merriam-Webster's new Time Traveler feature

Merriam-Webster, the venerable dictionary publisher known for its often snarky Twitter account, unveiled a new feature on Monday that lets users go back in time. The online dictionary's Time Traveler feature allows curious amateur linguists and cultural historians to enter a year and see all the...

'Donald Trump is trying to start a civil war,' warns former US Labor Secretary

Donald Trump is "trying to start a civil war", a former US Labor Secretary has claimed in the wake of the US President's inflammatory comments on the Charlottesville attacks. Robert Reich accused Mr Trump of licensing violence as a "political...Show More Summary

What would a new US civil war be like?

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In March, Foreign Policy asked a number of national security experts to estimate the likelihood of a second US civil war in the next 10-15 years. The average estimate was 35%. This was before Charlottesville. Robin Wright of The NewShow More Summary

Here are all the Republican members of Congress who have called out the president

President Trump offered support for white nationalists and the Confederacy more than a century and a half after the end of the Civil War Tuesday, blaming the “alt-left” for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend and saying there were “very fine people” on both sides of the clashes. The president’s off-script comments were cheered […]

Virginia violence adds to push to remove Confederate statues

7 hours agoNews : The Lookout

As a descendant of Civil War soldiers who wore both the blue and the gray, a Kentucky mayor said he's taking his own stand — marshaling support to remove two Confederate statues from prominent spots in his city.

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

7 hours agoGenres / Fantasy : The Wertzone

Breq, the former starship AI-turned-military-officer, has secured the Atheok system and plans to wait out the civil war raging between the fragmented selves of Anaander Mianaai whilst investigating the ongoing mysterious events in the neighbouring Ghost system. Show More Summary

Trump Denounces 'Alt-Left,' Praises 'Good People' Protesting Civil War Statue Removal

At a Trump Tower press conference held Tuesday afternoon that was supposed to focus on infrastructure, President Trump addressed the tragedy in Charlottesville. He claimed he waited 48 hours to condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists...Show More Summary

Ten years after the crash, there's barely suppressed civil war in Britain

One truism of this era is that the average British worker earns less after inflation than they did when RBS nearly died. Most of us have seen not a recovery, but a ripping up of our social contract -- so that over 7 million Britons are now in precarious employment. Show More Summary

Wednesday Morning Linkage…

For your reading pleasure… Fabulous animated graphic on the establishment of Civil War monuments. White supremacists on their way to Lexington… The legacy of Reconstruction… Japanese economy shows some signs of life. Guam; how does it work? Meet the Su-57!  Share

The Morning Watch: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ VFX Breakdown, ‘The Matrix’ Video Essay & More

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to...Show More Summary

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