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This Apartment Building Is A Micro-City For An Entire Alaskan Town

Begich Towers (photo by Jessica Spengler, via Wikimedia Commons) About an hour southeast of Anchorage is the small town of Whittier. Alaska. In its pleasant summer months, when daylight can last nearly twice as long as in the lower 48 states, the town serves as a beautiful tourist destination and port of call for cruise ships along the Alaskan coast. Show More Summary

Anita Sarkeesian Recieved 157 Violent Messages on Twitter This Week

Image via Wikimedia Commons. It’s a matter of fact that cultural commentator, video game critic and host of the Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian takes a lot of shit from her haters. But, unless you’re a woman who speaks publicly on feminist issues, you might not be able to conceptualize how much shit she takes on a daily basis. Show More Summary

500 Years Later, Portugal Offers Citizenship to Descendants of Expelled Jews

King Manuel I, responsible for expelling tens of thousands of Jews from Portugal. Image via Wikimedia Commons. In 1492 King Manuel of Portugal, in an effort to forge stronger ties with Spain, drove out tens of thousands of Sephardic Jews, many of whom had settled there after being expelled from Spain in the Inquisition. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Fragonard’s Progress of Love: The Meeting

The Progress of Love: The Meeting, Jean-Honoré Fragonard Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Frick Collection. This was part of a series of four large paintings depicting four stages of love. All four, along with several smaller canvasses, are now in […]

Los Angeles County Jails Try to Solve Overcrowding Problem

Photo via Wikimedia Commons For years, Los Angeles County’s jail system has had too many inmates for their crowded, aging facilities. However, according the Board of Supervisors’ report released on Tuesday, law enforcement officialsShow More Summary

A History of Economics from the English Premiere League

Photo via Wikimedia Commons Since the English Premiere League relaunched in the 1992-1993 season, corporate sponsorships and advertisements have decorated the players’ uniforms (some so prominent that they are larger than the team’sShow More Summary

Thank the Parasites in Your Life Today

Photo via Wikimedia Commons Parasites are generally portrayed as ruthless organisms that give and refuse to take, living off their host organism in a non-symbiotic relationship. However, parasites actually play a very significant, and even beneficial, role in the world. Scientists estimate that around 50 percent of all organisms are parasitic. Show More Summary

Are Humans Inherently Polygamous? I Asked an Expert to Clear Up a Few Sex Myths for Me

Image via Wikimedia Commons This article originally appeared on VICE Romania. When I was in secondary school, one of my teachers had me write an essay on sexual perversions. We didn't have the internet in Romania back then, and "porn" was only available in its softest form at the VHS store. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: E. Phillips Fox’s The Ferry

The Ferry, E. Phillips Fox Link is to zoomable images on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Fox was an Australian artist who studied and worked in Paris, adopting the brilliant color and free brushwork of the French Impressionists. Like his counterparts, […]

Eye Candy for Today: John Everett Millais’ Ophelia

Ophelia, John Everett Millais Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable version (22 MB) on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, London. Prompted by yesterday’s post on the mezzotint print by John Stephenson after this painting by Millais, and the fact that I last mentioned the painting back in […]

Israel-Hezbollah War Unlikely ... for Now

"Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Apache Helicopters Overlooking Greece" by Israel Defense Forces from Israel - Apache Helicopters Overlooking Greece. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Sunday's Israeli helicopter strike on a three-car Hezbollah convoy in Quneitra, southern Syria, was surprising given the seniority of the victims. Show More Summary

Difficulty Explaining Something is Not Useful Evidence

By Colibri1968 at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons Suppose I planted a small vegetable garden in a corner of my yard. In spite of my lack of any real gardening ability, it is coming along well. Everything is growing as it is supposed to, and I am thrilled that I will soon have fresh vegetables. Show More Summary

Scholars Can Finally Start Reading Ancient Scrolls Found Near Pompeii 

Via Wikimedia Commons In 79 A.D., Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii, a town south of Naples. Much of the town’s relics and dead were well-preserved by the volcano’s ash, but the scrolls in a library in nearby Herculaneum—called the...Show More Summary

Gamers Are Dying in Taiwan's Internet Cafes

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Pope Francis Offends Rabbit Breeders With His Recent Birth Control Remarks 

Photo via Wikimedia Commons On his trip home from the Philippines, Pope Francis gave his strongest defense yet of the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which explicitly states the church's opposition to artificial birth control. He denounced...Show More Summary

Solar Jobs Roughly Equal Coal Jobs in the U.S.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons There’s about as many U.S. jobs in the solar power industry as the coal industry, Vox pointed out yesterday. According to the Solar Foundation, as of 2014 there were more than 173,000 people employed in creating, selling, and installing solar panels on American homes and businesses. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for today: John Brett watercolor of the Amalfi Coast

Near Sorrento, John Brett Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, UK. I got to see the sea and curve of the land from the cliffs of Sorrento when I visited the Amalfi Coast some years ago, […]

First African Team to Compete in the Tour de France in 2015

Image via Wikimedia Commons. The Tour de France is one of the largest, most prominent cycling competitions in the world, but in over a century of annual races, not a single African team has ever competed. That changes this year: on Wednesday,...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: unfinished Paul Sandby oil sketch

An Unfinished View of the West Gate, Canterbury; Paul Sandby Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Yale Center for British Art. Here Paul Sandby, primarily known as a watercolorist, has started a landscape sketch in oil on paper. He’s laid in […]

“Marching to Selma,” Part 1: Civil Rights, Taking it to the Streets

Above: Image by Peter Pettus - Library of Congress. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.  Editor’s note: This post is the first in a series of ongoing articles that will cover a five-part lecture series presented by David Domke, professor and chair for the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Show More Summary

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