Greetings, citizens. Things are heating up again in Ukraine, and everyone and their dog are busy wondering why. Read More News in Europe: Not a Very Successful Ceasefire
Greetings, citizens, and what did I say? Scotland voted “No,” and the world did not stop. Read More News in Europe: Still Great Britain
The 1960s are retro cool these days, thanks to hit shows like Mad Men and Masters of Sex (not to mention all the Austin Powers movies). And while we admire the cool fashions (skinny ties! pillbox hats!), it’s all too convenient to dismiss the less-admirable aspects of the era (segregation, no effective birth control — not to mention how women were treated in general, childhood diseases like polio & measles). But many of those phenomena are returning along with the fashions — setbacks in voting rights, civil rights, and reproductive rights, not to mention the anti-vaccine movement which is causing a return of diseases we thought were eradicated. Read More Everything Old Is New Again
Citizens! What a week! There are a lot of (rather grim) news items, so let’s hear them. Read More News in Europe: Milkmaids Everywhere
Over the weekend, Russia essentially declared war on Ukraine, authorizing military force in Crimea and sending troops to occupy the area. As I write this, there are rumors that they will strike overnight, or provoke violence so as to retaliate, or fabricate violence so as to retaliate. Ukraine and Russia have a shared cultural and linguistic history – what the hell is happening? Read More Crimea River: What the Hell is Happening in Ukraine?
This week we’ve got tributes to the dearly departed, gun violence statistics, Freddie Mercury biopic news, and more. Let’s get right to it.
Every now and then, a situation arises in which seemingly disparate elements come together in perfect unison, like some cosmic Venn diagram. If you haven’t seen this on elementary school homework lately, it’s a diagram invented by John Venn in 1880 using overlapping circles to illustrate logical relations between a finite collection of sets. Read More Harmonic Convergence
Just last week, three alleged members of the Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot were denied bail when a judge extended their incarceration until June.
Read More Pussy Riot: A Timeline