News in Europe: Not a Very Successful Ceasefire

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

News in Europe: Still Great Britain

Greetings, citizens, and what did I say? Scotland voted “No,” and the world did not stop. Read More News in Europe: Still Great Britain

Everything Old Is New Again

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

News in Europe: Milkmaids Everywhere

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

Crimea River: What the Hell is Happening in Ukraine?

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?

Friday News Bites: Tributes, Entertainment News, LGBT Issues + More

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.

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Harmonic Convergence

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