the vagina of the female duck is a winding labyrinth that warrants the male's crazy corkscrew of a cock
Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The Mad World of Hat Making

quote [ Hat-making in the 18th and 19th centuries was a hazardous business, because it involved the use of many chemicals, one of which was the toxic substance mercury. Working in poorly ventilated rooms, hat-makers breathed in so much mercury fumes that a good number of them were driven out of their wits by mercury-induced brain damage. ]

In my no mad hat dance myself into insanity
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@1:38pmGMT] [5 comments]

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Black America, 1895

quote [ During the summer of 1895, in a Brooklyn park, there was a cotton plantation complete with five hundred Black workers reenacting slavery. Dorothy Berry uncovers the bizarre and complex history of Black America, a theatrical production which revealed the conflicting possibilities of self-expression in a racist society. ]

Hot damn, black America again
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Deathbed Confession Of Former NYPD Officer Raises New Questions About Assassination Of Malcolm X

quote [ Civil rights attorneys and Malcolm X's daughters revealed on Saturday new evidence that they said indicates the NYPD and FBI conspired in the assassination of the civil rights activist in Washington Heights 56 years ago to date.

In a letter written on his death bed, former undercover police officer Ray Wood confessed that he was tasked with infiltrating civil rights organizations and ensuring that Malcolm X's security guards were arrested days prior to the activist's assassination. ]

This is my shocked pikachu face.
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[by steele@10:07pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Look Magazine October 1967 1/2

quote [ 50 Years after the revolution that changed the world: Russia Today ]

Part 2

We've had a few post on Russian architecture lately, so thought I'd share a scan I came across in my research about our propaganda. It's not without its biases, but the pictures alone show much more depth and honesty of what was happening behind the Iron Curtain than much of the propaganda I was exposed to about USSR as a child.

Another dump of pictures, hundreds, a bit more recent.
What was the Soviet Union really like? - Imgur
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Thursday, 18 February 2021

John Brown's Farm: 125 Years in Support of Abolitionist History -

quote [ In 2021, the state of New York will celebrate 125 years of being caretaker to this historical site. The John Brown Farm attracts between 45,000-50,000 visitors per year, per site manager Brendan Mills. Mr. Mills notes that the Farm is one of the oldest historical sites in the state parks system. Interestingly, 2020 was a record year for visitation to the Farm, with an estimated 70,000 visitors, mostly from within New York. This influx can perhaps be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, or perhaps the resurgence of John Brown in popular media, such as through the primetime TV show The Good Lord Bird.

Or perhaps we can gauge the renewed popularity of the Farm, or John Brown, or antiracist history in general as connected to contemporary politics. As a result of the renewed Black Lives Matter movement that spread across the nation over the summer, there have been world-wide conversations over public monuments and their relation to race and racism. ]

One of these days I'd love to get around to all these sites and make 360 tours of them.
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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Giuseppe Ferlini: The Pyramid Destroyer

quote [ If there is something that characterizes archeology, it is the care, the almost exquisite touch that is given to the sites and that makes a tool as simple and limited as a brush the protagonist of the excavations, making the archaeologist have to spend hours and hours in the sun, setting aside just a few inches of sand or dirt to make sure that no small piece is missed. ]

Pyramid, we built this on a solid rock
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Saturday, 13 February 2021

Going Medieval on Your Gram | Esm Hogeveen

quote [ The plague is back. So is Gothic lettering, in unexpected places. ]

Bit o' recent pop culture aesthetics. [edit:] oh, this was teased next to the Dolly Parton article ? ah well.
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[by Paracetamol@6:15pmGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Soviet Modernism?s Enduring Baltic Legacy

quote [ Three decades since the USSR collapsed, the small Baltic states still have many visual reminders of a half century of Soviet rule. Today, the husks of grand modernist buildings look like monuments to the state?s vanity ? but their legacy also reflects the efforts of local architects who resisted stylistic conformism. ]

We have had a number of posts on SE related to Communist-era architecture in the Balkans. I thought this article would make a nice complement to the narrative those articles have provided us.
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Monday, 8 February 2021

Debt: The First 5,000 Years

quote [ For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors?of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payments, debt peonage, amnesty, repossession, restitution, the sequestering of sheep, the seizing of vineyards, and the selling of debtors' children into slavery. By the same token, for the past five thousand years, popular insurrections have begun the same way: with the ritual destruction of debt records?tablets, papyri, ledgers; whatever form they might have taken in any particular time and place.

Enter anthropologist David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years (July, ISBN 978-1-933633-86-2), which uses these struggles to show that the history of debt is also a history of morality and culture. ]

RIP David Graeber. I still gotta read his books. Perhaps I'll have the time soon since it looks like I'll be back on the road this summer.
[SFW] [history] [+3 Informative]
[by steele@6:42pmGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 5 February 2021

Postures of Transport: Sex, God, and Rocking Chairs

quote [ What if chairs had the ability to shift our state of consciousness, transporting the imagination into distant landscapes and ecstatic experiences, both religious and erotic? In an essay about the British and American fascination with rocking chairs and upholstery springs in the 19th century, Hunter Dukes discovers how simple furniture technologies allowed armchair travelers to explore worlds beyond their own. ]

Let me be your rocking chair
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