science or snake oil ? The official website
is flashy, but short on empirical evidence, and even admits that there is "no cure" for the common cold. The first doubts were from ABC News
. Then David Cowan
blogged about it. Now Michael Shermer
from the Scientific American, and publisher of Skeptic
weighs in an article called Airborne Baloney
The Luce Foundation Center
in the recently renovated and reopened National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, is more like a smörgåsbord-cum-antique store, packed in an overflowing archive rather than a more traditional museum layout. The collection is comprised of varying American art styles and genres in intimate display cases, with little in the way of context or reference. (Though the same site in this link is available on computers scattered throughout the gallery for further detail.)
Bill O'Reilly respondsYouTube
to a 8 year oldYouTube
(though he leaves out her saying "that idiot O'Reilly"). Bill and his "expert" Wendy Murphy (who claims that the ACLU supports child sex abuse)
agree that the girl's performance is child abuse - "the ultimate inhumane treatment of a child". Murphy goes on to highlight the danger possibility of "some [religious] nut [who] wants to hunt this family down." The many comments
at YouTube illustrate this point – while some are supportive, others call her a slut, and Tanzman6 (who has belonged to Right to Life and Peer Ministry clubs)
"This little chink should shut the fuck up. We should have killed her parents in Viet Nam when we had the fucking chance. Burn the bitch."
While the child obviously had help with her material, is O'Reilly right that statements like "religion has caused the genocide of nations" is propaganda about which she understands nothing? Even after considering that she is Lakota (Sioux) and probably related to Greg Zephier, an American Indian Movement Leader? [most material taken from Jesus's General]
Kissing is terrorist behavior now?
From the article: 'Shortly after takeoff, Varnier nodded off, leaning his head on Tsikhiseli. A stewardess came over to their row. “The purser wants you to stop that,” she said...The captain told Tsikhiseli that if they didn’t stop arguing with the crew he would divert the plane.'
Mildred Fish Harnack
was the only American woman
executed for treason during World War II. Born
, raised, and educated
in Wisconsin, she moved to Berlin
with her German husband Arvid
. Arrested by the Nazis in September 1942 for their pivotal role
in the Communist Red Orchestra resistance movement
, they were tried in December 1942: Arvid
was hung and Mildred
received six years hard labor. Reviewing her case (during the humiliating German defeat at Stalingrad
), Adolph Hitler ordered her retried in January 1943. This time, she was convicted, sentenced to death, and beheaded
in Plötzensee Prison
on February 16, 1943.
[Mildred's life is detailed in the 2000 biography Resisting Hitler: Mildred Harnack and the Red Orchestra.]
Taylor Hicks wins American Idol....
It could be something worth talking about given how powerful the show has become: #1 show on television, contributed to over 30 million records (records -- yes records not itunes singles) sold, and a show where Queen, Rod Stewart, and, tonight, TAFKAP (or he could be Prince again) are clamoring to be on it. Moroever, some conventional wisdom seems to support that the show is not karaoeke-izing pop music and instead contributes to it surprisingly positively
. While it might not lead to debates on metafiler, arguments as to what makes a good Idol can be seen here.
The Battle of Glorieta Pass
is considered the turning point of the Civil War, in terms of the New Mexico Territory. It happened March 26-28th, 1862. Initially Charles L. Pyron
and William Reed Scurry's
Confederate force, based at Johnson's Ranch
, thought that they had won the battle. They would soon learn that the Union troops, lead by John P. Slough
, had circled and destroyed their supplies, leading to Scurry's retreat towards San Antonio. More detailed battle info: [1
]-Some site photos.
Korat bar girls
. R and R from the Indochina war.
using the Freedom of Information Act with this handy form put together by the People For The American Way
is the only remaining western community established by African Americans after the Civil War. The promise
of freedom and land in the state of John Brown
. Though prosperous in the 1880's, it began to fade
. Its post office closed in 1953. It is now home to only 27 residents, with an average age of 80
, but the "Promise Land" has hope
Wake Nicodemus, wake.
(1886-1965) was a German thinker
who came to America
in 1933 after losing his job
for opposing the national socialism movement.
Tillich was at once a protestant theologian
and an existentialist philosopher
who attempted to intellectualize religion
and bring it to contemporary audiences in the age of science
. His brilliant writings
would typically weave together biblical passages with discussions of philosophy and science. In this most famous work, The Courage to Be
, Tillich laid out his case
of how man can resolve the existential crisis of facing non-being
. In echoes of Soren Kierkegaard
, Tillich attempted to explain how man could resolve the fear of nothingness with the Courage to Be in the face of Non-being
. Throughout his life, Tillich's ultimate concern
was to try to help man understand
the real value
by divorcing the concepts from the myths
and the religious and social dogmas
which cramp the mind of modern man
Engineering Perfect Americans
Were your immigrant ancestors considered genetically predisposed to become criminals? Were your mixed-ethnic ancestors thought to be polluting the nation's 'germ-plasm'? The Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement presents a well-put-together online exhibit/walkthrough of this disturbing vein in American history.
Best of the
Web American Idol:
Going to Greensboro
was a gamble for the pop TV show American Idol
, but one that has paid off in spades for tart-tongued tornado Rhonetta Johnson
, who is billed as a "terrible singer but with a mouth straight out of a pool hall and an ego bigger than Alaska
, who sports a rap sheet as long as her blonde wig, claimed she would become famous, and with the aid of the blogosphere
and web sites
such as rhonettajohnson.com
, she has delivered on her promise, even gaining the attention of Entertainment Weekly
, and going overnight from zip to in excess of a hundred pages on Google
How far will an online company go to make sure you're a good American? Some companies
will test you
like in a cheesy WWII movie drama. (screenshotted for posterity, but you can get there by clicking on "Unregistered?" on their website)
Art of the States
- American composers and their music. Real Audio streams of complete works.
Americans, German win nobel prize for physics.
They won for for their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique, which among other thing allows them to measure the speed of light to such accuracy that it is now used as the definition for the meter
, see if the laws of physics were the same at the beginning of time, and make gps satellites
work much better.
Is there a Mogan Dovid
in the Great in the Great Seal of the United States
? It may simply be a pleasing arrangement
, but some insist that it's George Washington's tribute to Haym Solomon
), the man who fueled the first American war machine.
Vote For The Worst American Idol
contestant and be a foot solider against cornball programming. In the battle between an Internet movement and television producers, so far the rouge site
has the lead. But as we get closer to the show's finale, can the contrarians keep the worst contestants
in the mix?
While blaming Democrats
still seems to be the rule, cracks appear to be forming in the far right's support of the Republican party. Some advocate a boycott on donations.
Others want the party to take its cues from the new Pope.
But, with some already paying the price
for going to far out of the mainstream, is it feasible to think that a demand to be 'more conservative' or 'more Christian' will be heard?
American Apparel ads: Porn pushers or youth prophets? (Now, Toronto)
Some believe American Apparel's amateur porn-styled ads using real models are retail brilliance – others say it's time for a boycott.
The argument I make in my book is that what I describe as the new American militarism arises as an unintended consequence of the reaction to the Vietnam War and more broadly, to the sixties... If some people think that the sixties constituted a revolution, that revolution produced a counterrevolution, launched by a variety of groups that had one thing in common: they saw revival of American military power, institutions, and values as the antidote to everything that in their minds had gone wrong. None of these groups — the neoconservatives, large numbers of Protestant evangelicals, politicians like Ronald Reagan, the so-called defense intellectuals, and the officer corps — set out saying, “Militarism is a good idea.” But I argue that this is what we’ve ended up with: a sense of what military power can do, a sort of deference to the military, and an attribution of virtue to the men and women who serve in uniform. Together this constitutes such a pernicious and distorted attitude toward military affairs that it qualifies as militarism. An interview with Andrew Bacevich
, international relations professor and former Army colonel, and author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War
--and here is a review
. Recently by Bacevich: We Aren't Fighting to Win Anymore - U.S. troops in Iraq are only trying to buy time
The increasingly spotty record of the GOP's involvement with voter registration companies.
This is a follow-up to Tueday's Nevada thread. If you registered to vote for the first time this year as anything but a Republican you should probably check to see if your registration was properly filed... you know, just to be on the safe side.
The National Museum of the American Indian
opened on Tuesday. Although generally praised, the occasion did draw some mild concern
that some groups are under-represented. The museum occupies one of the last few coveted spots on the National Mall
. Washington Post collumnist Courtland Milloy comments on the contrast
between the opening ceremonies for the museum in the home of the 'Redskins'. And I can't resist throwing in a plug for The Eiteljorg
(flash splash screen) which is the only other museum with a partnership with the Smithsonian collection.
Edison's New Media.
American Memory (natch) offers this sprawling archive of audio files
and filmic material
Uncovered while seeking an archive of piano roll recordings, unsuccessfully. Also noted: Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier
from the American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
What is the current state of American poetry?
Hank Lazer: Perhaps, contrary to the laments, we are now living through a particularly rich time in American poetry—an era of radically democratized poetry...In its anarchic democratic disorganized decentralization, poetry culture has developed in a manner parallel to the computer: the decentralized PC has beaten the main-frame. No one can pretend to know what is out there, or what is next. Who are some of the most notable American poets active in the beginning of the 21st century?
Diaries of the Lewis and Clark Journey. American Journeys
has a collection or primary source documents about the Lewis and Clark Journey across America, including the diary of Sergeant Charles Floyd (the only member of the expedition to die en route), Jefferson's letter to Clark where he suggests the expedition, and 63 engravings of Places and People. If you're into history, you might also want to vote on Wisconsin Turning Points
, a ballot to determine the most interesting topics in Wisconsin History.
The American People.
Greg Knauss' latest offering let's the Americans know who is speaking on their behalf. Nifty use of RSS technology. [via msippey]
Bush calls for same-sex marriage-ban amendment Pres. Bush
called for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage today, blaming "activist judges", the Massachusettes Supreme Court, and the mayor of San Francisco, among others, for attempting "to change the most fundamental institution of civilization."
How this call for an amendment plays out remains to be seen
, but Bush is taking a strong stance on this issue, in what some see as another 'big headline' proposal during the election season. What will this mean for the civil rights of homosexuals in this country? And how will voters react in November?
Stress epidemic strikes American forces in Iraq
Up to one in five of the American military personnel in Iraq will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, say senior forces' medical staff dealing with the psychiatric fallout of the war.
This revelation follows the disclosure last month that more than 600 US servicemen and women have been evacuated from the country for psychiatric reasons since the conflict started last March.
ass-hat: noun, a thoughtless or stupid person.
cliterati: collective noun, feminist or woman-oriented writers or opinion-leaders.
flexitarian: noun, a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat.
freegan: noun, person who eats only what they can get for free.
Some winners from the American Dialect Society's 2003 Words of the Year
Hats Off! A Salute to African Headwear.
'Many African cultures throughout the continent have long considered the head the center of one's being--a source of individual and collective identity, power, intelligence and ability. Adorning the head as part of everyday attire or as a statement, therefore, is especially significant. '
Related :- African Loxo: photos of hairstyles from the Fifties
(in French); mathematical patterns in African American hairstyles.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary...
Ok, but ever wonder what "quaff this kind nepenthe" means, or where "the night's plutonian shore" is? You'll be an expert on "The Raven" in minutes with this interactive annotation of Poe's classic Halloween poem. There are many interesting subjects on this site, which was linked previously in a thread about the mysterious toaster
who leaves cognac at Poe's grave every year on the writer's birthday.
We already knew
that frequent masturbation might cut prostate cancer risk
. But it turns out that this
is not a message fit for American families
. The details of the Lewinsky episode splattered across front pages of the US and abroad come to mind, but also Nancy Reagan pleading for stem research
SEE! Harvey Pekar
, file clerk extraordinaire, wrestle with mortality
with Harvey as he plots to re-sell his used books and records for absurdly inflated prices. FEAR!!!
for your sanity as Harvey takes you deep into the bowels of a Cleveland veteran's hospital. RAGE!!!!
with Harvey at the aggression and general obtuseness of people around him. He's a reasonable guy. He's also a noted jazz critic
, book reviewer
and radio commentator. Now Playing At A Theater Near You
Images of Native Americans,
from UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, is comprehensive online exhibit of over 400 years of text and images of Native American history. [via a Berkleyan article that has sample images and more info]
Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus, Love and war, Foxy Grandpa and Polly in a little hilarity, Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds, Refrigerator-Man, Mabel and Fatty viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco, Visitin' 'round at Coolidge Corners, Ranch Rodeo and Barbecue (1951), Panorama of Eiffel Tower , Colored troops disembarking, The mob outside the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition, Theodore Roosevelt's arrival in Africa, Trapeze Disrobing Act, Tourists going round Yellowstone Park, Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River, Girls winding armatures, Bird's-eye view of San Francisco, from a balloon , Walking hot dog, hamburgers, and disappearing Coca-Cola,
um, and The phable of the phat woman.
Selections from American Memory Online Films (More Inside)
Do Most Of You Yanks Really Understand What The Brits Here Are On About?
Although the cultural mistranslations are probably more a question of tone and habits of irony and understatement, Jeremy Smith's online American·British
, to be published next September, might be of some assistance. Although I still prefer Terry Gliedt's older but pithier United Kingdom English For The American Novice
and even Scotsman Chris Rae's English-to-American Dictionary
. Here's a little BBC quiz
to test your skills. It seems that Canadians
and [another cute quiz coming up!
] New Zealanders
are the only Metafilterians to completely capture all the varieties of English usage here. Perhaps it all comes down to the fact that non-U.S. users know much, much less about England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand et caetera than vice-versa? Does anyone else get the occasional feeling we're not exactly speaking the same language here?
"A cowboy who had gone out on a jolly"
British soldiers talk about surviving friendly fire, and call for the US pilot who attacked them to be prosecuted for manslaughter.
gives tips for those of you who are worried that the war will hinder your ability to "hook up with foreign hotties."
Get your I AM NOT AMERICAN™ shirt here.
From shirt creator Trevor Wilson: "This is not an anti-American web site, nor am I anti-American... These shirts are merely designed for folks from around the world - especially Canadians - to point out that they are not, from the United States. Though there's nothing wrong with coming from the good ol' U.S. of A, in the current political climate this shirt may come in extra handy."
As American As
Apple Pie What Exactly?
What food is truly American? Professor Louis Grivetti, of the University of California at Davis, provides a set of excellent, discussion-settling answers, packed with reliable and curious facts. (Be sure to click on the fascinating "Did You Know?
" links at the bottom of each of the 10 classic American food groups.) How many Europeans know, for instance, that tomatoes, potatoes, corn
, peppers, artichokes and lima beans all came from America? Not much supposedly ancestral Mediterranean cooking could get by without tomatoes, potatoes and peppers...
It's the ten-year anniversary of NAFTA
this week. Has it been a success? [more inside].
The Index of American Design
The National Gallery of Art is showing some amazing watercolors commissioned by the Works Progress Administration between 1935 and 1942 to document a uniquely American cultural heritage of primarily traditional folk art (and employ out-of-work artists). I thought the textile reproductions
were particularly stunning in their detailed exactitude (rendering the thread count!) and really put to shame the so-called trompe l'oeil paintings
in the east gallery :D