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The popularity of American country music in rural Norway

Want to buy an old CIA rendition jet?

The sad and cowardly spectacle of the anti-anti-Trump movement

Why did California spend $1 million to fire a single bureaucrat?

Is this the underground Everest?

Michelangelo’s forgotten statue of the risen Christ to go on display in London

A history of gin

Turner’s port paintings

Why the period of rapid economic growth between 1948 and 1973 might never happen again

Alas, poor Yorick! The shocking life of theatre’s greatest skull

Can neuroscience help us understand art history?

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The universe is as spooky as Einstein thought

The luxurious history of dogs in India

How the credit rating was created

Rice vs. Trump is like the Iran-Iraq War for the IC. Can they both lose?

Lol

This. Stop trying to make Chelsea Clinton happen. She’s not happening.

The sea otters of Morro Bay have made a comeback, defying man and nature

The dinosaur classification system that has been used for more than a century? A computer upended it in 5 minutes.

These people eat monkeys and piranhas. They also have the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured.

Here comes the Pizza Gestapo

ESPN has seen the future of TV and they’re not really into it

When every day is ‘Groundhog Day’

The most expensive library in the world?

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This: “Trump’s arts funding cuts will take us back to the 1950s. Good.”

“Eliminating the NEA is not a program for punishing artists but for liberating them — from bureaucracy, from mediocrity, and, above all, from subservience to politics.”

New medieval galleries bring knights’ gear back to Art Institute to ‘Game of Thrones’ fans’ delight

Sentenced to Shakespeare

What a fucking disaster. Thank you, House Republicans, for saving us from this.

Love this Continetti tribute to Robert Osborne

Yep. Sad!

Yep. The bill failed because President Toot Toot the Truck Driver doesn’t know or care about any of this.

Paul Ryan deserves a ton of blame too. The bill was shit and the idea that this is the House Freedom Caucus’s fault is absurd.  HFC is being blamed for making the naive mistake of assuming the GOP wanted to do what they’ve been promising for seven years.

These people are so incredibly brave.

Step inside the model plane shop where NASA flies the future.

What happened to Newcastle’s dream for a vertical city?

The allure of deserts

The real Mr. Darcy?

 

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‘London Bridge is down’: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

Saffron growers look to get a foothold in the U.S.

This. Stop whining.

The French origins of think tanks

Good. More please.

Whitman’s first rule of manliness and health: eat meat

But not people. That’s very unhealthy.

America’s atheists

Conservatism for losers

Camille Paglia predicted 2017

Barbarians and the civilized

Michelangelo’s grave miscalculation

The environmentalist who unintentionally killed millions

Why youth wasn’t enough in Egypt

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Sex and death in Homer

Otherworldly architecture in Japan’s magical mountainside

Newly discovered Mark Twain children’s story to be released this fall

Submerged in the cosmic kingdom

‘Walden,’ the video game

How the bald eagle became a nuisance

The Spartan way of life

Istanbul: A tale of three cities

How good was Evelyn Waugh?

The Victorian influence on African-American writers 

A nation changed by breakfast

The visual artists who inspired Brahms

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Sotheby’s goes risqué in first-ever erotic art auction

How Rauschenberg elevated Tiffany’s window displays into an art form

What a time to be alive

An Oxford college sends Renaissance rarities to the U.S.

The United States is an exceptional, extraordinary, unusual place. One day again I hope to have a President who understands that. Instead of a President who says disgraceful things about it and thinks it’s a terrible place.

Joyce among the Jesuits

Terrible women writers

“What is the Democratic party? Is it a genuine political party, or is it simply an instrument of relatively well-off government workers who care about very little other than securing for themselves regular raises and comfortable pensions?”

Great Britain, the litter bin of Europe

The Problem

Thousands of Mark Twain artifacts threatened by mold at author’s historic home undergoing repairs

Cosmic test bolsters Einstein’s “Spooky Action at a Distance”

A history of the oldest but least understood American law enforcement agency: The U. S. Marshals Service

10 sweetest pictures of Pluto from NASA’s latest release

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Why does Trump’s Russia fealty matter? Because it could lead U.S. allies not to share intel, making us less safe.

The Sokal affair will never be anything less than hilarious.

This:

The spasms of student attempts at “decolonization” are almost always ill-conceived…There’s something adorably naive about expecting the major poets of a language that was primarily spoken in one section of one island for half a millennium to be representative of all global voices. No one makes this demand of literature in other languages. We don’t expect to find Welsh, Brazilian, or Caribbean voices among the major Polish language poets…If students really want to encounter classical poetry produced by non-whites, they have options. They can study the relative handful of languages that produced significant literature before the modern period. Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, Chinese, and Urdu come to mind. These are all worthy subjects crying out for more scholarship.

But there’s a catch. And it is what catches our activists out. Studying an ancient language to discover non-white voices is challenging and requires real work. You cannot pass the final exams just by repeating a number of fashionable political slogans. And perhaps activist students do not study these languages because they correctly suspect they won’t find much written in these languages that qualifies as politically correct by the standards of 2017. In fact, you will find in these literatures exactly the kind of messages that activists least like to hear. Lessons like: Humble yourself and mortify your ambitions.

This is lovely.

What a dumb time to be alive

Rand’s plan is the answer, but it will never pass

Police reform, like education reform, is a must. And in both cases, unions are the main problem.

If Pryor is the SCOTUS pick the 4th Amendment will get weaker. He’s a terrible replacement for Scalia.

Lol. Endorse.

These people are insane.

Having an IUD token in the game of Monopoly would solve several longstanding issues. It would emphasize that access to reliable birth control is an important factor that enables people to become real estate magnates in Atlantic City. It’s hard to find the capital, time, and energy to buy up property when you or your partner is unexpectedly pregnant or raising a child, you know. Until now, Monopoly has consistently ignored birth control’s contributions to capitalist society.

The forbidden fruit of Cuba isn’t cigars – it’s rum

So Trump will enter the White House under Senate investigation. For espionage.

Dogs can form autobiographical memories, research suggests

Empire of booze: No nation had more influence on alcohol than 18th-century Britain.

Why some people love snow

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