Monday, 24 June 2019

Set Up For Failure


How Iran Captured 10 US Sailors at Farsi Island.


The Spirit of History


Hegel’s search for the universal patterns of history revealed a paradox: freedom is coming into being, but is never guaranteed.




The Ironic Feudalist


Kure Tomofusa’s hatred of democracy, human rights and liberalism has found an echo in the West. But has he been joking all along?


The Great Summer Read


Why do we persist in this often futile literary quest?


Morsel

Over 100 years ago, the US government commissioned 7,500 watercolor paintings of every kind of fruit in the country.


Sunday, 23 June 2019

Godmother of Intelligences


Mary Shelley foresaw that artificial intelligence would be made monstrous, not by human hubris but by human cruelty.



Containing Radioactivity at Chernobyl


Holding it all in





The Remains Of Stalin’s Dead Road

In Russia’s arctic wilderness, the remnants of one of the Soviet Union’s most tragic gulag projects now lies largely forgotten.


Quote from ‘Westwood Lake Chronicles’

“We can look forward to another two years of metal-on-metal ‘improvements’. As long as we reward the misguided ethos that consumers are more important than citizens, our contempt for responsible stewardship will go on forever. For how could we ever conceive of an alternative to creating yet another place not worth caring about?” 
Lawrence Winkler, Westwood Lake Chronicles



Thursday, 13 June 2019

Goin’ to This One

With Steve of the Jacuzzi and Harry the Beer Man, in Helena, Arkansas.



The Spirit of History


Hegel’s search for the universal patterns of history revealed a paradox: freedom is coming into being, but is never guaranteed.


A Nature Writer for the Anthropocene


In Underland, Robert Macfarlane gives readers new ways to experience the richness and strangeness of a damaged world.


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

The True Price of Privatizing Space Travel


As NASA opens up the International Space Station to private astronauts, the romance of space will be within reach for those who can afford it.


Are McMansions Making People Any Happier?


Homes have gotten bigger, but Americans aren’t any more pleased with the extra space.


Mike Tyson Smokes the Toad


What do you do when you hear that Mike Tyson is opening a weed resort in the middle of the California desert? You go investigate. What we found was far more surreal than anyone could have imagined.


Sunday, 9 June 2019

The Big Squeeze


Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today.