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Literary Review - Christopher Ross on Ninja by John Man

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: History

From literaryreview.co.uk

Ninja methods, or shinobi no jutsu, were not martial arts. They were instead a range of strategies for infiltration, disguise, concealment and espionage, which also included expertise in arson and harassing the enemy.

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The Slave Who Circumnavigated The World The Awl

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: History

From www.theawl.com

One Portuguese adventurer present at the capture of Malacca was Fernão de Magalhães, whose name is usually Anglicized to Ferdinand Magellan. Among the rather considerable spoils of war Magellan took in the battle was a human being.

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Horse owners are the one percent: How social inequality was born

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Category: History

From www.slate.com

The association between horses and wealth was forged millennia ago. In fact, the first people known to celebrate hierarchies of power, whose inequalities of wealth were integral to their society and culture—the people you could call the first 1 percent—were the first people to ride horses.

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The Heretic

Monday, August 6, 2012
Category: History

From www.themorningnews.org

When the FDA’s edict arrived, Fadiman was 27 years old, IFAS’s youngest researcher. He’d been a true believer in the gospel of psychedelics since 1961, when his old Harvard professor Richard Alpert (now Ram Dass) dosed him with psilocybin, the magic in the mushroom, at a Paris café.

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The Aleppo Codex Mystery

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Category: History

From www.nytimes.com

The Syrian government took an interest in the codex after an American antiquities merchant offered $20 million for it, and so the leaders of the Aleppo synagogue went to great lengths to persuade Syrian intelligence that the book had been burned.

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Savage Continent

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: History

From marginalrevolution.com

The number of sexual relationships that took place between European women and Germans during the war is quite staggering. In Norway as many of 10 percent of women aged between fifteen and thirty had German boyfriends during the war.

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40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Category: History

From bookfaked.com

A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep.

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Hayek von Pinochet

Friday, July 13, 2012
Category: History

From coreyrobin.com

In his defense of Pinochet (and elsewhere), Hayek invokes the oft-repeated distinction between totalitarian and authoritarian societies, and though Farrant et al don’t mention this, it struck me that this old saw—so beloved of figures like Jeanne Kirkpatrick—might have served as some of the glue holding together neoconservatives like Kirkpatrick and neoliberals like Hayek, especially in the 1970s.

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The 50th anniversary of Starfish Prime: the nuke that shook the world

Monday, July 9, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.discovermagazine.com

The US, worried that a Soviet nuclear bomb detonated in space could damage or destroy US intercontinental missiles, set up a series of high-altitude weapons tests called Project Fishbowl (itself part of the larger Operation Dominic) to find out for themselves what happens when nuclear weapons are detonated in space.

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Happy 4th of July: German researchers find 500-year-old map of early America

Monday, July 9, 2012
Category: History

From www.thebunsenburner.com

German researchers have discovered a 500-year-old copy of an early America map in the collections in the University Library in Munich. The rare map is from cartographer Martin Waldseemüller’s workshop.

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