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Oldest wooden sculpture is 11 500 years old

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The wooden sculpture known as the Shigir Idol has been carbon dated, giving us a better idea of how old it is — and it turns out it’s twice as old as the Egyptian Pyramids. It was discovered by gold miners in 1894 and it’s amazing it’s survived as much as it has. More details, including […]

War was outlawed in 1928

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In this article from Scientific American, Michael Shermer points out that war was outlawed in 1928. I was pretty surprised — I’d never heard of this. But it’s true — it’s called the General Pact for the Renunciation of War, also known as the Kellogg–Briand Pact, and was originally signed by France, Germany, and the […]

The case against Donald Trump

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Here’s a sobering interview with journalist Sarah Kendzior in which she points out that things people are surprised about now were actually known months or years ago and the problem is that no one did anything about them. She has plenty of blame to throw around. “The Mafia White House”: My no-holds-barred interview on The […]

The case against the Republican Party

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Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes at The Atlantic argue that the time has come for everyone, liberals and conservatives and everyone else, to boycott the Republican Party. They’re very clear about their reasoning: the Republican Party “has proved unable or unwilling (mostly unwilling) to block assaults by Trump and his base on the rule of […]

Commodore computers

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If, like me, you played games and programmed as a kid on a Commodore computer, you might find this site interesting. It has information about the computers they built — such as the PET, the VIC 20, and the 64. It also has information about the company, advertising, and even downloadable programs if you’re still […]

What your ancestors looked like and did

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This tale with drawings by Tim Urban starts with your most recent ancestors and goes back in time. It describes what your great grandfather might have been doing in the 1800s, and what your great500 grandfather might have been doing in 11 000 BC. Going further back to before there were humans, you get to […]

Against gay marriage because of the Bible

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Do you know anyone who is against gay marriage because of the Bible? Please set them straight. Here are 2 ways to do so. They both amount to the same thing — if  you’re going to be against gay marriage because one verse in Leviticus forbids it, then you need to be against all the […]

Refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple

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My respect for Jimmy Kimmel has increased, as he stands up for what’s right in the Trump era. The notion that you can refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple because of your religion is garbage. Kimmel destroys it in this sketch from his show: Jimmy Kimmel Demonstrates Why Denying Gay Couples Wedding […]

Mayan civilization bigger than you thought

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Archaeologists knew that the jungles of Guatemala were hiding more of the ancient Mayan civilization — but they didn’t know how much. Laser scans in an area of 2 100 square kilometres revealed 60 000 structures. They’re revising the estimates of the size of the society from 5 million people up to 10 to 15 […]

History of SF as a graphic chronology

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Here’s the history of science fiction, as drawn by Ward Shelley. Click on the image to blow it up: The History of Science Fiction You can find out more about it on Shelley’s website, here: Home Page: Ward Shelley (click on “History of Science Fiction”)