150th Anniversary of The Golden Spike

Building the Transcontinental Railroad


via: Digital History: 3147


Along with the development of the atomic bomb, the digging of the Panama Canal, and landing the first men on the moon, the construction of a transcontinental railroad was one of the United States’ greatest technological achievements. Railroad track had to be laid […]

Ken Burns Commencement Address 2016

Following is the text of the address by Ken Burns, historical documentary filmmaker, as prepared for delivery at Stanford University’s 125th Commencement on June 12, 2016.

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Filmmaker Ken Burns delivers the Commencement address. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

President Hennessy, members of the Board of Trustees, distinguished faculty and […]

On political despair, TDS and TCS

in The New Yorker – Aug. 19th, 2019

The Trump Clarification Syndrome issue

As perilous and unnerving as things are under the Trump Administration, any form of political despair at such a moment remains unforgivable. ****

In December, 2003, the columnist Charles Krauthammer made a brief return to his […]

Five things people still get wrong about slavery

We asked historians to debunk slavery’s greatest myths.

By Karen Turner and Jessica Machado Aug 22, 2019, 11:10am EDT


The 1619 Project (cont) Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) SHAREAll sharing options

In August 1619, the first ship with “20 […]

A listing of trump’s cruelties, nastiness, dishonor, and villany

Here is a listing Dec. 2012 through Nov. 2018



Here is the Flexible Reality list: Jan 20, 2017 – Current

Outrages: The Big List


A discussion on “white privilege”

Racial Justice


BY REV. ROMAL J. TUNE JAN 19, 2016 ****

A few days ago I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a day with Richard Rohr. Our conversation from the moment he picked me up from the airport, was energizing and thought provoking. Rohr’s demeanor is very […]

How far down the list are we?

Ash to Ashes, Pine Beetles, Dutch Elm et al

Ash to Ashes

Posted: 20 Aug 2019 05:36 AM PDT

Thanks to shocking failures of government, every tree, almost everywhere, is now threatened by killer plagues

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 14th August 2019


As Dutch elm disease spread across Britain in the 1970s, the country fell into mourning. When the sentinel […]

The 1619 Project


The 1619 Project – NYT Magazine Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. black Americans have fought to make them true.


My dad always flew an American flag in our front yard. The blue paint on our two-story house was perennially chipping; […]

Conservatives don’t want slavery to become a topic for civic discussion

Who Got the Maddest About the New York Times’ Slavery Coverage? The 1619 Project made conservatives tell on themselves.

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Newt Gingrich. Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Over the weekend, the New York Times rolled out the printed version of The 1619 […]

California adopts country’s strictest law to curb police killings

Under new law, officers could face criminal charges for using lethal force when there was a reasonable alternative

The new law was inspired by the shooting of Stephon Clark, an […]

Congresswoman responds to Israeli visitation denial

P.S. Below is Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s full statement on Friday – Aug 16th, 2019:

“In my attempt to visit Palestine, I’ve experienced the same racist treatment that many Palestinian-Americans endure when encountering the Israeli government. In preparation for my visit, my grandmother was deciding which fig tree we would pick from together, while Palestinians and […]

“It’s the Economy Stupid”

Clouds of economic uncertainty loom via WaPo -Aug 14th, 2019

THE BIG IDEA: If President Trump wanted to stabilize the listing stock market, his Tuesday announcement that he will temporarily postpone the implementation of about half the tariffs on Chinese imports that he announced 12 days earlier did the trick. But only for the […]

Considering the ICE in Mississippi Raid – Aug 2019

I saw this on a friend’s wall, I decided to copy it here


“If you’re reading this and you’re thinking that the ICE raid in Mississippi was justified because the 680 men and women apprehended are undocumented, and therefore in your eyes they are here “illegally” and we “have the right to enforce our […]

Why do this?

Toxic White Supremacy in the Republican Party

Republicans’ white supremacist problem is a threat to America

by Carol Anderson

The party has reinforced racism, homophobia and misogyny to tilt the electorate as far to the right as possible

People take part in a […]

Currency Manipulation?

U.S. Dollar and China Yuan By Paul Krugman ****** On Monday night the U.S. Treasury designated China a currency manipulator. This was deeply ironic to those of us who follow such things.After all, Treasury shied away from calling China on its currency policy back in 2010, when the accusation was actually true, and the […]

Talent, Opportunity, and Luck

The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized

Are the most successful people in society just the luckiest people?

By Scott Barry Kaufman on March 1, 2018 Credit: Clark Tibbs Unsplash

What does it take to succeed? What are the secrets of the most successful people? […]

White Nationalism’s deep American Roots – A Historical Examination

Robert bowers wanted everyone to know why he did it.

via The Atlantic – Aug. 2019


I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered,” he posted on the social-media network Gab shortly before allegedly entering the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27 and gunning down 11 worshippers. He “wanted […]