Friday Links

What our ancestors’ language sounded like 6,000 years ago.

Medieval “rockets” over Nuremberg. More information here and here

Isaac Newton: 17th-century London’s Dirty Harry.

Why are some people left-handed?

Preparing for the bra-opening world record.

Excellent supercut of technology breaking down then being beaten until it works again.

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More