Culture

Wednesday links

June 14 is Flag Day and the birthday of the U.S. Army.

How ‘OK’ took over the world.

How lemons gave rise to organized crime in Sicily.

Famous Works Of Art Recreated Using Marvel Action Figures.

A New Map Reveals Ships Buried Below San Francisco.

Most Embarrassing Landmark From Every State.

ICYMI, Monday’s links are here, and include Anne Frank’s birthday, technologies that replace super powers, the finalists for Shed of the Year 2017, and a selection of Adam West’s Batman fight scenes.

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U.S.

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