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Thursday links

The Battle of Borodino, on which War and Peace and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture are based, took place on September 7, 1812.

Drinking cold water and other 19th century causes of death.

What Did Houses For Ordinary People In Sumer Look Like?

How dictionaries decide which words are obsolete.

Three simple rules for building a tower, if you are a fire ant.

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include photos from the world’s largest annual tomato fight, what happened the day Van Gogh cut off his ear, tater tot history, Neanderthal glue, and the 1921 intelligence test that Thomas Edison gave to job seekers.

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Politics & Policy

The Omnibus Disgrace

The omnibus spending bill was crafted in secret and will be passed under pressure; raises discretionary spending as the national debt grows; and fails to deliver on any major GOP priorities except increased defense spending. What might turn out to be the signature achievement of unified Republican government this ... Read More

Thursday Links

It's William Shatner's birthday: Here he is in 1978 'singing' Rocket Man, plus a Star Trek/Monty Python mashup. Sold: Isaac Newton’s Notes on the Philosopher’s Stone. It was a long time before anyone admitted that he was interested in alchemy. High-tech forgery: Computer-generated 'Rembrandt' ... Read More

Korea: A Deadly Question

Olympic Games often have political significance, as in 1936 and as in the Olympics just past -- the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Those Games seemed as much political as athletic. I talk about this with Michael Breen on my latest Q&A. Breen is one of our best Korea-watchers, one of our soundest ... Read More
Film & TV

Superannuated ‘Idol’

In the pilot episode of Fox’s American Idol, Simon Cowell defined the show’s thesis: “We are going to tell people who cannot sing and have no talent that they have no talent. And that never makes you popular.” The show’s producers and its three judges -- Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson -- kept ... Read More