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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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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Especially future contributors to my GoFundMe page), I am currently in the passenger seat of our family fun mobile, passing mile marker ... Read More
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Answering my Critics

My post on Elizabeth Warren’s cynical/bonkers proposal to effectively nationalize every American firm with revenue of $1 billion or more has met with predictable criticism. I will address two points here. One, some have complained about the use of the word “expropriation,” or more broadly about ... Read More
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The Maker of Middle-earth, in Gorgeous Detail

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