A Brief History of the Commander-in-Chief Guards

Flag of the Commander-in-Chief Guards / Creative Commons By Donald N. Moran Dedicated to George Washington and the men of the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard who protected him. President George Washington / Creative Commons With the fortification of Dorchester Heights on March 4th, 1776, the eleven month stalemate around the besieged City of Boston was at an[…]

Do Prehistoric Pueblo Populist Revolutions Presage American Politics Today?

The extreme architectural investment in Chaco Canyon typifies periods of peak building. Nathan Crabtree By Dr. Kyle Bocinsky Adjunct Professor of Anthropology Washington State University By Dr. Tim A. Kohler Regents Professor of Archaeology and Evolutionary Anthropology Washington State University Inequality. Economic recession. Wage stagnation. These are the buzzwords of the populist uprisings on both[…]

Hillary Clinton Downplays Chance of Contested Convention

\ Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks as U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland stand behind her during a campaign rally in Baltimore, Maryland April 10, 2016.   REUTERS/Jim Bourg By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 04/10/2016 Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on Sunday dismissed the notion of[…]

Heraclitus, Change, and Flow

By Dr. Tim Rayner Former Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney Writer/Author Philosophy for Change The ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (530-470 BC) is one of the most important thinkers in history. Heraclitus’ views on change and flow stand in stark contradition to the picture of the static universe presented by his predecessor Parmenides (5th[…]

Could the Language Barrier Actually Fall within the Next 10 Years?

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ (1563). Wikimedia Commons By Dr. David Arbesú Associate Professor of Spanish University of South Florida Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language? In a recent Wall Street Journal article, technology policy[…]

Men in White Hoods Reportedly Spray-Paint Pro-Trump Racist Graffiti on UCSD Campus

CBS8 Screen Capture By Randa Morris / 04.10.2016 Students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are demanding campus officials identify the individuals responsible for spray-painting racist graffiti, along with pro-Donald Trump messages, on campus property overnight on Saturday. According to the local CBS affiliate, the vandalism was carried out by five men wearing[…]

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Climate Change and Coffee Production

Creative Commons By Andreas Vihelmsson Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Medicine and Global Health Lund University Formerly known as the “devil’s drink,” coffee is increasingly being viewed as an “elixir of life”. Nowadays, we are getting accustomed to read about news of coffee intake in different media outlets reporting on research showing positive effect on health[…]

New Paul Ryan Ad Prepares the Way (VIDEO)

By Richard Barry / 04.10.2016 Before a politician is ready to announce plans to run for a given office, he or she must find creative ways to say no without that declaration creating difficulties should the answer eventually become yes. I happen to be reading the David Axelrod autobiography (Believer: My Forty Years in Politics)[…]

Science in the Ancient World

Photo Mark Cartwright By Cristian Violatti PhD Candidate, University of Leicester DEFINITION The term science comes from the Latin word scientia, meaning “knowledge”. It can be defined as a systematic attempt to discover, by means of observation and reasoning, particular facts about the world, and to establish laws connecting facts with one another and, in[…]

New Research Holds Fascinating Revelations About an Ancient Society’s Water Conservation and Purification

Jeffrey Brewer, screening soil from the depression for lithic, ceramic or faunal (bone) material. By Dawn Fuller University of Cincinnati University of Cincinnati research at the ancient Maya site of Medicinal Trail in northwestern Belize is revealing how populations in more remote areas – the hinterland societies – built reservoirs to conserve water and turned[…]

Ted Cruz ‘Honored’ by Support of Demon-Obsessed Exorcist Bigoted Preacher (VIDEO)

Gordon Klingenschmitt By Shannon Barber / 04.10.2016 Ted Cruz is a dangerous extremist who regularly surrounds himself with equally deranged right-wing loons. Case in point — his bragging about receiving the endorsement of Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt . That’s not all, either. Klingenschmitt is actually on Cruz’s Colorado team of leaders for his presidential campaign.[…]

Mommie Dearest – Pope Confirms Fraudulent Teresa’s Beatification in September

Thomas Cheng/AFP/Getty Images The Pope confirmed the coming beatification of Mother Teresa in September 2016.  Here is an excerpt from a piece by the late Christopher Hitchens in 2003 exposing the woman for the fraud that she was. From Christopher Hitchens at Slate / 2003: The rich world has a poor conscience, and many people[…]

Phyllis Wheatley: An Eighteenth-Century Genius in Bondage

Frontispiece from Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773). By Dr. Vincent Carretta Professor of English University of Maryland The African-American poet Phillis Wheatley has achieved iconic status in American culture. A 174-word letter from her to a fellow servant of African descent in 1776 sold at auction in 2005 for $253,000, well[…]

$25 Billion from the World Bank Goes to Global Climate Change Adaptation

The World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. Creative Commons: Deborah W. Campos By Isiah Holmes / 04.09.2016 For decades, climate change choked in claustrophobic isolation as politicians ignored the warning signs. With ideological gridlock stalemating progress in Washington, the burden to take action rests on the international community. Increasingly volatile weather patterns highlight the urgent[…]

Archaeologists Seek to Restart Excavations of Ancient Roman Obelisk

The sole surviving 14-meter-tall Ancient Roman Obelisk, one of originally two, which was part of a mausoleum-turned-shrine located near Bulgaria’s Lesicheri. Photo: Trud daily By Ivan Dikov / 04.08.2016 Archaeology in Bulgaria Archaeologists from the Regional Museum of History in the city of Veliko Tarnovo in Northern Bulgaria are hoping to restart the archaeological excavations[…]

Combat Trauma is Nothing Like in Classical Antiquity – So Why Are We Still Treating it as Such?

Ajax fighting off the Trojans. Antiquariat Dr. Haack Leipzig By Dr. Jason Crowley Lecturer in Ancient History Manchester Metropolitan University The current understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is like an academic echo of the famous song Universal Soldier. The song imagines the warrior as timeless, unchanging, universal. According to leading historians and theorists, all[…]