Virtually Dead: Digital Public Mortuary Archaeology

An archaeologist excavates a casket lid from the Mississippi State Asylum (image from University of Mississippi Medical Center Public Affairs) Dr. Howard Williams Professor of Archaeology University of Chester Dr. Alison Atkin Professor of Archaeology University of Sheffield Originally published in Internet Archaeology as Williams, H. and Atkin, A. 2015 Virtually Dead: Digital Public Mortuary Archaeology,[…]

Yemeni Accused of Atheism is Murdered

Omar Mohammed Batawil: abducted in front of his home in Aden Youth shot dead after complaints about Facebook postings By Brian Whitaker / 04.26.2016 Renouncing Islam is a crime punishable by death in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. In practice, though, the law isn’t implemented nowadays. On the rare occasions[…]

Happy #IndependentBookstoreDay !!!!

Click the Image to Find a Store That’s right folks, independent bookstores have a day – TODAY, April 30, and social media is celebrating with the hashtag #IndependentBookStoreDay – join the fun! Bookstores across the country – independent, that is – are celebrating the day as well.  Some are offering special deals and few with[…]

Seeing the Evolving Philosophy and Spirituality of Ancient Greece in Its Art and Architecture

Porch of Maidens, Acroplis, Athens / Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh Historian Editor-in-Chief, Brewminate The art and architecture of the Early Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece stand as representations of a culture that occupied only a wrinkle in time in world history but left an enduring legacy.  “Those who dream by night in the[…]

North Carolina Man (Not Transgender) Charged with Taking Pics of Little Boy Using Bathroom

Seattle SEA-TAC Airport Transit / Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.30.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief A man from North Carolina, Joshua Gitlin, was arrested by Seattle police after being caught by an 8-year-old boy’s father taking a picture of the boy in an adjacent stall in the bathroom by raising his phone above the stall.[…]

Are You Reading the Wrong Books? What Science is Saying about Fiction Readers.

From Will S. at For most, the love of books starts in childhood. For others, this love blooms later, eventually revealing the vibrant colors of a true bibliophile! But science has started looking into the effects of reading on the brain. They’ve done experiments, ran MRIs, polled, and surveyed, all to what end? Studies have been[…]

U.S. Chamber Works Behind the Scenes to Gut Whistleblower Protections

By Jessica Mason / 04.30.2016 Efforts to gut the federal False Claims Act backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce got a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The federal push builds on previous back-door Chamber efforts through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to discourage states from pursuing fraud claims. The False Claims Act (FCA)[…]

The Justification of American Colonial Resistance: A Critical Response to the Tory View of Peter Oliver

Loyalist Peter Oliver / Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Peter Oliver began his manuscript, Origin and Progress of the American Rebellion, with historical inaccuracy by stating that the Americans may have been singularly unique in revolting against the parent power absent severe oppression from it.  Numerous examples could be brought forth going[…]