The Phoenicians – Master Mariners

An Assyrian relief from King Sargon II’s palace at Khorsabad showing a Phoenician ship transporting cedar logs. This type of vessel was probably used for coastal work and transporting goods to shore from larger cargo vessels. 8th century BCE. (Louvre, Paris) By Mark Cartwright Driven by their desire for trade and the acquisition of such[…]

Seriously Elaborate, Steampunked Coffee Siphon

By Corey Doctorow / 12.07.2016 Diguo’s Luxury Royal Family Balance Syphon Coffee Maker is an amazingly elaborate coffee siphon, a brewing method dating to the 1830s which is said to produce “a delicate, tea-like cup of coffee,” albeit with the caveat that it is “quite persnickety.” I have owned some very expensive and beautiful coffee[…]

Ukrainian Scientist Creates Battery That Can Power Smartphones for 12 Years

12.06.2016 Ukrainian scientist Vladislav Kiselev claims that he has developed a type of battery that can power gadgets like smartphones and even cars for up to 12 years, without having to be recharged. Kiselev, a senior researcher at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry in Kiev, and professor at Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences, unveiled his intriguing[…]

NYC Mayor – Protecting Trump Costs $470,000 a Day, Seeks Reimbursement

12.07.2016 New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has sent a letter to US President Barack Obama asking for reimbursement for the high cost of providing security protection for Trump Tower. The $35-million invoice covers the time from Election Day to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, equaling some $470,000 each day. “We will be continuing very[…]

Jacqueline, Duchess of Bavaria-Straubing, Countess of Holland, Zeeland, Hainaut and Oostervant

Jacqueline, anonymous painting from the 16th C. By Susan Abernethy / 12.02.2016 The Freelance History Writer In the early fifteenth century, Jacqueline (Dutch: Jacoba) was the heiress of an immense territory in what is now called the Low Countries. In her own right she was Countess of Holland, Countess of Zeeland, and Countess of Hainaut.[…]

Australians Ask: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

Nimbin H.E.M.P. Embassy – Image courtesy Flickr user Nimal Skandhakumar By Kevin Rennie / 12.07.2016 Many Australians agreed with Greens party leader Richard Di Natale recently when he called for an end to the war on drugs. The Greens is a minority party that supports conservation, responsible environmental management such as climate change action, and[…]

Lessons from Diebenkorn and Matisse about the Hard Work of Making Art

Ocean Park #79, 1975, Richard Diebenkorn. Philadelphia Museum of Art, purchased with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and with funds contributed by private donors, 1977, 1977-28-1. © 2016 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation A onetime student of Richard Diebenkorn’s recalls his love of Henri Matisse. Co-published with Zócalo Public Square By Elyn[…]

The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man

A Wound Man from a late 15th-century manuscript, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Cgm 597 / Munich Digitization Center Sliced, stabbed, punctured, bleeding, harassed on all sides by various weaponry, the curious image of Wound Man is a rare yet intriguing presence in the world of medieval and early modern medical manuscripts. Jack Hartnell explores this enigmatic figure’s[…]

Alex Jones Defends ‘Pizzagate’ Truthers After Conspiracy Theory Leads To Armed Attack

By Brian Tashman / 12.05.2016 At midnight last night, Alex Jones posted a special message on his Facebook page about “Pizzagate,” the bizarre conspiracy theory popularized by fake news websites and right-wing conspiracy outlets—including Jones’s InfoWars—that a Washington, D.C., pizzeria houses a secret pedophile ring led by Hillary Clinton and her closest advisers. While Jones did[…]

Senate Republicans Block Sanders-Backed ‘Trump Proposal’ on Rx Drugs

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks on the U.S. Senate floor on Tuesday. (Screenshot) ‘It is incomprehensible to me that we have a major bill dealing with prescription drugs and yet we are running from the most important issue and that is the greed of the pharmaceutical industry’ By Deirdre Fulton / 12.07.2016 Senate Republicans on[…]