Utah’s New National Monument Marks Big Win for the Protection of Indigenous Cultural Sites

Road Canyon Citadel. Photo from Bureau of Land Management / Flickr. By permanently protecting an area rich in indigenous cultural history, Obama has shown that some things are worth more than money. By Jacqueline Keeler / 01.06.2017 On Dec. 28, with only 22 days left in office, President Obama set aside nearly 1.35 million acres in[…]

Blackbeard!

Capture of the Pirate Blackbeard, 1718 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1920, oil on canvas / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. I. Ross Proceedings Magazine 100:9 In the second decade of the 18th century, a man of extraordinary violence and brutality terrorized the colonies of Carolina and Virginia. Born in the English port of Bristol, reputedly[…]

Woman Unknowingly Prays to ‘Lord of the Rings’ Figurine of Elrond for Years

01.06.2017 A great-grandmother from Brazil has accidentally been praying to a figurine of Elrond, and elf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, after mistaking it for Saint Anthony, the late Portuguese priest and patron saint of lost things. Gabriela Brandão, a make-up artist from Florianópolis, Brazil, made this hilarious discovery last week, posting a series[…]

The Origins of Philosophy – Wonder

Busts of Sokrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippos, and Epikouros / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Philip A. Pecorino / 08.22.2015 Professor Philosophy Queensborough Community College, City College of New York Wonder Aristotle thought that Philosophy begins in wonder.  Wonder is some thing children do quite well. It comes natural to them. Unfortunately as a lot of us grow[…]

Crying ‘Dishonest Media’ Again, Trump Now Says US Taxpayers Will Pay for Wall and Mexico Will Pay Us Back

The U.S.-Mexico border wall that already exists. (Photo: Wonderlane/flickr/cc) Don’t worry, President-elect adds, Mexico will pay us back (even though Mexico has repeatedly said it will not) By Nika Knight / 01.06.2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has signaled to Republicans in Congress that Trump would like to fund his infamous planned U.S.-Mexico border wall[…]

The Wright Brothers: The Invention of the Aerial Age

Wilbur (right) and Orville (left) Wright / Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 01.06.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. December 2003 will mark[…]

When is a Table Not a Table?

How could this unusual object be a table? By Tristan Bravinder / 08.29.2016 Social Media Producer Getty Research Institute In 1986 the Getty Museum acquired an unusual object. Its previous owner of almost 40 years called it simply “Side Table.” Visually speaking, this word choice is quite odd. Laurel branches sprout from a rocky center.[…]

The Twisted Trump-Russia Romance – A Dictator Couldn’t Be More Thrilled

CagleCartoons.com What’s the Deal with Trump and Russia? By Eugene Robinson / 01.06.2017 Washington Post Columnist Coming from a presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s misty-eyed admiration of Russia and its autocratic leader was weird. Coming from a president-elect, it’s nothing short of alarming. I repeat the questions I asked back in September: What’s the deal with[…]

The Importance of Peacefulness to Success

By Christina Sarich / 01.03.2017 How to Find Your Zen at Work There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way. – Thich Nhat Hanh Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh has a very different theory about why our ecosystems are dying and our financial systems are crumbling. The Vietnamese[…]

9 Shot, at Least 3 Fatally, at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Reuters / 01.06.2017 At least nine people were shot, including three fatally, and a suspect was in custody at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday, MSNBC reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. “There is an ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim,” said a post on the airport’s[…]

Civic Life Interrupted: Nightmare and Destiny on August 24, 79 CE

House of Cuspius Pansa, Pompeii / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Diana E.E. Kleiner / 01.22.2009 Dunham Professor in the History of Art Professor of Classics Yale University Introduction to Pompeii and the City’s History Sanctuary of Jupiter Anxur, Terracina, 4th century BCE, reconstructed view / Wikimedia Commons Sanctuary of Jupiter Anxur cryptoporticus / Wikimedia[…]