Republicans Go ‘1984’ and Seek to Give Employers the Right to Your Genetic Information

The “death panels” never materialized with the typical GOP conspiracy scare tactics, but they’ve blatantly placed into their health care package exactly the sort of thing reminiscent of “1984” / Photo credit: Mehmet Pinarci (Creative Commons licensed) By Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.10.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Donald Trump’s biographer, whose words were touted by Trump as[…]

Voltaire and the Buddha

Bronze statue depicting the “Ayuthia Crowned Buddha”, ca. 16th century, featured in The Antiques of Siam (1909) by J. W. Margrett / Voltaire’s early reflections on Buddhism and how, in his desire to separate the Buddha’s teachings from the trappings of religion, the French Enlightenment thinker prefigured an approach now familiar in the West.[…]

The Agorē in Epic and Archaeology

Ruins of the agora at Troy / UNESCO World Heritage Centre By Dr. Jim Marks / 11.30.2012 01.01.2012 Introduction Descriptions of communities in the early Greek epics—like descriptions of places, people and things in general—tend to be cursory and formulaic. One of the features that does recur in the descriptions of communities is a collective[…]

History of China and East Asia to the Ming Dynasty

Departure Herald, from the Chinese Jiajing reign period (1522-1566 CE) / National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan By Dr. George L. Israel / 09.30.2016 Assistant Professor of History Middle Georgia State University China Chronology 8000 – 2000 BCE Neolithic Cultures in China 5000 – 3000 BCE Yangshao Culture 3000 – 1900 BCE Longshan Culture c. 1900[…]