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Dessa-lation
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I read the letters between Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (of Pussy Riot) and Slavoj Zizek

Jessica Conrad: Why Mayors Should Rule the World
Vote in local elections. It means something

Not From the Onion-NROL 39.
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How We’re Destroying Our Kids’ Brains
Don’t blame vaccines

You Can Also Blame Newt Gingrich for the Obamacare Website Screwup
Bring back the OTA!

December 16, 2013
by sarcozona
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bloomers

When Amelia Bloomer in 1851 suggested in her feminist publication that women wear a kind of short skirt and pants, to free themselves from the encumbrances of traditional dress, this was attacked in the popular women’s literature. One story has a girl admiring the “bloomer” costume, but her professor admonishes her that they are “only one of the many manifestations of that wild spirit of socialism and agrarian radicalism which is at present so rife in our land.”

1851. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

December 9, 2013
by sarcozona
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the common soldier, who was not getting paid, who was suffering in the cold, dying of sickness, watching the civilian profiteers get rich. …

a smaller mutiny took place in the New Jersey Line, involving two hundred men who defied their officers and started out for the state capital at Trenton. Now Washington was ready. Six hundred men, who themselves had been well fed and clothed, marched on the mutineers and surrounded and disarmed them. Three ringleaders were put on trial immediately, in the field. One was pardoned, and two were shot by firing squads made up of their friends, who wept as they pulled the triggers. It was “an example,” Washington said.

1781. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States