July 11, 2014

earlhofert:

Stephin Merritt and Kenny Mellman singing “Electric Love.” I had no idea Bob’s Buskers even existed.

I’m right in assuming the implication here is that Mellman is going to execute Merritt, aren’t I?

Which would be a tragedy.

(Source: earl-hof-ert)

March 7, 2014
jmeijide:

stonehenge plan . “stonehenge today and yesterday”, frank stevens . heywood sumner illustrator . 1916

jmeijide:

stonehenge plan . “stonehenge today and yesterday”, frank stevens . heywood sumner illustrator . 1916

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February 1, 2014
Morrie Turner, comics pioneer, RIP

Do you remember Wee Pals? Can you imagine being scared of it?

January 7, 2014
oldflorida:

Happy Birthday Zora!
Gabriel Brown playing guitar as Rochelle French and Zora Neale Hurston listen- Eatonville, Florida
State Archives of Florida

oldflorida:

Happy Birthday Zora!

Gabriel Brown playing guitar as Rochelle French and Zora Neale Hurston listen- Eatonville, Florida

State Archives of Florida

December 13, 2013

"Asimbonanga", Johnny Clegg (w/ Nelson Mandela)

Y’know. For context.

August 24, 2013
u/crazedmongoose: "Five tragic ends of good Chinese Emperors"

There is a depth of obsession on display here - and a love of a good story - that’s really, really beautiful. Almost as touching as the stories themselves.

(Source: gnosticgnoob)

April 16, 2013
asonlynasacan:

41 years tomorrow, these guys began their trek to the moon…

asonlynasacan:

41 years tomorrow, these guys began their trek to the moon…

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August 17, 2012

They Might Be Giants, “James K. Polk”

Another song about history - reminded of this one by Warren Zevon’s half-century-later “Veracruz.” Those half-forgotten presidents - they were pretty hard on Mexico, weren’t they?

April 11, 2012
Twitter users discover the Titanic was real.

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Twitter users discover the Titanic was real.

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January 17, 2012
"

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States cooperations — corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.

"

— President Eisenhower, 17 January 1961. The whole speech is worth a read - or a listen (audio at the link). Especially the bit about government contracts becoming a replacement for intellectual curiosity.

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