Photographs by Sally Davies of New Yorkers in their apartments, totally over the top.
The wealthy warriors interred in two Iron Age boat burials at Valsgärde in central Sweden were laid to rest on beds of down. Examination of the preserved feathers shows they came from many species: geese, ducks, grouse, crows, sparrows, waders and eagle owls. Feathers were a valuable resource in the north (and still are), and just these two beds represent hundreds of hours of work.
The Silicon Tribesman visits St. Patrick’s Anglo-Saxon Chapel, Heysham, Lancashire, with stone-cut graves dating to the 7th century.
There is substantial evidence that Stanislaw Chrzanowski was a Nazi war criminal, but he was never prosecuted. Was it because he spied for Britain after the war?
The online Museum of American War Letters. I think this is a brilliant idea, I mean, how else to share powerful war letters?
Remembering G. Gordon Liddy, organizer of the Watergate burglary, who believed that patriotism meant complete loyalty to his president and obedience to all his commands. He said once that the motto of everyone in the government should be fiat voluntas tua, "thy will be done." (New York Times)
Having fun with the US Strategic Command's errant twitter post.
A dying mother's letter to her two young daughters.
Short Buzz Aldrin letter about his moon walk: "we will walk on Mars in the spirit and wonder that sets our species apart."
The battle over the paleogenetics of Native North Americans. Many American Indians think they should control how their story is told, and view scientific study of their past as another colonial assault. To many archaeologists, this demonizes the pursuit of truth.
In the interest of fairness I offer a link to this Washington Post essay in defense of brutalist architecture. Which utterly fails, of course, since brutalism is completely indefensible. It is nothing but Stalinism in concrete: anti-human, anti-happiness, anti-sanity. It should be eradicated from the earth.
In the pandemic, community college enrollment in the US has fallen 9.5%; for minority students, the drop is more like 19%. Millions of young people have pretty much lost a year. (New York Times)
According to this study, prosecuting people for misdemeanors makes it more likely they will commit crimes in the future. I think the deterrent value of prosecution and punishment has to be balanced against the evidence that involvement with the criminal justice system ruins many peoples' lives and makes them more dangerous to the rest of us.
The American Psychiatric Association has a policy against diagnosing public figures without examining them, called the "Goldwater rule" because it was enacted after several psychiatrists publicly opined on Barry Goldwater's alleged mental health problems. But how far does the rule extend? Can a psychiatrist be disciplined for a short tweet suggesting the president's lawyer is crazy? (New York Times)