Why Europeans Came to Dominate the World, in 7 Minutes

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYSz010CVss Thought Monkey: "Three hundred years ago something big happened. The western world began to look at the world with new scientific eyes. There was a problem with this, though. As scientists began to classify the world into different categories, they also began to divide the human species into sub-species. Because of this an … Continue reading Why Europeans Came to Dominate the World, in 7 Minutes

Presidential Candidate Eugene Debs Was Imprisoned for Criticizing U.S. Involvement in WWI

Eugene V. Debs, a labor activist, socialist and presidential candidate, was imprisoned for criticizing U.S. involvement in World War I. Specifically, he was accused of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. Subir Grewal wrote a piece for the Daily Kos recalling Debs' words against the war that got him arrested.TrailerFull DocumentaryOther Short Videos on Debshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMEwR4WtvCgLegal … Continue reading Presidential Candidate Eugene Debs Was Imprisoned for Criticizing U.S. Involvement in WWI

Moments When Time Stands Still and History Changes Dramatically: Just Before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, 1863

For students of history of almost every generation, there are moments when time stands still, to be relived over and over: what if the central characters had acted differently? What if Gavrilo Princip did not successfully murder Archduke Franz Ferdinand and set off WWI? What if it was raining (as predicted) and the roof went up on … Continue reading Moments When Time Stands Still and History Changes Dramatically: Just Before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, 1863

Lessons the 1918 Flu Pandemic Can Teach to the 2020s

Former Washington Post reporter John Barry spent seven years writing a book about the 1918 flu pandemic. Many times he wanted to quit because the topic seemed irrelevant. It was published in 2004 with minimal publicity, to mediocre reviews. But now The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History is a … Continue reading Lessons the 1918 Flu Pandemic Can Teach to the 2020s

Pandemics, Unsurprisingly, Demonstrate Power of Nature Over Humanity, Especially the Poor, and Modern Over-reliance on Biomedicine

"60 Minutes" opens the archive on previous stories on U.S. pandemic preparedness after being challenged by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. Specifically, the program reported on the potential of pandemics in 2009 and 2005, with Dr. Anthony Fauci warning even then about the potential to wreck havoc. Avian or bird flu turned out not … Continue reading Pandemics, Unsurprisingly, Demonstrate Power of Nature Over Humanity, Especially the Poor, and Modern Over-reliance on Biomedicine

What Was the Economic Impact of 1917-19’s Flu Pandemic?

Half a million Americans died in the great flu pandemic of 1917-19. While the tragic loss of 500,000 people did not lead to a Great Depression in 1918-19, it did lead to slowdowns in hard-hit areas. "Areas that were more severely affected by the 1918 Flu Pandemic saw a sharp and persistent decline in real … Continue reading What Was the Economic Impact of 1917-19’s Flu Pandemic?

Covid-19 Ushers in New Era, So Far Characterized By Bipartisan Cooperation

One way of looking at the speed with which Congress and President Trump overwhelmingly approved the $2 trillion stimulus package to address the corona-virus crisis is that the times demanded bipartisanship, and Congress proved itself up to the challenge. The Senate voted 96 to 0 and the House voted by voice acclamation to approve the … Continue reading Covid-19 Ushers in New Era, So Far Characterized By Bipartisan Cooperation

President Wilson Contracted Flu During Pandemic in 1918, Became Delusional

During the H1N1 flu pandemic of 1917-19, President Woodrow Wilson at age 62 caught the contagion and became so sick as to be delusional. As Michael Rosenwald reports in The Washington Post, "Wilson’s personal secretary was among the first in his administration to be sickened by a pandemic that would ultimately infect 500 million people. … Continue reading President Wilson Contracted Flu During Pandemic in 1918, Became Delusional

2 Movies Set in Turkey During Ottoman Times Capture the Nation’s Charms

My wife, son and I were privileged to live in Turkey for two years, 2009-11. The grandeur, charm and magic of the country that we remember was captured in two films set between 1915 and 1919 during and after World War I as the Ottoman Empire was teetering on the verge of collapse. One focuses … Continue reading 2 Movies Set in Turkey During Ottoman Times Capture the Nation’s Charms

1918 Flu Pandemic Killed Millions. What Can We Learn?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCF_ePFYPDU CBS News: "The pandemic of H1N1 virus in 1918 infected about one-third of the world's population, causing at least 50 million deaths, including more than a half-million in the United States. Martha Teichner reports." "Historical documentary about 1918 Swine Flu or Spanish Flu and the role of World War I in spreading the disease … Continue reading 1918 Flu Pandemic Killed Millions. What Can We Learn?