Mid-Week Miscellaneous Links
The new Smithsonian Magazine arrived at our home the other day, and now parts are online. Here is a nice primer but detailed essay on the start of the Civil War, of which we are commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the start of that conflagration.
Here is an amusing article to file under the quirky and contingent history of scientific research, this time the story of how hamsters became such great lab studies for researchers. The hamster population has certainly grown, but not in ways that they may be too happy about. Reading the article put me in mind of one of the most inventive and greatest sociological novels of all time, Doctor Rat by William Kotzwinkle. I adore that book and heartily recommend it to anyone teen-aged and older.
And from its online edition here is an article that knocked me out: Mozart's sister was the original prodigy of the family, and it is a double shame her compositions have been lost.
And finally from The Smithsonian Magazine online, this article shows us once again how fragile our planet can be, though we do know it can be wonderfully resilient, too...
As for other links of historical oriented note, I found this article from The Nation magazine about Daniel Ellsberg and Private Manning to be important the next time you hear a pundit say Manning is not really like Ellsberg. Ellsberg seems to think so...
And this article from The Nation on the latest crisis in the Ivory Coast is fascinating reading. Chocolate as a cause of war? Sounds like Jon Stewart material until one actually reads the article.
And of interest is this Chomsky essay from In These Times magazine. Chomsky finds and talks about things not many pundits know or dare to say, and his analysis is both trenchant and surprisingly easier to read than other recent essays he has written. There is a reason to be wary of how Western leaders choose to make military stands, and Libya is no exception. However, I continue to say, are we really being wise in not hearing the cries of the rebels in Libya?
For a true "finally," this blog post from a source (Yaniv Reich) I am not sure about is nonetheless worth reading for he makes a pretty effective case through links that the Israeli military did confirm many points raised in the original Goldstone Report. For those who say Goldstone retracted everything, the links from the post allows one to re-read Goldstone's op-ed from the other day with a more discerning eye than the Likudniks want us to use when reading Goldstone's editorial. Reich's latest editorial on Goldstone's op-ed is here.