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The Past, The Present and the Future



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The final regular show of 2018…

It is still kind of bothering me. That article a couple of weeks back about why the number of History Majors is in such a critical decline. after a bit more reading on the matter, it is true that all of the Humanities are down, but none so much as History. I wonder if the reason is a two-fold confluence of cultural touchstones. First, there is the general discrediting of history. This is necessary to avoid Santayana’s Maxim. But second is we historians shooting ourselves in the foot. The lessons of history aren’t meant to be used as a cast iron pan with which to whack people over the head with our own brilliance.

Can we find a reasonable solution before it’s too late?

Our State Governor has asked for $1.1 Billion in new taxes. To save the Orcas.

On December 14, 1972, we did (corporately) something for the final time.


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What Happened to History?



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Smithsonian Magazine has asked the question as to why there are fewer people studying history? There are any number of reasons why ranging from all the disciplines are ‘down” to people like me don’t want to pay a hostage ransom to get a piece of paper that says we know something. but history is deeply personal and meaningful to me. History isn’t just dates and places. It is people. It is seeking that connection with people, from as long ago as there were people right down to today…

An earthquake has hit Alaska

The Senate voted to end the US involvement in the war in Yemen. The weird part is that some people are surprised that five Senators had been lobbied by Saudi Arabia and voted against the resolution. The only question in my mind is how much the anti-Saudi folks paid for their lobbying efforts?


La Revolution Imbecellique



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There was once a time when the “people,” demanded that their government cow-tow to their demands for “justice.” The government reacted by declaring that anybody – ANYBODY – who opposed its declarations of what was right and wrong was an enemy of the State and would be executed.

In Los Angeles, a US Professor with 30 years of service to USC has been called a “pitiful excuse” and demands for his firing have come. Why? He dared speak the truth.

And the Gundy case was heard at the Supreme Court sans Kavanaugh. The reaction of two Justices is fascinating.


 

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