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?
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.
PRODUCER NOTE: Dave is waxing philosophical today. If you’re looking for “news” today, this probably isn’t the place to find it. Plus Alex Ross is on vacation. Fair warning is given! – Producer Henri
Do you know the story of Hanno the Navigator?
Somewhere around the middle of the 5th Century BCE, a Carthaginian leader set out on a voyage to discover new worlds and new civilizations. He boldly went where no man had gone before. His voyage is recorded primarily by a periplus, that is to say, a short record of the stops that he made. The periplus became a record that would give subsequent navigators an idea of what they could expect to find and the distances traveled.
In other words, once upon a long time ago, a man led an expedition of 30,000 people through the Pillars of Hercules and past the edge of the known universe, and instead of some vast rolling epic saga, all we have is a list of the places he visited. In a couple of cases a few notes. Of one of the most epic and important voyages in all of human history, all we know is from a few dots. Hanno changed the world. And seemingly nobody except a few ancient literature scholars and Al Stewart remember anything about him at all. Read the rest of this entry