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The Life and Death of North Africa's First Superstar https://www.historytoday.com/chris-silver/life-and-death-nort...
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"Habiba Messika’s story is that of an Arabic-singing Jewish star, as comfortable in her blended identity as her mixed audiences of Jews and Muslims. Her legacy is that of an interwar Tunisian nationalist who was equally at ease playing the role of Romeo on stage as she was dressing as a flapper off it." ‎· Eivind
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"Messika made dozens of records for Pathé, including some of the era’s most popular and ribald Egyptian songs, such as Sayyid Darwish’s ‘Harrag Alaya Baba Ma Rouhchi Cinéma’ (‘My father didn’t let me go to the cinema’) and ‘Cham el Cocaine’ (‘Snorting Cocaine’), Tunisian folklore and the lighter pieces of the Andalusian repertoire, a classical genre inspired by Islamic Spain. Her voice – crisp, clear, smooth and sensual – captivated her audiences. She became known as the ‘queen of musical ecstasy’. Habib Bourguiba and other ‘soldiers of the night’ were infatuated with the young Jewish superstar, though they were taken by more than just her voice. The few surviving headshots of Messika show a young Tunisian woman who dazzled in black and white. She was a flapper, the likes of which few in the region had seen before." ‎· Eivind
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"In a letter written to the executives at Baidaphon, Messika regarded her recordings for the label as ‘better than anything I have recorded previously’. She was especially taken by Baidaphon’s foray into electric recording, which, unlike acoustic techniques, allowed for the unparalleled reproduction of her voice and multi-tonal sounds of her instrumentalists. But recording in Berlin had another advantage: she could do so away from the watchful eye of the French authorities. While she continued to make records with suggestive titles, like ‘Ala sirir el nom’ (‘On my bed, spoil me’), she also recorded a number of marches dedicated to King Fuad in Egypt, King Faysal in Iraq and the Bey of Tunis, Muhammad VI, as well as anthems extolling Egypt and Syria. With Baidaphon, Messika seemed to strike a nationalist rallying cry. At the end of one such recording, ‘King Fuad’s March’, Messika and her orchestra could even be heard shouting ‘Long live the King’ and ‘Long live Egypt’ alongside thunderous applause. Hearing of Egyptian sovereigns and sovereignty, Tunisians could imagine their own. This record and others in a similar style would be her most popular in terms of sales." ‎· Eivind
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Neandertals, Stone Age people may have voyaged the Mediterranean "Island finds suggest surprisingly early seafaring, perhaps earlier than 130,000 years ago" https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/neandertals-stone-age...
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'The finds strongly suggest that the urge to go to sea, and the cognitive and technological means to do so, predates modern humans, says Alan Simmons, an archaeologist at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas who gave an overview of recent finds at a meeting here last week of the Society for American Archaeology. “The orthodoxy until pretty recently was that you don’t have seafarers until the early Bronze Age,” adds archaeologist John Cherry of Brown University, an initial skeptic. “Now we are talking about seafaring Neandertals. It’s a pretty stunning change.”' ‎· Eivind
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Albanian sworn virgins - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albanian_sworn_virgins
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"The tradition of sworn virgins in Albania developed out of the Kanuni i Lekë Dukagjinit (English: The Code of Lekë Dukagjini, or simply the Kanun),[3] a set of codes and laws developed by Lekë Dukagjini and used mostly in northern Albania and Kosovo from the 15th century until the 20th century. The Kanun is not a religious document – many groups follow it, including Albanian Orthodox, Catholics and Muslims.[4] The Kanun dictates that families must be patrilineal (meaning wealth is inherited through a family's men) and patrilocal (upon marriage, a woman moves into the household of her husband's family).[5] Women are treated like property of the family. Under the Kanun women are stripped of many rights. They cannot smoke, wear a watch, or vote in their local elections. They cannot buy land, and there are many jobs they are not permitted to hold. There are also establishments that they cannot enter.[4][6] The practice of sworn virginhood was first reported by missionaries, travelers, geographers and anthropologists who visited the mountains of northern Albania in the 19th and early 20th centuries." ‎· Eivind
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here is a short and nice video: https://youtu.be/W2xU-uXnbQY ‎· nomnomski ‎· 3
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@nomnomski: Thanks. It's a fascinating custom. ‎· Eivind ‎· 1
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Look at the pretty little church we found in the back country. Nittedal Church, it was called :)
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A very good piece on the current state of Norwegian politics: The Fall of the Norwegian Trump https://jacobinmag.com/2018/04/norway-far-right-sylvi-listhau...
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"Listhaug belongs to the Progress Party (FrP), a right-wing formation with a history of dog-whistling and blatant racism that has been in government since 2013 with the conservative-right party Høyre. For a long time the Norwegian establishment refused to collaborate with the FrP, seeing it as too extreme. They changed their mind out of electoral expediency. Needing votes to secure a majority, right-wing parties invited the FrP into the mainstream tent and welcomed their collaboration. Since then, mainstream right parties have assured the public that the Norwegian populist right is not like it is in others parts of Europe — it’s milder and moderate, less historically noxious. While the Sweden Democrats have an outright Nazi past, the FrP’s roots are in an anti-tax liberal party. Yet it might be fair to ask if we have not been fooling ourselves that we have the cleanest oil, the nicest fjords, and the sweetest far-right politicians on the continent. It’s been just thirty years since Carl I Hagen, the leader of the FrP at the time, forged a letter from a Muslim living in Norway and used it to claim that Islam was taking over the country. In the decades since, the FrP’s bread and butter has been pushing anti-immigrant policies and stoking anti-Muslim fear. The two leaders throughout those years, Hagen and Siv Jensen, have been known for their bigoted statements. And then Sylvi Listhaug came along." ‎· Eivind
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"The so-called moderate right has shown itself quite willing to protect the far right in order to stay in power. Prime Minister Erna Solberg thanked Listhaug for her service, said she was welcome back in the government at a later date, and tried to downplay Listhaug’s responsibility by claiming that extreme rhetoric abounds “on all sides.”" ‎· Eivind ‎· 1
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'Five decades on from his speech, some of Powell's ideas have taken hold in mainstream politics, according to Dr Hirsch. "The idea of 'immigration numbers' that simply need to be 'controlled' was once seen as an attack on people's rights," she says. "It is now accepted within mainstream politics, and support for these immigration controls pushes ideas of nationalism and hierarchies of who is and isn't allowed into the country that are often connected with race."' ‎· Eivind
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'For Dr David Wearing, an academic at Royal Holloway, University of London, Powell's speech was a very early example of a modern phenomenon, what he describes as "a racist member of the elite hiding behind the the white working class". "Read the full text of Rivers of Blood and what strikes you is the sheer familiarity of it. "Among other things, it falsely associates hostility to immigrants with the working classes alone, contrasting their supposedly legitimate concerns with those of an out-of-touch liberal elite."' ‎· Eivind
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Happy birthday, @tinypants! I hope it's a great one :)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOOKUH! ‎· MoTO Babycakes ‎· 3
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Happy Birthday! ‎· Brixie ‎· 1
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We should give all 25-year-olds a universal inheritance of at least £10,000 to reduce wealth inequality https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/universal-minimum-inheri...
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"We calculate that a fund worth enough to pay a £10,000 dividend to all 25-year olds from 2030 could be capitalised through a mix of existing assets, new taxes on wealth, royalties from future public assets such as spectrum sales and some borrowing. In particular, there is a strong argument that inheritance tax should be reformed to be less easily avoidable and to raise more money, which could be invested in a fund that would generate an inheritance for everybody." ‎· Eivind
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note the picture, they are all laughing...which is what the R are doing when reading this! ‎· Halil
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How to change the course of human history https://www.eurozine.com/change-course-human-history/
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"The story we have been telling ourselves about our origins is wrong, and perpetuates the idea of inevitable social inequality. David Graeber and David Wengrow ask why the myth of 'agricultural revolution' remains so persistent, and argue that there is a whole lot more we can learn from our ancestors." ‎· Eivind
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dunyadanceviri diye bir site var ama yazılar okunuyor mu bilmiyorum. ‎· fax
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Question for the Brits: Are snorkers exactly the same as bangers, or is one term more specific than the other?
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Bangers are sausages, never heard of snorkers. ‎· Halil
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Side comment: I Love the Eyre affair. Illegal cheese and all! ‎· hedgielib
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saw this last night on reddit, a bit creepy! ‎· Halil
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@cgrymala: Great minds... :D ‎· Eivind
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[Video] The Fantastic Bionic Flying Fox "This bionic flying fox has a wingspan of more than 7 feet. *" http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/drone360/2018/04/02/bionic-...
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The Snow Queen
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Romantic nationalism
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kıçın donar aga ‎· Cihanyus
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Easter skiing :)
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Just a few Norwegians playing football on drift ice outside Greenland
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This is my new favorite thing ‎· Soup ‎· 1
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Be sure to bring a basket of spare footballs, an be prepared to lose a few. ‎· 9000 ‎· 3
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Or one dude in a kayak and armed with a net ‎· Soup ‎· 2
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Spring!
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Shorts, Kindle, Guinness... trifecta bonus points awarded! ‎· Ken Morley ‎· 3
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Almost down to -20C on my ride to work this morning, though. Ridiculous. The skies are blue and it will be above freezing when I go home in the afternoon, but for now it's what the Icelanders call "gluggaveður," weather that looks pretty from inside the house, but you don't want to be out in :) ‎· Eivind ‎· 6
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Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism (by Pankaj Mishra) http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/03/19/jordan-peterson-and-f...
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"Peterson himself credits his intellectual awakening to the Cold War, when he began to ponder deeply such “evils associated with belief” as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, and became a close reader of Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. This is a common intellectual trajectory among Western right-wingers who swear by Solzhenitsyn and tend to imply that belief in egalitarianism leads straight to the guillotine or the Gulag. A recent example is the English polemicist Douglas Murray who deplores the attraction of the young to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and wishes that the idea of equality was “tainted by an ideological ordure equivalent to that heaped on the concept of borders.” Peterson confirms his membership of this far-right sect by never identifying the evils caused by belief in profit, or Mammon: slavery, genocide, and imperialism. Reactionary white men will surely be thrilled by Peterson’s loathing for “social justice warriors” and his claim that divorce laws should not have been liberalized in the 1960s. Those embattled against political correctness on university campuses will heartily endorse Peterson’s claim that “there are whole disciplines in universities forthrightly hostile towards men.” Islamophobes will take heart from his speculation that “feminists avoid criticizing Islam because they unconsciously long for masculine dominance.” Libertarians will cheer Peterson’s glorification of the individual striver, and his stern message to the left-behinds (“Maybe it’s not the world that’s at fault. Maybe it’s you. You’ve failed to make the mark.”). The demagogues of our age don’t read much; but, as they ruthlessly crack down on refugees and immigrants, they can derive much philosophical backup from Peterson’s sub-chapter headings: “Compassion as a vice” and “Toughen up, you weasel.”" ‎· Eivind
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Look! Peterson made a matryoshka doll of fury on Twitter over this review :D https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/975960114694729728 ‎· Eivind ‎· 2
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i guess the article must be 'racist' because it mentions 'white men' a few times. ‎· fax ‎· 5
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@ufux: Probably sexist too, then. ‎· Eivind ‎· 4
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The crisis in modern masculinity, by Pankaj Mishra https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/17/the-crisis-in-m...
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"It is also true that historically privileged men tend to be profoundly disturbed by perceived competition from women, gay people and diverse ethnic and religious groups. In Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle (1990) Elaine Showalter described the great terror induced among many men by the very modest gains of feminists in the late 19th century: “fears of regression and degeneration, the longing for strict border controls around the definition of gender, as well as race, class and nationality”." ‎· Eivind
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Early humans made advanced stone tools, used colorful pigments, and formed long-distance networks as environment changed http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/signs-symbolic-behavio...
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"About 900,000 years ago, a skull cap shows that the human ancestor H. erectus lived at Olorgesailie and used big Acheulean hand axes and scrapers to butcher meat. About 800,000 years ago, the climate began fluctuating more intensely from wet to dry, and the environment became more arid and grassy. At about 615,000 years ago, early humans began to make smaller Acheulean tools they could carry farther, and to more carefully select basalt as raw material, perhaps shifting hunting tactics in a changing environment, Potts says. The last hand ax at the site dates to 499,000 years ago, before the gap. By the time the archaeological record restarted at 320,000 years ago, the Acheulean tools were gone and the basin had changed dramatically. The wet-dry cycle was even more extreme. More than 80% of mammal species had vanished and new kinds of elephants, pigs, foxes, and springboks gathered at tree-lined streams. MSA tools—relatively sophisticated blades and points that would have been hafted onto spears—were plentiful. The site yielded no human fossils in this key time frame, so researchers can't be sure who the new toolmakers were. But discoveries elsewhere offer a strong hint. For years archaeologists had thought the MSA tools were too old to have been made by our species. Then, last year, fossils resembling H. sapiens were found near MSA tools and dated to nearly 300,000 years ago at Jebel Irhoud in Morocco—timing that fits the Olorgesailie chronology. Features of the MSA tools also suggest they were the handiwork of sophisticated humans. The toolmakers were highly selective about their raw materials, importing obsidian from up to 90 kilometers away. Such far-flung connections are a "hallmark of human social organization, and an important buffer in forager societies," whose members may move to distant places in hard times, Brooks says. The tools also are smaller, more precise, and more uniform in shape than Acheulean tools. They represent a milestone in abstract thinking: A hand ax preserves the shape of the original lump of rock, but creating a blade from an already prepared core forces toolmakers to visualize its shape in advance, Brooks says." ‎· Eivind
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Germany's new federal minister of labor and social affairs, Hubertus HEIL!
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Is that funny in Germany too? ‎· Eivind ‎· 1
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If you're just gonna read one article today about the innovative practice of "insourcing" and how it can make you financially independent, it might as well be this incredible piece https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/mar/08/how-to-retire-e...
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"Nate and I began to uncover far-reaching advantages to frugality that outstripped the mechanics of spending less cash and growing our net worth. We’d started out with an urgency around saving money, but it evolved to be about much more than that. It became a wholesale lifestyle transformation. The satisfaction we derived from painting our own kitchen cabinets was the first tertiary benefit to frugality we discovered, and the second was close behind: doing this project together brought us closer in our marriage. For the first time since a group paper for our international elections course in college, Nate and I were team-mates on projects with tangible results." ‎· Eivind
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@acreech: We're already doing all these things in our much more humble abode, so I expect to magically turn financially independent any time now :) ‎· Eivind ‎· 7
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“Half asleep in the sun, reassured by the familiar smell of frying fat, I’d make promises to God. If only He’d let me be a singer! I knew I’d probably turn to whiskey and rock ’n’ roll like they all did, but not for years, I promised. Not for years, Lord. Not till I had glorified His name and bought Mama a yellow Cadillac and a house on Old Henderson Road.”
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Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison ‎· Eivind
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The unwelcome revival of ‘race science’ https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/02/the-unwelcome-re...
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"In the past, race science has shaped not only political discourse, but also public policy. The year after The Bell Curve was published, in the lead-up to a Republican congress slashing benefits for poorer Americans, Murray gave expert testimony before a Senate committee on welfare reform; more recently, congressman Paul Ryan, who helped push the Republicans’ latest tax cuts for the wealthy, has claimed Murray as an expert on poverty. Now, as race science leaches back into mainstream discourse, it has also been mainlined into the upper echelons of the US government through figures such as Bannon. The UK has not been spared this revival: the London Student newspaper recently exposed a semi-clandestine conference on intelligence and genetics held for the last three years at UCL without the university’s knowledge. One of the participants was the 88-year-old Ulster-based evolutionary psychologist Richard Lynn, who has described himself as a “scientific racist”. One of the reasons scientific racism hasn’t gone away is that the public hears more about the racism than it does about the science. This has left an opening for people such as Murray and Wade, in conjunction with their media boosters, to hold themselves up as humble defenders of rational enquiry. With so much focus on their apparent bias, we’ve done too little to discuss the science. Which raises the question: why, exactly, are the race scientists wrong? ‎· Eivind
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Did Human Sacrifice Help People Form Complex Societies? https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/02/did-human-...
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"Over time, as societies became larger, they also tended to become less egalitarian and more hierarchical. In 2016, the Jena group reported that Pulotu data support the so-called social control theory, according to which human sacrifice stabilized societies as they became more stratified, by legitimating class distinctions and political authority. It is probably no coincidence, Watts says, that the victims were often people who posed a threat to the elites, or who had fallen out of favor with them. The results coming out of Seshat—which have yet to be published—suggest that social control may not be the whole story, however. No society in Pulotu comprises more than a million people, while Seshat includes “mega-empires” whose subjects numbered in the tens of millions. Seshat’s founders therefore argue that it tracks social complexity closer to modern levels, and they find that, beyond around 100,000 people, human sacrifice becomes a destabilizing force. “Our suggestion is that this particularly pernicious form of inequality isn’t sustainable as societies get more complex,” says Whitehouse. “It disappears once they pass certain thresholds, because they cannot survive with that level of injustice.”" ‎· Eivind
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"The Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has argued that societies became less violent as they became better at abstract reasoning. In other words, people spurned violence against others on the grounds that they wouldn’t want it done to them. Turchin and colleagues disagree: With staggering frequency, they argue, it was religion rather than reason that turned people away from ritualized brutality. But a different kind of religion—one that deified not a mortal god-king, but a supernatural “big god.” These were the forerunners of today’s major world religions, and those who spread them railed against human sacrifice. “They basically said, God is repelled by this,” says Turchin." ‎· Eivind
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