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UNESCO Institute for Statistics database
UIS.Stat enables users to search for and extract data from across UIS’s many databases.
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2 hours ago by garrettc
How to back up and archive all the things
history  tools  web  backup  dataset  archive  downloader  blog  blogging 
2 hours ago by agius

history  tang  china  nation  state 
4 hours ago by aries1988
Catapult | Writing Letters to Mao | Jennifer S. Cheng
All writers in some way compose love letters to their obsessions. A letter can be a document of deep ambivalences, contradictions, and silences, submerged in the complexities of shared and unshared histories. Or: a longing to locate two disparate points in an expanse of sky.
writing  china  asian  asianamerncan  memory  immigration  history  power 
7 hours ago by allaboutgeorge
Postcards from the Apocalypse
Dr. Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe), inspired by Afro-futurists, coined the term Indigenous Futurisms. Indigenous Futurisms is a term meant to encourage Native, First Nations, and other Indigenous authors and creators to speak back to the colonial tropes of science fiction—those that celebrate the rugged individual, the conquest of foreign worlds, the taming of the final frontier. Indigenous Futurism asks us to reject these colonial ideas and instead re-imagine space, both outer and inner, from another perspective. One that makes room for stories that celebrate relationship and connection to community, coexistence, and sharing of land and technology, the honoring of caretakers and protectors.

Indigenous Futurism also advocates for the sovereign. It dares to let Indigenous creators define themselves and their world not just as speaking back to colonialism, but as existing in their own right. That is not to say that the past is ignored, but rather that it is folded into the present, which is folded into the future—a philosophical wormhole that renders the very definitions of time and space fluid in the imagination.
history  scifi 
9 hours ago by tomshen
Criteria for definition of overweight in transition: background and recommendations for the United States | The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Oxford Academic
How WHO helped the BMI not only become the standard for defining obesity, but also got the numbers lowered -- which created a sudden obesity epidemic.
fat  science  bmi  history 
10 hours ago by moose
“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”
«“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.»
date-math  calendars  rome  classics  latin  math  history  mastodon 
11 hours ago by brennen

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