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Video Games In East Germany: The Stasi Played Along | ZEIT ONLINE
In East Germany, a gamer scene emerged just before the fall of communism. Teenagers met at a computer club to swap and play C64 games. The state watched with interest.
gaming  germany  history  gamescenes 
april 2019 by hthief
Maya ritual cave ‘untouched’ for 1,000 years stuns archaeologists
Exploration of Balamku (Cave of the Jaguar God) reveals ancient religious practices—and may hold clues to the rise and fall of the Maya empire.
archaeology  Mayans  Mexico  history  civilizations 
april 2019 by hthief
BBC - Future - Why there’s so little left of the early internet
It took nearly five years into the internet’s life before anyone made a concerted effort to archive it. Much of our earliest online activity has disappeared.
history  internet  archive  archiving 
april 2019 by hthief
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
The appeal of the Stanford prison experiment seems to go deeper than its scientific validity, perhaps because it tells us a story about ourselves that we desperately want to believe: that we, as individuals, cannot really be held accountable for the sometimes reprehensible things we do.
stanford  history  prison  psychology  fraud 
march 2019 by hthief
Flavia Dzodan on Twitter: "This I find interesting: if the rise of the so called alt-right represented a collapse in the language of social justice with the perversion of meaning and context, then it makes sense that the ultra rich would exploit this by i
flavia dzodan talks about the perversion of meaning and context of social justice language by the alt right, relating to how the ultra rich exploit this same phenomenom by inserting themselves into a de-historicized politics
by stripping historical connotations language can be re-oriented into misusage and be devoid of meaning, "we are all equal even if we are billionaires"
language  politics  IdentityPolitics  history 
march 2019 by hthief
American History Tellers - The Great Depression - Dust | 4 | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
A podcast about the great depression illustrating a scenario where, due to various man-made factors, massive dust storms were pummelling the Midwest and Congress only took action when it hit them right at the doorstep; showing how future political action could take place.
history  great-depression  climate-change 
march 2019 by hthief
A mulher mais violenta que trabalhou na PIDE - Vida - SÁBADO
Enquanto despia, humilhava e espancava as suas vítimas na sede da polícia política, perguntava: "Fala ou não fala, sua puta?" Chamavam-lhe Pide Leninha
pide  estado-novo  portugal  fascism  history 
january 2019 by hthief
Gender, Sexism, and the Middle Ages: No More Fairy Tales | The Public Medievalist
We aim to show how and where systems of gender oppression existed, and to also highlight stories of the women, men, and nonbinary people who surmounted them. Because in some ways, medieval people are more like us than we might like to admit
history  gender 
january 2019 by hthief
PX08875.pdf
A post-mortem on the development of the first version of MS Word.
microsoft  history  post-mortem 
january 2019 by hthief
Meet Yourself | Lapham’s Quarterly
In the years in between, personality testing has taken over the world, all of us desperate for a shortcut to know ourselves and others. Yet the dream of better living through self-knowledge has not lived up to its grandiose ambitions.
Personality is behavior, and we now leak our personality everywhere with each “like” and “swipe”; there will always be those who want that information to observe and target and sell
myers_briggs  psychology  history 
december 2018 by hthief
Max Fisher on Twitter: "1. Trump’s comments are being treated as something new, but fall within a long tradition of insurrectionist rhetoric in American politics."
A tweet long post on how Trump's remarks fall in line with the party's histories, having merely to make do without dogwhistles
Trump  GOP  History 
august 2016 by hthief
Robert Kagan, Donald Trump, and the Liberal Imagination
«That “not with jackboots and salutes” is convenient. It severs any connection between the song of war Kagan has been singing all these years—with its descant of hostility to restraint, compromise, coalition, and prudence—and Trump’s candidacy. It refuses the possibility that Trump’s domestic belligerence is the transposition of Kagan’s international belligerence, that Trump’s “aura of crude strength and machismo” would appeal to a country that had achieved such untrammeled and uncontested mega-power, as Kagan once kvelled, that its citizens could be rightly be characterized as hailing from militaristic Mars. Small powers, Kagan sneered, like the constraint of an international order because its protects them; great powers, he cheered, “often fear rules that may constrain them.” Likewise the would-be leaders and citizens of those great powers.

It makes perfect sense for Kagan to opt for this explanation of Trump. Why liberals, many of whom opposed the Iraq War (though not the War on Terror), would applaud him, well, that’s a different story.»
articles  robert-keagan  Trump  GOP  History  conservatism 
july 2016 by hthief

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