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History

February 22, 2015

"Vindicating Standard Oil, 100 years later"

Fine, short piece explaining why the 1911 Standard Oil decision is not the huge triumph for antitrust it's made out to be.

February 18, 2015

"Election Envy: The Europeans and the Jews"

I'm not sure that anti-Semitism has a lot to do with St. Isadore of Seville and Gregory of Tours, but Mr. Goldman knows a lot more about it than I do, so I'll take his word for it.

February 16, 2015

"Jihadis 14, Crusaders 2: The president perverts history (again)"

Ralph Peters presents a bit of the history of the Crusades.

The president knows as little about history as he does about warfare, and even less about religion. But he’s not alone. With the Left’s successful destruction of history instruction in our schools and universities, even “well-educated” creatures of Washington accept the Arab fantasy that the cultural incompetence, practical indolence, and spiritual decay of the entire Middle East stems from Richard Coeur de Lion’s twelfth-century swordplay.

Stop it! All of you! And try reading a book or two on the subject. Meanwhile, here’s a starter course in the vast tragedy jihad has posed for every civilization it’s touched for the past 14 centuries — while the Crusades mythologized by Islam’s apologists were a two-century blip whose only practical legacies are a few ruined castles.

January 29, 2015

"Fickle Sun Changed Europe's Climate for 1,000 Years"

"Variations in the sun’s output may explain some of the natural changes in Europe’s climate during the past 1,000 years, including the deadly, cold winters of the 16th and 18th centuries. Earth scientists recently discovered that as solar output dipped, so did temperatures in the North Atlantic, which then may have cooled the climate in Europe."

January 27, 2015

"Changing Climates of History"

Interesting look at recent work by prominent historians on the role of climate in history.

For the most part, these five senior historians use climate change to discuss economic and political history. Unexpected climate shifts, or brief climate shocks, brought crop failure, hunger, unrest—these arguments appear time and again in these five books. In particular, climate shifts help explain economic distress and political violence.

January 26, 2015

"Whistleblower: Pelosi Covered Up Role In Crisis"

It's a very good thing for the country that Ms. Pelosi is no longer Majority Leader Speaker (Thanks, Michael!).

It would also be good if she lost her seat or retired.

January 24, 2015

"Churchill embodied Britain's greatness"

Friday was the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death. Here's a fine tribute to him.

January 20, 2015

"Botched environmental predictions for 2015"

This is a great project for somebody: keep track of the Left's record on predictions.

You’ve heard the warnings: Global warming could doom humanity. Overpopulation and deforestation will destroy the planet. We’re going to run out of energy.

It isn’t happening right now, experts say, but it could happen in a few decades.

Yet, decades ago, experts warned that many catastrophes would happen now – by the year 2015. Yet they have not. FoxNews.com found five predictions that went astray.

January 13, 2015

"The World Is Not Falling Apart"

Good to know.

To be sure, adding up corpses and comparing the tallies across different times and places can seem callous, as if it minimized the tragedy of the victims in less violent decades and regions. But a quantitative mindset is in fact the morally enlightened one. It treats every human life as having equal value, rather than privileging the people who are closest to us or most photogenic. And it holds out the hope that we might identify the causes of violence and thereby implement the measures that are most likely to reduce it. Let’s examine the major categories in turn.

January 02, 2015

"5 Ways Einstein Was a Regular Guy"

Just an everyday guy, Big Al.

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