Category Archives: History

HETEROPHASIA—IT’S THE PANTHEON THAT HAS A CONCRETE DOME (COMMENT).

HETEROPHASIA—IT’S THE PANTHEON THAT HAS A CONCRETE DOME (COMMENT). I posted here a couple months ago about how the Pantheon has lasted for centuries because concrete can’t be reused. However, I said “Parthenon” for “Pantheon”. Dick Weisfelder promptly pointed out … Continue reading

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COMPARING THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION TO A BUSINESS STARTUP.

COMPARING THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION TO A BUSINESS STARTUP. As a modern lawyer, who has done some drafting, I am impressed by the difficulties that the drafters of the Articles of Confederation faced. There can’t have been many previous examples … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION.

IN PRAISE OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION. Tyler Cowen had an essay on the Bloomberg site arguing the Articles of Confederation have been greatly underrated. (The link is courtesy of Marginal Revolution, which is Cowen’s own site). The argument appeals … Continue reading

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REVISITING THE MESSY ROOMMATE THEORY OF NATO.

REVISITING THE MESSY ROOMMATE THEORY OF NATO. I posted here in 2008 about the Messy Roommate Theory of NATO, which was set forth in the sixties in a paper by Richard Zeckhauser and Mancur Olson. In brief, assume a messy … Continue reading

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THE POTATO AND THE FUTURE CONQUEST OF SPACE.

THE POTATO AND THE FUTURE CONQUEST OF SPACE. I have posted several times about the importance of the potato in world history. I quoted Professor William H. McNeill here that: “by feeding rapidly growing populations, [potatoes] permitted a handful of … Continue reading

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UPDATE ON FIRST SLEEP/SECOND SLEEP.

UPDATE ON FIRST SLEEP/SECOND SLEEP. I posted here about first sleep/second sleep in response to Annalisa’s observation that this was a hobby horse that I talked a lot more about than I posted about. My nephew Andrew has now sent … Continue reading

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THE KILLER FOG OF 1952.

THE KILLER FOG OF 1952. The London fog and smog through which Turner saw the world continued until the 1960’s. The killer fog of 1952 is described in this article by Christopher Klein on the history.com website. During the space … Continue reading

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TURNER’S LIGHT.

TURNER’S LIGHT. I had looked at many of Turner’s paintings with their effects of atmosphere and color without realizing that Turner’s work was shaped by the English air. Turner was born in 1775 and all during his lifetime, houses were, … Continue reading

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THE EFFECT OF GEOGRAPHY ON THE IMPRESSIONISTS.

THE EFFECT OF GEOGRAPHY ON THE IMPRESSIONISTS. Christie Davies, in a review on the New Criterion website of EUROPEAN ART: A NEUROARTHISTORY by John Onian, provides a lot of observations about the effect of geography on painters that had never … Continue reading

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JOE BOB BRIGGS’ BRIEF HISTORY OF THE REDNECK.

JOE BOB BRIGGS’ BRIEF HISTORY OF THE REDNECK. Judith Matloff says that honor codes still survive in mountainous regions like Albania, “where 10.000 men have perished in vendettas in the last two decades”. She points out that J D Vance’s … Continue reading

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