Oppression:[O1] A look at the first mail campaign, in 1835, and the resistance it ran into in the south. (Guess what it was about?)
[O2] Paul Heideman writes about black oppression and for all of their faults the socialists are the best political friends they’ve had.
[O3] In the National Review, Gabriel Rossman has a good piece on the history of American lynching and how blacks and whites were lynched differently.
[O4] Slaves kept their freedom by hanging out in the swamps. In the Turtledove Southern Victory series, the swamps played a pretty big role after the black uprising as their last refuge.
[O5] A look at a slave revolt that was lost to history. On purpose.
[O6] Henry Louis Gates Jr writes about slave rebellions.
Relationships:[R1] More like lust at first sight. I had two “lust at first sight” incidents in my life. One that I did fall in love with very deeply and might have married though didn’t, and the other that I might have in a different timeline. So my track record is pretty solid.
[R2] Most people aren’t actually very promiscuous.
[R3] An account of a 30 year old virgin who is on the clock.
[R4] Brown widow spiders like older women so much they’re willing to die to be in their company, rather than be with young lady spiders.
[R5] Oh, great, so not only are the dateless missing out in the dating world, they can miss out in the classroom, too. (Being who I am, I consider this article sad. And not because of the dateless.)
[R6] Patrick MacDougald looks at how cheap sex is changing our lives and our politics.
Internet:[I1] This… seems accurate.
[I2] So why do people leave one social site to another? An interesting look.
[I3] I am actually finally moving on from RSS, but Brian Barrett thinks we may be in for a renewal.
[I4] Russia banned Telegram, an encrypted message app. Google and Amazon helped. The Good Wife actually had a handful of episodes with a really nuanced look at the issue where they had clients on each side of the issue.
[I5] From the Information Age to the disinformation age, and how to make our way through it.
[I6] Felix Salmon argues that it’s time for Facebook to move on from Zuckerberg.
Vice:[V1] I was watching a show on Netflix that had a man having sex with his pregnant wife from behind in the shower while she looked worried and freaked out and not at all an enthusiastic participant. But they didn’t show any privates, and there were no cigarettes. So it’s all good.
[V2] Good news! Cigarettes are apparently no worse for you than drinking an extra glass wine.
[V3] If you’re hurtin’, you’re livin’. (So glad to see a Vice article talking about actual vices.)
[V4] What life is like when you’re a heroin addict.
[V6] The vaping movement has always been conflicted in between “These things are wildly less dangerous than cigarettes” and the belief that it shouldn’t even matter.
Energy & Environment:[EE1] Ooooh, what is this ice planet? (There’s a labeled one here.)
[EE2] I feel like these people don’t know our president well at all. (I will grant that I don’t have a better idea, I suppose.
[EE3] Woohoo! Ocean wind farms!
[EE4] Britain is looking at repurposing mines for electric cars.
[EE6] As coal prospects are replaced with natural gas, some wonder if West Virginia is making the same mistakes all over again. One of the big differences between Texas and Louisiana is how they dealt with the energy companies. The negotiators in Texas no doubt got their cut but made sure at least some state interests were looked after. In Louisiana, they didn’t care so long as they got paid or otherwise couldn’t do better.