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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Ar2 – France : cheese eaters ::
    Wisconsin : cheese headsReport

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Fo1: Kind of boring. They basically expanded their food truck business, opened a brick and motor restaurant, or work in the food industry in another way. Very few seemed to have dropped out entirely.

    Re1: The Chinese government is the gift that keeps on giving for immigration lawyers. On a more serious note, the Chinese state has a long history of hostility towards religion that dates back before communism. Many of the civil disturbances in Chinese history were based on what can be called off-brand religious movements like the Yellow Turban Rebellion or the Taiping Uprising.Report

  3. Avatar fillyjonk says:

    Mu2: apparently in some countries iTunes is randomly removing “in the cloud” movies (and perhaps other things) that people bought, not offering refunds, offering two rentals (which have a lower value) and not really explaining (I am guessing it’s a copyright thing, but still). (Reference: Forbes article)

    I take this – Luddite that I am- to mean that if you “own” something that is merely “in the cloud,” you don’t actually own it.

    *shrugs* I like CDs and dvds. If I am fond enough of something to watch it more than once, I want a physical copy of it. I know that goes against the Marie Kondo trend of not actually owning anything that can clutter your house, but….if the various “content providers” decide they can claw back their content and offer you a poor substitute, nope.Report

  4. Avatar PD Shaw says:

    [Hi1] One of the complications with discussing piracy is disaggregating terminology. Pirates are bad guys; privateers are good guys (or at least have a slip of paper); and corsairs are Islamic raiders, mostly seeking to capture non-Muslims for the Ottoman slave markets.

    So, I think the piece seems to overlook the importance of pirating as a normal activity in that period, and I would interpret the basic point about colonial attitudes was that they didn’t find piracy disagreeable out of hand, nor assume the absence of a slip of paper as decisive. But as the piece discusses attitudes towards piracy against Islamic ships, it seems to be unaware of the extensive raiding by corsairs of Europe and North America for slaves from the 16th to 18th centuries. The Maghreb in partiuclar is a slave society needing constant replenishment of slaves. Seems very dismissive to try to couch this as “fear of Islam” or “fear of the other” when there was actually something to fear.Report

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