Friday, April 16, 2010

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (4/16/2010)

Some follow-up to my post about emancipated black and white slaves: Ta-Nehisi Coates has a second post about them, and I found further information here.

Also, Digby happened to post about an example of someone who did something similar to what I did. Skip over the "Tea Partier" part and read about what Simon Winchester wrote about the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. Essentially, he dismisses the deaths of 40,000 people (as well as the economic consequences to their communities) and concentrates on the beautiful sunsets it created in Europe. There's a total lack of identification with those 40,000 people as human beings. Obviously, I'm not entitled to the same righteous indignation Digby shows, but I can't disagree with her: "...Krakatoa's importance becomes its impact, not on the world, but only on the most refined aesthetic and intellectual palates in Europe. White Europe. This is racism."

Anyway, on to other subjects.

J. K. Rowling on why she's willing to pay taxes and not about to vote Tory.

No cannibalism in the Donner Party after all?

Bet I can find 1,000,000 people on Facebook who are passive-aggressive.

The ages of Doctor Who actors at their debuts.

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