All the Things the Bible Wants to Execute You For – “These regulations are just those warranting the capital punishment. There are many others—sporting tattoos, wearing blended fabrics, and cooking steak in butter—that are also forbidden, but carry lesser penalties.”
Is Sam Harris Really a White Supremacist? – “Harris is making a three-step move here, which he uses so often that we ought to name it after him: the Sam Harris Shuffle. First, postulate a highly artificial example or thought experiment, like a supposedly hypothetical description of a suicide bomber that is carefully constructed to evoke a specific religious group. Second, affirm the intuitions and stereotypes that inevitably come to the reader’s mind. (It isn’t that you’ve primed the pump, it’s that they are onto something!) Third, inoculate against nuance. Promise that there is one magic explanation, which P.C. culture doesn’t want you to know about.” From Alex.
5 Ancient Sites Built to Align with the Spring Equinox – “The quirks of measuring time are also why astronomical events such as the equinoxes were so important in ancient cultures. Equinoxes and solstices are a reliable way to mark seasons, and human civilizations throughout history have monitored such astronomical phenomena, incorporating these events into their cultural and religious practices. Today, evidence of these practices can be observed through the buildings and structures our ancestors left behind. To celebrate today’s equinox, we’ve compiled a list of ancient structures designed to interact with the astronomical arrival of spring.”
The 15-Year-Old Schoolgirl Who Paved the Way for Rosa Parks – “Most likely when you hear the name Rosa Parks, you think about the first brave African-American woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Little do most of us know, there was a young girl who came first (nine months before Rosa Parks), her name is Claudette Colvin and she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl at the time.”
How Black People Are Being Shut Out of America’s Weed Boom – “For most jobs, experience will help you get ahead. In the marijuana industry, it’s not that simple. Yes, investors and state governments are eager to hire and license people with expertise in how to cultivate, cure, trim, and process cannabis. But it can’t be someone who got caught. Which for the most part means it can’t be someone who is black.”
Nina Simone’s Face – Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, “There is something deeply shameful in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic.”