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April 23, 2018

New Yellow Journalism: Clickbait and Gif-baiting

A major problem is that many people don’t have the time to digest long-winded articles anymore. In a world where every pocket has the potential to be filled with a digital square that has access to all of the information and misinformation across the globe, people find it hard to digest information that isn’t spoon-fed

History

Book Review: A History of Higher Education in Canada, 1663 – 1960

Robin Sutton Harris was born on October 27th, 1919 in Toronto, Ontario. In 1941, Harris received his BA in English Language and Literature from honor courses within the University of Toronto’s English department. After a brief period of war service, he found himself teaching at the elementary school level for about a year before applying

Quick History: Vampires and Sexuality

How and when did vampires become synonymous with sexuality? Vampires became synonymous with sexuality as the folkloric ideologies of vampires merged with popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. The topic of “sexuality” had been present in certain strands of vamires in folkloric mentions (ie. certain vampires returning to ‘eat the breasts’ of female relatives in

Quick History: Why did people believe in the undead?

Essentially, modern medicine and science didn’t have proper explanations for an improper burial or the methods of disposing of bodies. According to Vampires, Burial & Death by Paul Barber: animal scavenging, shallow graves and the erosion of soil, grave robbers, and flooding were all ways in which the deceased would “unearth” and return to this world.

Quick History: Cleopatra’s Influence on Women in Rome

What was the influence Cleopatra had on Roman women and how was she able to become popular among the Roman population?  In the late 40s BCE, Julius Caesar brought Cleopatra and their 2-year-old son to his Empire. This is the first real cultural elegance that the Romans experienced from the Egyptians, as Cleopatra was a very highly intelligent woman. When

Conspicuous Consumption and Continental Change

How did the production and consumption of consumer goods transform gender roles, race relations, and ideas about class, and how did Americans allow consumerism to affect social change? Production and consumption levels within the United States rose to all-time highs throughout the 20th century. Consumerism, on all fronts, became a massive part of day-to-day life.

Book Review: Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa

Chocolate Islands is a historiographical work with a unique style of writing that focuses specifically on the letters exchanged between Joseph Burtt, who was sent to Africa to investigate living and working conditions, and William Cadbury, an English businessman and industrial mogul who ran the helm of one of the world’s largest chocolate firms. Chocolate Islands

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Politics

Trump’s Racist Comments on African, Caribbean Nations Put Him on the United Nation’s Hotseat

Trump makes rather embarrassing international headlines yet again with his racist remarks against immigrants who come from “shithole” nations in Africa and the Caribbean. America was based on the idea of diversity, a country that birthed itself from a revolutionary concept that swept the late 18th century and led to the “democratic” so-called American values

Catalonia and The Independence Movement in Europe

I haven’t discussed much on the Catalan referendum and the quest for independence in Spain’s wealthiest region; but I do believe it’s an important discussion to have. If you haven’t been paying much attention to world news, I do suggest reading on and finding other news articles on the subject afterwards. It’s an intriguing and

How Did Progressive Reforms Affect the Power of Party Bosses?

The main objective of the Progressive movement was to eliminate the corruption seen throughout the American government. Targeting political machines and their corporate bosses, the Progressives believed that by taking down corrupt representatives, America could finally establish a direct democracy. Another main goal of the Progressive movement was to regulate monopolies and bust up the trusts

Corporatism, the Political Zombie

The Democratic Party elites and corporatist shills have spent the last few months preaching “unity” and “moving forward” while hypocritically bashing the progressive wing that has proven itself to be necessary in order to win actual elections. Let me be frank: the Democratic Party, the political affiliation I have found myself to be apart of in the

25th Amendment? The Resistance Embraces the Idea of President Pence

What should be considered an impeachable offense by a sitting U.S. President? Violating the U.S. Constitution? A scandal of international proportions? A war justified by lies and waged on innocent people? Murdering innocent people and children remotely using drones? Using the office of President to directly and indirectly from the federal government? According to the

The Resistance: A Failing Neoliberal Fracture

There’s been a lot of talk about the alt-right in recent months. We’ve had our eyes on the current disaster laid out by neocons and neocon-lites that we haven’t really had much time to analyze the differences between the ‘fracturing left’. A long time ago on the site, I talked about how political parties can

Half the Sky: Emancipation, Rights, and Educating Women

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is an intriguing book – published in 2009 – that became the perfect candidate for a contemporary movie on ‘rights’. Essentially, the film (and book) showcases the stories of women of all backgrounds from across the globe in an attempt to showcase “gender-based crimes” that

Trump’s Turnkey Tyranny and Obama’s Drones

We must not propagate Barack Obama’s eight year tenure as President until we understand the consequences behind everything in his term. Democrats – do not shout about how 44 was the “greatest president in recent memory” just yet. Republicans – do not refer to how 44 was the “worst president in American history” just yet…or

Meh! Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders Debate on Obamacare

If you would have told me this time last year that Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were going to debate over the topic of Obamacare, I would have leaped for joy. I was a very strong supporter for Bernie Sanders and a very strong mocker of Ted Cruz during the 2016

The Department of Justice and Justifying the Unjustifiable

It appears to be that Donald Trump’s administration can’t grasp the reality of what the Department of Justice is supposed to do. Like any authoritarian leader rooted in widespread fear and closely cornered narcissism, Donald Trump has failed to differentiate what it means to pledge allegiance to the constitution and to pledge allegiance to himself. Well, like any fine

The Discharge of Blue Dogism and The New Gilded Age

As I’ve been discussing for the past few months, Americans are currently witnessing the end of an era for political elitism. The 2016 election cycle will go down in history as unprecedented; as concerning as the rise of Hitler during downdraught Germany and as destructive as the fall of Constantinople in 1453 was to the Roman

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Breaking News

Celebrate the New Year by Killing the Planet: New Year’s Eve in Times Square Leaves Behind 50 Tons of Trash

Each and every New Year’s Eve, people from all across the world celebrate the upcoming New Year by congregating in urbanized areas like New York’s Time Square. Close to one million people packed themselves into the Times Square celebration to welcome the arrival of 2018. Such a dense population of people would already leave behind a

Personal

My Single Word New Years Resolution

Good morning! Welcome to 2018! Your brand new, exciting experience that welcomes you to being one Gregorian year closer to the inevitable heat death of the universe! Since 2013, my “New Years Resolution” has been a single word each and every year. I somewhat attempt to “base” my year’s experience and events on that single

Personal

2017 Article Awards: Personal Favorites from JosephKaminski.org

It has now been around four – closer to five, at this point – years since I’ve started “blogging”. I oftentimes refer to posts on this site as “articles” rather than “blogs”, mostly out of spite for the atmosphere WordPress and Tumblr have created around the activity. In 2013, I helped write The French Turmoil: Vive La France!, an eleven-part

Book Reviews

Book Review: Making a New Deal by Lizabeth Cohen

History in general is stained with tales of greatness…tales that that play off the harsh climate of sociopolitical and economic turmoil and celebrate the ingenuity or ‘progress’ made in a world that lacked connections to modern society. It is within Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago 1919-1939 that Cohen tackles the myth of

Book Reviews

Book Review: Duel Between the First Ironclads

William C. Davis, author of Duel Between the First Ironclads, is a well-respected American historian who spent time as a Professor of History at Virginia Tech from 2000 – 2013; and he has spent most of his career doing research on the American South. He has written around forty books focused on southern U.S. history around

Book Reviews

A Midwife’s Tale: The Story of Individualism in an Institutionalized History

Martha Ballard was an American midwife and medicinal healer who has, in the two hundred years succeeding her death, allowed historians to better understand colonial history through an individualistic and more feminine perspective. Most aspects of domestic life from Martha’s world was recorded and transcribed through the economic records of men and the period transcripts

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