Archive for March 3rd, 2017

Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, Scene 4 (part 3)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

A lot is always made of the fact that Romeo and Juliet‘s first conversation takes the form of a shared English sonnet (i.e. with the rhyming scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG). Arguably, this shows that they’re soulmates and have an instant connection of hearts and minds… or possibly that they’re just really good at ad-libbing in sonnet form. Either way, it’s kinda cool. …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, Scene 4 (part 3)

Politicizing Science vs. Ben Franklin


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

Bertrand Russell: “When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God.” …

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Mad Dog Mattis


(The Intercept) – Mehdi Hasan:

Did you know that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?

It was only thanks to what Mattis’s commander in chief has called “illegal leaks” that the operation was (at least temporarily) set aside and military action between the United States and Iran was averted. …

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James Mattis