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1.4 History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed 4 – Deciphering the parable

January 31, 2011

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Dr. Morton and the Parable of the Mustard Seeds The parable of Samuel George Morton—as suggested in the story told in the previous three parts of this essay—shows how theory can shape data. There is no evidence that Dr. Morton consciously fudged the truth.  In the opinion of Stephen J. Gould, Morton published his raw […]

1.3 History as a Beaker of Mustard Seed 3 — A hall of great skulls

January 31, 2011

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He set himself the job of measuring the interiors of skulls.  You would think it was straight-forward.  Yet somehow Samuel George Morton, rising with a bullet on the hit-parade of nineteenth century American scientists, messed it up utterly. As noted previously. And, looked at forensically, his data had the fingerprints of his own peculiar brand […]

Legends of Myself 7

January 30, 2011

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Continued from Legends of Myself 6 A Prehistory of My Father, Pt. 3—From Essington to London The grade eight education that Port Essington offered was a great deal less than my father wanted.  For the next step, he wanted high school.  But high school was in Prince Rupert.  To attend there, he would have to board […]

21 Climate Scientists Debunk Lord Monckton’s Congressional Testimony

January 29, 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS DEBUNK PROMINENT CONTRARIAN CHRISTOPHER MONCKTON’S CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY A group of five scientists solicited responses from more than twenty world-class climate scientists to the May 6th testimony by Christopher Monckton to the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. These climate scientists “…have thoroughly refuted all of Mr. Monckton’s […]

Weighing the climate change dilemma: denial or hope

January 28, 2011

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You are in a theatre and a fire inspector shouts “Fire.” The guy at the concession stand and the theatre owner say, “Hey, no problem.” Fortunately, that very day there are forty fire inspectors in the building to help you make up your mind. Thirty-nine say “Run.” One–coincidentally the cousin of the theatre owner–says, “Hey, […]

KUBLA KHAN by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

January 27, 2011

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KUBLA KHAN In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. 5 So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round: And here were gardens bright with sinuous rills, Where blossomed many an incense-bearing […]

The Royal Proclamation, 1763

January 27, 2011

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At the time this proclamation was issued, the New World colonies to which it applied were colonies of Great Britain, and this proclamation had the force of law.  The Aboriginal provisions contained in the proclamation were the result of the particular circumstances of the time. Pontiac’s War was ongoing, one of the most effective of […]

US Steel & the Reinvention of Slavery

January 24, 2011

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The year was 1908. Green Cottenham had just been arrested for vagrancy in Shelby County, Alabama.  But in that era of the American South, when unemployment among Euro-American males was endemic, the application of the so-called vagrancy law was  reserved exclusively for African American males.  The reason went beyond racism.  The law represented the reintroduction […]

A flask of wine, a book of verse, and thou

January 20, 2011

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  Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse–and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness– And Wilderness is Paradise enow. By Omar Kayyam as translated by Edward Fitzgerald

History of Aboriginal America 7: The Birth of Aboriginal Rights

January 20, 2011

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Plato, Aristotle & the School of Athens 10. The Father of International Law & the Rights of Indigenous Americans In 1532, forty years after Columbus first voyage, we hear for the first time some philosophic and legal objection to what had being occurring in the Americas.  A cleric and academic by the name of Francisco […]