15 April 2017


Conservative historian Tom Nichols offered his views concerning the growing distrust of people who know what they are talking about yesterday on PBS News Hour. It is worth watching.

09 November 2016

Trump Wins

The electorate of the United States (that's you and me) has a tremendous opportunity to vote for the most unfit character ever. We have made grave errors in many elections and have harmed this country severely. But compared to the damage inflicted by previous incompetents, the danger to life, liberty, property, and happiness has never been greater. All we need do is select the man who does not pay those contractors who build his hotels and we will have successfully ended this 240 year experiment in self-government.

Black Tuesday usually refers to 29 October 1929, when panicked sellers traded nearly 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange (four times the normal volume at the time), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -12%. Black Tuesday is often cited as the beginning of the Great Depression.

The attack on the World Trade Center amd Pentagon on 11 September 2001 has become Black Tuesday for younger generation.

Historians of the future may refer to 8 November 2016 as Black Tuesday also.

26 September 2016

ASA Statement in Su­pport of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation

American Studies Association Statement in Su­pport of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation
The American Studies Association stands with the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people who have come together to protect their waters, bodies, lands, and sacred places from those constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline and others who benefit financially from continued reliance on fossil-fuel extraction, refining, and consumption. This statement is a call for ASA members, American studies departments and programs, and others to support the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and those who have joined them in the Sacred Stone Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and Oceti Sakowin Camp as they fight to stop further construction of the DAPL.
Dakota Access Pipeline LLC intends the new pipeline to stretch 1,100 miles from North Dakota to Illinois and to carry 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Compelling evidence suggests that the effects of these plans on Mni Sose (the Missouri River), which is Standing Rock’s water supply, and the lands, other waterways, and human and non-human persons near the pipeline have not been adequately considered, assessed, or evaluated. If anything, that evidence points to Lakota cultural sites and burial areas already sustaining damage.
The ASA promotes the proliferation of knowledge of the environmental and human impact of such projects as the DAPL. Further, American studies as an academic and scholarly field has developed a growing commitment to understanding US history in the context of Indigenous persistence and the long history of the abrogation of the sovereignty of Indigenous nations by the U.S. nation-state. In light of what we learn and teach as American studies scholars, we join Indigenous organizations, American Indian governments, and other organizations, governments, and institutions around the world in pledging solidarity with and support for the people of Standing Rock.
Thus, we recognize the authority of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and join their call for an immediate and permanent end to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The people of Standing Rock and their Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota relations in the Oceti Sakowin Oyate have made a stand to protect their land, lives, and water and against these threats to their sovereignty, human rights, and basic dignity. We join them in their stand, and we ask others to do so as well.
Approved by the Executive Committee, 23 September 2016

30 August 2016

Spokane City Council votes in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day

Spokane City Council votes in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day: SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 Monday in favor of renaming Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples' Day. More than 100 people showed up to Monday's meeting to testify about the decisio...

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