60.0% spiritualism over materialism 62.8% asceticism over hedonism 65.0% moralism over nihilism 57.8% romanticism over rationalism 59.8% altruism over egoism 50.0% for absolutism and skepticism 51.6% idealism over pragmatism
Sort of surprised by the first one, but then again, if I had stayed married to either of my first two husbands, I’d be set for life, but miserable.
Here is a fantastic American history YouTube video. It's one history channel (Vlogging Through History) reacting to another's (Atun-Shei Films) video on President Lincoln and the Civil War. I believe I have recommended Atun-Shei Films in the past, but the dynamic of having another expert scrutinize the details, and add more of their own, is really interesting and informative. I couldn't recommend this video more highly! If you have any interest in American history, I think you will get something out of it. And, it's NOT dry. The video being reviewed is acted out (a union soldier debating a confederate soldier). It's very entertaining. (I wouldn't be shocked if I actually shared the Atun-Shei Film video being reviewed here before, but Vlogging Through History's contributions are worthwhile. He states that he's conservative at the start of the video, by the way, which I think makes the reaction a little more interesting, as well.)
Did you know Iceland has reduced the hours for most workers without cutting their pay (and is pleased with the results)? Here is a story.
First, Iceland completed a pair of multiyear trials reducing workers' hours from about 40 to about 35 with no change in pay from 2015-19. The studies included about 1% of the workforce. Results showed no drop in productivity but increased work/life balance and personal satisfaction.
Since then, 86% of the workforce has either moved to a similar situation or is able to negotiate the ability to do so.
What do you think of such an experiment? Could it work in your industry / business?
This video was recommended to me, a short documentary (without narration) of a woman making a meal in her family's home in Dagestan, a Russian republic on the Caspian Sea, near Georgia and Azerbaijan. I was enthralled watching, partly because I love to cook and so was watching what she did; partly because the environment (scratch made food cooked in a coal-fired oven!?); and partly her kids are adorable!
I would devour that savory pie (which looks to include meat--lamb?--onions and potatoes).
The video is brief, only about 9 minutes. It's quite interesting.
America's tallest man, 7-8 Igor Vovkovinskiy, died of heart disease at age 38. A Ukranian immigrant, he has has lived in Rochester, MN, since 1989 because that city's medical facilities would help mitigate and treat his various health problems. His height was the result of a tumor pressing against his pituitary gland.
Billionaire (and new Timberwolves co-owner) Marc Lore has proposed a new city "with the cleanliness of Tokyo, the diversity of New York, and the social services of Scandinavia." It is to be built from scratch somewhere--the deserts of the West or somewhere in Appalachia have been scouted--and eventually be home to 5 million people.
The U.S. is returning a 3,500-year-old clay tablet containing parts of the epic of Gilgamesh to Iraq, from which it was looted during the '90 Gulf War and eventually sold to the Hobby Lobby group for its (academically questionable and ideologically driven) Museum of the Bible.
While that is the headline, the article notes that another 17,000 artifacts will be returned by the U.S. to Iraq.
The politically correct stance is that such artifacts indeed belong in the countries of their origin, with countless artifacts filling Western museums having been taken either illegally or immorally over the centuries from their homelands.
However, I would add that I hope Iraq (and other regional homelands of such items) can maintain the funding, the expertise, the priorities, and frankly the general stability to keep these items in good condition and on display for humanity. Because first and foremost, I believe they belong to humanity, not the state of Iraq (which of course did not exist until a century ago, much less 3,500 years ago, when nation-states were smaller and more loosely defined). If the rightful king of Sumer steps up to claim it, by all means...
Another interesting bit of ancient history: a new study finds (seemingly conclusive) evidence that an "airburst" similar to the one that leveled so much Siberian forest in 1908 demolished a Bronze-Age city near the Dead Sea around 1650 BC, ending for several centuries what had been 3000 years of continuous flourishing civilization in the immediate vicinity.
The remains of the city at Tell el-Hammamm are coated by a layer of rock and debris that had melted in the explosion, and perhaps most interesting to ancient mythology and religion students is a massive dispersal of salt over the area, which made agriculture impossible and led to the depopulation of the region for several hundred years. This, it seems, could be a historical event that inspired or somehow became the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The time and place both roughly correspond to that story, and the idea of a fiery end that depopulates the region and leaves salt (e.g. Lot's wife became a pillar of salt) is extremely curious.
jk: That's good news, Sheriff. And good news from you too, Cap'n.
Sept 21, 2021 10:12:14 GMT
carllove: Sheriff and Kapitan, totally understand! Just let us know when there is an update. I am enjoying both! I really appreciate both of your efforts!
Sept 21, 2021 13:44:37 GMT
carllove: Looks like Sheriff has already added to the Sparks history! Yay!
Sept 21, 2021 13:46:01 GMT
Kapitan: Shamed, I began a new Prince thread post. But work rudely interrupted by wanting me to, you know, work. So it'll have to wait.
Sept 21, 2021 19:31:50 GMT
jk: Ooohh, we need a new "year" -- preferably from someone who hasn't chosen one yet...
Sept 22, 2021 9:59:24 GMT
Kapitan: Yes, let's keep it going. If you're not sure which years we've covered, check the first post of the thread: I've edited it to list each year we've touched upon.
Sept 22, 2021 13:10:08 GMT
jk: If no one jumps in soon, I'll go for 1997, which is 13 years back from 2010. Fact is, we haven't had a '90s year yet.
Sept 22, 2021 13:46:32 GMT
Kapitan: No, but we do have a whole '90s thread that covered a lot of that territory. (In fact, that's what inspired the idea, to some extent)
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:28 GMT
Kapitan: Not that I'm opposed to a '90s year, mind you
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:58 GMT
jk: I see where you're coming from, Cap'n. I even did a double-take when looking through 1997 albums and songs (these look familiar!). My next suggestion is that we go back 13 years from 1972 to 1959.
Sept 22, 2021 17:04:34 GMT
jk: OK, it's one of the "doldrum years" but it was crammed full of goodies that even register with folks who weren't born for another 20 years. Of course, if anyone has a better idea, I'm all for it.
Sept 22, 2021 17:05:59 GMT
Kapitan: That would make sense; we also haven't really touched the early to mid 80s, which I'm sure people (mostly) recall. And of course EVERY year in the '60s seems loaded...
Sept 22, 2021 17:06:53 GMT
jk: Yes, the early-ish '80s also came to mind. But let's see who else joins in...
Sept 22, 2021 17:08:04 GMT
Kapitan: So far we've had me, jk, kds, and carllove choosing years. Would love to expand that circle.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:20 GMT
Kapitan: Which, I guess with four of us so far, is more a square.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:38 GMT
jk: Ha, yes. Sheriff? B.E.? sockit? The Kid?... We'll see.
Sept 22, 2021 17:16:41 GMT