Repost & Reconsider: The Spanish Flu, in the Age of COVID-19

I’m avoiding the pandemic coverage. Once you understand what you can/should do, it seems needlessly depressing to continue to watch the coverage. But earlier today, I heard part of a radio interview with an epidemiologist, i.e., a person who studies disease. She said that most people in her field believe that there is a devastating…

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100 Years Ago, Woodrow Wilson’s Fateful Decision that Shaped our World

One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson plunged the United States into World War One. Wilson’s choice to push for war still baffles scholars and historians.  U.S. interests were not at risk, and the country still felt a strong aversion to dealings with other countries. Influential citizens like Henry Ford and feminist Jane…

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Sordid Histories of Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, Volume 1

Leavenworth Penitentiary, the first federal penitentiary, was built in the late 1890s in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The first 400 inmates were processed in 1903, and is still operating as a medium-security prison today. The prison and its surrounding wall – which extends 35 feet above and below the ground – was officially completed in 1926. Inmates sometimes call…

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