Category: Reposted

It was on this day in 1863 that the New York City Draft Riots began

The bloodiest riot in American history. The rioters were working-class white men, mostly Irish-Americans. They were rioting against a new draft law put into place by President Lincoln, but they were angry about much more than that, and the draft law was just the final straw. It was a terrible summer, hot and muggy, during…



Darknet 101: Your guide to the badlands of the internet

Buying drugs, guns or the hacked personal details of millions of unsuspecting people — welcome to the darknet, where everything is off the grid. Security • by Claire ReillyJuly 4, 2017 10:54 PM PDT @reillystyley Andrew Brookes/Getty Images Hacked login details. Cybersecurity exploits for hire. Drugs, guns and ammo. If there’s something shady going on…



Today is the birthday of writer Franz Kafka (1883

He wrote the story The Metamorphosis, about a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa who wakes up one day transformed into a hideous insect. Many consider it the finest short story ever written. All of Kafka’s most famous works were published after his death, and all contain surrealistic elements that led to the phrase “Kafkaesque,” as…



In 1613, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burned to the ground.

The thatched roof caught on fire after a theatrical cannon misfired during a production of Henry VIII. Only one man was hurt; his breeches caught on fire, but the quick-thinking fellow put them out with a bottle of ale. The Globe had been the home of Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, since 1599; previously,…



Art for the AI generation

Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Rutgers University By Chris Baraniuk Now and then, a painter like Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso comes along and turns the art world on its head. They invent new aesthetic styles, forging movements such as impressionism or abstract expressionism. But could the next big shake-up be the work of a…



“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”

It’s the birthday of the man who wrote, “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (books by this author), born in Geneva in 1712. He left home at 16 and wandered around Europe for the next 14 years. He moved to Paris when he was 30, and took up…



Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk deserves praise for his bravery!

Born in Istanbul in 1952, where he grew up in a fairly wealthy and Westernized district. He studied architecture and then journalism, but at 23 years old, he decided to become a novelist. He lived with his mother and wrote full time, and seven years later, he published his first novel, Cevdet Bey and His…



The Salem Witch Trials

Salem Town, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem Witch Trials. The hysteria had begun in Salem Village (now Danvers, Massachusetts) in January of that year; a few preteen and teenage girls, including the daughter of Samuel Parris, the village’s minister, began acting strangely and having fits, insisting that they were being poked…



It’s the birthday of Walt Whitman

It’s the birthday of Walt Whitman, born in West Hills, Long Island, New York (1819). Whitman worked as a printing press typesetter, teacher, journalist, and newspaper editor. He was working as a carpenter, his father’s trade, and living with his mother in Brooklyn, when he read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “The Poet,” which claimed the…



On this day in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.

The monument was first proposed in 1867, but construction didn’t begin until 1914; the cornerstone was set in 1915. Architect Henry Bacon designed it to resemble the Parthenon, believing that a defender of democracy should be memorialized in a building that pays homage to the birthplace of democracy. The monument has 36 marble columns, one…