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๐Ÿงต : this the first in a series of that will eventually be stitched together into a related to ๐Ÿ“š and ๐Ÿ“˜. (1)

World's Richest 1% Gained $40 Tn In A Decade: Oxfam | IBTimes

If you ever wonder why things seem to be going bad...

@bibliolater @histodon @histodons I donโ€™t believe Iโ€™ve seen that one before. Most interesting as it shows a community that is clearly not in danger of starvation or extinction. They were simply abandoned by the government of the day.

๐Ÿ”ด A Dutch Confederate: Charles Liernur Defends Slavery in America

The letters of Charles Liernur, a Dutch-born Confederate, provide a unique insight into the mind of an explicit supporter of slavery in an American context. How and why a Dutchman could defend slavery is the primary question this article addresses.

Douma, M.J. (2017) โ€œA Dutch Confederate: Charles Liernur Defends Slavery in Americaโ€, BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 132(2), pp. 27โ€“50.

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attribution: De Ingenieur, 8 1893, nr. 13 (via, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Page URL:

๐Ÿ”ด ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐ŸŽฅ The Island Of St. Kilda (1908)

length: seven minutes and thirty three seconds.

@histodon @histodons

๐Ÿ”ด Indians: Iamboulos and Diodoros on a utopian island beyond India (mid-first century BCE)

Drawing on a source that claims to be a travelogue (perhaps really a fictional story or novel) by a person named Iamboulos (also transliterated Iambulus), Diodoros focusses on describing the marvels or paradoxes of the environment, animals, and peoples of this exotic landscape.

Philip A. Harland, ‘Indians: Iamboulos and Diodoros on a utopian island beyond India (mid-first century BCE),’ Ethnic Relations and Migration in the Ancient World, last modified July 24, 2024,

As a book lover (to perhaps an obsessive level, I admit), an ex-bookseller, writer (of hopefully reasonably accessible academic books) and a voracious reader, I find the results of this survey on reading depressing & disheartening.

Half of all adults in the UK do not read (books) for pleasure....

To some extent the age is unsurprising; I think people often rediscover books once the forced reading of school fades from memory; but even so....

#reading #books @bookstodon

๐Ÿ”ด ๐ŸŽฅ The billion dollar business of gambling addiction

The sports betting sector generates huge revenues and profits by exploiting some of the weakest members of society. With impunity. Around 37 million Euros worth of bets are placed every day in Europe. The market has grown 40-fold over the past 20 years.

length: forty two minutes and twenty five seconds.

๐Ÿ”ด ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐ŸŽฅ See Norse Manuscripts in Oslo

Dr. Jรณhanna Katrรญn Friรฐriksdรณttir and Dr. Ole-Albert Rรธnning Nordby talk about the impressive collection of unique Old Norse manuscripts on display at the National Library of Norway (, focused on Magnus the Lawmender’s Landslova, now through mid-September 2024.

length: forty six minutes and fifty five seconds.


๐Ÿ”ด ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Polls And The US Election 2024 

It is curious that pundits and others use nationwide aggregate polls to show that their favoured candidate is leading and therefore will win the election in November. What is not generally mentioned is that in essence the next president will be chosen by a small number of “swing states”. Nationwide polls may not be instructive as to what is happening in these states.

In 'What if?' scenarios I've heard before the US doesn't enter WW1. In real life that view was much closer than you would think. I never realized how dependent the UK were on J P Morgan, so much so that the US could dictate terms by 1917 according to this. #History #WhatIfHistory

๐Ÿ”ด The fertility industry: profiting from vulnerability

In the UK, more than 60% of IVF is privately funded and one cycle can cost ยฃ5000 or more. Insufficient public funding and regulation alongside the high demand for fertility treatments have driven the commercialisation and financialisation of ARTs. In the USA, about a third of IVF cycles are done through clinics affiliated with private-equity firms and PGT-A is more likely to be part of IVF treatment in a private equity-affiliated clinic than elsewhere. The money to be made is staggering. The global fertility market was valued at US$34ยท7 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow to 62ยท8 billion in just 10 years.

Lancet, N. (2024) ‘The fertility industry: profiting from vulnerability,’ The Lancet, 404(10449), p. 215.

๐Ÿ”ด ๐ŸŽฅ Rethinking the Gauls, the Forgotten Civilization

The idea of the primitive Gauls, living in the forest until they were civilized and assimilated into the Roman Empire, is now regarded as totally obsolete. In this film, archaeologists and historians uncover Gaulish settlements to reveal the true face of the Gauls.

length: fifty two minutes and four seconds.

@histodon @histodons @archaeodons

If #immigrants were stealing our jobs, weโ€™d expect to see a sharp rise in #unemployment among the native-born. We donโ€™t. The unemployment rate among native-born workers is near a historic low, chart @paulkrugman @nytimes

๐Ÿ”ด My family and other Nazis

Large parts of Austrian society still felt strong ties to national socialism, an aggressive Greater German ideology that rejected the notion of Austria as a separate country with its own history and mentality, and cultivated a deeply rooted antisemitism and anti-Slavic sentiment. My family, like many others, held on to their belief in Hitler and the Third Reich until they died.

@histodon @histodons

๐Ÿ”ด Climate change does not affect all areas of the globe uniformly

In 2023, the global average temperature anomaly was 0.6ยฐC above the 1991โ€“2020 average. However, these anomalies vary by region. In countries such as Syria and Turkey, the average annual surface air temperature in 2023 was around 1.2ยฐC above the 1991โ€“2020 average, compared to approximately 0.3ยฐC in Australia.


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