Daily Archives: December 28, 2018

The Point: China-U.S. ties set to get worse in 2019?

‘Deep concerns’ over surge in migrants crossing the English Channel

Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein: Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor (BWV 1052)

Published on Nov 8, 2016

This clip is absolutely sensational: as education, composition and in performance. Glenn Gould was 28 years old here. For the impatient, Gould’s performance begins at 5:08, but I strongly encourage you to watch Leonard Bernstein’s fascinating introduction. This film originally aired in 1960 on CBS Television as part of its “Ford Presents” series. The entire film in high quality (of which this clip is a small part) was painstakingly hunted down by YouTuber erp65 and his friends. It can be found here, and I urge you, I really DO urge you, to see it in its entirety: https://youtu.be/9Nx09pigZRI

I have sought erp65’s permission to cross-post, as a courtesy, but I have not yet heard back. Meanwhile, my abject enthusiasm got the better of me. This film has to be promulgated far and wide. This was erp65’s entire intention here, and we owe him and his friends enormous thanks. New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein Piano: Glenn Gould

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The History of Europe: Every Year

Published on Jan 1, 2018

This video shows the borders and populations of each country in Europe, for every year since 400 BC. Vassal states and colonies are not included in the count of a country’s population. Sources :
1. Population : – Angus Maddison (2003), Historical Statistic for the World Economy http://www.ggdc.net/maddison/maddison… – Colin McEvedy & Richard Jones (1978), Atlas of World Population History https://www.amazon.com/Atlas-World-Po… – Tacitus.nu https://www.tacitus.nu/

2. Borders – EmperorTigerstar – The History of Europe: Every Year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWWLE… – EmperorTigerstar – The History of the Middle East: Every Year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIAD… – Ollie Bye – The History of Africa: Every Year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzKej…

3. Music – mrgice3 – Gladiator – The Battle Super Theme Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7O5L…

Scrubbing Carbon from the Sky

Scientific American
Published on Dec 28, 2018
The first direct air capture and storage plant in the world is powered by geothermal heat in Iceland. Is it enough to reach negative carbon emissions? To learn more about this technology and others, read “Scrubbing Carbon from the Sky” by Richard Conniff at http://sciam.com/lastresort

Hundreds of African migrants died in 2018 trying to reach Europe

CGTN America
Published on Dec 27, 2018

One of the most pressing global issues this past year was the ongoing migration of tens of thousands of people from the developing world to other nations deemed to be more stable and more wealthy. CGTN’s Yasser Hakim takes a look at what has been done over the past 12 months to resolve the crisis, and what are the expectations for 2019.

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History: Sidney W. Mintz

In this eye-opening study, Sidney Mintz shows how Europeans and Americans transformed sugar from a rare foreign luxury to a commonplace necessity of modern life, and how it changed the history of capitalism and industry. He discusses the production and consumption of sugar, and reveals how closely interwoven are sugar’s origins as a “slave” crop grown in Europe’s tropical colonies with is use first as an extravagant luxury for the aristocracy, then as a staple of the diet of the new industrial proletariat.

Finally, he considers how sugar has altered work patterns, eating habits, and our diet in modern times.

High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America: Jessica B. Harris, Maya Angelou

Acclaimed cookbook author Jessica B. Harris weaves an utterly engaging history of African American cuisine, taking the reader on a harrowing journey from Africa across the Atlantic to America, and tracking the trials that the people and the food have undergone along the way. From chitlins and ham hocks to fried chicken and vegan soul, Harris celebrates the delicious and restorative foods of the African American experience and details how each came to form an important part of African American culture, history, and identity.

Although the story of African cuisine in America begins with slavery, High on the Hog ultimately chronicles a thrilling history of triumph and survival. The work of a masterful storyteller and an acclaimed scholar, Jessica B. Harris’s High on the Hog fills an important gap in our culinary history.