How did daylight saving time start?Benjamin Franklin takes the honor (or the blame, depending on your view of the time changes) for coming up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months as a way to conserve energy, according to David Prerau, author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005). By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. At the time, Franklin was ambassador to Paris and so wrote a witty letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784, rejoicing over his "discovery" that the sun provides light as soon as it rises. … [Read more...] about Daylight Saving Time: A Guide to the When, Why, What and How
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Guided by the principle of extreme nationalism, fascist regimes tend to perform similar actions, though the particulars differ, author George Orwell wrote in his essay "What Is Fascism?" According to Paxton, these regimes excel at propaganda and make use of grand gestures, such as parades and leaders' dramatic entrances. Fascists scapegoat and demonize other groups, though those groups differ by country and time. That is why the German Nazi regime demonized Jews and others, while Mussolini's Italian regime demonized Bolsheviks. (Mussolini worked regularly with Jews, and his mistress and biographer was Jewish. Because of his alliance with Hitler, he did eventually incorporate anti-Semitic components into his regime, but overall he differed from Hitler on the subject of biological racism.) … [Read more...] about What Is Fascism?
Nearly 100 tech companies, including Facebook, Github, Uber, and Lyft, signed on to a court filing submitted to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals late Sunday night, Pacific Time. The firms are now adding their support to a fast-moving lawsuit, State of Washington v. Trump, to halt the recent executive order that placed new immigration restrictions on people from seven Muslim-majority nations. That list includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya. … [Read more...] about Apple, Google, and 95 other tech firms join forces to fight Trump travel ban
The campaign runs at a short six hours—at the time this was a surprise, and to many a disappointment—but it’s perfectly paced, and contains more political statements about war and conflict than any other shooter in recent memory. It’s shocking in several ways, featuring a presidential assassination broadcast live on national TV, depicted from a first-person perspective, forcing you to view events from the victim’s perspective. In other ways it’s morally ghastly; there's an entire mission played from the perspective of a Lockheed AC-130 bomber, which sees you defend a squad of SAS soldiers through a series of towns, farms, and fields. Your copilots laugh jovially, referring to the footage as a “highlight reel” while you just kill, kill, kill without any risk whatsoever. In light of the rise of drone warfare and airstrikes on Syrian soil, it’s stirring stuff. … [Read more...] about : A flawless mix of spectacle, statement, and story