Category Archives: Reddit

What other forts remained in Union hands in the South?

While writing this post on the role Florida played in the Civil War, I learned how different forts in Florida remained in Union hands despite Florida being a Confederate state. This got me wondering if other forts in the South remained under Union control as well. It’s a very specific bit of trivia so I… Read More »

Is it a myth that white folks preferred Native American societies ?

I was reading somewhere, I don’t remember where, and it talked about how Native American societies were by nature egalitarian. European societies in America were heavily stratified and because of this, whites that were captured and enslaved by Native American societies did not want to return home. The implication was that Native American societies, while ultimately… Read More »

Who runs GPS?

I was listening to the Freakonomics  podcast episode 260 “Why Are We Still Using Cash?”. Manu Saadia, author of Trekonomics, was talking about the money-less universe of Star Trek. His assertion was that we could be motivated by the greater public good instead of money and there’s some precedent in current times: GPS. The GPS system was created… Read More »

What’s CRISPR?

While listening to podcasts, I keep hearing about CRISPR. I know that it’s some kind of new procedure that will bring genetic engineering to a whole another level. But what does that really mean? Wikipedia says: Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR, pronounced crisper[2]) are segments of prokaryotic DNA containing short repetitions of base… Read More »

Is race or gender more likely to be an issue with a black woman travelling internationally?

Black people are discriminated against because of the color of their skin. Besides the troubles in America, I often hear stories about black people in Asia and Eastern Europe being pointed at and mocked for no other reason than being black. Women are often treated less than because of their gender. In the Middle East,… Read More »