Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.
Charles James Napier
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The boundaries of many communities are created by fiat or accident — or both. The United States and the USSR split Korea on the 38th parallel because that line stood out on a map in an officer’s National Geographic. Earlier that same month, Germany was divided into zones of occupation that reflected, more than anything else, whose troops were standing where at the time. Many of our own American states were created by royal charter or act of Congress, their borders drawn by people who would never see the land in person. Absentee mapmaking was and still is a much more pernicious problem in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East — and everywhere else that tread of Empire has stamped the soil.

Only very occasionally have maps been drawn to reflect “the will of the people” and even in those cases, as we’ve seen in Israel, which began its modern history as, officially, the British Mandate for Palestina, the question naturally becomes: which people, whose will.
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Tony Brooks


Tony Brooks

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Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.
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Futurama, the model city of 1960, designed in 1939

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The story of Cassandra, the woman who told the truth but was not believed, is not nearly as embedded in our culture as that of the Boy Who Cried Wolf—that is, the boy who was believed the first few times he told the same lie. Perhaps it should be.
In her cover essay on silencing women in the October 2014 issue of Harper’s, Rebecca Solnit once again proves that she is one of our era’s greatest essayist – further evidence here and here. (via explore-blog)


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From the Industrial Journal, an American socialist publication, in 1911

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Mars Bar Party

I’m not sure how many factories around the world are churning out the classic milk chocolate-covered nougat and caramel bar, but here are the varieties I’ve tried across Canada and the UK. Genuine Mars products can be detected by the ‘M’ pattern their conveyor belts imprint on the bottom of the bars. For every other bar listed here, the conveyor pattern consists of a simple grid, leading me to suspect that every generic brand (at least in the UK) is made in the same place, and differences in taste are purely subjective.
UK Mars Bar

This was first produced in 1932, by Forrest Mars, using as a base the recipe and format of the US Milky Way, which came first. It consists of malted milk flavoured nougat, with a caramel layer, enrobed in Mars’ own milk chocolate. They are produced at Mars’ Slough factory. They are very much the superior of all supermarket brands sold in the UK, so much so that I can detect inferior products in a blind test, without having sampled the Mars itself; such is the distinctive taste. The malt flavouring is present to such a degree that you can smell it. The sweetness doesn’t sting. The whole bar is smooth and balanced, whether eaten alone or dipped in a brew. You can taste the constituent parts: the milk chocolate, the nougat, the caramel. The caramel layer itself is thinner than the US Milky Way, which is the reason it earns #1 spot. No artificial flavours are used, either.

US Milky Way

The bar that started it all. Launched in 1923 by Frank C. Mars (nine years before the Mars Bar). It was originally enrobed in Hershey’s milk chocolate, but nowadays carries a small logo which says ‘Mars Real Milk Chocolate’. Named for a malted milkshake of the time, like the UK Mars the malt flavouring is strong enough to be detectable by smell alone. Claims were made in the early 1960s that the milk chocolate covering had been increased by 36%, but this has been deleted from the bar’s official history. In 1999 the caramel layer was increased by a significant amount, which has effectively destroyed the delicate balance of the bar, as the caramel layer is approaching half of the contents. The saving grace is the nougat, which is firmer than in the UK Mars, which makes for a more satisfying chew. These are hard to find in Canada, even near the border. Prices in the UK are outrageous: £2.75 per bar at the Trafford Centre. Prices within the US are favourable.

Canadian Mars Bar

Unfortunately, Mars of Canada are content to sell an inferior product, which has created an import market for the UK Mars, which sell for $2 or more - an alarming markup considering one can acquire four Mars Bars in the UK for £1 (subject to supermarket offers). Why is it inferior? Firstly, artificial ingredients are used. The UK Mars contains a natural vanilla extract, whereas the Canadian one does not (instead listing “artificial flavour”). Secondly, the Canadian Mars is comprised mostly, after sugar, of corn syrup, which is likely to be from GMO stock. Thirdly, it uses palm oil instead of sunflower oil. The bar still features malt flavouring, but not in the form of a barley malt extract. Instead it’s from malted milk powder - an extra step in the process which reduces the strength this vital ingredient has on the overall flavour. Bizarre Canadian rules also prohibit it from being referred to as a ‘chocolate bar’ so it’s instead labelled as a ‘candy bar’. The taste of the Canadian Mars is, however, superior to all supermarket brands in the UK. Dollarama sells single Mars Bars for 77 cents. I still consume them when in Canada, but my heart yearns for the Slough product. Just kidding.
Note: In Canada Mars sells a dark chocolate Mars Bar, which is very tasty indeed. They usually cost a bit more than the standard Mars, but are well worth trying. Look for the half-gold wrappers.

Sainsbury’s Chunky Caramel bar

Sainsbury’s own brands are often of a higher quality than Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s etc. I am particularly fond of their ‘Balance’ cereal, which is identical in taste to Special-K but sells for only £2 a box. Anyway, to their Mars Bar: it’s decent. The sweetness doesn’t sting, and it’s almost as satisfying as a real Mars. The nougat and chocolate are notably of a lower quality, but what do you expect when they are cheaper?

Dollarama Meteor bar

This is sold in Canada. A ‘duo’ bar sells for 50 cents, which is a remarkably good deal. They are manufactured in Turkey but are packaged with Dollarama branding for the Canadian market. Twix, Bounty and Snickers versions also exist, the latter of which, confusingly, is also called ‘Titan’ (see below). The Meteor Bar has a pleasant texture, if you enjoy biting into something which resembles soft rubber. They stand up well to dipping too. The chocolate layer is very thin, and is unlikely to be a true milk chocolate. The ingredients do not list any malt content whatsoever, which is confirmed when you smell or taste it. It’s therefore the only bar here which isn’t malted. However, the sweetness isn’t over bearing. At the cost of a mere quarter it’s a decent bar, in these recessionary times.

Aldi Titan bar

These are very cheap to buy, but the aftertaste is not overly pleasant. Malt flavouring is detectable, but only just. The caramel is too sweet.

Tesco Crazy Caramel bar

These are not very good. The aftertaste is sickly. There is a certain cloying sweetness which exists at this end of the market.

Lidl Choco & Caramel bar

The worst of the bunch. Like the Tesco bar - that same cloying sweetness which ‘stings’ or overwhelms the senses. Can hardly detect malt. The caramel is very artificial in consistency and the milk chocolate isn’t very good either.

Yet to be sampled: Asda or Morrison’s versions; the Cadbury Moro Bar (sold in New Zealand - asked Cadbury to release it here); the Cadbury Aztec Bar, though I did write to them about bringing it back. I received a negative stock response to both my requests to Cadbury UK.

Honourable mention: Neilson Malted Milk bar, which was sold for many years in Canada. The name of the bar suggests a dominance of malt. From old packaging it appears the caramel layer was kept very thin. Cadbury purchased Neilson and continue to sell their ‘Jersey Milk’ brand. They briefly sold a ‘Malted Milk’ bar with their own purple packaging in Canada, circa 2005. This was excellent. Very malty, very chewy and very much missed by yours truly.

Our gross national product…if we should judge the United States of America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.

Robert F. Kennedy, US senator. March 18th 1967

The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them. Here was another piece of evil nonsense which children were taught: that the sea pirates eventually created a government which became a beacon of freedom to human beings everywhere else. …

Actually, the sea pirates who had the most to do with the creation of the new government owned human slaves. They used human beings for machinery, and, even after slavery was eliminated, because it was so embarrassing, they and their descendants continued to think of ordinary human beings as machines.

Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions (via fortunenglory)
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New Order USA 89


New Order USA 89

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