It was Douglas MacArthur who so aptly described the veteran condition when he wrote that “the soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war”. Perhaps in an attempt to allow their own scars to heal and prevent even more from etching themselves onto their bodies, these Vietnam veterans took to the streets of Philadelphia in protest of future deadly ventures in which they would merely serve as interchangeable pawns in a game of bloody rivalry.
With their vibrant colors and incredibly accurate lighting, it’s hard to believe that these are oil paintings– yes, oil paintings– done by Italian painter Roberto Bernardi.
As the Sun set on the evening of what would someday be known as Saturday, October 22, 4004 BCE, nobody in the world could imagine what the next 6,000 years would be like. The people of that time—all 14 million of them—lived in a world of stone and wood. With few exceptions, they knew nothing beyond family and clan, trade routes and war, Earth and the sky. This day, this Saturday, was special, and nobody in the world at the time could have told you why, because it is only special to us.
The center of the world at this time is Mesopotamia. Here, during what historians would someday call the Uruk Period, some of the world’s first cities have grown up. Some of the cities of the Fertile Crescent, such as Jericho, are already so old that their founding is as remote from the people of 4004 BCE as that date is from us. For 5,000 years, the people of this land have farmed a fertile hybrid of two grasses that they—and we—know as kweit, or “wheat.” Some use copper, but bronze working is yet a far-off dream, and iron is all but unknown among them. Their land is lush and fertile, but the climate is changing, and soon their descendants will subsist in an arid dustbowl.
If at any point in your life you’ve had internet access, you’re sure to have encountered the spurious claim that fast food burgers are so filled with preservatives that they won’t decompose. But is that true?
After a visit to the nearest gas pump, it’s no wonder that pursuit of alternative fuels is on the rise. Even with the increased miles per gallon of today’s vehicles, you’ll still shell out 50 bucks or more on a full tank of gas, and the social and human costs of feeding our petroleum lust is becoming a bit harder to bear. The good news is that the automobile industry is making way for new technologies that will hopefully help clean out our environment instead of just our wallets. From electric to solar to a car that runs on tweets, (yes, you read that correctly) our children could be in the market for a car that operates quite differently than the ones we are used to.