When you hand over a dollar for a McDonald’s double cheeseburger, what exactly are you paying for? Does that dollar reflect the cost of current and future land use, labor or antibiotics given to the cows? If not, is such a system sustainable? What can be done on both the supply and demand side to make our tastes more morally and ecologically palatable?
The 1,954-mile line separating the United States from Mexico runs through some of the most dangerous places in the world. More than a purely geographical marker, it is a space rife with…
Every country in the world has a flag as a symbol of their nation, each with their own particular colors and design. But the reasons why these designs have been chosen and what they represent are not always immediately obvious. In many cases the stories behind the flags are fascinating, and provide insight into the history of a nation, their culture, previous struggles and future resolutions.
That’s why Just The Flight have found 24 of the most interesting national flags and explored what their designs represent. Find out why the flag of Mozambique displays an AK-47 and what caused the amalgamation of two previous flags of South Africa to become the one we recognize today:
Columnist Jef Rouner recently “broke the internet” with a controversial piece titled “No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong.” In it, Rouner explores and ultimately tears down the notion that opinions are inherently valid–and valuable. The piece spread far and wide across the web with both positive and negative feedback, but a significant portion of disapproval came from conservative audiences who rejected his ideas on systemic racism and climate change.
More interesting than the original article was Rouner’s follow up piece, “It’s Weird How People Correct Me When They Think I’m A Woman,” which he published a week later. There, Rouner points out that many readers of the original piece incorrectly assumed he was a woman. Rouner notes that these readers employed a condescending, gendered tone in their responses. As importantly, Rouner highlights that this tone was not present from readers who correctly identified him as a male, and criticized his work:
On The 70th Anniversary Of The Bombings, See Hiroshima And Nagasaki Then Vs. Now
At the time, none of them knew anything. The radio, telephone, and telegraph in Hiroshima had gone dark. That was all the information the members of the Army General Staff in Tokyo had. And it was met only with confusion. Then, as strange, scattered reports surfaced, concern crept in. So, a small crew was dispatched to Hiroshima to survey the area and report back. After three hours of flying, and still about 100 miles from the city, they noticed the cloud of smoke.
The destruction heralded by that cloud of smoke can hardly be grasped with statistics or torrents of dire adjectives (the same, of course, goes for the bombing of Nagasaki three days later). Photographs probably can’t even truly do it. But these photographic comparisons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki then and now might be a start. See more at The Guardian.