Your World This Week, Volume I

The History Of The Confederate Flag Following the tragic, racially-motivated shooting at the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week, debates about the Confederate flag’s rightful place (or lack thereof) within…

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Drinking, Womanizing, And Plenty Of Smokes: The Real Mad Men

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Mad Men producers broke the hearts of millions when they called the series quits early in 2015. Thankfully, we have DVD sets and these incredible LIFE Magazine photos to keep the Mad legacy alive:

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Madison Avenue, Mad Men territory. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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When running an ad campaign for a client, you have to know where their customers reside.Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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A refrigeration campaign boasts $5 down, $5 for your old ice box, and 5 years to pay. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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They say the gray flannel suit as the ‘uniform’ of the Mad Men is a myth, but pictures suggest otherwise. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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Sometimes the brainstorming sessions could not be contained by a desk and had to move to the office floor. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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A demanding, high-stress job led to the need to unwind. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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A new campaign claiming that you can “Breeze through washday” is the center of attention, but it is hard not to notice the illustration on the wall of a woman with sink plungers for a bra. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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You can never have too many pencils at the ready when reviewing a client’s campaign. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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In 1958 the real Mad Men ruled Madison Avenue, New York. Though the dapper advertising executives would really hit their stride in the 1960s, LIFE Magazine saw the change in tide coming–and did a feature article on the subject in 1958 wherein they tried to separate fact from fiction.

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In The 1920s, The French Postcard Was As Close As You Could Get To “Playboy”

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The early 20th century saw a series of push-pulls: technological advances came with shifting moral codes and gender roles, with others trying just as hard to stop–or at least slow–such changes. Hatchet-wielding, sex and alcohol-hating women like Carrie Nation preceded sex moguls like Polly Adler; flappers sashayed around fat cat politicians and businessmen while a constellation of actors tried to legislate morality through dress and dance.

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Drone Warfare: Contestable Successes And Uncertain Futures

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As its name suggests, the MQ-9 Reaper has been one of the deadliest tools of the drone war. Source: Department of Defense

Since Barack Obama took office, a key part of his foreign policy has been disentangling the U.S. military from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This stance also determined the administration’s refusal to intervene in Syria, where a horrendous civil war has cut down hundreds of thousands of lives.

Ironically, even while pursuing a policy of disentanglement, the Obama administration has intensified military campaigns in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. But instead of deploying the men and women of the armed forces, his administration has empowered the CIA to send unmanned aircrafts armed with missiles to hunt down targets and kill them.

Obama has become the president of the drones.

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