The boundaries of many communities or 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.


Dataclism - Christian Rudder

Bane - Final Backward Glance

"Listen, I’m not walking away from here
with a bunch of things I still need to declare.
A wasted life is worse than death
it’s up to you to figure out the rest.
This is my final backward glance.
I’ve never been much good at saying goodbye.”

Font Men - Mini Documentary

"An old definition of a gentleman: someone who is never rude except on purpose"

Christopher Hitchens - Letters to a Young Contrarian

"Earnings don’t miss estimates; estimates miss earnings. No one ever says “the weather missed estimates.” They blame the weatherman for getting it wrong. Finance is the only industry where people blame their poor forecasting skills on reality"

Morgan Housel - Business Insider

"If you have acted, or plan to act, in a way that keeps doctor-assisted suicide illegal, […]. I want you to die a painful death, and soon. And I’d be happy to tell you the same thing to your face."

"I once wrote that if a woman discovered the cure to AIDS, but the next day naked pictures of her and a dildo surface, THAT is the story that would make the news."

"La verdad es que yo no suelo ver la tele. Pero no es pedantería: es que soy demasiado inteligente como para que me guste"


Breve historia de las religiones.


Breve historia de las religiones.

"There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people"

Howard Zinn

"A lack of respect is not hatred; I do not respect superstitious nonsense. But this framing — equating lack of respect with hatred — is what keeps many from criticizing nonsensical religious views."

John Gruber - Why we talk in tongues.

My only complaint about this, is that “nonsensical religious views” is a pleonasm.

"The reforms of Diocletian and Constantine, by implementing a policy of systematic spoliation to the profit of the State, made all productive activity impossible. The reason is, not that there were no more large fortunes: on the contrary, their build-up was made easier. But the foundation of their build-up was now no longer creative energy, or the discovery and bring into use the new sources of wealth, or the improvement and development of husbandry, industry and commerce. It was, on the contrary, the cunning exploitation of a privileged position in the State, used to despoil people and State alike. The officials, great and small, got rich by way of fraud and corruption."

Mikhail Ivanovich Rostovtzeff on the Roman Empire. Not much has changed ever since.

"In the pursuit of health, wealth & peace
Try not to dwell in the rear view on momentary street.
Shun substance for distraction.
You can’t squeeze love from hateful action."

MLIW - Health, Wealth and Peace

Parametric Expression.

Creepy as fuck

"Snark is the idiot’s version of wit"

Will McAvoy - The Newsroom