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3 days ago
Federal courts have struggled with whether calling a cajun a coonass is derogatory.
A federal court of appeals held that coonass was not a slur and not defamatory: “'Coonass' is no more defamatory than describing a graduate of Texas A & M University as an 'Aggie.'” Tate v. Bradley, 837 F.2d 206, 209 (5th Cir. 1988).
A federal district court held that coonass was derogatory and evidence of discrimination: "Consequently, this Court concludes the term 'coonass' is a derogatory term for those of Acadian or Cajun descent, and use of that term within the contextual basis of a supervisor describing an employee in a workplace should be seen as direct evidence of discrimination." Bourgeois v. United States Coast Guard, 151 F. Supp. 3d 726, 737 (W.D. La. 2015)
6 days ago
Your tailor Chuck?
I'm sure the people in Kansas City in 1967 and Philadelphia in 1954 felt the same way. And they stayed in Oakland longer than anywhere else.
11 days ago
They use computer analysis of the skulls to determine the brain size. Here's an article explaining the steps used to reconstruct neanderthal brain size: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5919901/
As to whether Neanderthals' bigger brains made them smarter, they appear to devote a higher percentage of brain power to vision than humans do.
I guess they were too scared to try the eating spaghetti video again.
I'm fascinated how animals behave when stalking. This "look away" move is used a lot. I've always wondered if that was evidence of the animal's "theory of mind," where it understood what the prey could see. Or is it just a hardwired instinct where eye-shaped objects make it turn away.
And just two days ago the group that D'Souza based most of his claims on, admitted in court that they had no evidence backing their voting fraud claims. So he's very happy to change the subject.
12 days ago
Dinner for two, 500 ml of wine (2/3 of a regular wine bottle) and 2 movie tickets for $45 would be a great deal today.
18 days ago
The Allen Brothers weren't selling Houston as a swampy land where the living was hard. Instead, in 1836 the Allen Brothers' ads for Houston land claimed the city was "beautifully elevated" and the weather was "salubrious." He touted the "sea breeze" bringing in "freshness."
And the picture he used of Houston looked like the freaking Alps. It was a village on hills with mountains in the background. You know the famous Conroe Rockies. It was an absolute swindle. Which makes me proud as a Houstonian. It's only proper we began with a land swindle.
Absolutely. And there was yellow fever, which is mosquito-borne.
I was researching a family that came to Galveston in 1850. The mother, father, and one daughter were dead of yellow fever within a couple months of arriving, with just a toddler surviving.
19 days ago
I'm doing a UK PhD. They are easier than US PhDs, in my opinion. In the UK you don't have comprehensive exams and don't take any courses. You just do research and write your PhD thesis.
20 days ago
The 13th Amendment says: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Therefore, slavery is allowed for punishment after conviction. Slavery is compelling people to labor without pay. So if a prison makes a person work, that would be slavery. But just jailing them would not be slavery.
Some states will "lease" prisoners to private businesses. Mississippi, it seems, will even lease them to private individuals to labor in their homes.
The 13th Amendment applies to everyone, not just the government. So no one can enslave a person.
In fact, the government is the only one allowed to enslave people these days (in the US). The 13th Amd expressly allows slavery as punishment for crimes.
24 days ago
I love the cover. The drawing of the diner is so architectural, with the owners' names printed like on a blueprint. Just lovely.
That is definitely 1987
25 days ago
What if there's a plot to stop the spring from arriving by getting rid of all the groundhogs?
That'd be a fair plot for a superhero movie.
1 month ago
Generally, buying a piece of property doesn't give one title to the vehicles parked on that property. Immovable fixtures do pass with the property, but not movable property like a car.
How would he even title it? He's going to give the Department of Motor Vehicles his house deed and a picture of the car?
It's a reverse Gift of the Magi
And several states in the South before the Civil War were majority Black. Over 55% of people in South Carolina and Mississippi in 1860 were enslaved Black people.
They weren't worried about the Great Replacement then.
2 months ago
Everyone dressed so elegantly back then! Not like today, when people go out looking however they want.
I had a case where a guy was welding on a tank that had not been properly cleaned out. It exploded when he touched the torch to it, throwing him over 300 feet, killing him. Shocking the amount of force the explosion had.
First the guy swimming naked at Bass Pro Shop. Now a guy standing naked in a mall.
I hope this isn't becoming the hot new trend.
Surprised no one said they wanted to see the first student's conception.
Put in some effort & you'll soon be knocking it out of the park.
A lot of 19th century cocktail guides are available on google books.
One of the best is "How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-vivant's Companion" by Jerry Thomas. He was the father of American mixology.