She became a park ranger at 85 to tell her story of segregation. Now 100, she’s the oldest active ranger.

    From the WaPo

    When asked how it feels to be 100 years old, Betty Reid Soskin gave a subtle shrug, smiled and said: “The same way I felt at 99.”

    But she’s not just any centenarian: Soskin is the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service, and after celebrating her birthday on Sept. 22, she’s still going strong.

    Seated in the study of her apartment in Richmond, Calif., dressed proudly in her park ranger uniform, Soskin reflected on her life.

    As Confederate statues come down, West Point honors Buffalo Soldiers

    And 114 years after they first came to the Army’s then-segregated academy to teach horsemanship to White cadets, the Black Buffalo Soldiers of West Point finally had their statue.

    And at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Military Academy raised its first outdoor statue of a Black man.

    Etched into the granite are the words, “In Memory of the Buffalo Soldiers who served with the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments as part of the United States Military Academy Cavalry Detachment at West Point.”

    The Black Surfers

    NYT story on the African history of surfing and how it spread to the United States and Nova Scotia.


    Ed Asner & the Secular Rabbi

    How the character full of good stern advice came to TV

    Third World Magic - Captivation & Exorcism

    Whether we use the term "shithole countries" or not, it's often there in how we discuss these people seen or not seen - their options, their plight, the shrunken terms in which we think of their possibilities. Not that most of us have expansive lives - pretty mundane, limited existences however we try.

    Me too, I want some of Bob Dylan's estate

    Book About Ruby Bridges Considered Critical Race Theory

    Republicans in Tennessee want to ban the book "Ruby Bridges Goes to School" as too harsh for public school children. The book tells the story of the young Bridges who integrated New Orleans public schools.

    Southern Civil War hero (kind of)

    longer thread

    Bob Odenkirk *not* dead

    Catherine of Aragon, Riot Grrrl

    More badass than suspected the daughter of the Reconquista held her own against the Scots - plus 24 years with Henry the VIII made her by far the most significant of the sextet.


    Moses was considered Mississippi's MLK. He was an organizer for SNCC. He helped organize the 1964 voter registration project the Freedom Riders in 1964. In addition, he received a MacArthur genius award and founded the Algebra Project to help poor students with learning math skills.

    Moses was not as well known as John Lewis or Fannie Lou Hamer, but he was an icon in his own right. Rest in power

    Fuck art, let's smut

    Culture shootout at les grandes archives -

    or #BeBreast as the former first lady escort would say.

    When your wife say she wants a hobby...

    aka "how we survived the pandemic halfway intact"

    Yes, they have a ton of these. Visit Toyah's channel - she's a nutter.

    And thanks to YouTube and European regs i can't see "controversial" content from a 63-year-old woman without registering a credit card to "prove my age"- rave on, punkers! (2 videos in 1!)


    Orion's picture

    "One Hour of Vintage Summer Music"

    From Jake Westbrook on YouTube:

    Sopranos prequel coming!

    Phylicia Rashad Under Fire For Defending Bill Cosby

    Rashad was recently appointed the new Dean of the Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. She has a distinguished acting career. She is most remembered as Clair Huxtable on the Cosby Show. When Cosby was released on a legal technically after being convicted of raping women, Rashad suggested that a great wrong had been corrected. As a result, several students and alumni want her out. The university itself denounced her defense of Cosby.

    Backlash to defense of Cosby

    Nikole Hannah-Jones Awarded Tenure at UNC

    (CNN)The board of trustees at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill voted Wednesday to grant tenure to award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones after facing backlash from Black students and faculty who said the board's initial failure to do so reflected a history of systemic racism at the school. 

    Time For Some Country

    I've always heard that country music is so authentic. Never really believed until now.


    Overtourism: Florence scatters the Art

    Tuscany turns into artful snipe hunt as Firenze tries to diffuse the tourist boom before it restarts

    Reflections Of A Man And His Picture

    anna missed, also known as Jack Chevalier, died a couple weeks ago. I only know his art from what I have seen at this sight and mostly from this particular blog. I think his art and the accompanying article are worth a view. 

    [Everybody else's history] Bad stuff happened, gets forgotten...

     sometimes later people called historians research it...

    Ireland's Forgotten Sons Recovered Two Centuries Later

    — J. W. (@wolfjon4) May 25, 2021

    Who's Hot - Lad Mag quandary

    Celebrating looks, appeal, controversy, race, sexism, expectations...

    Ain't that easy anymore

    Where are the trans women?

    How it started...



    How to make a country twerk song in 1 minute s/o @samsumser @iamseansmall



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