Shirer’s classic work raises questions about today’s unrest

Nazi propaganda poster
Nazi propaganda poster aimed at factory workers in the 1930s. “Wir sind für” translates as, “We are for”.
Forms part of George Grantham Bain Collection (US Library of Congress).
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Pt. 2 in a series

How much do you really know about the Nazis and The Third Reich?

I dropped the ball as I made my way through William L. Shirer’s classic work ‘The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich’. I tend to read several books at the same time, and I ended up reading a bio of Churchill, a French Resistance fighter’s account of the Gestapo, and several other books relevant to that period in history. Reading contemporary accounts puts things in context I find.

I came to realize how relevant this work is today to the political climate in the US and in other countries. Continue reading “Shirer’s classic work raises questions about today’s unrest”

Did Alt Press give Backwordz ‘cancel’ culture treatment because of politics?

By Rebecca Day

Did Alternative Press ‘cancel’ Backwordz, leaving the popular band off a list of black metal artists because of politics? Has art become subject to a political test hostile to those who think in a different way? It looks like it. Continue reading “Did Alt Press give Backwordz ‘cancel’ culture treatment because of politics?”

Familiar script: Riots are déjà vu for me

In May, 1970 I was a student at the University of South Carolina. I’d worked hard to get there. The first in my mother’s family to go to college, I was the poster child for starving college kid. As end of year exams loomed, protests began to rock our campus and many others across the country. Continue reading “Familiar script: Riots are déjà vu for me”

Tech glitches and Coronavirus matters double our annoyance

I often joke that programmers and others in the tech sector must be abusing various substances because no matter how careful we are, the tech demons will consistently sabotage our very best efforts. I think tech glitches are even more annoying during this Coronavirus period. Why? Continue reading “Tech glitches and Coronavirus matters double our annoyance”

Larson’s ‘The Splendid and the Vile’ gives a new look at one man for and against the world

As Americans deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, stories about the hardships of quarantining abound. To quote a famous line spoken by Ygritte in the TV series Game of Thrones, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” That was the first thing I thought when I finished Larson’s book about one momentous year in the complex life and career of Winston Churchill. Continue reading “Larson’s ‘The Splendid and the Vile’ gives a new look at one man for and against the world”