There's a scene in the classic Star Trek episode "The Naked Time", which is mostly known for shirtless Sulu, where he stands in front of Uhura and says "I'll protect you fair maiden!" And she says, "Sorry, neither." I noticed this tumblr post pop up on Facebook and Twitter in the last few days suggesting that Nichelle Nichols adlibbed that line. Is that true? [more inside]
My project for 2017 is to read a biography, or a history of the presidency, of each President of the United States. I'd like to narrow it down to one apiece to fit the project into a year. Special cases of this question have been asked here and here, but I would like to extend the question to each administration.
I'm trying to get my dad into podcasts, so I'm looking for suggestions for podcasts he might enjoy. Can you recommend podcasts that he might dig, based on his interests? [more inside]
After Trump's victory, I feel the need to study, reflect, examine my assumptions about the world, and seek insight and solace. I'm looking for books that will help. [more inside]
On November 5th 2008 and November 7th 2012 here in London England, I tried to collect as many British newspapers as I could that featured Barack Hussein Obama II's historic election to the presidency of the United States. The whole world was united in pride for the US on both of those days. Now that he's moving out of the White House, I feel like it's time to give them away; the question is, who gets them? [Preferably to someone in New York City. Sorry Duluth.] [more inside]
With Hillary Clinton favourite to win the US presidency, at which other points in history (if any) could it be argued that the most powerful person in the world was a woman?
Seeking: a relatively unbiased book (or two, or three) on the history of the Republican and Democratic parties. [more inside]
This woman was at the Democratic National Convention - Miami, 1972. [Source - the image in question is about a third of the way down the page]
Can you recommend a website that has easy-to-understand recaps of important historical and political issues? I used to think history and politics were boring but after I returned to university and have been exposed to more of it, I've become fascinated to learn more. [more inside]
I'm looking for historical/political situations or decisions that made perfect, logical sense at the time but in retrospect seem terribly misguided or worse. These should be situations that when presented very simply, it is clear and easy to say, "Obviously XYZ is the right choice " but where in fact XYZ ends up being an awful choice. Example and further details inside. [more inside]
Articles like this talk about links between the Nazi regime and the Rockefellers, Warburgs, and others. Is there any validation for this line of thought?
I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
I recently came upon the work of Noam Chomsky and it opened up a whole new world of information and ways of seeing the world. How can I become more informed about our world's recent history and be accurate about it? [more inside]
Hi Metafilter. Recommendations, please? Recently I had ended a cycle of medication that was likely to affect my memory. It has. I feel as though I've gone from a quick, engaged conversationalist, to a bit of an observant, less inclined platform of speaking. Mostly, it's because I can't seem to recall things as quickly as before. It's so, so uncomfortable. I've been told my memory will return over time, but in the meantime, I can read and participate in exercises in an attempt to jar it. Can anyone offer some comprehensive overviews of religion, history, philosophy, or politics? Really basic stuff would be just find - Any texts going over the religions of the world, introductions to politic, lists of notable philosophers or historic figures.. Thank you!
A friend of mine is about to move to Vietnam. I'd like to get him a book as a farewell gift. Please give me your recommendations for books about Vietnam the country - that is, books that cover something of the country's history, society and politics other than the American war.
I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor. [more inside]
Help me with my ten year old sons school project ! I'd like to find people - as well known as possible - to whom the adage "power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely" . So an ideal example would be someone who started off with good intentions and then on gaining power started behaving poorly . Also ideally once they'd turned nasty their actions would not be so despicable that you wouldn't mind explaining them to a ten year old Thanks
Where can I find summaries of historical developments, technological breakthroughs, political and social changes etc. in a similar style as the Afterword in Charles Stross's anthology Toast (free download here)? I am interested in stuff that has happened in the last 30 or 40 years.
What is it like to realize you live in a totalitarian system? [more inside]
Can you please recommend a good book on the formation of modern Israel? [more inside]
Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
Care to recommend some in-depth documentaries (and books, or anything online) about World War One? [more inside]
I don't know anything about their race, history, or culture, but I'm sure they stand for everything we stand against.
Oddball American history question: Who was the worst Secretary of State? [more inside]
To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
Can you tell me about this large reservoir just east of Mexico City, apparently called Lago Nabor Carrillo? [more inside]
Book suggestion filter! I need to catch up on all the 20th century history I missed because of childhood..... [more inside]
Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
Resources-- books, articles, lectures, whatever-- for learning more about King Juan Carlos of Spain and his decision to liberalize politics in Spain? [more inside]
I read the news (BBC) daily and pick up The Economist once in awhile (it's expensive!). I'm curious and want to know what is going on in the world, but most of the time I can't put anything into perspective and understand what this means for the rest of the world or the possible impact on my life. For example, I'm not really sure why Bush started a war in Afghanistan, or the repercussions of the Gaza flotilla attack. I like how The Economist will analyze issues and say "X happened. This is bad because Y might happen now." or "A is mad because B did this in the past." in short, up front sentences. When I try to look people/events up on Wikipedia or Google, it's overwhelming because there is TOO much information to read, and I'm constantly having to look up more and more and this easily turns into hours of reading and 60 tabs open on my browser. How can I get a general grasp of international relations? [more inside]
What were the dates of the early Presidential primaries in 1964? I don't need them all, just the first few - New Hampshire, Illinois, Texas etc. [more inside]
Please tell me about a time/place in history that had some interesting political issue that was very divisive at the time. [more inside]
I socialize almost exclusively with friends who are politically liberal, spanning the spectrum from left-of-center progressive to the more radical fringe. Frequently, among ourselves, political conversation drifts inevitably toward variations on this theme:
"The history of our country has always proven liberalism correct and conservatism incorrect. The principles of those on the left have been validated over and over again, while those on the right have been proven wrong by the progress of history."While I admit that this hypothesis is selfishly pleasing (I'm a liberal too, after all), it seems to me that it can't be completely true. But I don't have a strong enough grasp of American history to prove it wrong. So what am I missing? What have liberals been proven wrong about? [more inside]
Americans: if you had to represent the USA with only three things, what would they be? [more inside]
What resources (films, books, websites) can I share with my 13 y/o daughter who has expressed a recent keen admiration and care for the American soldier from the Vietnam War era to the present? [more inside]
What country or countries have the longest continuously functioning government? Please specify the type/form of government, such as US/ democratic republic.
Where can I find video footage of Jesse Helms from the 1960s? [more inside]
Significant historical and/or political figures since 1945? [more inside]
Are there any Canadian federal election maps out there, coloring each federal riding by the winning party? I am thinking something like the Red/Blue coloring that is often done in the US (like this), but preferably something with intermediate colors (like this). [more inside]
I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
Help me rationally and calmly document the Bush administration to a friend who thinks history will hold it in "high regard"? [more inside]
What are some powerful examples throughout history of public figures or concepts that have successfully united disparate people?
Where can I find film footage of Richard Nixon bowling? [more inside]
Help me teach myself about the current political and social climate in Russia. [more inside]
Can you think of any examples of "jawboning" from history? [more inside]
Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
I'm looking for book suggestions for a radical reading group. [more inside]
Where can I find a downloadable version of Michael Murphey's classic, "Temple of the Sun" to download? Of course I am willing to pay for the copyrighted, legal, etc. version. But I would rather not have to buy the entire Swans Against the Sun CD to get this one song. Also, HUGE Bonus Points if you can lead me to similar(?) songs which might interest my sons (see inside for more on this challenge). [more inside]
Books about Burma? [more inside]
Deforestation. Extinction. Soil depletion. Toxicity. Mental illness. Mass imprisonment. Neocolonialism. Etceterugh. What should one read for a better comprehension of just what the hell we're doing to the planet, ourselves, and eachother? [more inside]
I always hear that blogging and YouTube are (and/or will be) revolutionary in American politics. Is this true? How so? Can you recommend recent books, academic articles, extended blog posts and other media that demonstrate (or argue against) the effects of blogging, citizen journalism, social networking web sites and YouTube on American politics? Differing viewpoints would be appreciated!
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