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Longish article on Chinese young adults and their relationship with their parents. Their parents survived the Cultural Revolution, and are described as obsessed with security to the point of amorality; lots of bribes, and approval of selling fake drugs to hospitals, and such. The youth are regressing to the secure human mean and want more normal lives and values, and get along better with their grandparents.

"Next door, in prosperous South Korea, with the longest unbroken
Confucian culture in the world, the elderly are poorer, more likely to
still be working, and four times more likely to kill themselves than the
already suicide-prone Korean young. The suicide rate among older
Chinese lags just behind Korea?s, and has tripled in the past decade."

"A Chinese acquaintance of mine, now in his fifties, once described
having to kill his own brother to stop him turning in their parents for
owning banned books."


NYC subway rider behavior http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/nyregion/subway-riders-quirks-studied.html

Austerity policies (austerian) may rest on bad arithmetic and accidentally missing data:

Myths of Christian persecution and the Age of Martyrs http://chronicle.com/article/The-Myths-Behind-the-Age-of/137423/

URL says it all: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/how-we-got-all-this-great-data-on-american-baby-name-popularity/274989/


News is bad for your brain?

"In a 2001 study two scholars in Canada showed that comprehension
declines as the number of hyperlinks in a document increases. Why?
Because whenever a link appears, your brain has to at least make the
choice not to click, which in itself is distracting. News is an
intentional interruption system"

Transportation options in Jane Austen's world http://www.jasnanorcal.org/ink9.htm

Samaritans, the true Jews
most inbred population

Karaites; also Torah+Joshua only, but use standard Passover date
Samaritans pre-Diaspora, Karaites 8th century Baghdad spinoff?
oldest synagogue in Jerusalem
The largest Karaite community in the U.S. (though mostly of Egyptian
rather than Crimean Karaim origin) resides not far from the GeoCurrents
base, in Daly City

Jews of India

Heterodox Zone

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Apr. 17th, 2013 06:20 am (UTC)
From then on Christians were subjected to pogroms, especially in places where they either were an alien ethnic as well as religious minority (Gaul, 171) or the helpless victims of a violent local culture (Egypt). Christianity survived for three reasons, two of which are interrelated. One, there was the sheer obstinacy of Christians under torture and threat of murder. The mobs grew tired first. Second, Christianity was organizationally formidable. Its structure of mutually reinforcing, mutually recognized bishops had no parallel in any other religion or cult, and it meant that every region had someone to whom a Christian could flee, and that pogroms were just a game of whack-a-mole. When the Gauls of Lugdunum had butchered the local Christians, bishop and all, in 171, the Bishops just sent Irenaeus to take over - the greatest writer and thinker in the contemporary Empire. Third, the charitable structure of the Church - again, something unmatched in the Empire at the time - made it a power anywhere it went. We have the results of a kind of census of the Church in the city of Rome in the second century: at a time when Rome had up to two million inhabitants, the local Christians were 57,000 - a small minority. Yet they supported dozens of full-time clergy and no less than 1500 broken-down and impoverished persons. Imagine the amount of money that flowed through the diocese of Rome; no wonder that the accusers tortured the deacon Lawrence to make him reveal the whereabouts of the Church's wealth - and he kept answering that "The wealth of the Church are its poor". Christians built hospitals and hospices, both absolute novelties in the classical world, and stayed in plague-ridden cities to help the sick when the rest of the population cleared out.

Until 250 there was no official persecution as an act of government; however, Decius in 250, and his successors in 258 and 300-312 made up for that by a concentrated and conscientious series of attempts to literally exterminate every last Christian, using much the same methods as the Nazis against the jews - the instruments of an efficient bureaucratic state that could trace every citizen and subject to his home. The slaughter was colossal. But in the end it weakened Roman society itself to the extent that when the obscure usurper Constantine assaulted the legitimate emperors from Britain, they could not resist against him: assaulting the vast Christian minority - in certain areas, a majority already - had so weakened their own regions that they simply could not resist a claimant who did not insist on extermination.

Edited at 2013-04-17 06:24 am (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
What a great collection of links! I've been impressed with Aeon thus far.

My favorite tidbit is perhaps from the Regency period travel article: "Post boys were robbed so frequently that a contemporary account described the mail as “very unsafe, and to avoid loss, people generally cut Bank Bills in two, and send the parts by a different post. The Postmasters General advertised directions to the public how to divide a bill, in such a manner as to prevent its being of any use to a robber.” "
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