Tag: United States

Why a turkey is called a turkey or why you should not houldn’t just call birds by the name of whatever-the-fuck-country you thought they got shipped from

Why a turkey is called a turkey or why you should not houldn’t just call birds by the name of whatever-the-fuck-country you thought they got shipped from

I was reading up on the etymology of turkey on reddit and found out that Americans and other English speakers call turkey “turkey” because they thought it came from Turkey. There’s a chance they actually didn’t know where Turkey was, it just had this “far east” exotic appeal… Turks don’t have any Turkey, obviously, but they have…

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Testament to Russian Engineering

Testament to Russian Engineering

The R-7 rocket was originally designed as an ICBM. When America unexpectedly invites you to a friendly game of global thermonuclear war, it’s not acceptable to say “Not today thank you, it’s cold outside.” So they built a rocket with enough margins that it could launch in all weather conditions. Ultimately the R-7 was a…

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Citigroup memo predicted Occupy Wall Street Movement

Citigroup memo predicted Occupy Wall Street Movement

  Linked here is a paper by Citi group that predicted the current climate of back lash  against the robber baron‘s of wall Street. I find the following except particularly haunting :- A third threat comes from the potential social backlash. To use Rawls-ian analysis, the invisible hand stops working. Perhaps one reason that societies allow plutonomy,…

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