Lunchtime! Also, Here’s Your Afternoon Blogroll!

1)  The problems of a tribunal in Lebanon

2) If you’re white and educated, you’re the reason why there is political partisanship?  Hmmm….  I think political partisans are the reason there is partisanship, and as a supporter of partisans and partisanship (though not being a member of a party myself) I see no issue here.

3)  Radley Balko demonstrated the problem with drug dogs.

4)  Pluralism, in general, as well as plenty of other things, properties, and peoples, are under assault in Ukraine.  “The Ukrainian parliament recently passed legislation directly modeled on Russian precedents. The laws curb demonstrations, using language broad enough to apply to almost any gathering. They criminalize “slander,” which might mean any criticism of the government. They require the members of any organization with any foreign funding, including the Greek Catholic Church, to register as “foreign agents,” which is to say spies. These laws were passed at night, with a show of hands. Deputies did not discuss them or, in some cases, even read them.”  States are going to do what they do best:  seek out information.  In the wake of protests, their thrust of information seeking will be that much more pointed.

I’m afraid this is going to get worse before it gets better.

5)  New book on the Huguenots.  Blurby, “How did the Huguenots of Paris survive, and even prosper, in the eighteenth century when the majority Catholic population was notorious for its hostility to Protestantism? Why, by the end of the Old Regime, did public opinion overwhelmingly favour giving Huguenots greater rights? This study of the growth of religious toleration in Paris traces the specific history of the Huguenots after Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685. David Garrioch identifies the roots of this transformation of attitudes towards the minority Huguenot population in their own methods of resistance to persecution and pragmatic government responses to it, as well as in the particular environment of Paris. Above all, this book identifies the extraordinary shift in Catholic religious culture that took place over the century as a significant cause of change, set against the backdrop of cultural and intellectual transformation that we call the Enlightenment.”

6)  Pete Seeger has died.



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