Tag Archive: politics


Opium was illegal in China, but that didn’t stop the East India Company from manufacturing it for the black market. The Chinese emperor appointed an official, Lin Zexu, to stop it. He seized and burned huge opium caches held by British merchants, and ultimately ordered the British out of China entirely. Instead, they set up base on a barren island that would become known as Hong Kong.

The British Empire’s grasp on the Americas was slipping right at the time when they needed those resources most. The massive amounts of tea they imported from China had created a huge trade deficit, but the Chinese were reluctant to let any Europeans trade outside of the Canton port strictly controlled by the Hong. So Britain sent a formal embassy led by Earl George Macartney.

Between two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents the American Revolution in a thorough yet digestible way.

Between two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents the American Revolution in a thorough yet digestible way.

WW2, OverSimplified (Part 2)

With two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents World War II in a thorough yet digestible way.

WW2, OverSimplified (Part 1)

Between two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents World War II in a thorough yet digestible way.

 

He was a self-confessed freak, a maniac, a drug fiend greatly enamored with guns, whiskey, and quantities of hallucinogens that could knock out entire metropolises at a time. Today, we’re speeding into ten lesser known facts about Gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson.

GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY – LET’S TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!

Macro photographs of hummingbirds by photographer Chris Morgan.

I just finished reading a book, “Acts of Faith,” that takes place in South Sudan. It was very good, especially for aviation wonks.

 

CollegeHumor‘s Siobhan makes Trapp, Ally, and Raph take a poll. Unfortunately, all the answers are pretty pre-decided. “So you’re telling me that the poll my mom made saying I’m the sweetest handsomest boy in the whole wide world… was wrong?”

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