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The Past, Present & Future Of Poop

By Jenny Morber/Undark

In Osaka, Japan, in the early 1700s, neighboring villages fought over rights to city residents' excrement.

Much of Japan's soil - sandy and poor in nutrients - produced feeble crops and supported few animals, so farmers depended on human fertilizer to grow food. And they were willing to pay for it.

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Posted on December 11, 2021

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

The Past, Present & Future Of Poop

By Jenny Morber/Undark
Moving bowels is one big equalizing commonality that unites humankind regardless of ethnicity, color, religion, diet or traditions.

Posted on December 11, 2021


By Erik Gunn/Wisconsin Examiner
Foxconn is an especially dramatic example of the "economic development complex" of consultants, contractors and public agencies or public-private partnerships driving relocation deals where taxpayers bear the cost.

Posted on November 20, 2021

Sweden Should Press China To Release Swedish Book Publisher

By Sophie Richardson/Human Rights Watch
Sweden's efforts appear tepid.

Posted on October 14, 2021

The Flesh Between Us

By SIU Press
Eroticism cut from classical mythology, ritual, and intimacy.

Posted on October 11, 2021

How Slavery Infiltrated California

By Kevin Waite/The Conversation
Whereas enslaved people in the South were often concentrated on large plantations, the bound laborers of the West generally worked behind closed doors or in remote mining regions.

Posted on October 2, 2021

Against Ramp Meters

By Charles Marohn/Minnesota Reformer
Getting more out of existing transportation investments without needing to build any additional capacity is a level of genius that would make any engineer proud. Sadly, the professional consensus on the benefits of ramp meters is wrong.

Posted on September 13, 2021

Making The World Safe For Dictatorship

By Alexander Dukalskis/The Conversation
Using publicly available filings with the U.S. Department of Justice, I counted 33 authoritarian states that collectively paid PR and public affairs firms hundreds of millions of dollars in 2018 and 2019 to manipulate their image. This is only in the U.S., only self-reported, and only overt. The scope is much wider than these numbers suggest.

Posted on September 2, 2021

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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