US National Archives “Made a mistake”

Guardian:

The US National Archives apologized on Saturday after it emerged that a photo of the Women’s March included in signage for an exhibition on women’s suffrage had been altered to blur anti-Trump signs.

One sign that said “God Hates Trump” in the original had “Trump” blurred out in the version on display. Another sign reading “Trump & GOP – Hands Off Women” also had “Trump” obscured.

Changes were also made to images of posters which mentioned women’s anatomy. One, stating “If my vagina could shoot bullets, it’d be less REGULATED” was “digitally altered” to blur the word “vagina”. On a sign that read “This Pussy Grabs Back” in the original photograph – in reference to infamous remarks by Trump – “pussy” was gone in the Archives’ version.

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Another January, a long time ago and far away

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1917

I saw 1917 last night. I’d never really thought about having a favorite before, and am pondering this now, briefly.

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West Virginia is pushing to condense the teaching of high school history to one course

Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Notice the wall clock. Because, ‘murica.

“Going at such a rapid pace for all of U.S. history would just … you would have no downtime to really stop and get in-depth with some complex things and topics that deserve quite a bit of time,” Eric Starr, who teaches social studies at Tug Valley High, in Mingo County, said.

As for the Holocaust, he said he anticipates spending less than one lesson on it in one day, probably with just one more day to touch on it during a content refresher.

“I’ll probably teach it in one big lesson that is WWII,” he said. “I will probably just have one large PowerPoint — very large PowerPoint — that is WWII and I’ll probably just give it a few slides with that and talk about the gravity of it and then move on.”

The one-course path also contains no mention of Vietnam, a war comparable to the United States’ current Middle Eastern conflicts.

The one-course path has a standard saying students should be able to “trace the events of the Cold War and confrontations between the United States and other world powers,” but nothing specifically requiring teaching about the Vietnam or Korean wars.

An explanatory note for foreign readers: this article, as well as the State of West Virginia, (or the United States for that matter), is not parody, or some sort of weird performance art. Their existence is quite real. They may be nightmares, but they are not delusions.

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Brexit: UK rules out automatic deportation of EU citizens – Verhofstadt

Guardian:

Speaking after a meeting with the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, on Thursday night, Guy Verhofstadt said he had raised a number of concerns regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK after it leaves the bloc.

He said he had been told there would be no automatic deportation of people, after the existing grace period, if they failed to apply for settled status.

Um, good news, I guess.

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Amis Welcome

And you know, the funny thing is, I always have felt welcome. Moments that stand out include in September 2017 attempting to explain to the woman doing my language evaluation how it was I was back at the VHS Mitte trying to pick up my studies where I had left them 14 years before. “The society and the politics in the US,” I began, “Oh I know,” she interrupted sympathetically, “It’s a catastrophe.” Catching the ferry to Dover last month I went through lengthy questioning from the Fortress UK border guard, and before being waved past was cautioned that I could only remain for six months, and was not permitted to look for work. Returning to Calais I was greeted with “Bonjour, merci, au revoir,” and that was it. It feels like the doors are open here. In the US, the doors locked to the outer world all have bars which enable them to swing open easily from inside. These doors are clearly labeled with large, clear signs proclaiming “Fire exit, to be used only in case of emergency.” Through the thickening air coughing, gasping movie goers read this and think to themselves “But I can’t open that now — it’s only for an emergency.” They follow each other blindly, increasingly desperate in the smoke, to stand helpless, packed in a crushing mass before an entryway where two well-lighted personalities debate the price and the conditions of theater admittance.

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St. Hedwig’s

There’s really no reason to burn them anymore, is there.

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Neue Wache

She cradles him, his feet and legs bare, as when he was born. People come in and photograph, leave. It seems obligatory. A family each take a photo on their respective cellphones. It’s not clear how many people spend as much time looking at the sculpture as they do looking at the photo of the sculpture on their cellphones. Some do. Two young men take turns photographing each other standing here. Groups march in, inspect the ceiling as well as the statue. Yes, that is a circle open to the sky, like at the Pantheon. The roof is photographed, the statue photographed, they march out. I think of Vietnam, my mother speaking firmly, resolutely, to my brother and me about our state, states, young men, survival.

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