Weekend Linkage

Paleo Retiree writes:

  • I had no time for Tucker Carlson V.1 (bowtie-wearing, neocon) but in the last few years I think he’s become amazingly good. In this recent talk with Dave Rubin, Tucker V. 2 gets a chance to let go of the headlines of the day and share his larger thoughts and hunches, and they’re very worth a wrestle, IMHO.
  • Thumbs up to Paul Johnson’s short, masterful and very engaging biography of George Washington. (The current political craziness, er, climate has got my wife and me doing a lot of reading about the American founding.) Is there a funner-to-read or more worldly living biographer than Paul Johnson?
  • Thumbs ‘way up to Kenneth Harl’s Great Courses lecture series “The Era of the Crusades.” As the title hints, this isn’t just an account of the various crusades themselves but also a look at the three worlds that were involved — Western Christendom, Byzantium and Islam — and how they were affected. Harl is vigorous, vivid, and full of history-geek humor. The series is 36 lectures long but Harl keeps the information and the stories moving along at a very brisk clip. As usual with the Great Courses: unless money is burning a hole in your pocket, put off the purchase until the course goes on sale.
  • I see that a few Great Courses series that I’ve enjoyed are currently on sale for wonderfully low prices. Recommended. Also recommended. This one too.
  • Perfect pairing.
  • We need more women in these jobs!
  • Despite massive amounts of encouragement, a smaller percentage of female undergrads are choosing to major in computer science now than did in the mid-’90s. Why?
  • Meanwhile boys are lagging at school. Why aren’t they being given a little encouragement?
  • These days, are too many people projecting their religious yearnings and imaginings onto politics?
  • Why exactly was Harvey Milk murdered?
  • It may be a few days out of date but M.G.’s look at the reasons behind France’s “gilets jaunes” uprising is one of the most informative things I’ve read on the topic.
  • What would a Chinese-dominated world look like?
  • Here’s a thought that has often occurred to me too.
  • Steve Sailer has some fun with the beyond-dreadful Max Boot.
  • Let’s all send Steve some support and gratitude.
  • I’ve joined Gab, have you?

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog 2Blowhards.com. Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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