Saturday, August 19, 2017

From Stuff You Like: Shouting FIRE In A Theater | That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

The historical origins of the phrase "Yelling fire in a crowded theater" was one of the late Christopher Hitchens' favorite anecdotes.  (See here)

On Hitchens' influence, I used this in my own argument in defense of Wikileaks back in 2010.
From History Buffs: Rome Season One

I'm a huge fan of the History Buffs Youtube channel.  But this was not his best work.

He spends 15 out of 30 minutes talking about the Gallic Wars, which weren't even part of HBO's Rome series.
Then when he finally gets around to the actual series, he doesn't talk about any of the historical events in the actual series itself.
(There's a lot of things Rome got right, and there's plenty it got wrong, so there should have been tons to talk about.)

I guess I can't complain about free entertainment on Youtube.  But I can at least point out that it's not up to his usual standards.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MSNBC has titled the above video as: Donald Trump Is Lying About Charlottesville, Says Witness

But to me, that's the wrong title.
The most shocking part of this video is not that Donald Trump is lying.  (Old news if there ever was.)  The most shocking part of the video is a description of how worshipers at a non-violent church service were not allowed to leave the church because the mob of Nazis outside.
In America.  In 2017.