“The Polish Underground and the Jews: Solidarity, Betrayal and Everything in Between”

An interesting look at Polish-Jewish relations during the Second World War. Definitely worth reading if you’re interested in Second World War history and/or the history of the Holocaust.

https://visegradinsight.eu/the-polish-underground-and-the-jews-solidarity-betrayal-and-everything-in-between/

“Opinion Germany Is Guilty – but Russia and Poland Both Bear Responsibility, Too”

A look at certain events during the Second World War:

  • Poland’s role in the annexation of Czechoslovakia in the spring of 1939
  • the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on August 23, 1939
  • the subsequent invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 that marked the start of the Second World War
  • the non-role of both the Polish resistance and the Soviet Army during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943
  • the role of the Polish resistance during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-germany-guilty-russia-poland-bear-responsibility-too-holocaust-wwii-1.8527860

“The Oxygen of Amplification: Better Practices for Reporting on Extremists, Antagonists, and Manipulators Online”

An interesting analysis of how extremists, antagonists and manipulators take advantage of the ‘rules’ of journalism to get their message amplified.

https://datasociety.net/output/oxygen-of-amplification/

“Debunking 25 arguments against climate change in 5 sentences or less (each)”

An article, with references to supporting research papers, that debunks 25 common arguments against climate change.

https://thelogicofscience.com/2016/10/18/debunking-25-arguments-against-climate-change-in-5-sentences-or-less-each/

“Most Popular Programming Languages 1965-2019”

A video showing the evolution of the top ten most popular programming languages over the years. A few interesting ones to look for are Fortran (top language on the list from 1965 until 1979 and finally falling out of the top ten in early 1998), Ada (appears on the list in 1980 and after spending 1983 to 1994 somewhere in the top three, falls off the list by the end of 1995), and Java (appears on the list in 1995, makes the top three in 1997, sits at the top of the list from 2001 to 2018 when it drops to third where it remains today)..

“Liberace plays a Strangers in the Night, Hello Dolly, and Beer Barrel Polka Medley”

Not exactly this blog’s usual fare but who can turn down a Liberace segment?

For the youngsters in the crowd, Liberace was seriously into bling before bling was a word. In fact, compared to his usual style, he is actually being somewhat low key in this video.

“Why the right’s usual smears don’t work on Greta Thunberg”

Greta Thunberg’s position is that (heavily paraphrased) the science of climate change has been settled for decades* and the time has come to deal with it. That the science really has been settled for decades is demonstrated in various ways including the simple fact that the core climate change science has not changed in decades and we really are running of time to get serious about the climate crisis (see the various IPCC reports).

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/9/26/20882958/greta-thunberg-climate-change-trump-attacks-right-wing

* For examples of core climate change science that has been settled for decades, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey_stick_controversy (1998), https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/06/26/james-hansens-climate-warning-30-years-later/ (describes 1988 research and controversy), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExxonMobil_climate_change_controversy (late 70s).