Mapping where English is not the language at home

More than a quarter of counties in the United States have at least one in 10 households where English is not the language spoken at home. Spanish is, by far, the most common language other than English spoken in the home, especially on the West Coast, in the Southwest, the Eastern urban corridor and other big cities. Native American languages are also common in the West, as is French around New Orleans and in some counties in the Northeast. German is a common language in some Midwestern and Western areas.…

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Geography and a Greek “Culture of Freedom”?

I recently had the opportunity to begin reading Christian Meier’s “A Culture of Freedom: Ancient Greece & the Origins of Europe” (Oxford University Press 2011), a translation of the first two parts of his seven-part history of Europe. Several reviews of the book have already come out in academic journals (CJ, CP) and in the popular press (THES, WSJ). The book seeks to answer “how the Greeks came about… how they developed into a culture that was so different from all the other magnificent high cultures that emerged before and…

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An Empire of Mud

As the liberal elites, banks, (((rootless cosmopolitans))), and Islam celebrated their glorious victory over poor French people, Harry Potter feminist Emma Watson took to the stage at the MTV awards to accept the first ever ‘gender free’ acting award, according to Watson:  “[Belle’s] curiosity and passion for knowledge and her desire for more in life were ground for alienation,” Watson explained. “I loved playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that. I’m so proud to be part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the…

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