Globally, the prevailing form of polygamy is of one man with multiple wives ‚Äď generally older men marrying younger wives. Social scientists have quantified that crime rates are higher in those cultures, with younger men having few prospects for family life. And it is no great shakes for young, often pre-pubescent girls forced into marriage by culture, economics, and tradition.
Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 8:45 pm
There are some 7,000 spoken languages in the world, and linguists project that as many as half may disappear by the end of the century. That works out to one language going extinct about every two weeks. Now, digital technology is coming to the rescue of some of those ancient tongues.
Members of the Native American Siletz tribe in Oregon say their native language, also called "Siletz," "is as old as time itself." But today, you can count the number of fluent speakers on one hand. Siletz Tribal Council Vice Chairman Bud Lane is one of them.
Greed...avarice...a thirst¬†for power. Sure, these things all describe our modern corporate and political¬†landscape, but they're also just a few of¬†the themes at play in¬†Macbeth.¬†This weekend, The Acting Loft in Manchester is staging a new version of the play, one that doesn't forget the times we live in...or Shakespeare's intent.
We can‚Äôt say with any authority when the first con artist found his mark. But we can trace the term ‚Äúconfidence man‚ÄĚ to an article in¬†The New York Heraldin 1849. The Herald reporter urged citizens to stop by the city‚Äôs notorious tombs and peer at the suspect known as Samuel Williams. Many came to peer at the flim-flam man who described his effect on his marks as ‚Äúputting them to sleep.‚ÄĚ¬†¬†The willingness to be duped, is of course, the genius of the con.
Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 11:09 am
It's hard to imagine Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Lucille Ball as part of the same club. But they were all, at one time, Girl Scouts. Founded 100 years ago in Savannah, Ga., the Girl Scouts now count 3.2 million members.
Girl Scout cookies have become as much of an American tradition as apple pie. At a busy intersection in Brookline, Mass., a gaggle of Girl Scouts stand behind a folding table piled high with boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and Shortbreads.
"They are really, really good," the troop collectively assures a prospective buyer.
In 1862, the USS Monitor ‚ÄĒ a Civil War-era ironclad warship ‚ÄĒ fought one of the world's first iron-armored battles against the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. Less than a year later, a violent storm sank the Union ship off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The wreck was discovered more than a century later, and subsequent searches have turned up more than just a crumbling ship ‚ÄĒ they also found the skeletons of two of the Monitor's sailors in the ship's gun turret.
Two weeks ago, Florence Green -- the last known surviving veteran of world war one -- died. She had been a waitress in Britain‚Äôs Royal Air Force. ¬†The story of the war that was to end all wars survives in historic accounts, novels, poems and pictures. Millions of British and American viewers recently got a glimpse of the battlefield on PBS‚Äôs popular Downton Abbey.
With Town Meeting Day set for March, February is when towns hold public meetings about the budget items and warrant articles that will go before voters.
Mont Vernon, in southern New Hampshire, is no exception; its public hearing is tonight. And one of the items drawing the most attention is a request to change the name of a small body of water known as Jew Pond.
Absent tight races or sex scandals, pundits, op-eds and media-makers occasionally flirt with tantalizing uncertainties to liven things up. Salon news editor Steve Kornacki wrote about five of the biggest non-stories you‚Äôll hear far too much of during campaign 2012 - none of which (he says) will amount to a hill of beans.
Part 2: Ten Revolutionary Tea-Parties you weren‚Äôt invited to
With the first in the nation primary swirling around us, we turn to the spread of the Tea¬†Party‚Ä¶circa 1774. We‚Äôre talking about the Annapolis Tea¬†Party‚Ä¶the New York Tea Party, and other protests that boiled over in the colonies from Maine to North Carolina. These copycat protests were buried by the 92,000 pounds shoved overboard in Boston.