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  • Rachael shared from Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson
    With financial support from Vanderbilt’s transit company, Walker’s filibusters and their rebel allies defeated the “Legitimists” and gained control of the government. Walker appointed himself commander in chief of the Nicaraguan army as Americans continued to pour into the country—two thousand by the spring of 1856. President Pierce granted diplomatic recognition to Walker’s government in May.
    Note: How little has changed in how the United States behaves in the Americas...
  • Rachael shared from Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson
    When Lincoln met the author later that year, he reportedly greeted her with the words: “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.
    Note: Lincoln's greeting to Harriet Beecher Stowe is a touch unfair.
  • Rachael shared from 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
    “No Potatoes, No Popery!
    Note: @greenarchist test again
  • Rachael shared from Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone
    I thought it was important to study women who, at least theoretically, had a choice, women who could entertain both alternatives - to continue in their careers or quit - and were able to exercise some element of discretion in making their decision, women forwhom quitting work would not incur extreme hardship.
    Note: @greenarchist test passage from book
  • Rachael shared from 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
    Year after year, the company spent outsize sums to send colonists to Virginia—more than a hundred shiploads all told. Year after year, most of the would-be settlers perished within weeks or months—men and women, rich and poor, child and convict. England shipped about seven thousand people to Virginia between 1607 and 1624. Eight out of ten died.
    Note: The Virginia colony had a horrific death rate early on - in 17 years 80% of 7000 died.
  • Rachael shared from The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
    writer Warwick Cairns calculated that if you wanted your child to be kidnapped and held overnight by a stranger, you’d have to leave the child outside and unattended for 750,000 years.211
    Note: I love stat conversions like this (in a section about overblown fears of stranger danger).
  • Rachael shared from Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre
    2010, for example, the popular website WebMD launched a new test: ‘Rate your risk for depression: could you be depressed?’ It was funded by Eli Lilly, manufacturers of the antidepressant duloxetine, and this was duly declared on the page, though that doesn’t reduce the absurdity of what followed.
    Note: Never using WebMD again. Also: perhaps @bengoldacre's book wasn't good vacation fare.
  • Rachael shared from Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Robert H. Lustig
    Over 40 percent of death certificates now list diabetes as the cause of death, up from 13 percent twenty years ago.
    Note: This death stats claim is either incredibly poorly edited or intentionally misleading. (link fixed)
  • Rachael shared from a Personal Document
    Over 40 percent of death certificates now list diabetes as the cause of death, up from 13 percent twenty years ago.
    Note: This death stats claim is either incredibly poorly edited or intentionally misleading.
  • Rachael shared from Pesticide Biotransformation and Disposition by Ernest Hodgson
    The fungicide ziram caused hemolytic anemia with Heinz body formation in a man later shown to be deficient in erythrocyte glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. Ziram also caused one of the typical in vitro reactions, formation of Heinz bodies, in the blood of another person known to be deficient in this enzyme (Pinkhas et al., 1963).
    Note: New (to me) medical problem can be caused by deficiency of enzyme needed to metabolize a fungicide!