Two stories from the NYT are more proof that the Times has become my go-to media for science news:
For over one hundred years before the English set up shop in North America the Spanish and Portuguese were buying Africans and bringing them to slavery in the Americas. This story mentions that Spain alone had brought 120,000 over between 1518 and 1650 when the English started doing it themselves.
The DeRose History, Founding Rivals describes the pretzel like justification of slave owning for the Revolutionaries who objected to being treated as “slaves” themselves. George Washington with his notoriously bad teeth simply took fresh replacements from his slaves. Hypocrisy isn’t new.
Meanwhile gigatons of ice are being melting each year: Corona virus….big deal!