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Lincoln’s Pyramid: Failed Proposals For DC’s Most Famous Monuments

Lincoln’s Pyramid: Failed Proposals For DC’s Most Famous Monuments

Retronostalgia is the air. Last week, we looked at six New Yorks that could have been. This week, National Geographic takes a similar look at DC, for which there are veritable heaps of unbuilt memorials. Ever wondered what the Lincoln Memorial would look like, had it been built by ancient…

15 Tools That Helped Pioneers Survive On The American Frontier

15 Tools That Helped Pioneers Survive On The American Frontier

American culture unapologetically romanticises the lives of the first pioneers. Through rose-coloured glasses, we see Manifest Destiny as fate, leading our heroic ancestors across a perfectly manicured landscape. In reality, the frontier was a terrifying, dangerous wilderness. And you were only as good as the tools you carried.

Why US Congress Must Investigate NSA’s Unconstitutional Spying

Why US Congress Must Investigate NSA’s Unconstitutional Spying

In the past couple of weeks, the NSA has, unsurprisingly, responded with a series of secret briefings to US Congress that have left the public in the dark and vulnerable to misstatements and word games. US Congress has many options at its disposal, but any response must start with a…