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I learned in a Latin Studies class (with a chill white dude professor) that when the Europeans first saw Aztec cities they were stunned by the grid. The Aztecs had city planning and that there was no rational lay out to European cities at the time. No organization.

When the Spanish first arrived in Tenochtitlan (now downtown mexico city) they thought they were dreaming. They had arrived from incredibly unsanitary medieval Europe to a city five times the size of that century’s london with a working sewage system, artificial “floating gardens” (chinampas), a grid system, and aqueducts providing fresh water. Which wasn’t even for drinking! Water from the aqueducts was used for washing and bathing- they preferred using nearby mountain springs for drinking. Hygiene was a huge part if their culture, most people bathed twice a day while the king bathed at least four times a day. Located on an island in the middle of a lake, they used advanced causeways to allow access to the mainland that could be cut off to let canoes through or to defend the city. The Spanish saw their buildings and towers and thought they were rising out of the water. The city was one of the most advanced societies at the time.

Anyone who thinks that Native Americans were the savages instead of the filthy, disease ridden colonizers who appeared on their land is a damn fool.

They’ve also recently discovered a lost Native American city in Kansas called Etzanoa It rivals the size of Cahokia, which was very large as well.

here are some reconstructions of Tenochtitlan 

just a note, we don’t think of old european cities as ruins, because those civilizations continued and kept building over the old–there are no abandoned ruins for us to visit & photograph. when we picture those old cities, we have only mental images drawn from our own assumptions & prejudices–images that tend to glorify ‘civilized’ europe.

since victors write history, our image of native american cities was created by colonizers motivated to uphold the ‘native savage’ myth. when we think of these civilizations now, we think of ‘uncivilized’ (rough, broken, abandoned) ruins, because that’s what remains. ruins are the only thing left. because of the destruction wrought by western invaders, these civilizations never had a chance to continue building. they were destroyed, and all we have left is an unimaginative shadow of their former glory. 

went to peru and visited some of their museums and learned inca history that american schools don’t teach you. basically you know why they were beaten out by the spanish invaders? because incas were mostly scientists and not warriors. they had advanced medicine, farming and science technology. THATS what they were good at - tech - not building weapons to most efficiently kill people. the spanish were good at that. so they won. basically the real savages and thugs won and murdered a bunch of scientists, and their technology and advancements are lost forever. it took into the 20th century for colonizer technology to advance in the field of medicine and agriculture to the level of the incas. colonizers literally set human knowledge back like 500 years. 

It’s crazy to me that, literally everyone in the world was doing just fine until Europeans showed up flipped the script

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ChrisDL
21 days ago
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Stupid question: The conquistadores were so effective because they spread disease right? Did the spanish ever catch anything from the natives? Anything carried back to Europe?

I could see where it was a one way street because it was just a few conquistadores but an entire society of natives...
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duerig
21 days ago
It would be worthwhile to look up Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. It isn't just disease, but disease definitely did play a part. I'm not sure I buy the summary at the end, though. The world was not an edenic paradise before colonialism. Colonialism was just the latest round of conquest. The old narratives of colonizers 'bringing civilization' to the world is clearly false. But it did not bring ruin on a perfect world either.
denismm
21 days ago
Concur about reading GGS but the short version is that Europeans lived in squalor and thus had much more advanced immune systems.
duerig
21 days ago
Europeans certainly weren't more clean than those who lived in other regions. However, the idea of European squalor in pre-modern times is also probably wrong: https://going-medieval.com/2019/08/02/i-assure-you-medieval-people-bathed/ It is probably more crucial to see the Europeans as carrying a reservoir of germs from across all the people of Eurasia since these germs passed back and forth over this huge reservoir of population. And in many cases, the diseases that Europeans brought came from other European colonies as well. For example, yellow fever was introduced into South America in Brazil and it originated in Africa.
ChrisDL
21 days ago
Solid responses. I read GGS about 11 years ago, and believe i remember the basic premise. The idea about both relative squalor to the twice a day bathing incas and just bigger bacterial eurasian load is interesting.
Maysonett
21 days ago
Syphilis is generally thought to have been brought back to Europe from the Americas after Columbus.
rocketo
21 days ago
i think the thing about colonization is that it was an overwhelming force that led to the attempted genocide of indigenous cultures. in europe, centuries of wars and invasions were conflicts between relatively equal forces. in the americas, the various colonizers brought weaponry and disease that just had no counter. i would absolutely use a one-way time machine on a vaccination program.
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Hair Growth Rate

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Hourly haircuts would be annoying, but they'd be easier to do yourself, since you'd have adjacent hairs as a guide. Growing it out would be a huge pain, though.
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ChrisDL
31 days ago
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100000/(60*24*30) * 1/2 = 1.15

The math checks out. thats so weird.
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davebelt
31 days ago
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I tried holding it in, it worked for a while but then it all grew out at once
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31 days ago
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Hourly haircuts would be annoying, but they'd be easier to do yourself, since you'd have adjacent hairs as a guide. Growing it out would be a huge pain, though.

It’s a Bad Orchard

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Seth Meyers, last night on Late Night:

Stop saying the problem is just a few bad apples. It’s not an apple problem — it’s an orchard problem. If you went apple picking and the guy who ran the orchard said, “There are a few bad apples out there,” and you said, “How bad?” and they said, “Kill you bad,” you’d say, “This is a bad orchard.”

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ChrisDL
34 days ago
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and just to say what surely a lot of other people are saying. The saying "a few bad apples" finishes with "spoil the bunch" so..... theres that.

The usage i'm seeing out of apologists would only make sense if it went "a few bad apples, is ok because the rest of them are really quite good". but that is not the saying.
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dannberg
33 days ago
If the "good" ones all protect the "bad" ones, they're not so good...
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Donald Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies

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President Trump Receives Briefing On 2020 Hurricane Season Photo by Doug MIlls-Pool / Getty Images

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday targeting tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google and the pivotal internet law that provides them broad legal immunity over content posted by their users.

“We’re fed up with it,” Trump said in the Oval Office Thursday before signing the order, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The White House released the final executive order Thursday that could pare back...

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ChrisDL
39 days ago
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what the actual fuck.
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freeAgent
38 days ago
He doesn't understand that PotUS != Dictator of the US.
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#650; The Typographical Terror

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PAPYRUS.

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