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Odds and ends for  2/12/2017

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Happy Darwin Day![1]
I am of the opinion that we are becoming a more polarized society.
That being aid, if it's Trump vs.
black bloc[2]​, I think most people will choose Trump.
Judging from Facebook many of my friends in academia where the "Right" is defined by moderate Democrats don't understand this very deeply.
The Way of the Strangers: Encounters With the Islamic State[3]​ is a good book.
I'd recommend it.
Though to be clear, it is an ethnography of Islamic State supporters outside of the Islamic State! (and to a lesser extent those Muslims who oppose the Islamic State)
Speaking of books, I need to reread The End of History and the Last Man[4]​.
"Georgetown Prof Defends Slavery"[5]​.
From an orthodox Muslim position it's pretty understandable why one would need to assert that slavery is not a sin across all time and space; Muhammad sanctioned it, and there are over 1,000 years of Islamic jurisprudence around the topic that don't enjoin abolition.
On the other hand, empirically the nature of Islamic slavery is totally brown-washed.
Whether you are Muslim or not, there is no defense of an apologia for a practice that was operationally extremely brutal and dehumanizing, if somewhat less so than what matured in the American South in the 19th century (or on the plantation of Classical Sicily or mines run by slaves in antiquity, to give two other brutal examples).
Clustering of 770,000 genomes reveals post-colonial population structure of North America[6]​.
I plan to blog this, but you need to read it.
Most useful if you've read Albion's Seed[7]​ or The Cousins' Wars[8]​.
What else is going on?