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Beginnings of the Umpqua District, Agency, and Reservation

The Umpqua Reservation was located on the central Oregon Coast and was established as a reservation in May of 1856. Previously, there had been another Umpqua Reservation located in the Umpqua Valley, created to hold the Upper Umpqua, Yoncalla Kalapuya and southern Molalla peoples  of the valley, who had begun signing treaties selling their lands to the United States in 1854. 2,621 more words

General History

Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty


Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment.

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Government & Politics

Sharing the Land

Genesis 13 continues the story of Abram and his nephew Lot. They both left Egypt with a wealth of livestock, silver, gold and large households. The two households together create a situation where the land cannot support all the people and livestock. 559 more words

Non-lectionary Project

Madam Secretary - S05E13 - Proxy War

Being the Lone Moral Superpower Means Being the Exception so Others Don’t Break the Rule

Should the People of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practising iniquity and extravagance…this country will be the most miserable habitation in the World; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.

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Winning the war, losing the peace

If you think about it, in every fairy tale where they all “lived happily ever after,” that’s not really true. Someone who was happy with the status quo at the beginning of the story, wouldn’t have been happy with the upending of the status quo. 1,702 more words


Climate Change: An Unprecedentedly Old Catastrophe

This article is a slightly adapted version of an article published online in Grafting Issue 1 (June 2018) by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and Blackwood Gallery* (Toronto, Ontario). 1,964 more words

Critical Analysis