Bloodlands is a somber book about the 14 million murdered by Hitler and Stalin between Berlin and Moscow, between 1933 and 1945. Up until 1942, Stalin was killing the most civilians, but Hitler surpassed him. Very depressing.
Nice article about Andy Capp, I do like his potato treats.
Another reason Stoics gained a bad rap in the Christian era is the seeming acceptance of suicide as a rational choice. By the time of Seneca there was at least the appearance of a suicide epidemic among upper class Romans. Rightfully or wrongfully, the popular mind understood this epidemic to be largely the result of Stoic influences. Christians picked up on this theme and to them it seemed like the ultimate rejection of their incarnational theology.
It's a shame because I think in both logic and metaphysics, the Stoics had a superior system to either Aristotle or Plate.
"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger