A correlation between human sacrifice and social stratification? What I’m reading, April 7, 2016

The contest for the Democratic presidential nomination seems to me to have descended into hyperbole, which I’m increasingly bored by. I see two things that might change my loss of interest. First, I’m interested to see how Hillary Clinton’s email scandal plays out. This includes the defense of any failure to indict her. Second, I would be interested if Bernie Sanders manages to win big enough victories in big enough states (New York and California come to mind) to appreciably change the trajectory of the race.

The Republican race, by contrast, seems to have descended into pure speculation, which really boils down to one question: Can Donald Trump amass enough delegates to avoid a contested or at least a seriously contested convention? I’m losing interest in this race as well, at least until we see more clarity on that question.

Oh, and by the way, those who complain about Sanders not dropping out of the race already should remember that this very same Clinton hung on against Barack Obama long beyond plausibility in 2008.


Human sacrifice

Sarah Kaplan, “The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world,” Washington Post, April 5, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/05/the-darker-link-between-ancient-human-sacrifice-and-our-modern-world/

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