J.D. Vance Interview

Here’s an hour-long interview with J.D. Vance for his book on C-SPAN

https://www.c-span.org/video/?419678-4/washington-journal-jd-vance-discusses-hillbilly-elegy 

Take A Stroll Through Mooreland

Using Google Maps, we can take a virtual tour of Mooreland! Follow this link.

If you do not know how to use Google’s street view, here are some directions.

  1. Look in the bottom right corner for the yellow person icon, it looks like this: g
  2. Click and hold on the person icon. Drag the yellow guy to any of the streets that have now turned blue g2
  3. Let go and the camera will zoom in so it feels like you’re walking around town!
  4. Use the mouse to walk around town. Click and hold to move the camera in any direction. You can also click on the arrow on the street to ‘walk’ anywhere around town! g3
  5. To leave street mode click on the zoom out box (-) in the bottom right corner

And that’s it. Have fun! On the bottom are photographs submitted either by Google or other people you can click on and explore as well.

Mooreland, Indiana: Then and Now

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Here is some census data for Mooreland, Indiana to give you an idea on Mooreland at the time Haven is growing up to the most recent census numbers available.

Here is the historical population of Mooreland and here is the current census makeup.

The history of Mooreland courtesy of the Henry County Historical Society.

Interview with Haven Kimmel

As usual here is your interview with the author. This time around I couldn’t find any short audio or video interviews with Haven so I will link to a stenographied version of an audio interview: https://www.bookbrowse.com/author_interviews/full/index.cfm/author_number/586/haven-kimmel 

Iran and Islam

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This post is about explaining Iran’s special place in the Islamic world. Here are some great articles on Khomeini-ism, the conflict been different religious branches, and Iran’s evolving views on theocracy and populism with an Islamic framework.

U.S. Institute of Peace – The Iran Primer: Iran and Islam

Places of Peace and Power – Shi’a Islam

Council on Foreign Relations – Religion and Politics in Iran

Stratfor – In Iran, Political Change At a Measured Pace

Al-Jazeera – Iran’s Election Campaigns

Pew Research – Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire (world)

New York Times – Cautiously, Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties Long Suppressed

 

 

 

Facts About Autism

Just in case you need to wrap your head around the current realities of Autism in the world, I’m going to put up links to some great resources to learn more about it.

Illinois Autism Society: Latest Autism Statistics 

Autism Speaks – Autism at 70 – a reaction to a New England Journal of Medicine article and a brief historical timeline of Autism

Autism Speaks – Learn the Signs of Autism

National Institute of Health – Communication Problems in Children With Autism Disorder

Disability Scoop – Learn about some current Autism news stories

Excellent Local and National Organizations to Know About:

Giant Steps

Illinois Autism Society 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Autism Speaks

 

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