Links For May 2, 2015

As Riots Follow Freddie Gray's Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.

Amid riots, Nuggets’ Will Barton hosts BBQ in Baltimore

Barton, 24, asked coaches to bring their teams. He gave neighborhood kids an opportunity to express their frustrations on the basketball court, in a non-violent way. He asked community leaders to start a conversation.... Barton capitalized on the fame that comes with playing in the NBA, understanding that as a professional athlete, he could quickly spread the word about the party.

Liquid mercury found under Teotihuacan temple

The excavations under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan have unearthed another exceptional find: large quantities of liquid mercury.... Reflective materials held a great deal of religious significance in Mesoamerican cultures. Mirrors were seen as conduits to the supernatural. A river of mercury would make one hugely expensive and ritually important conveyance to the underworld.