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  • Of George Floyd and John Coltrane

    06/05/2020 10:25:29 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 1 replies
    Jazz Times ^ | JUNE 2, 2020 | COLIN FLEMING
    There is a motivic whirr to the blade of a helicopter that makes me think of the rhythmic pulses in the music of John Coltrane. This is perhaps because a chopper over a city is analogous in my mind to something having gone wrong, that needs putting right. On the first day of June, 2020, I was at my desk in Boston at 6 a.m. working, when I heard helicopters in the sky, news crews, no doubt, focusing cameras on the city below to relay footage—bird’s-eye style—of damage caused by rioters and looters following the previous day’s protests of the...
  • Editorial: The Policy of Inaction (6/5/1860)

    06/05/2020 6:18:22 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 5 replies
    No one who reads Mr. EVERETT'S letter of acceptance, which we published yesterday, will doubt the excellence of his intentions or the sincerity of his desire to promote the welfare of the country. But unfortunately good intentions are not all that is required in an active statesman, filling a position of high responsibility, at a critical period of a nation's history. A clear perception of the evil to be encountered and of the remedy to be applied, a firm will in breasting opposition, and hopeful courage and confidence in the people upon whom in the end the result must rest,...
  • Hitler Reacts to Trump's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

    06/05/2020 4:01:19 AM PDT · by fishtank · 3 replies
    David Wood ^ | David Wood
    Hitler reacts to President Trump’s executive order...
  • Hysteria in Chagrin Falls over George Floyd protest exposes troubling mindset of white America

    06/04/2020 3:13:23 PM PDT · by EBH · 39 replies ^ | 6/3/2020 | Leila Atassi,
    And perhaps a teenager calling for a Black Lives Matter rally in a predominantly white, affluent suburb normally might have been ignored or elicited a few eye rolls from those who see big cities as the epicenters of change. But what happened next is evidence that Chagrin Falls -- and towns like it across America – need to hear the message of the Black Lives Matter movement the most. As soon as word of Chase’s rally spread, a kind of hysteria descended upon Chagrin Falls. Merchants, aware of demonstrations last Saturday, 25 miles away in downtown Cleveland and elsewhere that...
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls contain genetic clues to their origins

    06/04/2020 10:35:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Science News ^ | June 2, 2020 | Bruce Bower
    Rechavi's group obtained DNA from minuscule bits that either fell off or were removed from 26 Dead Sea Scroll fragments. Those samples contained no writing. After excluding DNA left by people who had handled the scrolls, the scientists identified DNA of animals used to make the ancient parchments. All fragments were made of sheepskin except for two made from cow skin... Four Qumran fragments from the Hebrew Bible's book of Jeremiah likely came from two different versions of that book, the investigators find. Two sheepskin fragments belonged to one book and two cow skin fragments belonged to another. Cows couldn't...
  • World's largest electric plane takes 28-minute first flight

    06/04/2020 9:43:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 116 replies
    UPI ^ | May 29, 2020 / 1:38 PM | By Ben Hooper
    May 29 (UPI) -- The world's largest all-electric aircraft took off from a Washington state airstrip for its first flight, staying in the air for 28 minutes, the plane's makers said. The eCaravan plane, a modified Cessna Caravan 208B, was created by a collaboration between engine company magniX and aerospace firm AeroTEC. It took its first flight Thursday in an event that was livestreamed on Facebook. The companies said the electric plane is more environmentally friendly and costs less to operate than its fossil fuel-powered counterparts. "As the world's largest all-electric aircraft, this first flight is a significant milestone in...
  • Why We Must Teach Western Civ

    06/04/2020 9:21:22 AM PDT · by spankalib · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | April 30, 2020 | Andrew Roberts
    On Tuesday, December 3, 1940, Winston Churchill read a memorandum by the military strategist Basil Liddell Hart that advocated making peace with Nazi Germany. It argued, in a summary written by Churchill’s private secretary, Jock Colville, that otherwise Britain would soon see “Western Europe racked by warfare and economic hardship; the legacy of centuries, in art and culture, swept away; the health of the nation dangerously impaired by malnutrition, nervous strains and epidemics; Russia . . . profiting from our exhaustion.” Colville admitted it was “a terrible glimpse of the future,” but nonetheless courageously concluded that “we should be wrong...
  • Maya monuments and maize in the Americas [LIDAR discovery of Aguada Fenix]

    06/04/2020 8:51:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Cosmos ^ | Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | Nick Carne
    In Mexico, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) equipment uncovered what researchers say is the largest and oldest known Maya monument, while in neighbouring Belize, isotopic analysis of human remains provided the earliest timeline for the adoption of maize as a staple crop. The discovery at Tabasco near the border with Guatemala suggests the Maya civilisation developed more rapidly than previously thought and hints at less social inequality than in later periods, according to the international research team led by Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan from the University of Arizona US. Known as Aguada Fénix, the monument lurked beneath the surface...
  • Soldier's letter home from Vietnam delivered 52 years later

    06/04/2020 8:31:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | May 29, 2020 / 3:28 PM | By Ben Hooper
    May 29 (UPI) -- An Indiana woman said she was surprised when a letter her brother sent while serving in the Vietnam War finally made its way to her after 52 years. Janice Tucker said an envelope postmarked May 10, 2020, arrived at her home in North Vernon last week and she was shocked to discover it contained a letter her brother, William Lone, had sent to her while he was serving in Vietnam in 1968. "So, I called my brother. He lives in South Carolina. I read the letter to him and he said, 'I remember writing that letter...
  • [Richmond Mayor] Stoney to introduce ordinance to remove Confederate monuments [ed]

    06/04/2020 7:15:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    WWBT ^ | June 3, 2020 | Staff
    Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says he, along with Councilman Mike Jones, will introduce an ordinance to remove all Confederate monuments on city land along Monument Avenue on July 1. The city has been granted the power to decide what happens to the Confederate monuments on city land starting on July 1, after action by the General Assembly earlier this year.
  • How Universities Inject Toxic Anti-Americanism Into Students

    06/04/2020 7:06:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/04/2020 | BY PHILIP CARL SALZMAN
    Behind the anti-American hate seen in the current rioting, arson, and looting is the long term undermining of America carried out systematically in our universities. Various social movements—the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, the feminist movement from the 1960s, the revival of Marxism in the 1970s, the race activists from the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter, the gay liberation movement, the Palestinian anti-Israel movement—have been adopted and absorbed in universities in their most extreme and maximalist forms. Professors have ceased to see themselves as scholars striving for impartial and objective knowledge, choosing instead to be advocates of preferred groups...
  • Inspired by U.S. protests, some Belgians want colonial king statues removed

    06/04/2020 6:21:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4, 2020 | Robin Emmott
    Inspired by global protests at the death of unarmed black American George Floyd, some 30,000 people in Belgium have signed two petitions to remove statues of the country’s colonial-era King Leopold II, whose troops decimated Congo in the late 1800s. The online petitions, one of which was started by a 14-year-old boy on photo-sharing app Instagram, demand the removal of the monuments across Brussels and a bust in the city of Halle. “We are minors and do not wish to reveal our identities. This is why we are looking for an organisation ... to represent us,” the 14-year-old told Reuters,...
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    06/04/2020 5:24:53 AM PDT · by cowpoke
    YouTube ^ | 6/4/2020 | myself
    Our tune today is No Parkin' Here by Jimmy Littlejohn (1954). THE WESTERNER
  • Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue [Richmond, VA] [ed]

    06/04/2020 3:42:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AP ^ | June 4, 2020 | Alan Suderman and Sarah Rankin
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday to remove one of the country’s most iconic monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. The move would be an extraordinary victory for civil rights activists, whose calls for the removal of that monument and others in this former capital of the Confederacy have been resisted for years. “That is a symbol for so many people, black and otherwise, of a time gone by of hate and oppression and being made to feel...
  • On this day in history of our Navy

    1942 - The Battle of Midway begins. During that morning, after sending planes to attack the U.S. base at Midway, the Japanese carriers Akagi, Kaga and Soryu are fatally damaged by dive bombers from USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Yorktown (CV 5). Later in the day, USS Yorktown is abandoned after bomb and torpedo hits by planes from Hiryu. The latter is, in turn, knocked out by U.S. carrier planes. Compelled by their losses to abandon their plans to capture Midway, the Japanese retire westward. The battle is a decisive win for the U.S, bringing an end to Japanese...
  • The Oracle of Delphi -- Was She Really Stoned?

    06/03/2020 7:50:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    BAR / Archaeology Odyssey ^ | March 20, 2020 / November/December 2002 | Jelle Zeilinga de Boer and John R. Hale
    Numerous classical authors report that natural phenomena played an essential part in one of their most sacred religious rituals: the oracle at Delphi. According to the geographer Strabo (c. 64 B.C.–25 A.D.), for example, "the seat of the oracle is a cavern hollowed down in the depths … from which arises pneuma [breath, vapor, gas] that inspires a divine state of possession" (Geography 9.3.5). Over the past five years, a team of researchers -- a geologist, an archaeologist, a chemist and a toxicologist -- has put that claim to the test, making it much more likely that we will actually...
  • Schumer compares Trump's Lincoln Memorial protection to Tiananmen Square

    06/03/2020 6:00:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/03/20 | Susan Ferrechio
    The Senate’s top Democrat compared the Trump administration’s use of the military to protect the Lincoln Memorial from protester damage to the 1989 Chinese government crackdown and killing of demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. “Rows of camouflaged troops standing at attention on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, like an occupying force defending a critical position,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. “When you see the image of troops dressed for combat, flanking the Lincoln Memorial, an altar to freedom, you cannot help but think of Tiananmen Square.” President Trump ordered the D.C. National Guard...
  • Did Rod Rosenstein Just Commit Perjury Today? Going by How the DOJ Treated Michael Flynn - Yes.

    06/03/2020 5:33:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/03/20 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it’s former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s day to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Russian collusion fiasco. And it’s not going very well. Well, for starters, Rosenstein doesn’t feel that disgraced ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe lied to him. McCabe was fired because he lied. He, like Robert Mueller, also appeared to put the second act of this clown show on autopilot. As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, Rosenstein was either incompetent or complicit in this whole witch hunt. He also said that knowing what he knows now, he would not have signed off on the...
  • The FBI’s Investigation Into Trump and Russia Now Looks Even Worse

    06/03/2020 5:24:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
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  • Obama Sees Hope in Protests: “There Is Something Different Here”

    06/03/2020 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 68 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 6/03/20 | Delilah Friedler
    On a Wednesday afternoon livestream, President Obama delivered an optimistic message about the protests gripping the nation in response to police violence: “There is a change in mindset that’s taking place,” he said. .@BarackObama: "There is something different here." We're witnessing “a far more representative cross-section of America out on the streets, peacefully protesting…That didn't exist in the 1960s." In a town hall, organized through My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he launched as president, Obama acknowledged that while the last few weeks have been “difficult, uncertain, and scary,” we are also living through “an incredible opportunity for people to be...