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  • 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

    06/29/2015 10:31:49 AM PDT · by proust · 41 replies
    Right WIng News ^ | April 2012 | John Hawkins
    When conservatives stop playing defense...
  • Confederate flag hung from Boston memorial for black soldiers

    06/29/2015 9:01:59 AM PDT · by Andy'smom · 37 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 06/29/2015 | Emack-Bazelais and Jennifer Smith
    A Confederate battle flag was attached Sunday night to a Boston memorial that commemorates one of the first all-black regiments to fight for the union during the Civil War, hanging there for over an hour before a woman removed it. Melissa Carino, 37, of Lowell said she saw the flag hanging from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across the street from the State House at about 8 p.m. Carino said she left and returned to the location later, angered that it had not been removed.
  • Hill fort said to be where King Arthur's Guinevere was born has lasted 3,000 years... under siege

    06/29/2015 7:09:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Saturday, June 27, 2015 | Robin Stummer
    A powerful group of senior archaeologists are sharpening their trowels to fight "ethically unacceptable" plans they say will destroy one of the nation's greatest Iron Age treasures. Old Oswestry Hill Fort, an imposing ancient feature that dominates the skyline on the fringe of the Shropshire market town, is on the frontline of an increasingly bitter struggle pitting historians and residents against the local authority and central government. At stake is the ancient rural surroundings of the hill fort, an elaborate, 3,000-year-old earthwork dubbed "the Stonehenge of the Iron Age". It is said to have been the birthplace of Queen Ganhumara...
  • This Man Owns the Largest Collection of Nazi Artifacts

    06/28/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 27, 2015 | Alex Preston
    When he was 5 years old, Kevin Wheatcroft received an unusual birthday present from his parents: a bullet-pocked SS stormtrooper’s helmet, lightning bolts on the ear-flaps. He had requested it especially. The next year, at a car auction in Monte Carlo, he asked his multimillionaire father for a Mercedes: the G4 that Hitler rode into the Sudetenland in 1938. Tom Wheatcroft refused to buy it and his son cried all the way home. When Wheatcroft was 15, he spent birthday money from his grandmother on three WWII Jeeps recovered from the Shetlands, which he restored himself and sold for a...
  • Corvette's 60th Birthday June 30th

    06/28/2015 8:02:45 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 34 replies
    hotrod.com ^ | June 29, 2013 | Diego Rosenberg
    You may want to set your smartphone's alarm for June 30, 2013 to commemorate the anniversary of the first Corvette to roll off the line in Flint, Michigan. That's quite a late introduction for a vehicle (and it explains why only 300 were built until the 1954 model year, when production moved to St. Louis) but it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Chevrolet and American. [sic]
  • Serbia unveils monument to Gavrilo Princip

    06/28/2015 4:03:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2015 5:27 PM EDT
    Serbia on Sunday unveiled a monument to Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in Sarajevo helped ignite World War I and still provokes controversy in the ethnically-divided Balkans. Hundreds of citizens attended the ceremony in central Belgrade held on the anniversary of the 1914 assassination which is also the Serbian national holiday of St. Vitus Day. President Tomislav Nikolic described Princip—who is viewed as a terrorist by many outside Serbia—as a freedom fighter and hero. …
  • RSS gives defunct ASI wing a job: Search for Dwarka, Rama Setu

    06/28/2015 3:09:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    DNA India ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015 | Rohinee Singh
    The defunct underwater wing of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is set for a revival with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the government keen to establish the scientific veracity of Dwarka, the mythological submerged capital of Lord Krishna's kingdom, and the Rama Setu, a set of limestone shoals believed to date back to the Ramayana... "The National Institute of Oceanography has the expertise. They will be training our fleet of young divers," said Dr RS Fonia, ASI joint director general. The ministry of culture, the nodal ministry for ASI, is also looking at options to bring on board...
  • Tunisia attack: at least 30 Britons believed to have been killed

    06/28/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 68 replies
    Guardian ^ | 6/28/15
    At least 30 Britons are understood to have been killed in the beach massacre in Tunisia, it emerged on Sunday. Informed sources said the eventual figure could be even higher. The official British death toll is now known to be much higher than originally reported, because of the time taken to confirm the identities of those killed. The process is being overseen by a British coroner. Due to the nature and location of the attack, and the numbers involved, the process has not been straightforward. One problem is that many of those killed on the beach were wearing swimwear, and...
  • First World War centenary: the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, as it happened (101 years ago)

    06/28/2015 12:56:45 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 18 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | June 28, 2014 | Richard Preston
    On Sunday June 28 1914 in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip fired the shot that killed the Archduke and started the train of events that led to global war. Here is a step by step account of how the dramatic day unfolded... Our journey starts with an extremely promising omen. Here our car burns, and down there they will throw bombs at us. Archduke Franz Ferdinand comments wryly on the fact that his journey to Bosnia in June 1914 begins with his car overheating The Archduke: Franz Ferdinand, the bumptious, little-loved 51-year-old nephew of the ailing Emperor Franz Joseph, was heir presumptive...
  • Archaeologists find Bronze Age food at prehistoric settlement "comparable to the Mary Rose"

    06/28/2015 11:17:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Culture24 ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ben Miller
    An "extraordinary testimony" to the lives of prosperous people in Bronze Age Britain could lie under the soil of a 1,100-square metre site destroyed in a fire 3,000 years ago, say archaeologists who are about to start digging within a brick pit near Peterborough. Must Farm -- part of the Flag Fen Basin, and the site where nine pristine log boats were famously unearthed in 2011 -- was protected by a ring of wooden posts before a dramatic fire at the end of the Bronze Age caused the dwelling to collapse into the river. Its submergence preserved its contents, creating...
  • Mysterious 2,000-year-old marble dolphin surfaces near Gaza

    06/28/2015 11:11:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ilan Ben Zion
    You would think that 12 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea is the last place to find a dolphin clutching a fish between its jaws. Hewn from marble, the 2,000-or-so-year-old statuette surfaced during archaeological excavations near Kibbutz Magen, bordering the Gaza Strip, in March of this year. The discovery of the dolphin statue amid the ruins of a late Byzantine and early Islamic site in the northern Negev was only announced this week by Israel's Antiquities Authority. Alexander Fraiberg, head archaeologist with the IAA team, said he believes the sculpture dates to the Roman era, but was incorporated into a...
  • Dundee experts recreate face of Saxon man at Lincoln Castle

    06/28/2015 11:04:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    University of Dundee ^ | Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | Roddy Isles
    The work has been carried out by specialists in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee, one of the world's leading centres for facial reconstruction. Caroline Erolin, Lecturer in Forensic and Medical Art at CAHID, said, "His grave lay slightly under an important sarcophagus burial, which had resulted in excellent preservation of his skull making it the best candidate among the skeletons for facial reconstruction." ... "The burial of this man was one of eight burials which were interred inside a small stone church or chapel which predates Lincoln Castle and was previously unknown,"...
  • Afraidfortherepublic (vanity)

    06/27/2015 6:17:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    vanity | 6-27-15 | self -- vanity
    Back in the olden days, when I first joined FRee Republic; when I no longer could stand to lurk anymore and had to comment, I chose afraidfortherepublic as my screen name. We were in the heart of the Clinton impeachment scandals (1998). Also the Elian Gonzalez saga. The screen name seemed appropriate. Some people thought it was too long, and they call me AFTR for short. After W was sworn in, a number of other FReepers encouraged me to change my screen name, but I declined because I still feared for the future of the Republic. Jes' sayin' that the...
  • Essay on Political Correctness and the old Monarchies

    06/27/2015 3:08:12 PM PDT · by eccentric · 8 replies
    Facebook ^ | June 27, 2015 | Linda Martinez
    I always thought the religious history of England was so silly. They started off Catholic. Then when Henry VIII had a dispute with the Pope, he started his own church. And he demanded that everyone in his country join his new church. He even killed some who opposed the change. When his daughter Mary became Queen, the whole country had to revert back to Catholicism. She killed some people too, acheiving the nickname "Bloody Mary." When Mary died and Elizabeth became Queen, the whole country had to change religions again. This happened many times in Europe and it all seems...
  • Apple Backtracks, Reinstates Some Apps Using Confederate Symbols

    06/26/2015 4:48:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | Jun 26th, 2015 2:28 PM EDT | Bryan Chaffin
    Apple pulled all apps from the App Store with Confederate symbols such as the Battle Flag of the Confederacy Friday morning. Almost immediately, though, the company began backtracking by working with developers to reinstate apps that use such symbols for "educational or historical uses." Ultimate General: Gettysburg There has been a massive wave against those symbols throughout the U.S. in the aftermath of a racist terrorist attack in South Carolina that left nine people shot by a white supremacist. Apple CEO Tim Cook urged Americans to remove symbols of racism in a tweet many interpreted to be aimed at the...
  • One Supreme Court Justice from Victory....Vote Wisely, FRiends

    06/26/2015 8:40:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    6/26/15
    I guarantee this: the Republican nominee for President will make SOME of us unhappy, because "our favorite" didn't get the nod. Granted. But every dissenting voice on SCOTUS today affirmed that the question of marriage is one for STATES and not the federal government. Simply put, Ruth Buzzi Ginsburg is not going to live forever...and if God grants us a more conservative executive next, he or she will have a golden opportunity to OVERTURN this ruling. I will be voting Republican in the hopes of such a ruling. Though I do think the society is imploding any way, it is...
  • Oh my, what will these counties named after Confederate War heroes do now (vanity)

    06/25/2015 8:26:01 PM PDT · by Sasparilla · 30 replies
    history | sasparilla
    Arlington County, Virginia: Named in honor of General Robert E. Lee, after his property in that county. Baker County, Florida: James McNair Baker, lawyer, politician, and Senator from Florida in the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War. Beauregard Parish, Louisiana: P.G.T. Beauregard, a Confederate general and one of the designers of the Confederate Battle Flag Benton County, Mississippi: Brigadier General Samuel Benton, from nearby Holly Springs, who commanded the 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, which was from the same counties which Benton County was formed from in 1870 Bradford County, Florida: Captain Richard Bradford, who fought in the American Civil...
  • Former NAACP president vocally defends Confederate flag

    06/25/2015 2:57:38 PM PDT · by Smittie · 8 replies
    NBC12, Richmond VA ^ | Jun 25, 2015 | NBC12 Newsroom
    ASHEVILLE, NC (WYFF) - Hours after "Black Lives Matter" was spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Asheville, North Carolina, H.K. Edgerton stood with a Confederate flag, telling those passing by why he wanted it to continue to fly. Edgerton, a former president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of few African-American members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was outside the monument waving the Confederate flag soon after the graffiti was removed. He said the graffiti artist protested incorrectly. "I'm not going to blame it on a Yankee, because I've seen some southern folk around here that are real...
  • Bill Clinton signed a law to honor the Confederate flag.

    06/25/2015 2:28:45 PM PDT · by proust · 26 replies
    Here is the law from the official AR state website. ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/acts/1987/Public/116.pdf
  • Cause of Gas Line Explosion under Investigation

    06/25/2015 1:42:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    wtrf.com ^ | Jan 27, 2015
    BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. - UPDATE 10:00 a.m. Jan. 27 The cause of a gas line explosion in Brooke County remains under investigation. Enterprise Products, L.P., released firefighters around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26, but many were told to remain on standby for hours. Authorities shut off power in the area of Arch Hill Road in Colliers, WV, with some residents receiving their power through a substation. Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea said the weather helped the fire from becoming more of a problem. Enterprise Products, L.P., said they are working with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to determine the...
  • Attack on transmission tower behind massive blackout in Pakistan

    06/25/2015 1:30:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    pennenergy.com ^ | January 26, 2015
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The outages began early Sunday morning. Authorities gave no estimate for how many people the blackout affected, though electricity went out in nearly every major city in this country of 180 million people. A spokesman for the Ministry of Water and Power, Zafaryab Khan, said a militant attack on a transmission tower in the southwestern Baluchistan province cause the blackout. Khan said that caused a power surge that eventually affected wide swaths of the power distribution system.
  • Are the good times really over for good

    06/25/2015 1:02:03 PM PDT · by eastforker · 25 replies
    youtube ^ | long ago | hankwilliams jr
    Yeah, it is Hank, says it well.
  • Newly found ring of teeth uncovers what common ancestor of molting animals looked like

    06/25/2015 8:35:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-24-2015 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    Hallucigenia sparsa from the Burgess Shale (Royal Ontario Museum 61513). The fossil is 15 mm long. Credit: Jean-Bernard Caron A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago - a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail - has definitively identified its head for the first time, and revealed a previously unknown ring of teeth and a pair of simple eyes. The results, published today in the journal Nature, have helped scientists reconstruct what the common ancestor of everything from tiny roundworms to huge lobsters might have looked like....
  • The Day America Died

    06/25/2015 8:34:36 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 43 replies
    Vanity | 6/25/15 | Originalbuckeye
    It's official! Even though Gruber plainly said 'If you're a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. … I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these Exchanges, and that they’ll do it.', our SCOTUS has taken it upon itself to rewrite Obamacare. That's twice now that SCOTUS has rewritten an obviously unconstitutional Law to decide it really is Constitutional. So, mark this day forever, it is OFFICIAL. WORDS in...
  • School Board Committee Votes To Ban “Dixie” Song & Rebel Mascot At Southside High School (AR)

    06/25/2015 1:46:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    KFSM, CBS 5, Fort Smith, AR ^ | 10:36PM, June 23, 2015 | Zuzanna Sitek and Aubry Killon
    A Fort Smith School Board committee passed a motion Tuesday (June 23) to ban the “Dixie” song during the 2015-2016 school year and to replace the rebel mascot for the 2016-2017 school year. The motion passed five to zero. Susan McFerran, a member of the school board, said the decision comes after the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and a recent class reunion. “There was a 30 year class reunion this weekend,” she said. “It came to our attention that the public has been pretty upset about the Confederate flag, which has already been removed, the rebel mascot [and]...
  • Discovery of metal vessels "will change the story about Chachapoyas"

    06/24/2015 8:52:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Peru This Week ^ | June 23, 2015 | Hillary Ojeda
    Metals had never been found in Chachapoyas before the finding of these two vessels. They might not be as sacred as the Holy Grail, but two metal vessels recently discovered in Chachapoyas are turning heads in regards to understanding the region’s ancient history. “The Finding of these vessels will change the story about Chachapoyas” the Decentralized Department of Culture of the Amazonas head, Jose Santos Trauco Ramos, told El Comercio. The discovery of two silver vessels in the Soloco Purunllacta in Chachapoyas of the Amazonas department are unlike anything the archaeological team has found in its history. Investigations until this...
  • Well-preserved ancient Roman ship found in waters off Sardinia coast

    06/24/2015 8:48:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 23, 2015 | Nick Squires
    A remarkably well-preserved ancient Roman ship has been discovered on the seabed off the coast of Sardinia. The 2,000-year-old wreck was found at a depth of 150ft by a specialised diving unit of the Italian police, working in collaboration with archaeologists, in the strait that separates Sardinia from Corsica. The ship was carrying a load of terracotta tiles, which are also in a good state of preservation. The roof tiles, believed to have been produced in or around Rome, were packed into the hold of the vessel, which is 60ft long and 23ft wide. They were probably going to be...
  • The founder of Nation of Islam Lied About His Race (Rachel Dolezal)

    06/24/2015 5:30:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Disinformation ^ | June 16, 2015
    With Rachel Dolezal being in the news, I thought now would be the perfect time to write an article on this subject. “He told us that the silks he carried were the same kind that our people used in their home country, and that he was from there. So we asked him to tell us about our own country.” Scholar C Eric Lincoln wrote this about Wallace Fard Muhammad, the founder of Nation of Islam.The man known as Fard came to Detroit claiming to know all of how the blacks should correctly live. The culture hungry blacks invited him into...
  • German World War II Era Wehrmacht Howitzer Used By Syrian Rebels On The Battlefield In Idlib

    06/24/2015 5:17:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    WarLeaks ^ | June 8, 2015 | Staff
    YouTube video of German World War II Era Wehrmacht Howitzer Used By Syrian Rebels On The Battlefield In Idlib
  • All about Al: Ringling Day re-enactment Thursday

    06/24/2015 5:04:25 PM PDT · by gorush · 16 replies
    The Baraboo News Republic ^ | 6/24/15 (2015) | Ben Bromley
    Downtown Baraboo is about to party like it’s 1915. A century ago today, people paused at 2 p.m. to gather on the courthouse square and hear speeches lauding Al. Ringling and the palatial theater he was building across the street. On Thursday before this week’s installment of Concerts on the Square, those assembled at that very spot will witness a re-enactment of Al. Ringling Day. Four dignitaries – Mayor Mike Palm, Al. Ringling Theatre Friends President Charlene Flygt, Sauk County Historical Society President Paul Wolter and Wisconsin Historical Society Executive Director Ellsworth Brown – will repeat parts of the speeches...
  • A Confederate flag does not divide us; leftist ideology does

    06/24/2015 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Taxman · 22 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | 06/24/15 | Sylvia Thompson
    If Governor Nikki Haley thinks that removing a flag from a capitol building will do anything to alleviate the racial hatred fomented by Barack Obama over the past several years, and the Left throughout the country's history, she is sadly mistaken. Not only Governor Haley, but every conservative thinker who follows her lead have fallen into the web of deceit that the Left always uses to entrap the gullible. I recall over the years having seen white supremacists with American flags flying. Their position is that America is being taken away from them by foreigners and people who had no...
  • New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls for removal of Lee Circle statue

    06/24/2015 12:39:41 PM PDT · by Pelham · 95 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/24/2015 | Robert McClendon
    Now is the time to talk about replacing the statue of Robert E. Lee, as iconic as it is controversial, from its perch at the center of Lee Circle, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Wednesday (June 24) during a gathering held to highlight his racial reconciliation initiative. "Symbols really do matter," he said. "Symbols should reflect who we really are as a people. "We have never been a culture, in essence, that revered war rather than peace, division rather than unity." The slaying last week of nine black people in a historic Charleston, S.C., church at the hands of Dylann Roof,...
  • Blueprint for Armageddon

    06/24/2015 10:43:16 AM PDT · by Sopater · 5 replies
    The planet hadn’t seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora’s Box of violence engulfs the planet.
  • Mystery surrounds huge face etched into cliff on remote B.C. island

    06/24/2015 10:27:50 AM PDT · by Theoria · 60 replies
    CTV News ^ | 22 June 2015 | CTVNews.ca Staff
    Was it created by man, or by Mother Nature? That's what many are wondering about a giant face that appears to be carved into a cliff on a remote island near Vancouver Island. Hank Gus of the Tseshaht First Nation had heard about the "face in the rocks" years ago. A Washington State kayaker stumbled upon the face back in 2008 while paddling past Reeks Island in the Broken Group Islands. Gus had been searching for the carving for two years. Then, just a few weeks ago, he finally found the hidden treasure and took a cellphone video of the...
  • Causality

    06/24/2015 10:12:38 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 10 replies
    The Universe | 6/24/2015 | blueunicorn6
    Causality is the relationship between cause and effect. This thing (cause) made this happen (effect). Now, I am not a Southerner. I have no vested history with the ConfederateFlag/Battle Flag of The Northern Virginia Army. What I find galling about this issue is the deliberate ignorance of Causality by too many. Did Dylan dispshirt kill nine Americans of African descent (effect) as a reaction to the flag (cause)? Or, did Dylan dispshirt kill nine Americans of African descent (effect) so he could be famous (cause)? It is disingenuous in the extreme, and intellectually lazy, to assert that a flag caused...
  • Isolated Sightings of the Extinct Dodo Bird Have Spartans Concerned Over an Eerie Trend

    06/24/2015 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.tapinto.net ^ | June 4, 2015 at 12:37 AM | By BEN INSLEY
    A new phenomenon is sweeping across Sparta as more and more students come forward claiming to have encountered the flightless Dodo bird. Caught somewhere between a pigeon and a dove with its gray feathers and unmistakable yellow scowl, the Dodo bird stood at an intimidating one meter tall back in the 17th century when it became extinct--barely a century after its discovery. The Dodo bird was not known for its impact on this planet while it lived, but, rather, remains a point of contention and activism because of its death. The extinction of this bird has been overwhelmingly attributed to...
  • Secret World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race

    06/24/2015 6:43:19 AM PDT · by cyborg · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/22/2015 | Caitlin Dickerson
    As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment. When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn't complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside. "It felt like you were on fire," recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. "Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the guys fainted. And finally they opened the door and let us out, and the...
  • lets not forget: LIBERALS CALLED OUR FLAG TERRORISM FOR YEARS

    06/24/2015 1:56:39 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    Amherst town meeting ^ | 09/10/2001 | RaceBannon
    This town hall meeting took place Sep 10, 2001 in Amherst Mass 12 hours before the first plane struck the towers in New York City, before the Pentagon was hit, and before Flight 93 was taken down in a suicide dive by the terrorists who were being overrun by brave Americans. This video is significant because of the statements made at the 40 minute to 50 minute mark and again at the 1 hour 10 minute mark which were in response to comments made at the 45 minute mark. Keep in mind this was made 12 hours before the World...
  • NYPD bans officer from driving ‘Dukes of Hazard’s’ General Lee car to work because it’s ‘racist’

    06/23/2015 8:33:06 PM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 19 replies
    BPR Bizpac Review ^ | April 18th, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    A New York City police officer’s car has prompted cries of racism. When the unidentified officer drove to work in a replica of “The General Lee” from the 1980s hit CBS show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a resident called the local CBS affiliate to complain. The problem? The car’s roof is adorned with a Confederate flag.
  • Allen Weinstein, Historian of Alger Hiss Case, Dies at 77

    06/23/2015 6:40:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | WILLIAM GRIMES
    Allen Weinstein, a historian of Cold War espionage whose 1978 book, “Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case,” marshaled a mountain of new evidence to argue that Alger Hiss was guilty as charged in one of the most famous spy trials of the postwar era, and who served as the ninth national archivist of the United States, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 77. The cause was pneumonia, his son Andrew said. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. Making use of newly available F.B.I. documents totaling tens of thousands of pages, Mr. Weinstein...
  • Like being there: Walking through an ancient Roman town

    06/23/2015 12:17:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Sunday, June 21, 2015 | editors
    ...for the archaeologist of 20 years ago, might have been the stuff of science fiction. Who would have known then that scientists would resurrect in startling detail an entire ancient Roman town after only fractional excavation? And who would have known that thousands of people from nearly every corner of the world would be able to 'walk' through that town without ever physically setting foot within?  This, however, is exactly what has happened for an obscure archaeological site located in Portugal -- a relatively small ancient Roman town whose few visible remains have attracted comparatively few visitors -- at least...
  • Footprints found on a remote B.C. island could be 13,000 years old -- the oldest in North America

    06/23/2015 12:01:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Canadian Press ^ | Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | Dirk Meissner
    Evidence of what could be the oldest footprints in North America has been discovered below the shoreline of a remote British Columbia island. Fossilized human footprints believed to be of a man, woman and child and estimated to be more than 13,000 years old were discovered at Calvert Island, which is located on B.C.'s central coast and is accessible only by boat or float plane. Remnants of an ancient campfire were found nearby. Archeologist Duncan McLaren said radiocarbon dating indicates the charcoal materials are 13,200 years old, and he is preparing to duplicate those tests to confirm the results... Fossilized...
  • Scarlet Macaw Skeletons Point to Early Emergence of Pueblo Hierarchy

    06/23/2015 11:56:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    New work on the skeletal remains of scarlet macaws found in an ancient Pueblo settlement indicates that social and political hierarchies may have emerged in the American Southwest earlier than previously thought. Researchers determined that the macaws, whose brilliant red and blue feathers are highly prized in Pueblo culture, were persistently traded hundreds of miles north from Mesoamerica starting in the early 10th century, at least 150 years before the origin of hierarchy is usually attributed. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that the acquisition and control of macaws, along with other valued...
  • Gold Sun Disc from time of Stonehenge revealed to the public

    06/23/2015 11:48:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Friday, June 19, 2015 | Wiltshire Museum
    Rare Bronze Age gold artifact found in burial mound in Wiltshire, U.K. For the first time, an early Bronze Age sun-disc from Monkton Farleigh in Wiltshire, U.K., is being exhibited for public view at the Wiltshire Museum, in time for this year's summer solstice. It is one of only 6 sun-disc finds and is one of the earliest metal objects found in Britain. Made in about 2,400 BC, soon after the sarsen stones were erected at Stonehenge, it is thought to represent the sun. The sun-disc was initially found in 1947 in a burial mound at Monkton Farleigh, just over...
  • Early European modern human had a close Neanderthal ancestor

    06/23/2015 11:44:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, Jun 22, 2015 | Max Planck Institute, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    DNA analysis of a 40,000-year-old human jawbone from Romania suggests that an early modern group of humans interbred with Neanderthals soon after their first arrival in Europe. Researchers have concluded that an early modern human who lived in present-day Romania about 40,000 years ago had a Neanderthal ancestor who lived just 4 to 6 generations back in the individual's family tree. Co-led by Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator David Reich at Harvard Medical School, along with researchers at the Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and...
  • VANITY: Symbols of the Several States of the United States of America

    06/23/2015 10:45:11 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 31 replies
    Cletus | 23JUN2015 | VANITY of Cletus
    The current attempt to direct the symbols of South Carolina leads me to believe that there may an ultimate goal -the repeal of 2ndA-. Maybe "we" as patriots can discuss and provide discussion as to why the separate states should be able to present symbols as appropriate to our location. As an example; The State of Illinois, in legislation, has designated the Cardinal as their State bird. Is this not a tacit acceptance of religion and the Roman Catholic church as the preferred religion of Illinois? I wonder, how many of the 13-colony states have firearms in their flag? I...
  • How 400 Germans Won the Battle of Waterloo

    06/23/2015 10:34:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Jun 2015
    On June 18th, 1815, 400 Hanoverian soldiers were the only thing standing between defeat and victory for the alliance against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.In 1811, Napoleon's empire and its allies had over 44 million subjects and covered most of Europe. But after being defeated in 1813 and 1814 by the Sixth Coalition, which included Austria, Prussia, Russia, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and other German states, Napoleon was forced to abdicate and exiled to the island of Elba. The First French Empire was dissolved, and the Bourbon monarchy restored, but in February 1815 Napoleon escaped from his exile and...
  • *FREEP THIS POLL* Sears, Kmart join Walmart in removing Confederate flag items from stores, online

    06/23/2015 9:53:55 AM PDT · by rarestia · 36 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | Staff
    Major retailers are halting sales of the Confederate flag after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in South Carolina. Sears Holding Corp. says it is removing Confederate flag merchandise from its website, and a spokesman says that no Confederate flag merchandise is sold inside Sears or Kmart stores. On Monday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would remove all items from its store shelves and website that feature the flag after the shooting suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, appeared in photos holding the flag. However, the companies that make Confederate flags and confederate-themed products, as well as smaller operators that...
  • What This Cruel War Was Over: The meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned [tr]

    06/23/2015 6:33:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had a “a sick and twisted view of the flag” which did not reflect “the people in our state who respect and in many ways revere it.” If the governor meant that very few of the flag’s supporters believe in mass murder, she is surely right. But on the question of whose view of the Confederate Flag is more twisted, she is almost certainly wrong. Roof’s belief that black life had no purpose beyond subjugation...
  • CAIR: Consign Confederate Flag ‘to the Dustbin of History Along With the Nazi Swastika’

    06/22/2015 8:35:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 21, 2015 | 7:47 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) waded into the debate over the flying of the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of South Carolina’s state capitol, saying it “should be relegated to the dustbin of history along with the Nazi swastika, burning crosses and ‘whites only’ signs.” “We should not grant legitimacy to disingenuous claims that the flag is a symbol of ‘heritage,’ not hate,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement Sunday, four days after a white man shot dead nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. “Removal of the flag...