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  • Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'

    08/21/2014 9:55:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | August 18th, 2014 | Oxford University
    Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics. The research paper also suggests that early populations took advantage of rivers and lakes that criss-crossed the Saharan desert. A climate model coupled with data about these ancient water...
  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 7:19:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 100 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1960's | Retronaut
    Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747 The 1960's were barely done when Pan Am again set a standard the rest of the world was forced to follow. Pan American's Boeing B-747 Jumbo Jets brought down the cost of long distance air travel once again. Source: Pan Am Historical Foundation
  • Clouded Judgment

    08/21/2014 2:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    What caused the terrible world war that began 100 years ago this month? The answer is complicated. Economic trends and social oozes certainly had a big role. Man-centered pride rather than God-centered humility ran rampant among both leaders and followers, with some church hierarchs looking to “progress” rather than Christ for salvation. But many of us were struck in the late 1990s by the irresponsibility of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich in putting their personal urges ahead of the national interest, and a parallel problem emerged a century ago. Yes, early versions of Monica Lewinsky occupied the minds of many...
  • Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

    08/21/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Michaeleen Doucleff
    When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. The sea animals likely infected people living along the coast of Peru and northern Chile, a team from the University of Tubingen in Germany reported Wednesday in the journal Nature."We weren't expecting to find a connection to...
  • Ferguson and Eric Holder's Violent Past

    08/21/2014 10:41:24 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jason Kissner
    Attorney General Eric Holder has at least one redeeming quality: he fights for what he believes in, and he doesn’t hesitate to express sentiments he knows many people will disagree with vociferously. As long as it’s done within the bounds of the law, that sort of thing should be considered a virtue no matter what one’s political orientation is. It must also be added that those who think Holder is pushing socialist views on race only because he now has the power to do so are wrong; he’s been doing so since his university days at Columbia. And there’s the...
  • Neanderthals Died Out 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, With Help From Modern Humans

    08/21/2014 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Nationalgeographic.com ^ | 08-20-2014 | Dan Vergano
    New fossil dates show our ancient cousins disappeared 40,000 years ago. The Neanderthals died out about 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, new fossil dating suggests, adding to evidence that the arrival of modern humans in Europe pushed our ancient Stone Age cousins into extinction. (Read "Last of the Neanderthals" in National Geographic magazine.) Neanderthals' mysterious disappearance from the fossil record has long puzzled scholars who wondered whether the species went extinct on its own or was helped on its way out by Europe's first modern human migrants. "When did the Neanderthals disappear, and why?" says Tom Higham of the...
  • The Allies Invade Southern France: Seaports and a Race up the Rhone

    08/21/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Winston Churchill disparaged Operation Anvil-Dragoon, the Aug. 15, 1944 Allied "second D-Day" invasion of Southern France. Churchill joked that he was "dragooned" into an unnecessary invasion. D-Day, June 6th, had breached Fortress Europe. A French Riviera "pincer" was folly. However, the Allied senior commanders who dragooned the Prime Minister obeyed an old military axiom: Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals study logistics. The Germans destroyed Normandy's Port Cherbourg and blocked Antwerp. Supplies over beaches barely met daily needs. The George Patton-led U.S. 3rd Army's August 1944 armored dash stretched supply capacities. Patton's high tempo strike at the Reich required more gas...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 124 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • Winchester Model 70 Radio Rifle

    08/20/2014 3:04:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    NRA.org ^ | unknown | NRA Museum
    In the 1950s, with the airwaves filling with the sounds of rock 'n' roll, America was changing into a "transistor" nation. Deciding to capitalize on the popularity of radio, Winchester designated a prototype .308 Model 70 with a built-in radio in 1955. A speaker was set into the right side of the stock with a series of holes — carved in the trademark "W" outline — allowing the sound to be heard. Presented as a glittering show gun, the new Winchester soon proved a hard sell.
  • Modern Humans Arrived in Europe Earlier Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

    08/20/2014 2:50:07 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 August 2014 | GAUTAM NAIK
    A new study concludes that modern humans arrived in Europe much earlier than previously believed, and clarifies more specifically the long time period they overlapped with Neanderthals. The significant overlap bolsters a theory that the two species met, bred and possibly exchanged or copied vital toolmaking techniques. It represents another twist in an enduring puzzle about human origins: why we triumphed while the better adapted and similarly intelligent Neanderthals died out. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Neanderthals are our closest known extinct relatives, with about 99.5% of DNA in common with humans. They had a brain...
  • Republicans throw a conniption over the teaching of U.S. history (barf alert)

    08/19/2014 5:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 19, 2014 11:17 AM | Michael Hiltzik
    As students prepare to return to school in the next few weeks, there's no better time for a conservative freakout over education. The issue of the moment is a new outline, or “framework,” issued by the College Board for advanced placement classes in US history. The framework is here. According to a resolution passed at the recent summer meeting of the Republican National Committee meeting in Chicago, it “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects.” The RNC calls the framework, which is to be implemented for some 500,000 AP history students this fall, “biased and...
  • Wreck Of World War II-Era U.S. Ship Dubbed 'Galloping Ghost' Is Found

    08/19/2014 3:21:06 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 Aug 2014 | Krishnadev Calamur
    The USS Houston sank during World War II after being hit by the Japanese, killing 700 sailors and Marines. Now, more than 70 years later, U.S. and Indonesian divers have confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea was the wreck of the ship dubbed "The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast."The Houston was carrying 1,068 crewmen when it was hit on Feb. 28, 1942, during the Battle of Sunda Strait. Only 291 sailors and Marines survived the sinking and their later use as slave labor by the Japanese. The vessel's commanding officer, Capt. Albert H. Rooks, was posthumously...
  • The diaries: Quisling sealed Denmark's WWII fate

    08/19/2014 12:27:49 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 8 replies
    Politiken ^ | Peter Wivel, Europe Correspondent, Brussels
    The decision to occupy Denmark was taken at a meeting in Berlin on December 17, 1939 – three and a half months after World War II broke out and almost four months before German troops invaded the country on April 9, 1940. A series of personal meetings between Norway’s Fascist politician Vidkun Quisling and Adolf Hitler led to the decision. Quisling was adamant that Hitler should deny Britain access to the northern Norwegian town of Narvik, and thus be able to control a Norway rich in raw materials. Quisling himself planned to lead a political coup and open Norway up...
  • Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing

    08/19/2014 7:20:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-15-14 | NY TIMES
    Police Commissioner William J. Bratton lists the following guidelines on his blog. There is some doubt among scholars that Sir Robert Peel actually enunciated any of his nine principles himself — some researchers say they were formulated in 1829 by the two first commissioners of London’s Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Fowl play: Neanderthals were first bird eaters (Update)

    08/18/2014 8:00:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | August 07, 2014 | Brian Reyes
    Neanderthals may have caught, butchered and cooked wild pigeons long before modern humans became regular consumers of bird meat, a study revealed on Thursday. Close examination of 1,724 bones from rock doves, found in a cave in Gibraltar and dated to between 67,000 and 28,000 years ago, revealed cuts, human tooth marks and burns, said a paper in the journal Scientific Reports. This suggested the doves may have been butchered and then roasted, wrote the researchers—the first evidence of hominids eating birds. And the evidence suggested Neanderthals ate much like a latter-day Homo sapiens would tuck into a roast chicken,...
  • The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

    08/18/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 19 replies
    Pharoah, let my people go: How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders? The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living. Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people. She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism. Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he...
  • Low Income Preppers, Should they get a SNAP/EBT Card? ~ Vanity

    08/18/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GraceG · 77 replies
    GraceG
    Okay, So I know of a few people who are shall we say very Lower middle class who used to be Mid-Middle class until recently due to the wonderful economy as of late. I know they are wanting to prep, but are unable to make ends meet and I have been rotating out my own personal prepping stock to just keep them fed day to day. (don't worry I am not giving them expired food, just food that is nearing expiration). The question recently arose about if they should get an EBT card and use it to buy their own...
  • Hitler suspends euthanasia program (This Day in History)

    08/18/2014 11:30:21 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    History.com ^ | 08/18/2014 | staff
    On this day in 1941, Adolf Hitler orders that the systematic murder of the mentally ill and handicapped be brought to an end because of protests within Germany. In 1939, Dr. Viktor Brack, head of Hitler's Euthanasia Department, oversaw the creation of the T.4 program, which began as the systematic killing of children deemed "mentally defective." Children were transported from all over Germany to a Special Psychiatric Youth Department and killed. Later, certain criteria were established for non-Jewish children. --SNIP-- Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the man who would direct the systematic extermination of European Jewry, had only...
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding Christens 5th National Security Cutter

    08/17/2014 9:48:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    marinelink.com ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Capt. James is one of the world's most celebrated lifesavers. His lifesaving began at age 15 when he joined the Massachusetts Humane Society. Over the years, until the age of 75, he was credited with saving more than 600 lives until his death at age 75. He was on duty with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which later merged with the U.S. Coast Guard. Ingalls has delivered three NSCs, and three more, including James, are currently under construction. A seventh NSC, Kimball WMSL 756, is scheduled to begin construction in early 2015. James is scheduled to deliver next summer. "Teamed with...
  • Archaeologists shocked to find 5,000-year-old battlefield in prehistoric Cardiff

    08/17/2014 1:17:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 11 August 2014 | Ben Miller
    Archaeologists hoping to discover Roman and Iron Age finds at a Welsh hillfort were shocked to unearth pottery and arrowheads predating their predicted finds by 4,000 years at the home of a powerful Iron Age community, including flint tools and weapons from 3,600 BC. Caerau, an Iron Age residency on the outskirts of Cardiff, would have been a battleground more than 5,000 years ago according to the arrowheads, awls, scrapers and polished stone axe fragments found during the surprising excavation. “Quite frankly, we were amazed,” says Dr Dave Wyatt, the co-director of the dig, from Cardiff University... “But no-one realised...
  • Archaeologists compare Neolithic Kent site to Stonehenge, find Bronze Age funerary monument

    08/17/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 12 August 2014 | Ben Miller
    Archaeologists suspect a “sacred way” could have led to a henge 6,000 years ago at Iwade Meadows, to the west of the Kent industrial town of Sittingbourne. Positioned on a north-west slope, the 30-metre diameter structure is one of several prehistoric monuments on a north-west slope above the Ridham fleet stream running through the centre of the site. ...says Dr Paul Wilkinson, of... SWAT Archaeology... “The monuments are in a location that would have formerly had extensive views to the Swale Estuary and the Island of Sheppey beyond. “The archaeological evidence suggests that the outer ditch may have originated in...
  • Fighting Bob Fest returns to Baraboo

    08/17/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · by gorush · 6 replies
    Baraboo News Republic ^ | 8-15-2014 | By Annie Getsinger |
    Fighting Bob Fest will return to Baraboo next month after taking place in Madison for the past three years. The political festival, set for Sept. 13 at the Sauk County Fairgrounds, was first held in Baraboo in 2002 to honor the legacy of the late U.S. senator and former Wisconsin Gov. Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette. La Follette is considered one of the founders of the progressive movement and organizers say the intent of the festival is to honor his contributions and energize progressives by providing a forum for speakers, networking and camaraderie. The annual festival, which draws thousands, was...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Egyptian"(1954)

    08/17/2014 12:09:02 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1954 | Michael Curtiz
  • Unearthed Neanderthal site rich in horse bones

    08/17/2014 12:02:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Horsetalk ^ | August 15, 2014 | unattributed
    A site in southwestern France found to be rich in the bones of horses and other large herbivores has provided important insights into the hunting and scavenging habits of Neanderthals. A team of archaeologists from the French archaeological agency Inrap have unearthed hundreds of bones at the Middle Paleolithic site in Quincieux dating back 35,000 to 55,000 years. The work was started due to roadworks in the area, with the outstanding discovery prompting local authorities to extend the time available for excavations. The excavation of the prehistoric site, on a hill overlooking the old bed of the Saone River, revealed...
  • ‘Significant’ human burial site uncovered by archaeologists in Cyprus

    08/17/2014 11:49:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Cyprus Mail ^ | Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Elias Hazou
    The Department of Antiquities has announced the completion of the 2014 excavation season of the Kourion Urban Space project (KUSP) under the direction of Dr. Thomas W. Davis of the Tandy Institute for Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s excavations uncovered the remains of more victims of the massive earthquake that destroyed Kourion in the fourth century AD. According to an official announcement, initial analysis indicates the remains consist of two adults, a juvenile, and an infant. The family was found huddled together; the infant was found under the right arm of one of...
  • US Navy taking apart world's first nuclear-powered aircraft (carrier) after 50 years of service

    08/17/2014 9:23:43 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16 August 2014 | By Zoe Szathmary
    "The USS Enterprise, a Navy ship stationed in Virginia, is slowly being taken apart. According to The Daily Press, the ship's 'inactivation' is being handled in Newport News. The Enterprise was active between 1962 and 2012 - and is 'the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,' The Press said.A ninth USS Enterprise will eventually be built and may include parts of the eighth ship being disassembled, the newspaper said. .....; Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
  • A Brilliant Audio Podcast w/ Angelo Codevilla

    08/16/2014 6:18:50 PM PDT · by crusher · 5 replies
    Liberty Law Talk podcast ^ | 7/28/2104 | Angelo Codevilla
    As time goes by I find reading less pleasurable, mostly due to time constraints and my continuing fading vision. I find myself listening to more stuff on my MP3 player. I also am finding those voices I want to pay attention to. For almost thirty years one of those people I listen to VERY CAREFULLY is Angelo Codevilla, whose insights into the nature of the political world are unerringly well thought through. His previous book, "America's Ruling Class," a bipartisan evisceration of the political establishment, ranks in my opinion with Thomas Sowell's "Conflict of Vision," perhaps the most insightful secular...
  • Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

    08/16/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-16-14 | Kevin Burbach
    Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" — Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire...
  • Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle

    08/16/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Aug 15, 2014 12:01 PM ET // by | Rossella Lorenzi
    Sprajc and his team found the massive remains as they further explored the area around Chactun, a large Maya city discovered by the Slovenian archaeologist in 2013. No other site has so far been located in this area, which extends over some 1800 square miles, between the so-called Rio Bec and Chenes regions, both known for their characteristic architectural styles fashioned during the Late and Terminal Classic periods, around 600 - 1000 A.D. One of the cities featured an extraordinary facade with an entrance representing the open jaws of an earth monster. The site was actually visited in the 1970s...
  • James Knowles Ferguson v. Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia

    08/16/2014 7:44:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    There was a time when some mayors and police commissioners knew their duty. First and foremost, protect lives. Second, protect property. Unlike Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, Frank Rizzo knew how to keep the peace and what to do with rioters. "Throughout his career, Mr. Rizzo seemed to embrace controversy. "I'm going to make Attila the Hun look like a faggot," he once told a newspaper reporter." Check out the following 1991 NYT column on the life of Philly Police Commissioner and Mayor Frank Rizzo: Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia Dies at 70; A 'Hero' and 'Villain'
  • Gun Culture : We're pikers compared to most of the Middle East.(video)

    08/15/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 8 replies
    senseofevents ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014 | Donald Sensing
    " only the large scale here is exceptional. This is the traditional celebratory gunfire at a wedding celebration. Note that the arms being fired are fully-automatic sub-machine guns. And you thought the United States had a "gun culture!" We're pikers compared to most of the Middle East...."
  • 200-year-old booze found in shipwreck -- and it's still drinkable

    08/15/2014 5:24:51 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | 8/15/14 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe/
    A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdańsk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water. The chemical composition of the alcohol corresponds to that of the original brand of "Selters" water that is engraved...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/14/2014 8:21:40 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 25 replies
    Self | August 14, 2014 | Self
    We now mark the 69th anniversary of VJ-Day preceded by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which made the decisions for World War II have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must increasingly listen without response to revisionist contra-factual analyses expounding about what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. The arguments advanced display a pleasing, deliberate ignorance which burnishes this peculiar new morality. However, these views...
  • Homicide Watch Chicago (No Swat Teams There. No Presidential Speech)

    08/14/2014 11:04:18 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 7 replies
    Homicide Watch Chicago ^ | 8/14/2014 | Homicide Watch Chicago
    Homicide Watch Chicago is dedicated to the proposition that murder is never a run-of-the-mill story. Attention must be paid to each one, not merely a select and particularly tragic few. We understand the reality of public’s demand for news - that some stories get more attention than others. But all murders represent a degree of human suffering - direct and indirect - that cannot be ignored. Our goal is to tell the story of every murder in the city, so that together we might fight the tendency to view homicides as just another rising or falling number, like mortgage rates...
  • FDR signs Social Security Act

    08/14/2014 2:17:49 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 2 replies
    On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act. Press photographers snapped pictures as FDR, flanked by ranking members of Congress, signed into law the historic act, which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. FDR commended Congress for what he considered to be a "patriotic" act. Roosevelt had taken the helm of the country in 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, the nation's worst economic crisis. The Social Security Act (SSA) was in keeping with his other "New Deal" programs, including the establishment of the Works Progress Administration and...
  • Life Expectancy at Birth by Race and Sex, 1930-2010

    08/14/2014 2:17:14 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 26 replies
    Infoplease ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    All races White Black Year Both sexes Male Female Both sexes Male Female Both sexes Male Female 2010 78.7 76.2 81.1 79.0 76.5 81.3 75.1 71.8 78.0 2007 77.9 75.4 80.4 78.4 75.9 80.8 73.6 70.0 76.8 2006 77.7 75.1 80.2 78.2 75.7 80.6 73.2 69.7 76.5 2005 77.8 75.2 80.4 78.3 75.7 80.8 73.2 69.5 76.5 20041 77.8 75.2 80.4 78.3 75.7 80.8 73.1 69.8 76.3 2003 77.5 74.8 80.1 78.0 75.3 80.5 72.7 69.0 76.1 2002 77.3 74.5 79.9 77.7 75.1 80.3 72.3 68.8 75.6 2001 77.2 74.4 79.8 77.7 75.0 80.2 72.2 68.6 75.5 2000 77.0 74.3...
  • A Story of the Kurds and Kurdistan - What Happens When Your Oppressors Are Next Door Neighbors

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XVzHTg706s This is an interesting speech. Speaker burns Secretary Hillary Clinton for treating Kurd PKK who are fighting for freedom, as a terrorist group (enemy of USA) even though they killed no Americans
  • The Grease Gun Was for Killing Nazis: Cheap, easy to make, great for shooting bad guys

    08/13/2014 11:34:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 13, 2014 | Paul Huard
    Born out of the necessity rapidly to put inexpensive submachine guns in the hands of American soldiers and Marines, it was so cheap it looked like a mechanic’s tool rather than the product of advanced American industrial know-how. It was supposed to serve as a replacement to the iconic and expensive Thompson submachine gun, but developed a reputation of its own that kept it in the U.S. military inventory from World War II all the way through Desert Storm. Nobody really loved the M-3 that G.I.s dubbed the “Grease Gun.” But nobody really hated, either.
  • Greek tomb at Amphipolis is 'important discovery'

    08/13/2014 10:23:09 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th August 2014 | BBC News
    'Archaeologists unearthing a burial site at Amphipolis in northern Greece have made an "extremely important find", says Greek PM Antonis Samaras. Experts believe the tomb belonged to an important figure dating back to the last quarter of the Fourth Century BC. A large mound complex has been unearthed at the Kasta hill site in the past two years. Lead archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said it certainly dated from after the death of Alexander the Great.'
  • Released Advanced Placement U.S. History practice exam

    08/13/2014 6:11:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    College Board ^ | August 2014
    The College Board has changed the framework for the U.S. Advanced Placement History exam and has released a practice exam. I have just glanced at it, but the reading passage for questions 18-20, from "Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America" by Mae Ngai are interesting.
  • Why you should stop believing in evolution: You either understand it or you don't

    08/13/2014 5:40:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/13/2014 | By Keith Blanchard
    When people joyously discover on Ancestry.com that they're related to, say, a medieval archduke or a notorious Victorian criminal, evolutionary biologists may be permitted to snicker. Because in actuality, we are all related: Humans all share at least one common ancestor if you go far enough back. You are related to every king and criminal who ever lived, to Gandhi and Paris Hilton and Carrot Top. You are even related to me. But buckle up — that's only the beginning. Humanity, after all, is but one ugly branch on the big tree of life. Go back far enough, and you'll...
  • Bacall, Truman and a Piano

    08/13/2014 2:48:39 AM PDT · by No One Special · 23 replies
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  • Mystery over massive Alexander-era tomb unearthed in Greece

    08/13/2014 1:25:20 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Aug 12, 2014
    Archaeologists have unearthed a funeral mound dating from the time of Alexander the Great and believed to be the largest ever discovered in Greece, but are stumped about who was buried in it. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday described the find as "unique" after he visited the site, which dates to the era following Alexander's death, at the ancient town of Amphipolis in northern Greece. "It is certain that we stand before an exceptionally important find," Samaras said in a statement. "This is a monument with unique characteristics." Hidden under a hill at the ancient town, the Hellenistic-era mound...
  • Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials (and talks “climate change”)

    08/12/2014 9:55:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 12:39 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation’s leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal. Kerry met with Solomon’s Prime Minister Gordon Lilo and Governor General Frank Kabui to discuss sustainable development, ocean preservation and how the islands’ 600,000 residents are coping with the effects of climate change. …
  • Geoffrey Chaucer’s Tales Continue to Lure Tourists to Canterbury

    08/12/2014 3:51:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 8, 2014
    Canterbury Cathedral, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, is the city’s biggest tourist attraction with a million visitors every yearAfter nearly 1,000 years, murder in the cathedral is still luring visitors to Canterbury. It was in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1107 that Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, viciously, by four knights who believed they were doing the bidding of King Henry 2. As a result, Becket became a martyr and the cathedral a place of pilgrimage to his shrine. The homicide was the subject of Murder in the Cathedral, a verse drama by T.S. Eliot, and was more famously immortalised...
  • Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery

    08/12/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 09 Aug 2014 | Aaron Langmaid
    This photograph was taken off Cape Otway 20 minutes before pilot Frederick Valentich went missing. Picture: Supplied INVESTIGATORS have shed new light on one of ­Australia’s greatest aviation mysteries. Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.The Victorian UFO ­Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly ­witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing.It is claimed...
  • Robin Williams Had The Perfect Response When Troops In Kuwait Interrupted His Comedy Show In 2007

    08/12/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/12/2014 | PAUL SZOLDRA
    Robin Williams, the famed comedian and actor, died on Monday at age 63. He had a remarkable career, and was one of the funniest people of all time. But beyond his career of making people laugh — one of my favorites being his role as Vietnam-era radio personality Adrian Cronauer — his response in 2007 to troops in Kuwait who basically turned their back on him is one worth remembering. Williams was there for a USO tour for the soldiers, most of whom were either headed to Iraq or supporting combat troops already there. In the middle of a bit,...
  • Hiroshima's Lessons for the War on Terror

    08/12/2014 5:22:25 AM PDT · by Bigg Red · 12 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | August 10, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In the summer of '45, the United States concluded a war that had come to be seen by some as unwinnable after the carnage at Iwo Jima with a bang. ~~snip~~ The two bombs stand in stark contrast to our endless nation-building exercises in which nothing is ever finished until we give up. Instead Truman cut the Gordian Knot and avoided a long campaign that would have depopulated Japan and destroyed the lives of a generation of American soldiers.
  • This Day In History Aug 11, 1965: Watts Riot Begins

    08/11/2014 3:13:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    History.com ^ | 08/11/2014 | staff
    In the predominantly black Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, racial tension reaches a breaking point after two white policemen scuffle with a black motorist suspected of drunken driving. A crowd of spectators gathered near the corner of Avalon Boulevard and 116th Street to watch the arrest and soon grew angry by what they believed to be yet another incident of racially motivated abuse by the police. A riot soon began, spurred on by residents of Watts who were embittered after years of economic and political isolation. The rioters eventually ranged over a 50-square-mile area of South Central Los Angeles, looting...
  • Kangaroo Court In Australia

    08/11/2014 4:20:15 AM PDT · by idov · 4 replies
    I'm not sure if this is permitted, but if not the monitor can remove my post. I'm informing you about my book free on Kindle today, Aug. 11, because I believe it is in the public interest. The book is called: Injustice Hits Rock Bottom Down Under: The Vakras Case. Vakras and his girl-friend are non-Jews but they called out an anti-Semite on their Internet site referring to him as a left-wing Nazi. He sued and a brain-dead judge gave him $450,000 even though everything they said about him was true and their comments were virtually unknown among the public....