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  • Large Sunken Byzantine Ship Discovered in Black Sea off... Crimean Peninsula

    05/30/2015 4:58:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria ^ | May 26, 2015 | Ivan Dikov
    The Byzantine vessel has been found at a depth of 82 meters, and is up to 120-125 meters long... The divers have found hundreds of amphorae which were allegedly transported on the sunken vessel, and probably contained oils or wine... there are over 100 amphorae, most of which are intact and sealed with wax, and that the shipwreck must be at least 1,000 years old. The average size of the amphorae is about 75 cm (appr. 2.5 feet) in height, and 50 cm (app. 1.7 feet) in length... The Russian underwater archaeologists and divers are not even sure whether the...
  • ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY [Political Ideology masquerading as Religion - Allah vs Yahweh]

    05/29/2015 10:39:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/3/2015 | ADMIRAL JAMES A. "ACE" LYONS
    While America continues to face an expanding national security threat, President Obama has great difficulty in identifying the enemy that has been at war with the United States for over 35 years. Using terms such as “violent extremism” and “workplace violence” does an enormous injustice to our military forces, as well as to all law enforcement agencies that must be prepared to confront the Islamic jihadis on a daily basis. For example, the Obama administration directed all of our training manuals, that accurately portrayed the Islamic threat, to be purged by removing anything that didn’t portray Islam as a religion...
  • This Day in History (1996) Clinton’s business partners are convicted of fraud in the Whitewater.

    05/28/2015 6:02:18 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Arkansas Herald ^ | 05/28/2015 | staff
    President Bill Clinton’s former business partners James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Jim Guy Tucker, the Governor of Arkansas, are convicted of fraud in the Whitewater land deal.
  • Did Robert Louis Stevenson Have the World's Weirdest Honeymoon?

    05/28/2015 1:29:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KALW ^ | Sarah Stodder
    Most people who visit Calistoga -- a town in the Napa Valley -- come for the wine and the spa treatments; few come for the literary history. But they could: one of the most romantic honeymoon getaways ever written about happened one hundred and thirty five years ago. Instead of mud baths and geysers, picture an abandoned mining shack infested with snakes, poison oak, and rusty nails. Now picture a sickly writer and his new wife spending their first two months of married life living there. Sounds crazy, right? But that’s exactly what Robert Louis Stevenson — author of the...
  • EU countries' resistance could frustrate migrant relocation plan

    05/27/2015 12:11:47 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 27 may 15 | Adrian Croft
    A European Union plan to disperse 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece to other member countries met with resistance on Wednesday, with Britain saying it would not participate and some eastern states calling for a voluntary scheme.
  • Most European men descend from a handful of Bronze Age forefathers

    05/27/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 05/27/2015 | University of Leicester
    Geneticists from the University of Leicester have discovered that most European men descend from just a handful of Bronze Age forefathers, due to a 'population explosion' several thousand years ago. The project, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust, was led by Professor Mark Jobling from the University of Leicester's Department of Genetics and the study is published in the journal Nature Communications. The research team determined the DNA sequences of a large part of the Y chromosome, passed exclusively from fathers to sons, in 334 men from 17 European and Middle Eastern populations. This research used new methods for...
  • Texas Rising

    05/26/2015 8:00:06 PM PDT · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 50 replies
    Anyone watching the miniseries on History Channel? I missed part 1. Watching second. Not that great but I haven't changed the channel yet.
  • Some Devoted New Englanders Went for a Stroll in 1651 and Haven't Stopped Since

    05/26/2015 7:46:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated May 23, 2015 | Ben Leubsdorf
    Paul King hiked through deep woods and scrambled over boulder-strewn hills, hunting for his next clue. "It's still here," he exclaimed at the sight of a bent red pine tree, one of eight landmarks demarcating the border between two northern New Hampshire towns: Albany, population 735, and Madison, home to 2,500 people and a famously large rock. The towns hired Mr. King, a surveyor, to spend a sunny day in early May fulfilling a 17th-century duty that has survived into the era of Google Maps... [and GPS]
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/26/2015 6:16:30 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • “I'm Lonely Without You” Jack Hylton's Kit Cat Club Band (1926) British dance band

    05/25/2015 11:01:58 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan
    YouTube ^ | 1926 | Jack Hylton
    Jack Hylton's Kit-Cat Club Band plays “I'm Lonely Without You” on HMV B 5101, recorded on May 27, 1926. The song is by Bud Green and Harry Warren.
  • Shape the "Revolutions of Your Time"? barf alert

    05/25/2015 9:09:14 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | today | Daniel Halper
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/michelle-obama-tells-graduates-shape-revolutions_955208.html All I can say is this speech by Michelle obama is a crock of shite
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 6:16:41 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 75 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • The American Report

    I suggest we all read this, it has really opened my eyes....
  • Bush Discovers Fire

    05/25/2015 3:49:46 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 67 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 11, 2007 | YouTube "armadilloze"
    "Bush is mesmerized by a common grocery store checkout scanner in 1992. This was LONG after scanners were introduced in 1980. "Some say" this is an "urban legend," but you decide. Sorry, source file was only 160x120, not too sharp."
  • Kerry: Ben Franklin Could Not Be Confirmed to Office If He Lived Today

    05/25/2015 12:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    At a reception at the State Department that marked the U.S. taking over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Benjamin Franklin lived today and was nominated for office he would never be confirmed. […] “(T)here is, of course, a second connection between Franklin and this reception,” Kerry said. “And that is that he liked to have a really good time, folks. And he didn’t spare the booze, and while he was in Paris he led a life that clearly meant that had he lived today and been nominated, he would never have...
  • Do we really want to remember our heroes on Memorial Day?

    05/25/2015 10:48:10 AM PDT · by ProfDavidASmith · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David A. Smith
    Do Americans really want to remember their war heroes? Not just to claim to one day per year, but really to do so in a meaningful way? If by remember, we mean it in the same sense in which we remember things like the 2004 World Series, the television show Cheers, or the Ford administration, then sure, we can remember those who have given their lives in war.
  • Memorial Day Address By President Reagan

    05/25/2015 10:02:13 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 5-15-15 | Big Reggie
    One of the most stirring Memorial Day speeches given by an American president wasn’t even intended as a Memorial Day speech. It was Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural “We are Americans” address, in which he described the American hero. “Those who say we’re in a time when there are no heroes — they just don’t know where to look,” he said. “The sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses or Stars of David, they add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.”...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 33 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    My greatest contact with these men started about age nine when my dad began taking me out golfing on the weekends. There was a man who used the first golf cart I ever saw, because as a brigade commander of the 41th infantry in New Guinea he was debilitated by sickness. I remember one fairly good golfer who had kind of a weird back swing, because he was crippled while serving with the Big Red One in Sicily. I often ended up as a dishwasher at Michelbook Country Club. I noticed the chef always limped as he moved around the...
  • Navy divers to help raise Confederate warship artifacts

    05/25/2015 6:42:37 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 24, 2015 | AP
    The Navy is preparing to send one if its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River. Before it ever fired a shot, the 1,200 ton ironclad CSS Georgia was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in December 1864. Today, it's considered a captured enemy vessel and is property of the U.S. Navy. The shipwreck is being removed as part of a $703 million project to deepen the river channel so larger cargo ships can reach...
  • Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 6:17:42 AM PDT · by Chainmail · 81 replies
    Self | May 25th, 2015 | Myself
    "I don’t trust anyone who was in the military." - sickoflibs, posted last night.
  • Texas Tenors ask God's Blessing

    05/25/2015 4:42:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | The Texas Tenors
    Link only
  • Joe Galloway Speech at the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association 2011 Convention

    05/24/2015 5:02:24 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Prowler Owners Assn ^ | 2011 | Joe Galloway
    "Thanks to all of you for giving me the honor of speaking to you. I have got to tell you that looking out across this assemblage I must confess: I haven't seen this many bad boys collected in one location since the last time I visited Leavenworth Prison. When I first learned that I would be doing this gig I asked an aviator buddy of mine what else I needed to know......and he said, well, most of you would be bringing your wives along.......that half of you were so deaf that you couldn't hear a word of what I was...
  • Superman's Dark Past

    05/24/2015 12:15:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 24, 2015 | Charles Moss
    Since the official teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted online in April, fans and critics alike have been discussing the kind of Superman Zack Snyder is going to depict in his Man of Steel sequel. The controversy stems from Snyder's decision to cast Superman as a brooding, Dark Knight-like character, who cares more about beating up bad guys than saving people. The casting split has proved divisive among Superman fans: Some love the new incarnation, citing him as an edgier, more realistic version of the character. But Snyder's is a different Superman than the one fans...
  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader Kindle book bargain, 5/24/2015

    05/24/2015 9:08:07 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 1 replies
    Amazon Books ^ | 5/24/2015 | Jason Redman
    Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in Iraq. Recommended by Marcus Luttrell & others.
  • World's Oldest Person, Michigan Woman Turns 116 on Saturday

    05/24/2015 1:19:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | May 23, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    "You are more likely to the win the lottery than to reach this age," Gerontology Research Group director Robert Young said.Recently crowned as the oldest person in the world, Michigan resident Jeralean Talley turned 116 years old on Saturday. Talley became the world's oldest person last month after the death of Gertrude Weaver, who was also 116. Weaver held the title for less than a week, as she died just five days after Japan's 117-year-old Misao Okawa. Talley is one of three living members of the 19th century club, having been born on May 23, 1899 in Montrose, Ga. In...
  • The Pilgrims Formula To Save America!, Kirk Cameron in Monumental

    05/23/2015 8:11:31 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 13 replies
    The Pilgrims Formula To Save America! Kirk Cameron in Monumental ( 15:19 ) Published on Sep 30, 2012 If we go back to the formula the Pilgrims laid out for a successful America, we can still save America.
  • Recollections of Alexander H. Stephens

    05/23/2015 7:10:09 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 24 replies
    Recollections of Alexander H. Stephens ^ | 1910 | Alexander H. Stephens
    As for my Savannah speech, about which so much has been said and in regard to which I am represented as setting forth "slavery" as the " corner-stone" of the Confederacy, it is proper for me to state that that speech was extemporaneous. The reporter's notes, which were very imperfect, were hastily corrected by me; and were published without further revision and with several glaring errors. The substance of what I said on slavery was, that on the points under the old Constitution out of which so much discussion, agitation, and strife between the States had arisen, no future contention...
  • Computer Program Learning to Read Paleo-Hebrew Letters

    05/23/2015 11:40:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 4/30/2015 | Robin Ngo
    Tel Aviv University researchers are writing a computer program that can read Paleo-Hebrew letters inscribed on First Temple period ostraca. Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) are developing a computer program that can read a script used by the Israelites over 2,600 years ago... The project was begun by TAU Professor of Archaeology Israel Finkelstein and Professor of Physics Eliezer Piasetsky six years ago. Since then, the researchers have enlisted the help of epigraphy, archaeology and math experts along with TAU Ph.D. math students Arie Shaus, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin and Barak Sober. At the center of this ambitious project are First...
  • In Flanders Fields

    05/23/2015 10:31:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Arlingtoncemetery.net ^ | May 23, 2015 | Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD
    In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army "In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We...
  • Human hunting weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals

    05/23/2015 12:17:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 28, 2015 | Journal of Human Evolution
    "We looked at the basic timeline revealed by similar stone points, and it shows that humans were using them in Europe before they appeared in the Levant - the opposite of what we'd expect if the innovation had led to the humans' migration from Africa to Europe," said Dr. Kadowaki. "Our new findings mean that the research community now needs to reconsider the assumption that our ancestors moved to Europe and succeeded where Neanderthals failed because of cultural and technological innovations brought from Africa or west Asia." By re-examining the evidence, the researchers showed that the comparable stone weapons appeared...
  • Video: Research team discovers plant fossils previously unknown to Antarctica

    05/23/2015 12:10:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 30, 2015 | National Science Foundation
    Sometime about 220 million years ago, a meandering stream flowed here and plants grew along its banks. Something, as yet unknown, caused sediment to flood the area rapidly, which helped preserve the plants. Gulbranson splits open a grey slab of siltstone in the quarry to reveal amazingly well-preserved Triassic plant fossils, as if the leaves and stems had been freshly pressed into the rock only yesterday. "It's a mixture of plants that don't exist anymore," he says, "but we have some plants in these fossil ecosystems that we might know today, like ginkgo." On the one end are fossils from...
  • Who is interrogating the WACO MC members arrested? (Vanity)

    05/22/2015 8:46:40 AM PDT · by Tarasaramozart · 16 replies
    I am new, however, have been monitering this site and others regarding WACO. None of the pressers, blogs, news sites that I have found discuss the status of the arrested MotorCyclists. Are they all still in WACO? Have they attorneys? Have family access to them? Who are the LE's interviewing them, etc. Is it the local LEs or BATFE, FBI, or another federal agency, including military.
  • "Flag Folded Thirteen Times" (Vanity Poem)

    05/22/2015 3:37:23 AM PDT · by Vigilantcitizen · 8 replies
    May 22, 2015 | Kermit William Kuhn
    Flag Folded Thirteen Times The boy gazed curiously at the box on the wallIt's glass face held memories his grandmother recalledA medic kit, wallet, and pictures of happier timesA purple heart, bronze star, and a flag folded thirteen times The boy always wondered, but refrained to pryMany times he saw his grandma cryTears filled her eyes creased with linesIn front of the flag folded thirteen times One Memorial Day, grandma thought the boy was readyShe took a deep breath, made her heart steadyAlthough it caused her a lot of painThe boy deserved it because he shared the name “I was...
  • Global Warming Alert: Coldest Memorial Day in Ten Years (Vanity)

    05/22/2015 3:04:54 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 45 replies
    here ^ | now | me
    Calling for a low in the 40's F tonight.
  • [VANITY] I'll be traveling to Austin, Texas in the next few weeks

    05/22/2015 3:00:02 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 35 replies
    Lefty-Lie-Spy | 2015-5-23 | Lefty-Lie-Spy
    [VANITY] I'll be traveling to Austin, Texas in the near future and am looking for suggestions for fun, food, history, adventure, and heavy metal, rockabilly, punk, blues, etc.
  • Family Tree of Dogs and Wolves Is Found to Split Earlier Than Thought

    05/21/2015 10:13:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 21, 2015 | JAMES GORMAN
    The ancestors of modern wolves and dogs split into different evolutionary lineages 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, much earlier than some other research has suggested, scientists reported Thursday. The new finding is based on a bone fragment found on the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia several years ago. When scientists studied the bone and reconstructed its genome — the first time that had been done for an ancient wolf, or any kind of ancient carnivore — they found it was a new species that lived 35,000 years ago. Based on the differences between the genome of the new species, called the...
  • In Love: A Musing on Yom Yerushalaim (Jerusalem Day 17MAY2015)

    05/21/2015 3:20:59 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    Email | 18MAY2015 | Rabbi David Lapin
    In Love: A Musing on Yom Yerushalaim 28 Iyar 5775, Rabbi David Lapin http://rabbilapin.com/ "The world’s growing intolerance for a Jewish State – like anti-Semitism – is an emotional issue, not a rational one. Emotion cannot be countered with reason. Emotion can only be countered with emotion." *** I left Israel for the UK on June 4th, 1967, a day before the outbreak of the Six-Day War. Barely seventeen, I arrived there a few weeks earlier to start my Yeshiva career in Kefar Hassidim, a small agricultural village eight miles south-east of Haifa and less than 40 miles from the...
  • AAA predicts largest jump in weekend travel since 2010 for Memorial Day weekend

    05/21/2015 12:00:37 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 3 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | POSTED: 05/20/15, | By Kevin Smith,
    Southern California is expected to see its biggest jump in Memorial Day weekend travel since 2010, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. The Auto Club’s forecast predicts that 2.76 million Southern Californians and 4.44 million residents statewide will take a long weekend getaway — a 4.6 percent increase over last year. That would be the largest number of Memorial Day travelers since 2005 when a record 3.2 million Southland residents and 5.2 million Californians took weekend trips. “That’s a pretty good indication of some health returning to the travel industry,” Auto Club spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said. Eighty-three percent...
  • Beany's Drive Thru - Long Beach, California - 1952-53

    05/20/2015 6:29:33 PM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 54 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 6 Months Ago | Win Edson
    What a good time in America. Video at link.
  • "Joe Steele" -- interesting read

    05/20/2015 1:48:21 PM PDT · by pabianice · 2 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 5/20/15
    The story: President Herbert Hoover has failed America. The Great Depression that rose from the ashes of the 1929 stock market crash still casts its dark shadow over the country. Despairing and desperate, the American people hope one of the potential Democratic candidates—New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and California congressman Joe Steele—can get the nation on the road to recovery. But fate snatches away one hope when a mansion fire claims the life of Roosevelt, leaving the Democratic party little choice but to nominate Steele, son of a Russian immigrant laborer who identifies more with the common man than...
  • Maybe Christianity In America Is Dying Because It’s Boring Everyone To Death []

    05/20/2015 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/13/2015 | Matt Walsh
    I recently attended a service that might help solve the riddle of the fantastic decline of American Christianity. It was a different church from the one I normally go to. Let me set the scene, perhaps it will sound familiar: I walked in and immediately realized that IÂ’d inadvertently stumbled upon a totally relaxed, convenient, comfortable brand of church. The first hint was the choir members dressed in shorts and flip flops. Sweet, bro. So chill. There were a bunch of acoustic guitars and drums and tambourines and a keyboard. Before the service/concert began, some guy came out to rev...
  • How Government Inaction Ended the Depression of 1921

    05/20/2015 7:42:14 AM PDT · by all the best · 4 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | May 20, 2015 | Llewellyn Rockwell
    As the financial crisis of 2008 took shape, the policy recommendations were not slow in coming: why, economic stability and American prosperity demand fiscal and monetary stimulus to jump-start the sick economy back to life. And so we got fiscal stimulus, as well as a program of monetary expansion without precedent in US history. David Stockman recently noted that we have in effect had fifteen solid years of stimulus — not just the high-profile programs like the $700 billion TARP and the $800 billion in fiscal stimulus, but also $4 trillion of money printing and 165 out of 180 months...
  • A Specialist in the American South: Eugene Genovese

    05/20/2015 6:49:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | July 3, 2012 | Sean Busick
    Eugene Genovese is one of the foremost American historians. A former Marxist, he is often branded a conservative—”a label applied to me frequently these days by people who understand nothing,” he wrote in 1994. Though he may eschew being labeled a conservative Genovese admits to having always admired much in conservative thought while being a longtime friend and frequent ally of conservatives. A specialist in the American South, Genovese is the author or editor of more than a score of books and countless articles. Among his most important books are The Political Economy of Slavery; Roll, Jordan, Roll; The Slaveholders’...
  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/19/2015 10:33:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 258 replies
    New York Times Disunion ^ | May 19, 2015 | Don Doyle
    Even while the Civil War raged, slaves in Cuba could be heard singing, “Avanza, Lincoln, avanza! Tu eres nuestra esperanza!” (Onward, Lincoln, Onward! You are our hope!) – as if they knew, even before the soldiers fighting the war far to the North and long before most politicians understood, that the war in America would change their lives, and the world. The secession crisis of 1860-1861 threatened to be a major setback to the world antislavery movement, and it imperiled the whole experiment in democracy. If slavery was allowed to exist, and if the world’s leading democracy could fall apart...
  • Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

    05/19/2015 6:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 May 2015 | Jill Neimark
    The most luscious watermelon the Deep South has ever produced was once so coveted, 19th-century growers used poison or electrocuting wires to thwart potential thieves, or simply stood guard with guns in the thick of night. The legendary Bradford was delectable — but the melon didn't ship well, and it all but disappeared by the 1920s. Now, eight generations later, a great-great-great-grandson of its creator is bringing it back. The story of the Bradford begins on a prison ship during the American Revolutionary War. It was 1783, and the British had captured an American soldier named John Franklin Lawson and...
  • Soldiers Deck of Cards

    05/19/2015 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 10 replies
    Has to be watched..BTW have a tissue ready
  • Kerry's "setback" remark: Think how far Islamists would be if he had won in 2004!

    05/19/2015 5:56:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    npr.org/sff ^ | 5/19/15 | sff
    ...Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again.... John Kerry says the battle against ISIS or Daesh, its Arabic acronym, will be a long one with many setbacks.
  • Diary of a Nazi

    05/18/2015 10:49:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | ROGER MOORHOUSE
    Goebbels was a frustrated intellectual and brittle womanizer: “I need women . . . like a balm on a wound.”In the autumn of 1923, a melancholy young man in the German Rhineland began keeping a diary. A frustrated writer and occasional journalist, he had a Ph.D. in literature and a moody disposition. He had been given the diary by a girlfriend as a way of assuaging the crisis into which he believed his life had spiraled. He recorded his gratitude on the opening page: “My dear, kind love!” he wrote in the first entry. “You raise me up and g
  • Maurie Berman, founder of Chicago's iconic Superdawg, dies at 89

    05/18/2015 6:54:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 18, 2015 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Several veterans opened food stands to supplement their student incomes on the GI Bill after World War II, but Maurie Berman wanted something different. "He wanted to open something more noteworthy," said his son, Scott Berman, 64. "A building, a tower, something with some identity." So was born the friendly, family-run Northwest Side vintage drive-in Superdawg, with its order booth that looks like an airport control tower and its two 12-foot-tall papier-mache hot dogs designed in 1948 that stand on its roof. Mr. Berman died Sunday, May 17, of heart problems at 89, his son said.
  • 250 Year-Old Shipwreck Could Hold Thousands of Litres of Rum

    05/18/2015 6:26:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 18th May, 2015 | Annie Hayes
    Shipwreck Could Hold Thousands of Litres of Rum • Sunken British warship the Lord Clive could hold “treasure worth millions”, including “vast stocks” of 250-year-old rum which will be recovered later this year. The wreck, which sunk off the coast of Uruguay, was discovered in 2004, but the Uruguyan government has only given permission for its recovery this year. Salvage of the ship, which was sunk by Spanish cannons in 1763, will require cranes, excavators and around 80 workers and is expected to begin within two months. The ship, which was constructed in Hull for the Royal Navy and was...