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  • Battle of Lewes: England's first fight for democracy? [ AD 1264 ]

    12/29/2014 1:11:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 14, 2014 | Nick Tarver
    Did the Battle of Lewes, which saw King Henry III defeated 750 years ago, lead to England's first tentative steps towards representative democracy? As bloodied bodies littered the South Downs, the King hid in a priory. His father, King John, had been forced to sign Magna Carta by England's rebellious barons, now Henry had suffered even greater humiliation at their hands. His victor was Simon de Montfort, the French-born Earl of Leicester, who was fighting for the rights of England to be governed by the English. After the battle, where de Montfort's forces were outnumbered by two to one, he...
  • Who Decides Which Police Get A Formal Funeral Ceremony?

    12/28/2014 2:55:41 PM PST · by lee martell · 29 replies
    Dec. 28 2014 | Lee Martell
    Looking at the memorial service and subsequent funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos, I was struck by how many officers were in attendance, how intricate and well coordinated each phase of the ceremonies were performed. It's a terrible thing, of course, that these good policemen were murdered, but then I began to wonder if there is a set rule in how each incident of a downed officer is to be observed and conducted? They could not possibly have an equally lavish, equally attended memorial service and funeral for each American Officer killed in the line of duty, even were this the...
  • New Lemnian Inscription

    12/28/2014 11:18:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Rasenna Blog ^ | December 1, 2010 | rwallace
    A new Lemnian inscription was discovered recently during excavation of an ancient sanctuary at Efestia on the island of Lemnos. The inscription was incised in two lines on the upper portion of a rectangular altar measuring 50 cm. in length and 13.05 cm. in height (see photograph below). The direction of writing is boustrophedon. The upper line reads from left-to-right, the lower line from right-to-left. The inscription has 26 letters plus punctuation marks in the form of three vertically-aligned points separating words. The transcription provided below is that given by de Simone (2009). The letter âi (= palatal sibilant) is...
  • Archaeologists Discover 13,800-Year-Old Underwater Site at Haida Gwaii

    12/27/2014 9:47:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Indian Country ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Alex Jacobs
    An archaeological discovery from this past September could put the earliest inhabitation in Canada at around 13,800 years ago, reported CBC News. Right now it's all on sonar images captured by an underwater robotic vehicle. Archaeologist Quentin Mackie from the University of Victoria (UVIC) and his team returned from a research trip to the Haida Gwaii archipelago in August, where they used an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to scan the sea floor in search of evidence of ancient human inhabitation. His team has been looking for proof of the earliest human presence in North America for decades, and what they...
  • Viking Gainsborough: Former capital promotes Sweyn Forkbeard links

    12/27/2014 9:35:55 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies
    http://www.bbc.com ^ | 25 December 2014 | unknown
    A town that was briefly capital of England is looking to make more of its links with a Viking king who ruled for just 40 days. Sweyn Forkbeard, the nation's shortest reigning monarch, began his rule on Christmas Day, 1001 years ago in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Officials want to twin the town with Sweyn's birthplace of Roskilde, Denmark and stage a festival. They also hope to mark his death with a re-enactment of a Viking burial.
  • 50 years ago today, Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0 for their last NFL title.

    12/27/2014 8:16:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    50 years ago today, Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0 for their last NFL title.
  • National Cookie Day 12/4, RollerCoaster Day is 8/16 Any other overlooked holidays?

    12/27/2014 12:46:02 AM PST · by lee martell · 7 replies
    Dec. 27th 2014 | Lee Martell
    We have just finished observing Christmas, the day set aside to celebrate the blessed birth of Jesus Christ, aka the Son of God to most Christian people. My family and I are realistic, we don't worry that much about giving gifts to each other, other than a long phone call, email or greeting card. This is easier when there are not a lot of little children in the family. I like that we as a nation still give a lot of attention to the 4th of July. If there are any pluses to having been subjected to Barack Obama for...
  • Egypt Bans 'Zionist' Film Exodus And Cites 'Historical Inaccuracies'

    12/26/2014 9:42:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 26, 2014
    Egypt Bans 'Zionist' Film Exodus And Cites 'Historical Inaccuracies' A day after Morocco bans film, Egypt says it’s rife with mistakes, including an apparent claim that ‘Moses and the Jews built the pyramids’ Exodus: Gods and Kings review – holy Moses, wholly acceptable for the devout 26 December 2014 Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, citing historical inaccuracies, the culture minister said on Friday. The decision comes a day after a similar move by Morocco. The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, relates how Moses helped Israelite slaves flee persecution in Egypt...
  • Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film (rarely seen 1980 documentary)

    12/26/2014 7:21:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
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    Hollywood (also known as, Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film) is a 1980 documentary series produced by Thames Television which explored the establishment and development of the Hollywood studios and its impact on 1920s culture. The series consists of thirteen fifty-minute episodes, with each episode dealing with a specific aspect of Hollywood history. The actor James Mason, an enthusiast of the period, supplied the narration; a lilting score was contributed by Carl Davis. Technical quality was an important aspect of the production. Silent films had often been screened on television from poor-quality copies running at an inaccurate speed,...
  • Operation Cowboy

    12/26/2014 8:29:29 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    SCOUT ^ | Dec 09, 2014 | 06:38 am | Stephan Talty, contributor
    The strange, forgotten World War II mission that involved Americans and Nazis cooperating to save a rare breed of prize horses from extinction. It was late April 1945 when the Americans first heard about the white horses. It happened near the Czech-German border, about 90 miles east of Nuremberg. Capt. Ferdinand P. Sperl, an officer with IPW (Interrogation Prisoners of War) 10, was examining a cache of items he’d just confiscated from a Nazi colonel known only as “Walter H.” They were typical intelligence documents: memos, maps, charts. But something in the colonel’s personal attaché case caught Sperl's eye: photos...
  • A Pint-Size Polar Predator

    12/26/2014 7:25:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Discover ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Gemma Tarlach
    Nanuqsaurus hoglundi was the big little dinosaur find that nearly got left behind. Classified in a March study, the hobbit T. rex, barely two-thirds the size of its more famous relative, roamed the Arctic some 70 million years ago. It's the only tyrannosaur ever found outside temperate latitudes, rewriting our understanding of the animals' diversity... In 2006, Fiorillo's team was above the Arctic Circle, on Alaska's North Slope. The polar season for fieldwork is brief, and they were busy excavating horned dinosaurs. But they also noticed a few interesting-looking, basketball-size rocks lying around the site. Fiorillo set them aside, thinking...
  • Oldest Horned Dinosaur in North American Discovered

    12/26/2014 7:25:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Paleontologists working in southern Montana unearthed a 3-inch beaked skull with pointed cheeks, which they believe is the oldest definitive evidence of a horned dinosaur in North America. Though small, the skull helps fill gaps in the evolutionary history of horned creatures on this continent... Fossil remains of horned dinosaurs, called neoceratopsian, have been found throughout North America, but the fossil record of these creatures is incredibly limited further back in time. That's been a hang-up for paleontologists because the late Early Cretaceous period (roughly 113 to 105 million years ago) was a time of important diversification for horned dinosaurs....
  • Exotic weapons buried in field could have arrived in Wales by long-distance sea travel [Europe]

    12/26/2014 3:10:14 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Culture24 ^ | Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | Ben Miller
    Archaeologists investigating a 2.5-kilogram hoard of sword blades, scabbards and knives found by a metal detectorist in January 2013 say the plough-disturbed artefacts could have been delivered to Wales by sea from southern England or northern France. Two blade fragments, a scabbard fitting, a multi-edged knife and six copper ingot fragments were discovered by Adrian Young a few metres apart from each other in the corner of a field in Marloes and St Brides . The Coroner for Pembrokeshire has now officially declared the hoard treasure, with archaeologists at National Museum Wales dating it to between 2,800 and 3,000 years...
  • Scientists discover oldest stone tool ever found in Turkey

    12/26/2014 3:05:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Royal Holloway, U of London ^ | Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | unattributed
    Scientists have discovered the oldest recorded stone tool ever to be found in Turkey, revealing that humans passed through the gateway from Asia to Europe much earlier than previously thought, approximately 1.2 million years ago. According to research published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, the chance find of a humanly-worked quartzite flake, in ancient deposits of the river Gediz, in western Turkey, provides a major new insight into when and how early humans dispersed out of Africa and Asia. Researchers from Royal Holloway, together with an international team from the UK, Turkey and the Netherlands, used high-precision equipment to...
  • Geologist Speculates on Disappearance of Sanxingdui

    12/26/2014 2:58:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Christmas, Thursday, December 25, 2014 | editor
    Niannian Fan, a river sciences researcher at Tsinghua University in Chengdu, China, presented new thoughts on the disappearance of the Sanxingdui culture from a walled city on the banks of China's Minjiang River some 3,000 years ago, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. "The current explanations for why it disappeared are war and flood, but both are not very convincing," Fan told Live Science. In the 1980s, scientists found two pits of broken Bronze Age jades, elephant tusks, and bronze sculptures. Similar artifacts have been found nearby at another ancient city known as Jinsha. Did the people...
  • Christmas and the World War II Gyrene

    12/25/2014 6:49:02 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    World War II Gyrene ^ | 2004 | Mark Flowers
    Each year, the Commandant issued a special Christmas message to be read to Marines all over the globe. Below is the Commandant's message from 1944. The Commandant's Christmas 1944 Message Among the many important things which men sacrifice in the armed forces is Christmas at home. It is one of the most difficult to give up. The American family Christmas is one of the great joys of life. At the same time, it is one of the real, tangible things for which we fight. Its preservation is one of the essential reasons for our being at war. Every Marine who...
  • A World War II Christmas (1944)

    12/25/2014 6:29:11 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Jun 8, 2010 | Joe Andersen
    [Christmas, a family, and soldiers in the Ardennes forests in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.]
  • Human Ancestors Were Consuming Alcohol 10 Million Years Ago

    12/25/2014 4:40:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 83 replies
    Discover 'blogs ^ | December 1, 2014 | Carl Engelking
    Using the tools of paleogenetics, scientists have recently traced the evolutionary history of an enzyme that helps us metabolize ethanol, the principal type of alcohol found in adult beverages. Scientists believe early human ancestors evolved their ethanol-digesting ability about 10 million years ago to fortify their diet as they shifted from a tree-based lifestyle to a more ground-based lifestyle... To help narrow that range, researchers studied the genetic evolution of alcohol-metabolizing enzyme ADH4, which has been present in primates, in one form or another, for at least 70 million years. Using genetic sequences from 28 different mammals, including 17 primates,...
  • Glock book under the tree

    12/25/2014 3:03:19 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 28 replies
    self
    At our annual extended family Christmas gathering my nephew was given "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun", by Paul Barrett. His mother gave him the book having heard "all about it on NPR". Naturally my sister-in-law is all about hard left politics and gun control. My nephew, a high school senior, is in total lockstep. After he'd been reading it for a few hours I asked him if there was a coupon in the back for range time. I wondered aloud 'why just read about something you just as easily put in your hands and experience'. The look on this...
  • Hitler’s Last Christmas

    12/25/2014 12:40:49 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Bulge Bugle / ^ | February 2008 | Frank W DUDASH.
    Hitler’s Last Christmas The holiday season in Germany is traditionally celebrated on three days — Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26th. Christmas 1944 was the sixth Christmas that Hitler had spent in the toils of the titanic struggle that he had unleashed on Europe, already widely known as the Second World War. Christmas 1944 saw the German leader in the midst of his last great gamble — the Ardennes Offensive in the West. Near Zeigenberg, Germany, Adolph Hitler commanded the great offensive from his Adlerhorst Headquarters (The “Eagle’s Nest”). Deep within its catacombs the self-proclaimed leader of the Third...
  • Christmas in London past and present: In pictures

    12/25/2014 8:48:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Photographer Peter Macdiarmid has revisited historic Christmas photographs of London and digitally merged them with present day images of the same areas.
  • Christmas Peace

    12/25/2014 3:54:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Wikipedia ^ | 12 November 2014 at 19:11. | Wikipedia
    Christmas Peace (Finnish: joulurauha, Swedish: julfrid) is a tradition based on old Scandinavian legislation created by Birger Jarl in the 13th century, extending the tradition of the Truce of God. Offenders who committed crimes on religious holidays like Christmas were given harsher punishments. Today it is a tradition to recommend that people behave in a respectful and peaceful manner at Christmas.[1] The Declaration of Christmas Peace has remained in Finland where it is an essential part of the Christmas tradition.[2]
  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    12/24/2014 9:41:12 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Review of the News ^ | 6 October 1971 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    Many conflicting and some untrue stories have been printed about General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer. Some have had the tinge of blasphemy and disrespect for the Deity. Even in "War As I Knew It" by General Patton, the footnote on the Prayer by Colonel Paul D. Harkins, Patton's Deputy Chief of Staff, while containing the elements of a funny story about the General and his Chaplain, is not the true account of the prayer Incident or its sequence. As the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton,...
  • World's Most Powerful Handgun-The Walker Colt .44 Revolver

    12/24/2014 8:10:34 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 53 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 7, 2012 | The Company of Military Historians
    Detailed -- and interesting -- information about an impressive firearm.
  • Exploration into why a rich Temple-building civilization died out on Malta

    12/24/2014 6:25:33 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | December 25, 2014 | Mark Miller
    The ancient Temple People civilization of Malta did not suffer invasions, widespread disease or famine, past research has shown. Why their culture died is a mystery. A large team of researchers is carrying out studies to determine why the Temple People’s civilization on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo ended. The Temple People had an incredibly rich culture with unique art, stone temples and structures, huge burial sites and advanced agriculture going back to 4000 BC and ending around 2900 BC. The stone structures on the island are among the oldest free-standing stone structures in history, Malta Today says...
  • Christmas 1776 (Merry Christmas!)

    12/24/2014 11:50:17 AM PST · by dware · 28 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12.24.2014 | dware
    Posted this way back in 2008. While Jesus is the reason for the season, I think it's important we reflect & remember this event as well, especially given the times we live in today. Merry Christmas, dear FRiends! Imagine this: It's Christmas day in Pennsylvania. Cold weather, rain, sleet and snow are the order of the day. The Revolutionary War is almost over, and the British are about to win, leaving America under British control. Indeed, most of the colonists at the time believed that the war was over and the cause was lost. So much so that even local...
  • On Christmas

    12/24/2014 10:16:15 AM PST · by paterfamilias
    24 Dec 2014 | Me
    The Nativity by Ghirlandaio ... et verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis ... --- Johannes 1:14 ... and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us... Christmas blessings to all. Please remember in your prayers our fallen police, military, their families, and those suffering religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Ancient Glass Bracelet Decorated with Menorahs Found in Israel

    12/24/2014 9:01:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    livescience.com ^ | December 23, 2014 12:24pm ET | Elizabeth Palermo, Staff Writer
    The bracelet was likely stamped with the menorah symbols when it was still hot, according to the excavation directors. The single fragment features two menorahs, each with the traditional seven branches, but with one menorah also depicting a single flame above each branch.
  • The Nazis Obsessed Over Beauty

    12/24/2014 6:46:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 24, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    Frankly, the parade is exquisite. The marchers wear clean, crisp uniforms. They hold their banners high. Enormous sculptures of horses and men loom over the procession. It’s footage from German Arts Day—in 1939. A march in celebration of the Nazi aesthetic. “The government—half of which consists of men who once aspired to serve the arts—is conscious of the artist’s role as an intermediary,” the narrator says, quoting famed Nazi literati Hans-Friedrich Blunck.
  • A Second Passport: Lessons From Steve Wozniak And Albert Einstein

    12/23/2014 9:43:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge via Sovereign Man ^ | 12/23/2014 | Simon Black
    In January 1933 Albert Einstein was visiting the US under a research grant from Princeton University.Meanwhile back home in Germany Adolf Hitler had just become elected chancellor and started creating an atmosphere hostile for Jews, intellectuals and pacifists, of which Einstein was three times guilty.Recognizing the danger of continuing to hold a German passport, Einstein traveled to Belgium where he renounced his German citizenship.By that time the Nazis had raided his cottage, confiscated his property and seized his bank accounts.Einstein was heartbroken to see his homeland overrun by fascists, but he didn’t waste any time looking back.As a renowned scientist...
  • Was Jesus born in a different Bethlehem?

    12/23/2014 7:51:22 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 60 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jessica Steinberg
    The New Testament says Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, but one rogue Israeli archaeologist says it is far more likely the Christian savior was born in Bethlehem of the Galilee, more than 60 miles from Jerusalem. Aviram Oshri spent nearly eleven years excavating artifacts in Bethlehem of the Galilee — an ancient biblical village near Nazareth that was later settled by German Templers — which he believes show that the traditional account of Jesus’s birthplace may be wrong. But when he produced his findings for his employer, the Israel Antiquities Authority, he found his proposal dismissed and called...
  • Haunting new photos of Detroit's abandoned Silverdome reveal how one of the country's

    12/23/2014 3:56:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 72 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | december 22, 2014
    Now, what once was one of the premier venues in the world is a tattered, empty reminder of the stadium's memorable past - and of the dismal economy in Michigan. Last month Michigan's sometimes harsh weather put pay to the final sections of the old stadium's Teflon-covered roof which just dropped to the field.  Afterwards Ohio-based photographer Johnny Joo visited the abandoned stadium and his photos offer an eerie, empty look at a stadium that once held nearly 100,000 people.
  • Liberal Dirty Tricks Ignored (FLASH BACK: NAACP links Bush to Byrd Lynching)

    12/23/2014 3:54:58 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | 10/31/2000 | L. Brent Bozell III
    --snip-- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is now airing an ad that seeks to exploit black fears of white crime. Actually, that's too kind. Over black and white video of a pickup truck dragging a chain, the daughter of Texas dragging death victim James Byrd declares, "So when Gov. George W. Bush refused to sign hate crimes legislation, it was like my father was killed all over again." Gov. Bush is being tied directly to a vicious racist lynching. And from Brokaw, Jennings, Rather, Shaw & Co. - not a peep. Clearly this is the most...
  • The Bernhard Goetz subway shooting(30 Year Anniversary )

    12/23/2014 3:08:28 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    www.history.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | staff
    On the New York City subway, Bernhard Goetz, a 45-year-old white male, shoots four young black men after they surround him and ask for $5. After wounding three of the unarmed men, Goetz pointed his gun at 18-year-old Darrell Cabey, who was not wounded but cowering terrified in the subway car, and said, "You don't look too bad, here's another." Goetz then shot Cabey in the back, severing his spinal cord. Three of the youths recovered, but Cabey was paralyzed and suffered permanent brain damage.
  • Battle of the Bulge, Monopoly, and Escape

    12/23/2014 12:35:13 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 7 replies
    Self | December 23, 2014 | Self
    OK Neil – You are right. It was not until December 2008 that I found out that I no longer had to remain silent about the help I received from the Brits in Stalag IVB. I had been asked repeatedly the details of my escape on Friday the 13th of April 1945. Now I can answer. I GUESS SOMEDAY IT WOULD BE TOLD......I VOWED NOT TO EVER DISCUSS THE DETAILS OF MY ESCAPE...NOW "THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG"....YES, I HAD THE HELP DESCRIBED. (See below narrative) AT STALAG "IVB" I WAS LOCKED IN WITH 187 BRITISH NCO's. THERE...
  • I'm Dreaming of an American Christmas

    12/23/2014 3:04:17 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/22/2014 | Peter J. Leithart
    White Christmas (1954) has been part of family Christmases for as long as I can remember. Bing Crosby’s voice is wonderful, but his middle-age-man-playing-hip hasn’t worn well over the years. Danny Kaye’s cracked-voice nervousness, his silly humor, and his surprisingly skillful dancing still work. Like all musicals, the film is thin on plot. It’s schmaltzy, light entertainment, a mid-century Hollywood specialtyIrving Berlin’s songs are catchy, sometimes clever. The title song had already won an Academy Award (for Holiday Inn, 1942). Wikipedia cites that other great authoritative text, Guinness, in support of the claim that it’s the best-settling single of all time, and...
  • Christmas Past

    12/22/2014 8:30:24 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    IMGUR ^ | 12/22/2014 | Dallas59
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  • U.S. colonel’s wife calls abortion a “fearfully frequent National crime” in 1871

    12/22/2014 7:55:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Amanda Read
    In the 20th century, we dealt with the disgrace of human abortion becoming sanctified by national law, and this continues today. But abortion has for ages been a dark struggle for humanity, especially deep in the hearts of women. The correspondence of a Civil War Army wife sheds some light on this. In December 1871, Alice Kirk Grierson wrote to her husband, Colonel Benjamin Henry Grierson, a letter in which she reflected upon the challenges of childbearing during the war years. “I think it is desirable that the parents of every unborn human being, should, from the first hour of...
  • A Polymath to lead us: Aristotle would end the Federal Reserve

    12/22/2014 7:34:05 PM PST · by Dave Jr. · 13 replies
    David Schlabach | December 14, 2014 | David Schlabach
    A Polymath to lead us: Aristotle would end the Federal Reserve by David Schlabach As the world teeters on the brink of an economic Armageddon, what would Aristotle, if he were here, suggest that we do? In this article, I’ll humbly attempt to use the very same tools used by Aristotle- Logic, reason and deduction (albeit not quite so skillfully) to present a clear cut view on how Aristotle would tackle the problem(s) of the national debt, world debt, usury systems, financial meltdowns and reform the banking and monetary systems. The views of the great philosopher Aristotle are particularly important...
  • American Sniper (The Movie)

    12/22/2014 3:31:51 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 38 replies
    Internet ^ | 12/22/2014 | Chris Kyle/Clint Eastwood
    American Sniper- The MovieI've read the book and passed it on to others
  • New Harmony, a utopian experiment in the American wilderness

    12/22/2014 10:11:28 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 18, 2012 | Richard Thornton
    In 1825 Welsh industrialist, Robert Owen, purchased a religious community on the frontier in Indiana, named Harmony. He renamed the village, New Harmony, and implemented a wide range of social experiments that seemed to hark of John Lennon’s 1971 song, “Imagine.” Things did not go as planned. The popular understanding of communism among North Americans is that its concept began with the writings of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx then appeared in an extreme form with the advent of 1918 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. In fact, while living in England, Engels attended a Socialist “church” founded by Robert Owen. and...
  • Bad Russian Military Idea—Assemble the Cossacks!

    12/22/2014 8:14:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 21, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    These days, they might not ride into battle on horseback. But creating Cossack units within the Russian military is an idea that’s gained currency as the Kremlin tries to wage regional and internal wars. That’s the nutshell behind a new proposal from retired Capt. Konstantin Sivkov in the influential Military-Industrial Courier newspaper. According to the paper, the Kremlin should create Cossack units as a means to help the “maintenance of law and order” and for responding to military and state emergencies. Further, Russia should organize Cossacks into a new “kind of troops of the Russian armed forces,” Sivkov wrote.
  • ‘That is awesome': Mel Brooks shares a story about WWII that will make your day

    12/22/2014 7:28:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 21, 2014 | Staff
    Mel Brooks ✔ @MelBrooks My brother Lenny wrote “Happy Hannukah Hitler” on one of the bombs he dropped from his B17 Flying Fortress in WWII #AVeryMelHannukah
  • Indonesian Cave Art Among Science's Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2014

    12/22/2014 4:35:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | press release of the AAAS
    ...among the top 10 breakthroughs was the realization, made public in October, 2014, by scientists that cave paintings discovered in 7 cave sites in the Maros karsts on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia were actually between 35,000 and 40,000 years old. The breakthrough was significant in that it was the first time that prehistoric human cave painting art found in Indonesia, or East Asia, for that matter, was found to date during time periods usually associated with the "first cave painter" works long known to exist in Europe. In the potential landmark study, the researchers used uranium-series dating of...
  • Digging up the 'Spanish Vikings'

    12/22/2014 4:27:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    University of Aberdeen News ^ | 18 December 2014 | Euan Wemyss
    Dr Garcia Losquino, who is from the region, was compelled to visit Galicia in Northern Spain unexpectedly when a number of Viking anchors were washed ashore in a storm in March 2014... "On the beach where the anchors were found there was a big mound which locals thought might have been a motte-and-bailey construction, which was used by the later Vikings in France. But with the help of a geographer using tomography we now think this was a longphort -- a Viking construction only found in Ireland during the early Viking age, and very similar to English Viking camps, where...
  • Keep the Pyramids, give us the Colosseum

    12/21/2014 7:38:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    'blog ^ | September 11, 2014 | Simcha Jacobovici
    The Egyptian archaeological community is in a tizzy. They are accusing foreign Egyptologists of being Israeli agents hell bent on altering their history. It seems Israel's ultimate goal is to reclaim the Pyramids. This charge was recently laid by Amir Gamal of the "Non-Stop Robberies" movement. It was published in Egypt's Elaph newspaper... Some of this is funny, and some of this is not. When I filmed archaeology in Egypt in 2004 for a documentary film on the biblical Exodus, the Egyptians were watching us like hawks. In Egypt, the bible is current history. Even though the Qur'an says that...
  • Christianity and the War for Women

    12/21/2014 4:44:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Live Action News ^ | Murray Vasser | Dec 21, 2014
    A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.” Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of the...
  • 1944 Naval Battle of Leyte Gulf

    12/21/2014 3:06:05 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 54 replies
    C-Span ^ | October 1st 2014 | James Hornfischer
    James Hornfischer talked about the role of Commander Ernest Evans and his destroyer, the USS Johnston, during the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf. The ship was sunk during the battle, and Commander Evans was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress. In October, 1944, U.S. and Australian forces faced the Japanese Navy in the Philippine Sea. The four day Battle of Leyte Gulf was considered one of the largest naval conflicts of World War II.
  • Tonight will be the longest night in Earth's history

    12/21/2014 10:48:25 AM PST · by LucyT · 77 replies
    msn news ^ | Decembe 21, 2014 | Joseph Stromberg
    Today, you might already know, is the winter solstice. That means for people living in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the longest night of the year. However, as science blogger Colin Schultz points out, tonight will also be the longest night ever. At any location in the Northern Hemisphere, in other words, tonight's period of darkness will be slightly longer than any other, ever — at least, since the planet started spinning right around the time it was first formed some 4.5 billion years ago. The reason is that the rotation of the Earth is slowing over time. Every year, scientists...
  • Minutes of the Second Congress of the Communist International [old school racebaiting]

    12/21/2014 8:22:45 AM PST · by matt1234 · 2 replies
    marxists,.org ^ | July 25, 1920 | John Reed
    [...]At that time the newspaper Messenger was founded, published by a young Negro, the socialist Randolf, and pursuing revolutionary propagandist aims. This paper united socialist propaganda with an appeal to the racial consciousness of the Negroes and with the call to organise self-defence against the brutal attacks of the whites. --snip--Racial consciousness grew among the Negroes themselves. At present there is among the Negroes a section which preaches the armed uprising of the Negroes against the whites. The Negroes who returned home from the war have set up associations everywhere for self-defence and to fight against the white supporters of...