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  • A Past That Divides: Russia’s New Official History

    12/16/2017 1:36:30 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    Carnegie Moscow Center ^ | Oct 2017 | Andrei Kolesnikov
    Sometimes a state’s official view of the past can serve as the basis for an unwritten social contract between a government and its citizens. This is what is happening in Russia today. President Vladimir Putin has introduced the idea of what he terms a “thousand-year history” that Russians must take pride in, a history that incorporates many victorious pages from the country’s past, including Russia’s takeover of Crimea in 2014. This glorious history is offered to citizens in exchange for their political loyalty, and it is presented as being more important than economic progress. Putin’s personal role has been critical...
  • Harold Holt: 50 years since Australia's 'first 20th century PM' disappeared into the sea

    12/16/2017 1:19:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    It's been 50 years since sitting prime minister Harold Holt went for a swim near Portsea, in Victoria, and never returned. Friends and family members of the late Mr Holt are gathering for a private commemoration service to mark his disappearance and will remember his achievements while in Parliament. Australia's 17th prime minister served three decades in Parliament before becoming prime minister, only to disappear two years into his first term. Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt said Mr Holt had a strong social and economic legacy including the introduction of a national child endowment scheme as part of the...
  • Highly Recommended TV Series for History Buff's: Amazon's "Red Mafia"

    12/16/2017 9:03:28 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 41 replies
    Self | December 16, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    There is a lot of crap on TV to be avoided but there is one series that I found supremely entertaining (and educational). It is "Red Mafia." It is a Russian production from 2011 but now available via Amazon Prime as you can see HERE. It is not to be confused with the Russian Mafia of current times. This series is about Party corruption during the Soviet Era. And there was quite a bit of corruption all the way to the top. What makes this series especially entertaining is that it has a lot of humor. For example, Brezhnev (in...
  • But It Wasn't Real Communism! [Soy Boy Alert]

    12/15/2017 5:41:45 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Stefan Molyneux
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  • The Best Christmas Movies

    12/15/2017 3:54:41 PM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 133 replies
    Architect of Avalon ^ | 12/15/2017 | Architect of Avalon
    Please list the best Christmas movies. A Christmas Carol 1951, A Christmas Carol 1938, A Miracle on 34th Street, and The Bishop's Wife are great classic Christmas movies. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer are great animated Christmas movies. A Christmas Prince, Christmas in Boston, and A Boyfriend for Christmas, though fluff, are friendly Christmas movies of the last 15 years. What other classic Christmas movies? What other animated Christmas movies and Christmas movies of the last 15 years?
  • Mammal long thought extinct in Australia resurfaces

    12/15/2017 2:27:16 PM PST · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 15, 2017 | Provided by: University of New South Wales
    The crest-tailed mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy deserts in inland Australia. Credit: Reece Pedler ===================================================================================== A crest-tailed mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial known only from fossilised bone fragments and presumed extinct in NSW for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park north-west of Tibooburra. A team from the UNSW Sydney's Wild Deserts project made the unexpected discovery during recent scientific monitoring. UNSW scientist and wild deserts ecologist Dr Rebecca West says it is particularly exciting to find a crest-tailed mulgara alive for the first time in NSW. "The crest-tailed mulgara was once widely distributed...
  • 1803 End of Year News Summary, in Poetry, by Henry Livingston - Political Barometer Carrier Address

    12/15/2017 10:46:56 AM PST · by mairdie · 7 replies
    Political Barometer - Henry Livingston Website ^ | 1 January 1803 | Henry Livingston
    News boys, who might be 50 years old and delivering their papers on horseback, would traditionally exchange a poetic summary of the year's news for a tip on New Year's. It was commonly a separately printed sheet, though it would occasionally appear within the newspaper, itself. Henry Livingston mainly wrote New Year's pieces, rather than Christmas ones.
  • Riding a Time Capsule to Apartment 8G (New York's last manual elevators)

    12/15/2017 10:18:56 AM PST · by NRx · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12-15-2017 | ANDY NEWMAN
    There are 69,381 passenger elevators in this vertically obsessed city, and nearly all of them promise a journey about as exotic and exciting as making toast. You get in, you push a button, the doors open a few seconds later at your destination. But there remain quite a few machines, manually controlled and chauffeur-driven, where climbing aboard is more like taking a short trip on the Orient Express. Mr. Rivera’s elevator is in a wedge-shaped Venetian Gothic tower overlooking Prospect Park in Brooklyn, but others can be found in many neighborhoods where old customs persist, notably along the grand boulevards...
  • Korean Battle Flags with Links to Kim Jong Un Found at Naval Academy

    12/15/2017 8:52:15 AM PST · by Saint X · 22 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 12/15/17 | U.S. Naval institute
    Long forgotten flags captured by U.S. forces during an obscure 19th-century military action in Korea were uncovered during restoration work at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis last week. The well-preserved flags were rediscovered in the academy’s Mahan Hall when British ensigns seized as trophies during the War of 1812 were removed from their display cases.
  • Rare Aztec Map Reveals a Glimpse of Life in 1500s Mexico

    12/15/2017 8:39:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    The map shows the land holdings and geneology of a family in central Mexico. It covers an area that runs from just north of Mexico City to just below Puebla, roughly 100 miles away to the southeast. The family, identified as “de Leon,” traced their lineage to the red figure seated in the middle of the image above, who was known as Lord-11 Quetzalecatzin. A century before the map was made, he was the major political leader of the region writes John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology of the Early Americas at the Library...
  • Secrets of the Roman Empire's ancient and 'luxurious' harbour of Corinth

    12/15/2017 7:55:41 AM PST · by mairdie · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 December 2017 | Harry Pettit
    The secrets of the Roman Empire's ancient and 'luxurious' harbour of Corinth have been revealed in a series of new underwater excavations. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of 'large-scale engineering' at the port of Lechaion, which was mostly destroyed in the 6th or early 7th century AD by a massive earthquake. Wooden foundations preserved so well they look new have been found at the site, as well as a host of Roman artefacts including fishing lines and hooks, wooden pulleys and ceramics imported from Tunisia and Turkey. These discoveries are helping researchers understand the infrastructure and layout of an ancient port...
  • Mysterious dinosaur-like creature discovered with flesh still on its bones leaves scientists baffled

    12/15/2017 6:57:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated14:19, 15 DEC 2017 | By Rachel Bishop, Michael Havis
    The partially-preserved corpse was unearthed by an electrician cleaning out a sub-station left untouched for 35 years The discovery of a mysterious creature resembling a dinosaur with flesh still on its bones has left scientists baffled. The partially-preserved corpse was uncovered by an electrician cleaning out a sub-station left untouched for 35 years. The creature – which was found in Jaspur, a small city in Uttarakhand, India – has now been sent for analysis, including carbon dating, which will reveal its age. Experts say that although it looks like a small dinosaur that could be near impossible as flightless dinosaurs...
  • Word of the Day - SEDULOUS

    12/15/2017 6:30:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 12/15/2017 | Red Badger
    ======================================================================================= sed·u·lous ˈsejələs/ adjective adjective: sedulous (of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence. "he watched himself with the most sedulous care" synonyms: diligent, careful, meticulous, thorough, assiduous, attentive, industrious, conscientious, ultracareful, punctilious, scrupulous, painstaking, minute, rigorous, particular "he picked the thorn from his leg with sedulous care" Origin mid 16th century: from Latin sedulus ‘zealous’ + -ous.
  • Secret of the Great Pyramid...hidden chamber is set to be revealed by an inflatable robotic blimp...

    12/14/2017 7:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Thursday, December 14th 2017 | Harry Pettit
    The device enters rooms and chambers through a 3.5 centimetre hole drilled through a wall by researchers outside. It is made up of two robots, a tubular machine equipped with a high definition camera and a probe that explores the structure via a small, inflatable blimp. After the first robot has taken a series of reconnaissance images, the drone is pushed through the drilled hole before inflating itself within the chamber. Packed with an array of sensors and cameras, the remote-controlled device collects data and takes photos or video without causing damage to the fragile building. After it has completed...
  • H.R.2884 - COVFEFE Act of 2017

    12/14/2017 6:22:34 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 7 replies
    Congress.gov ^ | 06/12/2017 | DemocratRage
    I would bet this has been posted before, but i could'nt find it in search. Epic DJT trolling manifests in DemonRat legislation. I had not seen this before today. h/t /r/The_Donald "This bill amends provisions governing presidential records to: (1) revise the definition of "documentary material" to include social media; (2) revise the definition of "presidential records" to include any personal and official social media account; and (3) define "social media" as any form of electronic communication (such as a website for social networking and microblogging) through which users create an online community to share information, ideas, personal messages, and...
  • In With The Old Baseball’s history comes alive at Warren Ballpark

    12/14/2017 7:11:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Steve Stockmar
    BISBEE — Although Joe Graca had lost some of his baseball past, he found just the right team. At 63, Graca wanted to play baseball, period. A buddy told him about the Bisbee Black Sox and suggested he come check it out. That there’d be a roster spot for sure. And there would be almost 20 games in their winter season, which featured some of the best Arizona weather for baseball. “I said, ‘Well I don’t know where my glove is. I assume it’s packed. I haven’t seen it,’” Graca recalled. “He says, ‘You don’t need a glove.’” Graca quickly...
  • Remembrance ceremony to mark 50th anniversary of Silver Bridge collapse

    12/14/2017 6:20:37 AM PST · by buckalfa · 14 replies
    WVMetroNews ^ | December 13, 2017 | MetroNewsStaff
    POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings was 10 years old when the Silver Bridge collapsed on Dec. 15, 1967. He will be on hand Friday at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. Billings tells MetroNews his message will be clear. “We can’t let this ever go by without remembering, whether it’s 10, 25, 50 years from today, what took place in our city and what was enacted to work towards preventing things like this from happening across our country,” he said. Forty-six people died when the bridge between Point Pleasant and Gallipolis, Ohio fell...
  • The old ball game Archaeology professor, students dig into Bisbee’s baseball history

    12/14/2017 5:33:48 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Maddy Ryan Cronkite News
    BISBEE – The students digging beneath the stands at Bisbee’s Warren Ballpark have unearthed a few artifacts that provide a glimpse into what life was like for fans of the century-old ballpark: firearm cartridges, broken glass bottles, bus tokens. Robert Schon, an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona, leads the archeological dig, which includes both high school and college students. He said he started the project to establish a better picture of what the local economy looked like during the early 1900s. “You sort of equate going to the ballpark with drinking beers and that sort of...
  • McCarthyism; History Repeats Itself

    12/14/2017 1:28:19 AM PST · by tired&retired · 49 replies
    Vanity | Vanity
    What will be the new name for false sexual allegations? What is happening now reminds me of McCarthyism. Per Wiki, McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term refers to U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy and has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1947 to 1956 and characterized by heightened political repression as well as a campaign spreading fear of Communist influence on American institutions and of espionage by Soviet agents. McCarthyism has taken on a broader meaning, describing...
  • Why I think the Uniparty stole the 2017 Alabama Senate special election.

    12/13/2017 9:20:03 PM PST · by Nateman · 44 replies
    https://www.freerepublic.com ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Nateman
    Why I think the Uniparty stole the 2017 Alabama Senate special election. Digital voting records were not saved. The Alabama Supreme Court overruled a lower court which would have forced digital records to be saved. The reason given was that many machine were not set up to do the recording and there was not time to set them up to do so. Since it’s the law requires that, how come they were not set up to record in the first place? The Uniparty was desperate to keep Moore out of the District of Corruption. Mitch’s boys spent 30 million alone...