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  • LOOSE LABOR MARKETS DRIVE DOWN WAGES

    05/03/2015 1:53:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | Jan. 2011 | Roy Beck
    Rising immigration from the 1820s to the Civil War drove down wages for free black Americans and immigrants alike. Jeffrey Williamson and Peter Lindert's macroeconomic history shows that between 1816 and 1856, the American Northeast was transformed from the "Jeffersonian ideal" to a society more typical of developing economies with marked income inequality and very low wages for laborers. As badly as new immigrants often were treated by established Americans, even worse treatment was meted out to black Americans by the immigrants. Organizing themselves into trade unions, immigrant laborers helped set the terms of hiring at many urban workplaces. Not...
  • Lake Michigan is So Clear Right Now its Shipwrecks Are Visible From the Air

    05/03/2015 12:59:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 64 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 5-3-15 | Marissa Fessenden
    Though the past winter was the hottest on record, it was chilly enough on the East Coast to send seasonal sheets of ice creeping across the Great Lakes. Now that that ice has cleared with spring, Lake Michigan is clear enough that shipwrecks lying on the lake bottom can be seen from the air. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City noted the crystal clear water conditions and the lost ships during a routine patrol. Last week, they posted a handful of pictures to their Facebook page. The images come from the area near Sleeping Bear Point known...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "A Farewell To Arms"(1932)

    05/03/2015 11:20:17 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1932 | Frank Borzage
  • Scientists discover an enzyme that can change a person's blood type

    05/03/2015 11:01:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    ScienceAlert ^ | Friday, May 1, 2015 | Bec Crew
    Scientists have discovered that a particular type of enzyme can cut away antigens in blood types A and B, to make them more like Type O -- considered the 'universal' blood type, because it's the only type that can be donated to anyone without the risk of provoking a life-threatening immune response. The team, from the University of British Columbia of Canada, worked with a family of enzymes called 98 glycoside hydrolase, extracted from a strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Over many generations, they were able to engineer a super high-powered enzyme strain that can very effectively snip away blood antigens...
  • Soviet-Nazi Collaboration and World War II

    05/03/2015 3:27:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    World Affairs ^ | 30 April 2015 | Alexander J. Motyl
    As May 9th, Victory Day in many post-Soviet states, approaches, decency demands that we celebrate the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Germany and honor the millions of soldiers and civilians who gave their lives to rid the world of the scourge of Nazism. At the same time, if we truly want to honor the dead, we must take heed of the historical lies that the Kremlin, both in its Soviet and post-Soviet hypostases, promotes about the USSR’s relationship with Nazi Germany. For starters, the Moscow-controlled Communist International, and its sidekick, the Communist Party of Germany, made Hitler’s rise to power possible,...
  • Auction Sales, Christie's, Spitfire, WWII (WW II Plane!)

    05/02/2015 1:10:54 PM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    neveryetmelted.com ^ | 4/30/2015 | unknown
    One of the first Spitfires ever made has gone up for sale for a staggering Ł2.5 million after spending 40 years buried in sand at the French beach it crashed on. The iconic Mark 1 plane was among the first built in March 1940 as Britain scrambled to ready itself for the epic battle that took place in the skies just a few months later. But Spitfire P9374 never made it to the Battle of Britain as it crash-landed in May 1940. The fighter plane was being piloted by Flight Officer Peter Cazenove over Dunkirk when it was hit by...
  • Men wielding power in hellish times(Wolf Hall's revisionism)

    05/02/2015 9:25:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 27 replies
    WaPo ^ | 04-30-2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    “Wolf Hall,” the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More — is now a TV series (presented on PBS). It is maddeningly good. Maddening because its history is tendentiously distorted, yet the drama is so brilliantly conceived and executed that you almost don’t care. Faced with an imaginative creation of such brooding, gripping, mordant intensity, you find yourself ready to pay for it in historical inaccuracy. And “Wolf Hall’s” revisionism is breathtaking. It inverts the conventional view of the saintly More being undone...
  • 7,377 Built, Two left flying...The Lancaster Bomber

    05/01/2015 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Doogle · 29 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 01/21/15 | CWHMuseum
    It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper—the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world—the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's (BBMF) Lancaster in England. Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc's specialty is reality adventure television and the people who make it. REUNION OF GIANTS documents this historic mission as it unfolds, through the eyes of the flight crews, veterans, friends and family—all part of the bombers’ history, including this new chapter as VeRA crosses the...
  • Belgistan? Sharia showdown in Brussels?

    05/01/2015 11:25:58 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 5 replies
    The Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | circa 2015 | Dale Hurd
    The graffiti on a building in Belgium says it all: "Welcome to 'Belgistan." In fact, some are now calling it the Muslim capital of Europe.
  • Picasso, Giacometti poised to set records at NYC auctions

    05/01/2015 10:19:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AP ^ | May 1, 2015 | Ulya Ilnytzky
    New York City's spring art auctions get underway Tuesday with exceptional pieces by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Vincent Van Gogh and others whose work continues to fuel a robust market for impressionist, modern and contemporary art. Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)," estimated to bring over $140 million, is poised to become the most expensive artwork sold at auction, while Giacometti's "Pointing Man" could set an auction record for a sculpture if bidding soars to an expected $130 million.
  • HAPPY communist day!

    05/01/2015 8:03:33 AM PDT · by waterhill · 23 replies
    'tis mayday...good grief
  • Game of Groans: Egyptologist Zahi Hawass Goes Into Meltdown During Debate with Graham Hancock

    05/01/2015 7:57:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    dailygrail.com ^ | red pill junkie [sic]
    Who needs HBO or Netflix when you can watch the great Zahi Hawass make a complete ass out of himself for free? In what for many alternative history buffs was going to be a more anticipated head-to-head encounter than next year's Batman vs. Superman, the former supremo of Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities had agreed on participating in a high-profile public debate with Graham Hancock, taking place on Wednesday this week at the Mena House Hotel in Egypt. Alas, it was not to be, with Hawass going into meltdown before the debate even began. The cause? One single photograph of Robert...
  • The Bren Is One Awesome Machine Gun

    05/01/2015 7:43:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 30, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    In April 1945, an entire brigade of British special forces joined the massive effort to attack the German army until its back was against the Po River. If successful, the Wehrmacht would have no choice but escape across the river and evacuate Italy — or stay and fight, facing the prospect of heavy losses.
  • THE PASSION OF “TESS”

    05/01/2015 6:17:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 1, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    We’re finishing the Victorian novel class I have been taking at a college in St. Paul with Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I want to offer a few notes on the novel in the hope that some readers may share their thoughts and others may take up the novel if they haven’t read it before. It is an essential novel. Our great young teacher has structured the course with four novels that evoke the plight of women in Victorian fiction. With Tess we reach the summit (or a summit) of this plight. Tess is an extraordinarily lovable woman who...
  • A Biblical Perspective on the Baltimore Riots [Proverbs 30]

    04/30/2015 2:09:15 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    Freerepublic | 4/30/2015 | Jan_Sobieski
    Proverbs 30:21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear : 22 For a servant when he reigneth ; and a fool when he is filled with meat; In 2008, when Barack Hussein Obama was elected President of the United States of America, he was by far the least qualified presidential candidate ever to be elected in the country. Having never run a business, made payroll, or served his country in a leadership capacity with any accomplishment. The former community organizer and unaccomplished state senator, who then spent four years as a part-time Senator,...
  • NAPOLEON: 'EVERYTHING IN CHRIST ASTONISHES ME'

    04/30/2015 9:30:15 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/29/2015 | BILL FEDERER
    Spain claimed most of North America by virtue of first discovery by Desoto and Coronado. Since the area had little gold, it was of little use to the Spanish empire, and thus was sparsely settled for centuries. Beginning in 1673, the French missionary priest Jacque Marquette and French explorer Louis Joliet, came down from Canada to Lake Michigan to the Fox River to the Mississippi, as far south as Arkansas. In 1699, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, started the first French settlement, at Fort Maurepas (now Ocean Springs, Mississippi). ... Napoleon continued: “Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit...
  • Ancient megadrought entombed dodos in poisonous fecal cocktail

    04/30/2015 7:13:19 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 55 replies
    AAAS ^ | 28 April 2015 5:15 pm | David Shultz
    Nine hundred kilometers off the east coast of Madagascar lies the tiny island paradise of Mauritius. The waters are pristine, the beaches bright white, and the average temperature hovers between 22°C and 28°C (72°F to 82°F) year-round. But conditions there may not have always been so idyllic. A new study suggests that about 4000 years ago, a prolonged drought on the island left many of the native species, such as dodo birds and giant tortoises, dead in a soup of poisonous algae and their own feces. The die-off happened in an area known as Mare aux Songes, which once held...
  • Liberalism: the disease that killed once prosperous and bustling City of Detroit (my title).

    04/30/2015 6:26:29 AM PDT · by Mich Patriot · 19 replies
    Louder With Crowder ^ | 12/21/09 | Steven Crowder
    I'm pretty sure this was posted a couple of years ago, but with Baltimore and Ferguson recently in the news (and in flames), it is worth another look. Steven Crowder's "Detroit in Ruins" is (IMO) a well done piece on Detroit's fall from grace under liberal influence, put in power by the UAW.
  • Judaism's Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality

    04/29/2015 12:02:24 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    Orthodoxy Today ^ | September 1993 | Dennis Prager
    When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torah's prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity. This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of...
  • Bat-Like, Pigeon-Sized Dino Soared Over China

    04/29/2015 12:01:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Jennifer Viegas
    A dinosaur with bat-like wings once soared through the skies of what is now China, The Jurassic dinosaur, named Yi qi, has the shortest name ever given to a dino: Yi qi, pronounced "ee chee," means "strange wing." It also appears to be the earliest known flying non-avian dinosaur. At 160 million years old, it is older than the first known birds, such as Archaeopteryx. ... He and his colleagues unearthed the remains for Yi qi at Hebei Province in China. At first, the scientists puzzled over rod-like bones that extended from each wrist of the tiny dinosaur that weighed...
  • Summer Learning Resources?(Vanity)

    04/29/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by nitzy · 19 replies
    4/29/15 | me
    Does anyone know of any good teaching/learning resources for a 12 year old kid over the summer? I am specifically interesting in supplementing the new common core, dumbed down public education that he is getting during the school year with classical learning that they no longer teach. I am particularly interested in the topics of logic, reason, civics, rhetoric, philosophy, grammar, history (from a conservative standpoint), etc... that would be suitable for an 8th grader.
  • Nick Wallenda to walk 400 foot Orlando Eye tomorrow am

    04/28/2015 8:03:33 PM PDT · by DanielRedfoot · 21 replies
    Amature poster here, hadent seen this posted. ( sorry if I missed it) Nick wallenda will walk the 400' wheel We'd the 29th AM, to be live on today show. No pole, no net and will have to duck under structure along the way. Good Christian guy, prays the entire way. Prayers
  • China's Cultural Revolution vs. the Riots of Obama's Tenure

    04/28/2015 2:53:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    4/28/15 | sff
    I am a student of history, and consider myself fairly well read on the subject. No expert by any means, so I ask the rest of you, particularly those who are older and/or wiser: are there not strange contrasts to the Cultural Revolution imposed by Mao and the race riots of Obama's tenure? Acknowledging some differences, too, I still think there may be some eerie parallels. I invite your input.
  • The entire history of the world, in 1 chart

    04/28/2015 11:49:43 AM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 27 | Ana Swanson
    The 5-foot-long chart below has an ambitious goal: To record 4,000 years of history in a single graphic. Drawn by John B. Sparks of Rand McNally and Company in 1931, the chart traces world history from the Egyptian Empire through the Assyrians, Persians, Romans and Huns through the early 20th Century. It’s clearly a Eurocentric and dated view of the world’s history: The colors represent different racial groupings, as they were perceived in the 1930s – “Mediterranean People,” “Alpine People,” and “Mongolian People.” The width ostensibly shows the rise and fall of these groupings, though that metric seems far from...
  • Civil Rights Racism: The History The Timeline of Democrat Racism (shortened)

    04/28/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 7 replies
    After writing about an MSNBC talking head’s comment about the “niggerization of politics” yesterday, and watching the latest threat by the New Black Panther Party against the Republican National Convention, I thought it time to update my posts on racism and the timeline of action and inaction. In a discussion of Civil Rights in America, how often do you hear the name of Republican Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL)? Not often. How often do you hear the name of Democrat Senator Robert Byrd in connection to civil rights? Not often but for very different reasons. Dirksen was a champion for civil...
  • GM Futurliner: Taking yesterday’s tomorrow for a spin

    04/28/2015 9:30:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 April 2015 | Dan Carney
    Having been rebuilt and updated in 1952, Futurliner No 10 now belongs to the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) in Auburn, Indiana. It received a restoration between 1998 and 2005 by a team of dedicated volunteers. Inside, Futurliners carried displays highlighting some aspect of engineering development, and showcased those displays through massive, 16ft-long doors that opened on each side to create a stage area topped by a marquee:
  • When Looting and Rioting Happened from 2001-2008, the media blamed BUSH...

    04/28/2015 6:23:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    4/28/15 | sff
    Watching the city of Baltimore burn, hearing the lame mayor there talk about giving thugs "space"....recalling the riots of Ferguson, as well as the violence seen over Eric Garner and the attacker of George Zimmerman..... My mind was brought back to the time when Bush was President....New Orleans was the primary catalyst, but it sure seems to me WHENEVER there was domestic unrest or unhappiness on the streets of America, GEORGE W BUSH was being blamed. The man child Obama is getting a FREE PASS AGAIN. I just heard a local media report assure us Loretta Lynch was going to...
  • A weird 'platypus' dinosaur made of mismatched parts

    04/27/2015 5:40:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Deborah Netburn
    Paleontologists have unearthed a strange new species of dinosaur that is unlike anything they have seen before. The newly described Chilesaurus diegosuarezi was an ostrich-size dinosaur that walked upright like a Tyrannosaurus rex but had the teeth of a more primitive long-necked plant eater. "The interesting thing about this dinosaur is that different parts of it look very similar to unrelated dinosaurs," said Martin Ezcurra, a researcher at the University of Birmingham, England, who helped describe the animal Monday in the journal Nature. "It is like a combination of different dinosaurs in a single species."
  • The U.S. Navy Needs to Radically Reassess How It Projects Power (Carriers = Obsolete)

    04/27/2015 6:45:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jerry Hendrix
    A battle of the hawks is raging on Capitol Hill. Defense hawks say the nation’s security will be endangered if the caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act aren’t lifted, allowing for more defense spending. Fiscal hawks assert with equal vehemence that the nation’s long-term economic health — the foundation for all government activities, including defense — will be permanently harmed if burgeoning deficits and debts are not addressed. Defense hawks argue for a massive investment to maintain the United States’ position as the world’s strongest power. Fiscal hawks argue for innovative improvements in efficiency to sustain U.S. leadership.
  • The Civil War in Four Minutes: Ulysses S. Grant

    04/26/2015 7:36:09 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 35 replies
    Civil War Trust ^ | 1 year ago | Curt Fields
    Living historian Curt Fields describes the life and accomplishments of Ulysses S. Grant. This video is part of the Civil War Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics. The Civil War in Four Minutes: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Adeline Myers Celebrates Meatballs From Around the World

    04/26/2015 3:16:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/14 | Michael Floreak
    In the introduction to her book “Global Meatballs: Around the World in 100-Plus Boundary-Breaking Recipes,” Adeline Myers celebrates the imperfections that make these “humble, misshapen rounds” a home kitchen favorite. When it comes to assessing both flavor and aesthetics, Myers, 31, knows her stuff. The author, trained at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco, has baked desserts for many area restaurants, and also works as an art conservator, recently on assignment to restore a gilded picture frame for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Myers set off to research the worldwide variations on one of the world’s great comfort foods...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Unconquered"(1947)

    04/26/2015 11:06:31 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1947 | Cecil B. DeMille
  • USS Midway Marks Vietnam War Anniversary With Exhibits, Ceremonies

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Apr 24, 2015 | Bridget Naso
    Vietnam veterans from around the country are in San Diego to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War on April 30. On Friday, many took private tours of USS Midway and were able to see locations that are off limits to the general public. Veteran Pete Dunn, who is making his first return to the ship since the war, said the experience took them back to 1975. “It just brought back so many memories of being in that hot fire room," he said. The minimum temperature was like 120.” On Sunday, a commemorative event will be held to mark...
  • Epic Fail: Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions

    04/25/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/24/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    I recently discussed what it would take to prove that global warming is actually occurring, that it is caused by humans, and that it will be catastrophic. But that’s not the full picture. To understand why so many of us are so skeptical about global warming, you have to understand the environmentalists’ larger track record: a long series of failed predictions and bogus prognostications of doom. It has been 45 years now since the first Earth Day. You would think that in this time frame, given the urgency with which we were told we had to confront the supposed...
  • The Holocaust as a Green Nazi Sacrifice

    04/25/2015 10:41:28 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-25-2015 | Mark Musser
    In truth, National Socialism was an ancient fertility cult brought up to date under the scientific guise of eugenics where people were to make sacrifices and/or be sacrificed for the fecundity of nature. Fertility, sacrifice, and power were all virtually worshiped by the National Socialists in one form or another, no matter how scientific or secular many of its adherents would try to couch their ideology. The great desire of National Socialism was to become fertile and powerful through sacrificial eugenic measures ...
  • Did Halley's Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity?

    04/25/2015 3:57:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Smithsonian (video) ^ | circa 2014 | unattributed
  • Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92

    04/25/2015 3:17:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 24, 2015 | SAM ROBERTS
    Mary Keefe, a 19-year-old Vermont telephone operator whom her neighbor Norman Rockwell immortalized as his model for the heroine of “Rosie the Riveter,” the World War II feminist anthem that empowered women to leave home and pinch-hit in military plants, died on Tuesday at her home in Simsbury, Conn. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by her daughter Mary Ellen Keefe. Mrs. Keefe was a redhead, like the Rosie who appeared on the cover of the Memorial Day issue of The Saturday Evening Post magazine in 1943, but she had never wielded a rivet gun (not until an appearance...
  • 'The Bronx Bull' is another shot at the story of boxer Jake LaMotta

    04/24/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    ... [Jake] LaMotta has been the subject of several books, a film considered one of the greatest in American cinema, and a failed stage show called "Lady and the Champ." Now there's a second feature film about his life, this one titled "LaMotta: The Bronx Bull." LaMotta will be in Orange County on Saturday when the new movie, produced by Irvine-based Main Street Films, premieres as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival ...
  • Here's what happened during the Armenian genocide and why Turkey denies it

    04/24/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider via the Daily Telegraph ^ | 04/24/2015 | RICHARD SPENCER, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    As Yerevan and Armenians across the world gather to remember the 1.5 million killed during the massacres, Richard Spencer explains what happened On Friday, Yerevan and the Armenian disapora together with world leaders in the Armenian capital will commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide . It is the 100th anniversary of the date on which the Ottoman Empire began its attack on Armenians when intellectuals and political leaders were rounded up in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. What was the Armenian genocide? As the Ottoman Empire suffered its first losses in the First World War, the “Young...
  • Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome

    04/24/2015 6:56:07 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 4/24/2015 | WALLACE HENLEY
    The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old "prejudices" that should have long ago been "jettisoned," forcing it into "rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity," in the words of a recent writer in The New York Times. Homosexuality must be removed from the "sin list" and, according to an MSNBC commentator, traditional marriage proponents must be forced "to do things they don't want to do." Sadly, this crusade will be like the Marxist "liberation" movements that promised to "free" people, but really were about control and suppression. The culmination may come as the...
  • 1978 Flashback: Bruce Jenner, Wheaties, and the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ [Romans 1]

    04/23/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 4/23/2015 | Cassie Carothers
    With America fixated on all things Bruce Jenner and the anticipation around his Diane Sawyer interview Friday night on ABC, it seemed an interesting moment to revisit another time when he captured this country’s attention. In 1978, Jenner snagged one of the sports world’s biggest honors: appearing on the Wheaties cereal box. While this might not sound impressive in today’s era of multi-million dollar endorsement deals, back then it was one of the ultimate prizes for a top athlete. A lot of people know Jenner today from his relationship to the Kardashian clan. But decades ago, he became a national...
  • Rep. Peter King: Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be celebrated if he ties Willie Mays on Home Run list

    04/23/2015 10:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/23/2015 | BY NATHANIEL VINTON
    Congressman Pete King (R-NY) supports the Yankees’ refusal to celebrate as Alex Rodriguez approaches a historic baseball milestone, pulling within two home runs of Willie Mays on the career home runs list. “I think they’re right, because it’s obvious that so many of his home runs were tainted,” King told TMZ Sports. “I think it would be wrong to be celebrating ... since for all we know, hundreds of those home runs probably occurred when he was taking steroids." Rodriguez, who is not in the lineup for Thursday's afternoon game against the Tigers, has hit 658 dingers compared with Mays’...
  • 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the first Earth Day in 1970

    04/23/2015 7:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    AEI ^ | 04/23/2015 | Mark J. Perry
    In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 15 years ago: How accurate were the...
  • See The Constitution While You Still Can

    04/22/2015 4:17:09 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 31 replies
    self ^ | April 22, 2015 | self
    Please, if you are able, visit Washington, D.C., and see the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before Obamugabe has them shredded. When you visit the National Archives you will find them housed in the same room as the Declaration of Independence. Although I am a Boomer who has lived in Maryland all of her life, I just saw these precious documents for the first time yesterday. Embarrassed that it has taken me so long. We just spent a week at a DC-area private campground, a fairly affordable alternative to staying in a hotel. I highly recommend this place, Cherry...
  • 170-year-old champagne recovered from shipwreck still delicious, tasters say

    04/20/2015 7:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    sciencerecorder.com ^ | Delila James
    Biochemist Phillipe Jeandet.... who has analyzed the early 19-century bubbly, says there were surprising amounts of copper and iron in the wine. The copper most likely came from copper sulfate, which vintners used to kill mildew and fungus on growing grape vines, the report said. The nails used to hold the wooden storage barrels together probably account for the liquid’s high iron content, he said. Even after 170 years lying some 165 feet deep in the ancient sunken cargo vessel, the champagne corks had not deteriorated because, scientists say, there was liquid both inside and out. And, according to Andrew...
  • South Iceland Cave Made before Settlement

    04/20/2015 1:42:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | April 17, 2015 | Eyglo Svala Arnarsdottir
    Archaeologist Kristján Ahronson has concluded that Kverkarhellir, a manmade cave between waterfall Seljalandsfoss and farm Seljaland in South Iceland, was partly created around 800 AD, before the settlement of Iceland, which, according to sources, began in 874... “Kverkahellir, along with Seljalandshellir, is remarkable as it is part of a number of cave sites in southern Iceland, manngerđir hellar [‘manmade caves’], that are marked by cross sculpture.” ... Ahronson would not state that theories that the crosses may have been made by papar, monks from the British Isles who were said to have lived in Iceland before the Norse settlers, may...
  • Here's What It Would Take to Prove Global Warming

    04/20/2015 9:09:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/20/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    Recently, Reason‘s Ronald Bailey asked what it would take to convince conservatives and libertarians that global warming is real. If generally rising temperatures, decreasing diurnal temperature differences, melting glacial and sea ice, smaller snow extent, stronger rainstorms, and warming oceans are not enough to persuade you that man-made climate [change] is occurring, what evidence would be? This has since been picked up by Jonathan Adler at the Washington Post‘s token right-leaning blog, the Volokh Conspiracy. There’s no pressure: Bailey and Adler merely insinuate that you are “obscurantist”—that is, you hate new knowledge—if you don’t agree. That, by the way—the...
  • Back in the Day (Photos)

    04/19/2015 12:13:50 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    Imgur ^ | 4/19/2015 | Dallas59
    Just ads and pictures mostly from the 50's and 60's.
  • So You Say You Hate the Puritans

    04/19/2015 7:28:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2015 | Jeremy Egerer
    Despite the fact that Oliver Cromwell was vastly superior to Charles I, I have yet to hear anyone praise Cromwell for deposing and killing the king. There have been many reasonable objections to his killing of Charles, chief among them being that Charles's death immediately led to the instant popularity and eventual kingship of Charles II – historically one of the most profligate and useless kings that England ever saw. But people are more likely to complain about Cromwell and the Puritans and unfairly loathe them, despite the fact that Cromwell ruled more honestly and rightly than both his predecessor...
  • Vietnam: When We Lost the Winnable War

    04/19/2015 7:22:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2015 | Bruce Walker
    Forty years ago this April, our nation lost the Vietnam War – a war that America could easily have won, and should have. South Vietnam had been invaded by North Vietnam, although the conflict was portrayed by communist apologists as a “civil war.” The Viet Cong did fight, but the primary enemy of the South Vietnam was North Vietnam. The SEATO alliance pledged France, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan and America to come to the aid of South Vietnam if that nation was attacked by another nation. The moral obligation of France, the colonial power that held...