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  • The Scientific American Handbook of Travel (1910)

    10/20/2017 4:18:45 PM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    Google Books ^ | 1910 | Albert A. Hopkins
    With practical tips for the ocean voyage for European tours and a practical guide to London and Paris. Over 500 pages! Well illustrated. Tons of information including railroad schedules and the best hotels. Guides to booking and crossing on an Atlantic liner. A must read in the event of being caught in a time warp and landing in the first decade of the previous century. Or alternatively, if your a history nut like me.
  • Bus-sized Asteroid heading for Earth TODAY after string of near-miss encounters

    10/20/2017 12:22:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 20th October 2017 | By Charlotte Ikonen
    AN ASTEROID will hurtle towards Earth today – just one week after another dangerously close encounter. The newly-discovered space rock – named Asteroid 2017 TD6 – is expected to zoom past our planet at around at around 7.53pm. It will be travelling at a distance of 191,000km away from civilisation. According to NASA the chunk of rock is a whopping 22m wide. Last week another asteroid made a close shave with Earth, as it soared past at a distance of just 27,000 miles above the surface. And experts have warned a second bus-sized asteroid will zoom past our planet again...
  • First Lady Melania Trump Donates Her Herve' Inaugural Gown To The Smithsonian

    10/20/2017 11:39:44 AM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 20, 2017, 11:57 AM | By Kathryn Watson/
    First Lady Melania Trump donated her inaugural ball gown to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Friday morning, adding to the museum's collection of 26 gowns worn by former first ladies. The first lady wore the gown, a vanilla off-the-shoulder couture piece designed by Herve Pierre, the night President Trump took office at the Armed Forces inaugural ball. Pierre had two weeks to make the dress. The former model said making the donation was an honor. "Today is such an honor as I dedicate my inaugural couture piece to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum...
  • Word For The Day: assiduous

    10/20/2017 6:41:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.merriam-webster.com ^ | 10/20/2017 | Red Badger
    Definition of assiduous: showing great care, attention, and effort :marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application assiduous planning an assiduous book collector She tended her garden with assiduous attention. — assiduously adverb — assiduousness noun First Known Use: circa 1552
  • Vanity - Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, should resign her seat...period.

    10/20/2017 6:05:48 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 54 replies
    There are no words to describe the low life, evil, hate America, rants and raves of Obamabots, Clintonites, Democrats, Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson. Without a lot of banter, she should immediately resign from her seat in the House or, be forced to resign by the leadership of the Democrat Party, including the DNC, The Congressional Black Caucus, The NAACP, Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer, etc. I seriously doubt her resignation will occur....but, couple her antics with that of the vast, other hate America, Democrat Party, Black Racists and the Democrat Party in general, and it sounds the alarm, that the entire...
  • A Bloody 100th Birthday for the Russian Revolution

    10/19/2017 9:57:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    The Stream ^ | 10-19-17 | John Zmirak
    On November 7 the world will mark a grim anniversary: One hundred years since the small but devout faction of Marxists called the Bolsheviks lost a popular election. It was the last one Russia would see for 70 years. Instead of accepting the peopleÂ’s will, the Bolsheviks overthrew that countryÂ’s fledgling provisional government. That revolution unleashed a nightmare: a vicious civil war, the mass killing of clergy and religious believers, the slaughter of businessmen and landlords, and the building of concentration camps, 20 years before Hitler. In a single day, the Bolsheviks were known to boast, they killed more dissidents...
  • Treasure hunters say they have found .... the £200m Amber Room

    10/19/2017 4:25:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 10/16/2017 | Allan Hall
    A trio of aging sleuths - homeopath Leonhard Blume, 73, scientist Günter Eckardt, 67, and georadar specialist Peter Lohr, 71 - are convinced the missing Amber Room of the Russian Tsars lies in the Prince's Cave in the Hartenstein hills near Dresden. Third Reich scientists used the cave complex during the war - but all records of what went on there have mysteriously vanished from local archives. Lohr used radar imaging to detect underground booby traps and what appear to be bunkers under the soil.  He scanned the hill in September after claiming that a 'reliable source' told him of...
  • Vanity - Obama has lightly attended political rally in Newark, New Jersey (Many African-americans)

    10/19/2017 3:35:52 PM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 22 replies
    Not much to bark about. The Obama political rally in Newark was lightly attended mostly by African-Americans. There was no substance at all, nor overwhelming energy...more like Ho-Hum. It was akin to a like rally spearheaded by deadbeat, Empty Suit, Jeb Bush...you get it. nothing more needs to be said. shucks there may a glitter of victory for the GOP in New Jersey...Miracles do happen!!! Let's see how Obama does this evening in Richmond, Virginia. Maybe he can fly disgusting Obamabot, Congresswoman, Fredricka Wilson into Richmond top warm up the crowd.
  • On this date Three significant military events occurred.

    10/19/2017 12:45:03 PM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 10 replies
    In 202 BC, Roman Consul Publius Cornelius Scipo's Roman and allied Legions defeat Hannibal Barca's Carthaginian army at the Battle of Zama. This effectively ends the Second Punic War. In 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrenders his 8000 man army to General George Washington and General Rochambeau at Yorktown Virginia. This effectively ends the fighting in the American Revolution and guarantees our independence from Britain. 1864 Major General Philip Sheridan's Union Army of Shenandoah defeat Lt. General Jubal Early's Confederate army of the Valley at the Battle of Cedar Creek, near Middleton, VA. This effectively ends the Civil War in the Shenandoah...
  • Don't Dismantle The Statue of Liberty

    10/19/2017 11:06:25 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 17 replies
    Rosemary LaBonte to the editors of a California newspaper in response to an article written by Ernie Lujan who suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the immigrants of today aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry. The paper never printed this response, so her husband sent it out via internet. Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there...
  • Vanity - Failed ex-POTUS, Obama hits the campaign trail seeking adoration & glory for himself.

    10/19/2017 7:18:34 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 15 replies
    Well...well, today New Jersey & Virginia will be blessed or cursed with a "political" campaigning "FAILED" ex-POTUS, Barack Hussein Obama. Will Obama be the magical glowing touch of victory or the forsaken failure for both Murphy & Northam in NJ & VA!!! Will hundreds of thousands of African-Americans turn out, today to be fooled once again by the Ex-POTUS, and, his Democrat low lifes ruling the "GHETTO AAMERICAN CITIES" who left them all out in the cold during his eight year rule of trapping millions of American Blacks in poverty, crime, murder, rape, fatherless homes, lack of education, no jobs,...
  • Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

    10/18/2017 10:27:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2017 12:03 AM EDT | Jesse J. Holland
    A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he’d make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory University in Atlanta. The nine full letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, are being made public to researchers through Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. The university has had the letters since 2014 but could only make them public now, officials said. Written...
  • Monica Lewinsky tweets '#MeToo'

    10/18/2017 8:18:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 92 replies
    fox ^ | October 18, 2017 | fox
    Monica Lewinsky raised eyebrows over the weekend when she tweeted the hashtag #MeToo, marking herself as a victim of sexual harassment or assault.
  • 400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

    10/18/2017 4:58:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 17, 2017 07:02am ET | Owen Jarus,Contributor |
    Discovered mainly through satellite images, a few of the gates are actually located on the side of a volcanic dome that once spewed basaltic lava, researchers found. The gates "are stone-built, the walls roughly made and low," David Kennedy, a professor at the University of Western Australia, wrote in a paper set to be published in the November issue of the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy. The gates "appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape," Kennedy noted, adding that "no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned." The smallest of the gates extends about 43 feet...
  • ‘Simplicate and Add Lightness!’ — Designing the F-45 Mustang II

    10/18/2017 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2017 4:00 AM | MIKE FREDENBURG
    When replacing the failed F-35, the U.S. should focus on building large numbers of a reliable, lightweight fighter design. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article concludes Mike Fredenburg’s series on replacing the disastrous F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Part I explains why the program should be considered a failure and argues that the Trump administration should proactively cancel the F-35. Part II lays out the measures the Pentagon should undertake to bridge the gap between the F-35’s cancellation and the production of a new replacement fighter.
  • Jefferson told lawyers to read these; now they'll be online

    10/18/2017 2:18:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 10/18/17 | JESSICA GRESKO
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Thick tomes on the laws of England. Half a dozen legal dictionaries. Books on Roman law and maritime law. Those are some of the books Thomas Jefferson thought aspiring lawyers should be reading or using as reference. The University of Virginia has been working to make the hundreds of books on Jefferson's legal reading list available to the public through an online library. The book list goes back to the creation of the University of Virginia, a project Jefferson took on after he finished serving two terms as America's third president. A voracious reader himself, Jefferson believed...
  • An 1888 Volcanic Collapse Becomes a Benchmark for Tsunami Models

    10/18/2017 9:44:56 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 12 replies
    EOS ^ | 10/10/17 | Aaron Micallef, et al
    When volcanic mountains slide into the sea, they trigger tsunamis. How big are these waves, and how far away can they do damage? Ritter Island provides some answers. Early one March morning in 1888, a 4-cubic-kilometer chunk of the Ritter Island volcano collapsed into the Bismarck Sea northeast of New Guinea. This volume of land was about twice that of the Mount St. Helens landslide in 1980, and it is the largest historically recorded tsunami-causing volcanic sector collapse. The ensuing landslide triggered a tsunami tens of meters high. The waves were still 8 meters high when they reached parts of...
  • Just the facts please, just the facts.

    10/18/2017 6:32:54 AM PDT · by Bob Celeste · 11 replies
    MaineTV.net ^ | 10-18-2017 | Unknown
    LETS LOOK AT SOME FACTS 1. Benghazi — no grand jury impaneled. 2. Clinton Foundation — no grand jury impaneled. 3. Uranium transfer to Russia for cash — no grand jury impaneled. 4. 30,000 e-mails deleted — no grand jury impaneled. 5. Billions in cash transferred to Iran — no grand jury impaneled. 6. Fast and furious gun running scandal — no grand jury impaneled. 7. DNC insiders with a suicide epidemic along with random murders — no grand jury impaneled. 8. DNC and media collusion during the 2016 election campaign — no grand jury impaneled. 9. Abuse of spy...
  • On this date in 1978

    10/17/2017 6:22:57 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 16 replies
    President James Carter restores the U.S. Citizenship of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Davis offered no comment on the action taken by President Carter.
  • On your Marx: meet the modern-day communists

    10/17/2017 5:17:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | October 14, 2017 | Zoe Williams
    No two modern communist parties are the same. In Nepal, the comrades look quite Ocean’s Eleven, purposeful and united, glamorous despite their woolly hats. In Italy, the insistent sun gives them the air of drinkers in a rural bar with an eccentric owner. The reds of the Indian state of Kerala carry themselves with a distinctive authority and have the look of seasoned medics in a run-down but well-used county hospital. The Portuguese communists have an anarchic energy, a bit of versatility, as if they could be plotting a revolution, or opposing fracking. The Russians have a complicated, mournful alertness,...