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  • Five survivors of Doolittle Tokyo Raiders recall daring sortie (70TH ANNIVERSARY)

    04/13/2012 11:17:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Edward Saylor still vividly remembers the Chinese boy who helped save his life. In the days after his plane crashed into the waters just off China’s coast, Mr. Saylor, now 92, and four other Doolittle Tokyo Raiders were desperate and hungry — but they had survived a daring mission that was America’s first military strike against the Imperial Japanese homeland, four months after the infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. “The thought hits you, where you’re at, what you’ve got to do. … We don’t speak the language, what do we do now? That’s what was going through our heads,”...

    04/13/2012 4:53:33 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 26 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/13/42 | Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Civil War Navy Conference (4 videos)

    04/13/2012 4:29:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    C-SPAN, Mariners' Museum ^ | March 9 2012 | C-SPAN
    The Civil War along the Atlantic Coast This week on The Civil War, American History TV visits the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The museum hosted a Civil War Navy Conference in early March to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, when for the first time, ironclads battled during the Civil War. First, author and Naval Academy history professor Craig Symonds talks about the War along the Atlantic Coast. Then, David Alberg of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary talks about the recovery and identification of human remains from the USS Monitor, the Union ship that...
  • Who is from Tampa/St.Pete and remembers the collapse of the Sunshine Skyway in 1980?

    04/12/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 63 replies
    4-13-2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    I was going on four in 1980 and I don't remember hearing about this on the news. I was curious if anyone here remembers it or was actually stuck in traffic after the collapse. I watched a video about it on YouTube.
  • Who is from Tampa/St.Pete and remembers the collapse of the Sunshine Skyway in 1980?

    04/12/2012 9:20:12 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 11 replies
    4-13-2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    I was going on four in 1980 and I don't remember hearing about this on the news. I was curious if anyone here remembers it or was actually stuck in traffic after the collapse. I watched a video about it on YouTube.
  • TCM Titanic Film: "A Night to Remember"

    04/12/2012 6:57:39 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 86 replies
    TCM ^ | April 12, 2012
      The 1958 film, A Night to Remember is scheduled for a showing this Saturday night, April 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Because the book was so well written and the facts so compelling, it reads like a suspense novel. [Walter] Lord scrupulously researched all information available at the time, reviewing testimony from boards of inquiry, plus newspaper and eyewitness accounts of survivors from both passengers and crew. There are a few scenes where slight artistic license is taken, but no wholesale fabrication of characters or fictionalized sub-plots. In reality, the film is more docudrama, yet never...
  • The Dead Past (9th Circuit Chief Judge on privacy laws)

    04/12/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Stanford Law Review ^ | April 12, 2012 | Alex Kozinski
    I must start out with a confession: When it comes to technology, I’m what you might call a troglodyte. I don’t own a Kindle or an iPad or an iPhone or a Blackberry. I don’t have an avatar or even voicemail. I don’t text. I don’t reject technology altogether: I do have a typewriter—an electric one, with a ball. But I do think that technology can be a dangerous thing because it changes the way we do things and the way we think about things; and sometimes it changes our own perception of who we are and what we’re about....
  • Sarkozy Fights to Survive

    04/12/2012 2:58:03 PM PDT · by Kenny Bunk · 8 replies
    The Sarkozy Campaign ^ | April 12, 2012 | La Campagne
    Chère amie, cher ami, A 7 jours du premier tour de l’élection présidentielle, je veux donner rendez-vous au peuple de France, à la majorité silencieuse, décidée à prendre la parole. Dans cette dernière ligne droite, j’en appelle directement à vous, vous qui vous reconnaissez dans mon projet, vous qui partagez mes idées et mes valeurs, à nous retrouver au : Grand rassemblement qui aura lieu Dimanche prochain, le 15 avril, Place de la Concorde à Paris à partir de 14h00. Plus que jamais j’ai besoin de vous, de votre engagement et de votre mobilisation Aidez-moi ! Ensemble, nous sommes en...
  • How the sinking of the Titanic sparked a century of radio improvements

    04/12/2012 10:02:53 AM PDT · by dickmc · 14 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Unstated | Alexander B. Magoun
    When the RMS Titanic scraped an iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, its wireless operators began sending distress calls on one of the world’s most advanced radios: a 5-kilowatt rotary spark transmitter that on a clear night could send signals from the middle of the Atlantic to New York City or London. The equipment was owned by Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Co. and operated by two of its employees, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride. What Phillips and Bride lacked, however, were international protocols for wireless communications at sea. Shipboard operators were still an unregulated novelty, and they reported to...

    04/12/2012 4:25:21 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/12/42 | C. Brooks Peters, Frank Hewlett, Dean Schedler, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?

    04/12/2012 3:50:53 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 21 replies
    Sky and Telescope Website ^ | April, 2012 | Donald W. Olson, Russell L. Doescher & Roger W. Sinnott
    Did the Moon Sink the Titanic? Exceptionally strong tides in early 1912 may have brought the iceberg into the doomed ship’s path. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic sailed from Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage. After picking up passengers at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, the liner headed west across the North Atlantic to New York. But it would never get there. At 11:40 p.m. on April 14th, the Titanic struck an iceberg, and by 2:20 a.m. on April 15th the great ship had slipped beneath the waves. Although some 700 people were rescued from lifeboats, about...
  • What Time Did the RMS Titanic Really Hit the Iceberg?

    04/11/2012 9:58:58 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 19 replies
    Awesome Talks ^ | April 3, 2012 | Barry Cauchon
    As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, I thought I’d republish an article I wrote back on April 18, 2009. I’ve updated the introduction and clarified some points, but the rest remains intact and is still relevant today. Enjoy. Barry ———————————— April 14 & 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. If you are like me, I enjoy thinking about events like this in ‘real time’. For instance, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at 10:15 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) on April 14, 1865. I currently live in...
  • Smithsonian opens new, diverse US history timeline (not all about "white men on horses")

    04/11/2012 12:26:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 11, 2012 | BRETT ZONGKER
    WASHINGTON — Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" have a new home with a diverse set of artifacts in a new timeline of American history that includes a piece of Plymouth Rock, a slave ship manifest, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and Kermit the Frog at the Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of American History will open the exhibit Thursday featuring iconic objects from pop culture along with items dating to the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620 in Plymouth, Mass. "American Stories" will be a new chronology of U.S. history from the early encounters of Europeans and Native Americans to...
  • News Headlines From Obama's 2nd Term

    04/11/2012 11:20:05 AM PDT · by Williams · 13 replies
    A Crystal Ball
    The Obama Justice Department announced today that the last gun had been "pryed from the cold, dead hand" of the last Second Amendment agitator. The miscreant was clutching a homophobic Bible in her other hand. The United States, still reeling from defeat by China, is nuked by North Korea for good measure. Obama denies any connection to his disarmament policies. US Supreme Court Switches Superior S African Constitution for USA's "slaveholders constitution". Court cites the precedent of The Untouchables film, in which juries were switched in the interest of justice. Justice Kennedy recused himself from 8-0 vote due to a...
  • Souls & Rivers of Faith (With Ghost EVP's)

    04/11/2012 8:45:53 AM PDT · by Revski
    Revski youtube Classics ^ | 4-11-2012 | Revski
    This is a classic signature o7jimmy video with scenic views children singing and a few ghost EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)!
  • Manson likely a no-show for his parole hearing

    04/11/2012 7:30:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    hostednews ^ | LINDA DEUTSCH
    CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Debra Tate hopes that Wednesday is the last time she has to walk into a prison holding Charles Manson and argue in front of a parole board panel that he should not be freed. For four decades the sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate has traveled to whatever rural California prison has held the notorious cult leader and his band of murderous followers for hearings she says are too numerous to count. "I've tried to take this thing that I do, that has become my lot in life, and make it have purpose," says the 59-year-old...

    04/11/2012 4:34:03 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/11/42 | Charles Hurd, Dean Schedler, Clark Lee, John MacCormac, Raymond Daniell, Roy L. Curthoys, more
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  • Life on the edge: Inside the world's largest STONE forest, where tropical rain has eroded rocks...

    04/10/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Daily Mail / Nat Geog ^ | Sunday, April 8, 2012 | Chris Parsons
    Inhospitable: The Grand Tsingy may look uninhabitable, but there are thought to be 11 species of lemur, 100 types of bird and 45 kinds of reptile living there Perilous: An explorer climbs among the razor-sharp peaks of the stone forest, where the eroded limestone rocks extend for 230-square miles Intrepid: Climbers Luke Padgett and John Benson scale another dangerous-looking peak in the Grand Tsingy, thought to be the world's largest stone forest Forest of life: Various forms of greenery can be spotted within the Grand Tsingy stone forest, despite the apparently inhospitable environmental conditions It's like a cave without...

    04/10/2012 6:29:25 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 22 replies
    N/A | 4/10/12 | me
    All times Eastern. "Titanic Tech" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @9a, & @3p "Lost Worlds: Building the Titanic" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @10a & @4p "Titanic's Tragic Sister" (mostly about Britannic) - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @1p & @7p "Hollywood Dailies (may cover various movies that focused on it) - REELZ - 4/12 @5:30p; 4/13 @2a & @3a & @ 7:30a "Titanic's Achilles Heel" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @8p & 4/13 @12a; same - History Channel - 4/15 @11a "Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces" - H2 (History Channel 2) -...
  • Criminal penalties for violating Executive Order 6102

    04/10/2012 4:35:01 PM PDT · by depressed in 06 · 8 replies
    The latest issue of The Numismatist has an article by Q. David Bowers, page 43, has a poster on Executive Order 6102, Roosevelt's confiscation of private gold, that has the following statement in it: "CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF EXECUTI...$10,000 fine or 10 years imprisonment or both, provided by Section 9 of the order."
  • 40 Years Ago This Month: Apollo 16 (long article)

    04/10/2012 11:19:09 AM PDT · by chimera · 22 replies
    various | 4/10/2012 | chimera
    Apollo 16, the penultimate lunar landing mission, began on April 16, 1972, 40 years ago this month. The second of the “J” missions, Apollo 16, like Apollo 15 before it, carried an uprated lunar module, a SIM bay in the CM/SM, and an electric-powered lunar rover. Gemini and Apollo veteran John Young commanded this historic mission. Lunar geologists were anxious to target an Apollo mission for the lunar highlands. You can easily see them if you look at the moon when it is in a phase from waxing or waning gibbous to full. The brighter surface areas are the “highlands”...

    04/10/2012 4:21:59 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 23 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/10/42 | Charles Hurd, Raymond Daniell, Harrison Forman, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • “The Courtship of Andy Hardy,” “The Night Before the Divorce” (Movie Reviews-4/10/42)

    04/10/2012 4:13:54 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/10/42 | Bosley Crowther, T.S.
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  • Dogs of the Titanic: a Dozen Aboard, Three Survived

    04/09/2012 10:51:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 53 replies
    April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the ship touted as unsinkable, during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, en route to New York. Much research has been done on the passengers, crew, and the ship itself over the years. But little has been reported about one group of passengers -- the dogs of the Titanic. Many think of their pets as part of the family, and it's evident that that sentiment was as true 100 years ago as it is today. Widener University, named for a prominent Philadelphia family that had three members...
  • Hillsdale Constitution 101 Week 8: “Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution”

    04/09/2012 7:38:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | April 9 2012 | Kevin Portteus
    Abraham Lincoln’s fidelity to the Declaration of Independence is equally a fidelity to the Constitution. The Constitution takes its moral life from the principles of liberty and equality, and was created to serve those principles. We are divided as a nation today, as in Lincoln’s time, because we have severed the connection between these two documents. Lincoln’s “Fragment on the Constitution and the Union” contains the central theme of Lincoln’s life and work. Drawing upon biblical language, Lincoln describes the Declaration of Independence as an “apple of gold,” and the Constitution as the “frame of silver” around it. We cannot...

    04/09/2012 4:17:20 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 20 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/9/42 | Raymond Daniell, Charles Hurd, Robert P. Post, G.H. Archambault, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Izzy, Esther, and Me: Memories of I.F. and Esther Stone

    04/08/2012 8:10:11 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    The American Spectator reports on I.F. Stone, charging as others have that he was an agent -- at least for a time -- of the Soviet Union: < SNIP> But we now know that Stone was not always so honest. At one time, he was a paid Soviet agent. In their latest work, published by Yale University Press, historians John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev conclude that Stone was a "Soviet spy." In an article excerpted from the book and published in the April 2009 online version of Commentary magazine, they wrote: "To put it plainly, from 1936...
  • Dig it! Volunteers can sign up to excavate at Topper site

    04/08/2012 6:08:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Times and Democrat ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Albert Goodyear (probably)
    The University of South Carolina is accepting registrations from volunteers to help excavate archaeological sites along the Savannah River April 30-June 2. The expedition will be led by archaeologist Albert Goodyear, whose discoveries at the Topper site in Allendale County have captured international media attention. Volunteers will learn excavation techniques and how to identify Clovis and pre-Clovis artifacts in several prehistoric chert quarries. This year, some volunteers may also be involved in the excavation of a nearby Paleoamerican site known as the Charles site. The cost is $488 per week ($400 is tax-deductible) and includes evening lectures and programs, lunch...

    04/08/2012 5:48:32 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 7 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/8/42 | Charles Hurd, W.S. Mundy, Arthur Krock, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Rudolph Hess Believed the Jews Had Hypnotised Churchill, According to Psychiatric Records

    04/07/2012 3:59:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7 April 2012
    Rudolph Hess believed the Jews had hypnotised Winston Curchill into taking a negative stance towards Nazi Germany, according to the Deputy Nazi leader's recently discovered psychiatric records. Notes written by Dr Henry Dicks, one of the Army psychiatrists who monitored Hess while he was a prisoner in Britain, detail his bizarre convictions. Hess believed Churchill had been 'mesmerised' by evil forces who were trying to kill him because he was the 'only person who knew of their secret psychic powers'. Professor Daniel Pick, a historian and psychoanalyst from Birkbeck College, University of London, studied Dr Dicks' notes for a new...
  • Eternal Peace, Interment Aboard the USS Arizona

    04/07/2012 3:06:25 PM PDT · by Doogle · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/02/11 | WWIIValorNPS
  • Education As The Road To Serfdom

    04/07/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    "Real Reagan Conservative" ^ | April 6, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Latin root of educate is to "lead out from," as Moses led the Jews out from Egypt. The original concept was that children are living in ignorance, and we would naturally want to lead them from that world into a better world. A world where they know more and have more options. Freedom is central to this original concept. As you become educated --that is, as you learn more--you move from less freedom to more freedom. When George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and the other founders talked about public education, they were clearly thinking of schools that would liberate children....
  • (Crappy Commie Architecture) An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria

    04/07/2012 10:31:30 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 6, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria Remember those derelict Bulgarian war memorials that resemble space fortresses? Well, it turns out they're just as otherworldly inside. Here's one intrepid urban explorer's journey into the shadowy corridors of the shuttered Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna, Bulgaria. It's also a case study on why you never tour old Soviet monuments alone. In its Communist heyday, the "Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship" contained an eternal flame, a bomb shelter, and a tourism center. Loudspeakers would also blast Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 on constant loop. The center opened in...
  • Mixed Martial Arts Celebrity Recruited for Ancient Roman Army

    04/07/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    A newly translated inscription, dating back about 1,800 years, reveals that Oinoanda, a Roman city in southwest Turkey, turned to a mixed martial art champion to recruit for the Roman army and bring the new soldiers to a city named Hierapolis, located hundreds of miles to the east, in Syria. His name was Lucius Septimius Flavianus Flavillianus and he was a champion at wrestling and pankration, the latter a bloody, and at times lethal, mixed martial art where contestants would try to pound each other unconscious or into submission. Flavillianus proved to be so successful as a military recruiter that...
  • Ancient Egyptian Cotton Unveils Secrets of Domesticated Crop Evolution

    04/07/2012 8:24:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Scientists studying 1,600-year-old cotton from the banks of the Nile have found what they believe is the first evidence that punctuated evolution has occurred in a major crop group within the relatively short history of plant domestication. The findings offer an insight into the dynamics of agriculture in the ancient world and could also help today's domestic crops face challenges such as climate change and water scarcity. The researchers, led by Dr Robin Allaby from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick, examined the remains of ancient cotton at Qasr Ibrim in Egypt's Upper Nile using high...
  • Empuries: The Ancient Greek Town of Spain

    04/07/2012 8:17:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    EU Greek Reporter ^ | March 29, 2012 | Stella Tsolakidou
    The most western ancient Greek colony documented in the Mediterranean is revealing its secrets through the development of a Document Centre on Greek trade and presence in Iberia, according to the creators of the Iberia Graeca centre. Empúries, formerly known by its Spanish name Ampurias, was a town on the Mediterranean coast of the Catalan comarca of Alt Empordà in Catalonia, Spain. It was founded in 575 BC by Greek colonists from Phocaea with the name of Emporion, meaning "market". It was later occupied by the Romans, but in the Early Middle Ages, when its exposed coastal position left it...

    04/07/2012 4:04:40 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 12 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/7/42 | Charles Hurd, Harrison Forman, Robert P. Post, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • DNA analysis shakes up Neandertal theories

    04/06/2012 10:21:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies ^ | April 4, 2012 | Gail Glover
    Focusing on mitochondrial DNA sequences from 13 Neandertal individuals, including a new sequence from the site of Valdegoba cave in northern Spain, the research team found some surprising results. When they started looking at the DNA, a clear pattern emerged. Neandertal individuals from Western Europe that were older than 50,000 years and individuals from sites in western Asia and the Middle East showed a high degree of genetic variation, on par with what might be expected from a species that had been abundant in an area for a long period of time. In fact, the amount of genetic variation was...
  • The Rebirth of Birthers?

    04/06/2012 8:11:26 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies ^ | 4/6/12 | William Sullivan
    Two years, three months, and seven days after his inauguration, Barack Obama finally offered evidence to prove his eligibility for the presidency. On the White House website, officials posted an electronic document purported to be a scan of Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate. It was a grand "I told you so" moment for the media and the left, which had worked feverishly to marginalize "birthers" as the radical counterpart of the zany "truther." Birthers, on the other hand, merely demanded that the president, who is required by the Constitution to be a natural born American citizen, show proof of his...
  • Did Scalia Parrot Fox News During Health-Care Arguments?

    04/06/2012 2:01:41 PM PDT · by IndePundit · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 5, 2012 | Matthew DeLuca
    Is Roger Ailes clerking for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia? One might be forgiven for thinking so following last week’s oral arguments on the health-care law before the nation’s highest court. As has been pointed out elsewhere, some of Scalia’s questions from the bench made use of the tone and even the diction of the attacks on the Affordable Care Act frequently heard on Fox News and conservative talk-radio shows. After Scalia picked up on the idea that a government empowered to have its citizens buy health insurance or face a penalty may also strong arm them into buy some...
  • Clovis Comet Gets Second Look

    04/06/2012 9:21:52 AM PDT · by baynut · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2012 | Matt Ridley
    Scientists, it's said, behave more like lawyers than philosophers. They do not so much test their theories as prosecute their cases, seeking supportive evidence and ignoring data that do not fit—a failing known as confirmation bias. They then accuse their opponents of doing the same thing. This is what makes debates over nature and nurture, dietary fat and climate change so polarized. But just because the prosecutor is biased in favor of his case does not mean the defendant is innocent. Sometimes biased advocates are right. An example of this phenomenon is now being played out in geology over the...
  • My God! We Are Attacked! Disorganized Surprise at Shiloh Church

    04/06/2012 4:35:17 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 21 replies
    Civil War Daily Gazette ^ | April 6, 2012 | Eric
    April 6, 1862 (Sunday) Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. The Confederate Army of Mississippi was exhausted. After three treacherous days of marching through cold mud and rain, all 40,000 of them lay quiet, flat against the soaked ground waiting for dawn and the call to attack. As the dawn cast its first light slivers across the eastern horizon, Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard, first and second in command of the army, listened to the incipient tenors of battle developing cautiously in their front. Johnston sent word for a general advance and rode to lead his men. Beauregard remained to organize...

    04/06/2012 4:21:58 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 12 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/6/42 | C. Brooks Peters, Daniel T. Brigham, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • General McClellan and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    04/05/2012 5:10:55 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 32 replies
    Civil War Daily Gazette ^ | April 5, 2012 | Eric
    April 5, 1862 (Saturday) Yorktown, VA The previous day had been a good one for George Briton McClellan, commander of the Union Army of the Potomac. The Rebels to his front gave up ground quickly as he advanced two columns up the Virginia Peninsula. Though a division had been withheld from him a few days ago, he quickly recovered, taking less than two days to get his entire army of 66,700 on the road. As the dawn drove out the night, he must have felt a renewed optimism. He was certain that Confederate commander General John Magruder had left his...
  • Titanic centennial puts Halifax back in the spotlight

    04/05/2012 9:34:32 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Among the graves of Fairview Lawn Cemetery, there is one that was a magnet for bouquets and weeping girls in the 1990s. The name on the tombstone: J. Dawson. Jack Dawson, you will recall, is the name of the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 film "Titanic." And this cemetery is the final resting place of more victims of the Titanic than any other.
  • ObamaCare: Severability SCOTUScast

    04/05/2012 7:25:24 AM PDT · by american_steve · 1 replies
    Federalist Society ^ | March 30, 2012 | Federalist Society
    On March 28, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fla. v. Dept. of Health and Human Services and Nat'l Fed. of Ind. Business v. Sebelius, two of the three cases before the Court involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, sometimes referred to as Obamacare or the Healthcare Act. Both cases raise the question whether, if the individual mandate requiring Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty is deemed unconstitutional, the remainder of the Healthcare Act still survives. This is commonly referred to as a question of severability. Both cases further raise the...
  • Dressed to kill: A feathered tyrannosaur is discovered in China

    04/05/2012 4:39:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4-4-2012 | Pete Spotts
    It's not often you see a dinosaur with a girth and toothy grimace reminiscent of Tyrannosaurus rex yet covered in a downy winter coat worthy of L.L. Bean. But that's what a team of paleontologists in China reports. They've dubbed their find Yutyrannus huali (beautiful feathered tyrant), a creature that stretched 30 feet from tail-tip to snout and weighed 1.5 tons. It's the largest dinosaur yet to host feather-like features all over its body – features well preserved on three nearly complete, mostly intact fossil skeletons the team found....

    04/05/2012 4:24:47 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 12 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/5/42 | C. Brooks Peters, George Gallup, Hanson W. Baldwin, George Axelsson, Charles Hurd
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  • Young Mammoth Likely Butchered by Humans

    04/04/2012 3:32:01 PM PDT · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 4-4-2012 | Jennifer Viegas
    A juvenile mammoth, nicknamed "Yuka," was found entombed in Siberian ice near the shores of the Arctic Ocean and shows signs of being cut open by ancient people. The remarkably well preserved frozen carcass was discovered in Siberia as part of a BBC/Discovery Channel-funded expedition and is believed to be at least 10,000 years old, if not older. If further study confirms the preliminary findings, it would be the first mammoth carcass revealing signs of human interaction in the region. The carcass is in such good shape that much of its flesh is still intact, retaining its pink color. The...
  • Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD

    04/04/2012 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | 14 Mar 2012 | Troy Hooper
    It's been over 50 years, but Wayne Ritchie says he can still remember how it felt to be dosed with acid. He was drinking bourbon and soda with other federal officers at a holiday party in 1957 at the U.S. Post Office Building on Seventh and Mission streets. They were cracking jokes and swapping stories when, suddenly, the room began to spin. The red and green lights on the Christmas tree in the corner spiraled wildly. Ritchie's body temperature rose. His gaze fixed on the dizzying colors around him. The deputy U.S. marshal excused himself and went upstairs to his...