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  • Karen Carpenter's tragic story

    05/25/2018 9:42:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 85 replies
    guardian ^ | October 23, 2010 | Randy Schmidt
    The Carpenters were one of the biggest-selling American musical acts of all time. Between 1970 and 1984 brother and sister Richard and Karen Carpenter had 17 top 20 hits, including "Goodbye to Love", "Yesterday Once More", "Close to You" and "Rainy Days and Mondays". They notched up 10 gold singles, nine gold albums, one multi-platinum album and three Grammy awards. Karen's velvety voice and Richard's airy melodies and meticulously crafted arrangements stood in direct contrast to the louder, wilder rock dominating the rest of the charts at the time, yet they became immensely popular, selling more than 100m records. Richard...
  • Word of the Day: ULTRACREPIDARIAN

    05/25/2018 6:34:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 05/25/2018 | Red Badger
    ____________________________________________________________________________________ Ultracrepidarian. Definition: one who is presumptuous and offers advice or opinions beyond one's sphere of knowledge. The meaning of this word comes from a story in antiquity, in which the famed Greek painter Apelles one day heard a cobbler criticizing the way he had rendered a foot in a painting. ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an ˌəltrəkrepəˈderēən/ adjective adjective: ultracrepidarian; adjective: ultra-crepidarian 1. expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one's knowledge or expertise. "“Dad, how do we know the universe is expanding?” inquires your six-year-old. Try answering that without resorting to an ultracrepidarian trick here or there" noun noun: ultracrepidarian; plural noun:...
  • On this date in 1941

    05/24/2018 3:04:15 PM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 28 replies
    HMS Hood is sunk by gunfire from the German Battleship Bismarck during the Battle of the Denmark Strait. There were only 3 survivors of Hoods 1,418 man crew.
  • The Great German Meltdown

    05/24/2018 7:02:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Defining Ideas: Hoover Institute ^ | May 23, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Every 20 to 50 years in Germany, things start unraveling. Germans feel aggrieved. Ideas and movements gyrate wildly between far left and far right extremes. And the Germans finally find consensus in a sense of victimhood paradoxically expressed as national chauvinism. Germanys neighbors in 1870, 1914, 1939and increasingly in the presentusually bear the brunt of this national meltdown. Germany is supposed to be the economic powerhouse of Europe, its financial leader, and its trusted and responsible political center. Often it plays those roles superbly. But recently, its been cracking upin a way that is hauntingly familiar to its European neighbors....
  • Ken Ham's ark exhibit a fabulous success, evolutionites shattered...

    The question of sin being involved in the flood story is questionable; the historical reality of the global flood at the time of Noah is not. Interesting article on www.steemit.comL
  • Will We Ever Hear From Benghazis American Survivors?

    05/23/2018 4:02:11 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 36 replies
    Vanity | 5/23/18 | Originalbuckeye
    Will we ever find out about the people who were saved from our Consulate and the Annex in Benghazi? Are they in Witness Protection? Will the investigations reveal their fate? Were they interviewed when they returned to the USA?
  • Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month

    05/23/2018 1:13:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | 05/23/2018 | (Reporting by Ana de Liz; editing by Stephen Addison
    LONDON (Reuters) - A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotlands fabled monster really does, or did, exist. The use of eDNA sampling is already well established as a tool for monitoring marine life like whales and sharks. Whenever a creature moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA from skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine. This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large...
  • Robot sub finds 'holy grail of shipwrecks' with treasure worth billions

    05/23/2018 9:53:09 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 05/23/18
    A more than 300-year-old Spanish shipwreck carrying treasure that might be worth up to $17 billion was discovered with the help of an underwater robot. It's called the Remus 6000 and it can dive nearly four miles and is loaded with sensors and cameras. Bronze cannons confirmed "the holy grail of shipwrecks" had been found at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. They are engraved with dolphins a telltale sign they belong to the Spanish galleon San Jose, lost more than 300 years ago. "I just sat there for about 10 minutes and smiled," said Jeff Kaeli, a research...
  • Constantine's Execution of Crispus and Fausta

    05/23/2018 8:24:09 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 16 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | May 21, 2018 | Florentius
    As the emperor who brought Christianity out of the catacombs and into the palace, Constantine had many admirers in his own time. However, he had just as many detractors. The same holds true in our own time: for every plaudit Constantine receives from a modern commentator, one can expect to see an equal number of condemnations. The event most commonly brought up by Constantines detractors when attacking his character are the scandalous executions of his second wife, Fausta, and his eldest son, Crispus. It is noteworthy that most of Constantines contemporary Christian biographers exclude this incident completely when recounting his...
  • Primaries, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, thread..Please show me some attention

    05/22/2018 4:51:39 PM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 64 replies
    Primary day in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky & Texas is underway...results flowing in from Georgia & Kentucky.
  • How JFK paid $5,000 to famed brothel owner 'Madame Claude' to procure a Jackie lookalike [tr]

    05/22/2018 10:23:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 22, 2018 | Caroline Howe
    As the reigning Queen of Sex in Paris for two decades, French brothel-owner Madame Claude offered a secret and forbidden universe of pleasure and high-ranking politicians and celebrities such as John F Kennedy, Muammar Gadaffi, Nelson Rockefeller, and Frank Sinatra. Her stable of girls were no mere prostitutes but what the Madame dubbed as 'swans' from fine French families with brains, charm, and - sex with a very happy ending. So it was in April 1961 that President John F Kennedy came to Paris and desired to sample the pleasures of Madame Claude's swans.
  • The F-35s New, Much Better Nickname is Panther

    05/22/2018 9:32:04 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 38 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 05/21/18 | Kyle Mizokami
    Nobody likes the F-35s real name. Nobody. Some of the best defense news in weeksor maybe even monthsis that U.S. Air Force pilots have nicknamed the F-35A fighter the Panther. This follows a long history of American warplanes receiving nicknames that become much more popular than their official names, and is a nice switchup from the planes poorly received official name Lightning II. According to The War Zone U.S. Air Force pilots at Nellis Air Force Base refer to the F-35A as the Panther. The article features a patch from the services 6th Weapons Squadron with the words Panther Tamer,...
  • Why such silence from the media that obsesses over alleged Russian interference in our elections?

    05/22/2018 8:27:00 AM PDT · by son of terrence · 20 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | STEVE BALDWIN
    While the media obsess over an alleged Russian conspiracy to collude with Donald Trump to affect Americas 2016 presidential election, what about Obamas interference in the elections of other countries? Most Americans have no idea that President Obama meddled in elections all over the world. And apparently, the media decided theres no reason for Americans to know about this illegal activity. Indeed, in 2016, the Los Angeles Times did a story on how America has interfered with other nations elections in the past, but they stopped short of mentioning the various foreign elections Obama tried to influence. But the same...
  • Harpers Weekly May 22, 1858

    05/22/2018 4:45:50 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 13 replies
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  • Ancient Scroll Shows Jews Tried to Hex Chariot Races in Turkey 1,500 Years Ago

    05/21/2018 10:04:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 16, 2018 | Ruth Schuster and Ofer Aderet
    Chariot racing goes back thousands of years and so do attempts to fix the race... Now it turns out that not only did ancient Greeks and Romans exhort the deities to ruin their rivals' beasts: Jews were hexing the horses too and betting on their favorites. The first-ever evidence of Jewish cursing in sports was found in a rolled-up metal tablet that had been located in ancient Antioch by Princeton University researchers in the 1930s and had been left rolled up until now. The tablet, about 9x6 centimeters in size, dated to about the 5th or 6th century C.E.,...
  • Collusion against Trump timeline

    05/21/2018 6:47:50 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 21 replies ^ | by sattkisson on May 20, 2018
    On the other side, evidence has emerged in the past year that makes it clear there were organized efforts to collude against candidate Donald Trumpand then President Trump. For example: Anti-Russian Ukrainians allegedly helped coordinate and execute a campaign against Trump in partnership with the Democratic National Committee and news reporters. A Yemen-born ex-British spy reportedly delivered political opposition research against Trump to reporters, Sen. John McCain, and the FBI; the latter of which used the materialin partto obtain wiretaps against one or more Trump-related associates. There were orchestrated leaks of anti-Trump information and allegations to the press, including by...
  • Vanity - Brennan & Holder Lash out at Trump...Obama cannot be far behind - Please show me attention!

    05/21/2018 4:21:57 PM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 26 replies
    Lookee...Lookee, the "Obama" birds (Brennan & Holder) of a feather try to cover their butts together. Don't take no genius to put two and two together. The game, the gambit, the dark acts to destroy the current POTUS, Donald J. Trump is over. It simply started and ended with Barack Hussein Obama. Obama, not the sharpest knife in the drawer, is not going to have sweet nice cozy legacy. In fact, he will little legacy at all. Scores of his Obamabots will go down with him. Game over...soon!!!
  • School apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets urging kids to 'party like it's 1776'

    05/21/2018 12:36:48 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 40 replies ^ | 05/21/18 | Leada Gore
    A principal at a New Jersey high school has apologized for prom tickets that contained a line urging students to "party like it's 1776." In a letter posted to Twitter Friday, Cherry Hill East High School Principal Dennis Perry said he was "writing to apologize for the hurt feeling this reference caused for members of our school family." "It was insensitive and irresponsible not to appreciate that not all communities can celebrate what like was like in 1776," Perry wrote. "I especially apologize to our African American students whom I have let down by not initially recognizing the inappropriateness of...
  • Author claims to know identity of skyjacker 'DB Cooper'

    05/20/2018 10:46:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Grand Rapids Business Journal ^ | May 17, 2018 | Danielle Nelson
    A 47-year-old mystery finally may be resolved. Grand Rapids-based publisher Principia Media announced yesterday it has released abookthat allegedly reveals the real identityof D.B. Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who in 1971 demanded a $200,000 ransom on board a flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattles Sea-Tac airport, before jumping 10,000 feet to his escape. The book, D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend, is by Carl Laurin, an alleged friend of the skyjacker, and details aninvestigation into Coopers identity. Laurin claimsthat Cooper wasthe late "military paratrooper, daredevil and intelligence operative" Walter R. Reca, Principia Media said. Reca,...
  • FYI: English isn't the official language of the United States

    05/20/2018 1:55:26 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 74 replies
    MSN/CNN ^ | 5/20/2018 | Harmeet Kaur
    Aaron Schlossberg, a lawyer in New York, was caught on camera berating staff members of a restaurant for speaking Spanish with customers. A lot of multilingual countries promote an official language, but the United States has never done so with English. In fact, the US has no official language. "The Founding Fathers didn't see a need to declare one," Dr. Wayne Wright, a professor of language and literacy at Purdue University, told CNN. "English was pretty much the dominant language of the United States at the time and they didn't want to offend their fellow Americans who helped fight for...