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  • Kunta Kinte fights for his freedom in the explosive and star-studded first trailer for the [tr]

    02/12/2016 8:41:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2016 | Ashley Collman
    The first trailer for the remake of Roots was released on Thursday, promising all of the drama and heartbreak that captivated audiences nearly thirty years ago. The History Channel's remake of the 1977 miniseries, based on Alex Haley's novel of the same name, is due out on Memorial Day and features an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Roots follows the struggles of one African American family told over several generations, starting with Kunte Kinte, an African warrior sold into slavery, through to his great-grandchildren fighting for their freedom during the Civil...
  • The Muslim Slave Trade (Documentary From 2nd Half 20th Century)

    02/12/2016 7:12:36 AM PST · by wtd · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 12, 2016/12th of February, 1790
    A video which should be posted every day during "Black History Month" and weekly during the rest of the year. Hugh Fitzgerald, one time VP (emeritus?) at JihadWatch.org, occasionally mentioned an author by the name of Theodore Parker, who wrote "Historic Americans", in which Parker describes founding father, Ben Franklin, abolitionist extraordinaire, quoting the koran in defending his abolition petition to Congress. You can read it online here: http://tinyurl.com/aa96dnm Quote: Page 27:You see the young nation in its infancy. "Hercules in his cradle, "said Franklin; but with a legion of the mystic serpents about him. If the rising sun...
  • An ancient Greek bull that boils its victims, the heretic's fork for blasphemers [tr]

    02/12/2016 6:24:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    How It Works ^ | February 12, 2016 | Staff
    From brutal torture devices to bizarre medical treatments, these terrifying contraptions reveal a darker side to innovation. They show how inventors throughout history have put their skills and intellects to use in horrifying ways, creating contraptions that have caused unimaginable suffering. The feature, first published in How It Works magazine, highlights some heinous inventions used in torture, war and medicine.
  • Gus Arnheim & His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra "One More Time" Victor ‎22700 (1931) Bing Crosby

    02/11/2016 7:44:22 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 2 replies
    Gus Arnheim & his Cocoanut Grove Orchestra performs "One More Time" on Victor ‎22700, recorded on March 2, 1931. Bing Crosby is the vocalist. The song by De Sylva, Brown, & Henderson.
  • Five Books that Demonstrate Why America is Exceptional (Vanity)

    02/11/2016 3:30:47 PM PST · by Dr. Zzyzx · 12 replies
    Self | 2.11.16 | Self
    Five Books that illustrate why America is Exceptional I just watched -In the Heart of the Sea- based on the book of the same name, and it started me thinking about just what kind of men it took to make America the greatest nation on earth. Here is my list of five non-fiction books that I have greatly enjoyed that tell of a time when men were MEN. I have placed them in chronological order of when the event began. 1799: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex By Nathaniel Philbrick. The Essex, stove by...
  • 6 free Kindle short history books

    02/11/2016 1:27:59 PM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Amazon ^ | 2/11/2016 | Charles River Editors
    Escaping Alcatraz: The History of the Prisoners' Attempts to Get Off The Rock by Charles River Editors The Vandals: The History and Legacy of Antiquity's Most Famous Barbarians by Charles River Editors World War II Cryptography: The History of the Efforts to Crack the Secret Codes Used by the Axis and Allies by Charles River Editors The French Resistance: The History of the Opposition Against Nazi Germany's Occupation of France during World War II by Charles River Editors Area 51: The History and Mystery of America's Most Controversial Military Base by Marshall Whitehurst The Navajo Code Talkers: The History of...
  • WWII Vet Reunites in Australia With Wartime Girlfriend

    02/11/2016 12:55:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Feb 10, 2016
    Norwood Thomas, 93, and Joyce Morris, 88, reunited Wednesday after more than 70 years apart.A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart. Norwood Thomas and 88-year-old Joyce Morris laughed as they wrapped their arms around each other after Thomas flew from Virginia to the southern Australian city of Adelaide to reconnect with his long-lost love. SNIP Morris was a 17-year-old British girl and Thomas was a 21-year-old paratrooper when they first met in London shortly before D-Day. After the war, he returned...
  • Some 5,000 years ago, silver mining on the shores of the Aegean Sea

    02/11/2016 12:14:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | February 10, 2016 | Ghent University
    Underground, the morphology and the organization of the mining infrastructure allow to distinguish several phases of activity. The archaeological data gathered and observed during the latest phase of the 2015 campaign: pottery, stone hammers made of a volcano-sedimentary rock quarry, point towards a high dating for the earliest phase of mining activities in the area (Late Neolithic / Early Helladic: around 3200 BC). If future research confirms this hypothesis, the chronological framework of mining in the region of Attica and the Aegean world would be profoundly modified. The Classical phase is by far the most perceptible; omnipresent, it is remarkable...
  • Russia completes reformation of 1st Guards Tank Army

    02/10/2016 7:10:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Jane's ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nikolai Novichkov
    The Russian Ground Forces has completed the reactivation of the 1st Guards Tank Army in Russia's Western Military District (WMD) and is to form two new armoured divisions, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. A session of the Defence Ministry Board, chaired by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, discussed the reactivation as part of the development of Russia's quick reaction force. The session also revealed that Russia will form two new armoured divisions near the cities of Voronezh (in the WMD) and Chelyabinsk (in the Central Military District: CMD) in 2016.
  • The third Forth bridge: New crossing's three concrete towers stand tall- thanks to 23,000 MILES [tr]

    02/10/2016 6:25:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2016 | Hugo Gye
    It will use 150,000 tonnes of concrete - nearly as much as the whole of the London Olympics - and contain enough cable to go around the world three times. And at £1.14billion the new bridge over the Firth of Forth is one of the biggest civil engineering projects undertaken in Britain in recent years, creating 1,300 jobs. Designed to take some of the strain off the old Forth Road bridge, which was recently closed due to safety fears, the Queensferry crossing is now taking shape with the three towers which will support the structure in place.
  • Old trees reveal Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) around 1,500 years ago

    02/10/2016 12:58:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Tree-ring measurements have revealed a period of extreme cold in Eurasia between 536 and around 660 CE. It coincides strikingly with the Justinian plague, migrations of peoples and political turmoil in both Europe and Asia... WSL dendroclimatologist Ulf Buntgen and his fellow researchers were able for the first time to precisely reconstruct the summer temperatures in central Asia for the past 2,000 years. This was made possible by new tree-ring measurements from the Altai mountains in Russia. The results complement the climatological history of the European Alps, stretching back 2,500 years, that Buntgen and collaborators published in 2011 in the...
  • An apartment in Paris, abandoned since 1939

    02/09/2016 12:22:25 PM PST · by beaversmom · 50 replies
    IMGUR ^ | February 9, 2016 | jponic
    An Apartment in Paris, Abandoned Since 1939 by jponic See original Daily Mail article here (May 2013) to read story
  • DNA evidence uncovers major upheaval in Europe near end of last Ice Age

    02/08/2016 11:24:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | February 4, 2016 | Current Biology, Cell Press
    DNA evidence lifted from the ancient bones and teeth of people who lived in Europe from the Late Pleistocene to the early Holocene -- spanning almost 30,000 years of European prehistory -- has offered some surprises, according to researchers who report their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Feb. 4, 2016. Perhaps most notably, the evidence shows a major shift in the population around 14,500 years ago, during a period of severe climatic instability... The researchers pieced this missing history together by reconstructing the mitochondrial genomes of 35 hunter-gatherer individuals who lived in Italy, Germany, Belgium, France,...
  • 200,000 fish bones suggest ancient Scandinavian people were more complex than thought

    02/08/2016 10:58:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | February 8, 2016 | Elsevier
    200,000 fish bones discovered in and around a pit in Sweden suggest that the people living in the area more than 9000 years ago were more settled and cultured than we previously thought. Research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggests people were storing large amounts of fermented food much earlier than experts thought. The new paper reveals the earliest evidence of fermentation in Scandinavia, from the Early Mesolithic time period, about 9,200 years ago. The author of the study, from Lund University in Sweden, say the findings suggest that people who survived by foraging for food were actually...
  • The Ultimate 'What If': A World Where America Never Invaded Iraq

    02/08/2016 8:41:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 55 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 28, 2015 | Robert Farley
    Every player of the popular video game Civilization knows to hit the save button before engaging in the risky, stupid invasion of foreign country. In the case of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, it became apparent after the first few months that the war was not working out as its framers had envisioned. The failure to find weapons of mass destruction was only the icing, so to speak, on the disaster of failed reconciliation, state collapse, and executive incompetence. What if we had “saved game” before we invaded Iraq? What would America’s strategic options look like today? The Middle East...
  • Operation Bojinka's bombshell (FreeRepublic referenced)

    02/08/2016 6:29:29 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    --snip-- But as the burning towers came crashing down under their own weight, disbelief turned to anger. "I still don't understand," she says, "how it could have been allowed to happen." We are having lunch in a busy Manila shopping centre, not far from the Dona Josefa Apartments, where it all started, where she - and the CIA and the FBI - first heard the words "Operation Bojinka." --snip-- the United States already had a thick file on him, and that was just one of his 21 known aliases. Sometimes he passed himself off as Paul Vijay, or Adam Sali...
  • Honest Book on Slavery in America

    02/08/2016 2:36:19 PM PST · by pgyanke · 93 replies
    Vanity | 2/8/2016 | pgyanke
    I am in a discussion with a secular humanist who wants to know why, if our Founding Fathers believed in the inalienable rights of man, they allowed slavery. Can anyone recommend a good, honest book on the subject to share with him?
  • James 'Red' Moore, Negro League legend passes away at 99

    02/08/2016 12:41:57 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nick Diunte
    James "Red " Moore, a long-time first baseman in the Negro Leagues, passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on February 6, 2016. He was 99. Born November 18, 1916 in Atlanta, Moore developed his talents at Booker T. Washington High School. His exploits in the field and at the plate attracted the attention of the Chattanooga Choo Choos of the Negro Southern League in 1935. Word of his play at first base spread through the league and he was picked up by the famed Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in 1936. He joined an infield that earned the nickname...
  • Box Office: 'Hail, Caesar!' Underwhelms Friday

    02/06/2016 8:29:37 PM PST · by fireman15 · 58 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 02/05/2016 | Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
    The third new offering of the weekend, Nicholas Sparks' film adaptation 'The Choice,' is also struggling; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' will beat all three to stay at No. 1. Ethan and Joel Coen's Hail, Caesar! grossed an underwhelming $4.3 million from 2,222 theaters Friday for a projected $11.6 million debut, the lowest nationwide start of the duo's directing career. The news is even more grim for mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The movie may only debut to $5 million after earning $2 million on Friday from 2,931 theaters. That puts it behind the the third new movie daring to...
  • Ken Stabler earns election to Pro Football Hall of Fame

    02/06/2016 6:30:49 PM PST · by GAGOP · 28 replies
    AL.com ^ | Feb 6, 2016 | Mark Inabinett
    Thirty-one years after his final football game and seven months after he lost his life to colon cancer, Ken Stabler is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Foley High School three-sport star and Alabama quarterback was among the players picked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee on Saturday for the Class of 2016.
  • Egypt arrests 3 for selling stones from Giza Pyramids

    02/06/2016 3:03:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    fox ^ | 02/06/2016 | ap
    The Interior Ministry announced the arrests Saturday, after journalists from dotmsr, a local website, used a hidden camera to capture horse carriage drivers selling two stones for 250 Egyptian pounds ($32). One of the men, whose face was blurred in the video, bragged about selling stones to foreign tourists for up to 500 euros.
  • Is This Ancient Greek 'Laptop' Proof That Time Travel Is Real? [in short, no]

    02/06/2016 2:35:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 105 replies
    Yahoo -- ABC News Network ^ | February 5, 2016 | some wackadoodle
    A statue showing a young girl holding up what appears to be a laptop -- complete with USB ports -- has sparked a frenzy among conspiracy theorists. The statue, 'Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant' is in The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. 'I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer,' said YouTuber StillSpeakingOut. 'But when I look at the sculpture I can't help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information and various aspects.' In...
  • Soviet Female Snipers of WWII

    02/06/2016 2:20:31 PM PST · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    IMGUR ^ | February 6, 2016 | mukappadelta ·
    Soviet Female Snipers of WWII by mukappadelta The Red Army had over 2,000 woman snipers during WW2 Roza Shanina (1924--1945) Roza Georgiyevna Shanina was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 54 confirmed kills, including 12 snipers during the Battle of Vilnius. Praised for her shooting accuracy, Shanina was capable of firing precise semi-automatic shots on moving enemy targets. She volunteered to serve as a marksman on the front line. She died from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher....
  • Henry VIII’s erratic behavior was likely caused by an NFL-style injury, argue Yale researchers

    02/06/2016 1:17:28 PM PST · by beaversmom · 71 replies
    Phys ^ | February 3, 2016 | Bill Hathaway
    Did Henry VIII suffer same brain injury as some NFL players? February 3, 2016 by Bill Hathaway Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology. Traumatic brain injury explains the memory problems, explosive anger, inability to control impulses, headaches, insomnia—and maybe even impotence--that afflicted Henry during the decade before his death in 1547, according to a paper published online the week of Feb. 1."It is intriguing to think that modern European history...
  • Could You Stomach the Horrors of 'Halftime' in Ancient Rome?

    02/06/2016 10:26:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 73 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 4, 2016 | Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
    The enormous arena was empty, save for the seesaws and the dozens of condemned criminals who sat naked upon them, hands tied behind their backs. Unfamiliar with the recently invented contraptions known as petaurua, the men tested the seesaws uneasily. One criminal would push off the ground and suddenly find himself 15 feet in the air while his partner on the other side of the seesaw descended swiftly to the ground. How strange. In the stands, tens of thousands of Roman citizens waited with half-bored curiosity to see what would happen next and whether it would be interesting enough to...
  • Klintonerdämmerung (What Really Happened to Hillary's Emails)

    02/06/2016 8:49:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Behind the scenes at Chappaqua: Twilight of the Clintons
  • Russians Sneak A Peek At BBC's War and Peace

    02/06/2016 1:36:18 AM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    BBC Russian ^ | 02/05/2016 | Oleg Boldyrev
    In her disappointment, Kristina was driven to watch the 1967 Soviet epic that won director Sergei Bondarchuk an Oscar. "The interiors, the decor, the Moscow winter and the war scenes especially are ideal there," she told the BBC. "Of course Field Marshal Kutuzov and all the fighting were shot with such expense you wouldn't expect any flaws." No effort and no expense were spared in providing the Soviet film-makers with what they needed. 3,000 Soviet soldiers were drafted for one battle scene 57 museums donated exhibits for the shoots More than 40 state firms were enlisted to produce replica weapons...
  • Apollo 14 Mission To Fra Mauro (1971)

    02/06/2016 1:07:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | NASA/JSC
    Apollo 14 Mission To Fra Mauro (1971) [documentary] Courtesy: NASA/JSC
  • Why was a 9th century Viking woman buried with a ring that says ‘for Allah’ on it?

    02/05/2016 12:57:25 PM PST · by beaversmom · 89 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    By Adam Taylor March 18, 2015 Follow @mradamtaylor (Statens historiska museum / Christer Ahlin) In the modern-era, Scandinavian countries have become known for their sometimes awkward embrace of migrants from the Arab and Muslim world. But the history behind that relationship goes back far further than you might expect.Consider the case of a ring discovered in a Viking grave in Birka, a historic trading center in what is now Sweden. The woman in the grave died in the 9th century and was discovered around a thousand years later by the famous Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stolpe, who spent years excavating...
  • The Unbalanced US Arab-Israeli Balancing Act

    02/05/2016 12:45:33 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5 Feb, 2016 | Dan Calic
    The US and others, while suggesting they are strong supporters of Israel and its need for security, in reality are not promoting peace. Their policies are actually sustaining and rewarding terror. Let me explain... President Obama for example has repeatedly stated throughout his administration America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakable. No doubt these are reassuring words to Israel and its friends around the world. However, his actions contradict his words. How so? It has been the policy of the US and others to condemn the "settlements" and the "occupation" as the main obstacles to achieving peace with the Palestinians....
  • School books CAN call D-Day 'invasion': Berlin court

    02/05/2016 10:15:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Feb 2016 14:22 GMT+01:00
    A parent demanded that a book taught at his son's school which described the Second World War D-Day landings as an invasion be taken off the curriculum. A Berlin court disagreed. The history book taught in his son's school described the Normandy landings, in which the Allied forces made the biggest amphibious landing in history on France's Atlantic coast, as an "invasion". This was both inappropriate and an insult to the soldiers who died in the assault, said the Kreuzberg parent. The Allies could not be seen as invaders because they were liberating an occupied land, he argued. ...
  • Yes, Ted Cruz Is A Natural Born Citizen

    01/10/2016 10:01:39 AM PST · by raptor22 · 194 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 10, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Even Donald Trump thought so, at least before Ted Cruz slipped past him to top the Iowa polls. As recently as last August Trump was saying all the legal people he talked to vouched for Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be president. As ABC News reported The Donald’s flip-flop: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reversed his position on Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president, now saying his Canadian birthplace shouldn’t disqualify him.
  • Queen of the Philistines: Trude Dothan (1922–2016)

    02/04/2016 10:09:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 02/02/2016 | editors
    Trude Dothan, the doyenne of Philistine archaeology, passed away recently at the age of 93. A pioneer in Israeli archaeology, Dothan was a world-renowned expert on the Philistines. She excavated at Athienou (Cyprus), Hazor, Ein Gedi, Tel Qasile, Tell ‘Aitun, Deir el-Balah and Tel Miqne (Biblical Ekron). The excavations at Tel Miqne, which she codirected with Seymour Gitin between 1981 and 1996, unearthed evidence that proved to be dramatically significant to our understanding of Philistine history and culture. Dothan, who had been a Professor of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, published many studies on the Philistines, on the...
  • ‘Confederate cleansing': Lawmaker vows to stop ‘cultural terrorism’ in Georgia

    01/31/2016 12:16:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 46 replies
    WAPO ^ | Jan. 30, 2016 | Sarah Larimer
    A Republican lawmaker who says he's grown weary of what he calls "Confederate cleansing" is working to preserve the famous carving of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders on Georgia's Stone Mountain. "I'm tired of the anti-Confederate rhetoric toward Stone Mountain and any other Confederate monument that's out there," state Rep. Tommy Benton told the Morris News Service. "We're entitled to our heritage just like other people are entitled to theirs, and there seems to be an attempt to do Confederate cleansing." He continued: "I refer to that more as cultural terrorism than anything. They're attacking us for no...
  • I feel the need to have a beer with the Mayor of Lajitas

    02/04/2016 6:18:19 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 28 replies
    SquirrelCutter
    It is time for me to return to Brewster County, a place I love and adore. There is a little town, right on the Rio Bravo, down in the boot heel of Texas, what we call the Big Bend. They got a beer drinking goat down there, Clay Henry, the Mayor of Lajitas, TX. It is time for us to parlay.
  • Never-before-seen video shows a bloodied Colonel Gaddafi begging for his life moments before he [tr]

    02/04/2016 12:40:34 PM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 4, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Never-before-seen video has emerged of the moment a battered and bleeding Colonel Gaddafi was captured by Libyan rebels. The shocking footage was captured on the mobile phone of one of the fighters who dragged the dictator alive from a drain in Sirte in 2011. Similar footage was widely circulated at the time of his death, but this video captures his final moments from a new perspective and clearly shows him pleading for his life. It shows frenzied scenes as Gaddafi is surrounded by screaming gunmen on the bonnet of a truck minutes before he was summarily executed.
  • Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created with Computer Animation (79 AD)

    02/03/2016 7:01:52 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 33 replies
    Open Culture dot com ^ | 2/2/16 | staff
    Video at link and also at Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_3ggKg0Bc#t=485 A good disaster story never fails to fascinate and, given that it actually happened, the story of Pompeii especially so. Buried and thus frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the ancient Roman town of 11,000 has provided an object of great historical interest ever since its rediscovery in 1599. Baths, houses, tools and other possessions (including plenty of wine bottles), frescoes, graffiti, an ampitheater, an aqueduct, the "Villa of the Mysteries": Pompeii has it all, as far as the stuff of first-century Roman life goes.The ash-preserved...
  • City Council Tables Resolution to Rename Columbus Day

    02/03/2016 6:31:19 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | February 2, 2016 | Joshua J. Florence and Samuel Vasquez
    The Cambridge City Council again did not vote on a resolution last Monday to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the third time this year. Despite what the resolution’s proponents claim is strong public support, the legislation is on hold while councillors negotiate how best to change the holiday name and still honor Italian Americans, many of whom see the day as a celebration of their heritage. Councillor Nadeem A. Mazen, who is leading the charge for the name change, said he anticipates the process will continue to play out over the next few months while councillors try...
  • Is Zika Virus Or The Tdap Vaccine Causing Birth Defects In Brazil?

    02/03/2016 2:04:04 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    Your News Wire ^ | 1/28/2016 | Carol Adl
    The Zika virus has been known to infect people in Africa, South and Central America and Asia for more than 70 years without causing any birth defects. The Brazilian government declared an emergency in December after 2,400 babies were found to be born with shrunken heads and brain defects believed to be linked to mosquitoes carrying the Zika Virus. The number of babies born with the defects has been rising significantly since then. But could there be a link between the introduction of the Tdap vaccination that women in Latin America were urged to get before they were 22 weeks...
  • The Case Against Women in Combat

    02/03/2016 10:59:57 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | 3/15/2011 | Thomas Clough
    Imagine your seventeen-year-old daughter fighting for her life in hand-to-hand combat with battle-hardened enemy soldiers. How long would she survive? Two minutes? One minute? There is a resurgent movement to push female military personnel into ever more intimate contact with hostile forces. The few arguments mustered in support of doing this focus narrowly on manpower issues or misplaced feminist vanity. In all the literature on this subject that I have collected over several years, not once have I found a proponent of women in combat who would speak honestly about the consequences of thrusting our daughters into man-against-woman festivals of...
  • Archaeologists find Bronze Age shipwreck off Turkey’s southwest

    02/03/2016 2:14:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Anadolu Agency
    Underwater excavations off the western province of Mugla's Marmaris district have unearthed a shipwreck in the Hisaronu Gulf dating back up to 4,000 years, one of the oldest shipwrecks ever found in Turkish waters... unique Bronze Age wreck 40 meters deep in the Hisaronu Gulf, crowning this season's work... "We have been carrying out the only underwater archaeological research project in the area nonstop since 2007. We have so far discovered more than 100 wrecks and their potential fields. Also, more than 20 underwater harbors and more than 400 anchors from between the Bronze Age and the Ottoman era have...
  • "Let Freedom Ring" by Abby Anderson

    02/02/2016 8:14:39 PM PST · by pgyanke · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/2/2016 | Abby Anderson
    Let Freedom Ring by Abby AndersonAbby Anderson is an 18 year-old contemporary country singer/songwriter and native Texan. Glenn Beck first met Anderson when he attended the graduation ceremony of Pat’s school. Anderson, who is a classically trained singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, was asked to perform at the event. While she initially had planned on singing a different song, she felt moved at the last moment to sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” “She just starts to play the piano. It’s one of those upright pianos. And all of a sudden this amazing song spills out of her,” Glenn explained....
  • The Liberty Song

    02/02/2016 7:29:53 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 1768 | John Dickinson
    The Liberty Song From the "Music of the Revolution" album.
  • Swans are terrorizing a British village. A 12th-century law means the villagers can't fight back.

    02/02/2016 1:36:19 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Vox ^ | February 2, 2016 | Amanda Taub
    A villainous pair of swans have been tormenting the good citizens of Brimscombe, a tiny village in the Cotswolds, with such viciousness that it's become national news. According to Metro UK, the two swans have vandalized property, harassed vehicles on public thoroughfares, and even attacked children. Local residents, Metro reports, have been forced to go about armed with water pistols because the authorities refuse to step in. Swans, local officials inform the fearful residents, are "protected animals."
  • The Epic History of Military Style

    02/02/2016 1:31:13 PM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Esquire ^ | February 1, 2016 | Scott Christian
    If there's a silver lining to the havoc wreaked by Napoleon Bonaparte on Europe during the early 19th Century, it's that menswear today would look considerably different without it. The main thrust of the Napoleonic Wars of 1803 to 1815 may have been to advance the First French Empire, but the undercard was all about military style. The monarchs of France, Russia, England, and Prussia were obsessed with how their soldiers dressed. It was fashion week on steroids, the legacy of which can still be seen in the wardrobes of men today, not to mention in the continuing influence of...
  • Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools

    02/02/2016 9:29:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 Feb 2016 | Richard Sandomir
    Troy Haupt is a 47-year-old nurse anesthetist here in North Carolina's Outer Banks. He has a secret to reveal about Super Bowl I: He owns the only known recording of its broadcast. CBS and NBC, which televised the game, did not preserve any tapes. But the copy that Haupt owns -- of a broadcast that launched the Super Bowl as an enormous shared spectacle that attracts more than 100 million viewers -- might never be seen on any network. The N.F.L. does not want to buy the tapes and has warned Haupt not to sell them to outside parties or...
  • Is American gun culture racist and paranoid?

    02/02/2016 7:25:28 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 2/1/2016 | Gary Mauser
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