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  • The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (vanity)

    07/14/2018 12:04:36 PM PDT · by eastforker · 248 replies
    PBS ^ | 2017 | Ken Burns&Lyn Novick
    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the...
  • Researchers Solve Mystery of 1,800-Year-Old Basel Papyrus

    07/13/2018 4:18:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Sci-news ^ | 7/13/18 | Enrico de Lazaro
    A team of scientists at the University of Basel, Switzerland, has discovered that a 1,800-year-old papyrus from the Basel Papyrus Collection is an ancient medical text from late antiquity and that it was likely written by the famous Roman physician Galen. The University Library in Basel possesses a collection of 65 papyri, mostly in Greek and several in Coptic, Hieratic and Latin. Less than half of this collection was published by Ernst Rabel in 1917 in Papyrusurkunden der Öffentlichen Bibliothek der Universität zu Basel. With mirror writing on both sides, one of the Basel papyri — dubbed P.Basel 1A —...
  • What Work was Like in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

    07/13/2018 7:45:15 PM PDT · by vannrox · 73 replies
    Metallicman ^ | June 2018 | editorial staff
    Today, Americans have taken so much for granted. We look at our life and think that it is as it has always been. Indeed, it is assumed that the way things are today have always been that way. Yet, the simple and plain truth is that America has changed. Over the last few decades there has been tremendous changes at all levels of American society and culture. For instance, it is a recent phenomenon that restaurants can charge $8 for a cup of coffee. Or, that we have to take a urine sample to get employed. Casual day on Friday,...
  • Russian Ministry: Only Non-Political Gulag Records have been Destroyed

    07/13/2018 7:31:38 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | July 2018 | Reuters
    The Gulag Museum in Moscow alleged last month that Russian officials permanently destroyed cards with the personal information and the release dates of former inmates. In response to concerns that authorities were attempting to erase the history of Soviet repression, the Interior Ministry noted that physical copies of the records were digitized for permanent storage. The Interior Ministry now admits it does delete some records of gulag survivors, but only those who were not convicted of committing political crimes against the Soviet Union, Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. In a letter sent to gulag historian Sergei Prudovsky, who originally...
  • Getting There: Highway construction boom built on myths

    07/07/2018 7:15:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | June 25, 2018 | Jim Cameron
    How did Americans develop their love affair with driving? Visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington and the transportation exhibit “America on the Move” will sell you on the commonly held theory that when Henry Ford made cars affordable, Americans loved them and demanded more and more highways. Of course, that exhibit is sponsored by General Motors, which donated millions to put its name on the collection. But University of Virginia history professor Peter Norton, author of “Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in American cities” contends that’s a myth. Just as outgoing President Dwight...
  • THE 50 MOST AMERICAN THINGS IN THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH

    07/04/2018 8:16:46 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/04/18 | Benny Johnson
    America is the greatest country on the face of the earth. The greatest of all time. In the entire history of the world — there has never been a country so great. Science proves it. History proves it. It is beyond debate. Therefore, let us celebrate the 50 most American things of all time. WATCH:
  • Three Presidents Die on July 4th: Just a Coincidence?

    07/03/2018 5:38:37 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    It is a fact of American history that three of the five Founding Father Presidents died on the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence? Back on July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73 at his son-in-law’s home in New York City. Monroe had been ill for some time and newspapers had reported on Monroe’s illness before his passing. Local and national newspapers were also quick to report after Monroe’s death that they thought his July 4th passing was a “remarkable” coincidence, at the least, since Thomas Jefferson and John Adams...
  • June 30, 1934: the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler's purge of those standing in his way

    06/30/2018 10:34:49 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 40 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 06/30/2018 | Harpygoddess
    The Night of the Long Knives was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political murders. When Hitler rose to power in early 1933, he owed much of his success to the muscle of his Nazi Storm Troopers, the SA, a violent, ruthless army headed by Ernst Röhm, Hitler’s long-time friend. Röhm and his Storm Troopers brought Germany into submission by gaining control of the streets gangster-style and violently eliminating Hitler’s political enemies. However, a threatening, revolutionary force was no longer useful now...
  • Santayana Was Never A Rock Musician

    06/30/2018 7:50:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/30/18 | Dave Merrick
    Nevertheless, because of precisely what George Santayana was talking about, we are headed, one unnoticed step at a time, in just that direction It is a no-brainer that we are right now doomed to go through some really bad times. Anybody who tells you anything different is either trying to sell you something or they probably just need to back off on their meds. Nevertheless, Mr. Santayana’s beat-to-death, pure gold adage is about to fall upon us in its full weight because very few around us have even a nodding acquaintance with vital history. I mean, most of the universities...
  • Scholars blast decision to cut 8,000 years from AP World History

    06/29/2018 6:44:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 105 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | June 28, 2018 | Mason McKie
    Students and scholars are up in arms over a decision to cut thousands of years from the Advanced Placement World History curriculum, with some historians fretting it will make the course too "Western-centric." “The College Board wants to remove over 8,000 of those years, and start the course in 1450 CE,” declares a petition seeking to prevent the change, which had already exceeded 11,000 signatures by press time.
  • First Televised Speech from Her Majesty, the Queen

    06/28/2018 6:28:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    royal.uk via youtube, speak-ola ^ | December 25, 1957 | Queen Elizabeth II
    It is inevitable that I should seem a rather remote figure to many of you. A successor to the Kings and Queens of history; someone whose face may be familiar in newspapers and films but who never really touches your personal lives. But now at least for a few minutes I welcome you to the peace of my own home. That it is possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us. Because of these changes I am not surprised that many people feel lost...
  • June 28 is the anniversary of both the event that started and the treaty that ended World War One

    06/28/2018 5:40:35 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 18 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 06/27/2018 | Harpygoddess
    June 28 is the anniversary of two days that might be said to mark the beginning and end of the First World War. It's the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife - heirs to the Austrian throne - by Serbian radical Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914, the proximate cause of the beginning of the war. If you're interested in further information on the subject there are hundreds of books and films - the best books I know of (and I'm no expert) are Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August (this won a...
  • History: Clear At Your Own Peril

    06/26/2018 5:00:28 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-26-18 | MOTUS
    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. – Winston ChurchillToday’s mandatory reading assignment: Vanderleun’s Clear History. Ahead of next week’s 4th of July celebration it provides a short history of the world, the role of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution in it, and the willingness of some to erase or ignore it.  This automatic ability to “Clear History” is a curious phenomenon. Something that is quite new.Today’s “Clear History” is not the “Revisionism” common to the Marxist, Leninist, and Maoist of old, where history was remade with the destruction of texts, the alterations of...
  • Britain deserves title of 'World’s Worst Genocide Perpetrator'

    06/22/2018 11:03:24 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 58 replies
    Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 19, 2018 On April 13, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow said that “the Russian state has a record in state-sponsored assassinations including in the UK.” It is not the first Russophobic statement made by a UK official...but it’s not the main point... Maybe the UK Ambassador does not know his own country’s history, role and involvement in processes that took place in other countries over the past centuries... Let’s start with modern history...Britain was one of the most ruthless metropolises in terms of the repressive actions it took in its...
  • Trump directs creation of 'space force' as sixth branch of military

    06/18/2018 9:25:38 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 20 replies
    https://abcnews.go.com ^ | Jun 18, 2018, 6:59 PM ET | By STEPHANIE EBBS
    President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the "Space Force" to the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. "It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. Very importantly I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces, that is a big statement," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council on Monday. "We are going to...
  • June 18 is the anniversary of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo: history, quotes a Lego re-enactment

    06/18/2018 6:18:39 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 9 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 06/17/2018 | Harpygoddess
    June 18 is the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo in 1815, in which British forces under the Duke of Wellington and the Prussians under Field Marshal Blücher decisively defeated the French under Napoleon to end the "Hundred Days Campaign." After the allies took Paris in March 1814, Napoleon was initially exiled to Elba. A year later, however, he returned to France amid great acclaim, re-entered Paris, declared himself emperor again, and retook command of the French armies to renew the struggle. Four days after the debacle at Waterloo - which Wellington described as "the nearest-run thing you ever saw...
  • Magna Carta was signed on June 15, 1215: quotes, Horrible Histories, Monty Python, Mark Steyn.

    06/15/2018 1:09:31 PM PDT · by harpygoddess · 13 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 06/14/2018 | Harpygoddess
    The Magna Carta (the "Great Charter"), the basis of the thesis that leaders are not above the law, the beginning of the path from absolute monarchy to the rule of law, and an important foundation of our Anglo-Saxon liberties, was signed on June 15, 1215 by England's King John at Runnymede, south of London. John, the youngest son of Henry II, reigned from 1199 to 1216 and aroused fierce opposition in both the nobility and the church for his high-handed authoritarianism. The resulting bloodless rebellion ended when John - under compulsion - signed the Great Charter, drafted in Latin by...
  • Archaeologists find new mass child sacrifice site in Peru

    06/09/2018 4:48:27 PM PDT · by BBell · 42 replies
    A group of archaeologists has discovered the remains of more than 50 children who were ritually sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture on the northern coast of what is now Peru. The site is located a close to another where evidence of the biggest-ever sacrifice of children was found, with more than 140 youngsters were slain. But the most recent discovery may be even bigger. “So far we have found the remains of 56 children who were sacrificed by the Chimu culture,” archaeologist Gabriel Prieto told AFP. “At this new site, we can easily double the number of remains we...
  • Syria Names Park After North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's Grandfather

    06/09/2018 11:49:31 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Al Arabiya English ^ | 2015 | AFP Damascus
    Syria’s embattled government inaugurated a park in Damascus to honour North Korea’s founding father Kim Il-Sung. The 9,000-square-metre park (about 2.2 acres) lies in the southwestern Damascus district of Kafr Sousa, atop the ruins of recently bulldozed homes. The opening ceremony, which came as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group militants battled rebels in a district in southern Damascus, was attended by deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Moqdad. He called Kim, described by rights organisations as a brutal dictator, “a historic ruler and leader, famous for his struggle to liberate and build his country” . “For this reason, he deserves...
  • FLASHBACK:Obama: Another dismal jobs report is likely (Obama released Jobs data 1 day early)

    06/08/2018 9:43:21 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 5, 2009 yes 2009 | Reuters staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama predicted more grim economic news when the government releases its January employment data on Friday. “Tomorrow, we’re expecting another dismal jobs report on top of the 2.6 million jobs that we lost last year,” Obama said during a visit to the Department of Energy on Thursday. The report is due out at 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Friday.