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  • Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

    08/02/2015 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 10 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8-2-15 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
  • Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed charged with bribery, theft and dozens more criminal charges

    07/16/2015 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rachel Bunn
    Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed was charged Tuesday with a battery of theft, fraud and bribery charges that, if proven, would stamp corruption in indelible ink on the Reed Era. They would also likely put Reed, who has been out of office since January 2010 and has indicated his intent to fight for vindication, in jail. The 65-year-old Reed was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner Tuesday on charges that go right to the heart of his longtime role as benevolent dictator of Pennsylvania's Capital City.
  • Fallen Egypt archaeologist wants international Grand Museum [ Zahi Hawass is back! ]

    06/30/2015 12:24:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2015 | By Brian Rohan
    In this June 18, 2015 photo, Zahi Hawass, Egypt's former head of antiquities, stands next to his new book, "The legend of Tutankhamun," as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Cairo. For more than a decade, he was the self-styled Indiana Jones of Egypt, presiding over its antiquities and striding through temples and tombs as the star of TV documentaries that made him an international celebrity. But four years after the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and nearly ended his own career, Hawass can be found in a cramped office, lamenting...
  • Columbia mattress girl looking to cash in on art project

    05/20/2015 2:10:47 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 20, 2015 | 11:22 am | Ashe Schow
    Emma Sulkowicz, known for carrying a mattress around campus for what she claims is a protest of Columbia University's failure to punish her rapist, is hoping to cash in on her alleged art project. Sulkowicz told the New York Times after her graduation on Tuesday — where she carried her mattress across the stage — that she would sell the mattress if offered. "If some sort of museum wants to buy it, then I'm open to that," she said, "but I'm not going to just throw it away." Sulkowicz has for the past year carried her mattress around for course...
  • Guggenheim accused of racism after high school kids are booted

    05/10/2015 4:52:35 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 76 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/10/2015
    t’s a Guggen-crime. The Upper East Side museum banned a Brooklyn high school for life after its students were deemed too rowdy on a recent visit — a move that some call discipline and others discrimination. A group of about 80 kids from Downtown Brooklyn’s Science Skills Center HS were kicked out after just 20 minutes after a student allegedly spat off the museum’s swirling rotunda lobby and another threw a penny off its winding walkway. The coin was rumored to have hit a security guard. It was only a handful of troublemakers, but the whole group of ninth- and...
  • Communist Leader Asks Russian Culture Minister to Open Stalin Museum

    05/03/2015 11:44:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 01 2015 14:20 | The Moscow Times
    Russia's Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov has appealed to the Culture Ministry to establish a "full-fledged" museum honoring Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, a news report said. Zyuganov, the head of Communist Party and its parliamentary faction, asked Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky for help in overcoming objections by a "liberal public" to create a museum in honor of Stalin, the Izvestia daily reported Friday, citing a copy of the letter.
  • Widow: [Ted] Kennedy wanted to inspire future generations

    03/29/2015 10:23:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015 | Timmothy Cama
    The widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is preparing for the upcoming opening of the institute named after her late husband. Vicki Kennedy invited “Fox News Sunday” to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston days before President Obama visits to formally open it to the public. “He loved public service,” Vicki Kennedy said. “He believed in making a difference. And he wanted to inspire new generations to feel the same way.”
  • [Howie] Carr: Editing Ted Kennedy World: Some facts didn’t make ‘Institute’ cut

    03/29/2015 4:42:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Howie Carr
    When Ted Kennedy wrote his initial account of Chappaquiddick for the Edgartown police in 1969, after he scrawled the words “Mary Jo” in the first sentence he left a blank space — because he had no idea what his victim’s last name was. That’s one of the many facts about Ted Kennedy that you won’t learn by visiting the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. In case you haven’t been eagerly anticipating this magic moment, the “Institute” opens tomorrow amid yet another orgy of shameless bum-kissing of what was once called “America’s First Family” by the...
  • Domestic Terrorism, Hate Crime Exhibit Comes to D.C. Museum (leftists highlighted)

    03/22/2015 4:45:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Newsweek via MSN ^ | 3/22/15 | Victoria Bekiempis
    For those interested in examining “terrorist attacks committed on American soil” and hate crimes, the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C., is the place to be starting on Wednesday. In addition to offering information on recent attacks, the museum's "Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes" exhibit will display objects from the wrenching incidents. From the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, for example, there will be a runner’s medal and a bib from one of the victims. Letters from the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, will also be on display, as will a Virginia Jihad Network rifle that was confiscated in 2003. The exhibit will also...
  • Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

    03/18/2015 8:34:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 3-18-2015 | UKG
    At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo national museum – one of the country’s leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour hostage siege. Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17 of the dead were foreigners – from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland – calling the attack a cowardly assault targeting the economy. Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as one security officer, and that all...
  • Militants kill 8 in attack on major Tunisian museum, take hostages, interior ministry says

    03/18/2015 7:10:55 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 18, 2015
    Militants shot and killed at least eight people at a leading museum in Tunisia Wednesday and have taken several more hostage, the county’s interior ministry said. Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said on Radio Mosaique that only one of the dead in Wednesday's attack was a Tunisian. He did not provide nationalities for the others. Poland's Foreign Ministry announced that three Poles were among the wounded. Security forces filled the area around the National Bardo Museum in Tunis after the attack. Tunisia's parliament building, near the museum, was being evacuated, according to a tweet by parliament member Sayida Ounissi....
  • What's Been Lost to the Islamists' Sledgehammers (historians shocked)

    03/01/2015 12:28:43 PM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Screen Capture A video showing Islamic State militants with sledgehammers and power drills on a rampage inside the Mosul Museum shows the destruction of both reproductions and priceless originals from at least two important eras in the region’s history, said a British expert on Iraqi culture. Paul Collins, of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in an email to Aleteia, said it was “distressing” to watch scenes of the destruction of colossal winged bulls of the seventh century BC. “These are certainly the real things and it looks from the video that the sculptures are those situated outside...
  • Coming soon: Museum of the Bible in D.C.

    02/27/2015 2:09:27 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 27, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Some intriguing details from NPR: In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.Green is a Pentecostal known for donating to conservative evangelical universities and developing a public school curriculum based on the Bible. After the craft store’s controversial victory in this summer’s Supreme Court ruling over contraception, some people worry the new museum will come across as evangelical propaganda. But organizers behind Green’s latest venture say it won’t be a memorial to evangelism.The Museum of the Bible will house the more than 40,000 artifacts...
  • Watch: ISIS fighters destroy ancient sculptures in sledgehammer rampage

    02/26/2015 5:49:21 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/26/2015 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of statues and sculptures dating back thousands of years, according to a video published online in the name of the radical Islamist group. The video showed the statues, some identified as antiquities from Iraq's 7th century BC Assyrian era, being toppled, smashed and broken up by sledgehammer. A man shown in the video said they were being destroyed because they promoted idolatry. "The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him," the unidentified man...
  • NYC museum wants to honor ‘bank-robbing’ professor

    02/16/2015 5:04:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    nypost.com ^ | february 16, 2015 | Rebecca Rosenberg, Beckie Strum and Ben Feuerherd
    <p>He robbed banks, saying it was for “art” — and now the curator of the taxpayer-funded Queens Museum wants to honor him.</p> <p>Nutty Professor Joe Gibbons — who videotaped himself ripping off banks as part of a bizarre “art project” — has snagged the prestigious invitation from the Queens Museum to show off his felonious film project.</p>
  • 51 Weird Museums Across the U.S.: One For Every State (and D.C!)

    02/04/2015 3:35:56 PM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    yahoo ^ | Feb. 4, 2015 | Melinda Crow
    We, as a country, love weird things. We celebrate it, wear T-shirts proclaiming our weirdness, and enshrine oddities that probably should have gone out with the trash a decade ago. And that’s okay. At Yahoo Travel, we went in search of weird, wonderful, and wacky museums that are worth going out of your way to see.
  • Jewish leader trapped and arrested inside Auschwitz

    01/29/2015 1:15:43 PM PST · by windcliff · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1-29-15 | Jessica Winch
    Jewish community leader trapped inside Auschwitz concentration camp after getting locked in while filming a television show on the 70th anniversary of its liberation. The head of Rome’s Jewish community found himself locked into Auschwitz on Tuesday night and then arrested when he tried to escape. Riccardo Pacifici was doing a television interview after the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, when he realised the camp’s gates had been closed. Mr Pacifici was locked in with Jewish community spokesman Fabio Perugia, the television host and two technicians. Mr Pacifici, whose grandparents died in the camp, spent...
  • Beard on King Tut's burial mask damaged after epoxy gluing

    01/22/2015 8:36:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AP ^ | January 22, 2014 | Staff
    The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning, conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo said Wednesday. The museum is one of the city's main tourist sites, but in some areas, ancient wooden sarcophagi lay unprotected from the public, while pharaonic burial shrouds, mounted on walls, crumble from behind open panels of glass. Tutankhamun's mask, over 3,300 years old, and other contents of his tomb are its top exhibits. Three of the museum's conservators reached by telephone gave...
  • Have archaeologists discovered where Jesus was sentenced to death?

    01/05/2015 9:04:31 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2015 | Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline
    The exact spot upon which Jesus stood as he was sentenced to death, may have been pinpointed by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Discovered around 15 years ago, the remains of Herod the Great’s palace have been carefully examined and a place between a gate and uneven stone pavement has been identified as fitting the description of the event in the Gospel of John. Pilgrims and tourists will be able to visit the Biblical site, because tours are being offered by the Tower of David Museum, which is located nearby.
  • George Lucas' unveils space-age art museum

    11/06/2014 9:29:51 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | 11-5-2014 | Allyssia Alleyne
    No, you're not looking at an idyllic scene from pre-Death Star Alderaan. This futuristic building is the plan for George Lucas' $300-million art museum on Chicago's lakefront. Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago firm Studio Gang have released artist renderings of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that wouldn't look out of place in its namesake's "Star Wars" franchise. The avant garde structure, set to open in 2018, will have three levels of exhibition space topped by an observation deck with panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan. Inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van...
  • Belgium Jewish Museum Shooter was 'ISIS Torturer' in Syria

    09/06/2014 9:05:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 9/6/14 | Staff
    A freed French hostage has said the terrorist behind the deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May was among his Islamic extremist captors in Syria, and was part of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terror group. Writing on the website of his former employer Le Point magazine, Nicolas Henin said Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been extradited to Belgium and held for questioning, was his jailer between July and December 2013. One of a group of four journalist hostages freed in April, Henin said the 29-year-old, who spent more than a year fighting in Syria, was a...
  • State-Run New Mexico Museum Scrambled to Cover Up Collaboration with Atheistic Groups

    08/15/2014 10:43:31 AM PDT · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Evolution News dot org ^ | 6-26-14 | Casey Luskin
    State-Run New Mexico Museum Scrambled to Cover Up Collaboration with Atheistic Groups by Casey Luskin In previous articles this week (here and here) we saw that New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) worked with atheist groups to put on 2014 Darwin Day events that included anti-religious lectures. While the taxpayer-funded and publicly operated museum actively outreached to evolutionary atheist groups to involve them in the events, the partnership excluded participation by groups with other viewpoints, raising serious constitutional questions about freedom of speech and state endorsement of a religious belief, namely atheism. That's bad enough. The situation...
  • Chicago wins George Lucas museum

    06/25/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-25-14 | Melissa Harris
    “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. The museum's board Wednesday is expected to vote on a name change — from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — and destination. Pending approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas' institution would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in...
  • Phil Collins to donate artifacts to Alamo

    06/25/2014 12:01:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    News Observer ^ | 6-25-2014
    The Texas General Land Office manages the downtown San Antonio shrine to Texas independence, and Collins is said to have the world's largest private collection of Texas Revolution artifacts, Patterson said. The General Land Office is developing plans for an Alamo visitors' center to provide more space to exhibit artifacts about the fort and the 1836 battle that made it famous. Collins has said he owns "hundreds" of cannonballs, documents and other artifacts from the Alamo, with his most prized item being a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barret Travis for 32 head of cattle used to feed the...
  • Why You Should Visit AIG's Creation Museum

    05/26/2014 12:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Creation Museum in Kentucky is a treat for the whole family.Answer in Genesis (AIG) built its Creation Museum in 2007 and has now counted its two millionth visitor. Not far from the Cincinnati airport, and within a day’s drive of almost 2/3 the US population, the 70,000 square foot facility is located on spacious grounds that offer enough opportunities to keep children, teens, college students and adults occupied for a good two days. Now, AIG is embarking on an even more ambitious project: Ark Encounter, on a separate property, that will feature a full-size Ark, a Tower of...
  • Watch: Police Reveal Video Footage of Brussels Attack

    05/25/2014 3:13:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/5/14
    3 videos A fourth victim was pronounced dead Sunday and Belgium's Jewish community was placed on high alert as police hunted down a gunman who opened fire at the Brussels Jewish Museum in an attack blamed on growing anti-Semitism. An Israeli tourist couple and a French woman died from gunshots to the face and neck after a man apparently acting alone fired two successive rounds into the museum on Saturday afternoon before escaping minutes later on foot. A fourth victim, a Belgian who did volunteer work for the museum, was critically wounded and later pronounced dead. Joel Rubinfeld, head of...
  • Deadly shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

    05/24/2014 9:47:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/24/14 | Staff
    Brussels - Belgian officials say that at least three people have been killed in gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, in a post on Twitter, said he was "shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish Museum" on Saturday afternoon. He said he had seen the bodies of the victims. Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said at least three were killed in the incident, and a Brussels fire department spokesman said one person was wounded. No details were immediately available, but according to RTBF, a Belgian broadcasting company, a person a backpack opened fire then...
  • Lakefront campus site proposed in bid for George Lucas museum

    05/20/2014 7:50:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 20, 2014 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Chicago’s lakefront museum campus is the recommended spot to house a project with blockbuster box office potential: an interactive museum spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas to house his formidable collection of artwork and film-making memorabilia. While a mayoral taskforce has suggested the site, Lucas — the Star Wars mastermind — has not made a final decision about whether Chicago will be home to the museum. Lucas’ hometown of San Francisco remains in the running — even after a federal panel rejected the picturesque Presidio site that was the filmaker’s top choice.
  • WATCH: Rep. Michele Bachmann Explains Opposition to National Women’s History Museum (VIDEO)

    05/07/2014 1:55:54 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    Heritage Action ^ | May 7 2014 | Katherine Rosario
    ep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)87% was on the House floor Wednesday where she clearly and compellingly explained why she is concerned about the potential creation of a National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall in D.C. Bachmann said no one in the House disputes the idea that celebrating women is admirable, but expressed what she thought would become the true function of the museum: I rise today in opposition to this bill because I believe ultimately this museum that will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life...
  • Detroit Should Sell Some Paintings

    05/02/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/29/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    As the prospect draws closer of a state bailout of Detroit at the expense of other critical needs, voters might want to examine more closely politicians’ skittishness toward selling off city assets. In particular, artwork owned by the city’s museum, an institution sustained by tax dollars (including a regional property tax favored by many of those same politicians in 2010). Lawmakers should reject a bailout and instead insist that Detroit — whose problems are the product of its own fiscal malpractice — take responsibility for cleaning itself up. It is fundamentally unfair to make other Michigan residents pay for such...
  • Islamist PC Police Seek To Bury Truth At 9/11 Museum

    04/25/2014 4:40:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Death Of Truth: An imam objects to a film set to be shown at the National September 11 Memorial Museum because it might make people believe radical Islam was involved in the terrorist attacks. We're not making this up. It has been said that the first casualty of war is truth. And in this age of political correctness, the war on terrorism — described by this administration as either over or merely a series of overseas contingency operations in response to man-caused disasters — is a classic example. The lone imam on an interfaith advisory group to the National September...
  • Air Force apologizes to family after armed traffic stop (Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio)

    04/11/2014 4:17:30 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 110 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 10, 2014 | Laura A. Bischoff and Clint Davis
    A Columbus, Ohio, family said their children were traumatized after what was meant to be a fun trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force ended with guns drawn on them. Alice Hill, 65, her daughter-in-law, Wendy, and two young grandchildren visited the museum on April 4 and, as they were leaving, were ordered to get out of their vehicle by military police. Hill said the officers pulled guns on the family and cuffed the adults in front of the children, according to an incident report. (snip) The family was detained for about 90 minutes as authorities...
  • U.S. Museum to Exhibit Bertrand Russell's 'Be Nice to Hitler' Letter

    02/23/2014 11:15:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 20, 2014
    Museum of Tolerance buys British Nobel Prize-winning philosopher's letter in which he said the British should invite Adolf Hitler to dinner rather than fight.The Los-Angeles-based Museum of Tolerance has acquired a 1937 letter written by Bertrand Russell in which the Nobel Prize-winning philosopher says if the Nazi army invades his native England the British should invite Adolf Hitler to dinner rather than fight. The museum, part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, announced Wednesday that it paid $4,000 for the letter at a London auction last month. "If the Germans succeed in sending an invading army to England we should do...
  • Inside The Army’s Spectacular, Hidden Treasure Room

    02/21/2014 9:03:28 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 42 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | February 20, 2014 | Benny Johnson
    Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? Did you know that that place actually exists? It is located 30 minutes outside Washington, D.C., at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The building itself is very nondescript…
  • Greensboro council considering seeking refund from Civil Rights Museum

    02/15/2014 1:22:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 2/14/14
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Some Greensboro City Council members are having their trust of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum tested again after learning no one representing the museum ever signed loan papers. The loan from the city was for $1.5 million and wouldn’t have had to be paid back if certain conditions were met. The city paid the museum the first half of it — $750,000 — in October, but today the council learned the loan papers were never signed. Some council members are wondering if the city should ask for the money back.
  • Jerk of the Week - 9/11 Memorial and Museum

    02/08/2014 12:24:26 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 6 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 8, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    This week saw an abundance of foul creatures vying for our Jerk of the Week honors. You had Obama lying through his teeth on national tv during his Bill O'Reilly interview. There was media outlets and Democrats spinning that less jobs under ObamaCare was a good thing. However, the most odious thing that I saw this week (I guess I'm just numb watching Obama lie constantly) was news concerning the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. That is why they are our Jerk of the Week. It was announced this week that the 9/11 Memorial and Museum was going to charge an...
  • National Disgrace: 9/11 Museum to Charge $24 Admission

    02/06/2014 5:07:01 AM PST · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Peace ^ | 2-5-2014 | Pamela Geller
    Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, has announced a $24 mandatory admission fee for the 9/11 Memorial. It’s a museum, not a movie. It’s a memorial, not a theme park. What do they charge at Gettysburg? Pearl Harbor? Salaries at the “non-profit” 9/11 Memorial and Museum are obscene. This allegedly non-profit organization is supposed to be a tribute to 9/11 victims. “It was built to tell the story of 9/11 to future generations about the worst day in American history. It was never intended to be a revenue-generating tourist attraction with a prohibitive budget and...
  • Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will debate founder of Creation Museum in Kentucky

    01/03/2014 7:02:40 AM PST · by aimhigh · 109 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/3/2014 | Irving Dejohn
    It’s a debate that will surely end with a Big Bang. Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will square off with Ken Ham, the founder of the Kentucky Creation Museum, in a February discussion on the subject of teaching children evolution. The spiritual showdown, which is unlikely to with either man relinquishing their firmly-held beliefs, will take place on Ham’s home turf of Petersburg, Ky. “Having the opportunity to hold a cordial but spirited debate with such a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation-evolution issue to the attention of many more people,...
  • Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors

    12/18/2013 8:24:58 PM PST · by Bringbackthedraft · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals
  • Museum owner finds that his 60 million yuan collection is fake, dies of anger

    Wang Zonquan made headlines in July when it turned out that his Hebei museum housed some 40,000 fake artifacts including a "2000-year-old piece of Qin dynasty armor" that was made from plastic. Now Wang is in the headlines again because he has, apparently, died of an "anger-induced heart attack." The Telegraph reports the entire weird, quirky, and ultimately quite sad story: Among the numerous gaffes reportedly committed by curators was including artefacts they claimed were more than 4,000 years old when the pieces in question were inscribed with simplified Chinese characters that only came into widespread use last century....
  • The Hyperrealistic Sculptures of Ron Mueck (Must see these!)

    10/12/2013 1:42:12 PM PDT · by workerbee · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/9/13 | Alan Taylor
    London-based sculptor Ron Mueck, formerly a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, has been creating fine art sculptures since 1996. Using resin, fiberglass, silicone, and many other materials, Mueck constructs hyperrealistic likenesses of human beings, while playing with scale.
  • Arab-Americans accuse 9/11 Memorial Museum of discrimination

    09/17/2013 11:32:29 AM PDT · by TFine80 · 58 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | September 16, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Tourists visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City can read its brochures in 10 different languages – but Arabic is not one of them. Nor will it be any time soon. “Nine languages are spoken by over 97 percent of our visitors: English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese and Russian,” a representative from the memorial told the New York Post. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, claiming Arabic is the world’s fourth-most-spoken language, is sending letters to memorial coordinators demanding answers on why the language is not included. But it appears that the Arabic community is looking for...
  • The Firearms Of Russia’s Central Armed Forces Museum

    08/16/2013 9:10:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    TFB ^ | 15 August, 2013 | Steve Johnson
    The photo of the captured Georgian Bushmaster M4 Carbine was apparently taken in the Central Armed Forces Museum, Moscow, Russia. A reader emailed us photos be took of the many interesting firearms on display at the museum …
  • 9/11 Museum Director Tried to Cut Firefighter Photo: Too 'Rah-Rah American'

    07/29/2013 10:24:38 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 53 replies
    According to Elizabeth Greenspan, author of the up coming book Battle for Ground Zero (St. Martin’s Press), Michael Shulan, creative director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, thought about cutting the famed photo from Ground Zero of three firefighters raising the American flag amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center…because he thought it was too “rah-rah America.” Shulan said, “I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently.” The chief curator of the museum, Jan Ramirez, eventually minimized the photograph in favor...
  • Statue of Korean War horse Reckless to be unveiled at Marine museum in Virginia

    07/24/2013 6:07:31 PM PDT · by Doogle · 17 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 07/24/13 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Some 60 years after carrying wounded soldiers and ammunition during heavy firefights, a decorated war horse praised as America’s greatest equine soldier during the Korean War is finally being immortalized. Staff Sgt. Reckless, a Mongolian mare that served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, made 51 solo trips during a five-day battle in March 1953, carrying nearly 10,000 pounds of ammunition and explosives from a supply depot to the front lines. She was wounded twice and later received two Purple Hearts for her service, as well as several other military decorations. On Friday, a 10-foot bronze statue...
  • Can This Dog Sniff Out Fossils? (article)

    05/30/2013 8:12:26 AM PDT · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 29, 2013 | Brian Thomas
    Can This Dog Sniff Out Fossils? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Gary Jackson and his dog Migaloo, trained to sniff out buried remains, work with locals to uncover archaeological sites and help Australian police locate the bodies of murder victims. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, "Migaloo quickly located the 600-year-old remains of an indigenous Australian,"1 which researchers found a decade ago. But that specialized training resulted in an unforeseen crossover—Migaloo can also smell fossils. Fossils are supposed to be rocks in the shape of bones, with no original bone material remaining. Over supposed eons, gradually trickling minerals slowly replaced...
  • National gay athlete hall of fame launched in Chicago

    05/01/2013 7:17:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 60 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 1, 2013 | Ellen Jean Hirst
    Just as Jason Collins, a veteran NBA player, announced he is gay, a hall of fame for gay athletes and allies launched in Chicago. The nonprofit National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame will accept nominees beginning this summer. Its goal is to honor people and organizations that have "stood up to stereotypes" and embraced gay and lesbian athletes, said Bill Gubrud, executive director and board chairman.
  • Holocaust survivors, veterans gather at DC museum

    04/29/2013 5:14:36 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-28-13 | BRETT ZONGKER
    <p>WASHINGTON—Elderly survivors of the Holocaust and the veterans who helped liberate them are gathering for what could be their last big reunion at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Some 1,000 survivors and World War II vets are coming together with President Bill Clinton and Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust activist and writer, on Monday when the museum marks its 20th anniversary. Organizers chose not to wait for the 25th milestone because many survivors and vets may not be alive in another five years.</p>
  • “Palestine Museum” Attempts to Expunge Jewish Rights to Land

    04/12/2013 3:49:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 4/12/2013, 10:52 AM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Palestinian Authority officials joined a ceremony on Thursday to lay the cornerstone for a new museum of “Palestinian culture, history and society” in Bir Zeit near Ramallah, in yet another effort aimed at reconstructing history and attempting to strip the Jewish people from their rights to the Land of Israel. … Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas attempted to gain further legitimacy and international recognition by urging the United Nations in November to grant the PA an upgraded status of “non-member” observer state, which was ultimately approved by a vote of 138 to 9, with 41 abstentions. Upon hearing the results...
  • Paris Louvre Museum Closes as Staff Protests Epidemic of Pickpocketing

    04/11/2013 2:58:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/11/2013 | By Olivia B. Waxman
    The world’s most visited art museum is dealing with an influx of unwelcome visitors. A staff walkout over the rise of pickpockets forced the Louvre in Paris to shut its doors Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. Workers say that thieves have been showing up at the museum in gangs of up to 30 — primarily made up of young Eastern Europeans — and are responsible for incidents of “spitting, insults, threats” and striking employees and visitors. Staffers “come to work afraid because they find themselves confronted with organized groups of pickpockets who are increasingly aggressive and which include children, who get...