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  • Wakanda Forever: DC’s African-American history museum acquires ‘Black Panther’ items

    06/23/2018 12:58:02 PM PDT · 6 of 32
    x to Cowboy Bob
    Highest grossing Marvel Comics film (unadjusted for inflation). Source
  • Portion of Kentucky bourbon warehouse collapses

    06/23/2018 12:43:00 PM PDT · 15 of 25
    x to BBell

    But did Mila and her barrel survive?

  • Just got charged $2400 for a new water heater.

    06/23/2018 12:36:36 PM PDT · 90 of 172
    x to Catmom

    It all depends on how many miles you get per gallon ...

  • On this Date in 1864

    06/23/2018 12:30:42 PM PDT · 73 of 75
    x to rustbucket
    There are plenty of fake Lincoln quotes out there. I don't know if that is one of them. You've also left out the context of the meeting. The government had called for draftees and Illinois was trying to reduce their quota. One can assume that Lincoln was angry and possibly exaggerating.

    Also, while Joseph Medill must have had some money and connections, it would be a mistake to assume that he was first and foremost just a representative of the business community. He was a publisher with abolitionist convictions and ties.

    If Lincoln said those words or something like them, he would more likely have been referring to anti-slavery agitation, than to some plot by wealthy businessmen to enrich themselves. He says as much, "You called for Emancipation, and I have given it to you." Did big business really call for Emancipation?

    The Medills later intermarried with the McCormicks and Pattersons (who in turn married into other rich families). The growth of Chicago, the McCormick fortune, and the later media empire made the extended family very rich indeed, but that wasn't quite the case in the Tribune's early days.


    06/22/2018 2:43:08 PM PDT · 210 of 432
    x to miss marmelstein
    Lee loathed slavery (and that is a fact) through his own experience with it

    "Loathe" is too strong a word. Lee wasn't happy about slavery, but he was able to live with it.

    He thought it had work to do, civilizing the slaves, and that God would do away with it in his own good time.

    Lee did refer to slavery as "a moral and political evil" in a private letter, but he felt that for the time being it was a necessary evil.


    06/22/2018 2:33:13 PM PDT · 197 of 432
    There's much to admire about MacArthur, but he did make some major mistakes. He didn't take the possibility of a Japanese attack seriously enough and didn't take the possibility of Chinese intervention in Korea seriously enough.

    As for Lee, look up what his fans did to Longstreet and anybody who questioned Lee's generalship. If people criticize Lee now, maybe it's only fair, given how his partisans attacked anybody who stood in their way.

    Some of the criticism relates to Lee's generalship. For all his brilliance in some campaigns, Lee wasn't able to form a winning strategy to win the war. Perhaps that was because he wasn't in over-all control of Confederate forces, but if he was, maybe he wouldn't have had the time to win those battles. Of course the Confederacy didn't have the resources the North had, but given that, shouldn't Lee and his fellow Southerners have taken another course of action?

    Other critics take on the myth that's grown up around Lee as some kind of saint. Lee was so revered and with so little questioning or critical investigation, that it was inevitable that people would become skeptical about his reputation. If Lee's high reputation was deserved, it won't be entirely destroyed by current criticism.

  • On this Date in 1864

    06/22/2018 2:14:14 PM PDT · 71 of 75
    x to DiogenesLamp
    This implies that the economic data condemns the Republicans.

    No. It implies that if you throw out all non-materialistic factors, you can skew the economic factors to make your case -- if you're biased enough and unscrupulous enough.

    Businesses can make out well from wars - if their side wins. But that doesn't mean that they wanted war or that they were the driving force behind the war.

    Cochran and Miller - Stromberg's cited source -- explicitly say as much. Stromberg -- and you -- just throw out all evidence that doesn't confirm what you already believe and then are surprised that what's left confirms your theory.

    I may be cynical, but I believe their primary motivation is money and power, and these other issues are merely vehicles to obtaining that goal.

    By that logic you and everybody who agrees with you is also a cynical opportunist or else a dupe.

    If you have some general theory about human motivation, what makes you (and maybe a few people who agree with you) the exceptions to that rule?

  • Britain deserves title of 'World’s Worst Genocide Perpetrator'

    06/22/2018 2:07:22 PM PDT · 32 of 49
    x to CondoleezzaProtege
    Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 19, 2018

    Girl needs to get a real job.

    "The Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin has a famous picture, “The Devil’s Wind.” This is not a symbolic comparison. The canvas shows a type of execution invented by the British to crush the 19th-century Sepoy Mutiny in India..."

    Well, I guess she's making use of that art history major.

  • Brie Larson kicked off the Culture War over CAPTAIN MARVEL

    06/21/2018 5:51:32 PM PDT · 81 of 81
    x to Haiku Guy
    “Am I saying I hate white dudes?” asked the Oscar-winning “Room” actress, a question that she’d repeat twice more during her speech. She answered with a sneer, “No, I’m not … [but if] you make the movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie.”

    Brie Larson Promises ‘I Do Not Hate White Dudes,’ But Laments Lack of Inclusion Among Film Critics


    But if it's a lousy movie, it's a lousy movie, whoever it's aimed at.

  • Marijuana users feel MORE pain:...cannabis lowers pain tolerance...users need more painkillers [Tr]

    06/21/2018 5:47:03 PM PDT · 11 of 141
    x to familyop
    Medicinal marijuana was originally prescribed to cope with chemotherapy, wasn't it?

    There may be other uses as well, but have doctors ever really recommended it as a painkiller?

  • Washington Post blames Charles Krauthammer for the Iraq war in the opening line of his obituary.

    06/21/2018 5:45:07 PM PDT · 4 of 26
    x to Proud White Trump Supporter
    Among the the nation’s major newspapers, the WP editorial board was one of the loudest cheerleaders for war in Iraq.

    Washington Post Editorial Board Attempts To Erase Its Pre-War Rush To Invasion

  • ‘The Last Jedi’ Director Mocks Angry Fans Wanting to Remake It: ‘Please Actually Happen’

    06/21/2018 5:41:49 PM PDT · 23 of 48
    x to EdnaMode
    Rocky VI wasn't as good as Rocky I. Filmmakers run out of ideas.

    The surprising thing would have been if these movies were anything like as good as the original.

  • The 'Baby' that ushered in modern computer age

    06/21/2018 5:38:34 PM PDT · 32 of 44
    x to Swordmaker

    That’s the British version. There were computers before that.

  • Home of China's dog meat festival defiant amid outcry

    06/21/2018 5:18:27 PM PDT · 11 of 35
    x to bgill
  • Melania wears jacket with 'I really don't care, do u?' on it to visit border(Melania Trolls)

    06/21/2018 5:14:13 PM PDT · 132 of 150
    x to Brooklyn Attitude
    Talk about poor taste and timing. Anyone who thinks this is going to help Trump is delusional.


    The media will keep coming back with stuff like this, and you won't hear the end of it.

    Trump can survive any number of political disputes, but a "let them eat cake" image is hard to shake.

  • ‘The Last Jedi’ Director Mocks Angry Fans Wanting to Remake It: ‘Please Actually Happen’

    06/21/2018 4:59:42 PM PDT · 12 of 48
    x to EdnaMode
    It’s the latest step made by a cabal of awful “Star Wars” fans, who have petitioned to have “The Last Jedi” thrown out of the “Star Wars” canon. Those fans are mad about several different things, including the movie’s treatment of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but also contains (or is made up of) a contingent of fans who are mad about the “social justice warrior” tack the recent movies have taken.

    Movie's unfair treatment of Mark Hamill = not killing him off?

    Really, if you hate what's become of Star Wars there are dozens of SF franchises to choose from.

  • Political commentator Charles Krauthammer dead at 68

    06/21/2018 4:33:34 PM PDT · 59 of 71
    x to bray
    Charles said he as a skeptic, but not an atheist.

    Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer told The Daily Caller in a recent interview that he doesn’t believe in God in the traditional sense. But while he doesn’t describe himself as an atheist, the popular commentator said that he has a “complicated notion of the deity.”

    “There was once a philosopher who said, ‘I don’t believe in God, but I fear him greatly.’ That’s about where I am,” he told the outlet. “I’ve had a fairly difficult and complicated notion of the deity.”

    Krauthammer added that Albert Einstein’s concept of God most resonates with him.

    He said that Einstein’s idea was “a recognition and an awe before the mystery of the order and beauty of the universe, which would imply that there is something very mysterious and very awesome — awe-inspiring — about the universe.”


  • Political commentator Charles Krauthammer dead at 68

    06/21/2018 4:26:51 PM PDT · 56 of 71
    x to lump in the melting pot
    Krauthammer was not the worst thing we imported from Canada.

    (That would be David Frum. Or David Brooks. Or Adam Gopnik. Or Ali Velshi. ... Wait ... I know ... Samantha Bee)

    To whom it may concern: My Kraftwerk/Rammstein tribute band -- KRÄUTHÄMMÄR -- is now also a Charles Krauthammer tribute band.

  • On this Date in 1864

    06/21/2018 3:26:47 PM PDT · 69 of 75
    x to DiogenesLamp; rockrr; BroJoeK; DoodleDawg; HandyDandy
    You sound like a bear who just discovered dozens of bins of tasty garbage.

    The Republican Party platform of May 1860 stated the minimal program of a historical bloc of northeastern financial and manufacturing interests and Midwestern and western farmers. It began on a high note of egalitarian and republican ideology, aired some Free Soil, antislavery grievances, and thudded to rest with some practical matters: protective tariffs, homesteads (good for votes but rather ambiguous), federally funded improvements of rivers and harbors (Great Lakes subsidies), and a Pacific railroad. In addition, the party’s friendliness to central (national) banking was no secret. The Hamiltonian mercantilism of the platform was its central theme, if not quite its only one. Alas for its adherents, they soon found a large bloc of their recent opponents (and potential taxpayers) leaving the Union, beginning with South Carolina in December 1860.

    Your idiot contradicts himself and the facts by saying that the "Hamiltonian mercantilism of the platform was its central theme, if not quite its only one." The bulk of the platform is about freedom, slavery, federalism and civil peace. Only 4 of its 17 points are about economic policy. And the demand for a transcontinental railroad was also found in the Democrat platform (in both of them in fact).

    Stromberg is making the same mistake DiLorenzo makes: he ignores or dismisses anything that's not economics and not likely to provide a basis for condemning the Republicans. His conclusions are the result of his biases, not of an objective analysis of the facts.

    Stromberg goes on to cite Thomas C. Cochran's and William Miller's Age of Enterprise, which was written in 1942, when sympathy for the antebellum South was at a high point among historians. He doesn't mention this passage from the book:

    Northern business took advantage of the Civil War once it began and after it was over, but that does not prove that business wanted the war; it does not prove, certainly, that business started the war. Northern and western businessmen were bound to the South by ties which they deemed strongest — ties of profit. Secession strained these almost to the breaking point ; war would shatter them altogether. New England cotton factories depended upon the South for raw materials; boot and shoe factories found their markets there, northern shippers their cargoes. All but the shippers could hope to preserve these ties with the South In or out of the Union, and the shippers certainly wanted no war. Commerce feeds on peace: no one knew It better than they.

    From every section of the industrial North, from many types of industry, had come business spokesmen for peace. On December 19, 1860, August Belmont reported a meeting of “our leading men . . . composed of such names as Astor, Aspinwall, Moses H. Grinnell, Hamilton Fish, R. M. Blatchford, &c. They were unanimous for reconciliation, and that the first steps have to be taken by the North.” From New Jersey came the voice of Abram Hewitt, who had suffered as much as any one from southern tariff and railroad policies but who in November, i860, was “using every effort to induce the public mind to give up the idea of coercion, and to take that of peaceable separation.”

    Stromberg's source doesn't quite agree with the argument he's making - and certainly doesn't agree with the one you're making.

    Timothy Sandefur makes a compelling rebuttal of Stromberg's Howard Zinn-inspired screed here, continued here

  • Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

    06/20/2018 5:41:20 PM PDT · 25 of 36
    x to 1_Inch_Group
    But industry publication Gasworld says the situation is worse this year because normal maintenance has coincided with technical issues at chemical plants that also produce carbon dioxide.

    I was reading that when it was still called The Monthly Flatulence.