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  • The Death of a Soldier

    10/23/2019 5:28:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 22, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Today is not only the grey morning after the election the night before, but also the fifth anniversary of a terrible savage act in the heart of Canada's capital. The photograph at right shows Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (the Princess Louise's) on the last weekend of his life. Megan Underwood and her friend (standing next to the corporal) were visiting Ottawa from California and, passing the Cenotaph, asked if they could have their picture taken with the "very handsome guard". Corporal Cirillo died a few days later - October 22nd 2014, five years ago today....
  • The real Herbert Hoover

    10/23/2019 4:01:45 PM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-20-2019 | CBS News
    Ok it's 90 years late, but hey it's CBS. (appx 8 mins)
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    10/23/2019 3:58:16 AM PDT · by cowpoke
    YouTube ^ | 10/23/2019 | myself
    This tune was featured on Ranch Radio during our pre-YouTube days, and deserves to be in our video library: Slim Whitman - Rose Marie (1954). THE WESTERNER https://thewesterner.blogspot.com/
  • How FDR Systematically Destroyed Business Investment For 11 Years

    10/22/2019 7:27:06 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | October 21, 2019 | Jim Huntzinger
    Source: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle The great Austrian economist Murray Rothbard elucidated, “Before the massive government interventions of the 1930s, all recessions were short-lived.”[1] The deceptive narrative of collectivists about the “Roaring Twenties” and the New Deal goes like this: Capitalists and speculators went wild with greed in “The Roaring Twenties,” leading to a stock market crash and hard times. Banks closed, once prosperous workers sold apples on street-corners or became hobos in shanty-towns, while Republican President Herbert Hoover did nothing for the destitute and suffering nation. Then FDR arrived on the scene, inspiring new hope with his golden words...
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    10/22/2019 7:21:29 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/22/2019 | myself
    Today we feature Red Foley - Sing Me A Hillbilly Ballad (1936). THE WESTERNER https://thewesterner.blogspot.com/
  • World's royalty gathers for enthronement of Japan's new Emperor Naruhito in centuries-old [tr]

    10/22/2019 6:54:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 22, 2019 | Chris Pleasance
    Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally proclaimed his ascendancy to the throne on Tuesday in a centuries-old ceremony attended by dignitaries from more than 180 countries, pledging to fulfil his duty as a symbol of the state. Naruhito became emperor and his wife Masako became empress on May 1 in a brief ceremony, but Tuesday's 'Sokui no Rei' was a more elaborate ritual at the royal palace in which he officially announced his change in status to the world. 'I swear that I will act according to the constitution and fulfil my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the...
  • SJWs As Bourgeois Bolshies

    10/22/2019 6:36:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    American Conservative ^ | October 22, 2019 | Rod Dreher
    I’m reading one of the best books I’ve ever seen, historian Yuri Slezkine’s The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution. It’s a massive — over 1,000 pages — history of the Bolshevik movement, focusing on the people who lived in a vast apartment building constructed across the Moskva River from the Kremlin, for party elites. In the 1930s, during the purges, it was the most dangerous address in the country. The secret police came for people there all the time. The book has given me a breakthrough in understanding why so many people who grew up under...
  • Harper’s Weekly – October 22, 1859

    10/22/2019 4:41:18 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Harper's Weekly archives ^ | October 22, 1859
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  • Democrats telling the Truth????

    10/22/2019 2:55:03 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 9 replies
    email | 10/22/2019 | unknown
    Orators of the Democrat Party – from the distant past: "One man with courage makes a majority." ~Andrew Jackson "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt "The buck stops here." ~Harry S. Truman "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." ~John F. Kennedy --- But wait ....There are more Great orators of the Democrat Party – MORE RECENT GEMS of wisdom: "It depends what your definition of 'is' is?'' ~William Jefferson Clinton "Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of marriage" John...
  • The Army Is Looking for a Few Good Art Experts[New Reserve Group]

    10/21/2019 8:39:28 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 Oct 2019 | Ralph Blumenthal and Tom Mashberg
    A new reserve group, inspired by the Monuments Men of the World War II era, will aim to protect antiquities and important cultural sites in war zones. It’s no secret that the war-ravaged nations where American soldiers have been enmeshed in conflict for nearly two decades are home to many of civilization’s oldest and most prized antiquities and cultural treasures. But in the heat of battle in Afghanistan or Iraq, how are troops to know whether they are taking their positions behind mounds of insignificant rubble or inside the precious remains of a 3,000-year-old temple complex? The Pentagon’s answer, announced...
  • Putting It to the People, Over and Over and Over

    10/21/2019 3:37:42 PM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 4 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | 10/21/2019 | Mark Steyn
    ...it's already been put to the people - and the people voted to leave. At which point the losing side took the people to court, whose modish Blairite pseudo-Americanized judges ruled that only Parliament could effect withdrawal from the European Union and so, rather than putting it to the people, it had to be put to the politicians. Hence the last three years of obstruction and subversion. The lady in question, Miss Ria Cooper, was contacted by a gentleman on the Internet who wished to film himself having sex with her and sell the resulting cinematic masterpiece. He subsequently found...
  • This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

    10/21/2019 2:51:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | By David Grossman Oct 18, 2019
    Because the method you learned in middle school is ridiculously slow. Multiplying large numbers is hard. In 1971, two German professors predicted an algorithm that would make it easier, but no one ever proved it. Until now. Mathematicians from Australia and France say their algorithm can make multiplication and other kinds of arithmetic much more efficient. ================================================================ From grade school onward, complex multiplication has been a headache. But an assistant professor from the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia has developed a new method for multiplying giant numbers together that's more efficient than the "long multiplication" so many...
  • The Basket Age

    10/21/2019 1:46:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Discover mag ^ | Monday, January 01, 1996 | Shanti Menon
    There are two reasons, according to Jim Adovasio, we don’t think of baskets or textiles when we think of the Stone Age. One is that stones and bones, being far more durable, are far more common at archeological sites than artifacts made of fiber... And yet it has been around a long time, as four small pieces of clay described by Adovasio this past year make clear. Found at a site called Pavlov in the Czech Republic, they are 27,000 years old--and impressed with patterns that could only have been created by woven fibers. These artifacts push back the date...
  • Thai king strips his 34-year-old concubine of all royal titles over her 'disloyalty [tr]

    10/21/2019 9:44:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2019 | Isabella Nikolic
    Thailand's 67-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles, less than three months after she was bestowed with the position in a bizarre kneeling ceremony. Former army nurse Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was dismissed from the rank of 'Chao Khun Phra' for 'disloyalty to the king,' the Royal Gazette said, as well as 'acting against the appointment of the Queen for her own ambitions.' She was appointed the king's official consort after they met when she was part of his royal bodyguard - less than a year after he married the Queen of Thailand.
  • Milan Wants U.S. to Apologize for World War II Bombing Raid That Killed 184... Children

    10/20/2019 7:31:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/20/2019
    Mayor Giuseppe Sala made the request following a Mass marking the 75th anniversary of the Gorla massacre, named for the quarter in the city that was struck, the news agency ANSA reported. Sala said, adding that he would formalize the request with the U.S. consul in Milan this week. The air raid on Oct. 20, 1944, targeted an industrial complex near the city, but a second wave of bombers went off course and released their bombs southeast of the target to lighten their loads as they returned to base. One bomb struck the Francesco Crispi elementary school as children raced...
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    10/20/2019 10:42:41 AM PDT · by cowpoke
    YouTube ^ | 10/20/19 | myself
    Pray For Me, the 1955 tune by the Louvin Brothers, is our gospel tune today. THE WESTERNER https://thewesterner.blogspot.com/
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Ennis House Sells for $18 Million

    10/20/2019 9:38:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    TMZ ^ | 10/20/2019
    The Ennis House, which is located in the foothills of the L.A. neighborhood of Los Feliz, was built by Wright's son in 1924 for Charles and Mabel Ennis and is known as a unique masterpiece ... made almost entirely of granite blocks. The property's been a hot spot for Hollywood filmmakers over the years, appearing in countless shows and movies ... including 1982's "Blade Runner." As for the specifics of the Ennis House ... it's over 6,000 square feet including the detached guest quarters, 3 beds, 3.5 baths and the main house features a gorgeous marble floor linking the various...
  • Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed

    10/20/2019 6:48:19 AM PDT · by Openurmind · 13 replies
    Science Daily/McMaster University ^ | Oct 16, 2019 | Michelle Donovan
    Scientists have unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed. The findings, published today in the journal Science Advances, are based on years of excavations and challenge current thinking about human movement in the region -- long thought to have been inaccessible and uninhabitable to anyone but modern humans. The new evidence is leading researchers to reconsider the routes our early ancestors took as they moved out of Africa into Europe and demonstrates their ability to...
  • Discovery of Prehistoric Baby Bottles Shows Infants Were Fed Cow's Milk 5,000 Years Ago

    10/18/2019 6:22:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 26, 2019 | Julie Dunne, The Conversation
    ...we did some very delicate drilling to produce enough ceramic powder and then treated it with a chemical technique that extracts molecules called lipids... from the fats, oils and waxes of the natural world and are normally absorbed into the material of the prehistoric pots during cooking, or, in this case, through heating the milk. Luckily, these lipids often survive for thousands of years. We regularly use this technique to find out what sort of food people cooked in their ancient pots. It seems they ate many of the things we eat today, including various types of meat, dairy products,...
  • Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago...

    10/18/2019 5:09:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | American Friends of Tel Aviv University
    Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Paleolithic period some 400,000 years ago. The research provides direct evidence that early Paleolithic people saved animal bones for up to nine weeks before feasting on them inside Qesem Cave... The researchers contend that the deer metapodials were kept at the cave covered in skin to facilitate the preservation of marrow for consumption in time of need. The researchers evaluated the...