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  • Nobody Wanted to Give Up the M-1 Carbine - Classic weapon endured through three big American wars

    03/22/2018 11:06:30 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 66 replies ^ | Paul Huard
    A grim-faced U.S. Army major led a group of armed men away from a tropical village he decided not to attack. Wearing jungle boots and olive-drab battle dress, Edwin Brooks grasped a lightweight, reliable, .30-caliber weapon in his right hand as he walked. It was an M-1 carbine. The scene could have been anywhere in the South Pacific during World War II or somewhere near the Pusan Perimeter during the Korean War. But Brooks also wore a green beret with a Special Forces flash and he was leaving the then-South Vietnamese village of Ban Me Thuot in 1964, leading the...
  • 4,000-year-old Sumerian port found in southern Iraq

    03/22/2018 12:47:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | March 20, 2018 | DPA
    Sumerians settled in Mesopotamia, an area of modern Iraq known as the cradle of civilization, more than 6,000 years ago, where they invented writing, the wheel, the plough, irrigation, the 24-hour day and the first city-states. Mission co-leaders Licia Romano and Franco D'Agostino of Rome's Sapienza University said Tuesday they discovered one of their ancient ports in Abu Tbeirah, a desert site about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of the town of Nasiriyah. The port's basin, measuring 130 meters (142 yards) in length and 40 meters (44 yards) wide, with a capacity equal to nine Olympics-sized pools, may have also...
  • Russia Feared Hitler's Panzer Tanks. But They Might Have Feared Who Led Them Even More.

    03/21/2018 4:10:08 PM PDT · by BBell · 74 replies
    The wide tracks of Soviet T-34S and colossal KV-1S crunched through the snow. Night had fallen west of Belgorod on March 15, 1943. The Soviet tank column was headed toward a village, looking for shelter for the night. Although the village appeared deserted, the Soviet commander was wary. For days now there had been heavy fighting, with the Nazis trying to recapture Kharkov from the Soviets. The T-34s fired incendiary shells, setting ablaze a few peasant huts. When nothing moved, the tanks rumbled into the village. The commander’s tank came to halt, unaware that the muzzle of a Tiger tank...
  • MAPPED: China's most ambitious megaproject — the new Silk Road

    03/21/2018 11:45:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2018 | Jeff Desjardins
    Costing between $4-8 trillion and affecting 65 countries, China's ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative is the granddaddy of all megaprojects. By the time of it's estimated completion in 2049, OBOR will stretch from the edge of East Asia all the way to East Africa and Central Europe, and it will impact a lengthy list of countries that account for 62% of the world's population and 40% of its economic output. Today's infographic from Raconteur helps visualize the initiative's tremendous size, scale, and potential impact on Asian infrastructure.
  • Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd...

    03/21/2018 9:04:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-21-2018 | Guy Jones
    Yankees vs Red Sox April 14th, 1931 starring Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mayor Jimmy "Beau James" Walker and thousands of people dressed better than most people are today for church. Appx 15 minutes with original sound.
  • The Consciousness Deniers

    03/21/2018 6:55:23 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 13 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | March 13, 2018 | Galen Strawson
    The Consciousness Deniers Galen Strawson What is the silliest claim ever made? The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the existence of consciousness: conscious experience, the subjective character of experience, the “what-it-is-like” of experience. Next to this denial—I’ll call it “the Denial”—every known religious belief is only a little less sensible than the belief that grass is green.The Denial began in the twentieth century and continues today in a few pockets of philosophy and psychology and, now, information technology. It had two main causes: the rise of the behaviorist approach in psychology,...
  • The March to Fascism

    03/21/2018 5:38:35 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 24 replies
    I am posting this because I was completely taken aback by an ex-professor friend of mine, (a HISTORY professor at that!!) who actually suggested that a public figure, with whom he didn't agree, be silenced. That's right, SILENCED, simply for not agreeing with his particular worldview. Astounding. Good Lord, what happened to the free expression of ideas, freedom of speech? To freely express ideas, no matter how reppellant, is the cornerstone of a free society. Once we venture down the road of censoring and silencing, we could be finished in short order. It only took Germany, and Hitler's National Socialist...
  • FLASHBACK: Remember when congratulating Vladimir Putin WASN’T a scandal?

    03/21/2018 12:52:53 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 15 replies ^ | March 20, 2018 | Sarah D.
    Over the weekend, Vladimir Putin handily won re-election to a fourth term as Russian president. And we’re sure the election was totally above-board and not shady at all. Well, anyway, Donald Trump has reportedly called Putin to congratulate him on his big victory. (Snip) TheBlaze ✔ @theblaze Obama Congratulates Putin on Presidential Victory, Praises Russia’s Cooperation on Iran, Afghanistan
  • Plotting Rebellion in China: A formidable conspiracy said to be the work of mandarins

    03/20/2018 5:38:34 PM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    New York Tribune ^ | March 20, 1898 | staff
    World National and Local News along with sports, society travel and classifieds. The full edition of the New York Tribune digitized. (52 pages)
  • Oldest DNA from Africa Offers Clues to Mysterious Ancient Culture

    03/20/2018 5:30:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Science ^ | March 15, 2018 | Ann Gibbons
    About 15,000 years ago, in the oldest known cemetery in the world, people buried their dead in sitting positions with beads and animal horns, deep in a cave in what is now Morocco. These people were also found with small, sophisticated stone arrowheads and points, and 20th century archaeologists assumed they were part of an advanced European culture that had migrated across the Mediterranean Sea to North Africa. But now, their ancient DNA -- the oldest ever obtained from Africans -- shows that these people had no European ancestry. Instead, they were related to both Middle Easterners and sub-Saharan Africans,...
  • Trump - Russia Collusion in German

    03/20/2018 2:55:05 PM PDT · by Auslander154 · 14 replies
    I found this great summary of the Russian Collusion story written in German at It would be a great reference to send to any German speaking friends you have. Our German friends most likely do not get this kind of summation in Das Bild or Der Spiegel. I have tried to decipher it into English so that you have an idea of what you are sending. It is interesting that the German version goes into fuller detail than the English rendition on The Epoch Times. They even had a bit of fun with Obama talking about him discovering...
  • RT (Russia Today) Chief Editor praises Putin, then blames the West for his victory

    03/20/2018 1:59:26 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    Echo of Moscow ^ | Mar 2018 | Margarita Simonyan
    In general, the West should be horrified not by the 76 percent who backed Putin but by the fact that in the Russian elections: patriotic, communist and nationalist ideas were supported by 95 percent of the population, leaving the liberal ideas with a pathetic five percent. And you, my Western friends, are guilty of this. By your hostility and sanctions, you have pushed the Russian people into the arms of the Moscow regime. Had you behaved sensibly and reached compromises, this outcome would not have occurred; but now that it has, the West must assume all responsibility. As a result,...
  • Site of huge Iron Age feast celebration found on Orkney

    03/20/2018 12:35:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Scotsman ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2018 | Alison Campsie
    Archaeologists have identified the site of a huge Iron Age feast on Orkney where more than 10,000 animals were cooked and eaten in a vast cliff top celebration. Tests have shown that horses, cattle, red deer and otters were on the menu at the gathering above Windwick Bay, South Ronaldsay, more than 1,700 years ago... A large number of jewellery fragments and tools have already been discovered at the site, where the remains of an Iron Age broch and metalworking site can be found, with recent radiocarbon tests carried out at a midden -- or rubbish tip -- nearby. Examination...
  • Concrete Poured on World's Oldest Temple Gobeklitepe

    03/20/2018 12:03:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    BIA News ^ | 20 March 2018 | unattributed, soon to be political prisoner
    "They'd said they wouldn't pour concrete on the protected area" "They've dismantled some parts of wooden walkway project that started in 2013 because they plotted another route. The new route is right on where Klaus keeps spacious to prevent crowded guest groups. They had said that they would build the walkway down to the guest center and wouldn't pour concrete on the protected when Klaus was alive". "I say 'destruction', they say 'road'" "They are doing everything in a rush that Klaus didn't want as he knew it will destroy Göbeklitepe. I cannot explain the extend of the destruction which...
  • Brewing hoppy beer without the hops

    03/20/2018 11:19:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | March 20, 2018 | University of California - Berkeley
    A more sustainable pint of craft beer possibly coming to a pub near you +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Hoppy beer is all the rage among craft brewers and beer lovers, and now UC Berkeley biologists have come up with a way to create these unique flavors and aromas without using hops. The researchers created strains of brewer's yeast that not only ferment the beer but also provide two of the prominent flavor notes provided by hops. In double-blind taste tests, employees of Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California, characterized beer made from the engineered strains as more hoppy than a control beer...
  • Microsoft founder discovers wreckage of US military ship sunk in WWII killing 687 [tr]

    03/20/2018 7:12:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 20, 2018 | Sara Malm
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced that the wreckage of a military ship on which five brothers died in World War II has been discovered in the South Pacific. The sunken USS Juneau was found on Saturday, off the coast of the Solomon Islands, by an expedition led by Allen. The ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes during the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942, killing 687 men, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa.
  • Cache of Iron Age Coins Discovered in England

    03/20/2018 5:00:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | editors
    CHIDDINGSTONE, ENGLAND -- Kent Live reports that a hoard of gold coins was discovered by a metal detectorist in a farmer’s field in southeast England. The ten coins are thought to have been minted in northern France about 2,000 years ago. The Gauls may have used the coins to pay or bribe mercenaries to fight against Julius Caesar. Archaeologist Claire Donithorn of the Eden Valley Museum said the coins are being held at the British Museum, but may be returned to the local area. "They date from precisely the time when Britain emerged from prehistoric to historic times," she said....
  • Harper’s Weekly – March 20, 1858

    03/20/2018 4:50:55 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 4 replies
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  • Ballast: Creating Cultural Connections Across Time and Space

    03/20/2018 4:26:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    object matters ^ | probably March 2018 | Mats Burström
    Along the shores in Newfoundland there is an abundance of flint to be found although this material does not occur naturally in the area. The reason for the presence of flint is that it was used as ballast by sailing vessels in the transatlantic migratory fishery that started in the beginning of the sixteenth century and lasted for about four centuries. During this period several millions of tons of material were relocated as ballast from the coasts of England and France to Newfoundland. Among this huge amount of relocated material there are some supposedly Palaeolithic artefacts that have been brought...
  • Ancient Naples port found [2500 year old site of Palepolis]

    03/20/2018 3:22:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    ANSA ^ | March 15, 2018 | unattributed
    An ancient port in Naples, believed to be the harbour 25 centuries ago when it was called Palepolis by the Greeks who ousted the Etruscans, has been discovered in the sea off the iconic Castel dell'Ovo, archaeologists said Thursday. Underwater archaeologists have found four submerged tunnels, a three-metre-wide street with cart-furrows still there and a long trench for soldiers, six meters down to the right of the castle, Neapolitan archaeologist Mario Negri said... The first settlements in the area were made in the ninth century BC, nearly 3000 years ago, when Anatolian and Achaean merchants and travellers arrived in the...