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  • The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle May Finally Be Solved

    10/21/2016 1:47:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 21, 2016 | Corey Charlton
    Strange clouds forming above the Bermuda Triangle could explain why dozens of ships and planes have mysteriously vanished in the notorious patch of sea. The remarkable new theory suggests the clouds are linked to 170-mph “air bombs” — capable of bringing down planes and ships. Now the riddle could finally be solved after meteorologists speaking to the Science Channel’s “What on Earth?” revealed their findings.
  • Watergate special prosecutor dismissed (Saturday Night Massacre)

    10/20/2016 11:23:35 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Solicitor General Robert Bork dismisses Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox; Attorney General Richardson and Deputy Attorney General Ruckelshaus resign in protest. Cox had conducted a detailed investigation of the Watergate break-in that revealed that the burglary was just one of many possible abuses of power by the Nixon White House. Nixon had ordered Richardson to fire Cox, but he refused and resigned, as did Ruckelshaus when Nixon then asked him to dismiss the special prosecutor. Bork agreed to fire Cox and an immediate uproar ensued. This series of resignations and firings became known as the Saturday Night Massacre and outraged...
  • French President Hollande Blames Obama for the Rise of ISIS

    10/20/2016 11:09:29 AM PDT · by MrChips · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/20/2016 | Gareth Davies
    French President Francois Hollande has suggested the rise of ISIS can be attributed to Barack Obama not backing his calls for Syrian air strikes back in 2013. Since then, France has been victim to a string of savage Islamic State terror attacks and the President insisted too many migrants were being let into the country. 'I don't know what would have happened if we had carried out strikes. What I can say is that we did not carry out strikes, and there's Daesh,' he said, referring to ISIS by its Arabic acronym. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter...
  • Experts believe mysterious aluminium object ... back 250,000 years 'could be part of ancient UFO'

    10/20/2016 10:43:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies ^ | Updated 13:15, 20 Oct 2016 | By Kara O'Neill
    Metallic aluminium was not produced by mankind until around 200 years ago - but this appears manufactured making the object a baffling find A piece of aluminium that looks as if it was handmade is being hailed as 250,000-year-old proof that aliens once visited Earth. Metallic aluminium was not really produced by mankind until around 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that could be up to 250,000 years old is being held as a sensational find. The details of the discovery were never made public at the time because it was pulled out of the earth...
  • Does this mysterious piece of aluminium prove UFOs visited Earth 250,000 years ago?

    10/20/2016 10:27:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2016 | Libby Plummer
    A piece aluminium that looks as if it was handmade is being hailed as 250,000-year-old proof that aliens once visited Earth. The discovery of the mysterious chunk of metal in communist Romania in 1973 was not made public at the time, according to CEN. Testing has since revealed that the object is made of 12 metals and is 90 per cent aluminium with Romanian officials dating it as being 250,000 years old. The initial results were later confirmed by a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, CEN reports.
  • Wisdom from statesman Daniel Webster

    10/19/2016 3:28:10 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    Good Reads ^ | 1800s | Daniel Webster
    “I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give...
  • GEORGIA EARLY VOTING UPDATE: Chime in if you live in Georgia.

    10/19/2016 11:53:19 AM PDT · by MrChips · 32 replies
    vanity | 10/19/2016 | MrChips
    OK, I apologize for the vanity. But, I am excited! I JUST VOTED FOR TRUMP/PENCE! And I thought I would report in. We heard some early voting reports from north Georgia yesterday (along with the Hillary bus that crapped on Lawrenceville). Those were reports of very long lines in conservative areas. So, I am reporting from Savannah, the other end of the state. I normally do not vote early, but I wanted to this time because I my be out of town on election day. The lines were long at the central early-voting location (the rear of the DMV building)....
  • The Smallest Pistol Seecamp 32 ACP (Video only)

    10/19/2016 11:38:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies ^ | 10-18-2016 | sootch00
    Fun Gun Reviews Presents: The Seecamp 32 ACP Pistol is the Smallest current production semi-auto handgun being made. They are known for their quality and reliability. This is a perfect choice for deep cover conceal-ability or as a back up. Another installment in the Mouse Gun Series.
  • Gun Owners Better Vote Trump

    10/19/2016 7:03:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    I don't know how many gun owners there are in America, but they had better vote for Trump. I am sure that plans have already been drawn up for registration and/or confiscation if Hitlery seizes power.
  • Where Are The SCOTUS Leaks? [vanity]

    10/18/2016 8:33:09 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 21 replies
    Fight for the Truth ^ | 10/18/16 | Eddie01
    We have everything except the SCOTUS evidence. I want to see the hack of John Roberts email. I want to see the hack of all Justices' email. I want to know how they have been corrupted so thoroughly. I want to know how they set up their personal "firewall" to protect them from being found out
  • Do Not Trust Any Polls - October Surprise Thread #2

    10/18/2016 8:27:31 PM PDT · by 1-Eagle · 41 replies
    The Vanity Post | 18 October 2016 | 1Eagle
    In 1996, The Clintons used Polls as Propaganda to suppress the Dole/Kemp Campaign. Imagine trying to get donations, recruit volunteers, or attract people to your rallies if your team has been behind in the polls by as much as 27% all summer, and those polls have been pounded into your brain 24/7. Thats what happened to Dole/Kemp. Take a look at the poll averages for 1996 here:1996 Polling on wikipedia This example of polls being used as propaganda is instructive. Notice how Clinton is said to be leading by as much as 27% during one week! Yet on election day...
  • Roman coins ID'd in Japanese ruins, but their origin baffles

    10/18/2016 7:08:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2016 9:18 PM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    The eyes of a visiting archaeologist lit up when he was shown the 10 tiny, tarnished discs that had sat unnoticed in storage for two and a half years at a dig on a southern Japan island. He had been to archaeological sites in Italy and Egypt, and recognized the “little round things” as old coins, including a few likely dating to the Roman Empire. “I was so excited I almost forgot what I was there for, and the coins were all we talked about,” said Toshio Tsukamoto of the Gangoji Institute for Research of Cultural Property in Nara, an...
  • Spoiler alert: DC state name to be State of Washington, DC

    10/18/2016 5:12:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    MSN AP ^ | October 18, 2016
    District of Columbia leaders have come up with a new name for the city in the unlikely event that it becomes a state: State of Washington, D.C.
  • A Quarter of Americans Believe George W. Bush Killed More Than Stalin

    10/17/2016 8:26:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 10/17/2016 | Dan Joseph
    A newly released YouGov study aimed at surveying American attitudes towards socialism reveals just how little Americans know about communism and events surrounding the history of communist and socialist regimes. Among the study’s most alarming findings, one in four Americans (26 percent) believe that more people were killed under George W. Bush than under notorious Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. […] The survey focused largely millennials and found that they are severely lacking in knowledge when it comes to communism and its bloody history. The poll shows 25 percent of millennials have a favorable view of Vladimir Lenin and 42 percent...
  • Are you at risk from solar storms?

    10/17/2016 7:50:14 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 40 replies
    daileymail ^ | 10/17/17 | Stacy Liberatore
    First map showing areas in the US at risk of solar storms has been released Experts looked at two factors, one being data from geomagnetic storms The other was data from magnetic materials beneath the Earth's surface Map reveals Minnesota and Wisconsin are at the highest risk in the US But more than half the US hasn't been surveyed due to a lack of funds Solar storms threaten Earth about every 100 years and experts warn we are overdue Copywrite prevents full publication of this article
  • The KV-1 Tank Blundered Its Way Into History

    10/17/2016 6:04:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 17, 2016 | Robert Beckhanusen
    A day after the German blitzkrieg into the Soviet Union in June 1941, more than 200 Nazi tanks were powering through Lithuania on a race northward to Leningrad. The Luftwaffe knocked out the Soviets’ nearby air bases, leaving counter-attacking armored columns easy prey for German bombers. Desperate to staunch the bleeding, on June 23 the Red Army sprang its KV-1 and KV-2 tanks — which at the time packed some of the heaviest tank armor in the world — on the advancing Germans near Raseiniai.
  • This Week In History with Tara Ross.

    10/17/2016 4:59:34 AM PDT · by knarf
    Tara Ross ^ | October 16, 2016 | Tara Ross
  • Keep Bill Clinton Out of The White House

    10/16/2016 9:47:47 PM PDT · by Kenika · 7 replies
    16 Oct 16 | Myself
    Putting HRC in the White House drags Bill Clinton back in with a Publicly funded office and staff which would support the Clinton Foundation with our dollars plus installation of a revolving back doo
  • Why Is Barack Obama Threatening Russia With World War III Right Before The Election?

    10/16/2016 6:05:56 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 68 replies ^ | 16OCt2016 | Michael Snyder
    It sure seems like an odd time to be provoking a war with Russia. As I write this, we stand just a little bit more than three weeks away from one of the most pivotal elections in U.S. history, and Barack Obama has chosen this moment to strongly threaten the Russians. As I wrote about on Friday, Reuters is reporting that Obama is contemplating “direct U.S. military action” against Syrian military targets, and the Russians have already indicated that any assault on Syrian forces would be considered an attack on themselves. The rapidly deteriorating crisis in Syria has already caused...
  • Lothrop Stoddard and Margaret Sanger

    10/15/2016 6:24:40 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    In 1914, the publication Birth Control Review published a review of the book The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy, by Lothrop Stoddard. The review was published by Havelock Ellis, a close friend of Margaret Sanger. Additionally, Stoddard was a board member of Sanger's pride and joy: The American Birth Control League. To what degree did Sanger agree with the contents of this review? As editor of the magazine, she had the ability to decline/approve anything written in her pages. The review said: (page 14) Dr. Stoddard is an American, a graduate of Harvard and a citizen of New...
  • Will they lay Hillary Clinton in a Crystal Coffin?

    10/15/2016 12:54:57 AM PDT · by ShivaFan · 18 replies
    opinion | 10-15-2016 | ShivaFan
    Will they lay Hillary Clinton in a Crystal Coffin? When Chairman Mao died on the 9th of September 1976 of Parkinson’s Disease, the death of the Party Leader was not announced right away. The government officials instead gave a warning to the nation that an announcement of extreme importance will be made later in the day at 4pm. Just before 4pm, citizens all across China gathered around transistor radios to hear the announcement, that Mao Zedong has died of a disease which they had no awareness he had. In fact, Mao was mostly in seclusion during his last five years,...
  • Turkey to unearth German-made WWII-era Focke-Wulf fighters, buried 'upon US request'

    10/14/2016 8:14:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 2016/10/14 | METIN CAN
    Turkey to unearth German-made WWII-era Focke-Wulf fighters, buried 'upon US request' METIN CAN ISTANBUL viation enthusiasts hope to shed light on a bizarre chapter in the history of the Republic of Turkey with the excavation of an area in the central city of Kayseri. The site, at a now-defunct airport currently used as a military headquarters, is allegedly home to more than fifty Focke-Wulf FW-190s imported from Germany that were reportedly "buried" after they were decommissioned some 70 years ago. Although aviation experts dispute the improbability of the burial of the single-seat fighter aircrafts en masse and claim they were...
  • MLB: The 5 Greatest Shortstops to Ever Play the Game

    10/14/2016 4:13:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 93 replies
    The Cheat Sheet ^ | October 14, 2016 | Michael Laurila
    While he’s no longer rocking pinstripes on a regular basis, it’s hard to think about the New York Yankees and not turn your attention to the great Derek Jeter. Even after his retirement from Major League Baseball in 2014, the captain of all captains continues to remain a permanent fixture in the city with which he spent his entire career. And really, that shouldn’t be a surprise. That’s usually what happens when you’re an all-time great shortstop. Throughout his incredible career, Jeter showed himself to be one of the greatest shortstops to ever step on a diamond. While there have...
  • Beretta Celebrates 500 Years of Firearm Manufacturing

    10/14/2016 10:38:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 14, 2016 | Awr Hawkins
    The October 2016 edition of Maxim celebrates Beretta’s 500th year of firearm manufacturing. Known among twenty-first century hunters for its shotguns and among concealed carry permit holders for its compact, potent pistols like the PX4 Storm, the Italian gun maker has a rich heritage that includes “crafting guns for everyone from Napoleon and Winston Churchill to Ernest Hemingway and James Bond.”
  • How ISIS Resembles Yesterday’s Anarchists

    10/13/2016 8:17:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    American Conservative, the ^ | 11 October 2016 | Katrina Gulliver
    Today, revolutionary anarchists seem archaic, almost quaint. But for around 50 years, from the 1880s to the 1930s, anarchists carried out terror attacks all over the world. Buildings blew up; world leaders and random civilians alike were killed. The parallels between then and now, when we face the threat of ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups, are many. During the decades of anarchist terrorism, it seemed like each week we heard of another incident carried out by an immigrant from a politically unstable region of the globe, and some prominent public figures called for banning all immigration from these regions....
  • Frontlines | S4 E11: "Hillary's Secret Service"

    10/13/2016 8:08:18 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 10 replies
    Yuutuube ^ | Oct 4, 2016 | NRA
    LtCol Oliver North says that a good indicator of a candidate's character can be found in the old saying, "actions speak louder than words." Gary J. Byrne, a former uniformed Secret Service officer who was stationed outside the oval office during Bill Clinton's presidency, has plenty to say about Hillary Clinton's actions. The author of "Crisis of Character" sat down with the Frontlines team to discuss his firsthand experience with Hillary and Bill, their character and culture. Additional eyewitnesses joined in to corroborate Byrne's accounts. And as North notes, what they learned was even worse than what they originally thought.
  • Nearly 200 Years Later, Nat Turner’s Skull Finally Returned to Family

    10/12/2016 8:20:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Atlanta Black Star ^ | October 11, 2016 | Tanasia Kenney
    In the wake of Fox Searchlight’s highly anticipated release of The Birth of Nation, the incredible story of Nat Turner’s slave revolt — and the mystery surrounding his remains after death — stays in the minds of viewers long after they’ve seen the film. The new movie, overshadowed by controversy surrounding previous rape allegations against the film’s lead actor, chronicles the life of Rev. Nathaniel Turner, an enslaved Black man who led one of the bloodiest slave insurrections in American history. In 1831, Turner and a small army of his fellow Black brethren fought their way through Virginia’s Southampton County,...
  • The danger ahead if Hillary wins is profound

    10/12/2016 8:15:03 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 48 replies
    Mainstream Media reactions to Trump | 12 October 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    As all of this develops, it is becoming clear that the conservatives and those who hold to Judeo-Christian values are in extreme danger. Sadly, many do not realize the extent of what is about to happen. A politically savvy friend told me months ago that the media would turn on Trump and do ANYTHING to stop him. He was correct. In spite of his faults, Trump does realize that we have some severe problems in this nation which have to be addressed for us to even survive. He is promising to work toward fixing them, but, he wouldn't be able...
  • ‘Beardog’ Discovery oOffers Clues to How Canines Evolved

    10/11/2016 11:05:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    KOIN6 ^ | October 11, 2016 | David Mercer
    <p>For decades a fossilized carnivore jawbone sat largely unnoticed in a drawer at Chicago’s Field Museum.</p> <p>Now the scientist who grew curious when he opened that drawer has established with a colleague that the fossil belonged to an early, long-extinct relative of dogs, foxes and weasels known as a beardog. The Field Museum fossil and another at the University of Texas each represent a new genus, the taxonomic rank above species.</p>

    10/11/2016 4:01:01 PM PDT · by Pic7 · 32 replies
    BANISHED - The Untold Story of Danney Williams
  • Putin Cancels Trip To France After Hollande Accuses Russia Of War Crimes

    10/11/2016 9:44:27 AM PDT · by lafroste · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/11/2016 | Tyler Durden
    In the latest confirmation of deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled a visit to Paris next week after President Francois Hollande said he would see him only for talks on Syria. Over the weekend, tensions emerged between Moscow and Paris after the Russian UN delegation vetoed a French-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria. French officials' growing anger over a Russian-backed Syrian offensive against rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo had led them to reconsider whether to host Putin on Oct. 19, Reuters reports. "I made it known to Mr Putin that...
  • Most of post-war justice ministry were Nazis: report [West Germany]

    10/10/2016 3:39:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies ^ | 10 Oct 2016 14:19 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/DPA/The Local)
    A new study presented on Monday revealed that more than half of the leadership of the West German Justice Ministry were former members of the Nazi party, including dozens of former paramilitary SA members. Between 1949 and 1973, 90 of the West German Justice Ministry’s 170 leading judges and lawyers were former members of the Nazi party, according to the government report. “There was very large continuity,” former Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger — who had commissioned the study while in office — told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Monday. Of those 90, 34 had been members of the Nazi party’s original paramilitary...
  • War on Terror book on sale

    10/10/2016 3:06:05 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 2 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 10-10-2016 | Paul Ibbetson
    One of the five most complete books on terrorism and national security when it comes to abuse and use of the Patriot Act. Get now for .99 cents for Kindle. 330 pages of research. Enjoy. topics include: detention, surveillance, enemy combatants,interrogation, warrants and searches and more.
  • God Bless Donald Trump

    10/10/2016 11:30:38 AM PDT · by Armaggedon · 7 replies
    For hundreds of years, America has been prepared as a catalyst for the restoration of the kingdom of heaven on earth. To participate in this divine creative process, men and women were called upon to repent by absolute centering in the love of God. Every individual must choose to dedicate their heart and mind to serve God or self centered gratification. We all have the corruption of human nature to clear in the fire of love, through repentance. Our Lord said we would not see him again until we say, blessed he who comes in the name of the Lord....
  • The Nuclear-War Tank Came at Exactly the Wrong Time: Object 279 ran afoul of Nikita Khrushchev

    10/10/2016 10:36:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 9, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    In a war that never happened, formations of heavy and rather odd-looking Soviet tanks would have powered through atomic explosions in breakthrough attacks into West Germany. Enter the Object 279 tank, a curious oddity from the late 1950s which was obsolete — despite its design principles deliberately reflecting the fear of a nuclear battlefield — by the time it was produced. It was certainly not a success, as the Soviet Union only manufactured a handful of prototypes.
  • Bomb squads safely dispose of Civil War ordnance found on Folly Beach

    10/10/2016 9:02:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | 10/10/2016 | glenn smith
    Military and law enforcement bomb squads safely disposed of 16 unexploded Civil War-era munitions Sunday on Folly Beach after the ordnance was uncovered as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Members of the United States Air Force Explosive Ordnance Team worked with Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and Charleston police bomb squad personnel to remove the munitions from the beach near the end of East Ashley Avenue. Joint Base Charleston released images from the operation Monday.
  • Why We Celebrate Columbus Day

    10/10/2016 7:21:04 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 10th, 2016 | David Deming
    The indigenous peoples of the Americas were not peaceful. Indigenous lives were "nasty, brutish, and short." Archaeologists such as Steven LeBlanc believe that conflict between Indian tribes was endemic and intense. Warfare was usually conducted with the genocidal aim of complete annihilation. The homicide rate in Pre-Columbian America is estimated to have been about a hundred times higher than in the present day U.S. About one-third of adult males died in warfare. In the healthiest communities, life expectancy at birth was probably no more than thirty-five years.
  • Hail Columbus!

    10/10/2016 5:59:48 AM PDT · by itsLUCKY2B · 9 replies
    Frank of Queens
    Hail Columbus!!!
  • October 10, 732

    10/10/2016 4:32:39 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 5 replies
    October 10, 2016 | me
    October 10, 732: Moslem forces attack Christian Europe from the West October 7, 1571: Moslem forces attack Christian Europe from the East. Early 19th Century: Moslem forces attack Christian America's shipping off the coast of North Africa (The Barbary Wars) April 24, 1915: Moslem forces of the Ottoman Empire slaughter Christians in the Armenian Genocide. September 11, 2011: Moslem radicals attack the World Trade Center. Current Time: Moslem Radicals of ISIS, the New Caliphate, rape, behead, and burn alive Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. 14 Centuries of jihad against Christianity - it has been one continuous war...
  • Get a picture of a kid in Chicago..

    10/09/2016 10:16:23 PM PDT · by mommab2003 · 6 replies
    I guess the only way to get attention to the killings in our own cities is to get a picture of some sympathetic looking child. Yes, I feel heartbroken for the little guy but we have our own problems. We are talking about safe zones, blah, blah... what about our own country? Someone get a picture, we need help at home.
  • Box Office: 'Birth of a Nation' Falters With $7M

    10/09/2016 9:50:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | October 9, 2016 | Pamela McClintock
    Embattled filmmaker Nate Parker's slave-rebellion drama had hoped to cross $10 million in its debut; 'Girl on the Train,' starring Emily Blunt, easily places No. 1. Two years after Gone Girl gripped audiences, Tate Taylor's female-fueled The Girl on the Train opened to a solid $24.7 million from 3,133 theaters at the North American box office, easily winning the race ahead of Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation.
  • Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Learn Sight-Words

    10/08/2016 1:33:46 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 37 replies
    LinkedIIn ^ | Aug 31, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 1955 Rudolf Flesch famously explained “Why Johnny Can't Read.” The problem was obvious. Schools made children memorize words as abstract graphic designs (i.e., sight-words), nothing else. In fact, English words contain a lot of essential info about how words should be pronounced and why they’re spelled the way they are. The Education Establishment said, “Oh fiddlesticks, forget all that old-fashioned stuff. Memorize the word-designs as if they are currency symbols or electrical symbols.” That, of course, is very hard work. But our Education Establishment has pushed this nonsense for 80 years. As a result, we have 50 million functional...
  • How Roman Central Planners Destroyed Their Economy

    10/07/2016 5:30:24 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 10/5/2016 | Richard M. Ebeling
    In 449 B.C., the Roman government passed the Law of the Twelve Tables, regulating much of commercial, social, and family life. Some of these laws were reasonable and consistent with an economy of contract and commerce; others prescribed gruesome punishments and assigned cruel powers and privileges given to some. Other regulations fixed a maximum rate of interest on loans of approximately 8 percent. The Roman government also had the habit of periodically forgiving all interest owed in the society; that is, it legally freed private debtors from having to pay back interest due to private creditors. The Roman government also...
  • The Birth of a Nation: The dishonesty at the center of this much-debated movie has [tr]

    10/07/2016 11:03:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | October 7, 2016 | Dana Stevens
    There is plenty of extracinematic material to chew over in considering Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation—the film’s rapturous response at Sundance, the way it rode over the horizon and onto the awards scene just as the movie industry was grappling with #oscarssowhite, the emergence of the story of Parker’s 2001 trial for rape—but let’s start with the sheer bravado of the movie’s title. Parker’s gambit in nicking the title of the 1915 D.W. Griffith Civil War epic now remembered less for its brilliant cinematic innovation than for its vile racism is plain: to take back not just film...
  • Roman bullets tell story of 1,800-year-old attack on Scottish fort

    10/07/2016 10:27:03 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 07, 2016 | Tom Metcalfe
    Several different types of sling bullets have been found at the site, from small lead bullets drilled with holes that the researchers think were designed to make a whistling noise in flight and terrorize their targets, to the largest lemon-shaped sling bullets, which weigh up to 2 ounces. "The interesting thing is that all the whistling sling bullets are from the Roman camp on the south face of the hill fort, so clearly they are using different sling bullets for different purposes," Nicholson told Live Science.
  • 7 October 1571: The Battle of Lepanto

    10/07/2016 8:46:31 AM PDT · by cld51860 · 12 replies ^ | H.W. Crocker III
    The clash of civilizations is as old as history, and equally as old is the blindness of those who wish such clashes away; but they are the hinges, the turning points of history. In the latter half of the 16th century, Muslim war drums sounded and the mufti of the Ottoman sultan proclaimed jihad, but only the pope fully appreciated the threat. As Brandon Rogers notes in the Ignatius Press edition of G. K. Chesterton's poem "Lepanto": Pope Pius V "understood the tremendous importance of resisting the aggressive expansion of the Turks better than any of his contemporaries appear to...
  • October 7, 1571

    10/07/2016 5:23:08 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 22 replies
    October 7, 2016 | me
    The Battle of Lepanto, which saved Christian Europe from armed Moslem domination in the form of the Ottoman Turks. Don Juan of Austria, leading the Holy League against the Turks, was outnumbered: 300 Turkish galleys against 200 of the Holy League. Don Juan instructed all of his men to pray the Rosary prior to the engagement: the Turkish forces were utterly destroyed. Pope St. Pius V believed that this important victory was secured by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. Thus, today is celebrated as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory and/or the Feast of Our Lady of the...
  • RadioFree Rocky D Juanita Broaddrick Interview

    10/06/2016 11:36:23 PM PDT · by \/\/ayne · 1 replies
    RadioFree Rocky D ^ | 10/1/2016 | Rocky D
    Juanita Broaddrick tells us about threats she has received from the Hillary campaign. Podcast at link.
  • The City Of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie

    10/06/2016 8:32:51 PM PDT · by NFHale · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1977 | Arlo Guthrie
    From "The Best of Arlo Guthrie" 1977.
  • Here come the Giants, exactly the team the Cubs probably didn’t want to see in the NLDS

    10/06/2016 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 6th, 2016 | by Tim Kawakami
    So Conor Gillaspie in 2016 is Marco Scutaro from 2012 or Travis Ishikawa from 2014 or Cody Ross from 2010, at least for one enormous Wild-Card game and that means it could go on and on again… And Madison Bumgarner in 2016 is… Madison Bumgarner, the perpetual postseason legend. That’s a two-paragraph summary of the Giants’ scintillating 3-0 Wild-Card victory over the Mets tonight, and yes, obviously, the patterns and connections from the previous three Giants postseason trips are impossible to ignore. You know who probably understands this better than anybody? That’d be the Cubs, who now face the Giants...