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  • Federal Agents Recall Branch Davidian Shootout 24 Years Ago

    02/19/2017 2:51:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 2/19
    Nearly 24 years after the Branch Davidian standoff began near Waco, some federal agents are opening up about their experiences that resulted in the worst day in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and ultimately the deaths of some 70 people inside the compound more than seven weeks later. "I've decided I'm never going to forget, and I owe it to the guys who were killed to tell their story," ATF Agent Gary Orchowski told the Houston Chronicle in a story published Sunday. Four agents were killed Feb. 28, 1993, when more than 130 ATF...
  • FDR signs Executive Order 9066 (1942)

    02/19/2017 11:09:16 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    On this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, initiating a controversial World War II policy with lasting consequences for Japanese Americans. The document ordered the removal of resident enemy aliens from parts of the West vaguely identified as military areas. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941, Roosevelt came under increasing pressure by military and political advisors to address the nation’s fears of further Japanese attack or sabotage, particularly on the West Coast, where naval ports, commercial shipping and agriculture were most vulnerable. Included in the off-limits military areas referred to...

    02/19/2017 7:52:50 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/03/2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    It should be remembered that Democrats have one single playbook since time immemorial which they run regardless of its appropriateness and relevance. They have only one cry and it's wolf. If Hitler rose from the dead and ran from office, no one would pay attention because they heard it all before. Here's the playbook in action against Barry Goldwater who, like Bernie Sanders, was ethnically Jewish, but did not identify as such.
  • The USS ‘Massachusetts’ Packed Lots of Firepower in a Small Package

    02/19/2017 4:41:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 19, 2017 | Robert Farley
    The U.S. Navy began construction of its first fast battleships in 1937, with the two ships of the North Carolina class. The restrictions of the Washington and London Naval Treaties had imposed a battleship “holiday,” and mandated limits on the size of new warships.
  • Went to the Trump Rally. Holly cow was that a great time

    02/18/2017 6:19:06 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 68 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 18 February 2017 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I had the best time today. I decided to take my family to the Trump Rally. It was so much fun. I left for the Rally around 2 o'clock and got there about 3:45. I parked in the Dollar General which I THOUGHT was close....Haha. Nope had to walk a mile to the end of the line. Once we were in line, it was so much fun being among patriots. It really brought home that we are going to be ok. We were immediately behind 3 Law School young guys from University of Florida and a young Lady who was...
  • Education Establishment versus USA: War of the Worlds

    02/18/2017 2:18:52 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    Saving Our future ^ | Dec.15, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price –
    A famous novel by H. G. Wells begins: “No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely…[that]intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the 20th century came the great disillusionment.” That’s a perfect summary of Professor John Dewey and his friends— intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic. They looked at our culture and our schools and came to a hostile conclusion: this place needed fundamental transformation. So John Dewey and...
  • New audiobook release: The Challenge of Waste, by Stuart Chase

    02/18/2017 6:59:21 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    It's that time again, another audiobook has been finalized and ready for download. The Challenge of WasteWhat's interesting about this 1922 book, is that Stuart Chase, who would a decade later coin the term "New Deal" and be an adviser to FDR, based much of his opinions for this book on a study about waste which was commissioned by Herbert Hoover. That's because Hoover himself didn't stop being a progressive until seeing his own failures as president and Franklin Roosevelt doubling down on what clearly did not work. Hoover, like any other early 20th century progressive, was utterly obsessed with...
  • Barack Obama Ranked 12th Best U.S. President Ever in Major Survey of Historians

    02/17/2017 10:57:36 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    Time ^ | February 17, 2017 | David Von Drehle
    Barack Obama has been whisked to a very good table at the club of former presidents, according to a C-SPAN survey of 91 presidential historians published on Friday. Obama’s 12th-place ranking only a month after leaving office is the best for any president since Ronald Reagan, who ranks ninth in the new survey. The list updates previous C-SPAN surveys compiled in 2009 and 2000.
  • 'Rome, Sweet Rome': Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?

    02/17/2017 10:16:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 31, 2017 | Alyson Sheppard
    James Erwin was browsing Reddit on his lunch break when a thread piqued his interest. A user called The_Quiet_Earth had posed the question: "Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?" The question struck a chord with the 37-year-old Erwin, a technical writer from Des Moines, Iowa, who happened to be finishing a book called The Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Actions (Through Facts on File). Erwin tells PM that he wasn't impressed by other users' early attempts to answer this question,...
  • What You're Fixin To See Is A True Story

    02/17/2017 7:54:53 AM PST · by condi2008 · 14 replies
    Bright Wall/Dark Room ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | Rosie Jonker
    In 1996, in Carthage, Texas, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede murdered 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent. Shot her in the back, stuffed her body in the big freezer in her garage, and went on about his life. When the police eventually found her and Bernie confessed to her murder, District Attorney Danny Buck ran into a problem—he couldn’t scare up a single juror in Panola County who was willing to put Bernie behind bars. Bernie was a sweet boy, the people of Carthage said, and that b***h had it coming.
  • On this date in 1865

    02/17/2017 4:07:25 AM PST · by Bull Snipe · 36 replies
    Troops in the Army of the Tennessee, under the Command of General Oliver O.Howard, entered Columbia, South Carolina. For the next three days, a rampage of destruction by the Union Army soldiers resulted in two thirds of the city being destroyed. General Howard's forces were part of General William T.Sherman's Armies advancing North from Savannah, Georgia.
  • Karl Marx Was A Pretty Bad Person

    02/16/2017 4:26:26 PM PST · by OddLane · 36 replies
    Intellectual Takeout/FEE ^ | February 16, 2016 | Richard Ebeling
    When Karl Marx died in March 1883, only about a dozen people attended his funeral at a cemetery in London, England, including family members. Yet, for more than a century after his death – and even until today – there have been few thinkers whose ideas have been as influential on various aspects of modern world history. Indeed, as some have said, no other faith or belief-system has had such a worldwide impact as Marxism, since the birth of Christianity and the rise of Islam. Marx’s critique of capitalism and capitalist society has shaped much of the social thinking in...
  • Who remembers this?

    02/16/2017 10:58:10 AM PST · by Bikkuri · 43 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-17-17 | Bikk
    I think this was around 1986 (or so)... when the nice rap was being taken over by the (future gansta rap) crap we see today.. This isn't bout rap, or any specific genre, but by users/people taking advantage of the 1st amendment. I think many here know what I am talking about.. but I also think many here are too young to remember before rap was even invented :p (not just about rap, but the degradation of not only music, but social norms in general).
  • The Execution of Louis XVI, 1793

    02/16/2017 10:02:38 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    Louis XVI, king of France, arrived in the wrong historical place at the wrong time and soon found himself overwhelmed by events beyond his control. Ascending the throne in 1774, Louis inherited a realm driven nearly bankrupt through the opulence of his predecessors Louis XIV and XV. After donning the crown, things only got worse. The economy spiraled downward (unemployment in Paris in 1788 is estimated at 50%), crops failed, the price of bread and other food soared. [...] In 1788, Louis was forced to reinstate France's National Assembly (the Estates-General) which quickly curtailed the king's powers. In July of...
  • Did YOU know that Africa is three times larger than China? Fascinating maps reveal the [tr]

    02/16/2017 9:29:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Naomi Leach
    While some are aware that 2D maps fail to accurately convey the scale of countries and continents on Earth, a mind-boggling new infographic reveals the true extent of this distortion. Historically, Mercator projection used in 2D cartology was favoured by sailors as it allowed them to keep their course - but this system is flawed. The further away destinations are from the equator the more distorted their size becomes.
  • Anchored: Will Philly be stuck with the SS United States forever?

    02/16/2017 7:36:47 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    Cruising the Past ^ | 02-15-2017 | Michael L. Grace
    The former American luxury liner was supposed to be docked In Philadelphia for 21 days; it’s been almost 21 years. Is time running out for the famous ocean liner? The SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines. It was designed by American naval architect William Francis Gibbs to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record. Built at a cost of $79.4 million ($733 million in today’s dollars) the ship is the largest ocean liner constructed entirely in the US and the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction. Even in her...
  • Detroit Tigers owner secretly paid for Rosa Parks' apartment in a safe part of Detroit [tr]

    02/16/2017 6:53:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | James Wilkonson
    Little Caesars founder and Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch was well-known for his philanthropic efforts with veterans and the poor, which garnered him the praise of a succession of presidents. But billionaire Illitch - who died aged 87 on Friday - didn't stop sharing when he was out of the spotlight. And one of his friends wants the world to know that the businessman spent 11 years secretly helping a civil rights icon after she needed a new home.
  • On this date in 1862

    02/16/2017 2:08:00 AM PST · by Bull Snipe · 17 replies
    General Buckner surrenders Fort Donelson and its Confederate defenders to General Grant.
  • Trump Family Friend: Melania 'Unhappy' About Having to Live Out Donald's Dreams of Being POTUS

    02/15/2017 7:49:41 PM PST · by drewh · 59 replies
    The Inquisitor ^ | 2.15.17 | Paula Mooney
    A new report claims that Melania is living Donald’s dream, according to the viewpoint of Phillip Bloch, a friend and stylist to the Trump Family. Along with Bloch’s claims about Melania being unhappy, another Trump Family source claimed that Mrs. Trump is “miserable” about how her life turned out as the wife of a president. “Melania is unhappy with how her life ended up.” The publication points to many recent events that claim to be almost too much to bear for Melania, who is a “deeply private” person. As Melania spends most of her time at Trump Tower in New...

    02/15/2017 11:44:08 AM PST · by TomasUSMC · 14 replies
    Damn the Torpedoes FULL SPEED AHEAD. Mr President....damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead.......a famous Civil War quote from a 63 year old Admiral Farragut those days mines where called torpedoes.....The Union Admiral had lashed himself atop the mainsail to see high above the smoke (sounds like somebody you know?) upon seeing one of his ships hit a torpedo and sink and the rest of his fleet slow down, he commanded FULL SPEED AHEAD DAMN THE TORPEDOES .. . because of his rash/calculated leadership his fleet stormed through the minefield and gained a victory that captured the 3 Forts of...
  • Jefferson Statue Smeared With ‘Blood’ At William & Mary

    02/15/2017 8:16:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 13, 2017 | Rob Shimshock
    A William & Mary student posted two pictures of a Thomas Jefferson statue stained with fake blood and a message reading: “Overseen: TJ caught with the blood of all the people he owned on his hands.”
  • On this date in 1898

    02/15/2017 3:23:28 AM PST · by Bull Snipe · 15 replies
    USS Maine ACR-1 blew up and sank in Havana Harbor, Cuba. As a result, 260 American sailors were killed or drowned.
  • Firing Line Broadcasts

    02/14/2017 1:37:34 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    From 1966 to 1999, the television series Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day. The broadcast collection includes administrative files, program preparation materials, photographs, transcripts, sound recordings, and videotape copies of the 1,505 programs. Preface With 1,504 installments over 33 years, Firing Line is the longest-running public-affairs show in television history with a single host, William F. Buckley Jr. The Firing Line archives consist of: tapes of all the shows; transcripts of all the shows; for about two-thirds of the shows, the...
  • Thousands Gather in Remembrance of World War II destruction of Dresden

    02/13/2017 4:33:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    Dresden's mayor has used the event to remind participants of the brutalities of war, even in the 21st century. During World War II, Allied forces firebombed the German city of Dresden, leaving 25,000 people dead. Around 12,000 people on Monday gathered in Dresden and joined hands to form a human chain in a message of "peace and reconciliation" marking the anniversary of the deadly firebombing of the city by Allied forces towards the end of the Second World War. The act aimed at reminding the participants of the brutal bombing, considered one of the Allied forces more controversial acts during...
  • Geraldo Rivera Quits Post After Yale Removes Slavery Supporter's Name

    02/13/2017 3:28:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/12/17 | Jennifer Calfas
    Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera quit his position at Yale University after the Ivy League school announced it would remove the name of a pro-slavery lawmaker from one of its residential colleges. Yale's Calhoun College was named after Vice President John C. Calhoun, a 19th-century slavery supporter and white supremacist from South Carolina who attended Yale. Yale announced plans to rename Calhoun College after Grace Murray Hopper, an alum of the school and a renowned computer scientist and Navy rear admiral, the New York Times reported. Rivera announced his decision to resign from his position at the university on Sunday...
  • Decades of disaster: 7 of America’s worst dam failures in recent history (VIDEO)

    02/13/2017 2:35:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    RT ^ | 13 Feb
    While modern technology ensures safety standards are maintained at the 80,000 dams across the US, extreme weather and maintenance issues have resulted in some serious dam failures over the past four decades. On Sunday, an urgent evacuation order was issued for 200,000 people living in northern California amid fears of an imminent collapse of the nearby Oroville Dam spillway. Oroville, America’s tallest dam, remains intact but the emergency spillway, which helps prevent water from overflowing when levels are high, is eroding. Heavy rainfall has filled the dam to the verge of overflow, posing a huge potential risk to downstream communities....
  • ISIS flattens Palmyra: Dramatic aerial pictures show how the terror group is hell bent [tr]

    02/13/2017 11:58:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2017 | Julian Robinson
    These dramatic aerial images show how ISIS seems hell bent on destroying the last remaining UNESCO treasures in Palmyra after recapturing the city. Drone footage captured by Russia's military shows how ancient monuments in the Syrian UNESCO World Heritage Site have been reduced to rubble by the terror group. The black-and-white video dated February 5 shows part of the Roman amphitheatre collapsed and the tetrapylon, a 16-columned structure that marked one end of the ancient city's colonnade, wiped out
  • Must Watch: 1400 yrs of Islam history in a few minutes...

    02/13/2017 11:29:07 AM PST · by virgil283 · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 15, 2016 | Brigitte Gabriel.
    If you want to inform yourself about what islam is, the dangers of islam, the background of islam, the goal of islam, and why islam is DIFFERENT than any other religion, you should read this page and watch the videos on it:..Video-16 min.
  • Beautifully ornate VICTORIAN Valentine's Day cards reveal how people wooed their [tr]

    02/13/2017 8:14:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jo Tewwdy
    For many, February 14th has evolved to be the antithesis of romance, a day where a 50 per cent mark-up on a bunch of wilting red roses has become par for the course. Roll back the centuries though and wooing was an altogether more authentic affair. A set of Victorian Valentine's Day cards - including beautifully ornate designs in paper and cloth - show just how our 19th century counterparts won the hearts of their paramours.
  • After Yale building name change, Clemson students revive controversy over its Tillman Hall

    02/13/2017 7:57:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    College Fix ^ | February 12, 2017 | Staff
    eeing Yale finally alter the name of its Calhoun College, students at Clemson University are reinvigorating the debate over its Tillman Hall, named after founding trustee — and slave-owning white supremacist — Benjamin Tillman.
  • Dresden devastated (1946)

    02/13/2017 7:06:40 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 146 replies
    On the evening of February 13, 1945, the most controversial episode in the Allied air war against Germany begins as hundreds of British bombers loaded with incendiaries and high-explosive bombs descend on Dresden, a historic city located in eastern Germany. Dresden was neither a war production city nor a major industrial center, and before the massive air raid of February 1945 it had not suffered a major Allied attack. By February 15, the city was a smoldering ruin and an unknown number of civilians–somewhere between 35,000 and 135,000–were dead.
  • The Battle Cry of Freedom [song]

    02/12/2017 5:40:01 PM PST · by cmj328 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1862 | George F. Root
    Youtube: The Battle Cry of Freedom (Columbia Masterworks recording) 1. Yes, we'll rally round the flag, boys, We'll rally once again, Shouting the battle cry of Freedom, We will rally from the hillside, We'll gather from the plain, Shouting the battle cry of Freedom. CHORUS: The Union forever, Hurrah! boys, hurrah! Down with the traitors, Up with the stars; While we rally round the flag, boys, Rally once again, Shouting the battle cry of Freedom. 2. We are springing to the call Of our brothers gone before, Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom. And we'll fill the vacant ranks With...
  • Looted AD 200 marble artifact heading back to Greece

    02/12/2017 4:58:56 PM PST · by ETL · 21 replies ^ | February 12, 2017
    An ancient marble slab that wound up on display in a midtown Manhattan art gallery after being stolen in Greece 30 years ago has been returned to Greek officials. The large sarcophagus fragment worth $500,000 was stolen from a burial ground near the port city of Thessaloniki and its whereabouts had long been a mystery despite an international search. The 400-pound artifact dates from 200 A.D. and depicts a battle between Greek and Trojan warriors, the New York Post reported. The Royal-Athena Galleries agreed to forfeit the piece when presented evidence of its theft, the paper reported. (snip) “Sadly, in...
  • Immigration for the past 200 years

    02/12/2017 12:17:42 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 13 replies ^ | 2/12/2017 | self
    For the past 200 years where have all the people been coming from? Notice what happens after 1970. You can stop it by clicking the arrow on the right side of the slide.
  • RIP Hal Moore, All-American Badass Whose Bravery On The Battlefield Inspired 'We Were Soldiers'

    02/12/2017 9:12:29 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    IJR ^ | 02/11/17 | BENNY JOHNSON
    America has lost a hero. Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, the legendary commander of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam, whose bravery on the battlefield inspired the movie 'We Were Soldiers' has passed away. “He served his country with distinction and valor for over 32 years during the wars in Korea and Vietnam where he was immortalized,” the Army said in a powerful statement. Moore was 94. After being accepted to West Point in 1942, Moore served in the Korean War and commanded a heavy mortar company. He became a professor at West Point after the war, educating a young...
  • Italy’s World War II Battleships Were Lovely, But Not Exactly the Best

    02/12/2017 5:25:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 12, 2017 | Robert Farley
    Italy’s Regia Marina was one of the busiest navies of the interwar period. Four old battleships were rebuilt so completely that they barely resembled their original configuration. This helped Italy achieve what was really, by the late 1930s, significant ship-to-ship superiority over the French Navy.
  • Researchers Unearth the Past to Solve Ancient Mystery

    02/11/2017 9:17:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Feb 11, 2017 | Kevin Cokely
    Several complete skeletons hint at sudden, mass extinctionResearchers from the Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour are unraveling an ancient mystery. "This is life," said Coleton Caldwell, assistant director of the museum. "The first time life is living on land, solely on land, and it's still trying to figure things out, you know? What works, what doesn't work? So it's just really, really, really unique." Working southwest of Wichita Falls, near the shore of Lake Kemp in Baylor County, the researchers have uncovered the skeletal remains of seven dimetrodons. The mammal-like finback reptiles roamed parts of North Texas 60...
  • Yale drops slavery proponent Calhoun from college name

    02/11/2017 7:34:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2017 4:07 PM EST
    After years of debate, Yale University announced Saturday it will change the name of a residential college that honors a 19th century alumnus and former U.S. vice president who was an ardent supporter of slavery. Yale trustees said the Ivy League university is renaming Calhoun College after trailblazing computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematician who earned Yale degrees in the 1930s, invented a pioneering computer programming language and became a Navy rear admiral. Yale said it was the final decision in a controversy over former Vice President John C. Calhoun’s legacy that had simmered for years and boiled over...
  • Lt. General Hal Moore....An Amazing American Hero

    02/11/2017 6:26:59 PM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 5 replies
    Stripes ^ | 11 Feb 2017 | Iceflyer
    I am greatly saddened today at the passing of Lt General Hal Moore. I would never have thought that in my Air Force career that it would be an Army General who would leave the greatest impression on me. This post is to reflect on that impact. In 2006 I attended Air Command and Staff College. After interviewing with 75+ others for 17 coveted slots on the Gathering of Eagles team I was selected to be one and could not believe my fortune. Through several weeks of work as a team we had selected our “Eagles” to come to the...
  • -How Norman Mailer helped free a killer from prison, only for him to strike again (Moral Narcissist)

    02/11/2017 3:15:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 02/11/2017 | Sherryl Connelly
    n 1981, Norman Mailer threw the heft of his towering celebrity into freeing a convicted murderer and likely psychopath named Jack Henry Abbott. Six weeks later, Richard Adan, a 22-year-old aspiring playwright, slumped to his death in a Bowery alley. Abbott, by then a darling of literary New York, had sliced the man’s heart nearly in two. The new book “Jack and Norman: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s ‘The Executioner’s Song’” compellingly revisits the ugly story. Author Jerome Loving, a distinguished professor of literature at Texas A&M and a Guggenheim Fellow, lays bare every obscene detail.
  • Knowledge of Islam Exam for every 4th Grader

    02/11/2017 10:44:17 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    History Lesson | 2/11/2017 | Jan_Sobiesk
    Since the public school system in the United States has decided to openly promote Islam to its pupils, I, Jan Sobieski III, Commander of the Winged Hussars, Lion of Lechistan, and past King of Poland, proscribe that all Freeper parents administer the following 5 question assignment/test to their children... Five pillars of Islam taught in American public schools 1. Islam is a religion of _ _ _ _ _ ? [Answer: Death. Since its inception the political movement and quasi-religion known as Islam has glorified and promoted "death" as a primary virtue. In fact, the only sure way that a...
  • Trump Tweets Against Media Bias and Democrats Are Epic This Past Week

    02/11/2017 9:36:54 AM PST · by tony75034 · 20 replies ^ | 2/11/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    You have to love our new leader. He is not one to stand still and not only called out the fake judges on the 9th district political court (a court which is overturned by the Supreme Court 80% of the time due to their leftwing bias), he also calls out CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the media. Epic Tweets right to the people.
  • Kimura’s Crazed ‘Macbeth’ for Today

    02/10/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    THE JAPAN TIMES ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Nobuko Tanaka
    “When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. “To start my research, I rented a video of ‘Ninagawa Macbeth’ — but I was amazed because it seemed entirely different from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ ” he recalled. Indeed it was amazingly different, because the late Yukio Ninagawa set his 1980 masterpiece in samurai-era Japan, not medieval Scotland, and he also filled most of the stage with...
  • Vonnegut, Heinlein, Kipling, and Others Battle It Out for a Libertarian Award

    02/10/2017 1:51:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | |Jan. 17, 2017 | Jesse Walker
    Finalists for a libertarian literary prizeThe Libertarian Futurist Society has announced its finalists for this year's Hall of Fame award. This is one of two prizes the group gives out annually: The Prometheus Award honors the best libertarian-themed novel of the past year, while the Hall of Fame Award goes to libertarian fiction that first appeared at least half a decade ago. The focus is on science fiction—hence that word "Futurist"—but non-sf works are occasionally added to the mix. (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Fountainhead have both been nominated for the Hall of Fame in the past,...
  • The true backbone of America

    02/10/2017 8:22:11 AM PST · by pabianice · 9 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 12/16 | Howard
    America was founded on slavery and genocide. Today, everyone, even the most “anti-establishment” among us, must adhere to the strict guidelines of patriotic correctness that have been staples of American sensibility since the country’s inception, and even more now in the PC era. No matter who you are and no matter what you think of the country, you have to offer up the same libations to mother culture for fear of being labeled an anti-patriot. “Don’t get me wrong, I still love America,” we tack on to the end of furious rants about genocide and exploitation. “This is not what...
  • How To Remove a Federal Judge

    02/10/2017 6:59:59 AM PST · by tired&retired · 37 replies
    Yale Law Journal ^ | 2006 | Saikrishna Prakash and Steven D. Smith
    Per the Article: Most everyone assumes that impeachment is the only means of removing federal judges and that the Constitution’s grant of good-behavior tenure is an implicit reference to impeachment. This Article challenges that conventional wisdom. Using evidence from England, the colonies, and the revolutionary state constitutions, the Article demonstrates that at the Founding, good-behavior tenure and impeachment had only the most tenuous of relationships. The original Constitution did not render impeachment the only possible means of removing federal judges with good-behavior tenure. Given the long tradition of adjudicating misbehavior in the ordinary courts, Congress may enact necessary and proper...
  • Lawmakers aim to make Obama's birthday a holiday in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers from Chicago have proposed legislation to make former President Barack Obama's birthday a state holiday. Three bills have been introduced that would all make Obama's birthday, Aug. 4, an official holiday.
  • 5 Wicked Dragon Statues In Christendom

    02/09/2017 10:44:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Travelers Today ^ | Feb 07, 2017
    Dragons are very common mythical creatures in almost every part of the world, but no other civilizations paid closer attention to them than East Asia and Western Christendom. While these serpentine creatures are worshiped in Oriental countries, dragons in Christendom are feared to a point of revulsion. In fact, a popular Christian myth that perpetuated the fear of dragons is found in the narratives of the early pre-Catholic era. The 3rd Century AD Roman martyr named St. George was believed to have slain a dragon who feeds on sheep and virgin women during his adventures in Libya. This legend also...
  • Students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe

    02/09/2017 9:11:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | February 8, 2017 | Alex Shashkevich
    Liu, together with doctoral candidate Jiajing Wang and a group of other experts, discovered the 5,000-year-old beer recipe by studying the residue on the inner walls of pottery vessels found in an excavated site in northeast China. The research, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provided the earliest evidence of beer production in China so far. The ancient Chinese made beer mainly with cereal grains, including millet and barley, as well as with Job's tears, a type of grass in Asia, according to the research. Traces of yam and lily root parts also appeared in...
  • Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good Art: Lockwood Kipling Emerges From His Son Rudyard's Shadow

    02/09/2017 8:35:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 January 2017 | Alistair Smart
    Mr Kipling's exceedingly good art: Lockwood Kipling emerges from his son Rudyard's shadow in the V&A's splendid new exhibitionVictoria & Albert Museum, LondonUntil April 2 You certainly wouldn’t call Lockwood Kip­ling a household name. If he’s remembered at all, it tends to be incidentally: as father of the Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard. A splendid new exhibition at the V&A, however, reveals what an interesting Victorian ­figure he was in his own right. Born in 1837, Lockwood was the son of a Methodist minister, but – inspired by a teenage visit to the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace – he opted...