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  • Assault Behavior Is Not a Weapon

    02/16/2018 3:28:34 PM PST · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-16-18 | Daniel John Sobieski
    If you have one of those wi-fi video doorbells your home is more secure than Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida was when the evil creature called Nikolas Cruz entered to began his murder spree . With all the “we must do something” hand-wringing we have seen before, the simple truth is that such a simple bit of modern technology might have prevented or mitigated this tragedy. Again, there were warning signs, enough red flags to have a parade in Moscow. Many did see things and say things as the mantra goes, but the FBI, which was notified of...
  • Besieged Memory? Heroism and Suffering in St Petersburg Museums dedicated to the Siege of Leningrad

    01/18/2018 1:20:25 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 17 replies
    University of Leicester ^ | Yvonne Porzgen
    "Heroes are not to be criticized..." The official Soviet narrative of the Second World War used the concept of heroism to imbue war commemoration with an obligation towards the State. Such a concept was designed to make subsequent generations feel inferior to their predecessors and obliged to give of their best. Today, the victory serves as the strongest connection between Soviet and modern Russian patriotism. The paper argues that the memory of the Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944) as treated in museums in St Petersburg today is an appropriation by present-day Russian propaganda of the Soviet narrative. Soviet memorial sites are...
  • Some tips for using FR Search option (Vanity)

    01/14/2018 12:52:31 AM PST · by Fai Mao · 15 replies
    1/14/2018 | Fai Mao
    Often Freepers try the search function and miss that the article has previously posted. Here is a trick to help find previously posted items: 1. Use only one word from the title, not the whole title. Sometimes titles are abbreviated or the different sources run the same article using slightly different titles. An exact title search will not, in such cases find the previously posted articles. So, pick only the most important word. 2. Under the search bar, there is a pull-down menu. Use this to select "title" for your search rather than the standard keyword search. The difference in...
  • [We Are Thorn] Discusses Technology used to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

    01/13/2018 6:13:54 AM PST · by 850.933.8511oz · 10 replies
    WeAreThorn ^ | 12 Jan 2018 | WeAreThorn
    We join forces with the sharpest minds from tech, non-profit, government and law enforcement. We work to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material and stand up to child traffickers. We’re also uncovering new kinds of abuse, and fighting those too.
  • I coined a new word today

    01/12/2018 6:10:47 PM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 23 replies
    You know when people answer a question iffy and you cannot really tell if its a statement or another question? Like they answer but their ending has their voice going up slightly, and they aent exactly sure about their response? Questment. They have just answered your question with a questment.
  • Back to Sleep Campaign [Box for Babies] Many parents still regularly risk their babies' lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For instance:

    01/01/2018 10:32:35 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 69 replies
    Free Republic | 01-01-2018 | TM CREW
    2017The Year America Was Made Great Again. Our role in the world is being changed back to one of self empowerment and enrichment. We have had The Inauguration of President Trump and everything he has accomplished in less than a year's time.But our enemies are not idling, they are trying to role back the choices of the citizens of the Republic daily. That only means we need to fight back against them daily. Salute to the American Dream. We can rule our own Republic.Are you ready for it?The American Sun
  • A Senate of the States - The 17th Amendment Part II

    12/28/2017 12:36:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 28th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In opposition to the Framers, late 19th century progressives promoted a new purpose, and a new foundation for the senate. Rather than block the will of the people, the new senate should facilitate their will. To facilitate their will, it follows that senators must, like representatives, stand for popular election. In 1891, Senator David Turpie (D-IN), said that direct election, “would serve the needs, wants, aims, and aspirations of the masses of men in our communities to be more faithfully reflected, more clearly imaged forth in the laws of the country and administration.” Self-interest led the House of Representatives to...
  • Why Russia's Leaders Still Honor the Soviet Secret Police

    12/26/2017 2:47:10 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 17 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | December 2017 | Mark Galeotti
    Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin may have been reticent to celebrate the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, but it had no qualms about celebrating a hundred years since the founding of the Cheka, Lenin’s political police, on Dec. 20. Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and a veteran of the old Soviet KGB, was predictable in his message. His agency was, he claimed, “free from political influence.” It “does not serve any party or group interest” and even its bloody-handed past was nowhere near as reprehensible as assumed. Yes, he conceded, it was the engine of Stalin’s Great Terror,...
  • Blessing or Curse? The Curious Case of Carbon Dioxide

    12/22/2017 5:52:40 AM PST · by x1stcav · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/22/17 | Vijay Jayaraj
    How did CO2 -- the elixir of life -- turn out to be the evil gas of 21st century? The special interest in CO2 began when a handful of scientists, backed by political elements, proposed their hypothesis -- one which suggested that CO2 emission from anthropogenic sources, such as coal-fired plants, is the primary reason for what they allege is a dangerous increase in earth’s temperature. Despite the lack of observational evidence, political institutions popularized this hypothesis through state-sponsored research programs. In order to sustain their claims, these climate alarmists designed climate computer models to manufacture friendly results that supported...
  • A Senate of the States - The 17th Amendment

    12/21/2017 12:54:36 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 21st 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In continuance of the Senate of the States series, the next three squibs leave the Federal Convention and visit the decades leading to the destructive 17th Amendment (17A). The 17A triggered a cascade of stunning downwind consequences, perhaps only second in effect to the immediate post-Civil War amendments. As opposed to the 13th – 15th Amendments which reset society, the 17A reset our republican governing form. Overnight, the 17A transformed the Framers’ exquisite compound democratic/federal structure into a democratic form deadly to republics.1 Why the 17th Amendment? What enormous forces convinced the people, states, and congress to trade a proven,...
  • A Senate of the States: September 6th, 1787

    12/18/2017 12:51:00 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 18th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Presidential Elections. Little over a week before the close of the federal convention, the senate was still responsible for appointing a president should no one obtain a majority, or if two with a majority had an equal number, of electoral votes. While their electoral college system minimized the possibility of “pre-bought” presidents, our Framers nonetheless cast a suspicious eye at the senate. The convention intended a ‘high-toned’ second branch to check the house, but had they gone too far? Their senate had the power to appoint the president, name his officers, appoint judges, make treaties and try impeachments. This constituted...
  • A Senate of the States Part: July 27th - August 6th, 1787

    12/11/2017 1:04:47 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | December 11th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The convention adjourned July 26th to offer time for a Committee of Detail to smooth the resolutions passed to date. In addition to its assigned duty, it occasionally added what it regarded as necessary clauses in the Constitution, such as the duty of the senate to resolve disputes between states. Delegates will reconvene on August 6th. The lack of public news from the convention was infuriating. During this recess, a member of the North Carolina delegation apologized to his governor; his oath of secrecy forbade discussion of the proceedings. James Madison’s father tried his utmost, with no success, to pry...
  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    12/10/2017 8:36:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 173 replies
    Squwaker ^ | 12/06/17 | Alisha Sherron
    Who were your ancestors? What is your ethnic background composed of? Sites like and 23andme have always been some go to sources in answering all of your toughest questions. But how accurate are they? In a recent interview with Cracked, one of the major ancestry testing companies, (which specific company is unknown) spilled the beans on what really happens when you purchase an ancestry kit. While I can’t say I’m surprised, you may be shocked to learn that these ancestry sites aren’t always as accurate as they claim to be. Beyond this, they’ve also admitted to tampering with the...
  • "Saving K-12" -– Why you may want this book

    12/09/2017 3:02:39 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 32 replies
    Bruce Deitrick Price ^ | Dec. 8, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    1) Good Christmas present for smart people. Somewhat complex sophistries are explained in simple terms. It’s fun knowing how this stuff works. 2) This book is a guidebook to what’s really going on in our public schools. Weird, unproven theories and methods are commonplace, such as Sight-words to teach reading, Constructivism to teach knowledge, Common Core Math to teach arithmetic, and so on. Once you understand these gimmicks, then you can fight back more successfully against the school system. 3) A group, whether 2 people or 20 people, can use this book to initiate and focus discussions. You can pick...
  • New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!

    12/08/2017 6:14:07 AM PST · by gymbeau · 68 replies
    TechnoFile ^ | December 7, 2017 | Jim Bray
    New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!By Jim BrayTechnoFile.comIt may not be back completely but, as evidenced by the newly redesigned 2018 Honda Accord, it looks as if the honoured Japanese carmaker is back on track. Or at least well on the way.I've been particularly vociferous about my Honda angst in recent years. The company makes terrific cars - and they still do, for the most part - but somewhere along the way between adding all the new drivers' aids and pursuing ever more strict fuel economy mandates the company seemed to lose its...
  • A Senate of the States: July 21st – July 23rd, 1787

    12/07/2017 2:12:52 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | December 7th, 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Since delegates resolved, on July 16th, the most contentious issue of the convention, equality of state suffrage in the senate, they quickly hammered out over twenty other fundamental resolutions in the next week. The Connecticut Compromise smoothed the way toward fitting the remaining pieces of our Constitutional puzzle. Among unresolved fundamental resolutions were judicial appointments. James Madison’s Virginia Plan of Government envisioned a bicameral congress, comprising a popularly elected house of representatives, and a senate appointed by the house of representatives. It also featured a judiciary powerful enough to check congress. Not only could the judiciary veto unconstitutional laws, it...
  • Did Americans In 1776 Have British Accents?

    12/02/2017 9:17:33 AM PST · by gaggs · 154 replies
    Have you ever wondered if the Founding Fathers spoke with a British accent? I know I have. Well here is the answer. The typical English accent didn’t develop until after the Revolutionary War, so Americans actually speak proper English. Here comes the science.
  • A Senate of the States: July 14th, 1787

    11/30/2017 1:57:30 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 30th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As of this Saturday in mid-July, the familiar enumeration of specific powers in Article I § 8 and prohibitions in Sections 9 & 10 didn’t exist. Delegates had agreed to a single executive, a judiciary, a House of Representatives proportioned by population, and little else. From Madison’s notes it appears that most delegates assumed the new government would act only on the people, and not the states. Without knowing if the new government was to act on just the people (a national government) or the people plus the states (mixed national and federal), today’s proceedings were somewhat murky and confusing...
  • A Senate of the States: July 13th, 1787

    11/27/2017 1:41:47 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 27th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Up to now, the convention’s great divide was between the large and small states. Today, focus drifted toward the rift between north and south, non-slave vs. slave-holding states. The 3/5 rule and expected rapid population growth in the southwest disturbed some northern delegates. If slaves and whites filled new states as anticipated, southern states would soon dominate the House of Representatives. Abruptly, yet understandably, the aristocratic Gouverneur Morris (PA), who recently recommended doing away with the states, turned about in support of equal state suffrage in the senate as a counterbalance to a fast-growing south. Only a northern state senate...