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  • The Jews driven out of homes in Arab lands

    11/28/2017 5:33:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jewish Chronicle ^ | 11-26-17 | Tom Gross
    The removal of the Jews from the Arab world has been all but ignored, says Tom Gross It is not surprising, given the sheer scale of the Holocaust and its sadism, that it has dominated contemporary discourse among Jews and others. But, while the extermination of European Jews has rightfully (though belatedly) generated a great deal of study and research, the removal of the Jews from the Arab world has been all but ignored. This ignorance extends to policy-makers at the highest level. Some journalists and politicians I have spoken to have expressed surprise when I even mentioned that Jews...
  • Hampton Roads: Monitor vs. Merrimack March 9, 1862

    03/10/2017 1:28:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Civilwar.org ^ | Civil War Trust
    Seeking to interdict Federal naval operations in Hampton Roads, the ironclad CSS Virginia (ex-Merrimack) left its berth at Norfolk and steamed out to attack the nearby Union ships. Under the command of Flag Officer Franklin Buchanan, the CSS Virginia headed straight for the USS Cumberland off Newport News. Around 2pm on March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia struck the Cumberland with its 1,500lb iron ram, smashing a huge hole in its wooden hull. Despite the mortal blow delivered to the Cumberland, the CSS Virginia, which had become entangled within the shredded hull of its opponent, was also at risk of...
  • Is California overdue for biblical, catastrophic flooding? History says it could be

    02/11/2017 9:21:52 AM PST · by Mariner · 51 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 11th, 2017 | By Katie Dowd
    Californians are always talking about the coming Big One, but what if the big one is a flood, not an earthquake? With this recent cavalcade of rainstorms, there's been renewed interest in a 2011 USGS study on the so-called "ARkStorm." In it, the USGS lays out a case for a hypothetical "megastorm," one that could cause up to $725 billion in damage and impact a quarter of California's homes. The ARkStorm would bring with it catastrophic rains, hurricane-force winds and hundreds of landslides. Central Valley flooding alone is projected to span 300 miles. If that sounds far-fetched, there's historic precedent:...
  • Wife of School for Blind Director inspired Teddy Roosevelt...

    02/01/2017 6:38:00 PM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 10 replies
    Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," published FEBRUARY 1, 1862. It became Lincoln's favorite song and the Union's theme song. Her name was Julia Ward Howe, the daughter of a Wall Street banker and the wife of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, director of a school for the blind in Boston, which grew into the famous Perkins Institute. Julia and her husband entertained John Brown in their home and published the anti-slavery journal Commonwealth. In 1861, Julia traveled to Washington, D.C., and saw the city teeming...
  • Angel's Glow: The Bacterium that Saved Civil War Soldiers

    08/01/2015 5:39:54 PM PDT · by Talisker · 33 replies
    Kids Discover ^ | August 19, 2013
    As the sun went down after the 1862 Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War, some soldiers noticed that their wounds were glowing a faint blue. Many men waited on the rainy, muddy Tennessee battlefield for two days that April, until medics could treat them. Once they were taken to field hospitals, the troops with glowing wounds were more likely to survive their injuries — and to get better faster. Thus the mysterious blue light was dubbed “Angel’s Glow.” In 2001, 17-year-old Civil War buff Bill Martin visited the Shiloh battlefield with his family and heard the legend of Angel’s...
  • Reflection on 1862

    01/08/2006 5:54:09 PM PST · by shortstop · 1 replies · 238+ views
    Victor Hanson: Private Papers ^ | January 8, 2006 | Bruce Thornton
    History, the Roman historian Livy said, is the best medicine for a troubled mind. And these indeed are troubling times. Abetted by their shills in the mainstream media, the liberal Democrats are trying to wring every ounce of partisan advantage from the war in Iraq, no matter how much such carping undermines our resolve and comforts the enemy. But as I’m reminded while re-reading the first volume of Shelby Foote’s masterpiece The Civil War, not much of our current crisis is really that new; but what is new is particularly dangerous.