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  • Archaeologist Hails Possibly 'Oldest' Mummy Yet Found in Egypt

    01/26/2023 6:07:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 26 Jan 2023
    Egyptologists have uncovered a Pharaonic tomb near the capital Cairo containing what may be the oldest and "most complete" mummy yet to be discovered in the country, the excavation team leader said on Thursday (Jan 26. The 4,300-year-old mummy was found at the bottom of a 15-metre shaft in a recently uncovered group of fifth and sixth dynasty tombs near the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Zahi Hawass, director of the team, told reporters. The mummy, of a man named Hekashepes, was in a limestone sarcophagus that had been sealed in mortar.
  • Ukraine - Real vs Abstract Interests

    01/26/2023 2:54:08 PM PST · by Mariner · 42 replies
    My fetic mind ^ | January 26th, 2023 | Mariner
    I propose an open discussion on the relative merits of intervention in Ukraine. And a propose as a starting point in the discussion that we examine the real interests of the US and the abstract interests. Feel free to interject some additional definition for real vs abstract if I've missed something. Real Interests - This is usually in the categories of commerce, critical resources and geography. Abstract Interests - Almost always political, religious and cultural.
  • "Never give up." ~ A review of Pelayo: King of Asturias by James Fitzhenry

    01/26/2023 2:25:34 PM PST · by Antoninus · 9 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 26, 2023 | Florentius
    Almost exactly 15 years ago, I received a book in the mail entitled El Cid: God's Own Champion. When first flipping through this book, I remember thinking to myself, "This probably won't be very good." After all, it was a work by an unknown author, meant for young readers, and self-published to boot. But as it turned out, I loved it. My kids have read it—even the one with dyslexia read and enjoyed it. Since I wrote the above-linked review in 2008, I have recommended El Cid to hundreds of people. A few years later, Mr. Fitzhenry published another equally...
  • Who Was Yasuke, Japan’s First Black Samurai?

    01/26/2023 12:51:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | January 10, 2023 | Jacquelyne Germain
    In the late 16th century, the enigmatic warrior fought alongside a feudal lord dubbed the “Great Unifier”Seconds into the first episode of the Netflix anime “Yasuke,” viewers witness a massacre. Hundreds of warriors lie dead near the Honnoji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. The year is 1582, and flames envelop the area surrounding the fallen. Inside the temple, a Black samurai named Yasuke has a tense conversation with the Japanese daimyo (warlord) Oda Nobunaga. While Nobunaga is resigned to his fate, Yasuke remains hopeful the pair can evade their enemies and live to fight another day. “All that is left for...
  • British ‘single-payer’ health care program is cratering. That should be a wake-up call for US liberals

    01/26/2023 12:19:36 PM PST · by absalom01 · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 25, 2023 | Robert Moffit
    Rishi Sunak, the United Kingdom’s new prime minister, refuses to answer a simple question. He was asked three times whether he received private medical care or relied upon the National Health Service, the British version of “single-payer” government-run national health insurance.Sunak dismissed the question as “not really relevant.” But it is.The prime minister is the head of the British government and is ultimately responsible for the National Health Service, the government agency that’s supposed to provide “free” universal coverage and care for all of Britain’s citizens.It does no such thing.According to the BBC, there are 7.2 million British citizens awaiting...
  • New asteroid expected to make very close pass to Earth this evening

    01/26/2023 11:43:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | January 26, 2023 | By Paul Godfrey
    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory predicts that an asteroid is expected to make a close flyby of the earth Thursday evening. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Earth is set for a very close shave with a small asteroid Thursday just five days after it was discovered by an amateur astronomer in Crimea, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL said it expected the asteroid, designated as 2023 BU to streak past 2,200 miles above the southern tip of South America just before 7:30 p.m. EST. The encounter will be one of the closest approaches by a near-Earth object...
  • Atlanta's BeltLine shows how urban parks can drive 'green gentrification,' inequality

    01/26/2023 11:06:49 AM PST · by devane617 · 28 replies ^ | 01/26/2023
    Is Atlanta a good place to live? Recent rankings certainly say so. In September 2022, Money magazine rated Atlanta the best place to live in the U.S., based on its strong labor market and job growth. The National Association of Realtors calls it the top housing market to watch in 2023, noting that Atlanta's housing prices are lower than those in comparable cities and that it has a rapidly growing population. But this is only part of the story. My new book, "Red Hot City: Housing, Race, and Exclusion in Twenty-First Century Atlanta," takes a deep dive into the last...
  • A Pumpkin Patch, A Typewriter, And Richard Nixon

    01/26/2023 9:42:48 AM PST · by Sparky1776 · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | John Berresford
    A Pumpkin Patch, A Typewriter, And Richard Nixon: The Hiss-Chambers Espionage Case. Episode 1 - Introduction And Alger Hiss Thirty-eight part video lecture series detailing the Alger Hiss - Whittaker Chambers espionage case.
  • NASA Day of Remembrance (January 26)

    01/26/2023 9:33:36 AM PST · by Ezekiel · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | January 2023
    – NASA Day of Remembrance – Each January NASA pauses to honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. In 2023, the Day of Remembrance will be observed on Jan. 26, and will also mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003.– Day of Remembrance Video –NASA Remembers Fallen Heroes– Remembering Columbia – The seven-member crew of the STS-107 mission was just 16 minutes from landing on the morning...
  • A Chinese zoo had a ceremony to transition from the "Year of the Tiger" to the "Year of the Rabbit" and the results were ... not shocking

    01/26/2023 9:10:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Not The Bee ^ | Jan 23, 2023 | Staff
    Well this doesn't bode well for the new lunar year. A zoo in China organizes a “handover ceremony” for going from the year of the tiger to the year of the rabbit ahead of the Chinese New Year. The results can't have been entirely unexpected The way they screamed! Yeesh! This is reportedly real: The Linfen Zoo in Shanxi decided to do a cute, fun little ceremony with both the animals to celebrate the end of the Year of the Tiger (2022) and the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit (2023). They brought out a cute little bunny with...
  • Thursday War Room, 10-noon & 5-7PM Eastern

    01/26/2023 6:51:37 AM PST · by 4Liberty · 6 replies
    America’s Voice News ^ | 01/26/2023 | Steve Bannon
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  • THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC: The Second Attempt to Gain Possession of the South Bank of the Rappahannock; THE REASONS FOR ITS FAILURE (1/26/1863)

    01/26/2023 4:47:42 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 3 replies
    HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, Friday, Jan. 23, 1863. The second attempt on the part of the Army of the Potomac to obtain possession of the southern bank of the Rappahannock as a base of operations against Richmond has been foiled. There is this difference in the two attempts, however, that in that made six weeks ago we were able to force the passage of the river: this time we have not been able to effect this even. What the deadly aim of the rebel sharpshooters and the murderous fire of a hundred cannon were unable to...
  • Sword Mistaken For Replica Is Actually An Ancient 3,000-Year-Old Weapon

    01/25/2023 10:50:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 24 January 2023 | Carly Cassella
    In the 1930s, a tarnished bronze sword was pulled from the banks of the Danube River that runs through Budapest.It was styled like a Hungarian weapon from the Bronze Age, and yet at the time, it was assumed to be a replica, possibly made in the Medieval Era or later.For nearly a century, the sword has sat on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, labeled as a mere copy. But last year, while the museum was preparing for an upcoming exhibit on ancient European kings, a visiting Hungarian archaeologist (whose name has not been publicized) took one look at...
  • Archaeology and peace in the Middle East: A fair-minded study of ancient records and archaeology in the Middle East provide more than sufficient justification for the existence of the modern state of Israel

    01/25/2023 6:52:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/25/2023 | Jerry B. Jenkins
    Any lover of peace longs for the day when tensions in the Middle East abate. If only the three major religions in the world could find at least some respectful common ground, they say, one might see a faint light at the end of the long tunnel of even the Arab-Israeli conflict. Where did the discord begin, and is there any hope it might subside? In many parts of the world, Christians and Jews have achieved mutual respect leading to congenial dialogue — even where they might disagree theologically. Neither, however, seems to have succeeded in finding the same level...
  • [Blast from the - 2021] NIH admits US funded gain-of-function in Wuhan — despite Fauci’s denials

    The National Institutes of Health has stunningly admitted to funding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan lab — despite Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly insisting to Congress that no such thing happened. In a letter to Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, a top NIH official blamed EcoHealth Alliance — the New York City-based nonprofit that has funneled US funds to the Wuhan lab — for not being transparent about the work it was doing. NIH’s principal deputy director, Lawrence A. Tabak, wrote in the letter that EcoHealth’s “limited experiment” tested whether “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses...
  • Is All Change Progress? Progressives Think So. ( 50% increase unhappiness; Suicides increased 29% among adolescents; ADHD medication increased by 800%)

    01/25/2023 4:32:43 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 13 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | January 19, 2023 | Taylor Tougaw
    There seems to be a pervasive sentiment in society today that paints progress as an intellectual process which perpetually increases human fulfillment, success, and joy. All change is progress, and all progress is good, so goes the idea. This idea provides the basis for progressivism and encourages development, new ideas, and a rejection of tradition at an almost breakneck pace.Surprisingly, there is an equally powerful dialogue in our current culture that paints society today as backwards, hostile, and rife with conflict. This idea asserts that we are now more combative, less tolerant, and more unhappy than our predecessors. While these...
  • Maryland 9-year-old finds 15 million-year-old megalodon tooth

    01/25/2023 1:21:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 24, 2023 / 4:21 PM | By Ben Hooper
    VIDEO AT LINK................... Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A Maryland 9-year-old searching for shark teeth on a beach made her largest discovery to date -- a 15 million-year-old megalodon tooth. Molly Sampson was out searching for shark teeth on Calvert County Cliffs on Christmas Day when she found a megalodon tooth the size of her hand. "I couldn't believe it, it was so exciting," Sampson told WJLA-TV. "I usually find little ones, I never thought I would find a big one like that." Sampson took her discovery to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon's Island, where experts confirmed it was an...
  • Newly discovered asteroid seen approaching Earth

    01/25/2023 9:52:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    Space ^ | January 25, 2023 | Staff
    Asteroid 2023 BU imaged by the Virtual Telescope as it approached Earth in January 2023. (Image credit: Virtual Telescope Project) Wednesday, January 25, 2023: A newly discovered asteroid that will pass very close to Earth on Friday has been photographed by an Italian astronomer as it makes its approach. The space rock, called 2023 BU, is only about 13 to 30 feet (4 to 9 meters) wide, and was discovered last Saturday (Jan. 21) by prolific Crimea-based astronomer and telescope builder Gennadiy Borisov (the same man who discovered the first interstellar comet, which now bears his name, Borisov, in 2018)...

    01/25/2023 8:07:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | January 25, 2023 | Staff
    (Last Updated On: January 20, 2023) NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY National Irish Coffee Day kicks off January 25th each year with a mug of strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with a layer of cream. #NationalIrishCoffeeDay On a cold, wet day in 1942 weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. To warm his guests, he served them hot coffee, spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee. Click play and...
  • On This Day: Gangster Al Capone dies

    01/25/2023 6:58:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    Jan. 25 (UPI) -- On this date in history: In 1533, Henry VIII of England secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife. In 1858, Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March" was played at the marriage of Friedrich of Prussia and England's Princess Victoria, the daughter of Queen Victoria. It became a standard theme for weddings. In 1890, Nellie Bly, a young New York reporter, completed a trip around the world that lasted 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. File Photo by Library of Congress/UPI In 1909, President-elect William Howard Taft sailed for Panama to plot a course forward following the completion...