Thursday, August 24, 2017

History for August 24

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History for August 24 -
Yasser Arafat 1929, Mason Williams 1938, Anne Archer 1947 - Actress
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Steve Guttenberg 1958 - Actor, Cal Ripken, Jr. 1960 - Baseball player, Marlee Matlin 1965 - Actress
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0079 - Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.
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0410 - The Visigoths overran Rome. This event symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
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1814 - Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol.
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1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ, took about 19 hours.
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1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered "an attack against them all."
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1954 - The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.
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1995 - Microsoft's "Windows 95" went on sale.
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2006 - The planet Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto's status was changed due to the IAU's new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017




By Tammy Derouin

The American flag tells a story about our great nation. It has changed over time to acknowledge each state which has joined our republic. While each state is represented by a star, the flag holds true to our history, our thirteen original colonies. Without the experiences of the colonist, the history of why the original colonies came into existence in the first place, the United States which we know today would not exist. To remove even one thread, would alter history.
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Why would we want to eliminate the reminders of why our nation was founded or the struggles which have taken place? Without our past we do not have our present day. If we do not understand the importance of the past and therefore try to eliminate that which we do not like, we are setting our country up for disaster.

Every life is filled with highs and lows. We have things we want to remember and things we would much rather forget. If we took an eraser to our own life and eliminated the things we didn't like or if we embellished or created something that wasn't true, a short-term benefit may be enjoyed. The consequences from fallout, however, are not worth the perceived gain.

We understand the importance of keeping personal records. We keep tabs on everything. In this day and age, if we aren’t keeping track of ourselves, someone or some entity is doing it for us. It would be in our best interest to make sure our information, our experiences, are recorded correctly....... 

The way we were-----Kung Fu Fighting, (Everybody Was)

Boob-tube-----WOW! ESPN Pulls ASIAN Anchor from UVA Game Because His Name Is "Robert Lee"

Steve Russo - Guilt Ridden Entrepreneur Introduces "Sorry I'm...

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and textSteve Russo - Guilt Ridden Entrepreneur Introduces "Sorry I'm...:
"Guilt Ridden Entrepreneur Introduces "Sorry I'm White" Clothing Line
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (CNN) - Online clothier, Wyte Gilt, has introduced a new line of tee shirts for "socially conscious, low-melanin individuals" in response to recent events. 
The entrepreneur developed the line after struggling with his own sense of identity:
"Like many Caucasians, through the media and academia lately I have become painfully aware of the damage my whiteness is inflicting on society.
I've tried everything to escape this curse - excessive tanning, wearing hoodies, speaking Ebonics and listening to rap, marching with Black Lives Matter, even cursing at every police officer I come across, but it wasn't enough - that's when I came up with my Wyte GiltTM line."

Shirts are available with the taglines "Sorry I'm white," "I'm white, please hit me," and "I'm white so I must be a Nazi - sorry" and "I'm White and everything is my fault." 
The shirts retail online for $47.99 each plus shipping and handling"...

"A Greater Survival Threat Than Asteroids" --NASA Proposes a Solution for Earth's 20 Supervolcanoes That Erupt Once Every 100,000 Years - The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel

"A Greater Survival Threat Than Asteroids" --NASA Proposes a Solution for Earth's 20 Supervolcanoes That Erupt Once Every 100,000 Years - The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel
"There are around 20 known supervolcanoes on Earth, with major eruptions occurring on average once every 100,000 years, according to the BBC resulting in mass starvation, with a prolonged volcanic winter potentially prohibiting civilization from having enough food for the current population. 
In 2012, adds the BBC, the United Nations estimated that food reserves worldwide would last 74 days.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Brian Cox said that "I came to the conclusion that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat." 
6a00d8341bf7f753ef01b8d1b37fc7970c-800wiHe proposes that the logical solution could simply be to cool a supervolcano down by extracting its heat. 
NASA estimates that if a 35% increase in heat transfer from the Yellowstone supervolcano --essentially a gigantic heat generator, equivalent to six industrial power plants--could be achieved from its magma chamber, it would no longer pose a threat.
Six hundred thousand years ago there was a colossal explosion from a cauldron of magma, the most massive known supervolcano, the 2.2 million acre Yellowstone caldera that forms the world's highest plateau capping a seething magma chamber forty-five miles across-the size of Rhode Island- and eight miles thick of hot molten rock that rises up from 125 miles from the Earth's core. 
When Yellowstone explodes, and it will again, someday, Hiroshima will look like child's play. 
What no knows for sure is, when.
The ancient Yellowstone caldera exploded with such violence that it left an ash layer almost ten feet deep a thousand miles away in eastern Nebraska killing all plant life and covering almost all of the United States west of the Mississippi..."
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Trump Ends Obama's 'Water Bottle Ban'

Trump Ends Obama's 'Water Bottle Ban':

Image result for flickr commons images Water Bottles"The Trump administration is ending a policy implemented by former president Barack Obama that attempted to ban water bottles at national parks.

The National Park Service announced last week it was ending the so-called Water Bottle Ban, which the Obama administration implemented in 2011 to "reduce our carbon footprint.""

What could possibly go wrong?-----Tonight: Kalamazoo to vote on creation of $500M foundation |

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"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Monday night, the Kalamazoo City Commission will decide whether to create a half-billion dollar foundation, intended to span generations, to replace a portion of its budget.
City Manager Jim Ritsema recommends the commission approve a resolution to create a nonprofit "Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence," organized for the supporting the city budget and fund new programs.
...Expected to raise $500 million by 2019...
The idea came at a time when the city was left with few options to balance a structural budget deficit.
Instead of pushing through a largely unpopular income tax, Ritsema and Mayor Bobby Hopewell met with Parfet and Johnston to seek an unprecedented public-private partnership.
An initial $70.3 million donation will keep the city afloat, allow the property tax to be reduced by a third and fund programs related to shared prosperity until 2019..."

Barack Obama’s Legacy of Lies and Broken Promises on Afghanistan | Power Line

Barack Obama’s Legacy of Lies and Broken Promises on Afghanistan | Power Line
Image result for obama unaccountable"In last night’s speech on Afghanistan, President Trump said:
No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions. When I became President, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into: big and intricate problems.
Every president inherits plenty of trouble, but Trump isn’t just whining here. On issue after issue, Barack Obama passed the buck, making the situation worse than he found it and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces. Health care, military preparedness, the national debt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan are some of the instances that come to mind.
What is galling is that because he is a Democrat, Obama was never held accountable for his fecklessness (or worse). The press, and the establishment in general, allowed him to skate. This is a big topic, but let’s limit it to Afghanistan for the moment. Glenn Reynolds reminds us of Obama’s false claims and promises:
FACT: Unlike President Obama, Romney has no plan to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.
FACT: President Obama has a plan to end the war in Afghanistan in 2014—Mitt Romney does not.
President Obama: “We’re ending the war in Afghanistan because after a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building here at home.”
President Obama: "I told you we’d end the war in Iraq. We did. I said we’d end the war in Afghanistan. We are." 

Barack Obama’s administration was a horrific failure in just about every way, but he has had the press running interference for him for eight years and counting. His lies and broken promises about Afghanistan are a sobering reminder of what a poor job he did as president. So far, Donald Trump has been a vast improvement."