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When World War II finally ended, it was less a matter of joy than "dull relief," as historian Gerhard Brunn wrote in retrospect about the emotional …Adolf Hitler
The GOP loves to insist that Democrats have caused a fiscal crisis. But the real story looks far different
Over the past three decades, the Republican party has followed a familiar strategy — get elected to executive office by preaching fiscal responsibility, make a complete mess of things fiscally, …
This post is part of a series on the past, present, and future of commuting in America.Back in the 1920s, most American city-dwellers took public …Transit
The ancient Egyptians revered and worshipped many animals, just as the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Norse did, but none were worshipped as reverently …Egypt
Oxfam’s recent report, “WEALTH: HAVING IT ALL AND WANTING MORE” contains shocking figures that the press haven’t sufficiently publicized; so, the …Social Justice
Seventy years since the end of World War II, a look at a ruined city rebuilt
It’s been 70 years since the end of World War II in Europe. The German leadership signed the unconditional surrender after a final battle that flattened Berlin. Some 600,000 apartments were destroyed, along with many public …German History
Cody Wilson is a crypto-anarchist, a gun rights activist, and the founder of Defense Distributed, a nonprofit venture aimed squarely at the heart of …
A senior hydrologist for California says the state’s ongoing drought will become more severe—at least in the San Joaquin River Valley—than any similar-length drought of the past century.
“With the forecast just made, this year is going to be the worst four-year sequence on the San Joaquin River …
Blacksmithing was an essential trade. The blacksmith made and repaired the iron parts for farming implements. He crafted carriage wheels and shod …
In his farewell address, Ike famously warned about our military industrial complex. Now we face permanent war
It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought I’d see, short of a third world war. Right now I’m witnessing …
Next Iraq Question for 2016 Wannabees: Would You Have Let the Inspectors Finish Their Work Before Invading?
Everyone seems to forget that, regardless of intelligence errors or even cherry-picking, what we now know about the absence of WMD in Iraq was indeed knowable prior to the invasion.
Now that Jeb Bush (R-FL), the last Republican holdout, has admitted the Iraq War was a mistake, "knowing what we know …Middle East
Almost two out of three modern European men (64 per cent) were descended from just three Bronze Age males
Most European men descend from just three Bronze Age dominant forefathers who began a ‘population explosion’ several thousand years ago.
A research team from the University of Leicester looked at …Europe
Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country.
Some veterans say they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed that a party …
Historians are too reliant on official accounts and have missed controversial facts about American and British troops in the First and Second World War, Antony Beevor says
Historians have been too reliant on official documents and unwilling to tell the "unpalatable" truth about atrocities committed …Remembrance Day
As the Republican presidential demolition derby continues, the 2016 GOP candidates have settled on two central themes: hatred for President Barack Obama and desire to send U.S. troops back to Iraq to fight ISIS. While Republicans suffer from short-term memory loss, there's no reason the rest of us …Middle East
The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the …United Kingdom
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Most adult Americans today are unaware of what caused the War of 1812, who started it, what the outcome was, or even who the …
On the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta we ask what actually is it, and what does it mean?
The Magna Carta was granted 800 years ago. A series of events are taking place on the anniversary to mark the occasion, including a flotilla of boats sailing down the Thames and a royal appearance in …Magna Carta
Images of the past always dredge up feelings of wonderment for me. I see an old black and white photo and I wonder what was happening at that time. …Blue Ridge Mountains
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who in 1996 introduced the SAFE Act in Congress, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who has helped to introduce the current amendments …Encryption
A historic project in underway to bring one of the most important US record collections ever created online — and you can be part of …Genealogy
Nearly one in every three Americans owns a gun, according to a recently published study in the journal Injury Prevention by researchers Bindu Kalesan, Marcos Villarreal, and Katherine Keyes of Columbia University, and Sandro Galea of Boston University.
The researchers conducted the survey of 4,000 …Statistics
There are 30 million plus surveillance cameras on the US, one camera for every ten americans.
The average American is in 200 databases.
Putting a plan …
By Kurt Hofmann, July 1st 2015
JPFO writer contributor, © 2015.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering implementing a more restrictive "safe …Guns
A set of declassified intelligence documents from the 1950s and 1960s offer a glimpse into the secret war fought in Canada between American and …Cold War
The labor federation’s rules don’t allow its state and local leaders to endorse presidential candidates, Richard Trumka says as the Vermont senator surges.
Richard Trumka has a message for state and local AFL-CIO leaders tempted to endorse Bernie Sanders: Don’t.
In a memo this week to state, central …Bernie Sanders
Twenty years ago, when brain imaging made it possible for researchers to study the minds of violent criminals and compare them to the brain imaging of "normal" people, a whole new field of research — neurocriminology — opened up.
Adrian Raine was the first person to conduct a brain imaging study on …The Brain
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I am under the impression (please don’t correct me if I’m wrong) that summer is only fun if you have too much confidence. Like if you went to the confidence vending machine and put in enough money for one can of confidence but it broke and gave you one million so now you think you …Bacteria