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Monday, May 25, 2015

A Sarasota, Florida, artist plans to burn 13 Confederate flags simultaneously across the U.S. on Memorial Day. John Sims said the conceptual art project is being undertaken to retire the flag's meaning as a "symbol of terror." He told Fox News he hopes it will inspire people to "reflect upon and critique the complex nature of the Confederate flag as a lasting symbol of terror." "This is not only terribly offensive, but astonishingly idiotic," said Ben Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia who is now a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Remember Woodstock? Remember the Woodstock album cover?

"That frozen moment of eternal innocence? Well here they are today, still together after 46 years. Nick and Bobbi Ercoline married two years after Woodstock, have two sons and live not far from the concert site.
Marriage must have something going for it."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Maps of the most distinctive or characteristic value of some variable at the state or country level became popular on social media in 2014. Among the most widely shared examples have been maps of state-level birth name preferences, music-listening preferences, and mortality from among the top 10 causes of death (1). This form of data presentation has a long history in economic geography, where the mapped values are known as location quotients (2). We use the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), List of 113 Selected Causes of Death file published by the National Center for Health Statistics (3) to present a more nuanced view of mortality variation within the United States than what can be seen by using only the 10 most common causes of death.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lawmakers in the United States Senate have thrown a wrench in a plan that would have given President Barack Obama "fast track" authority to advance a 12-nation trade deal between the US and Pacific Ring partners.

In a 52-45 vote on Tuesday afternoon, the Senate opposed moving forward for now on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A procedural vote required at least 60 "ayes" in order to let the Senate host discussions on whether or not to give the president so-called "fast track" authority on the matter. Failure to reach that threshold puts the future of the trade agreement in jeopardy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector stalled in 2014 for the first time in 40 years, the International Energy Agency said on Friday. Unexpectedly the CO2 plateau came during a period of economic growth. By far the main culprit in global warming, carbon dioxide emissions, stood at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014, unchanged from the previous year, the IEA said. The slowdown came thanks to "changing patterns of energy consumption in China and OECD countries," said the statement. read more


England WAS a Catholic country. King Henry VIII even had the title "Defender of the (Roman Catholic) Faith" bestowed upon him by the pope for his extensive attacks upon Martin Luther:


However, when the Roman Catholic Church got in the way of Henry's plans to have a male successor, he broke from the RCC. The religious and political repercussions of Henry's decision has split the UK for almost 500 years with ongoing conflicts that extend to this day.

"Long thread so I will recap, but encourage you to read it all:
This was a fight coming since before the Constitution and like going into Iraq, slavery was simply the one thing every agreed upon, but not the main reason.
Fort Sumter was a cluster fornication of bad thoughts and crossed signals. It was not to be resupplied while the North and South negotiated, but a lone corporal at a fort that was moving to Sumter moved supplies there on his own. This was seen by a Southern army who thought Lincoln was supplying the fort behind their backs and opened fire.
#121 | POSTED BY KANREI AT 2015-05-27 04:02 PM"

Thank you for the advice. I have read and followed this thread (heck, I even initiated it!).

Agreed that the slavery issue existed LONG before the Civil War. In essence, it existed as soon as there were slaves in this country. Some may argue that it was not the main reason. I would argue that it was the underpinning for most (if not all) the reasons for the conflict. I can also agree that a conflict typically has more than one cause, but you are saying slavery was not the main cause. If it wasn't, what is your opinion of what was the main cause?

The issue about the particular events that led to the bombing of Fort Sumter is actually irrelevant beyond explaining why the hostilities began at that specific moment in time. If it weren't for the bombing of Fort Sumter, it would only have been something else at another time/place (or do you seriously believe that the Civil War would never have started except for the error committed by some underling?).

Apparently this has been going on for some time:


The earthquake only seems to have highlighted what's been happening.

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