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Unpublished Black History

Unpublished Black History
Revealing moments in black history, with unpublished photos from The New York Times’s archives.


Mayor John Lindsay and Mahalia Jackson

Earlier this week, we asked readers if they knew what was happening in the photo above, and why it mattered.

More than a thousand of you replied as of Thursday afternoon. Roughly half — more than 500 people — guessed correctly that the man on the left was John V. Lindsay, the mayor of New York City from 1966 to 1973.

A much smaller number of readers correctly identified the black woman on the right: Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel, who sang at the March on Washington in 1963 and at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.

Great pictures from the past.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Feb 14, 2016, 04:47 PM (0 replies)

Did Leonard Nimoy Have Antonin Scalia Killed to Give Obama Enough Supreme Court Votes

Did Leonard Nimoy Have Antonin Scalia Killed to Give Obama Enough Supreme Court Votes to Cancel the 2016 Election?
The news wires are heating up with the very polished press release about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s tragically untimely death. The man, considered one of the greatest heroes of Constitutional law in both the 20th and 21st centuries, could not have left America at a more crucial moment. Yet there are already rumors that this passing is a bit too convenient for the Obama White House just as Hillary Clinton’s campaign is stumbling.

One major issue for Clinton is that her email scandal threatens to completely derail her candidacy. According to numerous insiders, the Republicans are holding back the most damning information until she is actually chosen as the Democratic nominee. At that point, they will release reams of documents implicating her in a host of federal crimes. In such a scenario, the FBI would be forced to indict the former Secretary of State. These complications would assuredly give the Republican presidential candidate the inside track on taking back the Oval Office.
Nimoy’s Hand in the Assassination
The wild card in this equation is likely Leonard Nimoy, who various leaked reports have identified as the newest leader of the Illuminati. While there is much debate about that secretive group’s ultimate motives, many citizen journalists suspect that they are expanding their control through both European-style socialism and Bilderberg-group branded international cooperation schemes. The recent Climate Change summit is the perfect example of this, as it gives foreign authorities the power to override both Congressional and Constitutional protections. As many know, the presence of the United Nations on American soil will lead to gun seizures and restrictions on Christian freedom of speech.

Illuminati supporters such as gun control activists, marijuana propagandists and the recruiters of sodomy are likely to immediately benefit from the Justice’s death. They will now have more room to promote their disturbing agendas on a national legal front.

I, for one, think this article speaks for itself.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sat Feb 13, 2016, 10:09 PM (23 replies)

I received another heart. Thanks...

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Feb 12, 2016, 10:19 PM (1 replies)

The Great Gerrymander of 2012

The Great Gerrymander of 2012
HAVING the first modern democracy comes with bugs. Normally we would expect more seats in Congress to go to the political party that receives more votes, but the last election confounded expectations. Democrats received 1.4 million more votes for the House of Representatives, yet Republicans won control of the House by a 234 to 201 margin. This is only the second such reversal since World War II.

Using statistical tools that are common in fields like my own, neuroscience, I have found strong evidence that this historic aberration arises from partisan disenfranchisement. Although gerrymandering is usually thought of as a bipartisan offense, the rather asymmetrical results may surprise you.

Through artful drawing of district boundaries, it is possible to put large groups of voters on the losing side of every election. The Republican State Leadership Committee, a Washington-based political group dedicated to electing state officeholders, recently issued a progress report on Redmap, its multiyear plan to influence redistricting. The $30 million strategy consists of two steps for tilting the playing field: take over state legislatures before the decennial Census, then redraw state and Congressional districts to lock in partisan advantages. The plan was highly successful.

This article is a great explanation of why we face such a difficult road to getting meaningful legislation passed by Congress.

A world where Democrats earn 1.4 million more votes than Republicans, and Republicans gain historic control of the House shows how deep the hole we created in 2010 when Republicans gained control of the Gerrymander leavers.

This article should be saved and shown to anyone who complains that Democrats can't get things done.

Vote, damn it!

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Feb 12, 2016, 12:20 PM (22 replies)

If you check New Hampshire delegate totals, Secretary of State Clinton recieved more than Sanders.

28 of 32 awarded.

B. Sanders 60.1% 145,702 13 delegates

H. Clinton 38.2% 92,531 15 delegates

I am not sure what that means.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Feb 10, 2016, 11:39 AM (16 replies)

No longer heartless in San Diego.

If I am very quiet, I can hear it beat along with the drum solo of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Feb 8, 2016, 09:29 PM (1 replies)

The World's Longest-Running Experiment is Buried in a Secret Spot in Michigan

The World's Longest-Running Experiment is Buried in a Secret Spot in Michigan

In the fall of 1879, Dr. William James Beal walked to a secret spot on Michigan State University’s campus and planted a strange crop: 20 narrow-necked glass bottles, each filled with a mixture of moist sand and seeds. Each vessel was “left uncorked and placed with the mouth slanting downward so that water could not accumulate about the seeds,” Beal wrote. “These bottles were buried on a sandy knoll in a row running east and west.”

In the spring of 2000, under cover of night, current WJ Beal Botanical Garden curator Dr. Frank Telewski and his colleague Dr. Jan Zeevaart crept out to the same secret knoll and dug up the sixth-to-last seed bottle—completing the latest act in what has become the world’s longest continually monitored scientific study.

When he buried those bottles 137 years ago, Dr. Beal didn’t aim to start the As the World Turns of garden experiments. As a botanist at an agricultural school, he was just trying to find a rigorous answer to a question that has dogged farmers for millennia: how many times do you have to pull up weeds before they stop growing back? “Back then, didn’t have herbicides,” and weeding was the most tedious part of the job, explains Telewski. “Have you ever heard the expression ‘that’s a long row to hoe?’ That’s where that came from.”

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Feb 3, 2016, 11:28 PM (7 replies)

Germany's Fusion Reactor Creates Hydrogen Plasma In World First

Germany's Fusion Reactor Creates Hydrogen Plasma In World First
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have successfully conducted a revolutionary nuclear fusion experiment. Using their experimental reactor, the Wendelstein 7-X (W7X) stellarator, they have managed to sustain a hydrogen plasma – a key step on the path to creating workable nuclear fusion. The German chancellor Angela Merkel, who herself has a doctorate in physics, switched on the device at 2:35 p.m. GMT (9:35 a.m. EST).

As a clean, near-limitless source of energy, it’s no understatement to say that controlled nuclear fusion (replicating the process that powers the Sun) would change the world, and several nations are striving to make breakthroughs in this field. Germany is undoubtedly the frontrunner in one respect: This is the second time that it’s successfully fired up its experimental fusion reactor.

Last December, the team managed to suspend a helium plasma for the first time in history, and they’ve now achieved the same feat with hydrogen. Generating a hydrogen plasma is considerably more difficult than producing a helium one, so by producing and sustaining one in today’s experiment, even for just a few milliseconds, these researchers have achieved something truly remarkable.

As a power source, hydrogen fusion releases far more energy than helium fusion, which is why sustaining a superheated hydrogen plasma represents such a huge step for nuclear fusion research.

This is great news.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Feb 3, 2016, 11:09 PM (6 replies)

Foria Relief: Cannabis vagina suppositories which 'eases period pain' sold in US

Foria Relief: Cannabis vagina suppositories which 'eases period pain' sold in US
In the latest battle in the war against agonising period pains, suppositories filled with cannabis designed to be inserted into the vagina have hit the US market.

Many women experience period pain - or dysmenorrhoea - as the muscular wall of the womb contracts and presses against neighbouring blood vessels. This cuts off the blood supply to the womb, and causes pain, according to the NHS.

Similar in shape to tampons, the suppositories are said to deliver the pain-relieving properties of cannabis without making users feel high.

Sold in packs of four for $44 (£30), each FORIA Relief capsule contains 60mg of THC and 10mg of cannabidiol, as well as cocoa butter.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Feb 3, 2016, 12:40 PM (13 replies)

Trump A Likable Character By Screenplay Standards?

Trump A Likable Character By Screenplay Standards?
Scott Adam’s recent post suggesting Trump may be using screenwriting principles to engineer his campaign, got me thinking – can a Presidential candidates be evaluated like screenplay characters?
What Makes a Character Likable?

In my first post on what makes a character likable, I laid out Eric Edson’s criteria from The Story Solution:
2.Unfair Injury
5.Just Plain Nice
6.In Danger
7.Loved By Friends And Family
8.Hard Working

To be likable, a character only needs a majority – 5 out of 9 traits.

A very interesting article on what may be going on under the hood of the Trump campaign.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Feb 3, 2016, 12:18 PM (7 replies)
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