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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

July 26, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: History |

The “Mona Lisa” returning to the Louvre museum, after WWII, Paris 1945

 

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Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

July 24, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Facts |

A British bomb detection dog named Theo died from stress a few hours after seeing his handler get shot. The pair had set a record for bomb detection, and the dog was posthumously awarded an honour equivalent to the Victoria Cross. (article)

Tasker and Theo came under fire from Taliban insurgents whilst on patrol with the 1st Irish Guards in the Nahri Saraj District in Helmand Province on 1 March 2011. Tasker was killed by a sniper, and Theo was taken back to the base by fellow soldiers. The dog suffered a seizure after reaching the base and also died, which was thought to be caused by the stress of Tasker’s death.

Tasker’s mother Jane Duffy later said that “I think Theo died of a broken heart, nobody will convince me any different.”

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

July 23, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

Schindler’s List. April 18, 1945

First page of Oskar Schindler’s list.  Typed on onion-skin, there were 7 original versions typed up by Itzshak Stern. Only 4 still exist.

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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

July 19, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: History |

German immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, NY circa 1900

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 18, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

witness protection

How does the witness protection program work exactly?

You have different levels of witness protection, but I assume you are talking about the most advanced, which would be WITSEC run by the Department of Justice and the US Marshals service.

Before the person testifies, USMS would be responsible for protecting the person and in coordinating with the local police agencies, would be responsible for getting them to and from trial to testify.

After they testify, USMS will relocate them to a different location and will provide them with back stopped identifications. These are not fake IDS, they are real IDs issued by people within the Federal and State agencies that assist with the program. Basically, those agencies add this new identity to their databases and may backstop it (create archived information to show the person has existed and wasn’t just created out of thin air) this way nobody, even other people from that agency, would know it was a fake identification. they would obviously then be issued legitimate documents under that created identitity such as social security cards, birth certificates, maybe driver’s licenses, and even some other stuff such as high school diplomas and other stuff possibly needed to help them get work, get their kids into school, etc.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 11, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What happens when a sniper is caught by the enemy?

In past wars, very bad things. On the Eastern Front of World War II, most German snipers were careful to try to disguise their role as a sniper. If they were caught by the partisans or some more vengeful units of the Red Army, they could be expected to be tortured to death. In Sepp Allerberger’s memoir Sniper on the Eastern Front, he mentions incidents in which a captured Wehrmacht sniper was found castrated and his sniper rifle was shoved up his rectum as far as the back sight. In another incident, partisans sawed off the limbs of a captured sniper, using tourniquets to ensure that he didn’t bleed to death. They then sawed him in half from the groin upwards.

Whilst I would take such horror stories with a grain of salt—though I don’t doubt that horrible things happened during WWII—snipers captured by the enemy and identified, or at least suspected to be snipers can expect some very rough treatment.

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Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

July 10, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Facts |

Anthony Bourdain at times wouldn’t name the places he’d visit while filming. He did this sometimes to prevent tourists from turning a bar or restaurant into a tourist trap after filming there (article)

Davies: Do you care about the reactions you get from the locals after the episodes appear?

Bourdain: I care about the – yes. I – what I want to happen ideally – and it’s so weird. It’s a double-edged sword. Ideally, I’ll go to a place like – I’ll find a little bar in Rio, let’s say, some little local place that perfectly expresses the neighborhood. You know, it’s not on the – it’s not a tourist-friendly place. The response I’m looking for is to hear from someone from the neighborhood saying, how did you ever find that place? I thought only we knew about it. It’s, you know, a – truly a place that we love and is reflective of our culture and our neighborhood.

But on the other hand, that’s kind of a destructive process because if I name the place – and I don’t always when it’s a place like that – I’ve changed it. The next time I go back, there’s tourists. There’s people who’ve seen it on the show. And then I might hear from the same person from that neighborhood say, you ruined my favorite bar, (laughter) you know? All the regular customers have run away and it’s filled with, you know, tourists in ugly T-shirts and flip-flops.

Davies: Do you sometimes protect somebody’s identity?

Bourdain: There are times that I have looked at the camera and said, look, I’m just not going to tell you where this place is. I don’t want to change it. It should stay like this forever. I do do that now and again.

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Takanakuy: The Tradition Where Fist Fight Are Used To Settle Disputes, And Start The New Year With A Clean Slate

July 9, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Takanakuy

Every December 25th, it’s not Santa Claus people in Peru are looking forward to. They’re looking forward to Takanakuy, the annual tradition of getting together as a community, and beating the snot out of each other to settle old grudges, all followed and celebrated in tandem with drinking, dancing, music and family support!

Takanakuy (“when the blood is boiling” in the Quechua language) is an annual established practice of fighting fellow community members held on 25 December, by the inhabitants of Chumbivilcas Province, near Cuzco in Peru. The practice started in Santo Tomás, the capital of Chumbivilcas and has now spread to other villages and cities, the prominent ones being Cuzco and Lima. The festival consists of dancing and of individuals fighting each other to settle old conflicts or simply to display their manhood.

It’s not just men going toe to toe in settling old disputes that have boiled up over the year since the last festival, it’s women too.

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

July 9, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

Gal Gadot stopped by the Inova Children’s Hospital in Annandale, Virginia on Friday in her Wonder Woman outfit

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 5, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What would happen if the USA were to shrink its military and force other countries to protect their own borders?

Sadly the US pulling back on it’s military will make the world a more dangerous place.

Currently, the world is enjoying the longest single period  of General Peace ever. Since the end of World War Two, the number of people who have died in a war is now just low, it’s at an all time low.

Part of that has been because the United States military has been so large. So large that many countries don’t bother to build military forces because they know the best military they could field wouldn’t be a match for the United States. So they, in many cases have not bothered trying to match the US military.

In the case of our Allies in NATO and other parts of the Western Alliance, they have been promised that the United States would always come to their defense. So many of those counties have token military forces.

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