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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

September 25, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

A literacy test given to black voters in the 1960s

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Rutka Laskier, The “Polish Anne Frank,” And Her Diary About The Holocaust

September 21, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

Rutka Laskier was a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl from Poland who wrote a diary about her life and experiences after the German invasion of Poland during WWII. She was sent to live in a ghetto along with her family and later deported to Auschwitz where she was killed. Her diary was preserved by her Roman Catholic friend for sixty-four years and was published in 2006. Laskier’s diary is often compared to that of Anne Frank’s diary, who wrote hers between ages thirteen and fifteen, and she is sometimes referred to as the “Polish Anne Frank."

Below are some of her Diary entries.

January 19, 1943

“I cannot grasp that it is already 1943, four years since this hell began.”

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Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

September 21, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

So many American Indians joined the military during WW2 that had all Americans joined at the same proportion, conscription would not have been necessary. The Blackfeet tribe mocked the idea of a draft: “Since when has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?” 

The Iroquois Confederacy, having declared war on Germany in 1917, had never made peace and so automatically became party to World War II. The Navajo and other tribes were so eager to go to war that they stood for hours in bad weather to sign their draft cards, while others carried their own rifles so they would be ready for battle when they joined up. Unwilling to wait for their draft numbers, one-fourth of the Mescalero Apaches in New Mexico enlisted. Nearly all the able-bodied Chippewas at the Grand Portage Reservation enlisted. In a story that has been attributed to many other tribes as well, Blackfeet Indians mocked the need for a conscription bill. “Since when,” their members cried, “has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?”

The annual enlistment for Native Americans jumped from 7,500 in the summer of 1942 to 22,000 at the beginning of 1945. According to the Selective Service in 1942, at least 99 percent of all eligible Indians, healthy males aged 21 to 44, had registered for the draft. War Department officials maintained that if the entire population had enlisted in the same proportion as Indians, the response would have rendered Selective Service unnecessary. … The Iroquois took it as an insult to be called up under compulsion. They passed their own draft act and sent their young braves into National Guard units.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

September 20, 2017 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why is it hard for people to change thier beliefs? What causes us to grip on to things that have been proven to be false?

  1. Confirmation bias: people have a tendency not only to seek out, but to better remember information that is in line with their beliefs. It feels good being proven right, and so more often than not when debating an issue, we search up evidence that will support our point, rather than actively seeking to disprove ourselves. Even when we come across information that goes against our beliefs, we better remember information that supports our beliefs after the fact. E.g. for someone who doesn’t believe in the human-caused climate change theory, they will much more easily and readily recall the studies and things they found online that disconfirm climate change, than the studies that support. In this regard, to many people your ELI5 alludes to, the things that you would suggest disprove their beliefs must seem few and far between compared to evidence supporting their beliefs.

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

September 18, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

President Trump walking with a boy who asked if he could mow the White House lawn, and was allowed to

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Humanity’s Greeting To Alien Civilizations. Our Knowledge, Progress, And Culture Condensed Into 127 Images, On A Golden Record Aboard The Voyager Spacecraft

September 14, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Hall Of Fame, Interesting |

The following is a listing of pictures electronically placed on the phonograph records which are carried onboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University, et. al. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General Waldheim. Each record is encased in a protective aluminum jacket, together with a cartridge and a needle. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and indicate how the record is to be played. The 115 images are encoded in analog form. The remainder of the record is in audio, designed to be played at 16-2/3 revolutions per minute. It contains the spoken greetings, beginning with Akkadian, which was spoken in Sumer about six thousand years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect. Following the section on the sounds of Earth, there is an eclectic 90-minute selection of music, including both Eastern and Western classics and a variety of ethnic music. Once the Voyager spacecraft leave the solar system, they will find themselves in empty space. It will be forty thousand years before they make a close approach to any other planetary system.

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130 Year Old Pics Show Native Americans Before And After “Forced Assimilation”

September 14, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1879–1918) was an Indian boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1879 and backed by the US federal government,, the school was the first off-reservation boarding school, and it became a model for Indian boarding schools in other locations. It was one of a series of 19th-century efforts by the United States government to assimilate Native American children from 140 tribes into the majority culture. The goal of total assimilation can be summed up in the school’s slogan:

 “To civilize the Indian, get him into civilization. To keep him civilized, let him stay.”

From the earliest years of the republic, United States leaders struggled with the issues of integrating Native Americans into the European-based society, which they believed was superior and bound to dominate, especially with increasing immigration.

It is estimated that more than 10,000 Native American children attended Carlisle between 1879 and 1918. Students were forbidden from speaking their own language, their hair was cut and they had to be dressed in suits, ties and corseted dresses.

They often didn’t go home for years and were taught trades, such as baking and blacksmithing, designed to give them a foothold in the white world after graduation. Photographer John Choate took pictures of scores of Carlisle students before and after they went to the school – to demonstrate the transformation they underwent there.

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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

September 13, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

The Last Prayer 

Dawn breaks upon the cross of Christ at the bow of a Coast Guard Combat Cutter protecting an allied convoy moving into the zone of war. Led by a chaplain, the Coast Guardsmen sing of the glory of the cross at this impressive service in the forecastle under the guns loaded to battle with their enemies.

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