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2012

Ancient Roman Shipwrecks: Greece Says Mediterranean's Deepest Rome-Era Wrecks Found

Broken ancient pottery from the wreck of a 3rd century AD Roman-era ship found 1.2 kilometers deep off the western coast of Greece is seen in this undated photo issued by Greek Culture Ministry on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Greek Culture Ministry)
Broken ancient pottery from the wreck of a 3rd century AD Roman-era ship found 1.2 kilometers deep off the western coast of Greece is seen in this undated photo issued by Greek Culture Ministry on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Greek Culture Ministry)

 

From AOL First Posted: 05/29/12 09:54 AM ET 05/30/12 01:24 PM ET


ATHENS, Greece -- Two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found in deep water off a western Greek island, challenging the conventional theory that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal routes rather than risking the open sea, an official said Tuesday.

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2012

Hedging their bets

From The Economist

May 26th 2012   BEIJING

Moving the family abroad

Hedging their bets

Officials, looking for an exit strategy,

send family and cash overseas

 

THE phrase “naked official”, or luo guan, was coined in 2008 by a bureaucrat and blogger in Anhui province, Zhou Peng’an, to describe officials who have moved their family abroad, often taking assets with them. Once there, they are beyond the clutches of the Communist Party in case anything, such as a corruption investigation, should befall the official, who is left back at home alone (hence “naked”). Mr Zhou says the issue has created a crisis of trust within the party, as officials lecture subordinates on patriotism and incorruptibility, but send their own families abroad.


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28

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2012

Mayan Mathematics

From www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.ukl

Hernán Cortés, excited by stories of the lands which Columbus had recently discovered, sailed from Spain in 1505 landing in Hispaniola which is now Santo Domingo. After farming there for some years he sailed with Velázquez to conquer Cuba in 1511. He was twice elected major of Santiago then, on 18 February 1519, he sailed for the coast of Yucatán with a force of 11 ships, 508 soldiers, 100 sailors, and 16 horses. He landed at Tabasco on the northern coast of the Yucatán peninsular. He met with little resistance from the local population and they presented him with presents including twenty girls. He married Malinche, one of these girls. 

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28

May

2012

Maya History Suggests Trade Patterns Played Key Role In Collapse

This undated image shows the Uxmal Mayan ruins. New research suggests trade patterns in Maya history could have played key role in Maya collapse.
This undated image shows the Uxmal Mayan ruins. New research suggests trade patterns in Maya history could have played key role in Maya collapse.

The Huffington Post

 By  

Posted: 05/27/2012 12:19 pm Updated: 05/27/2012 12:36 pm

 

Maya history--and the civilization's "collapse"--continue to occupy the minds of archeologists. Some research points to a series of droughts as playing an important role in the Maya demise. Other researchers propose the ancient Maya were less resilient to fight for survival due to religious beliefs.

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28

May

2012

Quebec's New Draconian Anti-strike and Anti-Asssembly Law

The following is from the National Lawyer's Guild - the Michigan Chapter.  It is a letter from an organization in Quebec, Canada.

 

Sisters, brothers,

            We write you during a dark time for democratic, human and
associative rights in Quebec with the following appeal for your help
and solidarity. As you have no doubt heard, the government recently
enacted legislation that amounts to the single biggest attack on the
right to organize and freedom of expression in North America since the
McCarthy period and the biggest attack on civil and democratic rights
since the enactment of the War Measures Act in 1970. Arguably, this
recent law will unduly criminalize more law-abiding citizens than even
McCarthy's hearings and the War Measures Act ever could.

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Sat

26

May

2012

Evidence of oil spill 2 years ago in birds

A pelican and its chicks huddle near oil-stained water on Grand Terre Island near Grand Isle, Lousiana, June 9, 2010. UPI/A.J. Sisco.
A pelican and its chicks huddle near oil-stained water on Grand Terre Island near Grand Isle, Lousiana, June 9, 2010. UPI/A.J. Sisco.

From UPI Science News

Published: May 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

 

SAINT PAUL, Minn., May 17 (UPI) -- Researchers say they have found traces of pollutants from the BP oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago in the eggs of Minnesota birds.

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26

May

2012

Oceans started warming 135 years ago, study suggests

ENVIRONMENT ON MSNBC

By Joseph Castro, LiveScience Staff Writer
updated 4/2/2012 12:13:35 PM ET

 

The world's oceans have been warming for more than 100 years, twice as long as previously believ ed, new research suggests.

 

The findings could help scientists better understand the Earth's record of sea-level rise, which is partly due to the expansion of water that happens as it heats up, researchers added.

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26

May

2012

Is Justice Ginsburg Risking the Future of the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images)

From Reader Supported News

By Chris Geidner, The Daily Beast

24 May 12


 

little more than a year ago, Harvard Law School Prof. Randall Kennedy sounded the alarm.

 

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer should soon retire,” Kennedy wrote in the pages ofThe New Republic. “That would be the responsible thing for them to do.”

 

If they didn’t, Kennedy warned, and “if Obama loses, they will have contributed to a disaster.”

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26

May

2012

Biden shares tales of loss with families, friends of military casualties

Win McNamee/Getty Images -  Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 18th annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Seminar May 25 in Arlington, Va.
Win McNamee/Getty Images - Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 18th annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Seminar May 25 in Arlington, Va.

WASHINGTON POST

By Published: May 25

 

Vice President Biden, speaking Friday to families and friends of military personnel killed in action, gave a powerful retelling of the death of his wife and daughter 40 years ago — saying he’d realized then how grief might push a person to suicide.

 

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25

May

2012

Harry Truman

From delanceyplace.com 5/25/12 - fraud, bloodshed, and votes


Excerpt from Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World

by William Lee Miller by Knopf Hardcover

Release Date: 2012-04-10

 

In today's excerpt - the long, hard road to democracy. Decades ago, and for most of its history, political corruption was endemic in America. And not just in Boss Tweed's old New York and the venal corridors of Tammany Hall, but also the towns of America's heartland. And although Harry Truman was as decent and fair as any American president, he got his start in the rampant fraud and bloodshed of Tom Pendergrast's Kansas City political machine:

 


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25

May

2012

Egos and Immortality

The NEW YORK TIMES

Egos and Immorality

By OP-ED COLUMNIST:  PAUL KRUGMAN

 

In the wake of a devastating financial crisis, President Obama has enacted some modest and obviously needed regulation; he has proposed closing a few outrageous tax loopholes; and he has suggested that Mitt Romney’s history of buying and selling companies, often firing workers and gutting their pensions along the way, doesn’t make him the right man to run America’s economy.

 

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Sun

20

May

2012

History of the English Language

From English Club
What is English?

History of the English Language

 

A short history of the origins and development of English

 

The history of the English language really started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century AD. These tribes, the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, crossed the North Sea from what today is Denmark and northern Germany. At that time the inhabitants of Britain spoke a Celtic language. But most of the Celtic speakers were pushed west and north by the invaders - mainly into what is now Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Angles came from Englaland and their language was called Englisc - from which the words England and English are derived.

 

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20

May

2012

A Little Detroit History - Old-Line Retailers

Arbor Drugs

Arbor Drugs opened its doors in Troy in 1974, when founder Eugene Applebaum combined several drug stores under the name. At the time, he owned a handful of pharmacies, including one in Ann Arbor. Because the Ann Arbor store was the best of the bunch, he decided to use the second half of the city’s name for his business.

Atlas Beverage Company

Atlas Beverage Company for more than 60 years, Atlas Beverage Company produced carbonated beverages with names like Brownie Root Beer, Bulldog Ginger Beer, Cheer-Up, V-Mix, and Golden & Pale Dry Ginger Ale. A Polish immigrant in Hamtramck founded the company in 1929, and it closed in 1996.

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Fri

18

May

2012

The NDAA's Coup d'Etat Foiled

ALSO SEE A Victory For All of Us in Truth Out

 

From Readers Supported News

By Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK

18 May 12


On Wednesday 16 May, at about 4pm, the republic of the United States of America was drawn back – at least for now – from a precipice that would have plunged our country into moral darkness. One brave and principled newly-appointed judge ruled against a law that would have brought the legal powers of the authorities of Guantánamo home to our own courthouses, streets and backyards.

 

US district judge Katherine Forrest, in New York City's eastern district, found that section 1021 – the key section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – which had been rushed into law amid secrecy and in haste on New Year's Eve 2011, bestowing on any president the power to detain US citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial, "facially unconstitutional". Forrest concluded that the law does indeed have, as the journalists and peaceful activists who brought the lawsuit against the president and Leon Panetta have argued, a "chilling impact on first amendment rights". Her ruling enjoins that section of the NDAA from becoming law.

 

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Thu

17

May

2012

Is the filibuster unconstitutional?

Washington Post

Posted by  at 10:02 AM ET, 05/15/2012


According to Best Lawyers — “the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession” — Emmet Bondurant “is the go-to lawyer when a business person just can’t afford to lose a lawsuit.” He was its 2010 Lawyer of the Year for Antitrust and Bet-the-Company Litigation. But now, he’s bitten off something even bigger: bet-the-country litigation.

 

Bondurant thinks the filibuster is unconstitutional. And, alongside Common Cause, where he serves on the board of directors, he’s suing to have the Supreme Court abolish it.

 


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May

2012

Judge Rules NDAA Unconstitutional

From Readers Supported News

By Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

17 May 12

 

A judge on Wednesday struck down a portion of a law giving the government wide powers to regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists, saying it left journalists, scholars and political activists facing the prospect of indefinite detention for exercising First Amendment rights. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in a written ruling that a single page of the law has a "chilling impact on First Amendment rights."

 

She cited testimony by journalists that they feared their association with certain individuals overseas could result in their arrest because a provision of the law subjects to indefinite detention anyone who "substantially" or "directly" provides "support" to forces such as al-Qaida or the Taliban. She said the wording was too vague and encouraged Congress to change it.

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May

2012

How To Save Or Destroy The Earth

Geoengineering holds out the promise of artificially reversing recent climate trends, but it entails enormous risks
Geoengineering holds out the promise of artificially reversing recent climate trends, but it entails enormous risks

 

 

 

 

 

CLIMATE FIXERS

Is there a technological solution to global warming?

by 

May 14, 2012

 

 

From Readers Supported News's

presentation of The New Yorker's Article:

 

 


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May

2012

Noam Chomsky: Occupy Has Created Solidarity in the US

Noam Chomsky has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. (photo: Ben Rusk/Flickr)
Noam Chomsky has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. (photo: Ben Rusk/Flickr)

Noam Chomsky: Occupy Has Created Solidarity in the US

By Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now!

15 May 12

Quoted from Reader Supported News

 

 

Noam Chomsky says the Occupy movement has helped rebuild class solidarity and communities of mutual support on a level unseen since the time of the Great Depression. "The Occupy movement spontaneously created something that doesn't really exist in the country: communities of mutual support, cooperation, open spaces for discussion ... just people doing things and helping each other," Chomsky says. "That's very much missing. There is a massive propaganda - it's been going on for a century, but picking up enormously - that you really shouldn't care about anyone else, you should just care about yourself. ... To rebuild [class solidarity], even if it's in small pieces of the society, can become very important, can change the conception of how a society ought to function." Chomsky also gives his assessment of President Obama, whom he says has attacked civil liberties in a way that has "gone beyond [George W.] Bush."

 

 

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2012

Occupy Time Line

Occupy Worldwide

Reader Supported News Special Coverage  16 May 12

 

Press here for up to May 16th, 2012 information on the Occupy Movement activity

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Wed

16

May

2012

Underwater World: Strange Beauties of the Sea

Sierra Club Organization

Photography by David Hall | Captions by Della Watson

 

The sea keeps its secrets well. While humans have explored, documented, and colonized nearly every stitch of land on the planet, the vast expanse of the ocean remains mysterious. Rarely photographed underwater creatures can appear alien—their cloudlike, luminous bodies more heavenly than earthly.

 

The cold, dark waters of the Pacific Northwest teem with these otherworldly animals. Renowned photographer David Hall's bookBeneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest (University of Washington Press, 2011) documents this delicate ecosystem, which is home to exotic specimens like the red-gilled nudibranch (above), a type of shell-less snail.

The inhabitants of this barely charted world may look like the stuff of science fiction, yet our lives are intertwined. Whether or not we're mindful of it, we share this planet with the nudibranch, the sea anemone, and the octopus. The strange and beautiful creatures in this photo gallery inhabit a swath of the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of British Columbia, where they face threats like overfishing, pollution, and oil tanker traffic. Our actions could forever alter the lives of these marine animals—it's time to meet our neighbors.

 

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2012

India's Loss of Languages

India's tribal people fast becoming lost for words

 

INDIA LOSING LANGUAGES FASTER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH


Of the 7000 languages now spoken across the world, only about 600 are expected to survive until the end of the century. Totopara in India is fighting to keep it's language alive.

 

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India's tribal people fast becoming lost for words

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