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Harriet the Spy: How Tubman Helped the Union Army

21st April 2016

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Tubman, who will replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, is most known to Americans for leading hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. But she also played a crucial and pioneering role in the Civil War.

In addition to being the first woman in U.S. history to lead a military expedition, Tubman—whom John Brown called “General Tubman”—was a Union army spy and recruiter.

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Prosecutors Say Fitbit Device Exposed Fibbing in Rape Case

21st April 2016

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A 44-year-old woman accused of fabricating a rape claim was recently ordered to serve two years of probation and complete 100 hours of community service.  Prosecutors say data pulled from her Fitbit wristband provided them with crucial evidence contradicting her claims.

Oops.

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Singin’ the Tax Day Blues

15th April 2016

Bluebird of Bitterness gives us a bunch of clips of people singin’ the tax day blues.

Let’s see: Johnny Cash, Ray Stevens, Tim Hawkins … wait, no Beatles? They were the first and greatest!

Even Obama gets in the act….

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Parody O’Reilly Book Covers

10th April 2016

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You really have to work in IT to get full value from these but they ought to be sufficiently funny for everybody to enjoy.

My favorite:

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

10th April 2016

Baby What A Big Surprise

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Booker T. Washington: Happy Birthday to a Great American

5th April 2016

Watch it.

Read Up from Slavery. It will inspire you.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

3rd April 2016

I’m Free

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Happy Birthday, Walter Williams

31st March 2016

Tariff policy beneficiaries are always seen, but its victims are mostly unseen. Politicians love this. The reason is simple. The beneficiaries know for whom to cast their ballots and to whom to give campaign contributions. Most often, the victims do not know whom to blame for their calamity.

A birthday appreciation from a colleague here.

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Forgotten Audio Formats: The Highway Hi-Fi

27th March 2016

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What’s the connection between the Beatles’ George Harrison, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and Chrysler cars? The Highway Hi-Fi: a vinyl record player that just happened to be the world’s first in-car music system. It appeared 60 years ago this spring, in 1956, and should have been a smash hit. It was innovatory, a major talking point, arrived as the car market was booming as never before, and it came with much press hype. It also had the backing of a leading motor manufacturer. What could possibly go wrong?

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

27th March 2016

These Dreams

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The Lego Batman Movie

24th March 2016

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I  am not making this up.

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Future USS Zumwalt

23rd March 2016

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This just looks way cool. This is Captain Nemo’s other ride.

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Evolution of the Batmobile

23rd March 2016

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Because we all need a break from Donald Trump.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

20th March 2016

Baby What a Big Surprise

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Coffee Drip Printer

18th March 2016

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I am not making this up.

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The Tree That Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

15th March 2016

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Apparently an art project.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

13th March 2016

Welcome Back My Friends

RIP Keith Emerson.

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Coolidge: The Best President You Don’t Know

9th March 2016

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Amity Shlaes clues you in.

My kind of a President.

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The Funeral Plan

7th March 2016

The Funeral Plan

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

5th March 2016

Here I Go Again

Not often you find a singer who has better hair than his girlfriend.

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Track. Vote. Decide.

3rd March 2016

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‘4USxUS’ (pronounced “for us by us”) is a new service that will track issues and how your Congresscritter votes on those issues.

I like it.

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Google’s Robot Dog Meets Real Dog for the First Time

2nd March 2016

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Pretty cute.

‘Muffy, meet Adolf. Adolf, eat Muffy.’

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

28th February 2016

Wheel in the Sky

 

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Anthill Art

21st February 2016

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Pour molten aluminum into an anthill, sell the result as art.

I am not making this up.

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There’s a Bar in Oregon That Will Allow You to Bathe in Beer

17th February 2016

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Free-Range Education: Why the Unschooling Movement Is Growing

16th February 2016

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On a late Monday morning in this rural New Hampshire town, Dayna and Joe Martin’s four children are all home. Devin, age 16, is hammering a piece of steel in the blacksmith forge he and his parents built out of a storage shed in the backyard. Tiffany, 14, is twirling on a hoverboard, deftly avoiding the kaleidoscope-painted cabinets in the old farmhouse’s living room. Ivy, 10, and Orion, 7, are sitting next to each other using the family’s two computers, clicking through an intense session of Minecraft.

It looks a lot like school vacation, or a weekend. But it’s not. This, for the Martin kids, is school. Or, to put it more accurately, it’s their version of “unschooling,” an educational theory that suggests children should follow their own interests, without the imposition of school or even any alternative educational curriculum, because this is the best way for them to learn and grow.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

14th February 2016

Rocket 88

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Damn It Feels Good to Be a Clinton

12th February 2016

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Thought for the Day

11th February 2016

Introvert Party

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Thought for the Day

10th February 2016

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th February 2016

Everyday People

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People Have A ‘Fundamental Right’ To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

5th February 2016

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.

“In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,” Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling.

Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, “substantially burden this fundamental right.”

Of course, ‘assault weapon’ is just a scare-word invented by gun-grabbers because it sounds scary and ‘assault rifle’ has a technical meaning that they can’t wiggle around.

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There’s Nothing Quite as Joyful as Adult Office Workers Building a Box Fort

3rd February 2016

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Or as immature, take your pick.

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Google Celebrates Frederick Douglass Today. So Should You.

1st February 2016

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So should any right-minded individual, even though Google did their best to disguise the fact that he was black. Rather than whine about his hard life, Douglass got out there and busted his ass getting the job done. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, take note.

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Which NFL Player Claims the Most Lavish Mansion?

31st January 2016

Curbed has a new scorecard.

It’s obvious that quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Cam Newton are supremely skilled athletes—they led their teams to Super Bowl 50, after all—but how would they match up if they were judged not on their on-the-field talents, but on their keen home-buying acumen? Does Manning’s sprawling Denver-area estate put Newton’s shiny Charlotte condo to shame? What about their teammates? Would the $2 million Dallas mansion once owned by Broncos’ linebacker DeMarcus Ware crush the seven-bedroom Scottsdale house that Panthers’ defensive end Jared Allen called home? Let’s find out.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

31st January 2016

Don’t Stop Believin’

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At Trump Rallies, Buttons Promising Death to ISIS and Prison to Clinton Sell Briskly

30th January 2016

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Good to know that the Real America is still out there.

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Donald Trump, Masterpiece Theatre Edition

29th January 2016

Read it. And for God’s sake watch the video.

That’s entertainment.

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Florida Woman Wakes Up in the Dead of Night to Find a Rare Rainforest Animal Asleep on Her Chest After Its Escape From Owner

29th January 2016

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Soldiers Guard ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ in Storm

24th January 2016

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“The Tomb Guards maintain a constant vigil at the Tomb no matter the weather conditions,” states the group’s Facebook page.Members of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as “The Old Guard” are staying with the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery despite blizzard conditions slamming the area.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

24th January 2016

Crazy On You

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Bernie for Glorious Leader

22nd January 2016

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

17th January 2016

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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Gene-Editing Bacteria and Yeast at Home Using CRISPR Kits

13th January 2016

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Biologist Josiah Zayner, founder of the Open Discovery Institute (ODIN), is now offering kits via Indiegogo that enables DIY gene-editing of single-celled critters in the comfort of your own home. From the San Jose Mercury News:

Be the first on your block to start the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Air Mule Hovercraft Ambulance Flies Autonomously

11th January 2016

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Robots may not stop war, but they may someday be able to save the humans fighting it. Developed by Tactical Robotics, the Air Mule is a hovercar-like aircraft, built to be an ambulance. On December 30th, it flew autonomously, giving a wobbly glimpse at what battlefield salvation may look like later this century.

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ATR Presents 2016 State of the Union BINGO

11th January 2016

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Americans for Tax Reform once again presents a series of handy Bingo cards you may use to check off terms and phrases likely to be used during President Obama’s (FINAL!) State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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Lileks on Coffee

10th January 2016

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By now some of you are tut-tutting: Really, a drip coffeemaker? In 2016? If you want a really good cup of coffee, you need a cold French press and Jamaican beans individually washed in melted glacier runoff and hand-ground by pressing them between pieces of Icelandic volcano pumice. If you are that person, I like to imagine you’ve been kidnapped and trussed by Liam Neeson, who sits across from you, straddling a chair and saying, “I’m going to sit here with this 24-ounce of SuperAmerica coffee until you beg for it. The longer you wait, the colder it gets. Did I mention it’s that nasty hazelnut blend?”

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

10th January 2016

Eight Miles High

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Meet Sparky, a Bison That Was Struck by Lightning in 2013

5th January 2016

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Sparky is now 11 and weighs 1,600 pounds, walking with a limp, according to an announcement made today by the USFWS.

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Thought for the Day

3rd January 2016

Scott Adams understands the dialectic.

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