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Hidden Christians’ Illicit Sacred Vase Brought to Light in Japan
Post Date: 2023-05-28 02:52:14 by Charles_Byrd
A centuries-old relic associated with ancient Christian practice in Japan is causing a stir in the Japanese media. The item is believed to be an artifact preserved by Japans kakure kirishitan or hidden Christians, practitioners of Catholicism who were forced to keep their activities a secret after Christianity was prohibited on the island by culturally repressive leaders in the early 17th century. Click for Full Text!
On This Day in 1787: Constitutional Convention Gets Down to Business
Post Date: 2023-05-25 23:29:00 by Charles_Byrd
On this day in 1787, nearly two weeks after its planned opening, the Constitutional Convention of 1787 began. With the arrival of the delegations representing South Carolina and New Jersey, the number of states necessary for a quorum had been met. One of the first official proposals taken up by the delegates was Robert Morris nomination of George Washington to be president of the convention. Morris motion was seconded by John Rutledge of South Carolina, expressing his confidence that the choice would be unanimous, and observing that the presence of General Washington forbade any observation on the occasion which might otherwise be proper. Click for Full Text!
U.S. military leaders in World War II had consensus on the atomic bomb
Post Date: 2023-05-24 21:48:07 by Charles_Byrd
Historians might debate whether the atomic bombing of Japan was necessary to secure its surrender, but U.S. military leaders in World War II did not. Their consensus was no, if Emperor Hirohito was permitted a titular role in a post-surrender Japanese government. President Harry S. Truman accepted that idea, but only after atomic bombs had been dropped. Adm. William D. Leahy elaborated: The use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.
My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the ...
Are the Best Years of My Country Behind Me?
Post Date: 2023-05-10 20:08:43 by Charles_Byrd
I turn 60 this year. My health is generally good, though I have aches and pains from a form of arthritis. Im not optimistic enough to believe that the best years of my life are ahead of me, nor so pessimistic as to assume that the best years are behind me. But I do know this, however sad it may be to say: the best years of my country are behind me. Indeed, there are all too many signs of Americas decline, ranging from mass shootings to mass incarceration to mass hysteria about voter fraud and stolen elections to massive Pentagon and police budgets. But let me focus on just one sign of all-American madness that speaks to me in a particularly explosive fashion: this ...
Florida revives an 1850s strategy to exclude Chinese immigrants
Post Date: 2023-05-08 19:34:26 by Charles_Byrd
While our country celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida legislature are busy resurrecting a long- dead form of anti-Asian discrimination. Under the guise of national security, Florida lawmakers seem poised to crush Chinese immigrants dreams of homeownership. In April, the Florida Senate unanimously passed SB 264, and on Wednesday the Florida House rushed to pass its twin, HB 1355, purportedly to prohibit the Chinese government from buying real estate in Florida. This seems a reasonable enough goal. But by targeting any member of the Peoples Republic of China, the bill could also wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary ...
David Hume's Warning on Forever Wars
Post Date: 2023-05-03 20:35:38 by Charles_Byrd
Propaganda is checked by open challenge and spirited disputation. But it is hard to discuss ones own government at war, because you might be treated as an apologist of the enemy, or even an outright enemy yourself. Propaganda is perhaps never worse than at times of war. That is when government is most likely to destroy precious domestic freedoms. As for the US government nowadays and its conduct of military and foreign interventions, I daresay I rather doubt its wisdom and virtue. On the war in Ukraine and related issues, I find myself persuaded by such voices as John Mearsheimer, the gentlemen of The Duran, and the sages at Andrew Napolitanos YouTube channel. Click for Full ...
Some Questions on the Intriguing Twentieth Century
Post Date: 2023-04-27 00:53:53 by Charles_Byrd
In a 1930 essay titled Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes predicted that in 100 years, assuming no wars and no important increase in population, the standard of living in progressive countries would be between four and eight times as high as it was then. His most optimistic scenario is being realized. In 2022, real GDP per capita (equivalent to income per capita) in the US has already been multiplied by 7.3, with eight years to go (see Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, Table 7.1, revised March 30, 2023). Even if the rate of growth is only 1% per year between now and 2030, real GDP ...
What is the Report from Iron Mountain?
Post Date: 2023-04-23 00:49:54 by Charles_Byrd
In 1967, Dial Press published a book called Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace. It remains one of the most controversial works of all time. Who wrote the Report from Iron Mountain? What does it say? And most importantly
is it real? Click for Full Text!
Ancient necropolis from 2,000 years ago unearthed next to Paris train station
Post Date: 2023-04-21 01:05:46 by Charles_Byrd
Just metres from a busy train station in the heart of Paris, scientists have uncovered 50 graves in an ancient necropolis which offer a rare glimpse of life in the French capital's precursor Lutetia nearly 2,000 years ago. Click for Full Text!
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ star was Mossad spy – media
Post Date: 2023-04-18 02:14:48 by Charles_Byrd
Chaim Topol, the late, award-winning actor who starred in such films as Fiddler on the Roof and For Your Eyes Only, lived a double life as an agent for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, his family has claimed in an interview with Israels Haaretz newspaper. Topol, who died in Tel Aviv last month at the age of 87, was one of Israels most respected cultural figures but this was, according to several members of his family, balanced with a life of conducting clandestine operations on behalf of his countrys intelligence services in London. Click for Full Text!
Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson
Post Date: 2023-04-15 01:28:04 by Charles_Byrd
On this day (April 13) in 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born on Shadwell Plantation in the British Colony of Virginia. He enjoyed a long and fascinating life and died at 83 on July 4, 1825the same day on which his longtime political rival and friend, John Adams, died. Jefferson wrote his epitaph, which reads: HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON, AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Click for Full Text!
Historical Lies Used to Demonize a Classic Historical Novel
Post Date: 2023-04-15 01:12:38 by Charles_Byrd
Gone with the Wind now begins with a cautionary note and a lengthy condemnation of white supremacy This is an example of the falsification of American history. Gone With The Wind, a classic love story set during the period of the destruction by violence of the Confederate States of America has been reduced by frauds to white supremacy. Click for Full Text!
Happy birthday, Thomas Jefferson: A life sworn against tyranny
Post Date: 2023-04-15 01:07:15 by Charles_Byrd
Two hundred eighty years ago. on April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born on the Shadwell Plantation of the British Virginia Colony, the third of 10 children. Jeffersons passion for liberty started at a young age while interacting with Native Americans, including Cherokee Chief Ostenaco. He fell in love with libraries while studying philosophy at the College of William and Mary. where he became an admirer of Patrick Henry, who later coined the phrase give me liberty or give me death. In 1767, Jefferson was admitted to the Virginia Bar, and from 1769 to 1775, he represented Albemarle County as a delegate in the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he pushed legislation ...
Researchers use 21st century methods to record 2,000 years of ancient graffiti in Egypt
Post Date: 2023-04-11 17:55:13 by Charles_Byrd
Working with the University of Ottawa, the researchers published their early findings in Egyptian Archaeology and have returned to Philae to advance the project. It's fascinating because there are similarities with today's graffiti, says SFU geography professor Nick Hedley, co-investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded project. The iconic architecture of ancient Egypt was built by those in positions of power and wealth, but the graffiti records the voices and activities of everybody else. The building acts like a giant sponge or notepad for generations of people from different cultures for over 2,000 years. Click for ...
The American Revolution: Was it an Act of Biblical Rebellion?
Post Date: 2023-04-10 00:23:00 by Charles_Byrd
Was the American Revolution an act of rebellion against God and the Bible? Many today claim that it was. For example, John McArthur (Pastor of Grace Community Church and host of the national radio program Grace to You) asserts: People have mistakenly linked democracy and political freedom to Christianity. Thats why many contemporary evangelicals believe the American Revolution was completely justified, both politically and scripturally. They follow the arguments of the Declaration of Independence, which declares that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are Divinely endowed rights. . . . But such a position is contrary to the clear teachings and commands of Romans ...
Monuments to Only One Side
Post Date: 2023-04-05 21:37:30 by Charles_Byrd
The contextualization and removal of Confederate monuments is part of an ongoing process to change the narrative about the War for Southern Independence. How so, you might ask, as most people do not get their history from monuments. Click for Full Text!
History of US-NATO Military Campaigns (1991-2023)
Post Date: 2023-04-03 20:07:15 by Charles_Byrd
Before tackling the story of the military campaigns that have haunted our last thirty years up to today, it is necessary to recall three facts about the origin of these wars. In 1944, seventy-four Nazi leaders were aware of the defeat of Germany but determined to save the Nazi ideal from the catastrophe, they founded the organization O.D.SS.A. Their intent was to emigrate, and to any state where they establish, engage in companies, administrations, and political parties at any level, and filter their Nazi thought. Many of them were absorbed into the US services for their experience of the Soviet Union and placed in the departments of various agencies. Their vision has undoubtedly ...
One of Donald Trump's defense attorneys sparred with an NBC News anchor over the former president's incendiary comments and an allusion to violence against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, calling his social media activity "ill-advised." "I'm
Post Date: 2023-03-28 01:08:44 by Charles_Byrd
If Dwight Eisenhower could somehow give his 1953 Cross of Iron address and his 1961 warning about the military-industrial complex to the American people today, I truly believe hed be dismissed by the mainstream media (MSM) as a Putin puppet and as repeating Kremlin talking points. Why? Because Ike advocated for negotiation and peace instead of war; he documented how spending on weapons was intrinsically wasteful and a bane to democratic society; and he challenged citizens to be alert and knowledgeable, ready to take action against the growing power of a corporate-military nexus supported and strengthened by Congress. To mark Ikes integrity and wisdom, and also to ...
Parallels Between The Roman Empire And The USA
Post Date: 2023-03-28 00:56:07 by Charles_Byrd
The Roman Empire and the United States are historys most influential powers. Though separated by time and geography, there are some striking parallels between their rise, development, and potential decline. In this blog post, well dive into the similarities and differences between these two mighty civilizations, focusing on the past 40 years of the United States. Click for Full Text!
A forgotten hero stopped the My Lai massacre 50 years ago today
Post Date: 2023-03-24 00:20:05 by Charles_Byrd
Everybody's heard of the My Lai massacre March 16, 1968, 50 years ago today but not many know about the man who stopped it: Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot. When he arrived, American soldiers had already killed 504 Vietnamese civilians (that's the Vietnamese count; the U.S. Army said 347). They were going to kill more, but they didn't because of what Thompson did. I met Thompson in 2000 and interviewed him for my radio program on KPFK in Los Angeles. He told the story of what happened that day, when he and his two-man crew flew over My Lai, in support of troops who were looking for Viet Cong fighters. Click for Full Text!
A Highway to Peace or a Highway to Hell?
Post Date: 2023-03-21 18:31:38 by Charles_Byrd
In April 1953, newly elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a retired five-star Army general who had led the landings on D-Day in France in June 1944, gave his most powerful speech. It would become known as his Cross of Iron address. In it, Ike warned of the cost humanity would pay if Cold War competition led to a world dominated by wars and weaponry that couldnt be reined in. In the immediate aftermath of the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Ike extended an olive branch to the new leaders of that empire. He sought, he said, to put America and the world on a highway to peace. It was, of course, never to be, as this countrys emergent ...
All the conspiracy that's fit to print
Post Date: 2023-03-21 00:21:00 by Charles_Byrd
When is a single-source story good enough for The New York Times? When it appears to confirm a 40-year-old Democratic conspiracy theory. Peter Baker, the Times' chief White House correspondent, published Saturday a bombshell report, "A Four-Decade Secret: One Man's Story of Sabotaging Carter's Re-Election." Click for Full Text!
Statues of 'old white men' like the Duke of Wellington and Admiral Lord Nelson could be destroyed because they may be 'offensive' to 'diverse modern public', Welsh government advises
Post Date: 2023-03-14 23:32:25 by Charles_Byrd
Statues of historical 'old white men' such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington could be removed from public view in Wales in order to 'set right the historical narrative' and prevent offence to a 'diverse modern public'. Monuments have been subject to an audit in Wales since the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, when a statue of slave trader Thomas Picton was removed from Cardiff City Hall. Click for Full Text!
“Women as a constituency” weren’t active in the early pro-choice movement
Post Date: 2023-03-14 23:25:00 by Charles_Byrd
The first pro-abortion reformers were men. It was pro-choice men that originally lobbied for abortion to be legalized. Kristin Luker, historian said: The reaction of state legislators of the 1960s, when asked what role women had played in securing passage of the Beilenson bill [which legalized abortion in California before Roe V Wade], could best be epitomized as a blank stare. All of them could name individual women who had been active in the reform group California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion (CCTA), but none of them believed that women as a constituency were central to the issue. Click for Full Text!
50 years ago, the ‘Bernard Nathanson of Japan’ began his campaign to save the lives of the unborn
Post Date: 2023-03-14 23:14:02 by Charles_Byrd
If asked to name a life-related event in 1973 that sent a shock wave felt by millions, Roe v Wade would come to the mind of many MercatorNet readers, I would imagine. This year, though, also marks the 50th anniversary of another event from the other side of the Pacific. It is a story of deep pro-life conviction and moral courage which is unknown outside Japan. Click for Full Text!
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