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Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Hemingway was what!?

July 10, 2009

Ernest Hemingway was a failed KGB spy? So reports the Guardian: Last week, however, saw the publication of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press), which reveals the Nobel prize-winning novelist was for a while on the KGB’s list of its agents in America. Co-written by John Earl Haynes, […]

Iranian society flares

July 9, 2009

It’s the 10th anniversary of a major student protest in Iran. From wiki: They began on July 8 with peaceful demonstrations in Tehran against the closure of the reformist newspaper, Salam. This was followed by an attack on a student dormitory that night by riot police in which a student was killed. This in turn […]

The Beast of Omaha Beach

June 6, 2009

On 6 June 1944, the Allies commenced “the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time.” For whatever reason, this 2002 National Geographic article, titled “Untold Stories of D-Day,” left a lasting impression on me. Particularly haunting was this account: German Pfc. Hem Severloh was crouching behind a machine gun at Widerstandsnest 62 and watching rows […]

Kiddo: You look ready…

June 5, 2009

Noooo Bill!!!

June 4, 2009

From the BBC: Kill Bill and Kung Fu star David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room on Thursday. Thai police told the BBC the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a cord around his neck and other parts of his body. Requiescat in pace.

They will be missed: A narrative video-collage history of newspapers

May 31, 2009

A Sunday treat! ~ UPDATE: Stupid Viacom blocked the next one. Accessible (but not embeddable) here Meanwhile…

My Great-Grandmother Thinks Obama’s a Terrorist… Whaddo I do?

August 28, 2008

(imported from fb, where it was originally posted) To preface this post, —– is my step great-grandmother who, this weekend, was visiting from Arizona.  She’s a very sweet and loving lady.  She is also a proclaimed and devoted Bush fan who is on record saying that should Obama win she’d move to Canada (hmm…).  I’d […]