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Monday November 23rd, 2015
That Time America Was Attacked and Did Nothing But Things Just Magically Worked Out posted 11/23/2015, 8:36 AM (MofoPolitics)
[Category: History]
White House burned down

Imagine Fox & Friends if this happened today…

In August 1814, British troops set fire to the White House— but not before they ate with WH cutlery and ransacked the building. The damage was so severe that no President lived in the White House again until 1817.
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Tuesday November 17th, 2015

The Long History of French Military Intervention in The Middle East and Africa posted 11/17/2015, 6:38 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: History]
After the 9/11 Attacks, American politicians invented the "they hate us because we're free" explanation of why the US was a target for international terrorism. The slogan has been especially effective among very ignorant sectors of the population who seemed to be under the impression that the United States had been engaged in non-interventionist foreign policy prior to the 9/11 attacks. "Why, we were just minding our own business," came the shocked and exasperated claims of the know-nothings. "T... (more)

Friday November 13th, 2015

Declassified Docs Show How US Imperialism Nearly Led to a Recent Nuclear Holocaust posted 11/13/2015, 4:22 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: History]
Washington DC – It was recently revealed in declassified documents that US and NATO war games nearly sparked a nuclear war with the Soviet Union in 1988.

At the height of the cold war, the US military took part in a massive exercise in Europe called Able Archer that the Soviet Union interpreted as a possible warning sign of an attack. Luckily, the Soviet military decided to hold off on engaging with the western forces that were amassed in an unprecedented display just beyond their
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Friday October 30th, 2015

The Man Who Made Your Selfies Possible posted 10/30/2015, 11:41 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: History]
In 2015, a new world record will likely be set: humans will record fleeting moments of their lives at least one trillion times over the course of the year. That's how many photos we'll snap, up from 810 billion in 2014, according to InfoTrends' Worldwide Image Capture Forecast. About three-quarters of them will be taken with smartphones, which didn't even exist a couple of deca... (more)

Monday October 19th, 2015

Government Power Was His Mortal Enemy posted 10/19/2015, 5:56 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: History]
"Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it," wrote novelist N.D. Wilson. "The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself."

In the last six of his 49 years of life, brought to an untimely end by tuberculosis, the classical liberal Frenchman Frédéric Bastiat produced an astonishing volume of books and essays in defense of free markets an
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Pinochet Directly Ordered Killing On US Soil of Chilean Diplomat, Papers Reveal posted 10/19/2015, 5:53 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: History]
General Augusto Pinochet directly ordered the 1976 assassination of a Chilean diplomat who was killed in a car bomb in Washington DC, according top secret US intelligence documents declassified by the Obama administration.

The documents, which were handed to the Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, on Tuesday in Santiago by the US secretary of state, John Kerry, also show that the former dictator was so concerned with covering up his role in the murder that he planned to assassin
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Saturday October 3rd, 2015

J.R.R. Tolkien the Anarchist: 'The Most Improper Job of Any Man is Bossing Other Men. Not One in a Million is Fit for it' posted 10/03/2015, 4:25 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: History]
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the following in a letter to his son Christopher in 1943:

My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy.

I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England and its inhabi
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See Carl Jung's similar thoughts on the nature of government.

Thursday October 1st, 2015

A Radical Libertarian in the British Parliament posted 10/01/2015, 12:43 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: History]
When Murray Rothbard was a young student, he wrote under the pen name Aubrey Herbert. I thought he made it up. Not so. There really was a man named Auberon Edward William Molyneux Herbert. He was a member of the British Parliament. He lived from 1838 to 1906. He was a disciple of Herbert Spencer who kept Spencer's youthful idealism long after his mentor lost it. He was the author of "The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State."
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Monday September 21st, 2015

Adolf Hitler Was High On Heroin And Nazi Troops Were On Meth, Book Claims posted 09/21/2015, 8:09 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: History]
A stunning new book in Germany details how a 'Breaking-Bad' Adolf Hitler was zonked out of his head on heroin-type drug while his Blitzkrieg troops fought the war on a narcotic called Pervitin that was the forerunner of crystal meth.

'The Total Rush; Drugs in the Third Reich' by Norman Ohler exposes a regime which projected healthy living and clean-minded supremacy to the world while its masters and servants were high on stimulants.
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Monday September 7th, 2015

The Foreign Terrorist Lincoln Tried To Hire posted 09/07/2015, 2:27 AM (Thomas DiLorenzo)
[Category: History]
For 150 years the American Lincoln cult denied what it called a "rumor" that, after a string of devastating battlefield defeats, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 offered command of the U.S. Army to an Italian mercenary named Giuseppe Garibaldi.  The "rumor" was proven to be true, however, when an Italian historian named Arrigo Petacco discovered in an Italian archive a faded letter from Garibaldi to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, telling the king of the offer (See Rory Carroll, "Garibaldi Asked by Lin... (more)

Thursday August 6th, 2015

'Faceless Body Belonged to my Sister': Hiroshima, Nagasaki Nuke Survivors Recall Horrors 70 Years on posted 08/06/2015, 6:32 AM (RT)
[Category: History]
Blackened bodies, mothers who couldn’t recognize their charred children and those still alive screaming with pain – these are horrific details the survivors of nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki recall ahead of 70th anniversary of the tragedy.

The US was the first nation to use nuclear weapons against an enemy target when they dropped atomic bombs on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II on August 6 and 9, 1945.
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Tuesday July 21st, 2015

'The Loony Left': 60 Minutes Piece From 80's Takes Fascinating Look At Origin Of Today's 'Social Justice Warriors' posted 07/21/2015, 3:42 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: History]

Ever wonder where all the insane new perpetually outraged social justice warriors sprung from?

Evidently, their ideas took hold in Britain in the 80's and created what they called the "loony left," a group of people which embody the political ideals of today's so-called "social justice warriors."

One gem, an African woman who says it's racist that her child i
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In Defense of Neville Chamberlain, Hindsight’s Most Battered Punching Bag posted 07/21/2015, 3:37 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: History]
After the final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program was announced in Vienna last week, references to one long-gone politician surged on social media: Neville Chamberlain.

This is not surprisi
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Friday July 10th, 2015

Meet The Locofocos: An Historic American Political Party Which Actually Supported Equal Rights posted 07/10/2015, 10:51 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: History]
Death from yellow fever complications claimed journalist William Leggett at the tender age of 38, days before he would have assumed his first political office. President Martin Van Buren had just named Leggett US ambassador to Guatemala. In the early 19th century, as temptations were rising to divert Americans’ constitutional framework toward bigger government, Leggett (to borrow a phrase from 20th-century journalist William F. Buckley)... (more)

Thursday July 9th, 2015

Why Ludwig von Mises Admired Sigmund Freud posted 07/09/2015, 10:31 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: History]
Sigmund Freud has been dead 76 years. Still, his ideas are daily in the news — debated and denounced — and yet so much a part of how we think. Defense mechanisms, Freudian slips, projections, talking cures — these phrases and ideas are all part of our lives. Even that we freely speak of PTSD as a mental and not physical problem speaks to his influence. We take his massive contributions all for granted now.... (more)

Monday July 6th, 2015

What Happened To The Man Who refused To Give A Nazi Salute posted 07/06/2015, 10:29 AM (
[Category: History]
August Landmesser, the man reported to be the subject of a viral online photo, was a member of the Nazi Party until 1935 when he decided to marry a Jewish woman.... (more)

Monday June 29th, 2015

Colombian Army Murdered Thousands of Civilians with the Help of US Tax Dollars posted 06/29/2015, 2:44 PM (The Anti-Media)
[Category: History]
A disturbing report published Wednesday by Human Rights Watch details how the Colombian military callously murdered thousands of innocent civilians and dressed their lifeless bodies in leftist rebels' uniforms, just to artificially inflate the body count for a period of at least six years. The commander of the armed forces and other senior army brass knew about it the whole time.

Somewhat euphemistically termed "extrajudicial killings," the practice has been recogniz
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Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

Secret World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race posted 06/23/2015, 1:12 AM (NPR)
[Category: History]
As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment.

When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn't complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside.

"It felt like you were on fire," recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. "Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the
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Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

How Ty Cobb Was Framed as a Racist posted 06/02/2015, 5:12 AM (New York Post)
[Category: History]
The two things everyone knows about Ty Cobb are that he was a phenomenal baseball player and that he was the worst racist ever to play the game.

But one of these things is mostly wrong.
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Friday May 8th, 2015

'This is America': The Day Police Firebombed West Philadelphia posted 05/08/2015, 7:32 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: History]
Pictured: "Let it burn": Osage Avenue, Philadelphia, May 13, 1985

By the time Lt. Frank Powell hurled a satchel bomb onto the roof of a three-story row house on Philadelphia’s Osage Avenue, the siege had gone on for nearly twelve hours. Powell was a member of the Philadelphia PD’s bomb squad, and like the “firemen” in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novelette, he was performing a function assu
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Thursday May 7th, 2015

The Fascinating History of Hershey, Cuba posted 05/07/2015, 7:44 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: History]
Yesterday the Washington Post carried a fascinating article about a small town in Cuba named Hershey. The history of the town provides valuable lessons about America's heritage of economic liberty as well the socialist economic system established by Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

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Anti-Military Heroes: The Power Brothers, WWI Draft Resisters posted 05/07/2015, 7:40 AM (Max McNabb)
[Category: History]
Old man Power didn’t want his sons to be cannon fodder in the First World War. Jeff Power told his boys, John and Tom, not to register for the draft. The rich man’s war had nothing to do with them. In 1918, the Power family, originally from West Texas, had a gold mine to work in Arizona’s Gila Valley.

“They reacted the way Texans would react,” historian Jeff Robenalt says in the documentary Power’s War. “They didn’t cause the war… they didn’t make the draft. Why should they regist
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Thursday April 23rd, 2015

FLASHBACK 1977: Earth Day Cofounder Murders & Composts Dead Girlfriend posted 04/23/2015, 4:28 PM (The Daily Caller)
[Category: History]
Here’s an inconvenient truth about the self-described founder of a Earth Day: He murdered and composted his girlfriend.

Environmental activist and self-proclaimed Earth Day co-founder Ira Einhorn had a dark side. NBC News reported in 2011 that Einhorn was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and stuffing her “composted” body inside a trunk.
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Friday April 17th, 2015

FDR Spied on Leonard Read posted 04/17/2015, 12:03 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: History]
Last night I was reading a book entitled The Emergency State: America's Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs by David Unger. My eyes bulged out when I came across the following sentence: "In 1941 Attorney General Francis Biddle, following Roosevelt's new guidelines, approved FBI wiretapping of the Los An... (more)

Monday April 13th, 2015

Another Urban Legend? The Middle Ages Were the "Dark Ages" posted 04/13/2015, 9:41 AM (The Beacon)
[Category: History]
As the culture wars intensify in America, let’s consider some of the roots of these contentious conflicts.

With the “Age of Enlightenment” of the 17th and 18th centuries, a “modern” narrative was invented to explain the history of the West, the wider world, and humankind’s place in the universe. This narrative claimed that liberty, democracy, republicanism and religious tolerance could only be achieved through an “Enlightenment project” of secularism taking control of both the pub
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Thursday April 9th, 2015

Six Things You Didn't Know the U.S. and Its Allies Did to Iran posted 04/09/2015, 6:07 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: History]
It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!” I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying.

But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us
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Wednesday April 1st, 2015

The U.S.'s Nazi Imports posted 04/01/2015, 9:00 PM (The Beacon)
[Category: History]
A Florida appeals panel recently upheld an order to deport General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova. A former defense minister of El Salvador, Casanova is accused of gross human rights violations, including the 1980 murder of three nuns and a missionary. He was granted entry into the United States. in 1989. Now, a unit of the U.S. Immigration and Custom... (more)

Monday March 30th, 2015

Somalia Lived While Its Government Died posted 03/30/2015, 6:51 AM (
[Category: History]
In most American minds, Somalia raises unsettling images of pirates and warlords, drought and famine, anarchy and downed U.S. helicopters. For those arguing politics, the East African nation is a powerful talisman: Its mere name is deployed to trump any libertarian argument for less—or God forbid no—government.... (more)

Friday March 27th, 2015

Did Allied Troops Rape 285,000 German Women? posted 03/27/2015, 5:28 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: History]
A new book published in Germany makes the shocking and disturbing claim that the Americans raped a staggering 190,000 women in the decade from the invasion until West Germany became a sovereign country in 1955.... (more)

Monday January 5th, 2015

The Worst Government Crimes posted 01/05/2015, 6:02 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: History]
We can locate the deadliest place and time in world history, certainly for the modern West, in the stretch of land between Berlin and Moscow in the 1930s and 1940s. That setting hosted an unimaginable bloodbath thanks to the worst killers ever to plague Europe — Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. The region was home to the two dictators’ military conflict, the Eastern Front of World War II, the most lethal theater of war humanity ever saw. But even putting the combat aside, those two rulers impleme... (more)

Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Hawaii Under Martial Law Was Like ‘Military Dictatorship’ (1941-1944) posted 12/09/2014, 2:21 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: History]
HAWAII — Islanders suffered under nearly three years of martial law from 1941-1944; so oppressive that it was later described by a federal judge as a “military dictatorship.” All manner of civilian liberties were replaced by oppressive military orders enforced by American soldiers.

The dark period of Hawaiian history began on December 7, 1941, with the massive surprise attack of Japanese bombers on the U.S. Naval Base Pearl Harbor. The air raid successfully sunk or grounded 18 s
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Monday November 3rd, 2014

When Government Spreads Disease: The 1906 Meat Inspection Act posted 11/03/2014, 1:06 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: History]
You know the old myth about the meat-packing industry. In 1906, Upton Sinclair came out with his book The Jungle, and it shocked the nation by documenting the horror of the meat-packing industry. People were being boiled in vats and sent to larders. Rat waste was mixed with meat. And so on.

As a result, the Federal Meat Inspection Act passed Congress, and consumers were saved from ghastly diseases. The lesson is that government is essential to stop private enterprise from poison
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Friday June 13th, 2014

The US Air Force Almost Nuked North Carolina posted 06/13/2014, 1:41 AM (PressTV)
[Category: History]
The United States narrowly averted a nuclear disaster in 1961 after two atomic bombs fell from a B-52 bomber and came frighteningly close to detonating in North Carolina, newly-released documents reveal.

On January 24, 1961, two hydrogen bombs fell from a B-52 as it broke apart in the sky and hit the ground near the city of Goldsboro.

The Air Force bomber suffered a “failure of the right wing” and broke in half while flying over North Carolina, said documents reveal
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Wednesday June 11th, 2014

Did US fake top Nazi's WWII suicide and spirit him away to get hands on Hitler's secret weapons programme? posted 06/11/2014, 11:52 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: History]
The blood of thousands on his hands, SS General Hans Kammler killed himself in 1945 in the dying days of Hitler’s Germany.

That, at least, was his official fate. The man steeped in the horrors of the death camps had met his just deserts.

However, it is now claimed that Kammler survived the war, spirited away to America and given a new identity by the US authorities.
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Friday May 9th, 2014

Gun Control in Nazi Germany posted 05/09/2014, 8:40 AM (Audrey D. Kline)
[Category: History]
There is no shortage of theories or writings related to the rise of the Third Reich and the subsequent Holocaust. Stephen Halbrook's 2013 book, Gun Control in the Third Reich offers a compelling and important account of the role of gun prohibition in aiding Hitler's goals of exterminating the Jews and other "ene... (more)

Monday March 17th, 2014

Obama's Former Foreign Policy Adviser Said -- In 1997 -- that the U.S. Had to Gain Control of Ukraine posted 03/17/2014, 5:23 AM (Washington's Blog)
[Category: History]
The Battle for Ukraine Was Planned in 1997 ... Or Earlier

Neoconservatives planned regime change throughout the Middle East and North Africa 20 years ago. Robert Parry correctly points out that the Neocons have successfully "weathered the storm" of disdain after their Iraq war fiasco.B
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Tom DiLorenzo on John Stewart and His Lying Lincolnians posted 03/17/2014, 5:22 AM (YouTube)
[Category: History]

Wednesday March 12th, 2014

100 Years of War Lies DEBUNKED posted 03/12/2014, 6:46 AM (Boiling Frogs Post)
[Category: History]

When Secretary of State John Kerry made his now infamous statement about Russia's actions in Ukraine, the hypocrisy was immediately apparent to all but the most clueless of viewers. But perhaps Kerry wasn't so wrong to expect the public to let him get away with such a transparently hypocritical statement. After all, the public have always been happy to go along with every pretext for war prese
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Wednesday February 5th, 2014

Stalin Apologia posted 02/05/2014, 1:46 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: History] published a truly disgusting article on the supposed myths of communism. There are a lot of problems with it, but I’ll focus on this particularly revolting passage, which might seem literally true if you drop the context of what it suggests:
For one thing, a large number of the people killed under Soviet communism weren't the kulaks everyone pr... (more)

Monday December 23rd, 2013

Nelson Mandela 'received weapons training from Mossad agents in 1962' posted 12/23/2013, 5:40 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: History]
Secret letter lodged in Israeli state archives reveals South African icon underwent training under an assumed identity.... (more)

Wednesday December 11th, 2013

Molyneux: The Truth About Nelson Mandela posted 12/11/2013, 2:15 AM (YouTube)
[Category: History]

Nelson Mandela is portrayed in the mainstream media as a peace-loving anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist. But what is the truth about Nelson Mandela?
I enjoyed this article in the NYT pointing out he's a politician, and he is viewed as just that--a politician--in his home town of South Africa. The reverence for the man comes from those who don't know him and didn't live under his rule. Evidently, the people who worship him most in his own country are those from his own political party who benefit most from it. What a shocker. - Chris

Tuesday December 3rd, 2013

Dial 00000000 for Armageddon. US’s top secret launch nuclear launch code was frighteningly stupid posted 12/03/2013, 12:58 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: History]
For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist.

From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000.

This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possib
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Monday November 25th, 2013

Black Death and Taxes posted 11/25/2013, 11:50 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: History]
They had more to do with each other than you might think.... (more)

Thursday November 14th, 2013

A Brewing Terror: The U.S. Government's Alcohol Poisoning Program posted 11/14/2013, 9:02 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: History]
Hardly had the last wisps of gun smoke faded into the ether of post-World War I Europe before America found herself embroiled in an epic domestic struggle, championed by an uncanny conglomerate of religious zealots, women’s rights advocates, and racists.  America’s War on Alcohol infamously gave rise to organized crime, widespread violence, and rampant corruption — and that’s just speaking of the government.  One forgotten aspect of the prohibition era was the government’s disturbing and ... (more)

Wednesday October 9th, 2013

Did the Chinese Discover America? posted 10/09/2013, 4:53 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: History]
A copy of a 600-year-old map found in a second-hand book shop is the key to proving that the Chinese, not Christopher Columbus, were the first to discover the New World, a controversial British historian claims. 

The document is purportedly an 18th century copy of a 1418 map charted by Chinese Admiral Zheng He, which appears to show the New World in some detail.

This purported evidence that a Chinese sailor mapped the Western Hemisphere more than seven decades befor
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Thursday September 12th, 2013

A Brief History of False Flag Terror posted 09/12/2013, 5:44 AM (The Corbett Report)
[Category: History]

In naval warfare, a "false flag" refers to an attack where a vessel flies a flag other than their true battle flag before engaging their enemy. It is a trick, designed to deceive the enemy about the true nature and origin of an attack.

In the democratic era, where governments require at least a plausible pretext before sending their nation to war, it has been adapted as a psychological w
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Wednesday September 11th, 2013

The War You Don't See [Documentary] posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (John Pilger)
[Category: History]

John Pilger's 'The War You Don't See' (2011) is a powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war, tracing the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.
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Four Chemical Attacks U.S. Wants You to Forget posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (YouTube)
[Category: History]

Abby Martin speaks about the blatant hypocrisy regarding Obama's "red line" of chemical attacks as the motivating factor to intervene militarily in Syria, citing the top four chemical weapons attacks that the US military does not want you to know about.

The 40th Anniversary of Chile's 9/11 posted 09/11/2013, 5:12 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: History]
Tomorrow, September 11, marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 military coup in Chile that ousted the democratically elected socialist-communist Salvador Allende from power and installed the brutal right-wing military dictator General Augusto Pinochet. It was a coup that was not only supported by the U.S. national-security state but also one that the CIA actually helped to foment. Even worse, there is strong evidence indicating that the national-security state actually played a role during the c... (more)

Monday August 19th, 2013

CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran's Coup posted 08/19/2013, 9:02 AM (Foreign Policy)
[Category: History]
Sixty years ago this Monday, on August 19, 1953, modern Iranian history took a critical turn when a U.S.- and British-backed coup overthrew the country's prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh. The event's reverberations have haunted its orchestrators over the years, contributing to the anti-Americanism that accompanied the Shah's ouster in early 1979, and even influencing the Iranians who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran later that year.

But it has taken almost six decades for the U
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Monday July 1st, 2013

From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy: A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay | a talk by Hans-Hermann Hoppe posted 07/01/2013, 7:12 PM (
[Category: History]

At the Rafael del Pino Foundation’s Master Lecture Series in Madrid, Spain, on June 20, 2013.

Thursday January 31st, 2013

The Second Amendment Was Not Ratified to Preserve Slavery posted 01/31/2013, 4:40 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: History]
An article at Truth Out by Thom Hartmann argues that the Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery, particularly to empower the state militia that used arms to enforce the institution through slave patrols. I wrote to Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, an historian who has written at some length about the history of American militia and whose working paper Deadweight Loss and th... (more)

Thursday January 17th, 2013

Other Tyrants Who Have Used Children As Props posted 01/17/2013, 1:55 PM (Infowars)
[Category: History]
Obama’s shameless exploitation of children as set pieces is hardly new or original. In fact, tyrants and dictators have used kids as props down through the ages.... (more)

Wednesday January 2nd, 2013

Did Neil Armstrong lie about the origins of his 'one small step' speech? posted 01/02/2013, 12:34 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: History]
A new documentary has cast doubt on Neil Armstrong's claims that he came up with his iconic 'one small step' line hours after touching down on the surface of the moon.

The first man on the moon had stubbornly maintained up until his death in September that his historic words were unplanned, but a recent interview with his brother claims that he thought up the famous speech months before the July 1969, Apollo mission - and that the phrase he planned to utter did include an 'a'.
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Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Nuking the Moon posted 11/27/2012, 1:58 AM (The Circle Bastiat)
[Category: History]
An article linked to on Drudge is reporting that the US actually considered nuking the moon to intimidate the Russians at the height of the Cold War.

It instantly reminded me of a hilarious skit from the 90s comedy series “Mr Show” in which the American people are whipped up into a patriotic frenzy (complete with a country music anthem) over NASA nuking
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Monday November 12th, 2012

Lincoln the Racist posted 11/12/2012, 5:40 AM (Thomas J. DiLorenzo)
[Category: History]
"Who freed the slaves? To the extent that they were ever ‘freed,’ they were freed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which was authored and pressured into existence not by Lincoln but by the great emancipators nobody knows, the abolitionists and congressional leaders who created the climate and generated the pressure that goaded, prodded, drove, forced Lincoln into glory by associating him with a policy that he adamantly opposed for at least fifty-four of his fifty-six years of his life."... (more)

Monday November 5th, 2012

Who is the worst civil liberties president in US history? posted 11/05/2012, 5:19 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: History]
The following interesting question arose yesterday from what at first appeared to be some petty Twitter bickering: who was the worst president for civil liberties in US history? That question is a difficult one to answer because it is so reliant upon which of many valid standards of measurement one chooses; it depends at least as much on the specific rights which one understands the phrase "civil liberties" to encompass. That makes the question irresolvable in any definitive way, but its examina... (more)

Friday November 2nd, 2012

U.S. military's secret experiment sprayed radiation on low-income housing posted 11/02/2012, 5:04 AM (The Raw Story)
[Category: History]
A college professor from St. Louis, Missouri has released research claiming that the U.S. Army conducted secret Cold War tests by spraying toxic radioactive chemicals on cities like St. Louis and Corpus Christi.

St. Louis Community College-Meramec sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor told The Associated Press that her research showed that the Army may have sprayed radioactive particles with z
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Monday October 15th, 2012

Fresh doubts over Hitler's death after tests on bullet hole skull reveal it belonged to a woman posted 10/15/2012, 2:04 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: History]
Adolf Hitler may not have shot himself dead and perhaps did not even die in his bunker, it emerged yesterday.

A skull fragment believed for decades to be the Nazi leader’s has turned out to be that of a woman under 40 after DNA analysis.

[...]Now the story of Hitler’s death will have to rewritten as a mystery - and conspiracy theorists are likely to latch on to the possibility that he may not have died in the bunker at all.
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Turns out the "conspiracy theorists" were right... What a shocker. - Chris

Thursday October 4th, 2012

How The Government Killed Fuel Efficient Cars And Trucks posted 10/04/2012, 12:43 PM (Jalopnik)
[Category: History]
Close your eyes and imagine it's 1979. A first-term Democratic president struggles with unemployment, malaise, high energy prices, and embassy trouble. The landscape of today looks like the landscape of then, but there's one important thing missing: The compact pickup. Where did they go? The small pickup was an indelible symbol of America's lowered expectations in the Seventies and Eighties. Now that crappy times are here again, where are the paper-thin truck beds and wheezy-but-indestructible f... (more)

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