Thought for the day

"Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them." -- Thomas Jefferson


On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci “joked” that he had created the novel coronavirus in his home’s kitchen, causing onlookers to quip that many a truth is stated in jest.


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Florida federal magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart, the Jeffrey Epstein-linked judge who signed off on the raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, is a victim of anti-Semitism according to Politico.

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The Department of Justice's wide-reaching warrant justifying the raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home was released on Friday.

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We Are The Champions

The 1961 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and naturally, the United States wanted to send its national team to showcase its talented skaters to the rest of the world. This included 16-year-old Lawrence Owen, who had just won the US Figure Skating Championships and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated; Her 20-year-old sister, Maribel, is a U.S. National Pairs Champion; his mother and coach, an Olympic bronze medalist; and Maribel's pairing partner, Dudley Richards. In addition to the Owen clan, Olympic medalists Gregory Kelly, Steffi Westerfeld, and Rod Lee Michelson and champions Bradley Lord, Dee Dee Sherbloom and Larry Pierce also boarded the flight to Prague.

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Valentine's Day is, for most people, a day to celebrate loved ones in their lives. But where did Valentine's Day begin and how did we come to celebrate a special day in honor of our loved ones? And who is Saint Valentine anyway?


Just like at Christmas, people exchange cards and gifts in celebration of this day but in some places around the world, they do not. India is a place where there are people who do not do others. According to some "Indians", it is not part of their culture.

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If you attended elementary school in the United States, you probably already know the basic facts about Abraham Lincoln, but what we learned from our social studies textbooks was far more honest than Abe's. For example, history teachers often fail to mention this, with Lincoln presumably suffering from depression as well as a disorder that made him so tall and lean that he was supposed to send free slaves to Africa Used to go, and had a very comic sense.


Lincoln's Early Years

Illinois calls itself the "Land of Lincoln," but Abraham Lincoln was born in a small log cabin in Kentucky, near Hodville. When young Abe was seven years old, his father lost a lot of his land in a title dispute, and the family moved to Perry County, Indiana. Shortly thereafter, when Lincoln was nine years old, his mother succumbed to a mysterious disease "milk sickness" that passed through the Ohio River Valley in the early 1800s. It was later determined that many cows in the area had eaten white sinks, adding poison to their milk, but at that time no one could tell how Nancy Lincoln died.

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Greek Helmet: An archaeological team working at the Illyrian Cave Sanctuary in Nakovana, under the leadership of the Project Coordinator, Dr. of the Archaeological Department of the University of Zagradeb, Southern Dalmatia in Croatia. Hervoege Potrebica reveals Greek- 4th century BCE. According to with pieces of Illyrian war helmets still inside.


It is one of about forty helmets present in the world and is extremely rare. The design of the helmet was open-faced and probably originated in the Peloponnese in ancient Greece around the 8th century BCE.


They were worn by the Etruscan and Scythian tribes of ancient Greece for centuries until the 5th century BCE and for Illyrians by the 4th century BCE, a lesser known tribe.


Along with the helmet were weapons such as spears and knives made of iron, a bronze bracelet, bronze tweezers, fifteen bronze and silver amulets with the remains of a woman called a fibula, a dozen needles, about thirty luxury-quality Greeks. vases and hundreds of glasses. And amber beads.

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The Soviet War in Afghanistan was a nine-year period involving Soviet forces and mujahideen rebels fighting to overthrow the Marxist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) government in Afghanistan.


The Soviet Union supported the government while the rebels received support from various sources including the United States (in the context of the Cold War) and Pakistan. The conflict was a proxy war between two superpowers, who never actually met in direct confrontation.


The actual reasons why the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan are far more complex. The Soviet Union found itself almost completely surrounded by enemies. To the west stood Western Europe, full of NATO forces, nuclear weapons and American bases.



To the southeast was China, which had about a million soldiers on the border with the USSR. Up to this point, relations between China and the USSR were dire, often fatal skirmishes across the Ussuri River, and China was openly working with the United States to contain the Soviet Union by 1979.

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John F Kennedy was born into a wealthy, politically connected Boston family of Irish-Catholics. He and his eight siblings enjoyed the privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants and summer homes.


During his childhood and youth, "Jack" Kennedy suffered from frequent serious illnesses. Nevertheless, he attempted to forge his own path, writing a best-selling book while in college at Harvard, and volunteering for dangerous combat duty in the Pacific during World War II. Kennedy's wartime service made him a hero.


After a short stint as a journalist, Kennedy entered politics, serving in the US House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 and in the US Senate from 1953 to 1961.


Kennedy was the youngest person elected US President and the first Roman Catholic to serve in that office. To many observers, his presidency came to represent the rise of youth idealism after World War II. The promise of this energetic and telegenic leader was not to be fulfilled, as he was assassinated at the end of his third year in office.


For many Americans, the public assassination of President Kennedy remains one of the most traumatic events in memory – countless Americans can remember exactly where they were when they heard President Kennedy was shot. His shocking death was at the fore of political and social instability in the country and the world.

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During his time in the White House, Kennedy owned several dogs, a cat, a canary, two parrots, hamsters, a rabbit named Zsa Zsa, and a pony named Macaroni.


The macaroni was given to young Carolyn Kennedy as a gift from Lyndon B. Johnson, a 10-year-old part-Shetland gelding.



The pony was occasionally brought into the White House from its stables at Glen Ora, the Kennedy Estate in Virginia Horse Country, and has been featured in iconic photographs of the Kennedy family at the White House.


Tourists often see Caroline and her friends going for a ride. If there was snow on the ground, a sleigh might be attached to the macaroni.


Macaroni is made for good entertainment for visiting dignitaries. In 1962, when Caroline's mother, Jackie Kennedy, was visiting the Queen of Iran on the grounds, the pony pounced on Queen Farah in an apparent attempt to eat the daffodils she was carrying from her hand. Jackie Kennedy reportedly joked, "He's going to eat you, Your Majesty."


The gray and white pony had a stylish and impressive wardrobe. For example, King Hassan II of Morocco presented Caroline with a Moroccan saddle during his state visit in March 1963.

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These photos were taken in 1961 by renowned LIFE photographer Ralph Crane and documented the audition for the role of a black cat.


Following a newspaper casting call, 152 black cats await auditions for the low-budget horror film adaptation of "Tales of Terror" by Edgar Allan Poe. Those with a white nose or claws are immediately disqualified.


An adaptation of three short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, "Tales of Terror," starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone, and directed by Roger Corman.


In the film, the monster Herringbone hates his wife Annabelle and her black cat. On a night out on the town, he happens to be at a wine tasting event and challenges Fortunato Lucharesi, the world's foremost wine taster, to a competition. Herringbone gets drunk. Lucrecy takes him home and meets his wife.

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This help came in the form of families, usually women and children from London, who arrived in Kent for three weeks in September to take the hop. Many saw it as a holiday of sorts, a chance to exchange city life for the lush fields of the countryside.


Hops are the flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant Humulus lupulus, a member of the Cannabaceae family of flowering plants.



They are used primarily as a bitter, flavoring, and stabilizing agent in beer, in which, in addition to bitterness, they impart a floral, fruity, or citrus flavor and aroma.

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The Tragic Accident of Hank Williams, Jr.

On August 8, 1975, Williams and his friend, Dick Willey, set out to hike Ajax Peak, a 10,000-foot mountain near the Idaho-Montana border. About 1,000 feet below the summit, the two friends came across an ice field, but as Williams crossed it, the snow suddenly gave way under his feet. He fell about 500 feet down the mountain, smashing his face onto a boulder along the way and suffering several horrific injuries, including fractures to his face and skull, a broken jaw and nose, and broken teeth. One of his eyes was hanging free from a broken socket, and a fracture in his skull was so bad that his brain was exposed.

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In May 1910, European royals gathered in London for the funeral of King Edward VII. Among those mourning were the nine reigning kings who were photographed together, which may be the only photograph of the nine kings ever taken. Of the nine sovereigns depicted, four would be deposed and one would be assassinated.


Within five years, Britain and Belgium would be at war with Germany and Bulgaria. Of the nine monarchies shown in the photo, only five still exist today.


Oddly enough, the four sovereigns whose monarchies would not last until the twentieth century (Bulgaria, Portugal, Germany and Greece) all stood together. Today it would not be possible to photograph nine reigning European kings, as only seven kingdoms remain, two of which are currently headed by queens.



Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of the Bulgarians, King Manuel II of Portugal and the Algarve, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Prussia, King George I of the Helens and King Albert I of Belgium.

Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of the United Kingdom and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.


There are many family relationships in that picture. For example, Frederick VIII of Denmark (bottom right) was the father of Haakon VII of Norway (top left), while Wilhelm II of Germany (top, third from right) was the first cousin of both George V of the United Kingdom (bottom center). ), and Queen Maud of Norway who was the wife of Haakon VII of Norway and the sister of George V of the United Kingdom - who made Haakon VII of Norway and brother-in-law George V of the United Kingdom.

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa was a military officer and head of state of the Central African Republic from his coup on 1 January 1966. But being President was not enough so in 1976 he declared himself Emperor of the nation, which was renamed. Central African Empire.


Bokassa attempted to justify his actions by claiming that creating a monarchy would help Central Africa to "stand out" from the rest of the continent and earn the respect of the world.



The throne was fixed on December 4, 1977, the 173th anniversary of Napoleon's coronation, which is why Bokassa chose this date. Meanwhile, the Empire was mobilizing every resource to ensure the success of the coronation. Special committees were formed to oversee various aspects of the work.


The committee in charge of accommodation had the task of finding suitable rooms for an estimated 2,500 foreign guests. To this end began to commandeer apartments, houses and hotels for the festive period, renovating them in a suitable way.

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The boom in New York's population from the mid-1800s led to the rise of tenement housing in lower Manhattan. Tenements were low-rise buildings containing many apartments, which were narrow and usually made up of three rooms.


Because rents were low, tenement housing was a common choice for new immigrants to New York City. It was common for a family of 10 to live in a 325-square-foot (30-sq-m) apartment. Buildings often cover 90% of a standard 25-by-100-foot lot, with only front and rear windows and ventilation.



These photographs were taken by Jacob Rees, a Danish expatriate who settled in New York in 1870. His photographs of the poor life of New York immigrants made him the most famous photographer of his day and he was credited with bringing reform, which offered some hope. The poorest residents of the booming city.

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Reginald Vanderbilt

Cornelius Vanderbilt earned a huge fortune as a shipping and railroad magnate during the Gilded Age, and the Vanderbilt family built several huge, impressive mansions along New York City's Fifth Avenue. After his death in 1877, Vanderbilt's fortune was valued at $100 million, which at the time was the largest of the U.S. dollars. The amount of funds in the Treasury was exceeded. Vanderbilt's grandson, Reginald, received a $15.5 million trust fund on his 21st birthday and celebrated the same night by gambling $70,000.


In addition to his gambling addiction, Reginald was a heavy drinker. When he was 42, his doctors warned him to quit drinking, but instead, he married a beautiful 17-year-old socialite named Gloria Morgan. Their daughter, Gloria Vanderbilt, was just 18 months old when her father died of liver cirrhosis in 1925. Her teenage widow was stunned to learn that her husband had squandered her entire inheritance, leaving her impoverished, but the youngest Vanderbilt had a trust fund, and the family lived with her until the girl turned 21. could be of interest.

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Nobody knows the true purpose of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago on Monday. Democrat Joe Biden’s administration and his apparent private security – the FBI and DOJ- have refused to disclose what they were doing or why they were raiding a private home.

However, information is now rapidly emerging from those who were present and are aware of certain things; the proof they are releasing is highly illuminating as to the motive for the raid.


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