The U.S. bought Alaska for $7.2 million, or about 2 cents an acre. The 1867 deal between Russia and the USA was derided by critics at the time here in America, and it's probably a deal that Russia eventually came to regret.
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." --Benjamin Franklin, 1766
Reporters with BuzzFeed news discovered that the state, "founded as a white haven," now leads the nation in hate crimes documented in a new data-gathering project from the investigative non-profit journalism website ProPublica, along with a consortium of news organizations, civil rights groups and universities.
Of course, that's not because there are high numbers of "hate crimes" reported to police; it's because the Willamette Valley is filled with Snowflakes who tend to report anything that they don't like as a "hate crime" by going online. After all, they hate the police.
BuzzFeed, which dedicated three reporters to the lengthy story, examined 44 incidents reported to the Documenting Hate project between November 8, 2016, and March 3 of this year. Of 18 reports followed up by the BuzzFeed team, "none involved a criminal act more serious than graffiti."
It's okay for the gangsters to plaster their graffiti all over the place, and it's okay for the "Black Bloc" to smash store windows, because although they may be criminal acts, they're not "hate crimes" in what pass for Snowflake minds.
Max Gordon, who has a mezuzah on his doorway, woke up to find a large swastika drawn in the snow on his lawn in Portland.
Hey, I'm all in favor of religious tolerance, but I don't think that drawing a swastika in snow rises to the level of criminal activity. Sure, the Nazis used the symbol, but for centuries prior to their appropriation of it, the ancient religious symbol that originated in India had positive attributes.
So did these:
They would be racist if the Nazis or the Japanese had appropriated them?
Barbacoa has been around south Texas for hundreds of years. Diner Courtney apparently thought she was ordering barbecue tacos. Entirely different. Around that part of the country, they didn't go much for waste.
San Antonio Express-News food writer Mike Sutter confirmed that it's not uncommon to find the odd cow chunk in barbacoa, due to the way the meat is traditionally prepared.
"The reality is this: Barbacoa is a rough business. It starts with a whole skinned cow's head, wrapped in burlap and baling wire and buried in a smoking hole in the ground overnight," he said. "In the morning, somebody with a sledgehammer opens up that skull and the harvesting begins: all the fatty and lean soft tissue from lip to crown. Sometimes the brains, sometimes the eyes, sometimes the tongue if it's not being held out for lengua."
Sutter said sometimes "bones, teeth and cartilage" end up in the meat.
If you're hungry, you eat. And if you're eating Barbacoa, you're eating cow-head. Or pig-head. Or perhaps deer-head. In any case, you're eating - which is what counts. Condiments are your friends.
Our cells are miraculous little engines, but imperfect replicators. During the transcription phase of cell division, mistakes are made as it copies its DNA. Most of the time, the transcription errors affect relatively unimportant bits of DNA, but occasionally what the researchers term "cancer driver genes" are mutated, and when you get several such mutations in those genetic sequences, bad things are likely to happen.
Cancer can be caused by tobacco smoke or by an inherited trait, but new research finds that most of the mutations that lead to cancer crop up naturally. Lung cancer is largely the result of environmental causes, while the vast majority of childhood cancer is a result of these bad-luck mutations, they found.
As such, they're largely unpreventable at present, and in many cases, untreatable. Complicating the situation are the effects of various hormones in relation to cancer cells. Clearly, there's much more to be learned, but the science is improving; when my sarcoma developed - the cause of which remains unclear for that type - I found that not only was it an unusual form, but that as recently as the late 1980s, the only available treatment for the thing in my arm involved amputation at the shoulder. Even then, survival rate was extremely poor. As newer, less extreme approaches to treatment were developed, survival rates for patients with such sarcomas improved to, on average, two years following diagnosis. At nearly five years following diagnosis - lucky me - I am, according to the lead specialist on the cancer team, their "success story". I'll never play the piano; on the other hand, I never could in the first place.
So it was thought at the time, back when the then-new Comet jets had square windows. Two explosive events that killed all passengers and crew caused engineers to reconsider. This is why windows in jets today are round or oval, and there's an almost imperceptibly tiny hole on the inner surface of each window.
As The Telegraph this week explained, the square shape of the Comet’s windows played a big role in the metal fatigue that caused those crashes.
The sharp corners of the windows put the surrounding metal under extra stress in high altitudes — as much as two or three times more than other places on the plane. The stress was concentrated in the four corners of every window, causing the metal fatigue.
Following the investigations, de Havilland made a number of changes to its aircraft design, including rounder windows. The lack of sharp corners allowed the stress to flow more evenly around the edges of the window.
As for that little hole on the interior of the window - it's there to allow for pressure differential compensation, so it doesn't explode into your face.
Wow. Chuck Berry died today. What a loss. I saw him perform in 1971, and he was a standout. Of course, the inevitable will occur, but it's kind of amazing to see so many legends go so quickly. And what are we left with? Brittney Spears and the like. And Miley Cyrus, who can stick her tongue out. Whoopie! The music scene's just become nothing.
Granted, I'm getting up there in years, but the plus part is that I got to see almost every great performance from people at their peak: Berry. Pink Floyd. Beatles. Stones. Jethro Tull. Jefferson Airplane (with the Merry Pranksters). Talking Heads. Queen. A lot of folks don't realize that one of the latter band members has a degree in physics, and built his own instruments. I was lucky, in the right places at the right times. And at the right age.
It's a curious thing: Democratics routinely talk about the importance of transparency in government right up until they get elected to orifice, at which time everything immediately changes. Oregon's governor from Minnesota, Kate Brown, talked transparency all day long - until she was elected to fill the remaining two years of former gov. Retread's term. Then she introduced a bill to keep veterinary discipline actions out of the public record - until she got caught out by a reporter, at which point she reversed course and ordered the bill rescinded.
And as for Obama, who claimed that he, too, would have the most transparent administration in the history of the country, he didn't exactly follow through on that:
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
You've got to love the transparency of Democratics.
It's too early to tell how Trump's going to perform in the transparency arena, but then unlike Obama and Brown, he never made transparency a centerpiece of his campaign. What is known is that historically, he's had staff sign nondisclosure agreements that prohibit them from discussing their work - in his business dealings and during his campaign. So if he blows off transparency, he's at least being consistent.
After all these years, they're still finding Nazi war criminals, and Poland's asking the USA to extradite a 98 year-old guy who's been living in Minnesota since his 1949 arrival.
In this May 22, 1990, file photo, Michael Karkoc whom The Associated Press identified as a former commander in an SS-led unit stands in Lauderdale, Minn. Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of Karkoc, a Minnesota man, after confirming he was a Nazi unit commander suspected of ordering the killing of 44 Poles during World War II, a prosecutor said Monday, March 13, 2017.
German investigators had previously identified him:
Prosecutors in Germany shelved their own investigation of Karkoc in 2015 after saying they had received "comprehensive medical documentation" from doctors at the geriatric hospital in the U.S. where he was being treated that led them to conclude he was not fit for trial.
Karkoc's family says he suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
The head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center disagrees, noting that it's pretty common for such individuals to take measures to appear as sick or infirm as possible. Still, if they get him to Poland, try and convict him, Michael would just get a "life" sentence in prison - which at his age shouldn't mean much.
Unsurprisingly, his son claims it's all a pack of lies.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article138161613.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article138161613.html#storylink=cpy
Lostine, Ore. • These speckled, rose-tinted fish haven't been spotted in this bubbling river in remote northeastern Oregon for more than 30 years — until now.
But this week, the waters of the Lostine River suddenly came alive as hundreds of the 4- and 5-inch-long juvenile coho salmon shot from a long white hose attached to a water tanker truck and into the frigid current. The fish jumped and splashed and some, momentarily shell-shocked, hid along the bank as onlookers crowded in for photos.
Nine truckloads of smolts were trucked some 300 miles to this river, some half a million young fish in all.
The juvenile fish are being released at a critical point in their life cycle when they learn to recognize their home region before leaving for the Pacific Ocean. Their bodies also are changing so they can survive in saltwater.
We're finally getting the tuning right, so with luck, there will be a return of coho to these waters.
The Nez Perce Tribe has been working toward this for a long time. Best of luck to the effort.