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Monday Open Thread 

The 18th Amendment, authorizing the outlawing of alcoholic beverages was ratified on this date in 1919

Sunday Open Thread 

MLK, Jr. Born this date in 1929.

Sunday Open Thread 

Saturday Open Thread 

On this date in 1610 Galileo discovered 4 moons of Jupiter including Ganymede (above). Callisto,Io, and Europa were the others.

Germany is Being Sued for Reparations for Genocide

No not THAT one… back to an earlier regime and a different continent. From The Telegraph (UK):

Germany is facing a court case in the US and demands for reparations over a forgotten genocide in Africa that is seen as a precursor to the Holocaust.

Representatives of the Herero and Nama peoples have filed […]

From The Trailer Park - Taboo

In the 19th century, adventurer James Delaney (Tom Hardy) attempts to build his own shipping empire, taking on the East India Trading Company in the process. Also stars Jonathan Pryce and Michael Kelly.

The series, created by Hardy and produced by Ridley Scott, premieres on FX next month.

The Maps That Helped Save The Free World

The CIA is marking the 75th anniversary of its Cartography division by declassifying dozens of its strategic and intelligence-related maps and releasing them to the public.

Started during WWII, the “CIA Cartography Center has been making vital contributions to our Nation’s security, providing policymakers with crucial insights that simply cannot be conveyed through words […]

Saturday Open Thread

Grover Cleveland had the first electric lit Christmas tree in the White House in 1895

Message Received

This is a message that was sent to the surviving sailors on a warship at Pearl Harbor from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, shortly after the attack there. God rest the souls of all who died there, and may we never forget their sacrifice.

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From The Trailer Park - Silence

In the 17th century, two Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson) and spread Christianity, but find their faith tested as the culture clash turns hostile. Also Ciaran Hinds (Rome) and Asano Tadanobu (Thor). Directed by Martin Scorsese.