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Presidential Debates Actually Used to Be Debates - Greg Ferenstein - Politics. Nowadays, candidates get only a few seconds to parse complex issues.

Presidential Debates Actually Used to Be Debates - Greg Ferenstein - Politics

Can technology change the format and rescue us from sound-bite culture? Presidential debates were not always a string of ideological sound bites, largely devoid of policy specifics. SPIN: Democracy at work - a documentary by Brian Springer. Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev: 'They Were Truly Idiots' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International. SPIEGEL: Mikhail Sergeyevich, you turned 80 this spring.

Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev: 'They Were Truly Idiots' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

How do you feel? Gorbachev: Oh, what a question. Do you have to ask me that? I've gone through three operations in the last five years. That was pretty tough on me, because they were all major operations: First on my carotid artery, then on my prostate and this year on my spine. Aon0p.jpg (JPEG Image, 1713x1372 pixels) - Scaled (47. 360° Panoramas of Hiroshima after the Atomic Bomb via reddit.com. 7C98r.png (PNG Image, 1255x662 pixels) The Last Men of the Revolution. Lord Byron Darkness. I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

Lord Byron Darkness

The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars Did wander darkling in the eternal space, Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air; Morn came and went--and came, and brought no day, And men forgot their passions in the dread Of this their desolation; and all hearts Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light: And they did live by watchfires--and the thrones, The palaces of crowned kings--the huts, The habitations of all things which dwell, Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd, And men were gather'd round their blazing homes To look once more into each other's face; Happy were those who dwelt within the eye Of the volcanos, and their mountain-torch: A fearful hope was all the world contain'd; Forests were set on fire--but hour by hour They fell and faded--and the crackling trunks Extinguish'd with a crash--and all was black. The World’s First Eyewitness? « Doug’s Darkworld.

I’ve written about the first photograph of a human being, here is another old photograph that has historical significance in an obscure way.

The World’s First Eyewitness? « Doug’s Darkworld

The fine gentleman above is Conrad Heyer, this picture was taken circa 1852. He was approximately 103 when photographed, having been born in 1749. He was reportedly the first white child born in Waldoboro, Maine, then a German immigrant community. He served in the Continental Army under George Washington during the Revolutionary War, crossing the Delaware with him and fighting in other major battles. He eventually bought a farm and retired to Waldoboro, where he happily regaled visitors with tales of his Revolutionary War exploits until his dying day.

Found old pictures my Grandfather took of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, thought reddit might like to see them. (A couple pics may be considered NSFW) via reddit.com. Torture efficiency, western style: Under UK's secret torture policy, intelligence officers were instructed to weigh value of information sought against pain inflicted. via reddit.com. Wikileaks Haiti: The Aristide Files. Secret US Embassy cables depict a far-reaching campaign to prevent Haiti's democratically elected leader from returning to the country after the 2004 coup.

Wikileaks Haiti: The Aristide Files

US officials led a far-reaching international campaign aimed at keeping former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide exiled in South Africa, rendering him a virtual prisoner there for the last seven years, according to secret US State Department cables. About the Author Ansel Herz Ansel Herz is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. His work has been published by... Ronald Reagan From the People’s Perspective: A Gallup Poll Review. PRINCETON, NJ -- Ronald Reagan, the nation's 40th president, became one of the nation's most revered public figures in recent years, a distinct turnabout from the more routinely average ratings he received while he served in office between 1981 and 1989.

Ronald Reagan From the People’s Perspective: A Gallup Poll Review

Reagan's job approval ratings in his first years in office were hurt by the bad economy, and the last years of his administration were marred by the negative fallout from what came to be known as the Iran-Contra affair. Nevertheless, Americans have more recently upgraded their retrospective approval of the job he did as president, and now routinely think of Reagan as one of the nation's more outstanding presidents. 6Nt5J.jpg (JPEG Image, 625x304 pixels) How the US media marginalises dissent. "Over the past few weeks, Washington has seemed dysfunctional," conservative columnist David Brooks opined recently in The New York Times.

How the US media marginalises dissent

"Public disgust [about the debt ceiling crisis] has risen to epic levels. Yet through all this, serious people - Barack Obama, John Boehner, the members of the Gang of Six - have soldiered on. " Here's some of what Peter Coy of Business Week magazine had to say about the same issue: "There is a comforting story about the debt ceiling that goes like this: Back in the 1990s, the US was shrinking its national debt at a rapid pace. Serious people actually worried about dislocations from having too little government debt …" What we wish Obama had said - War Room.

Does anyone else have a sick sense of déjà vu this morning? After months of slow-motion capitulation, President Obama has cut an eleventh-hour deal with Republican leaders to raise the debt ceiling. After vowing to heed the public outcry for a balanced approach, he has instead consented to a plan that manages to run rough-shod over the poor and middle-class, coddles those who caused the recession, imperils the government’s two most popular entitlement programs, and virtually guarantees that our economy will continue to falter.

Ground Zero II. Have you ever wondered what would happen if a nuclear bomb goes off in your city?

Ground Zero II

With Google's Maps framework and a bit of Javascript, you can see the outcome. And it doesn't look good. Now with Nuclear Fallout, Wind and Pressure Just what you need to be safe in these turbulent times: enter the address of that boss, teacher, colleague or loved one; select a weapon and a damage map mode. American Census by The Numbers - The response to the 2010 Census was better than expected, with 74% of American households filling out and returning their census forms in the mail.

American Census by The Numbers -

But what does this mean for you and your community? After all, you may only know a census as a tool for researching your family tree. How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans - Magazine. Topos Graphics Angry and frustrated, American voters went to the polls in November 2010 to “take back” their country.

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans - Magazine

Just as they had done in 2008. And 2006. And repeatedly for decades, whether it was Republicans or Democrats from whom they were taking the country back. Incredible pictures of Nazi occupation of Kharkov, Ukraine. Pay attention to anti-Stalin, anti-Jewish and pro-Hitler propaganda posters. via reddit.com. Why Your Political Beliefs Are Weaker than You Think. Cinnamon Stillwell never thought she'd be the founder of a political organization. She certainly never expected to start a group for conservatives, most of whom became conservatives on the same day—September 11, 2001. She organized the group, the 911 Neocons, as a haven for people like her—"former lefties" who did political 180s after 9/11. Stillwell, now a conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle , had been a liberal her whole life, writing off all Republicans as "ignorant, intolerant yahoos.

" Edith Macefield. Edith Macefield Born Oregon Died June 2008 (aged 86–87) Seattle , Washington, USA. Pics of World War II: Operation Barbarossa via reddit.com. Germany: Map of the Occupation Areas via reddit.com. L’Chaim and Its Limits. An essay on mortality. via reddit.com. University of Southern California Study: Are lay people capable of evaluating their leaders fairly and objectively? Researchers say no via reddit.com. US debt illustrated in $100 bills on each other via reddit.com. Want to predict political upheaval? Look to the price of bread. via reddit.com. 90 Important Facts about the Holocaust via reddit.com. A friend of mine is a professor of textile history and makes historically accurate clothing. Check out her blog if you're interested in stuff like that. via reddit.com.

Vitruvian_Man_Measurements.png (PNG Image, 390x392 pixels) Xc5Cp.jpg (JPEG Image, 400x800 pixels) - Scaled (77. UHb2J. At War Playlist. The ohio state university diversity. "The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal." (Kurt Vonnegut's short story: Harrison Bergeron) via reddit.com. The year 2000 as envisioned in the year 1910. The Jonestown Death Tape (FBI No. Q 042) : The Rev. Jim Jones, et al. (The Peoples Temple cult) Color photos from the great depression via reddit.com. Green Brigade Junior Capo. US Job Losses/Gains 2004-2011. 2009 it all goes to hell. (Animated Graph) via reddit.com. And their presence correlates with religion, McCain votes, and poverty via reddit.com. Home. The Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR) at Indiana University-Bloomington promotes an international scholarship of engagement through cross-cultural educational research and development to improve education and the social condition in the U.S. and abroad.

Guided by democratic aims and culturally sensitive pedagogy, the Center is particularly concerned with advancing education for historically marginalized and disadvantaged populations in developed and developing countries. With educational policymakers and practitioners, CIEDR helps the national and international community through educational research, development needs, curriculum assessment, policy analysis, and teacher education. Vintage Photographs of Moscow 1909. This is a letter my grandmother got in 1941 asking her to turn herself in as a Jew so she can be brought to a "special" camp. (Translation in comments.) via reddit.com. Terrorism that’s personal [pics] via reddit.com. Gelett Burgess. Burgess circa 1910 Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866 – September 18, 1951) was an artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist. An important figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, particularly through his iconoclastic little magazine, The Lark, he is best known as a writer of nonsense verse.

He was the author of the popular Goops books, and he invented the blurb. Early life[edit] PolarClock. Osama Bin Laden Dead: Newspaper Front Pages (PHOTOS) Social Education. I'd drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima again if needed' - Enola Gay last living member. Brahmacharya. The Seven Wonders of the World. EyeWitness To The Middle Ages and Renaissance. Best of History Web Sites. RevLeft. All sizes. Michelangelo’s David as It Was Meant to Be Seen. Earth from Above a collection of aerial photography. Royal wedding: Spot yourself in our hi-def crowd picture. BBC World Service Programmes - Schedule, Monday 4 April 2011.