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History of the Native Americans The first evidence showing indigenous people to inhabit North America indicates that they migrated there from Siberia over 11,000 years ago. More than likely, they crossed the Bering Land Bridge, which was in existence during the Ice Age. After that time period, several large waves of migration took place, including many groups of people from Asia and South America. Generally, the Native Americans lived in peace and prosper until around the 15th century when Europeans first arrived on the shores of North America. At that time, horses were brought over, which began to spread disease among the natives. Since they had no immunity to these strange diseases, thousands began to die from things such as measles and chicken pox. While at one point in time, Native Americans were a very populous group of people, today they only account for 1.4 percent of the United States population. More on this subject: Native Americans Related Article Links

High Country News VINSON: Is National Defense Authorization Act ‘Highway to Hell’? on The Murfreesboro Post Sometimes, I grow weary of making reference in my columns to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. However, the end product of that cataclysmically destructive day forever altered our society: legally, militarily, ethnically, religiously, politically, etc. – an alteration that promises to persist for ages to come. Resultant of those 9/11 attacks, two major events unfolded: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was formed, and the USA PATRIOT Act was drafted and enacted. Though used mostly at the federal level, the Patriot Act affords collective American law enforcement greater latitude and longitude in battling terrorism. Essentially, law enforcement, via the legislation, now has the authority to arrest anyone, anywhere, on mere suspicion, without a warrant, and hold the detainee at an undisclosed location for an indefinite period of time without allowing that person any contact with family, friends or legal counsel. Unlike the latter, the U.S. military would be in control.

111 Greek and Latin Roots for Gifted Learners 111 Greek and Latin Word Parts To differentiate spelling and vocabulary for my gifted students, I incorporate words with Greek and Latin origins. This list is a compilation of 111 Greek and Latin roots with meanings and an example English word. Groups of Five Related Words In addition to the list of 111 word parts, I made 35 groups of 5 related words. Five Task Cards I also developed several activities for working with these words parts. Think Like An InventorGreekymons! Immediate Download Comes as a zip file with both PDF (for printing) and Word versions (in case you want to make changes).

Obama's Gestapo Obama's Gestapo What will happen when The One pushes his Marxist agenda to the point that those of us who are still Americans balk? Will our armed forces fire on us on orders from this punk, in the interests of imposing the same ideology our military was intended to stave off? Obama isn't counting on it. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. Here's video, since seeing is believing: We're talking about a "civilian national security force" with an annual budget of $439 billion. No wonder the income level defining Obama's intended victims as "the rich" keeps plummeting. As Alan Caruba observes, There is absolutely NO need for a homeland security force. He should have said, there is absolutely no LEGITIMATE need. On tips from Tom F and Wiggins. Posted by Van Helsing at November 2, 2008 5:02 PM Obama is a proven liar as well as a damned dangerous son-of-a-bitch. Only fools will vote for him. i guess it goes with this:

How To Find Trustworthy And Reliable Wholesale Clothing Distributors Buying clothing items from wholesalers is now more advisable than buying at retail. Consumers know that buying on the bulk would yield much more savings than conventional retail buying. You may be surprised at how much price markdown you could obtain from buying wholesale. Consumers with entrepreneurial skills also find buying items at wholesale more ideal since they intend to generate higher profits when they retail or resell the items to generate revenues. There are just too many wholesale clothing distributors that are out in the market. It is a dangerous world out there. First, ask your relatives, friends, and colleagues about their actual experiences with wholesale clothing distributors. Perform a simple background check about wholesale clothing distributors. Analyze the clues revealed at Websites. Lastly, check out reviews from actual consumers of wholesale clothing distributors. I have been in the wholesale women's clothing business for more than ten years.

Obama signs controversial National Defense Authorization Act Obama signs controversial National Defense Authorization Act Tue Jan 3, 2012 2:17AM Colin Campbell, Press TV, The White House President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law under the cloak of New Year revelry. The law greatly expands the power and scope of the federal government to crack down on terror suspects. The law's broad authority has also raised concerns by activists that those simply demonstrating their First Amendment civil rights could be deemed as an enemy of the state. The law is short on specifics of who would be labeled as a terror suspect. The decision to sign the bill didn't come lightly for the president. Experts say the president may have been strong armed because the bill was tied into military budget provisions. And now that the president has signed the bill into law, it cannot be changed under the current claimant. Upon hearing about the signing of the law, bloggers started posting the names of lawmakers who voted for its support.

Can robots be creative? Can a robot be creative? Advances in cloud robotics—machines connected to supercomputers in the cloud—have given self-driving cars, surgical robots, and other “smart” devices tremendous powers of computation. But can a robot, even one supercharged with artificial intelligence, be creative? Will a mechanical Picasso paint among us? Ken Goldberg is the ideal person to ask. Today Goldberg is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also directs a lab on automation sciences, a center for medical robots, an initiative on data and democracy, and a center for new media. Goldberg has strong views on creativity and how it differs in computers and people. What’s been your most creative moment in science? I spent a summer in graduate school trying to find the mathematical proof of completeness for an algorithm I had written to orient polygonal objects. Einstein talked about how the greatest scientists are also artists. Agreed. Right.

Obama signs police state legislation By Patrick Martin 3 January 2012 President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve. The bill provides a massive $662 billion for the US war machine and makes unprecedented inroads into democratic rights, authorizing the US military to seize individuals anywhere in the world and hold them in a military detention facility indefinitely, without a trial or any other legal recourse. Congressional Democrats and Republicans ratified the NDAA in a series of House and Senate votes in November and December that beat back nearly all efforts to set limits to the presidential power to arrest and imprison without trial or charge. The NDAA effectively revokes the oldest democratic right, habeas corpus, which bars arbitrary imprisonment by requiring that the government present evidence to a judge or court to justify taking a person into custody. The American Civil Liberties Union denounced Obama’s signing of the legislation.

How a bunch of government space geeks at NASA won the internet In an era when the media whips itself into a frenzy over how to make things go viral, and marketers take their cues from big brands, a government entity has quickly and quietly become the darling of the internet. Those searching for proof need look no further than this week’s Pluto flyby. After a 3-billion-mile (4.8-billion-km) journey that spanned nearly 10 years, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto and snapped the most detailed images of the dwarf planet ever taken—and the internet went bananas. NASA previewed one photo directly to Instagram, where it generated over 100,000 likes in only a few minutes. The New Horizons team’s “Ask Me Anything” skyrocketed to the front page of Reddit. How exactly NASA stumbled upon perhaps the greatest social-media strategy of our time is a story of both blind luck and shrewd management. And the NASA social behemoth wasn’t always a behemoth. The first personality in space The year is 2008. Peak heating will hit in 40 seconds. Cheers!