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50 best concerts of the last half-century


here’s a great debate topic for music lovers sitting around the fire this summer: what are the greatest concerts of the last fifty years?rolling stone published their picks in their list of the fifty best of the last half-century, but do you agree?better yet, did you get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness history?full story at rolling stone.music’s best moments. posted by kate rinsema






love at the speed of light: ‘bright half life’ traces interracial union’s arc in


a review of “bright half life,” tanya barfield’s concise, nonlinear history of an interracial union, staged by new century theatre company through march 11.two strangers meet, fall in love, wrangle, part, unite. and the entire arc of their relationship spans a one-act play of little more than an hour. in a nutshell, that is “bright half life,” tanya barfield’s concise, nonlinear history of an interracial union between two women. it is debuting locally at 12th avenue arts in a production by new century theatre company with the hansberry project.one senses a mini-trend here in this modern one-act and two others seen recently in seattle: nick payne’s “constellations,” and new century’s previous show (“the big meal” by dan le franc). all three endeavor to track a love cycle, at warp speed, fro






ten days that shook a century: how the russian revolution still echoes


a band of political radicals seized the reins of power in post-tsarist russia a century ago today, installing vladimir lenin as their first leader and setting in play some of the forces that made the 20th century the bloodiest in human history. it’s hard, in fact, to imagine how different today’s...






survey finds that american protestants believe more like catholics, 500 years af


five hundred years after martin luther ignited the protestant reformation, dividing christianity, only about half of american protestants embrace some of his core beliefs. many don’t even know that what the reformation is.in fact most american protestants now believe that catholics — enemies for centuries in bloody religious wars across europe — are more alike them than different, according to a survey released this week by the washington d.c.-based pew research center.the survey comes as protestants worldwide gear up for the october commemoration of the day luther nailed 95 theses — criticisms of the catholic church — to a church door in germany. more than half of minnesotans are protestant, including a million lutherans — the largest number in the nation.while the majority of older prote






survey finds that american protestants believe more like catholics, 500 years af


five hundred years after martin luther ignited the protestant reformation, dividing christianity, only about half of american protestants embrace some of his core beliefs. many don’t even know what the reformation is.in fact, most american protestants now believe that catholics — enemies for centuries in bloody religious wars across europe — are more like them than different, according to a survey released this week by the washington, d.c.-based pew research center.the survey comes as protestants worldwide gear up for the october commemoration of the day luther nailed 95 theses — criticisms of the catholic church — to a church door in germany. more than half of minnesotans are protestant, including a million lutherans — the largest number in the nation.while the majority of older protestan






how they got dressed in the 18th century


have you ever wondered how people in the past lived their lives? this video offers a fascinating insight into how people in the seventeenth century got dressed. it was labor intensive, to say the least.full story at youtube.more fascinating history. posted by josh urich






count 'em up: records from friday's lynx rout


records in routthe lynx impacted various records friday:• the 59-point margin was the largest in wnba history. the previous high was 46 points, in seattle’s 111-65 win over tulsa on aug. 7, 2010.• the 45 point lead at halftime (68-23) was the largest in league history.• the 37-0 run in the first half was the most consecutive points scored in a wnba game.• the 37 points in the first quarter tied the franchise record for the most points in any quarter.• the 27 first-half field goals were the most in any half in team history.






why we should keep the confederate monuments where they are


in the wake of charlottesville, a chorus of media outlets, political activists, and random people on the internet have called for the removal or destruction of confederate statues in cities across the country. they say we shouldn’t honor a bunch of racists who fought to preserve slavery, and that it’s long past time for these painful reminders of our past to come down—stow them away in a museum or smash them to pieces, just get them off the streets.this iconoclastic impulse is a mistake, even after the harrowing events in charlottesville last weekend. it’s a mistake not because there was anything noble about the confederacy or its raison d’être, which was slavery, but because there is something noble—and, for a free people, necessary—about preserving our history so we can understand who we






century communities offers family-sized homes below denver prices


if you’re wishing you could turn back the calendar on the new home prices you’re seeing around north metro denver, century communities can make that happen, a half hour up the freeway in loveland. five minutes west of i-25 at the loveland exit, century will let you preview a new-home collection that has finished prices starting from just $312,950, and will show you a three-bedroom single-family ranch with a walkout basement, ready for move-in now at $379,950.“people are amazed; they tell us they can’t find anything under the $400s in thornton and broomfield,” says andrew larizza, who will show you century communities’ rangewood, south of u.s. 34/eisenhower boulevard about halfway between loveland’s downtown and the new centerra shopping/dining complex.century’s prices for some quick move-i






the rise and fall (and rise and fall, and rise again) of germany


germany has had a…rocky…past century, to say the least. this video runs through that history in less than ten minutes for those interested.full story at youtube.more history. posted by josh urich






can a divided america survive?


the united states is currently the world’s oldest democracy.but america is no more immune from collapse than were some of history’s most stable and impressive consensual governments. fifth-century athens, republican rome, renaissance florence and venice, and many of the elected governments of early 20th-century western european states eventually destroyed themselves, went bankrupt or were overrun by invaders.the united states is dividing as rarely before. half the country, mostly liberal america, is concentrated in 146 of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties — in an area that collectively represents less than 10 percent of the u.s. land mass. the other half, the conservative red states of the interior of america, is geographically, culturally, economically, politically and socially at odd






old farmstead's history runs from john brown to james brown


dargan, md. — from john brown's raid to james brown's wail, a stream of hot-blooded history runs through an old farmstead in western maryland.a new book traces the property's connection between the 19th-century abolitionist and the 20th-century soul singer.the farmstead near dargan, maryland, is where brown launched his 1859 raid on a federal armory in nearby harpers ferry, west virginia.the property 75 miles west of baltimore was later acquired by an african-american fraternal organization that presented r&b shows from the early 1950s through the mid-60s in a dance hall the group built.the log farmhouse is a national historic landmark but the dance hall is in disrepair.ed maliskas documents the history in his book, "from john brown to james brown: the little farm where liberty budded,






study: india’s rising temperatures are already deadly


new delhi (ap) — india is now two and a half times more likely to experience a deadly heat wave than a half century ago, and all it took was an increase in the average temperature of just 0.5 degrees celsius (less than 1 degree fahrenheit), according to a study published wednesday.the findings are especially sobering considering that the world is on track for far more warming by the end of this century. in just the last two weeks, much of asia has been gripped by a heatwave that saw pakistan register a record 53.5 c (128.3 f) in the southern city of turbat on may 28 — the world’s hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of may. temperatures in the indian capital of new delhi have soared beyond 44 c (111 f).even if countries are able to meet the paris climate agreement goals in curbin






aa comes of age audio download


download download in this powerful aa comes of age audio app bill w. tells how a. a. started, how the steps and traditions evolved. nearly half a century has gone by since a. a. 's historic 1955 convention in st. louis, when the founding members passed on to the entire fellowship the responsibility for the three legacies of recovery, unity, and service. this app takes a. a. members and interested friends on a quick tour of the convention, traces the history and development of the three legacies, and looks at a. a. through the eyes of some early nonalcoholics who influenced the fellowship's history. a must have for anyone in the program. features: aa comes of age full audionotepad to take notescalendar to keep track of important datesshare with friends on twitter and facebookkeep your rec






on pipe tobacco and other aspects of 18th-century life


you probably have never wondered what kind of pipe tobacco people in the 1700s smoked, but the answer is shockingly interesting. learn about that and more neat trivia about 18th-century life in this video.full story at youtube.more great history. posted by josh urich






what is cosmology? definition & history


cosmology is a branch of astronomy that involves the origin and evolution of the universe, from the big bang to today and on into the future. according to nasa, the definition of cosmology is "the scientific study of the large scale properties of the universe as a whole." cosmologists puzzle over exotic concepts like string theory, dark matter and dark energy and whether there is one universe or many (sometimes called the multiverse). while other aspects astronomy deal with individual objects and phenomena or collections of objects, cosmology spans the entire universe from birth to death, with a wealth of mysteries at every stage.  history of cosmology & astronomy humanity's understanding of the universe has evolved significantly over time. in the early history of astronomy, earth was rega






chance the rapper donating grammy award to chicago museum


chicago — chance the rapper says he's donating his grammy award for best rap album to chicago's dusable museum of african american history .the chicago sun-times (http://bit.ly/2sqvjwo ) reports that the rapper's announcement at the museum's gala saturday surprised officials. he said during his speech that he wants to make the museum "a staple of african american history" and received a standing ovation.the best rap album grammy is one of three chance won in february, including best new artist. his album "coloring book" was the first streaming-only album to win the award. he also won best rap performance.the 24-year-old chicago rapper, whose name is chancelor bennett, was named to the more than half-century old museum's board of trustees in january, along with his father ken bennett , who






see vintage maps of minneapolis' original three parks from the 19th century


hennepin history museum.gallery: perched on one of the highest prospects in north minneapolis, third ward park (now farview), was an anchor in the 1883 master plan is now of the most historic park landscapes in the city. h.w.s. cleveland. watercolor on linen. from the collection of the hennepin history museum.






twentieth-century small arms


the most widely used pistols, rifles, machine guns and other small arms of the twentieth century in one app. twentieth-century small arms looks in detail at the most widely used pistols, rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and other small arms of the last 100 years in one comprehensive volume. it provides a unique and readily accessible reference guide to the most important personal weapons in use throughout the world during the last century. the app includes famous small arms such as the ak-47, the m16, the sa80, the lee enfield, the mp40, the mg42, the browning hi power, the m60, the thompson sub-machine gun, the colt. 45 and the sten. twentieth-century small arms offers a wide survey of the development and use of small arms in the modern era of combat. each small arm is illustrated






chance the rapper donating grammy award to chicago museum


chicago (ap) — chance the rapper says he’s donating his grammy award for best rap album to chicago’s dusable museum of african american history .the chicago sun-times (http://bit.ly/2sqvjwo ) reports that the rapper’s announcement at the museum’s gala saturday surprised officials. he said during his speech that he wants to make the museum “a staple of african american history” and received a standing ovation.the best rap album grammy is one of three chance won in february, including best new artist. his album “coloring book” was the first streaming-only album to win the award. he also won best rap performance.the 24-year-old chicago rapper, whose name is chancelor bennett, was named to the more than half-century old museum’s board of trustees in january, along with his father ken bennett ,






7 laws contra pelosi’s insistence tax reform is ‘the worst bill in history’


in a speech on the house floor monday, minority leader nancy pelosi (d-ca) claimed that republicans’ tax plan represented “the worst bill in the history of the united states congress.”granted, this observer thinks the tax package does have some flaws. and pelosi’s complaints about passing a trillion-dollar-plus bill at the “speed of light” would have credibility if they did not come from ms. pass-the-bill-so-that-you-can-find-out-what’s-in-it herself.but the idea that allowing people to keep some more of their hard-earned money represents the “worst bill in the history of the united states congress” tells people all they need to know about the current beliefs of the democratic party.so if the tax package doesn’t qualify as the worst bill in congressional history, then what does? (and no, “






the history of 21th century fox from 'the sound of music" to 'avatar'


walt disney co. plans to acquire the film and tv studio and other assets of 21st century fox. if approved by regulators, the deal would create an entertainment powerhouse. here is a look at the rich hollywood history of the fox studio.1915 hungarian immigrant william fox founds fox film corp. in fort lee, n.j. soon after, he moves the company to southern california.1929william fox is injured in a car accident and loses most of his money in the stock market crash. the next year he is ousted as head of fox films.1935fox films merges with 20th century pictures, which had been founded two years earlier by darryl f. zanuck, joseph schenck, raymond griffith and william goetz. the new company becomes 20th century fox.1935-38the company profits as its child star shirley temple reigns as the most p






rebuses and puzzles download


download download the rebus is a way of the image of the word by means of pictures. the word "rebus" comes from latin rebus and is translated as "by means of things". still cave people wrote on rocks with drawings which were clear only to them. rebuses, habitual for us, for the first time appeared in the 15th century in france, and in russia won great popularity in the second half of xix - in the first half of the 20th century. at this time various riddles among which there were also rebuses were published in all magazines of family type. we suggest also you to plunge into the world of riddles with our new game rebuses and puzzles. game consists of 50 levels, each of which opens only after previous is solved. if at you it is impossible to find the solution of a rebus, use the hint which wi






daein kang, koreatown oral surgeon who became a crusader for democracy in his ho


aigo...dae-yong-ah, where are you? where did you go? are you alive or dead?for nearly half a century, my grandmother has been searching for answers to these painful questions. for all my life, i have heard these mournful words--words that have been permanently engraved in my mind, a memory of...aigo...dae-yong-ah, where are you? where did you go? are you alive or dead?for nearly half a century, my grandmother has been searching for answers to these painful questions. for all my life, i have heard these mournful words--words that have been permanently engraved in my mind, a memory of... (hyungwon kang)






ashes: steve smith century steers australia to draw against england


steve smith has made 141 not out, 40, 6, 239, 76 and 102 not out in the seriesfourth ashes test, melbourne cricket ground (day five of five)australia 327 (warner 103) & 263-4 dec (smith 102*, warner 86)england 491 (cook 244*)match drawnscorecardengland were denied by yet another century from australia captain steve smith as the fourth ashes test ended in a draw.smith batted throughout the final day in melbourne for 102 not out, his third hundred of the series.the tourists had hope of victory when david warner and shaun marsh fell in the space of six runs to leave australia 178-4, only 14 ahead.but smith combined with mitchell marsh on a lifeless, turgid mcg pitch to take the home side to 263-4 - 99 in front - when the teams shook hands.australia had already regained the ashes and remain 3-






this was cutting edge tech 50 years ago


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ashes: steve smith century steers australia to draw against england


media playback is not supported on this device pint-sized ashes: smith stars as test is drawnfourth ashes test, melbourne cricket ground (day five of five)australia 327 (warner 103) & 263-4 dec (smith 102*, warner 86)england 491 (cook 244*)match drawnscorecardengland were denied by yet another century from australia captain steve smith as the fourth ashes test ended in a draw.smith batted throughout the final day in melbourne for 102 not out, his third hundred of the series.the tourists had hope of victory when david warner and shaun marsh fell in the space of six runs to leave australia 178-4, only 14 ahead.but smith combined with mitchell marsh on a lifeless, turgid mcg pitch to take the home side to 263-4 - 99 in front - when the teams shook hands.australia had already regained the ashe






what will the 25th century call the 21st century? / boing boing


polymath historian-novelist ada palmer has just published seven surrenders, the long-awaited sequel to her astounding debut novel too like the lightning, in which she continues to spin tales in an intricately devised, wonderfully original 25th century. report this ad in an editorial on tor books's blog today, palmer brings her historian's expertise to the fore, reflecting on how eras are defined by their successor eras -- how what our present thinks about our past tells you as much about the present as it does about the past. this is remarkably relevant to palmer's novels, which can teach you more about history and futurism (and our present) than any history book on its own. if you're interested in reading (or participating) in a fascinating discussion of palmer's work, i heartily recommen






what will the 25th century call the 21st century? / boing boing


polymath historian-novelist ada palmer has just published seven surrenders, the long-awaited sequel to her astounding debut novel too like the lightning, in which she continues to spin tales in an intricately devised, wonderfully original 25th century. report this ad in an editorial on tor books's blog today, palmer brings her historian's expertise to the fore, reflecting on how eras are defined by their successor eras -- how what our present thinks about our past tells you as much about the present as it does about the past. this is remarkably relevant to palmer's novels, which can teach you more about history and futurism (and our present) than any history book on its own. if you're interested in reading (or participating in) a fascinating discussion of palmer's work, i heartily recommen






white house to look at how best to protect apollo moon landing sites


the white house will look at what laws or international treaties are needed to protect and preserve the historic apollo moon landing sites almost half a century after the first astronauts walked on the lunar surface. president donald trump on tuesday (mach 21) signed the nasa transition authorization act of 2017, which includes a section directing the white house office of science and technology policy (ostp) to assess the issues that relate to "protecting and preserving historically important apollo program lunar landing sites and apollo program artifacts residing on the lunar surface, including those pertaining to apollo 11 and apollo 17," the first and last missions to land astronauts on the moon. "almost half a century ago, our brave astronauts planted the first american flag on the mo






we’re still fighting, more than 150 years after appomattox


birmingham, ala. (ap) — when the civil war was over, when the dead were buried and the union was reunited, it came time to tell tales and write history. in reunion gatherings and living rooms alike, differing versions of the causes of the conflict became as hardened as sunbaked georgia clay.more than a century and a half later, those dueling narratives are with us still.did 620,000 die, as northerners would have it, in a noble quest to save the union and end slavery — the nation’s horrific original sin? or was the “war between the states” a gallant crusade to limit federal power, with slavery playing a lesser part, as southerners insisted?after all this time, it could be argued that it doesn’t matter, but the blood that was shed over a statue of robert e. lee in charlottesville, virginia,






santa clara downtown, $60 million loss: worst calls


when politicians make a big decision, they often summon studies from consultants or cite polls of their constituents. the truth is that they don’t always know the impact of their calls. sometimes an afterthought will be a sparkling success, while an oversight can be devastating.with that in mind, i’m offering the first part today of a two-part series on the worst and best decisions by local government leaders over the last half-century. why 50 years? i’ll admit it’s arbitrary: but it was 50 years ago that my family moved to palo alto, and almost 40 years ago that i began working at the mercury news.i’ve covered almost all these stories, or at least their aftermath. you should know i bring an urban viewpoint to my judgment: i favor downtowns. i want a suburban place to forge an identity. fi






trump thinks 100-day report cards are lame. is he right?


on saturday, president trump will observe a milestone: his 100th day in office.it’s also a millstone.for nearly half a century, the marker has been used by pollsters, pundits and others who presume great wisdom to size up a fledgling white house and its still-green occupant.presidents of both parties have objected to the somewhat arbitrary nature of the evaluations, which, in truth, don’t always coincide with the longer view of history.“you can use the first 100 days to try to understand some of the style of a presidency,” said julian e. zelizer, a princeton scholar who has written extensively on presidents and politics. “but we really need to limit our analysis to that.”even so, birds fly, fish swim and political observers are going to issue their report cards whether the president likes






timeline trivia download


download download put your knowledge of 20th century history to the test. to complete each timeline puzzle, the player must position the various historical events into correct chronological order. a variety of straightforward entries have been chosen from multiple categories such as, us and world history, wars, politics, entertainment and the arts. this app has nine levels of difficulty to choose from. the complexity is based on the player's selection of play mode and time span. play mode levels are low, moderate, or difficult and time span choices are one, two, or three decades. hours of fun for the novice or history buff. a free version with ads is available under app name timeline trivia free.






rare sterling silver 'glove flask'


q: can you identify what this is? a whistle? a darning sock? it’s 5½ inches tall and made of silver. the top half comes off and it’s empty inside. i don’t have any family history to it.  i just like odd things and — unless you tell me otherwise — this fits the bill.a: i suppose your darning sock guess was the closest: you have a glove flask.gloves have been integral as part of an outfit for centuries as a symbol of wealth and gentility.  they protected hands from dirt and the elements and signaled that those who wore them did not have to labor for a living. do you remember the scene in “gone with the wind” when scarlett visits rhett in the yankee jail? “what have you done with your hands?” rhett demands to know.  “these don’t belong to a lady. you’ve worked with them like a field hand.”thi






john lewis blasts trump’s ‘election fraud’ commission as a form of voter intimid


a prominent civil rights leader with a three decade record in congress is blasting president donald trump and attorney general jeff sessions for trying to suppress the vote.“that is a form of intimidation,” congressman john lewis (d-ga) told cnn in an interview airing friday night. “that’s a form of harassment.”for over half a century, congressman lewis has been fighting for voting rights.“some of the people that make up this commission have a history, a long history, of making it harder and difficult for people to participate in the democratic process,” lewis said. “we’ve come too far. this president should be leading us into the future, not taking us backwards.”president trump “knows very, very little about the struggle and the history of the civil rights movement,” lewis stated.“black a






bears tout history, but glory days are mostly a thing of the past


during his introductory news conference this week, new bears coach matt nagy was asked if he knew much about the team’s vaunted history.nagy mentioned the 1985 bears’ rout of the patriots as one of his first super bowl memories but seemed relieved when the reporter didn’t take up his invitation to quiz him.frankly, the bears make too much of their history. it’s a crutch.the franchise too often seems dedicated to an inverse version of santayana’s maxim, hoping against hope that by remembering the past they somehow will repeat it.with little new to rally around, they and their fans for decades have wrapped themselves in the team’s glory days and legacy as a pioneering nfl franchise the way britons of a certain age recall the bygone british empire.they cling to history as if it were linus van






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n