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How America Got Into Its Economic and Social Mess

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Noted economist, Robert Reich outlines his "Big picture" of what's happened to America over the last 80+ years and where we're going. A simple, yet powerful outline of the path and trajectory our country has been headed..

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"Understanding" The Rebel Confederate Flag

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[Activists]
Here's my take on the rebel flag controversy... I think people on both sides of the issue have some valid points, BUT the points are not equal in terms of pros/cons.

My first impression when I heard news that there was talk to outlaw the flag was, "Great, this will come in handy the next time someone kills nine people with a rebel flag. :/

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Archeologist Debunks History Channel's "Ancient Aliens"

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[Pseudo-Science]
One of the archaeologists at Bad Archaeology lambastes the History Channel for its series Ancient Aliens and treating its nonsense as though it were fact.

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Researcher: Moses Was Tripping When He Wrote The 10 Commandments

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We all know that Moses was high on Mount Sinai when God spoke to him, but were the Ten Commandments a result of divine inspiration alone?

An Israeli researcher is claiming in a study published this week the prophet may have been stoned when he set the Ten Commandments in stone.

According to Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, psychedelic drugs formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times.

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US Army 1943 Guide To Iraq

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In 1943, The US Army published a guide to Iraq to help soldiers during World War II.
You have been ordered to Iraq (i - RAHK) as part of the world-wide offensive to beat Hitler.

You will enter Iraq both as a soldier and as an individual, because on our side a man can be both a soldier and an individual. That is our strength—if we are smart enough to use it. It can be our weakness if we aren't. As a soldier your duties are laid out for you. As an individual, it is what you do on your own that counts—and it may count for a lot more than you think.

American success or failure in Iraq may well depend on whether the Iraqis (as the people are called) like American soldiers or not. It may not be quite that simple. But then again it could...

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Religion, Politics and the End of the World - A Debate

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Sam Harris and Chris Hedges have engaged each other in a videotaped debate on the state of the world. We have the whole thing right here, sponsored by Truthdig..

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The History Of Religion

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Here's an entertaining, informative, interactive presentation of religion and history.

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? This map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds?

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Hiroshima In Pictures

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With all this talk of nuke-u-lar this and that, it might be worth looking at these rare pictures of the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Japan.

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Showtime Takes Control Of Smithsonian Archives

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When two filmmakers recently tried to gain access to archives of the famous Smithsonian Institute museum and were denied, it came to light the institution has engaged in a 30-year contract with soft porn-peddling cable channel, Showtime, giving them almost exclusive access to the nation's largest museum.

Stay tuned for Showtime's latest original movie: Xaviera goes to the Air and Space Museum!

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Millions Of Previously-Classified Documents Now Available

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It will be a Cinderella moment for the band of researchers who study the hidden history of American government.

At midnight on Dec. 31, hundreds of millions of pages of secret documents will be instantly declassified, including many FBI cold war files on investigations of people suspected of being Communist sympathizers. After years of extensions sought by federal agencies behaving like college students facing a term paper, the end of 2006 means the government's first automatic declassification of records.

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