Hiroshima Survivors – The American Catholic

When the atom bombs were dropped and news began to circulate that “Operation Olympic” would not, after all, be necessary, when we learned to our astonishment that we would not be obliged in a few months to rush up the beaches near Tokyo assault-firing while being machine-gunned, mortared, and shelled, for all the practiced phlegm of our tough facades we broke down and cried with relief and joy. We were going to live. We were going to grow to adulthood after all. The killing was all going to be over, and peace was actually going to be the state of things.

Source: Hiroshima Survivors – The American Catholic

Blast from the past.

Proof of vote fraud.

In fact, CBS’s Windy City affiliate last October compared local vote records with the Social Security Administration’s master death file. “In all,” the channel concluded, “the analysis showed 119 dead people have voted a total of 229 times in Chicago in the last decade.” KCBS–Los Angeles reported in May 2016 that 265 dead voters had cast ballots in southern California “year after year.”

Source: Election Fraud? Registered Voters Outnumber the Eligible, in 462 Counties | National Review

No matter what excuse you can find for 144% registration rate of adult citizens, the fact that dead people are known to vote means there is fraud.

If someone was caught lifting ten bucks from the till, are you going to assume that’s all that’s missing, or are you going to insist on a full accounting to look for more theft that’s less obvious?

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News – MIT Technology Review

These sites list 122 websites that routinely publish fake news. These fake news sites include infowars.com, breitbart.com, politicususa.com, and theonion.com. “We did not exclude satire because many fake-news sources label their content as satirical, making the distinction problematic,”

Source: First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News – MIT Technology Review

And yet, they include THE most famous satire site on the web in their “fake news” listing.

Dude, 20 years ago, as a teen kid, I figured that out.

I was fooled for like a whole 20 minutes.

How Many People Died in the Inquisition? | The Cripplegate

How Many Protestants Were Killed in the Inquisition? A friend asked me that question earlier this week. And so I thought it might be helpful to share a few thoughts, from a historical perspective. …

Source: How Many People Died in the Inquisition? | The Cripplegate


There really isn’t a good quote to take from this, because it is 100% “define the question.”

That’s not a dig, folks reading this probably know I’m mildly obnoxious on trying to get people to define what exactly they mean so that I can give them an answer that lines up with what they MEAN, not what I heard them say.

For an example, you ask my mom how many “cows” they have on the ranch, and if she figures that you are not a rancher she’ll tell you a number that lines up with the number of bovine skulls attached to living animals; you ask my dad and he’ll tell you how many breeding female cattle they have.  Ask them how many “head” there are and you’ll be told the breeding female cattle plus replacement heifers (future mothers) plus the bulls.

They are all true numbers, and don’t even involve estimates– but they’re radically different numbers.  You add in estimates and you’ll really be in trouble, and that’s for just one place, for just one year.

The Spanish Inquisition: Debunking the Legends : Strange Notions

If there is a hierarchy to urban legends that skeptics use to try to discredit the Catholic Church, the Spanish Inquisition is probably at the top. It’s an easy one, because most people think they know enough about it to not ask questions, and the knee-jerk reaction to the images brought to mind of thousands being tortured or killed for their beliefs are usually all one needs to make the point: the Church is untrustworthy at best, and genuinely evil at worst.

However, it turns out most of what people think they know about the inquisition is simply not true. The urban legends surrounding the Spanish Inquisition span from Reformation-era England to modern-day Fundamentalism, and are unfortunately so widespread that even many Christians believe them. To put it up front: yes, there were abuses done in the name of the Church—some committed by members of the Church. The urban legends concern the nature and extent of the abuses, as well as who was responsible for them. Although the evils present during various phases of the Inquisition were very real, should not be defended, and have been admitted by the Church, many historical misunderstandings and falsehoods based in anti-Spanish or anti-Catholic propaganda remain to this day.

Source: The Spanish Inquisition: Debunking the Legends : Strange Notions

This was shared to me in the comments over at According to Hoyt– and I am tickled pink, because this is exactly the way it should be spread.

I’d said something without link that was mildly debunking a Common (but Incorrect) Knowledge comment with a digression, and the guy gave me TWO different links!  Haven’t read the second one yet, but just started on this one and oh my, it is good.

70 Years Ago Today, WWII Vets Took Up Arms Against Corrupt Cops and Ran Them Out of Town

Legally-appointed GI representative, Walter Ellis, became the first person arrested by Mansfield’s goons, after he protested ‘irregularities’ observed in the courthouse precinct. Several others soon followed — all arrested without just cause.

But one of the worst incidents occurred when an elderly black farmer, Tom Gillespie, attempted to cast his vote. One of Cantrell’s badged thugs sneered at the old man, “Nigger, you can’t vote here,” and proceeded to punch him with brass knuckles. When Gillespie dropped his ballot and moved for the door, the goon shot him in the back.

Hearing the gunshot, crowds swarmed into the streets, and Mansfield responded by shutting down the precinct and positioning armed guards to prevent access.

Source: 70 Years Ago Today, WWII Vets Took Up Arms Against Corrupt Cops and Ran Them Out of Town

Use the Force: How Magicians Can Control Your Decisions | DiscoverMagazine.com

Another familiar force is known as Magician’s Choice, the equivoqué. The idea is to set up multiple paths to the same endpoint. In the simplest version, you deal two cards down on the table and ask the spectator to “remove” to one of them. If your volunteer removes to the card you want to force, you say “Ok, that’ll be yours.” If, however, the spectator points to the other card, you eliminate it, saying “Great, we’ll remove that one.” (Here you’re exploiting the ambiguity in the meaning of the word remove.) Either way the spectator winds up with the same card. This sounds transparent—especially with only two cards—but it gets more sophisticated. In the right hands, it can be incredibly deceptive. By couching choices in ambiguous, open-ended language and exploiting the fact that the spectator doesn’t know what’s coming—assuming they’ve never seen the trick before—the magician can gently control an apparently free decision from among numerous items.

Source: Use the Force: How Magicians Can Control Your Decisions | DiscoverMagazine.com

Oh, that’s brilliant! 

h/t to RES over at Sarah’s comment section.

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