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How The World’s Tallest Skyscraper Was Built.

The Citizen Who Changed The Government And You’ve Never Heard Of Him.

You’ve probably never heard of the name Mark Schlefer who passed away last November at the age of 98. His lasting effect on governments at all levels and the people of the United States cannot be overstated and yet most people would say “who?”

Schlefer flew 36 combat missions as a bomber pilot in World War II, but that is not his most enduring contribution to the country.

Schlefer started a fund to provide tuition assistance for minority children at D.C.-area private schools. But that too is not his greatest accomplishment for the country (although it may be for the lives of children and parents in the DC area.)

In the 1960’s Schlefer spearheaded to move for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) that is now law at the federal level and in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

Randy Fine: Repeal Florida Statute 215.4725 Now And Protect The First Amendment.

In 2016, the State of Florida passed a law that forbids the State from doing business with any company that boycotts or supports a boycott of Israel.

The bill contained a provision that allowed companies whose contracts with the State with a value under $1 million dollars would be exempt.

In 2018, Brevard County Representative Randy Fine sponsored a bill removing the $1 million dollar limit thus banning the State from doing business with any company or person who boycotted Israel or supported such a boycott.

The original bill requires the State to maintain a list of companies that boycott Israel (or support the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement) and have companies certify that they are not taking part in any such boycott before the state signs contract with the company.

About the same time, the State of Arkansas was doing something similar in passing a similar law called “Act 710 that required the State not contract with companies that boycott Israel or support a boycott of Israel.

Why Masks Work BETTER Than You’d Think.

The math of masks.

This video is about how masks (whether surgical, or N95, or cloth) are counterintuitive and actually work much better epidemiologically than one might expect. Masks do double-duty, and the fraction of interactions with masks is much higher than the fraction of people wearing masks, so partially adopted, partially effective masks are able to reduce the basic reproduction number surprisingly well

This is somewhat fascinating when you watch it because it turns out there is more to the effectiveness of masks that you may think.

Why Did the Democratic South Become Republican?

From Prager U.

The south used to vote Democrat. Now it votes Republican. Why the switch? Was it, as some people say, because the GOP decided to appeal to racist whites? Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, explains.

Correction: President Eisenhower ordered 101st Airborne to Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957; that is, after the 1956 Presidential election, not as stated in the video, before the election.

Facts matter.

Some People Are Scum.

There is no other way of putting this: Some people are scum and will use anything they can to scam people out of a few bucks.

The latest trick is that people are selling “Face Mask Exempt” cards which carry the seal of the Department of Justice saying that the bearer of the card is exempt from wearing faces masks and that requiring them to do so is a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.


History Of The Confederate Flag.

Yep. We are going there. In light of controversies over the so called “Confederate Flag,” (which was actually the flag used on battlefields and did not signify a “national flag,”) we thought it would be good to take a look at the actual history of the flags of the Confederate States of America.

This segment is part of a longer broadcast by CSPAN in their American History: American Artifacts Series. In this case, they visit the “Confederate White House.”

While we are not endorsing the Confederacy or the use of the battle flag by some groups today, we are endorsing the idea that people should learn history otherwise, we are “doomed to repeat it.”

Nazi Headstones.

There are few people out there that hate Nazis more than we do. Our staff here has relatives they never got to meet because they were killed by the Nazis during World War II. We imagine the same hatred exists for Jews and people in the area of the Eastern Front where both Nazis and Soviet troops treated civilians in horrifying manners.

It is therefore understandable the controversy over three headstones here in the United States for men who were Nazis and bear Nazi symbols.

On Memorial Day, a holiday meant to mourn those in the U.S. military who have died while serving their country, a group of lawmakers took the opportunity to call out what they see as a stain on two veterans cemeteries in Texas and Utah.

At two graves in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio and one grave in Fort Douglas Post Cemetery in Salt Lake City lie German prisoners of war from WWII. These graves, which have existed for decades, are marked with Nazi symbols, and in recent weeks the calls have grown louder to have them removed.

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