Thought for the day

"It will give us, for a course of years, good government and then only end, due to the corruption of the people, in despotism, which will be the only form of government suitable for them." -- Benjamin Franklin on the Constitution Philadelphia, 1789.


When Russian President Vladimir Putin granted citizenship to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Monday, the news revived a long-simmering debate about the propriety of his revelations of U.S. government secrets. At the same time, it prompted reiterations of a widely-embraced falsehood: that Snowden “fled to Russia.”

Joseph Stalin

Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili A revolutionary turned Soviet leader turned brutal dictator known as Joseph Stalin. He first began to use the name, which was inspired by the Russian word for steel and which meant it, after publishing his better work, Marxism and The National Question, which had previously been under other pen names such as Soselo and Koba. was published under

During the Victorian era of the 1800s, Napoleon's conquest of Egypt opened the doors of Egyptian history to Europeans. At the time, mummies were not given the respect they deserved from the European aristocracy and, in fact, mummies could be bought (as shown in the picture) from street vendors as main events for parties and social gatherings. used as. In the 18th century.

For decades former Nazis and German war criminals served at the highest echelons of NATO. Most of them were highly decorated Nazis, who later served in top positions in the Western German army, and were later promoted to serve as Commander and Chief of all NATO forces in Europe. This was not a unique event, but a very common phenomenon in post WW2 western Europe and especially in Western Germany.

The building in the picture is the Palazzo Brachi in Rome, the headquarters of the Fascist Party Federation (the local one, not the national party headquarters). It was not always covered like this; This set-up was demonstrated for the 1934 elections, in which Italians were called to vote for or against the list of fascist representatives.

The subcultures in the Soviet Union, countries cut off from the West by the infamous Iron Curtain, were a form of open youth rebellion against ideological and cultural stagnation.

Stilyagi, goths, hippies, bikers, punks, rockers and metalheads formed countercultures that often invited the wrath of Soviet communist authorities. His legacy is remembered by these paintings that show his radical self-expression, extravagant style, hairstyles, tattoos and elaborate clothing.

The Moscow McDonald's Initiative was a joint venture between McDonald's of Canada and the Moscow City Council. A plan was first conceived when McDonald's Canada founder and CEO George Cohn met with Soviet Union officials at the '76 Summer Olympics in Montreal. And almost a quarter century later, on January 31, 1990, it became a reality.

Mussolini was brought up with steadfast socialist ideals and, as a young man, became a prominent figure in Italian socialist circles. In June 1902, in an effort to avoid recruitment, Mussolini moved to Switzerland where he worked as a bricklayer, majored in journalism, and joined a trade union.

He became active in the Italian socialist movement in Switzerland, working for the newspaper L'Avvenire del Lavoratore, organizing meetings, giving speeches to workers and serving as secretary of the Italian labor union in Lausanne. Were were

Let's start with a quick recap of the hoax story. A 20-year-old boy named Adam Lanza, at his home in Newtown CT, shot his Mom dead, on the morning of Friday, December 14, 2012, using a rifle from her collection. He then proceeded to drive to the Sandy Hook school, arriving by 9:30am, where he broke a glass door to get in. He then murdered 20 children ages 6 and 7, plus six staff members.

There are no video shots of this happening and no sound of it on the school's audio. A few people saw "holes in the story" early on. (Not me, I fell for it.)

On 24 July 1967, during a state visit to Expo '67, French President and 20th century hero General Charles de Gaulle announced a sentence from the balcony of Montreal's City Hall that would change Canadian history: "Vive le Quebec Libre". Translating to "Long Live Free Quebec", it is considered by many to be a semi-formal endorsement of Charles de Gaulle's concept of Quebec sovereignty.