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  1. jram

    Farewell, Shay

    RIP Shay Very sad news.
  2. jram

    Tuesday Photos

    A whiskey vending machine, 1960
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    Friday photos

    Babe Ruth paying his final respects to Lou Gehrig moments before breaking down in tears in 1941. WW2/Nazi war crimes concentration camp guards - Nazi war criminal Emil Hoffman, convicted at the Nuremberg trials, makes his last statement prior to execution by hanging in 1946. A survivor drags a former concentration camp guard by the hair while American troops look on at the newly liberated Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp. A 1948 Norman Timbs Special The first University of Texas - Austin football team, 1893
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    Thursday Photos

    Western Gull successfully catching an Octopus at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Marlon Brando photographed by Edward Clark, 1949 Women demonstrating against Prohibition, 1933 Indians getting ready to fight
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    Wednesday Photos

    Arguably the first and greatest gunfighter of the Old West, Wild Bill Hickok wears his own clothing in this 1865-66 photo Cleveland in the 1920s Lou Gehrig & Babe Ruth at League Park, 1927 The guillotine was set up next to the cell block. People would have been able to watch the executions from the many windows around the courtyard
  6. Tens of Thousands Evacuate as Southern California Fires Spread By JENNIFER MEDINA, LIAM STACK and JONAH ENGEL BROMWICHDEC. 5, 2017 Photo Firefighters battled blazes in Ventura, Calif., early Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people in Southern California were evacuated as wildfires raged. Credit Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department, via Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Four wildfires roared through Southern California on Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and destroying hundreds of homes and other buildings in the latest chapter of what has been one of the state’s worst fire seasons. The first fire, in Ventura County, started Monday evening and was still “out of control” on Tuesday night, the authorities said. Named the Thomas Fire, it began north of Santa Paula, Calif., and spread rapidly overnight on Monday to envelop at least 50,000 acres, destroying hundreds of structures and prompting 27,000 people to evacuate, including some from the city of Ventura. Three more fires began on Tuesday. One in Los Angeles County quickly grew to encompass more than 11,000 acres and destroyed more than 30 structures. Another, in San Bernardino County, injured three people as it burned 100 acres of vegetation. And a fourth, near Santa Clarita, tore through at least 5,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of a trailer park and several schools. The exact causes of the fires were not immediately known. “You look at your window and see flames, you know you have to go,” said Anne Forsyth, an administrator at Thomas Aquinas College, a small Catholic college less than three miles from where the Ventura County fire began. It evacuated on Monday. “The speed with which this spread, I’ve never seen that before,” Ms. Forsyth said. “I don’t think anyone here had seen that before.” The authorities said the fires were fed by dry conditions and fierce winds. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Ventura County, where he said the flames had destroyed hundreds of homes. Photo James and Josie Ralstin of Ventura, Calif., carrying belongings they retrieved from the home they evacuated, passed another home consumed by wildfires on Tuesday. Credit Noah Berger/Associated Press “This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we’ll continue to attack it with all we’ve got,” the governor said in a statement. “It’s critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.” The Thomas Fire spread with astonishing speed. The sheriff’s office received its first reports at 6:24 p.m. on Monday. By midnight, the fire was estimated to have reached 10,000 acres. “Realistically, people have no idea what’s going on or how bad this is,” said Kat Jones, 38, who evacuated her home in the Ojai Valley, far from where the blaze began, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. “The fire has moved so fast, it is so big and it really hard to predict, I think it is overwhelming to everyone.” Photo Horses were evacuated in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., on Tuesday as wildfires burned in the area. Credit David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News, via Associated Press The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, said the weather stoking the fire in Los Angeles County would probably continue for the next five days. The dry conditions and high winds forecast through at least Thursday are expected to significantly expand the affected area. “It’s a very difficult moment, but we will get through this,” he said. “We are a resilient city, we are a strong city, we are a capable city.” Photo The Thomas Fire began north of Santa Paula, Calif., and burned its way into the city of Ventura. Credit Ventura County Fire Department, via European Pressphoto Agency California has seen some of its most destructive fires ever this year. In October, even as more than a dozen fires broke out in the northern part of the state, a separate one quickly grew in the Anaheim Hills, burning through thousands of acres. The fires have collectively killed more than 40 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. A month earlier, the La Tuna Fire sent smoke billowing into the air above Los Angeles as the hills glowed red. In terms acreage, that fire was the largest to tear through the city in 50 years, Mr. Garcetti said. Photo A couple’s home was destroyed by wildfires in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday. Credit Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Eric Buschow, a sergeant with the sheriff’s office, said that the fire in Ventura County, known as the Thomas Fire, which was fueled by the Santa Ana winds, was one of the worst he had seen, partly because of the number of homes that were affected. Frequently, he said, those strong winds push fires toward the ocean, burning through less inhabited canyons and their dense brush along the way. Fires like those do not typically affect as many neighborhoods as the Thomas Fire did, he said. At least 186,000 people were without power in Ventura County on Tuesday, many of them in the affected area. The power failures made it difficult for the 1,100 firefighters working there to battle the flames. In Los Angeles County, about 800 firefighters and 200 police officers were responding to the fire, named the Creek Fire, officials said. By Tuesday night they said the Creek Fire had already outgrown the La Tuna fire from earlier this year. “We have lost structures; we have not lost lives,” Mr. Garcetti said. “Do not wait. Leave your homes.” Mr. Garcetti warned that the smoke was causing a severe degradation in air quality, one that was significantly worse than a Stage 3 smog alert. Daryl L. Osby, the county’s fire chief, said that the Creek Fire had been reported overnight, as his department was busy fighting the fire in Ventura. He said it was extreme and erratic “in ways that people may not have experienced in the past,” adding that five years of a continuing drought and unpredictable winds, with gusts up to 70 miles an hour, were partly to blame. “We are in an extreme firefight right now, trying to protect lives and save property,” he said.
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    Tuesday Photos of the day

    Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone Wyatt Earp Downtown Las Vegas, 1912. Holocaust under the German Nazi regime during the period 1941–45. More than 6 million European Jews, as well as members of other persecuted groups, such as gypsies and homosexuals, were murdered at concentration camps such as Auschwitz.
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    Mondays photos

    Buffalo Bath A herd of water buffalo bathes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The enormous animals can measure more than six feet tall at the shoulder, and weigh as much as 2,650 pounds. Pioneers crossing the Arkansas River. Cowboy Wayne Brazel (center) shot Pat Garrett. OLD WEST SALOON BILLARDS HALL 1882
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    Sunday Photos of the DAY

    A girl sitting with her toy doll outside her bombed home in 1940s London. A man trying to sell his car after losing all in the Great Crash of 1929 Ten Mauser C96 pistols arranged to defend an Austro-Hungarian reconnaissance aircraft, 1917.
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    Saturday Photos of the DAY

    All You Can Eat A marine iguana feeds on underwater greens in the Galápagos, the only place these creatures are found. The iguanas spend much of their days sunning on rocks by the shore, but they can spend up to 15 minutes underwater in order to feast. Mickey Mouse club in the 1930s. Steve Jobs in 1976 with the Apple II. It had 4KB of memory. The Last of the Horse Drawn Carriages riding alongside a 'Modern Electric Car', New York 1917
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    Friday Photos of the DAY

    Roman Polanski after learning that his wife, actress Sharon Tate, had been murdered. 1969 It's a sad event in Rotterdam on Sunday 13 May 1849. The Steam-million of the company tromp & co flies at 13 in the morning. The new factory is at the leuvehaven near the zalmhaven. After the fire, ruins remain. A Picture of these ruins is the oldest photo in the city Rotterdam.
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    13 Things

    The elimination of the fear of God, symbolized by the Supreme courts actions in the matter of school prayer, led to a dramatic increase in crime, venereal disease, premarital sex, illiteracy, suicide, drug use, public corruption, and other social ills. A. Young People 1. For 15 years before 1963 pregnancies in girls ages 15 through 19 years had been no more than 15 per thousand After 1963 pregnancies increased 187% in the next 15 years. 2. For younger girls, ages 10 to 14 years, pregnancies since 1963 are up 553%. 3. Before 1963 sexually transmitted diseases among students were 400 per 100,000. Since 1963, they were up 226% in the next 12 years. B. The Family 1. Before 1963 divorce rates had been declining for 15 years. After 1963 divorces increased 300% each year for the next 15 years. 2. Since 1963 unmarried people living together is up 353% 3. Since 1963 single parent families are up 140%. 4. Since 1963 single parent families with children are up 160%. C. Education 1. The educational standard of measure has been the SAT scores. SAT scores had been steady for many years before 1963. From 1963 they rapidly declined for 18 consecutive years, even though the same test has been used since 1941. 2. In 1974-75 the rate of decline of the SAT scores decreased, even though they continued to decline. That was when there was an explosion of private religious schools. There were only 1000 Christian schools in 1965. Between 1974 to 1984 they increased to 32,000. 3. Of the nation's top academic scholars, three times as many come from private religious schools, which operate on one-third the funds as do the public schools. a. That could have an impact if the private schools had higher SAT scores. In checking with the SAT Board it was found that indeed the SAT scores for private schools were nearly 100 points higher than public schools. b. In fact the scores were at the point where the public schools had been before their decline started in 1963 when prayer and Bible reading/ instruction was removed from the schools. c. The scores in the public schools were still declining. D. The Nation 1. Since 1963 violent crime has increased 544%. 3. Illegal drugs have become an enormous & uncontrollable problem. 2. The nation has been deprived of an estimated 30 million citizens through legal abortions just since 1973.
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    Thursday Pictures of the Day

    On the Move In far northern Xinjiang, China, herders guide camels, sheep, and cattle to new pastures, where they'll graze during the summer months. Summer in the area is warm, but very dry. two Japanese soldiers competed with each other the number of people killed American West
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    Wednsday Photos of the DAY

    Fleet Street, 1894. Horses had not yet been replaced by cars. Old parents crying for their dead son
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    Tuesday Pictures of the Day

    Beyond the Wall A traveler stands in a cave inside Vatnajökull, a glacier in Iceland. The glacier, once used for a location in Game of Thrones, is larger than the state of Delaware. Charles Siringo - He "rid the Chisholm trail" driving 2,000 head of cattle from Austin to Kansas, knew old Tascosa when it was home to raucous saloons, red Light districts, and a fair share of violence; he led a posse of cowboys in pursuit of Billy the Kid, later became a Pinkerton detective. Then he wrote a first hand account about his life that is a recognized true classic of Texas history, called A Texas Cowboy. Heading West Inside a train, 1800s