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On 1/23/2021 at 8:30 AM, JakeHolman said:
The Nobility of Savages
Cold Water on a Hot Topic
FRED REED • JANUARY 1, 2021
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As part of wokedom’s fantasy-ridden fascination with indigenes, sports teams, such as the Redskins and Braves, race to change names. (For Washington’s team, the Federal Folders has been suggested.) Outraged conservatives see the changes as nauseating prissiness by historically illiterate ninnies. It is every bit of this. Still, the teams should be renamed. What civilized nation would name teams after murderous, torturing stone-age savages? Which the Indians were.

Yes, I know. Quite. Today one shouldn’t refer to torturing stone-age savages as torturing stone-age savages. No, the Indians were contemplative, spiritual beings at one with nature, living simply and nobly, like a pudding of Buddha and Henry David Thoreau.

I recommend to those imbrued with this dreamy understanding of Native Americans a couple of books, Over the Earth I Come, by Duane Schultz, a history of the entirety of the Sioux uprising in Minnesota of 1862, and Dakota Dawn, by Gregory Michno, of the first week. These recount the deaths of some 800 settlers, almost entirely civilians, at the hands of the noble, contemplative Sioux. It was not a rebellion against Federal troops of men, but butchery of families, usually defenseless. War parties went from farm to farm, killing men, women, and children.

In one act of contemplation, they nailed children to a door and slowly vivisected them to death in front of their parents, who themselves were then tortured to death. Teenage girls were staked to the ground, raped by a dozen or two of braves, then hacked to death.

Tidbits: Children deliberately burned alive in flaming cabins. Children shot, quickly if they were lucky, otherwise left to die in agony. Whole families tomahawked in their cabins, girls taken prisoner for later amusement.

These things actually happened, over and over, not as isolated incidents. The descriptions are from original accounts by those who were there. If you think I am inventing, or exaggerating, read either of the books mentioned above. The links go to Amazon. Both are by historians, not by lying heartless racist conservative Trump-loving just-like-Hitler and so on. Both comport closely with many accounts I have read by men (usually) captured or even raised by Indian tribes. These spiritual beings were of the Stone Age by literal definition and were most assuredly savages by any definition.

More >> https://www.unz.com/freed/the-nobility-of-savages/

 

 

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, hamradio said:

Snapshot from a 1981 Heathkit catalog (there were NEVER any kits of these)

Betamax...notice price.

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I don't remember my parent's first VCR (bought about that time) being that heavy, but I guess it was.  They had a Beta too.

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26 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

I don't remember my parent's first VCR (bought about that time) being that heavy, but I guess it was.  They had a Beta too.

Imagine the weight of the Quasar Great Time Machine..circa 1976  Can't find weight specs, guess it broke the scale :blink:

22.5 x 8 x 12 inch

 

 

This is the optional timer to record movies while away, used pins to set approx time.

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5 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

I don't remember my parent's first VCR (bought about that time) being that heavy, but I guess it was.  They had a Beta too.

I had a Beta machine.   I had a flexible job as the lead software systems \ programmer  for a small company.    This was in the 80s before TCM.   Since I didn't want to tape commercials,   I taped every film live.  E.g.  set the alarm,,,, get up a 2:00 am,, add a film to my collection.   Go home at noon for a noon-movie,    etc....  I tapped over 200 films from the 30s-50s in about a 2 - 3 year period.      I used Beta since that was the better format.  After Beta machines were no longer being sold in the USA,  I  was able to get first rate Sony units from my Japanese relatives.     I only got rid of all the tapes about 4 years ago,  as well as a Sony unit that,  while over 25 years old,  was almost never used. 

 

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5 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

I had a Beta machine.   I had a flexible job as the lead software systems \ programmer  for a small company.    This was in the 80s before TCM.   Since I didn't want to tape commercials,   I taped every film live.  E.g.  set the alarm,,,, get up a 2:00 am,, add a film to my collection.   Go home at noon for a noon-movie,    etc....  I tapped over 200 films from the 30s-50s in about a 2 - 3 year period.      I used Beta since that was the better format.  After Beta machines were no longer being sold in the USA,  I  was able to get first rate Sony units from my Japanese relatives.     I only got rid of all the tapes about 4 years ago,  as well as a Sony unit that,  while over 25 years old,  was almost never used. 

 

I use to painstakingly removed commercials during record if at home by hitting pause, sense when they would popped up.

Have "It Lives Again" (1978)  on VHS, recorded from the USA channel, can't tell there were any.

I transferred some hard to find or unreplaceable videos to DVD, did the same thing.  It's time consuming but   worth it.

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Blacks Committed 73% of Mass Shootings In 2020. Many Cases Remain Unsolved. Where Is the FBI?
ERIC STRIKER • JANUARY 21, 2021
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As the media, FBI and Anti-Defamation League declare “white supremacy” and “domestic terrorism” the gravest threats to public safety in America, neither played any role in the outbreak of violence in 2020 — one of the deadliest years in American history.

Disingenuous political actors often point to the Charleston Church Shooting in 2015, the Tree of Life Synagogue incident of 2018, or the El Paso Wal Mart killings in 2019 to demonstrate the proclivity of white men to engage in indiscriminate killings. The latest figures on the approximately 603 mass shootings last year paint a radically different picture.

According to demographic data compiled by researchers at Mass-Shootings.info, black men committed 73% of mass shootings in 2020, in contrast whites were only 13% of known culprits.

Mass Shootings Go Unpunished

Read more >> https://www.unz.com/estriker/blacks-committed-73-of-mass-shootings-in-2020-many-cases-remain-unsolved-where-is-the-fbi/?highlight=73+percent+black+crime

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Adobe Flash Shutdown Halts Chinese Railroad for Over 16 Hours Before Pirated Copy Restores Ops

 

"[...]  when Flash's "time bomb" code went off on January 12, it did more than just make nostalgic browser games harder to revisit: It brought an entire Chinese railroad to a standstill.

According to a report by Apple Daily, the problem reared its head for China Railway Shenyang in Dalian, Liaoning just after 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Per an event timeline outlined by Github, the head of a switching station reported being unable to access the railroad's timetables, which they normally did through a browser-based Flash interface. Over the next half hour, reports of similar failures poured in from across the network, with as many as 30 stations implicated according to a CR Shenyang statement reported by a Chinese blog."

https://www.thedrive.com/news/38897/adobe-flash-shutdown-halts-chinese-railroad-for-over-16-hours-before-pirated-copy-restores-ops

 

 

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Virtual meetings spur sales in books for backgrounds

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-55818287

This is from England but I am sure that it is true for all the world. People are buying from shelves of books to entire libraries to serve as background for their Zoom meetings. 

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After:

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I applaud book sales at all times but I do find it a little disheartening that many of these people are selecting books based on their appearance only.

 

BBC has made available photographs of sets of classic television programmes for use with those apps which allow virtual backgrounds.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_collection/zfvy382

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29 minutes ago, SansFin said:

Virtual meetings spur sales in books for backgrounds

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-55818287

This is from England but I am sure that it is true for all the world. People are buying from shelves of books to entire libraries to serve as background for their Zoom meetings. 

Before:

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After:

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I applaud book sales at all times but I do find it a little disheartening that many of these people are selecting books based on their appearance only.

 

BBC has made available photographs of sets of classic television programmes for use with those apps which allow virtual backgrounds.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_collection/zfvy382

 

Gloria Upson had it right all along...

 

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On 1/23/2021 at 8:12 AM, Princess of Tap said:

 My personal favorite is the Spanish Inquisition.

That's probably because Mel Brooks in his History of the World, Part 1 flick made it look a whole lot more fun than what it really was, Princess!  ;)

 

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Found a censored painting of Norman Rockwell's showing Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African American girl, being escorted by US Marshals to school during the 1960 integration of the New Orleans school system.

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Lynda Gunn modeled for the painting.

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Learn something new every day.  From the History Channel - "The Foods That Built America".

Ever wondered what M&M stand for?

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Forrest Mars Sr., of the Mars candy company, came up with the idea of a hard shelled candy with chocolate at the center. In 1941, he struck a deal for the chocolate with Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey president William Murrie, because he anticipated there would be a chocolate shortage in the pending war.

They named the candy M&M, which stood for “Mars & Murrie.”

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On 2/6/2021 at 7:01 PM, hamradio said:

Found a censored painting of Norman Rockwell's showing Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African American girl, being escorted by US Marshals to school during the 1960 integration of the New Orleans school system.

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Lynda Gunn modeled for the painting.

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Why in the world with this painting be censored? I think I recall seeing it on the front of "The Saturday Evening Post".

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2 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Why in the world with this painting be censored? I think I recall seeing it on the front of "The Saturday Evening Post".

Look closely at the original, you'll understand why.  

I won't post anything with that word.

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