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How Did the Royal Navy Keep up Morale during Long Voyages? ???

It’s said that Britain's Royal Navy instituted the practice of doling out a daily ration of rum as a way to fend off scurvy, a common ailment on ships because sailors didn’t have access to fresh produce and often lacked Vitamin C. However, it wasn’t the rum that helped, but the lime juice that was provided with the sailor’s daily “tot,” served every day around noon for more than two centuries. The daily rum ration finally came to an end on 31 July 1970, when the well-known call of “up spirits” could be heard during last call for the Royal Navy.

All hands on deck:

One of the reasons for ending the rum ration was that the Admiralty Board was concerned about the safety of its sailors, especially due to the introduction of technologically-advanced machinery and weaponry.

Back in 1740, concerned by the drunkenness of sailors who received half a pint of rum per day, Admiral Edward Vernon declared that the rum should be mixed with water.

In later years, sailors would check that their rum had not been watered down. They would pour some on gunpowder and light it :o    -- a practice believed to have led to the term “proof” being used to rate liquor content.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-did-the-royal-navy-keep-up-morale-during-long-voyages.htm
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Have you ever spoken with Trump one on one behind closed doors?

Ron Wagner, USAF pilot in Presidential Wing at Andrews, airline pilot, aero engineer
Updated Jul 28
I was an Eastern Air Lines pilot who mostly flew the Washington-New York-Boston Shuttle.

On the way to bankruptcy they wanted to sell the famous Shuttle to Trump. Those pilots could go to the new Trump Shuttle. It seemed like my flying career would be saved by this visionary billionaire.

THEN I MET HIM

He met with some of us. It wasn't one-on-one, but it was behind closed doors, and in there he creeped me out. What that visionary saw in us suddenly seemed to me to be like what a boa constrictor sees when he spots prey in the jungle.

The beady eyes. The tiny mouth, which I could imagine being on unhinged jaws like a boa, that could swallow us whole.

I declined, Eastern shut down, and I never flew professionally again.

TWO YEARS TO BANKRUPTCY

The former Eastern employees who went were all friends. They got spiffy new uniforms. The planes got spiffy new interiors and Trump paint. He said he was “going to run the Shuttle like a diamond, like an absolute diamond.” I'll always remember those words shooting out of that little round mouth.

But within two years, that entire diamond was sunk, like Rose dropping hers in the Atlantic at the end of Titanic.

Well, not quite the entire diamond: Trump took the only life boat in the form of one Boeing 727 for his personal use. He also kept something like $10–12 million personally.

Everyone else went to the bottom. 

Have you ever spoken with Trump one on one behind closed doors?

FIVE PRESIDENTS IS ENOUGH FOR ME

I had been a USAF pilot in the Presidential Wing at Andrews AFB in DC. Before I met Trump I had met and flown five US Presidents. It's been a little badge of honor my whole life to be able to tell people that.

And now, when I meet people I could say I've met six US Presidents.

But I still say five.

NIXON THREW HIMSELF UNDER THE BUS

I’m sticking with five, even though one of those five was Nixon!

I flew him on his first official trip after his two-year exile. His eyes showed he was a beaten man. After that trip I always had some respect for him because—yes he made some serious mistakes—but when it came down to America or him, he took one for Team America and disappeared.

In 21st Century jargon, “Nixon threw himself under the bus.”

Trump is gladly throwing all 320 million of us under the bus as he boosts his ego and net worth. Well, not quite ALL 320 million. After all, there is that one percent of one percent that will profit from the tax cuts he wants.

https://www.quora.com/Have-you-ever-spoken-with-Trump-one-on-one-behind-closed-doors
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Inside North Korea Newest Documentary (2017)


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in this documentary you get to see how north korean people really live in one of the rarest documentaries ever recorded.

Trump's War Loving Modus Operandi represents a MUCH GREATER DANGER for the USA than Kim Jung-un does, or North Korea EVER did!

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October 23, 2017

US Didn't 'Stand By' Indonesia Bloodbath - It Helped

Newly published cables detail the critical US role in the Indonesian military's genocidal campaign against communists and dissidents in 1965. We speak to scholar Brad Simpson, who oversaw the documents' publication for the National Security Archive.


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20282
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Inventing Saladin: The Role of the Saladin Legend in European Culture and Identity

OCTOBER 23, 2017 BY NATALIE ANDERSON

By Brian C. David
MA Thesis, James Madison University, 2017

Possible portrait of Saladin, from a manuscript copy of ‘Kitab fi ma’arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya’, written and illustrated A.D. 1354, Collection Freer Gallery of Art, Accession Number F1932.19 (at Thesis link)

Abstract: This thesis seeks to uncover and understand the strange historical journey of the Muslim Sultan Yusuf ibn Ayyub, known to the West as Saladin. The historic Saladin was a ruler famous for his successful campaigns against the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, his victory at the Battle of Hattin, and his holding action against the Third Crusade. Upon Saladin’s death in 1193, he became the subject of numerous legends, most of which describe him as a merciful, chivalric, and ideal leader of men. The epitome of what a thirteenth century European noble was supposed to be.

This thesis seek to explain how these legends helped form cultural identities, it will also show how the legends of Saladin evolved over time, through a direct comparison between the legend’s role in the thirteenth century and the twentieth century.

Further, this thesis will show how these legends, rather than being simple justifications for Saladin’s success and behavior, are in fact a vehicle which historians and writers can use to better understand English and French medieval culture, and how those two cultural groups defined themselves as societies. Despite vast cultural changes to England and France over those seven hundred years, the legends would again be used to help define the identity of those two nations.

Not only is this thesis trying to justify Saladin’s success and behavior, these later legends are deeply intertwined with justifications for imperialism and scientific racism. The unpacking of these legends will not only help the reader to better understand who Saladin truly was, but understand the culture of Europe as well.

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The historians to be analyzed, such as Lane-Poole and Gibb, were heavily influenced not only by Scott, but by an imperialist worldview as well. So if there is a link between modern imperialism and romantic literature, what is imperialism?

Imperialism is defined as the extension of power and influence that one entity exerts on another.232 Modern imperialism, specifically deals with the domination of the world by European nations during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

While this domination most obviously done through military force, European imperialism employed multiple methods, from economic to social controls, to dominate huge sections of the world throughout the modern period. A major part of imperialism, and where the legends of Saladin become important, is the literature of imperialism. Literary imperialism is a grouping of ideals, attributed to Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that favor European conquest and domination of non-European nations and peoples.233

Specifically when talking about the history of modern imperialism in the Middle East, one can clearly see this domination as not just militarily and economically, but culturally as well. British and French imperialist had little respect for any of the cultures that dominated the Levant, and did not believe them incapable of governing themselves.

Thus during the 1920s, they had the League of Nations create the system of mandates, not only to draw up borders for the region, but established imperialists powers to govern those territories as well.234 This patronizing form of  domination was common, it was done in Africa and Southeast Asia as well, and shows how little imperial governments viewed the native peoples of the regions they dominated. It is in the writings of imperialists that one finds the justification for this conquest and domination, and this is the link between imperialism and literature.235 This act of justification does not necessarily have to be a conscious one; rather it is the result of education and knowledge of the day reflected in the writings of those who lived in the empire.

This truth about imperialism is what Phillip Curtin discussed in his seminal work on the subject, Imperialism (1971): That imperialism was the means by which Europeans justified the empires they conquered through new industrialized technological means. Britain and France, the subject of this thesis, had the two largest empires during the zenith of modern imperialism, and thus both benefited the most from such writings.

Click here to read this thesis from James Madison University

Agelbert NOTE: European culture has, as you will learn by reading this thesis, a LONG history of pushing propaganda justifying the brutal and murderous subjugation of people who are not Europeans (that is, when said Europeans weren't busy trying to pillage each other) by the deliberate wide dissemination of lofty, high sounding rhetoric and clever claims that they are "doing God's will".

Pro-imperialst propaganda goes way back. It was composed almost exclusively of duplicitous double talk then, and continues to be every bit as bigoted, mendacious and self serving today.

Captalism is the logical socially destructive product of the imperialist world view in that, exactly like imperialsm, it justifies plunder, abuse, cruel subjugation and murder for naked self interest with lofty, high sounding baloney rhetoric about 'freedom' and 'liberty''. The difference is that, unlike under Imperialism, under Capitalism the plundering  of ANYBODY is 'justified' by greed. 
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July 6, 2015

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay. In part one, they focus on the revolutionary significance of the life of Tom Paine, a man who understood the moral imperative of revolt and was willing to pay the price.



July 7, 2015

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss Ferguson, Baltimore and the need to build a movement with candidates that targets white supremacy and corporate capitalism



July 8, 2015

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the Bernie Sanders campaign and the role of violence in revolution


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=1399
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December 4, 2017

Undoing New Deal: The 1944 Coup Against VP Henry Wallace

Historian Peter Kuznick and Paul Jay discuss the historical context of the fight between the Sanders' progressive wing against the oligarchy within the Democratic Party; the overthrow of Vice President Wallace by an alliance of party bosses and Southern racists was a turning point in the decades long process to roll back the New Deal


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20577%27%20style=%27color:#000;

Agelbert NOTE: Henry Wallace knew what was coming and did his best to prevent it. That is why the Traitorous American Fascists took him down. The Fascist Representatives of Wall Street then began their march to total Fascism in the USA. We are there. 



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December 7, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: Truman's Cold War Buries Wallace and the Left

Historian Peter Kuznick says Truman bought into the Republican's post-WWII campaign against Russia and used the hysteria to purge the Democratic Party and defeat former VP Henry Wallace in the '48 Presidential election; with host Paul Jay


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20636%27%20style=%27color:#000;
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Undoing the New Deal: Roosevelt Created A Social Safety Net, Not Socialism (pt3)

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Historian Peter Kuznick says the New Deal created necessary programs and regulations that mitigated the effects of the Great Depression, but he wouldn’t nationalize the banks or challenge private ownership.
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December 14, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: Truman Embraces the Cold War (pt4)

Historian Peter Kuznick says that while Truman supported the New Deal, he paved the way for its undoing by fueling the anti-communist, anti-socialist fervor which played into the hands of the right; with host Paul Jay


http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20700:Undoing-the-New-Deal:-Truman-Embraces-the-Cold-War-(pt4)
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  December 18, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: African-Americans, Racism and the FDR/Johnson Reforms (Pt5)

Historian Gerald Horne says that to pass the New Deal legislation, FDR allowed discriminatory practices to appease the racist Dixiecrat section of the Democratic Party; the reforms of the 60's that responded to the upsurge of the civil rights movement helped Black Americans, but have been undone by Democratic and Repubican administratons since - with host Paul Jay


http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20708:Undoing-the-New-Deal%3A-African-Americans%2C-Racism-and-the-FDRJohnson-Reforms-%28Pt5%29


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December 20, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: Clinton Rolled Back the Deal, Obama Blew a FDR Moment (pt6)

Historian Gerald Horne says that President Clinton's "reforms" were a staggering blow to the social safety net; President Obama had a rare political moment where he could have created a modern New Deal, but he wouldn't do it


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20689

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Historian Peter Kuznick: Three False Myths Americans Believe


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American University professor, Peter Kuznick, destroys the WWII myths that have underscored US foreign policy since 1945. Peter co-authored The Untold History of the United States with Oliver Stone. The book and a ten part film series are available from Amazon.
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The Truth Of The Wounded Knee Massacre Of December 29th 1890


Thom tells us the story of Wounded Knee on it's anniversary, what really happened over 126 years ago.

Thom Hartmann Dec. 29, 2017 3:00 pm
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The Truth Of The Wounded Knee Massacre Of December 29th 1890

Interesting. In a parallel universe, I am re-reading Evan Connell's masterful "Son of the Morning Star," a biographer of Custer and many of his contemporaries, including Sitting Bull. The proximate cause of Little Bighorn was the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, so, of course, the Sioux had to go. As well as the buffalo, for the railroads. Reading excerpts from newspapers of that time calling for a war of extermination on "Lo" (as in "Lo, the noble savage...") is eerily familiar.
Remember how while Americans were horrified when Rap Brown said, "Violence is as American as cherry pie?"

I didn't know about the discovery of gold in the Black Hills triggering the Little Bighorn, but I am not surprised. Americans were, and still are, quite willing to wipe an entire people or culture out, if they are told said culture or people is in the way of "progress". Many will claim that is not so. They are deluding themselves.

Over the years I have tried to figure out how and when this happened, beyond the normal tendency of the average human being to engage in murder and mayhem if the the government backs it, of course. For example, Americans were quite willing to slaughter each other during the Civil War. Who were these people? They were mostly peaceful farmers who used rifles to to protect their property and to occasionally hunt.

After the Civil War, the NEXT big war changed the American soldier's character for good (i.e. for REALLY BAD!). The Spanish American War, though small and insignificant compared with WWI, played a singular role in brutalizing the averge male American far beyond the experience of warring Native Americans or fellow Americans in the Civil War.

In the Philippines, the concentration camp slow torture and deliberate selective murder of unarmed relatives (women and children) was perfected for the purpose of getting the "insurgents" to surrender, at which time they were double crossed and mostly killed too. The "patriotic" murder of people outside our country, who looked a little different, then became part of the mindset of the average male American. If the soldier wasn't racist before he went into the military, he became a racist while there.

By the time the really big wars came along, even the "Geneva Convention", that happened somewhere along the way to our present murdering madness, did little or nothing to stop routine massacres and torture and murder of unarmed prisoners just for the hell of it.

Remember the Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan around 2003 that, after they had murdered women "accidentally", went through the "trouble" of extracting the bullets from the bodies so that American ordnance would not be found in the victims? You know, you have to have sunk to a completely monstrous level of empathy deficit disordered cold logic to even contemplate such a monstrous act. Yet these well trained elite American forces did it without batting an eye. I will never thank them for that "service".

Several generations of war and media approved racism of the "other" have made most American males into the most bellicose, morally depraved, unrepentant, history challenged, might is right believing killing machines in the history of the world. The rest of the nations of the world are well advised to fear us. Trump or no Trump, this country's soldiers are second only to Catastrophic Climate Change as an extinction threat to humanity.
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