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Monday, 27 March 2017

The Japanese Soldiers Who Wouldn’t Surrender

quote [ Emperor Hirohito’s announcement of Japan’s surrender at the end of the Second Word War came as a blessed relief to millions of Japanese who had suffered during the long hostilities, but not everybody was prepared to lay down their arms. Japanese soldiers had been indoctrinated to fight onto death, refuse surrender and sacrifice themselves instead of being taken as prisoners. ]
[SFW] [people] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:05amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 26 March 2017

OCR History: The Original Machine Learning

quote [ Teaching computers to read was one of the 20th century’s great challenges. At first, the secret to optical character recognition was purpose-built type. ]
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@1:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 25 March 2017

When a black fighter won ‘the fight of the century,’ race riots erupted across America

quote [ Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries, and black people were murdered for it ]
[SFW] [history] [+8 WTF]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:10amGMT] [5 comments]

Friday, 24 March 2017

The New York Community That Welcomed 1,000 WWII Refugees

quote [ Fort Ontario in Oswego became a safe haven for families fleeing Europe. ]
[SFW] [people] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:03amGMT] [7 comments]

Thursday, 23 March 2017

American Freedom: Sinclair Lewis and the Open Road

quote [ Some three decades before Kerouac and friends hit the road, Sinclair Lewis published Free Air, one of the very first novels about an automobile-powered road trip across the United States. Steven Michels looks at the particular vision of freedom espoused in the tale, one echoed throughout Lewis’ oeuvre. ]
[SFW] [travel]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:06amGMT] [0 comments]



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Black Man Stabbed to Death by White Supremacist–Then Smeared by Media

quote [ Reading media reports of a white supremacist hate crime, one would hardly know who was the killer and who the victim. ]
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+4]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:52pmGMT] [5 comments]

Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ Host, Dies at 87

quote [ His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was made into a film directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris. In the book, he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied. ]
[SFW] [obituaries] [+5 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:47amGMT] [5 comments]

Celebrating Nowruz in Iran

quote [ The rituals of the spring equinox offer hope for new beginnings in troubled times. ]
[SFW] [people] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@1:12amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

One Year in Helvetia

quote [ Welcome to Helvetia, population 59. In a high mountain valley “an hour from anywhere,” the little town sustains the traditions of the Swiss immigrants who settled there in 1869. West Virginia state folklorist Emily Hilliard spent 2016 documenting Helvetia’s seasonal celebrations to understand how this isolated community draws strength from its land, its history, and its people. ]
[SFW] [people] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:19amGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 20 March 2017

Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death

quote [ On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution. The water was turned up top 180 degrees — hot enough to steep tea or cook Ramen noodles. ]
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+6 WTF]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:39amGMT] [13 comments]



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