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Created by John Eipper on 08/19/10 5:00 PM

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Crime (Ronald Hilton, USA, 05/26/11 12:55 am)

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Orlando Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen; "Bacha Bazi" (Massoud Malek, USA, 06/14/16 3:29 am) In a video, Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, who committed the worst mass shooting in the US history, said: "He was a good and educated son; the sight of two men in Miami kissing anger ...
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The Beast in the Dark: Taharrush; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 01/16/16 5:02 am) Gary Moore writes: I want to address here a meta-phenomenon glimpsed in many WAIS posts. A recent puzzle piece, the Cologne New Year's mob in Germany, has taken a ...
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Two Chicago-Area Crimes (David Duggan, USA, 11/06/15 6:40 pm) The media in these parts (Chicago) are abuzz about two off-the-charts crime stories. The first is that the "too good to be true" police Lt. "GI Joe" Gliniewicz's widely public ...
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History (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Midway, D-Day, Frank Lloyd Wright (David Duggan, USA, 06/08/17 9:23 pm) I am surprised that two significant anniversaries passed unnoticed by WAISers: the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, both earlier this week. Toge ...
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West Texas Historical Association Meeting, Lubbock (Richard Hancock, USA, 04/19/17 3:37 am) Nancy and I attended the annual meeting of West Texas Historical Association from April 6-9. I have driven around Lubbock many times but I have never spent any time there. Lubbock has a populat ...
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Bias in Wikipedia: The Faked Conquest of Castelnuovo (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/24/17 10:18 am) Lately some WAIS posts have relied heavily on Wikipedia, as well as photos and films. Especially when covering the last two centuries, however, Wikipedia is not always the "truth" but the po ...
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German Holocaust (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Bernd Rother's "Franco y el Holocausto" (David Pike, France, 01/21/17 5:51 am) I followed the good advice of WAISer Angel Viñas and ordered the fine work of Bernd Rother, Franco y el Holocausto. Now that I've read it, allow me to make a few points, from the t ...
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re: Holocaust: Voyage of SS St Louis (John Heelan, UK) (John Eipper, USA, 10/22/06 3:32 pm) John Heelan sends this response to Bienvenido Macario's 21 October post on the ill-fated 1939 voyage of the *SS St Louis*: There is a very good account of the SS St. Louis and the tragic ...
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re: Hitler and the Jews (Vincent Littrell, Belgium) (John Eipper, USA, 10/22/06 3:27 pm) Vincent Littrell writes: Rereading Christopher Jones's comment from 18 October, "Of course, Adolf Hitler only wished the best for the world, and the Allies were led to believe that hi ...
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Historical Figures (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Did Birds Determine Columbus's Destiny? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/20/17 4:57 am) In a previous post I wrote about Manifest Destiny in the US. In recent days, while trying to take my mind off a painful leg, I remembered something in particular. If we go back to the good old days of ...
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"A Grand Pipe": Herbert Hoover Letter at Leavitt & Peirce (David A. Westbrook, USA, 11/07/15 3:34 am) Fellow WAISers: On a recent visit to Cambridge, Massachusetts, I stopped by the venerable Leavitt & Peirce, purveyor of tobacco, pipes, games, and the like. Many years ago, as a ...
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Obituaries: Alliluyeva, Ojukwu, Russell (Nigel Jones, UK, 12/01/11 3:57 am) As a connoisseur of the Obituary columns (far and away the most interesting bits of a newspaper), I note a particularly heavy week for a trio who were rarely out of the news headlines in the late 1960 ...
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Decline of West (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Robert Harris on Empire (John Heelan, UK, 11/23/15 6:48 am) In his latest book Dictator in the trilogy about Marcus Tullius Cicero (layer, politician, commentator on politics and law) and the decline of the Roman Empire, Robert Harris has Cicero musin ...
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Social Unrest and Decline of Parliamentarianism (Jon Kofas, Greece, 10/03/11 2:09 am) US protesters in New York remain vigilant against Wall Street capitalism that the two-party system guards while pretending to uphold the welfare of citizens. That the police arrested 700 New Yorkers t ...
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EUROPE: The decline of culture (John Eipper, USA, 06/19/05 2:51 pm) The Economist (5/14/05) asked: Which best captures the spirit of Europe: the "Mona Lisa", the "Moonlight Sonata", "Hamlet!, or "Diggi-Loo, Diggi Ley"? No contest; the last one won. Other winning s ...
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Learning History (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Doctored Historical Photos, and a Mussolini Slogan (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/10/17 3:07 pm) Once in a while, WAIS discusses how history is taught in different countries. I can assure you that in Italy it is taught in a politically correct manner. In an 18 December 1934 speech at Littor ...
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Ignorance, Apathy and History: Wineburg in *LA Times* (Francisco Ramirez, USA, 10/24/11 2:14 am) From both the left and the right it is fashionable to assume that younger folks know very little about history. This is especially the charge with respect to younger American students. The charge is r ...
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History Lessons (Daryl DeBell, US) (John Eipper, USA, 09/09/06 4:00 pm) The Economist (7/8/06) has an article "History lessons". Daryl DeBell comments:Since I am naif regarding history, I am reluctant to comment on the subject, but I am curious about it, and this article ...
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