The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe


"There is a gentleman, rather the worse for wear, at Ryan's 4th ward polls, who goes under the cognomen of Edgar A. Poe,
and who appears in great distress, & he says he is acquainted with you, he is in need of immediate assistance." Was the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theories.
- - Smithsonian
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American Masters

American Masters is a yearly exhibit organized by the Salmagundi Club in NYC.


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After every public health disaster, CDC bureaucrats play the money card

while expanding their regulatory and research reach into anti-gun screeds, anti-smoking propaganda, anti-bullying lessons,
gender inequity studies and unlimited behavior modification programs that treat individual vices–personal lifestyle choices–as germs to be eradicated.... At $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000. Those evil, stingy Republicans actually approved CDC funding increases in January larger than what President Obama requested.
Michelle Malkin | サ The Centers for Everything But Disease Control
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These people are our enemies.

They don't use guns, yet, but they are just as dangerous, determined, and duplicitous as the communists we faced in the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and bush wars across the globe, and the Nazis we faced in World War II.
It is time we fully internalized and digested this fact, with all its ugly ramifications. These people have violated countless laws and could be prosecuted, had we the political power. Not only are their policies unconstitutional, but deliberately so -- the goal being to make the Constitution irrelevant. Their spending is off the charts and will drive us into hyperinflation, but it could be rescinded, had we the political power. These policies are toxic, but they could be stopped and reversed, had we the political power. Their ideologies are poisonous, but they could be exposed for what they are, with long jail sentences as an object lesson, had we the political power.
- - : Cloward-Piven Government
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When I see some of these young people run­ning their game I want to say:

“Kid, I ran with bik­ers, shot junk, robbed banks; my hands have taken lives and saved lives when I was active military; I worked with the Billy Gra­ham Cru­sade; I got a mil­lion miles of high­way under my ass, slept with dogs, danced with angels, I got screw­drivers older than you … what ya gonna show me, uh? Spillers of Soup: MEMORY LANE
It's better to burn out than it is to rust.... There's more to the picture Than meets the eye.

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Lest we forget...

“One can’t be angry with one’s own time without damage to oneself.” Robert Musil in The Man without Qualities

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The Bumped "As I was saying.... Pablo Picasso painted this when he was 15 years old"


I rest my case. -- 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today

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Why Are We Letting In Immigrants Who Don’t Know What A Germ Is?

The real problem is that they’re in America at all
– because America’s lawmakers have no more concept of “keeping out people from primitive societies” then the primitive societies do of germs. They believe that diversity in immigration is an unmixed good. And that’s almost as superstitious as the belief that Ebola is caused by a curse.
The Fulford File | Invincible Ignorance And Ebola / VDARE.COM
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So, why don’t people remember the facts?

I can think of plenty of reasons. They reject facts that don’t conform with their political viewpoints.
And/or they probably didn’t follow the details closely in the first place: BOR-ING. Or, if they did follow them closely at the time, they don’t remember much, like the content of a course they took years ago. Maybe they even crammed for the final, but they forgot almost all of it when the final was over and they didn’t need to know it anymore. And then, ever since that final, imagine that they’ve also been crammed full of information that contradicted what they originally had learned for the test. Then they would be even less likely to remember correctly. In fact, the later information would probably crowd out the earlier.
neo-neocon Correcting the record on the Iraq War: why it's preaching to the choir
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The lie can hold 90% of the ideological ground, and this will never be sufficient,


hence the inevitable "totalitarian temptation" of the left.
Truth must be burned from our midst and its ground salted in order to kill it, but even then, you can't, because truth isn't ours to create or destroy (see the Resurrection for details). Or, at the other end, see the Soviet Union for details.
One Cʘsmos: Sudden, Like a Word
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Building the Largest Ship In the World, South Korea


Maersk has commissioned 20 Triple E’s to be built, and I arrived on the day of the delivery and naming ceremony of the 9th of those ships, the Matz Maersk
(there were 8 other Triple E’s at different stages of production at the shipyard at the same time). After the champagne smashing ceremony I was expecting a tour of the ship from someone who knew it inside and out – instead I was just told “here it is – off you go!”. “Er OK … do you have a map?”. “No. The engine is that way, the bridge is that way. Have fun, and make sure you aren’t on board in 5 hours because the ship will be leaving for Russia.” So off I went …
-- Photographer Alastair Philip Wiper
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Rules to Live By


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The 31 Most Important Mullets That Ever Existed

Featuring: 1. This classy, elegant mullet.


and14. This superb jean short/hip phone/mullet combo.

-- 29 more @ BuzzFed

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Life continues in the bubble,

where the apparatchiks master useless #HashtagGovernance in the vacuous deadspace of social media,
where ADD-addled, id-driven, narcissism rules, and the number of “likes” and retweets of the progressive outrage / rah-rah phrase-of-the-day are substitutes for effective action. Swarms of administrative law commissars crawl the country sniffing out any violation of the most ridiculous regulations by the smallest entity so they can be extorted into ideological compliance with the thinkers in the bubble. Statistics are created and corrupted to fit a narrative that stands reality on its head, and the gullible populace is expected to swallow it.
Psychosis | Ivy Mike Cafe
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To suppose that science can liberate humankind from ignorance requires considerable credulity.

We know how science has been used in the past—not only to alleviate the human lot, but equally to serve tyranny and oppression.
The notion that things might be fundamentally different in the future is an act of faith—one as gratuitous as any of the claims of religion, if not more so. Consider Pascal. One of the founders of modern probability theory and the designer of the world’s first mass-transit system, he was far too intelligent to imagine that human reason could resolve perennial questions.
An Appetite for Wonder Review: The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins | New Republic
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A smart politician on the Right would be wise to champion a la carte cable.


A better example is MSNBC. This sob story in the Lunatic Times reports that their best shows draw fewer eyes than late night informercials.....
I love how the Times tries to equate Fox News with MSNBC, like they are mirrors. That’s insane, of course. Fox is pretty much straight news with a prime time of infotainment shows. O’Reilly, Hannity and the others are entertainers. They generate the big ratings and that’s how you pay the bills, usually. MSNBC is just a parade of screaming lunatics. Rachel Madow looks and sounds like a woman struggling with her sanity. A generation ago, these people would never been allowed to be on television.
Subsidizing The Crazy at The Z Blog
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The Columbian Man. Don't Be That Guy.

Via HappyAcres
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What a despicable group of tyrants the freewheeling leftists of the early 1960s have become.

Those who rose up against the “machine” back then are still working from the old operator’s manual.

Miraculously, they still manage to convince themselves that they have not become the machine against which they once railed. And somewhere along the line they concocted the screwball idea of “hate speech”—I doubt such a concept so much as existed in 1964—and began fallaciously arguing that it was a fundamentally different thing from free speech. They spun a magical illusory world where “civil rights” and “civil liberties” are somehow at odds with one another.
How the Free Speech Movement Stopped Moving - Taki's Magazine

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We have arrived at a moment with our elite institutions where it is impossible to distinguish incompetence from willful misdirection.

Frieden was asked during a press conference if you could contract Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus
— a question prompted by a statement from President Obama the week before, when he declared that you can’t get Ebola “through casual contact, like sitting next to someone on a bus.” Frieden answered: “I think there are two different parts of that equation. The first is, if you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone? And the answer is no. Second, if you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus? And the answer to that is also no. You might become ill, you might have a problem that exposes someone around you.”
Six Reasons to Panic | The Weekly Standard [Time for someone to give Frieden an ISIS haircut, pour encourger les autres. ]
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I had the idea that narrative in crisis goes through 3 phases:

denial, overconfident half measures to restore normalcy and when that fails, panic.
What follows the panic is probably a paradigm shift. It’s time for one. The current PC paradigm has been failing for some time. The rise in terrorism and Ebola have highlighted its shortcomings, although the old players are still trying to force the new situation into the same old tired talking points with ever more absurd results.
Belmont Club
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Pope Paul was dead right in Humanae Vitae; that if we did not draw the line at contraception, we would be on the “slippery slope” to real, murderous barbarism.

Everything that has happened in Western society in the forty-six years since, has borne this out.

Moreover, every Christian denomination that has abandoned that front line — on sexual morality — is now in advanced stages of collapse, from one thing that led to another. This is demonstrable fact, not rhetorical posture; just as the emptying of Catholic churches by the innovations of the 1960s is demonstrable fact.
David Warren, Saving grace? : Essays in Idleness

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“In North America, in the year 2013, there are three classes of people,”


the team’s most sympathetic chronicler once explained:
“H,” for baseline Human—clean of mutant genes, allowed to breed. “A,” for Anamolous [sic.] Human—a normal person possessing mutant genetic potential … … Forbidden to breed. “M,” for Mutant. The bottom of the heap, made pariahs and outcasts by the Mutant Control Act of 1988. Hunted down and—with a few rare exceptions—killed without mercy. In the quarter-century since the act’s passage, millions have died. They were the lucky ones.
Marvel Comics and “the Most Intricate Fictional Narrative in the History of the World”
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After his encounter with the gelding knife....


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I expected a more pussified version of Clinton

President POS

with a bigger dose of self-regard. He would fiddle around the edges here and there,
maybe raise taxes a bit, get out of the Bush wars and that’s about it. I never imagined he would be so clownishly incompetent. I fully assumed the adults would keep him from breaking anything important for fear he would be a one term president. Boy was I wrong.... He will be remembered as President Ebola, the man who willingly imported a plague into the United States.
President Ebola at The Z Blog
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Historic Man and Person of the Year




Measure twice. Cut once.

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Tough as Old Moss

Although they may seem soft and tufty, moss plants are so tough that they can survive freezing for as many as 1,530 years..... This year, British Antarctic Survey researchers reported that they had regrown mosstrapped in Antarctic ice for a millennium and a half. The American Scholar: - Josie Glausiusz
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Presenting that which is currently pretending to be the first lady....

Michelle O Does Something Weird With a Turnip | Truth Revolt Warning: Watching this vine may cause a sudden urge to vomit or throw your computer out a window.
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Threat Assessment In Our Schools…I’m So Confused

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Sippican's Two Sons

Sippican Cottage: From Hornets To Ladybugs The roof over this room was open to the air when we moved here,

and while we got rid of the squirrels when I climbed up there and fixed it, the hornets stayed. The windows in the dormer were in such bad shape that the hornets passed in and out through the defunct weight pockets and the window frames. My Heir and I got some old, salvaged windows from a neighbor's remodel, and some boards from another neighbor who was cleaning out his garage, and we installed the windows in place of the old ones, and trimmed it out with the free boards. Now the room is filled with ladybugs. I hope my boys' lives will go from hornets to ladybugs in the same way -- with patient, unyielding effort. I am filled with doubts. How much better do they need to be before anyone notices that they're extraordinary?

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A Light Unto the Ages


Livermore's mysterious lightbulb: Some mysteries never dim with time.
One of them is hanging from an electrical wire in Livermore. At Livermore Fire Station No. 6 is a lightbulb that has not burned out in 110 [113] years. Nobody, even in this golden age of technology, knows why. And no one wants to unscrew the bulb to find out."It still gives that warm, comfy glow," said retired Livermore fire Division Chief Lynn Owens. "In this transient modern world, this lightbulb is really something you can trust. And nobody knows the mystery of it." The bulb's page is
Livermore's Centennial Light Bulb
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Little Hitlers

Dictatorship, or the urge toward it, is not confined to heads of government, indeed it probably lies lurking in all or most of us; nor is the worst stupidity the most obvious stupidity. If anything, the stupidity of the bright and well-educated is the worst, because the most self-confident. - - Dalrymple, The Despot Within
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And a gay old time was had by all....

File under "Two roosters don't make a chicken:"Japan Zoo Discovers How Not to Breed Hyenas
Staff at Maruyama Zoo in the northern city of Sapporo spent years trying to get two spotted hyenas to reproduce with zero success only to find that both animals were male. Hyenas Kami and Kamutori arrived as “a couple” at the zoo from South Korea in October 2010 and were put in the same cage for breeding in 2012. The zoo said in a statement that the two animals never showed any breeding behavior and were very often fighting. “They remained confrontational, leaving bite marks on each other,” one of the zookeepers told Japan Real Time.

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The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction


Traveling from the verdant, mossy coastal belt of the Pacific Northwest, one could be forgiven for feeling that the defining characteristic of Eastern Washington is its dryness.
It's a land seemingly starved of rain in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains. But the dry landscape known as the “Scablands” actually tells a story about excess—excess of water, water that was torrential and sudden. The Scablands are essentially wounds, still unhealed by time and erosion. They cut through the land and down into the rock after a series of unfathomably large floods unleashed by the catastrophic draining of great glacial lakes—half the volume of Lake Michigan splashed onto the land in less than a week. If you can imagine that, you’ve got us beat. The story recorded in this landscape is so incredible, it took one geologist decades to convince his colleagues that he was reading it correctly.
-- | Ars Technica
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This week in Nonstop Pumpkinization of Things, Traders Joe edition, we have:

LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014
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Time Waits For No One


By this time in the election cycle, the public should have been awash with stories about how a poor, minimum wage worker at Walmart has lost her health insurance due to corporate greed and why that greed has is leading America closer to single payer. Everyone should now be focusing on how the resurgent economy would be trending on Twitter were it not for the sabotage of conservative news outlets — paid for by the Koch brothers. Instead what is trending are stories like ‘War against Isis: US strategy in tatters as militants march on‘ or ‘Despite airstrikes, ISIS forces draw nearer to Baghdad‘. Or ‘Texas health worker becomes first person to contract Ebola in U.S.‘ The horror, the horror. Belmont Club »
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What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize through Airport Security


You would think that carrying around a Nobel Prize would be uneventful, and it was uneventful, until I tried to leave Fargo with it, and went through the X-ray machine. I could see they were puzzled. It was in my laptop bag. It’s made of gold, so it absorbs all the X-rays—it’s completely black. And they had never seen anything completely black.
“They’re like, ‘Sir, there’s something in your bag.’ I said, ‘Yes, I think it’s this box.’ They said, ‘What’s in the box?’ I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does. So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’ I said, ‘gold.’ And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’

At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor. I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, ‘Why were you in Fargo?’” | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network
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The Man Who Was Buried Twice


"Here lies the body of Lewis Galdy who departed this life at Port Royal on December 22, 1739 aged 80. He was born at Montpelier in France but left that country for his religion and came to settle in this island where he was swallowed up in the Great Earthquake in the year 1692 and by the providence of God was by another shock thrown into the sea and miraculously saved by swimming until a boat took him up. He lived many years after in great reputation. Beloved by all and much lamented at his Death. ——The Appendix
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47 Years Ago Today: The Fastest Manned Aircraft Flight Ever.


A by-product of speed in the atmosphere is friction, and a by-product of friction is heat.
Pete Knight’s X-15A-2 begins to melt. The leading edge of the wings glow at over a thousand degrees. Even at high altitude the air molecules can’t get out of the way fast enough to dissipate heat. So chunks of Knight’s X-15 begin to burn and fall off. Big chunks. During flight, shock waves burn through the leading edge of the lower ventral fin igniting a series of small fires in the engine housing. Near the explosive nitrogen tanks.

Mach 6.

Knight already has the throttle advanced to the forward stop. One of two things will happen; he will complete his fuel burn and set a new speed record by a massive margin…

He passes through Mach 6.5.

Or, he will disintegrate as the accumulation of heat causes a massive structural failure of his airframe that will result in an instantaneous explosion of any unburned fuel. It’s unlikely much wreckage will be found.

Mach 6.6.

A big part of the X-15A-2’s ventral fin ignites and burns completely through. It flies off the aircraft, tracing a bright, burning arc to the desert floor.

Mach 6.7..... | ALERT 5
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Who Says There's No Good News?

Fox ratings lap lesbian: Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever.
“Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s signature morning program, scored its second-lowest quarterly ratings, reaching an average of just 87,000 viewers in the key news demographic group. And “Ronan Farrow Daily,” the network’s heavily promoted new afternoon show, which stars a 26-year-old Rhodes Scholar with a high-profile Hollywood lineage, has been largely a dud.
Leaning Forward, MSNBC Loses Ground to Rival CNN -
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Don’t let Obama, his mainstream media running dogs or the permanently pessimistic fool you.

Obama does not want to come out of midterms without the Dems, who are his major moral support.
You can only get so much of that from Valerie Jarrett, Michelle, your mother-in-law and coddled daughters. For all of Obama’s blustering bravado, his kissing up to ISIS, his laying out the welcome mat for a bevy of diseases passed on to Americans by illegal aliens with contagious diseases flooding the southern border, Obama disappears rather than faces up to his critics. Imagine how naked this emperor will feel without his clapping seal Dems who have been with him since inauguration and even before.
First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin
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