Category Archives: history

Colorado Shooting and the Ongoing Gun Control Debates


The Colorado theater shooting spree last night will no doubt get us all buzzing again about the relative merits of changing the laws about guns.    I’m not holding my breath on solutions because in my view and as usual … Continue reading

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Eadweard J. Muybridge Google Doodle


Don’t miss today’s Google Doodle featuring an awesome animation inspired by the work of Eadweard J. Muybridge, a photographer whose innovative work was some of the earliest in the transition to modern day filmmaking.   Muybridge was hired by California industrialist Leland … Continue reading

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World Record for Largest Observed Snowflake … on a Google Doodle?


The World record for the largest observed snowflake … according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was attained this day of January 28th in 1887.  The city was Fort Keogh, Montana and the observer was a farmer. Google’s doodle … Continue reading

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The Civil War costs and benefits suggest Lincoln was wrong.


I’ve just finished watching Ken Burns “The Civil War” and (as usual) I think I’d argue a very unusual position in terms of what the North and South “should” have done given the massive cost in lives and prosperity and … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet – Full Text of the Play


ACT I PROLOGUE Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!


In one of the great ironies that makes our country great, we learn about the history of mother’s day in the USA.  Far from the happy sentimental hallmark moments we all enjoy now, Mother’s Day holiday history traces the origins … Continue reading

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History of the Democrats – part deux. The SEO edition.


Well, my “history of the democratic party” experiment has been very interesting to say the least.   The original article at Travel and History is ranking pretty well at Google – currently 15th.  However the previous post here at JoeDuck, … Continue reading

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