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The Verdict is in: Guess Who’s The Worst President in US History?

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Mark Rain (CC BY 2.0)

Jeff61b via HubPages:

Americans of all stripes love to debate which president was best or worst. This is a subject that is too important to rely on opinion polls, which are skewed by individual bias and political views. While It’s difficult to rate how good or bad any president may have been in comparison to another, a careful look at the facts shows one president failed in virtually every aspect of the job to a degree unrivaled by any other.

When you review the facts below and consider his impact on our economy, foreign policy, and domestic policy, by almost any standard, it’s difficult to find any president who did more harm and left the country in worse shape than George W. Bush.

At the same time that Bush was leaving office with a 28% job approval rating, 61% of historians rated George W. Bush’s presidency as the worst in history.

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GOP’s Favorite Socialist Program Lost $8.5 Trillion And Will Bankrupt America

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Rmuse via Politics USA:

For several years, if not decades, Republicans have, and still do, claim that any American who is not anti-government, anti-taxation, anti-women’s rights, anti-immigration, anti-theocracy, and anti-democracy is a raving socialist. Yesterday Ted Cruzaccused Hillary Clinton of being a “wild-eyed socialist” who will do serious damage to America, and it is so typical for a Republican to use that term because they know most Americans are ignorant of what socialism entails. Socialism is simply “an economic and political system where all major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual companies or people, or a societal system in which there is no private property.” Obviously, neither Hillary Clinton, nor any Democrat supports or advocates for socialism, including SenatorBernie Sanders who claims to be a democratic socialist. In fact, democratic socialism isa political ideology involving a combination of political democracy with government ownership and control of all major industries.

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‘Sea Monster’ Figurehead Hauled from the Baltic Sea

Credit: Foto Ingemar Lundgren, Ocean Discovery

Credit: Foto Ingemar Lundgren, Ocean Discovery

A ship figurehead from the flagship of King Hans of Denmark, the Gribshunden, has been recovered. It resembles either a “cowling dog or perhaps a fantastical sea dragon with a helpless human clutched in its jaws.” The ship last sailed in 1495 and this figurehead could provide clues into how ships were once built.

Tia Ghose via Live Science:

The sunken ship could provide an unprecedented look at how warships were made at that pivotal time in world history.

“What is unique is that there are no other warships from this time in the world,” said Marcus Sandekjer, the director of the Blekinge Museum in Karlskrona, Sweden, where the figurehead is being kept.

The Gribshunden, or the “Grip Dog,” could even provide clues to the construction of the ships that Christopher Columbus used to sail to North America, he added.

The team isn’t quite sure what a “grip dog” is.

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The Mystery of the Phrygian Ruts: Lost Civilization or Ancient Aliens?

WARNING: If you are driven to the edge of Migraine by Ancient Alien theories, Lost Civilizations, UFOs and especially can’t stand that dude with the crazy hair by all that is Holy, in the name of Neil deGrasse Tyson, STOP READING NOW.image

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. There are unusual rut-like formations preserved in stone that date back millions of years, long before humankind is supposed to have harnessed that kind of technology. The formations are located in a remote area of modern day Turkey and are baffling archaeologists and historians alike.

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How Muzak Shaped A Conformist America

Tonya Riley via All That is Interesting:

Although it might be easier to ignore in an age where nearly ever American carries thousands of songs in their pocket, the unmistakable sound of Muzak still haunts us all. An estimated 100 million people (nearly a third of America’s population) are exposed to Muzak’s background music each day, whether in an elevator, on hold with the cable company or elsewhere. Although the Muzak brand technically went bankrupt in 2009 and lost its name in 2013 after new owners moved in, its technology set the stage for almost a century of bland, instrumental music that became the soundtrack to postwar America and continues to this day.

Muzak was founded in 1934 by former Army General George O. Squier, who had led the U.S. Army’s communication efforts during World War I. Squier was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1919 after his patented multiplexing system allowed for multiple signals to be transferred over one phone line.

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The Future of Work: We Have Been Here Before

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Nana B Agyei (CC BY 2.0)

Paul Saffo via Pacific Standard:

The latest entry in a special project in which business and labor leaders, social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and journalists weigh in on the most consequential changes in the workplace.

This is not the first time society has fretted over the impact of ever-smarter machines on jobs and work—and not the first time we have overreacted. In the Depression-beset 1930s, labor Jeremiahs warned that robots would decimate American factory jobs. Three decades later, mid-1960s prognosticators offered a hopeful silver lining to an otherwise apocalyptic assessment of automation’s dark cloud: the displacement of work and workers would usher in a new “leisure society.”

Reality stubbornly ignored 1930s and 1960s expectations. The robots of extravagant imagination never arrived. There was ample job turbulence but as Keynes forecast in 1930, machines created more jobs than they destroyed. Boosted by a World War, unemployment dropped from a high of 25 percent in 1933 to under two percent in 1944.

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New Clues in the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Almost half a millennia ago 115 British colonists vanished without a trace from an island outside of North Carolina, the site of the first attempt at a permanent English colony in the New World.

A reconstruction of the Fort at Roanoke colony.

A reconstruction of the Fort at Roanoke colony.

All that was left was a skeleton and the word “Croatoan,” the name of a nearby tribe of Native Americans, scrawled on a post and “Cro” carved into a tree. There was no sign of struggle, illness, or tragedy.

Theories abound, from colonists assimilating into nearby tribes, massacre to even Spanish intrigue, but little hard evidence exists.

Recently, however, new evidence has been unearthed that seems to back the assimilation theories.

The Inquisitr reports:

The working theory at the moment is that the 115 colonists went their separate ways — two groups of them assimilated with the Natives, but kept their possessions.

And now it’s their possessions that are providing some critical evidence and they’ve been found at two possible sites: one on Hatteras Island, 50 miles from their original settlement, and the second on the mainland near a possible fort.

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Until Recently There Was No Such Thing as “Government” in Most of the World

John Vibes via Antimedia:

(ANTIMEDIA) Everything we know about history is wrong—in many ways. Even so, there is one particular lie that is especially damaging to the consciousness of the general population. It is the idea that most of humanity has existed under governments and empires throughout history.

To be clear, it is true that governments, empires, and other forms of organized thuggery took place throughout history, but these plantations only stretched so far. Vast areas of the planet were inhabited by free and relatively peaceful groups of people. They traded amongst themselves and helped each other through hard times—without authority and organized violence. Since the word “government” means so many different things to so many different people, for the sake of this conversation we can define the term as: “A territorial monopoly of force within a specific geographical region.”

One of the most popular misconceptions about human history is that there is no example of a thriving and peaceful anarchist society in our past.

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The Ghost Infested Island of Lake Huron

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One summer while I was still in elementary school, my mom, dad, and sister, visited Mackinac Island. We stayed there for about a week. The island is just off the coast of Michigan in Lake Huron and it’s a rather idyllic little place. No cars are allowed on the island, people get around by bike or horse buggy

It’s also home to a rather rich paranormal past. Being a naive kid, I didn’t understand the rich history this little island held. I certainly didn’t realize it was haunted. To be honest, I’m not sure if my pops did either, otherwise I’m sure he would have used it to his advantage to terrify my little sister and I.

If you want to learn more about Mackinac Island’s paranormal history, Brent Swancer has written at length about it over at Mysterious Universe:

Perhaps a good place to start would be at the historical epicenter of bloody violence on the island, Fort Mackinac.

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