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Although on the surface Dublin remained moderately prosperous, beneath it was deteriorating. The city had some of the worst slums in Europe.


Infant and child mortality was unusually high, with tuberculosis a particular scourge; Cleanliness and sanitation were practically non-existent.


An investigation in 1910 revealed that 20,000 families were living in just one room.


A two-week survey of 22 public houses or taverns revealed that among the customers were more than 46,000 women and 28,000 children.

Posted on: Dec 02 15:54

In the 1960s, the motto for hair was quite clear: "Go big or go home!"


Celebrities like Dolly Parton, Priscilla Presley, and Brigitte Bardot all sported voluminous hairstyles that made them look effortlessly fabulous.


But let's face it, not everyone took advantage of this trend. Some attempts at 1960s hairstyles are best left in the past.


To achieve those lofty styles, people drenched their hair in hairspray, turning bedtime into a nightmare.


Despite the struggles, these extraordinary hairstyles became very popular, symbolizing the rebellious and adventurous spirit of the time.


Posted on: Dec 02 15:50

 In this collection of actors, musicians, and general celebrities who are lending their support to Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election, we'll shine a light on some notable individuals who have spoken out to the public while recognizing the importance of their influential voices in shaping the political landscape. Has formally supported Biden's candidacy. ,

Posted on: Dec 02 14:06

There was a distinct change in men's hairstyles in the 1940s, influenced by the impact of World War II. The prevailing styles embraced practicality and neatness.


Short, thin sides with long tops became popular, reflecting the military-inspired cuts of the time.


The "Ivy League" haircut, with shorter sides and a slightly longer top, gained popularity, often associated with sophistication and academic circles.


Additionally, the pompadour emerged as a stylish option that epitomized gentle elegance with its slicked-back top and defined side parts, adopted by Hollywood icons and fashion-conscious people.

Posted on: Dec 02 14:04

 Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos like you've never seen before will not only remind you of the good old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days, but will also give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew . About your favorite film and television stars, the biggest movies, the hottest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn some things about the sixties, seventies, and eighties that you never knew before.

Posted on: Dec 02 14:00

 Born on October 25, 1881 in the picturesque city of Málaga, Spain, Picasso emerged as a prodigy who left an indelible mark on the art world. His journey through the decades was no less than a rollercoaster, involving innovation, experimentation and a constant pursuit of creative expression. We'll witness the evolution of Picasso's talent, from the colorful streets of Barcelona to the bustling art scene of Paris, as we delve deeper into the extraordinary life and prolific work of this iconic artist.


Picasso's artistic journey spanned seven remarkable decades, during which he created an astonishing 50,000 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more. With a restless spirit and an insatiable appetite for artistic exploration, he refused to be limited to a single style or medium, crossing traditional boundaries with every brushstroke.


Picasso's life was not a mere chronicle of his artistic endeavors. His personal life was equally interesting, featuring tumultuous love affairs, friendships with other luminaries such as Georges Braque and Gertrude Stein, and his unwavering passion for the creative process. Picasso's art and life are intertwined in a dance of inspiration and revelation, and his influence echoes through generations of artists, making him an enduring symbol of artistic liberation.

Posted on: Dec 02 13:56

 Forget what you learned in history books. Often they tell only one side of a nuanced story. The rare finds collected here show an aspect of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of the stories we think we know to reveal little-known facts that make history more fascinating. If you're ready to see a different side of history than what you already know, click ahead...the truth is waiting for you!


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Posted on: Dec 02 12:49

 In a move that could pit women’s advocates and transgender activists against each other, the Education Department has opened an investigation into an alleged incident involving a trans-identifying student exposing his male genitalia to freshman girls.

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Posted on: Dec 02 12:09

 A Democratic staffer on Capitol Hill was apparently triggered by the Christmas decorations put up outside a neighboring congressman’s office, calling the U.S. Border Patrol-themed display “insensitive, charged and insulting.”

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Posted on: Dec 02 12:09

 A 50-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested and charged after allegedly fatally shooting two sisters in the head in their Dallas-area home last week and also shooting his daughter in the arm. 

Posted on: Dec 02 12:02

 A teacher at a high school in southern Illinois kept parents in the dark about students participating in an LGBT club, according to emails between school teachers.

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Posted on: Dec 02 09:28

 Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) called for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to be expelled from the U.S. Senate on Friday as now-former Rep. George Santos (R-NY) was expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Posted on: Dec 02 09:28

 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis grilled California Governor Gavin Newsom during their debate in Georgia on Thursday night over the issue of parental rights.

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Posted on: Dec 02 09:23

 A group of GOP senators is pushing President Joe Biden to ban travel from China over the appearance of a new respiratory illness.

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Posted on: Dec 02 09:23

 Pope Francis quietly confirmed through a blog that he intends to rescind Vatican privileges for U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who says he remains uninformed about his status as rumors circulate about his status with the church.

Posted on: Dec 02 09:10

 A Tennessee court ruled on Thursday that a group of parents can intervene in the legal fight to block the release of the manifesto of the transgender-identifying woman who murdered six people at a Christian school in Nashville earlier this year. 

Posted on: Dec 02 09:10

Biden’s Department of Justice has slapped a whopping $700,000 fine on Covenant Transport Inc. and the affiliated Transport Management Services LLC, both stellar examples of Tennessee’s robust transportation sector.

The recent decision by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to impose a $700,000 fine on Covenant Transport Inc., a Christian trucking company based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, raises significant concerns about the overreach of federal power and the disregard for the realities faced by businesses in regulating their workforce.

The DOJ, under Joe Biden’s regime, claims this measure is to resolve alleged violations of the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by Covenant and its affiliated entity, Transport Management Services LLC.

The department accuses Covenant of discriminating against non-U.S. citizen workers by requiring specific documentation to confirm their legal status to work in the United States.

Webmaster addition: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), it is illegal for employers to knowingly employ undocumented workers. When employees are hired, their employer is required to ask for documents.

Posted on: Dec 02 08:38

The B61-12 nuclear bomb is now formally in the U.S. stockpile and cleared for operational use on the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber. It's the first U.S. combat aircraft cleared to employ the advanced B61 variant operationally.

U.S. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, F-15E Strike Eagles, and F-16C/D Vipers, as well as the service's future B-21A Raider stealth bombers, are also in the process of being certified to employ the B61-12. Some NATO F-35s and F-16s, as well as Germany's swing-wing Tornado combat jets, are also set to be cleared to employ these weapons as part of the alliance's nuclear sharing arrangements.

Posted on: Dec 02 08:14

A police investigation out of Israel has found that an Israeli helicopter was responsible for shooting an undisclosed number of the 364 civilians whom Israeli authorities reported as dead at the October 7 music festival, known as Nova.

Israel says Hamas had no knowledge that the music festival was even taking place at the time, despite it taking place just a few kilometers to the east of Gaza near Kibbutz Re'im, an Israeli settlement.

"According to a police source, the investigation also shows that an IDF combat helicopter that arrived to the scene and fired at terrorists there apparently also hit some festival participants," Haaretz reported about the matter.

(Related: This corroborates with the testimony of Yasmin Porat, an Israeli citizen who fled the Nova music festival to another nearby kibbutz called Be'eri, where she was held captive and treated nicely by Hamas, but meanly by Israel Defense Forces.)

Posted on: Dec 02 08:13

The first synthetic cellular organism was created in 2010 and based on a very small, very simple bacterium called Mycoplasma mycoides. The bacterium was called synthetic because its DNA genome was chemically synthesized rather than replicated from an existing template DNA, as occurs in all other known cellular life on Earth. The experiment was undertaken in order to develop a system that would allow creation of a minimal bacterial cell that could lead to a better understand of the first principles of cellular life. The effort resulted in new synthetic genomics techniques called genome assembly and genome transplantation. The ability of scientists to design and build bacteria opens new possibilities for creating microbes to solve human problems.

Webmaster addition: The Chinese "White Lung" Pneumonia has been reported to be a Mycoplama Pneumonia. Did someone drop another test tube?

Posted on: Dec 02 08:10

Hospitals are overflowing with children suffering from mysterious antibiotic-resistant pneumonia or similar severe ailments in large cities across China. The Chinese government continues to claim that no new pathogen has been found and that the surge in chest infections is due simply to the usual winter coughs and colds.

The ruling class also claims that the infections are “aggravated” by the lifting of the stringent COVID-19 restrictions in December 2022. The World Health Organization (WHO) has dutifully repeated this reassurance as if it learned nothing from Beijing’s disastrous cover-up of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a report by Foreign Policy.

Fears of another novel respiratory pathogen emerging from China are understandable after the SARS and COVID-19 pandemics, both of which Beijing covered up. Concerns are amplified by Beijing’s ongoing obstruction of any independent investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19—whether it accidentally leaked from the Wuhan lab performing dangerous gain-of-function research or derived from the illegal trade in raccoon dogs and other wildlife at the now-infamous Wuhan wet-market. –Foreign Policy

Posted on: Dec 02 08:08

Israel has long tried to write the Palestinians out of history by claiming the land settled by millions of Jews since the late 19th century was “empty,” which has made it easier for them to justify terrible actions from the 1948 war to the present assault on Gaza, a Palestinian academic told Sputnik.

The ceasefire between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip that began last Saturday was canceled by the IDF, which claimed Hamas had broken the truce by firing on Israeli troops. The ceasefire had been called after more than six weeks of intense IDF attack on Gaza and what Israel described as a “complete siege” of the small territory, leading to acute shortages of food, water, medicine, fuel, and other basic necessities.

Several dozen prisoners were released by both sides during the “humanitarian pause,” which also saw much-needed aid begin to enter the densely-populated enclave that is home to more than 2.2 million people, more than half of whom have been forced from their homes by the IDF assault.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud, an author, editor of the Palestine Chronicle, and senior research fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs, told Radio Sputnik’s The Backstory on Thursday that Israeli policy has always been based on negating Palestine and Palestinians as a concept, allowing the justification of any and every action against the Palestinian people.


Posted on: Dec 02 08:05

In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Russia-Africa Summit that Russia had decided to send free grain as humanitarian aid to six African countries on the World Food Program's list.

A ship carrying humanitarian grain from Russia arrived in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, the Somali national news agency reported.

"Somalia has received a much-needed aid shipment of 25,000 tons of grain from Russia to address the [consequences of] flooding in the country. The aid shipment, which arrived in Mogadishu on Thursday, was handed over to the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA)," the media outlet said.

Posted on: Dec 02 08:05

Secretary Blinken ended his visit to Israel and left minutes after fighting in Gaza resumed, nixing gushing reports in US media about the trip being “one of the most significant diplomatic moves” to date with an eye toward ending the conflict. Sputnik asked experts to explain why the Israeli tail seems so consistently able to wag the American dog.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken left Israel early Friday morning to take part in a climate summit in the United Arab Emirates, with Israeli warplanes taking off to pound Gaza shortly before his departure, signaling the collapse of the hard-fought for week-long truce brokered by Qatar and Egypt.

During his stay in Israel, the secretary warned Israeli officials that Tel Aviv wouldn’t be able pursue its war with Hamas in Gaza indefinitely, given domestic and international pressures, and wagged his finger at America’s closest ally about the need to avoid “the massive loss of civilian life and displacement of the scale that we saw in northern Gaza” in the southern part of the Strip.

Israeli cabinet ministers reportedly “pushed back” against some of Blinken’s concerns during their private meeting, assuring that the IDF adheres to the laws of war, and that the Israeli public would support even the campaign to crush Hamas even if it lasted “months.” Blinken reportedly proposed a limit of just “weeks” more worth of fighting.

Posted on: Dec 02 08:03