Browsing: April 13

A Brief History On April 13, 2018, we “celebrate” Friday the 13th, the subject of myths, folk lore, movies and general unlucky business related to the number 13. Or, for some people, 13 is a lucky number! In light of all the bad press the AR platform rifle (M-16 and M-4 family of military carbines adapted for civilian use as “AR” style firearms) has gotten lately, we would like to point out some of the many uses of these modern sporting rifles, at least in part by naming 13 of the calibers these carbines can commonly be found in. Digging…

A Brief History On April 13, 2013, Yan Gomes, born in Brazil of Portuguese descent, hit a home run for the Cleveland Indians, his first hit as an Indian, but not his first homer ever. Digging Deeper Gomes moved to the United States at age 12, and played high school baseball and college baseball at the University of Tennessee, where he was an All-American, and later switched to Barry University after 2 years at UT. Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009, Gomes was promoted to the big league club on May 17, 2012, becoming the first Major League…

A Brief History On April 13, 1873, on Easter Sunday, the holiest day on the Christian calendar, between 60 and 150 African-Americans were slaughtered by irate Louisiana White Democrats angry about having lost the Civil War and Reconstruction efforts to place free Black persons in government and militia positions. Digging Deeper With the status quo severely upended after the Civil War, disaffected White people believed that Northern interference was adversely affecting the welfare of the White Democrats.  The 1872 gubernatorial election had been hotly contested as had local elections, with Blacks being allowed to vote in large numbers and ex-Confederates…

A Brief History On April 13, 1953, the US Central Intelligence Agency launched Project MKULTRA, attempting to learn how to use drugs and other techniques for the purpose of mind control. Unfortunately, the CIA did not help its reputation by using unsuspecting innocent people as human guinea pigs.  Many secret agencies, whether for the purpose of international intrigue or homeland security, have brought fear and distrust upon themselves, whether deserved or not.  Sometimes the fear is from people who richly deserve to be afraid, sometimes the fear is from innocent people.  Here are 10 secret agencies infamous for either ruthlessness,…

A Brief History On April 13, 1953, Director of the CIA, Allen Dulles signed the order authorizing Project MKUltra, research into how to use mind control drugs against Soviet and Chinese targets during the Cold War. Digging Deeper During the Cold War, the US and the Western democracies engaged in a struggle for world domination against the Communist countries, mainly the Soviet Union and China. The Korean war was just wrapping up at the time, and tales of US servicemen that had been taken prisoner and “brainwashed” were terrifying the country!  Obviously, we needed our own program to counter theirs,…

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