Browsing: April 8

A Brief History On April 8, 2006, the bodies of 8 people murdered by gunshot wounds were found in a field a couple of miles (5 kilometers for the metric oriented) North of Shedden, Ontario, Canada, an event labeled as the “Shedden Massacre.”  The bodies were found inside 4 cars by the local farmer.  (If you were a fan of Sons of Anarchy on television, perhaps you have a bit of a clue as to the nature of motorcycle clubs.) Digging Deeper Canada, a particularly friendly nation (as this author can attest, having gone there probably close 100 times over…

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A Brief History On April 8, 2019, we take a look at the history of hacking.  Nowadays, hacking is considered one of the most serious threats faced by governments, organizations, and individuals alike. As more and more aspects of our daily lives are conducted online or thanks to the help of internet-connected devices, the fear that someone might gain unauthorized access to our personal information or gain control of our systems is one of our biggest concerns. But hacking is not always about the bad guys – and it certainly did not start out as such a nefarious undertaking. Digging…

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A Brief History On April 8, 1974, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron slugged his 715th career home run at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta to surpass Babe Ruth as the all-time major league home run hitter. We use this historic event to enjoy some alliteration in the title (one of our favorite things) and to give you our list of the 10 African American (male) athletes we think should be considered among the greatest. Remember the “American” part of the list, as great Black and African heritage athletes from places outside the US are not being considered.  (Soon we will list our…

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A Brief History On April 8, 1935, the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 went into effect, and as a byproduct created the Works Progress Administration (later renamed the Work Projects Administration). This ambitious Federal government effort to get unemployed Americans back to work and accomplish much needed improvements to the country’s infrastructure was responsible for an incredible array of public construction projects, including the building of many roads, public buildings, airports (Midway in Chicago), and even sports stadiums such as the Akron Rubber Bowl. Digging Deeper One project NOT built by the WPA was Cleveland Municipal Stadium, where the…

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A Brief History Somewhere along the way Americans have lost their love of liberty, free speech, and democracy, and many are attempting to replace these cherished values with mob rule and bullying tactics.  Once thought to be a technique used by right wing conservative groups such as Nazi’s, Fascists, and the KKK, this lynch mob mentality has now infected the political left as well. Digging Deeper The latest trend in politics is to disrupt your opponents’ speeches and rallies by disorderly protest and disruption, even going so far as to grab the microphone from the speaker.  Liberals are not immune…

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