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NYT: How Italians Became ‘White’

Brent Staples, writing at the paper of record: Darker skinned southern Italians endured the penalties of blackness on both sides of the Atlantic. In Italy, Northerners had long held that Southerners — particularly Sicilians — were an “uncivilized” and racially inferior people, too obviously African to be part of Europe. Racist dogma about Southern Italians […]

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Steve Jobs knew what the fuck he was doing…

Steve Jobs knew what the fuck he was doing…

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Cocaine & Rhinestones is the best!

Uh, you know, the podcast… not the real things! I know I’m really late to the party here, like a couple years late, but I only discovered this podcast withing the last couple months. I know, I know, but I’ve already got a pretty full plate when it comes to podcasts… where by “pretty full […]

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Remembering the ‘Faith-based Initiative’ we call 9/11

Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. (emphasis added) –George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, remarks made during press conference/photo opportunity with the National Security Team, Wednesday, […]

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Secret John Coltrane album was ‘hidden in plain sight’ as soundtrack for 1964 French-Canadian film

Coltrane recorded the music without ever notifying his record company. This is the first time the tracks will be heard in their entirety beyond the film What a story! An unearthed album by the legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane has been hidden in plain sight for more than 50 years in the archives of the […]

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Stevie Ray Vaughan +29 years

Stevie Ray Vaughan died on this day 29 years ago.

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Holy Shit! Man Walks on Moon +50 Years

As you no doubt well know by now, today marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Lightyear, er uh, that is to say, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked upon the surface of the Moon 50 years ago today, while astronaut Michael Collins orbitted the […]

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Remembering the great Steve McNair 10 years after his tragic death

Jim Wyatt at TitansOnline.com: NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ten years after his tragic death, quarterback Steve McNair remains in the minds of Titans fans, especially on this day. Indeed. As always, the 4th of July is bittersweet for a Titans fan: while I revel in the memory of Steve “Air” McNair’s amazing performances, I still shake […]

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Remembering the Great Nashville Flood of 2010

Nine years ago today began what has come to be known as “the Great Nashville Flood,” an unexpected weather event which the Army Corps of Engineers described as a “1000-year flood.” In Nashville, the city saw over 13 inches of rain in 36 hours, and the two-day rain totals were nearly 20 inches — more […]

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The GOP Is the Anti-Vaxx Party Now

Sophie Weiner writing at Splinter News: Six states now have bills authored by Democrats that would make forgoing vaccines for children more difficult. In nearly all of those states, which include Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, Washington, New York, and Maine, the bills have faced Republican opposition. Meanwhile, in West Virginia and Mississippi, the GOP has […]

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