How the French Hid the Louvre’s Masterpieces During WWII

Via: TwistedSifter

Beginning in 1938, the threat of war prompted a large-scale evacuation of France’s public art collections. The storage sites chosen for works of art were châteaux, tranquil locations in the heart of the French countryside, far from strategic targets, and thus escaping the imminent danger of bombing. Read more

The World As I See It: An Essay By Albert Einstein

I was unaware of Albert Einstein’s “dislike” for the military; which he states in his essay below, but it comes as no surprise to me.  He didn’t have the best of standing when it came to his political views although I feel by today’s standards, (non-communistic views) he would blend right in. He always supported civil disobedience, and consequently refused to serve in the German army. His colleagues didn’t have any respect for his way of thinking in politics.

When Hitler rose to power in Germany in 1933, Einstein moved to the United States, and never returned to Germany. Einstein feared that his German ex-colleagues would build an atomic bomb, and he encouraged the United States Government to develop its own nuclear device at the same time. He warned America of the possibility of a nuclear war, and proposed international treaties to limit the use of nuclear weapons.

He  undoubtedly felt he had a responsibility to warn others;  he had discovered kinetic energy–the basis for a nuclear warhead.

Well, enjoy his essay. It was shortened for a Web exhibit but the link to its entirety  follows this article.

"The World As I See It" by Einstein

Einstein at his home in Princeton, New Jersey “How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving… Read more

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Lone Survivor week just won’t stop!

Check out our friend, Scott Elrod who plays Navy SEAL Peter Musselman in #LoneSurvivor!

We are so THANKFUL that so many wonderful actors wanted to get their Boot Campaign BOOTS on to show their support for Marcus Luttrell and the men and women of our Military!

Lookin’ Good Scott! Thank you!

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Pfc. Christopher Greene with Troop O (Outlaw), 4th Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, occupies a security position during a partnership patrol with members of the Afghan Uniformed Police Dec. 30, 2013, at Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Troopers with Outlaw conducted a series of partner missions with the AUP near various security checkpoints throughout the province.

(#US Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Today In History: 1493, Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids

On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three “mermaids”–in reality manatees–and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” Six months earlier, Columbus (1451-1506) set off from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, hoping to find a western trade route to Asia. Instead, his voyage, the first of four he would make, led him to the Americas, or “New World.”

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Marine Veterans Launch Kickstarter Project To Retake Fallujah: Duffel Blog

CAMP PENDLETON, CA – A pair of former Marines have launched a Kickstarter project to raise enough money for them to travel back to Iraq and retake the city of Fallujah in time for the tenth anniversary of the battle.

“Hi, I’m Austin Jenkins and this is Joe Wood. We’re Marines, and this is our Kickstarter fund to send us back to Iraq to go fuck some shit up,” begins the now-famous video pitch featuring the two Iraq War veterans. They are seeking $1300 to fly them one-way from the U.S. to Jordan, where they intend to cross the Iraqi border in order to “make it rain.” Read more