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Vinyl records spin back into vogue – USATODAY.com   1 comment

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Vinyl records spin back into vogue – USATODAY.com.CEDAR CITY, Utah — As both a music lover and record store owner, Tim Cretsinger is excited about the recent resurgence of vinyl record albums.

“This is my favorite thing to do — hold a batch of records like this,” Cretsinger, owner of Groovacious in Cedar City, Utah, says as he hugged a stack of new records close to his chest. “It reminds me of the old days.”

The old days are making a comeback.

According to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold, the format’s best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.

Vinyl’s increase in popularity is providing a beacon of hope for independent record stores — an industry that has suffered with the increase of digital downloads this past decade.

Posted February 25, 2011 by dmacc502 in vintage

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Pakistan arrests US security contractor as rift with CIA deepens | World news | The Guardian   Leave a comment

Pakistan arrests US security contractor as rift with CIA deepens | World news | The Guardian.

Supporters of the religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally against CIA employee Raymond Davis, accused of murdering two Pakistanis. Photograph: K.M.Chaudary/AP

Pakistani authorities have arrested a US government security contractor amid a worsening spy agency row between the countries, with Pakistani intelligence calling on the Americans to “come clean” about its network of covert operatives in the country.

Posted February 25, 2011 by dmacc502 in global

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Does chopping down rainforests for pulp and paper help alleviate poverty in Indonesia?   Leave a comment

Does chopping down rainforests for pulp and paper help alleviate poverty in Indonesia?.
Over the past several years, Asia Pulp & Paper has engaged in a marketing campaign to represent its operations in Sumatra as socially and environmentally sustainable. APP and its agents maintain that industrial pulp and paper production — as practiced in Sumatra — does not result in deforestation, is carbon neutral, helps protect wildlife, and alleviates poverty [see APP documents]. While a series ofanalyses and reports have shown most of these assertions to be false, the final claim has largely not been contested. But does conversion of lowland rainforests for pulp and paper really alleviate poverty in Indonesia?

Posted February 24, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment, government

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Auschwitz Revises Its Exhibition to Meet New Mission of Education – NYTimes.com   Leave a comment

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OSWIECIM, Poland — For nearly 60 years, Auschwitz has told its own story, shaped in the aftermath of the Second World War. It now unfolds, unadorned and mostly unexplained, in displays of hair, shoes and other remains of the dead. Past the notorious, mocking gateway, into the brick ranks of the former barracks of the Polish army camp that the Nazis seized and converted into prisons and death chambers, visitors bear witness via this exhibition.

via Auschwitz Revises Its Exhibition to Meet New Mission of Education – NYTimes.com.

Posted February 19, 2011 by dmacc502 in Nazi

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Picture of Heinrich Himmler moments after suicide on sale – Telegraph   Leave a comment

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The previously unseen picture, captured by Lance Corporal Guy Adderley of British Intelligence in May 1945, shows the Nazi second-in-command lying dead after biting a cyanide pill, still wearing his trademark round glasses.

Himmler, who had been arrested by Army officers, was due to be interrogated over his war crimes the following day.

After his death, propaganda photographs of his corpse slumped on a makeshift bed were released. But Adderley kept this grainy photograph among his wartime mementoes.

Adderley’s family will sell the photograph at the auctioneer Dreweatt’s sale of militaria in Bristol on March 29, with a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

Malcolm Claridge, the auctioneer and militaria expert, said: “This is a very important and historic collection. Himmler was Hitler’s Reichsführer, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.

via Picture of Heinrich Himmler moments after suicide on sale – Telegraph.

Posted February 18, 2011 by dmacc502 in Nazi

Lincoln's 1863 plan to relocate blacks to Caribbean | Washington Times Communities   Leave a comment

 

 

VIENNA, Va, February 8, 2011 —�Recent historical discoveries in England indicate that shortly after issuing his Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln spent most of a year working out a plan to relocate freed blacks to the Caribbean.

“Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement” by Dr. Phillip W. Magness and Sebastian N. Page (University Missouri Press)

The story was obviously kept under wraps, due to a little known agreement with Great Britain, while the plans for freedmen’s settlements in the colonies of Belize and Guyana, both being colonial possessions of the British Empire,�could be worked out.It brings a different ray of light to the President best known for abolishing slavery in the Southern states where they were held.

It seems that while the U.S. government did investigate the sites in the Caribbean and even went so far as to plan for the first shipload of “settlers,” it never came to fruition due to political squabbling inside Lincoln’s own cabinet.

via Lincoln’s 1863 plan to relocate blacks to Caribbean | Washington Times Communities.

Posted February 17, 2011 by dmacc502 in archives

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Featured photojournalist: Kevin Frayer | Art and design | guardian.co.uk   Leave a comment

 

AP photographer Kevin Frayer moved to New Delhi in 2009. Here he captures a community of coal scavengers who live and collect coal illegally for a few dollars a day in the village of Bokapahari, India

via Featured photojournalist: Kevin Frayer | Art and design | guardian.co.uk.Kevin Frayer coal mine: Coal scavengers in Bokapahari, India

Posted February 17, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment

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