Occupy Wall Street marked its first anniversary with a day of roaming actions throughout the Financial District in New York City. Thousands of police massed to contain them, but only contributed to the chaos as they - not the demonstrators - sealed off Wall Street, harassed office workers and arbitrarily blocked side streets and intersections. Yours truly was knocked over by one officer of the law. There were about 200 arrests. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was there.

How the televised presidential debates are a fraud

The evening of Monday, Oct. 22, was the final installment in the presidential debates leading up to Election 2012. Did you know that by believing that that’s all there is in politics this election cycle, you are buying into a gigantic serving of fraud perpetrated against you? Did you know that by supporting the idea
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Little-known facts about US currency

Here’s a big news flash: we all want money, for the flexibility and security it provides. However, do we actually know much about money, beyond what it’s worth? Here are some little-known facts about U.S. currency that will satisfy the trivia buffs out there. US currency fact No. 1 – Money was once made by
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Transcendental Meditation lowers stress and med bills

Transcendental Meditation is an effective relaxation technique that can reduce stress and help keep the doctor bills down. No philosophical or spiritual concessions Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a relaxation technique that was introduced to the West by Mahesh Prasad Varma, who later in life came to be called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917 – 2008). His
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Bad celebrity investments for the ages

While the magic of celebrity may elevate the status attributed to certain individuals, this does not mean that everything celebrities touch turns to gold. Here are some bad celebrity investments that may make you feel better at night. Mark Twain A famous writer and humorist who has been called America’s first modern celebrity, Mark Twain
The back of a 2006 Benjamin Franklin silver dollar. The classic U.S. colonial slogan “E Pluribus Unum: Join, or Die” and drawing of a segmented snake adorn the back of the coin.

US considers replacing paper dollar bills with dollar coins

Producing paper dollar bills is a more expensive proposition than ever, reports AOL News. That’s why Senators Richard Shelby, Robert Casey and Tom Harkin are continuing a battle that in one form or another has been fought since U.S. President Andrew Jackson held office in the 1830s. On behalf of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
A Vietnam-era photograph of a military plane dropping the chemical warfare Agent Orange on a Vietnamese jungle.

Canada confirms use of Agent Orange to clear brush

Following a Toronto Star investigation, Canadian officials have acknowledged that the country used the infamous chemical herbicide Agent Orange to kill roadside brush from the 1950s to the 1980s. Agent Orange was used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War for chemical warfare. According to a wide variety of scientific studies, the chemical agent
Artificial Heart

Plastic heart beats for three days, kicks off revolution

The Smithsonian Institution has millions of items in its vaults that many never get to see. On Monday, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the Smithsonian released a picture of the first plastic heart. This artificial heart beat for three days before being replaced by a human heart. History of the plastic heart that beat for
Challenger disaster

NASA remembers Challenger disaster and two other tragedies

The final mission of the space shuttle Challenger ended in disaster 25 years ago on Jan. 28, 1986. After 25 years of human spaceflight, the Challenger disaster was the first in-flight catastrophe for NASA. But the anniversary of three fatal calamities, including the Challenger disaster will be remembered by NASA in a week’s time. An
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Evidence of 9,400-year-old domesticated dog found by grad student

Evidence of a 9,400-year-old dog domesticated by prehistoric North Americans has been found by graduate student. However, the 9,400-year-old dog wasn’t exactly man’s best friend. The pooch was identified by a bone fragment found in a petrified piece of human dung. Carbon dating, DNA analysis confirm 9,400-year-old dog The 9,400-year-old dog was identified by Samuel
Billy the Kid

Bill Richardson to deliver decision on Billy the Kid by New Year

Outgoing New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will make a decision by Dec. 31 on whether to pardon Billy the Kid. Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but he was known to have killed several men at least. Some are unhappy with the prospect. Decision on Billy the Kid due before
Photo: British Museum (Natural History). SIDE-VIEW OF A PREHISTORIC HUMAN SKULL DISCOVERED IN 1921 IN BROKEN HILL CAVE, NORTHERN RHODESIA Very striking are the prominent eyebrow ridges and the broad massive face. The skull looks less domed than that of modern man, but its cranial capacity is far above the lowest human limit. The teeth are interesting in showing marked rotting or "caries," hitherto unknown in prehistoric skulls. In all probability the Rhodesian man was an African representative of the extinct Neanderthal species hitherto known only from Europe.

Earliest human remains found in Israel

According to what was the most accepted scientific theory, Homo sapiens first originated on what we now know as Africa. MSNBC reports today that archaeologist Avi Gopher and a team of Israeli scientists from the University of Tel-Aviv may have found the earliest human remains on record. Teeth discovered in Qesem Cave near Tel-Aviv in
Navy Historical Center -- In this Matthew Brady photograph, a nine-inch Dahlgren gun on a slide-pivot mounting is seen in operation aboard a U.S. Navy warship during the Civil War. A similar gun, originally mounted on the famous Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, was recently loaned to the Fredericksburg Area Museum, Fredericksburg, Va., for a three-year exhibit. On March 9, 1862, CSS Virginia battled the Union ironclad USS Monitor in the famous Battle of Hampton Roads, an action in which the two ships fought to a virtual draw and revolutionized sea warfare.

Confederate gunboat C.S.S. Peedee discovered in S.C. river

Civil War buffs have reason to cheer, reports WISTV in South Carolina. A recent archaeological excavation by the University of South Carolina has uncovered the wreck of the C.S.S. Peedee in an area of the Great Pee Dee River located in the northeastern corner of the state. Notably, historians indicate that the Confederate gunboat was
2400 year old soup found near terracotta army

Chinese archaeologists discover pot full of 2,400-year-old soup

A 2,400-year-old pot of soup was unearthed by Chinese archaeologists in Shaanxi Province. Archaeologists unearthed a tomb near the ancient city of Xian and found a sealed bronze cauldron full of liquid and bones. Officials said the discovery could provide insight into the diet of people living in that region at the time. Is 2,400-year-old
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The decline of monarchies

During ancient and medieval times,a single individual wielded the power to govern the lives of all individuals in a particular state or nation. In fact, a whole government system was built on the idea that one person was to rule all. He or she was the apex of government and society — the sole determinant
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The history of the Jack-o-Lantern

Jack-o-lanterns have been carved for centuries. Many of us remember carving them as far back as our very first Halloween, but do you know why we carve pumpkins? I always thought it was one of those odd Halloween traditions, but this year I set out to find the truth behind the tradition. The common theme
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Oktoberfest in the 21st Century

The drinking of alcoholic substances has persisted for millennia as a social practice. In almost every culture in the world, the consumption of libations, as they are often called, is extensive. Nevertheless, what inherent social value does the drinking of alcohol possess if done in groups or in a community setting? The most notable aspect