An airplane dispatched by the Brazilian government as a part of its continued efforts to stop illegal logging and mining in the Amazon rain forest recently snapped the first ever aerial photographs of an as-yet uncontacted tribe of indigenous Yanomami people, living in total solitude deep within the jungle. The photographs depict what is called a "yano," or communal house, … [Read more...] about Isolated Amazon tribe spotted by recon flight looking for illegal mining operations
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Thanksgiving is an incredible holiday intended to be spent with family and friends. We travel from near and far to spend a day gathered together around a dinner table, expressing our gratitude for the people in our lives and our various blessings. That night, with stomach’s full of turkey and fixin’s, many Americans hit the hay early so they can be up at the crack of dawn to … [Read more...] about A Marine Veteran’s search of seclusion on Black Friday
On April 12th, 1961, a Russian man named Yuri Gagarin made history aboard a Soviet Vostok 3KA-3 spacecraft. For years, the United States and Soviet Union had been using the barrier between our world and beyond as a benchmark to test each nation’s greatest technological and engineering advances, and on that day, Gagarin achieved an incredible victory for the communist nation: … [Read more...] about Soviet secrets: Are there dead cosmonauts in orbit above Earth?
Despite Bangladesh’s immigration laws disallowing unregistered entrants from crossing the border into their nation from neighboring countries, thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Myanmar, seeking refuge in the Southeast Asian nation. A United Nations spokesman, John McKissick, announced on Thursday that the international organization believes the Myanmar … [Read more...] about UN accuses Myanmar of ethnically cleansing Muslims
During the cold war, America’s ICBM program was the key to America’s safety. The certainty that if our nation’s enemies decided to unleash nuclear hell within our shores, we possessed the arsenal and willpower to decimate those enemies was a tenuous, but powerful, way to assure a public that grew up with the threat of nuclear war looming over their heads. In a perfect world, … [Read more...] about Nuclear missile silos, converted to residential homes, up for sale
At this point, most of us know the story of Thanksgiving that we’re taught in grade school isn’t exactly accurate. Pilgrims and Native Americans probably didn’t share a turkey across a picnic table and because European supplies were all but exhausted by the time the festival began (a festival in which few Pilgrims would likely have been caught giving thanks) there wasn’t any … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving has always been whatever America needed it to be
Last Saturday, President Elect Donald Trump met with a number of prominent American officials as he continued to flesh out his cabinet appointments prior to taking office this coming January. Among these meetings was one with retired Marine General James Mattis. Mattis, a favorite among veterans, is being considered for the role of Secretary of Defense. During Trump's … [Read more...] about Mattis, favored for SECDEF, ‘surprises’ Trump with waterboarding stance
Along the campaign trail, Donald Trump said a number of things that concerned prominent Democrats and foreign leaders. Some of these things can be chalked up to campaign rhetoric, but few of these remarks made the heads of foreign governments wiggle uncomfortably in their chairs more than his stance on NATO. In what would become a controversial series of statements made to … [Read more...] about Defense spending and alliances: Is Trump wrong about NATO?
Sometimes, my stories or articles might lead some to believe that I'm cool. This probably isn't one of them. Two years ago, I was a full-time college student just out of the Corps. I was attending school in Framingham, Massachusetts, a few hours south of my hometown in Vermont, affording me the opportunity to take sporadic trips back home to my old stomping ground and … [Read more...] about Military Service Changes You: A Marine and his ego vs. the Polar Plunge
The UK just passed the most elaborate mass surveillance law in the Western world. The Investigatory Powers Bill, commonly referred to in England as “The Snoopers Charter,” gives the government unprecedented access to the online activities of its citizens as well as legally requiring tech companies to cooperate with government investigations. Both the House of Lords and the … [Read more...] about UK passes new ‘draconian’ mass surveillance law
In 2004, Zack Snyder’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead” hit theaters. Although there had been innumerable zombie movies before it, Snyder’s take on a zombie outbreak would launch zombies back into the popular lexicon and spark the new golden age of zombie books, movies and TV shows. Though the craze has waned in recent years, "The Walking Dead" keeps the idea of zombies roaming … [Read more...] about What everyone gets wrong about a Zombie Apocalypse (and why it could kill you in real life)
There’s no question that most Americans understand and appreciate the vast importance of the Constitution, but for all the rhetoric, debates, and discussions about the document, few Americans truly appreciate how America’s form of government, as laid out on paper by James Madison, came to be. On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of … [Read more...] about The second American revolution: What our constitution says about today’s America