“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Thus recites the preamble of the United States’ Declaration of Independence from the British Empire, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 – a day marked ever since by the country as Independence Day. What’s the state of the US on its 242nd birthday, when a record-low 47% of its people are “extremely proud” to be American and the country is pulled in different directions by Trump, Millennial Socialists, Walkaways, liberal Democrats, libertarians, never-Trumpers, women’s rights groups, and racial justice warriors? Likewise, what does it mean for the world’s only superpower when the … [Read more...] about The Declaration of Independence in the Age of Trump
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Harvard scholars discovered a copy of the Declaration of Independence two years ago in an unlikely place: a public records office in England. The document was then sent to the British Library for further tests, which have revealed a little more about its story. It's become known as the Sussex Declaration after the English county where the Harvard researchers discovered it. The handwritten parchment is a word-for-word copy of the document written by the Founding Fathers right down to the signatories carefully copied out by a long-dead clerk, reports CBS News' Elizabeth Palmer. Dr. Christina Duffy, an imaging scientist at the British Library, said it's "definitely real." Clues are embedded in a corner of the document. They help answer questions about who made it, and why. You can see someone tried to erase the date, but with UV light, Duffy was able to bring the numbers back, at least partly. "Our theory is it's Fourth of July 1780s or 1790s," Duffy said. That means is was … [Read more...] about Analysis reveals clues about Declaration of Independence copy found in U.K.
When a Texan newspaper uploaded small sections of the US Declaration of Independence to its Facebook page this week, it didn't expect to get called out by the tech giant for hate speech. Facebook's algorithmic censors, which monitor posts for violations of its community guidelines, prevented the Liberty County Vindicator from uploading an extract from the historic text which refers to "merciless Indian savages". The paper later received a notice saying the post went against its standards on hate speech. "Somewhere in paragraphs 27-31 of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote something that Facebook finds offensive," said Casey Stinnett, the paper's managing editor in an article on its website. Though Facebook didn't specify exactly what in the post it found to be in contravention to its guidelines, Stinnet believes it would most likely be the line the phrase "Indian savages" that tipped it off. He criticised the use of algorithmic censors by Facebook to monitor … [Read more...] about Facebook’s bots labelled the US Declaration of Independence as ‘hate speech’, right before Independence Day
Taki 21 April 2018 9:00 AM 21 April 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp New York Remember when the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other such useless gimmicks were supposed to usher in an era of transparency and knowledgable bliss? This technology makes George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four redundant: no longer science fiction; more Knights of the Round Table. Big Brother is more powerful and more all-knowing than ever before, and we have that Errol Flynn lookalike Mark Zuckerberg to thank. There is no such thing as privacy any longer, unless of course one writes letters by hand and does not possess a smart telephone. (Include me out — I own a mobile but use it only when on board a sailing boat.) Yes, the world has changed, but some of us still stick to the Old Testament, which means using a rotary telephone, allowing women to enter and exit first when using a lift, resisting the urge to drop one’s trousers in front … [Read more...] about It is a sin to die in the Land of the Depraved
Roger Torrent in Geneva. Photo: AFP The speaker of the Catalan parliament said Wednesday that new elections were not in the region's "interest" while Spain persists in blocking a new president from taking office. The separatist politician Roger Torrent spoke to reporters in Geneva after discussing the situation in Catalonia with a senior official at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. "The scenario of elections is a scenario that, in my opinion, is not at all in the interest of Catalonia," Torrent said. Catalonia has been in political limbo since Spain's conservative central government imposed direct rule on the region after it unilaterally declared independence in October. Separatist parties claimed the most seats in regional elections in December but the Catalan parliament has not sworn in a new president, with the three nominated candidates all facing rebellion charges. "I think that this question should be put to … [Read more...] about Fresh elections not in the interest of Catalonia, insists parliament speaker