“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
On 17 June, Melania Trump released a statement. “Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady’s communications director, told CNN. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.” Unfortunately, the separation of almost 2,000 children from their families at the Mexican border, and the horrific internment of minors in cages at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) camps, is the direct result of a policy from the Trump government – an administration within which Melania holds a powerful position. Videos of children sobbing as they are dragged away from their parents have gone viral. On 18 June, the Associated Press published an interview with an NGO representative, Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission, who described … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Melania Trump’s declaration of independence
Israel-based The Jerusalem Post has published an article by political analyst Arye Gut headlined “Azerbaijan Democratic Republic is first secular parliamentary state in the Islamic world”. According to AzerTag, the article says: “Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was formed for the first time in the Muslim East exactly one hundred years ago. This event carried tremendous and paramount historical significance. The establishment of a democratic republic for the first time in this region was a great achievement of the Azerbaijani people. It was the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) that applied the European model of a national state for the first time in the history of the Muslim world. According to the form of its governance, the ADR was built in accordance with the classical model of a parliamentary democratic republic based on political pluralism and a multi-party system.” “In the complex military and political situation that developed both inside and … [Read more...] about News.Az — Your Window to the RegionThe Jerusalem Post: Azerbaijan Democratic Republic is first secular parliamentary state in the Islamic world