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July 29, 2009

History Commons Newsletter: July 29, 2009

Filed under: community,Entry Update — Max @ 2:45 pm
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Raising Funds for History Commons 2.0

The History Commons is beginning to work towards some dramatic upgrades in the website, including revamping the web application, and adding much more content and information. These changes will, we trust, make the History Commons a much more effective resource for you and your fellow users. While you may not see the results of these changes for some time, they will, when finished, completely transform the site to make it far more usable and comprehensive. To help move this process forward, we need your financial support like never before. We accept donations through PayPal, credit cards, and personal checks. We sincerely appreciate all you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism.

Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

You can help steer the transformation of the History Commons by making your comments and observations on the History Commons blog. Over the next few weeks, we will begin polling our users to determine what they want to see in the new and improved “History Commons 2.0.” You are a valuable part of the History Commons, and we want to know what you think. Post to us right here. Thanks again.

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July 23, 2009

Book Review: ‘Longshot’

Filed under: Books We Read,community — Max @ 10:32 am
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Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA
by Lance Allred
Published by HarperOne

This book has almost no political content whatsoever. I couldn’t tell you whether Lance Allred is a Republican, Democrat, independent, or Mugwump. I don’t know who he voted for in 2008, or if he voted at all. Allred is a basketball player in the NBA’s Summer League, hoping to catch on with the Orlando Magic after one brief stint with the Cavs. So what does Allred’s book have to do with the topics we cover at the History Commons?

Not much, really. It’s just a damn fine book, and as such, deserving of mention.

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July 21, 2009

History Commons Newsletter, July 21, 2009


Fundraising Efforts Continue

The History Commons is beginning to work towards making some dramatic upgrades in the website, including revamping the web application, and adding much more content and information. These changes will, we trust, make the History Commons a much more effective resource for you and your fellow users. (This spiffy new e-mail format is the first of those changes.) While you may not see the results of these changes for some time, they will, when finished, completely transform the site to make it far more usable and comprehensive. To help move this process forward, we need your financial support like never before. We accept donations through PayPal, credit cards, and personal checks. We sincerely appreciate all you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism.
Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

You can help steer the transformation of the History Commons by making your comments and observations on the History Commons blog. Over the next few weeks, we will begin polling our users to determine what they want to see in the new and improved “History Commons 2.0.” You are a valuable part of the History Commons, and we want to know what you think. You can start posting in this thread. Thanks again.

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July 16, 2009

An Alternate Look at the Torture Narrative

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline,Torture and Abuse — kevinfenton @ 1:08 am
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Over the past few years, as the revelations about the torturing of detainees have built up, a narrative of what happens seems to have emerged. It goes something like this:

Vice President Dick Cheney was both shocked by 9/11 and saw it as an opportunity to implement radical elements of his own agenda. Therefore, he got the CIA and other elements of the government to step up its already active rendition programme, add a detention and torture programme of its own and, we now find, go around the world assassinating people. He also arranged legal cover for all this by getting mid-level people at the Justice Department like John Yoo to sign off on it, under pressure from Cheney’s counsel David Addington.

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July 15, 2009

The Origins of the CIA’s Assassination Program: Who Proposed It, What Its Code Name Was

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 12:13 am
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The CIA assassination programme that was recently in the media was actually first partially revealed by the Washington Post in 2005, when details enabling his originator to be identified were published. The programme made news in the last few days as CIA Director Leon Panetta admitted that the agency withheld information about it from Congress, although the CIA never actually used it to assassinate anybody. Nevertheless, the programme’s “duties” seem to have been taken over by something journalist Seymour Hersh called an “executive assassination wing” that was run out of the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and this grouping did go on missions and kill people.

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July 14, 2009

History Commons Newsletter, July 14, 2009


The Push Towards “History Commons 2.0”

Over the next few months, the History Commons will begin working towards making some dramatic upgrades in the website, including revamping the web application, and adding much more content and information. These changes will, we trust, make the History Commons a much more effective resource for you and your fellow users. While you may not see the results of these changes for some time, they will, when finished, completely transform the site to make it far more usable and comprehensive. To help move this process forward, we need your financial support like never before. We accept donations through PayPal, credit cards, and personal checks. We sincerely appreciate all you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism. Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

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July 13, 2009

Re-organization of Global Financial and Economic Crisis Timeline

Filed under: 2008 Credit Crisis — kevinfenton @ 1:44 pm

As you may or may not have noticed, the timeline on the current global economic crisis has again been reorganized. Firstly, it underwent its umpteenth name change, and now goes under the moniker Global Financial and Economic Crisis 2007-2009. We plan this will be the last change, with the possible exception of altering the end year if the crisis goes into 2010, which is looking fairly likely right now.

The categories were also reorganized. A new meta-category called Failing Companies: Specific Cases was created. The category about the collapse of the British mortgage bank Northern Rock was moved here and a category covering the failure of the US insurance giant AIG was added. The latter category only has a few entries at present, but several dozen more have already been entered into the system and will be published over the next week or two.

Finally, the oldest material that briefly covered, for example, oil in the 1970s and the 1980s savings and loan crisis was also re-organized, being shrunk down from a number of meta-categories to just one, called Events in Economic History. This material is not being worked on because the guy who started to go over it was unable to find the time to keep contributing. We thought there was no need to get rid of good information, however piecemeal it is, so we figured we would keep it, but alter the categories so that there were not lots of categories with few entries that were not being developed. The majority of categories now focus on current events, which is what the contributors are writing about.

July 7, 2009

History Commons Newsletter, July 7, 2009


History Commons Newsletter, July 7, 2009

Raising Funds for History Commons 2.0

Over the next few months, the History Commons will begin working towards making some dramatic upgrades in the website, including revamping the web application, and adding much more content and information. These changes will, we trust, make the History Commons a much more effective resource for you and your fellow users. While you may not see the results of these changes for some time, they will, when finished, completely transform the site to make it far more usable and comprehensive. To help move this process forward, we need your financial support like never before. We accept donations through PayPal, credit cards, and personal checks. We sincerely appreciate all you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism. Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

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