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The history behind the most controversial holiday beverage of all time, which was once likened to an energy drink and even prompted a drunken riot at West Point

Eggnog is a hot-button topic when it comes to holiday beverages, attracting fans and detractors alike. The drink has a rather odd history, going from a beverage that was believed to be a nutritional treatment for influenza to a sloshy party punch. George Washington had a particularly alcoholic recipe for […]
The history behind the most controversial holiday beverage of all time, which was once likened to an energy drink and even prompted a drunken riot at West Point
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Lawmakers want to stop the US military from naming things for Confederate soldiers. These 10 bases are still symbols of the Confederacy

The House of Representatives passed the defence spending bill with a measure preventing the Pentagon from further honouring the Confederacy. The US military, which defeated the Confederacy after a devastating toll of 620,000 dead, currently used 10 bases named for Confederate soldiers. Fort Lee, in Virginia, is named after Gen. […]
Lawmakers want to stop the US military from naming things for Confederate soldiers. These 10 bases are still symbols of the Confederacy
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Why no one can agree where the South really is

The South is the fastest growing region in the United States. But not everyone agrees on where the South actually is. Experts have varying opinions on which states are part of the South, and there are several things to consider when deciding whether a state is Southern. Of all the […]
Why no one can agree where the South really is
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The Impending Collapse Of Iraq, In One Chart

Twin bombings killed 27 today in Iraq, the Associated Press reports. The bombings are part of a trend of instability that has stricken the region since the U.S. withdrawal. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is quick to blame the Syrian Civil War for Iraq’s woes, but longstanding and politically exacerbated sectarian […]
The Impending Collapse Of Iraq, In One Chart
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The Most Epic Beards And Mustaches Of The American Civil War

We’ve officially reached the one-week mark of Movember or No Shave November, an annual tradition that calls for men to grow mustaches and/or beards to raise awareness for testicular and prostate cancer. So as both a nod to the month and a way to provide inspiration for all those participating, […]
The Most Epic Beards And Mustaches Of The American Civil War
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Amazing American Civil War Photos Turned Into Glorious Colour

Colour photography may not have been invented until the 1930s but that hasn’t stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add colour to historical black and white images. Two of the most prolific users, Mads […]
Amazing American Civil War Photos Turned Into Glorious Colour
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Investigators Just Found Evidence Of A Major Atrocity In Syria

[credit provider=”AFP”] Dozens of tortured bodies have been found in a flashpoint district of Damascus, a watchdog reported on Monday, in one of the worst atrocities in Syria’s 21-month conflict.The report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came as a gruesome video emerged on the Internet of a separate […]
Investigators Just Found Evidence Of A Major Atrocity In Syria
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Greece Is On The Brink Of Civil War

“I’m wondering how much this society can endure before it explodes,” said Georg Pieper, a German psychotherapist who specialises in treating post-traumatic stress disorders following catastrophes, large accidents (including the deadliest train wreck ever in Germany), acts of violence, freed hostages….
Greece Is On The Brink Of Civil War
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Energy Industry Rep Compares The Coal Debate To The Civil War’s Bloodiest Battles

[credit provider=”Flickr Frank Kovalchek” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4184169428/”] Reuters’ Pat Rucker recently took in-depth look at the fight between environmentalists and coal on exporting the fuel to Asia.The most incredible part of the story is actually a quote he nabbed from an industry source comparing the fight to our country’s deadliest and traumatizing battles (h/t […]
Energy Industry Rep Compares The Coal Debate To The Civil War’s Bloodiest Battles
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There Is A Civil War Gathering In The Republican Party

[credit provider=”Grace Wyler / Business Insider”] There is a civil war gathering in the Republican Party, says Robert Shrum for The Daily Beast.It looks more and more like a dispirited and disappointed collection of factions, preparing to lay blame for a lost presidential election and to do battle to shape […]
There Is A Civil War Gathering In The Republican Party
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Both Parties Are Hopelessly Stuck In A Fantasy World

In an age of gross zeitgeist dysfunction — when untruth, delusion, and deception rule — politics is mere advertising, which is to say surface shimmer playing on the public’s wish-fulfillment fantasies. The trouble at this moment in history is that the American public’s wishful fantasies are inconsistent with the circumstances […]
Both Parties Are Hopelessly Stuck In A Fantasy World
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Texas Judge Says Re-Electing Obama Would Lead To A Civil War

[credit provider=”Fox 34″] A Lubbock County judge is making headlines after suggesting that President Obama might hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations, possibly igniting in a civil war. In an interview with Fox 34 News in Lubbock, County Judge Tom Head said if re-elected, Obama was “going to […]
Texas Judge Says Re-Electing Obama Would Lead To A Civil War
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What The West Refuses To Understand About The Syrian Conflict

[credit provider=”Flickr/FreedomHouse” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/syriafreedom/6819595184/”] There’s an underlying problem with reporting about Syria: The media continue to treat as human rights violations what is actually authority clamping down on people it considers, rightfully or not, revolutionaries or terrorists.You might disagree with that government. You might find that government repressive, even odious, and […]
What The West Refuses To Understand About The Syrian Conflict
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Syria Is Officially In Civil War, As Fighting Grows More Intense Than Ever

[credit provider=”(AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)”] The conflict in Syria was effectively declared a civil war by the Red Cross on Sunday, as the “most intense” fighting since the start of the uprising was reported in Damascus.The Red Cross had previously designated Idlib, Homs and Hama as war zones, but […]
Syria Is Officially In Civil War, As Fighting Grows More Intense Than Ever
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PROFESSOR: US Intervention In Syria Would Look A Lot More Like Iraq Than Libya

[credit provider=”Flickr/FreedomHouse” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/syriafreedom/6809376000/”] Cornell professor David Siddhartha Patel teaches comparative politics with a focus on Middle Eastern politics, Islamic institutions, and political culture.He’s been watching the violence in Syria unfold and doesn’t see it letting up any time soon.
PROFESSOR: US Intervention In Syria Would Look A Lot More Like Iraq Than Libya
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Bashar Al-Assad Employs A Gang Of Steroid-Pumping ‘Ghost’ Killers

[credit provider=”Facebook/‏عرين الاسد (فدائيون الأسد)‏” url=”http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.194048473952839.49915.100000430634007&type=3″] The recent massacres of women and children taking place in Syria are the work of a group of steroid-fuelled mercenaries who are fiercely loyal to Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect, reports Lee Moran of the Daily Mail. Known as the Shabiha, or “Ghosts” in Arabic, the group […]
Bashar Al-Assad Employs A Gang Of Steroid-Pumping ‘Ghost’ Killers
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Are The US And Al-Qaeda On The Same Side In Syria?

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=det&ids=Mideast%20Syria&showact=details&sort=date&prds=10135&intv=3d&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1336649032&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=b10d8da5ab014f45b8fce362112cb283&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] The Houla massacre in Syria has drawn international attention and humanitarian groups are now calling for western intervention to end the bloody civil war.However, rebels have strong support from “al-Qaida and radical Islamists ” which presents a clear conflict of interests for the U.S.
Are The US And Al-Qaeda On The Same Side In Syria?
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Save The Union (In Europe)!

[credit provider=”Simone Foxman for Business Insider with Bob With on Flickr and AP/Markus Schreiber” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/figgenhoffer/2393675800/”] The debate about Greece’s future in the monetary union is mis-framed and this leads to faulty analysis by investors and policy makers. Even if European integration is incomplete, and there is no fiscal union, members […]
Save The Union (In Europe)!
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HEY, AMERICA: 1861 Called And Wants Its Currency Back

[credit provider=”Wikipedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Confederate_5_and_100_Dollars.jpg”] If ever there were a clear indication that American consumers don’t trust the government to spur economic growth on Main Street, the recent surge in local currencies is it. As reported by CNNMoney, at least a dozen towns in the U.S. have started printing bank notes tailormade for […]
HEY, AMERICA: 1861 Called And Wants Its Currency Back