Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts

08 December 2017

Caribbean History : The Cruel Fate of the Tainos

Who Were the Taínos? Freelance writer Ivan Castro, former writer for the Miami Herald, a South Florida newspaper, publishes a variety of articles on history and archaeology.

"The
Taínos were the people Christopher Columbus and his men encountered when they first set foot in the New World. Taínos greeted the Spaniards when the voyagers landed in the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and other islands. They were were doomed the moment the Europeans came ashore."  Read more at: **

European Colonization and the Cruel Fate of the Taínos



Sharing a link to an excellent article by Ivan Castro, Suite.io Contributor, a former reporter for The Miami Herald. He is an excellent writer and has written several articles on various historical events such as - reign of Nero, an emperor of ancient Rome; World War I and II; and slave rebellions in the Caribbean. To view his complete list of contributed articles, click here. You will indeed learn some things you never knew you never knew!!



(* Link also shared via my Pinterest board on The Bahamas.)

** Note: Articles or other paged links on the suite.io site are not available.  I have been unable to find archived or cached copies.  Here are alternate links:

The Taino genocide | Agabond





What Became of the Taíno?

The Indians who greeted Columbus were long believed to have died out. But a journalist's search for their descendants turned up surprising results




Christoper Columbus arrives in America 
Christoper Columbus arrives in America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dujo, a wooden chair crafted by Taínos. 
Dujo, a wooden chair crafted by Taínos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






03 November 2017

IF you had 50 trillion dollars to start your own country ...

Responded to an Interesting Question Posed on Quora.

Quora is considered as an intelligence community, where minds from around the world gather together to ask questions and get answers. Some of the questions asked are very specific and some are hypothetical presented as a “What If” scenario. This is my response to a “What If” question that was asked.

Question:
If you had 50 trillion dollars to start your own country, how would you start doing it?

My Answer:
$50 trillion is NOT enough to start my own country. My country would be the whole world. I need money enough to bribe everybody to live peacefully in a world without borders. ❤☺

(This response was also shared via MyLot.com.  This is a social site where you can make friends and earn money sharing your opinions, observations, etc.  Same thing you do on Facebook or other social media only they pay you "a penny for your thoughts".  Joined the site two years ago.  It's loads of fun!  #EarnExtraIncome)


If you had 50 trillion dollars to start your own country, how would you start doing it? - Quora




Read Treathyl Fox's answer to If you had 50 trillion dollars to start your own country, how would you start doing it? on Quora

28 October 2017

US History: Presidential Trivia: Teddy Called Them Muckrakers

The term "muckraker" was used by America's 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. 

In the United States, muckrakers was the name for writers whose aim was expose corruption: i.e. to search for and expose misconduct in public life.


In chronological order:  
  • 1908 - Ray Stannard Baker "Following the Color Line" written to expose racial discrimination.  

Worthy of honorable mention: 
  • Ida Minvera Tarbell (1857 - 1944), U.S. journalist, known for "muckraking" exposés of political and corporate corruption; also a biographer, notably of Abraham Lincoln; and the only lady in the bunch!

Ida M. Tarbell, American "muckraker"...
Ida M. Tarbell, American "muckraker" author. 
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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More Presidential Trivia:

  • American presidents, (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, were Nobel Prize winners. 1906, Roosevelt received the award for being a mediator and arbitrating an end to the Russo-Japanese conflict; there was a dispute over +Manchuria and +Korea. Wilson received the prize in 1919, for establishing the League of Nations after World War I (1914 - 1918).


  • The "teddy bear" is named after Roosevelt's nickname Teddy because he went hunting and didn't want to shoot a baby cub.  Many people think a teddy bear with roses is an irresistible gift for Valentines Day?  



  • Kindle eBooks - Biographies & Memoirs of Presidents & Heads of State






    06 October 2017

    Who is the most intelligent person in the world's history? - Quora.com

    From time to time I check Quora.com for their interesting Q&As. Like this question:

    Who is the most intelligent person in the world's history?



    Varied responses to this question that basically range from responders indicating: (a) naming names of historical people; (b) debating the validity and validation of the "IQ score" and (c) pretty much saying it's a dumb question!


    04 October 2017

    Laura K. Lawless Says You Can Learn How to Speak French the Fun Way!

    Learning to speak French? That's easy!   
    • Typing accents? That's impossible!!

    If I can speak it, that's good enough!


    No it's not!   Don't be silly.

    Laura Lawless says: “It's just as important to include accents when writing in French as it is to spell words correctly.” 

    Quote source: 

    How to Type Accents in Any OS | lawlessfrench.com



    Took 3 years of French in high school (many moons ago) and a French class as an elective at the University of Miami (which doesn't count at all!).  This site, Lawless French, created by online educator, Laura K. Lawless, makes learning the language of love so much more fun and interesting.  She actually wrote the book "Intermediate French For Dummies".  Link below is to a bilingual article, written in French.  But if you click on any word, phrase or sentence, it will be translated into English.  Try it out!

     











    02 October 2017

    Texas Revolution Began October 2, 1835 : Texas History : Closing the Border

    The first shots for the Texas Revolution were fired on October 2, 1835.  The rest is Texas history. 



    English: Texas Flag - Come and Take It. This f...
    English: Texas Flag - Come and Take It. This flag was raised by Texas settlers at the Battle of Gonzales in October 1835 after Mexico attempted to retrieve a cannon which had been granted to the town of Gonzales for protection against raids by native tribes. Category:SVG flags Category:Historical flags Español: La bandera "Come and Take It" - El texto dice "Come and Take It!" ("Venga y tome!") (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    Anglo-American immigrants, who had been invited to come and settle down in Texas, which had been a part of the Spanish empire, decided they wanted to break free from Mexican rulers and become their own country. 

    It was not pretty. But they did it!

    Read more.

    Texas Revolution – TSHA








    11 September 2017

    How to Build a Museum from Scratch | Wizzley.com

    Fellow freelance writer P. Thomas, aka WordChazer is the GO TO person if you want to know anything about the history of computers, electronics, and video games. Her enthusiasm about the topic reflects in the articles she has published at Wizzley.com. Offering my Congrats!  It's great to see one of her articles selected by the editors for the spotlight.


    How to Build a Museum from Scratch

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    Congratulations | Forward this Image





    04 September 2017

    Quotes and Notes : Philosophy : Confucius Wisdom and Quotes

    According to the famous Roman orator and lawyer Cicero:

    "There is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by some philosopher." (Yawn.)

    The yawn may or may not have been included when he made that comment. But Rome was loaded with philosophers and they had a habit of congregating on Mars Hill daily and just ... babbling. Meanwhile, on another part of planet earth ...

    To contrast with a teacher from the Far East:

    "3 methods to learn wisdom: by reflection, which is noblest; by imitation, which is easiest; and by experience, which is the bitterest."

    Words of wisdom from one who probably lived his life as a simple common ordinary man, but who is today acknowledged by many around the world as one the world's most sensible common sense philosophers. When it comes to Confucianism, many would insist that Cicero's quote does not apply.


    A brief bio-snapshot:

    - Life span: About 70 years (c. 551 B.C - c. 479 B.C.)

    - Born and buried in Chu-foo (or Qufu or Lu).

    - Served as Public Administrator for 15 years (532 B.C. - 517 B.C.); afterward, he studied and taught the Chinese classics, and spread his philosophy.

    - His sayings were published posthumously as the "Analects of Confucius".

    - The Prince of Lu consecrated his home as a temple, two years after he died.

    Do You Admire the Wisdom of Confucius?

    I do.


    To practice 5 things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue: gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.  ~ Confucius

    Image credit: Confucius Statue in Bejing, China (Wikimedia Commons)



    *** Original Post, Feb 15, 2014, at TreasurePen.





    19 August 2017

    Americans Love Their Firsts (Republish to Remind and Refocus US)

    We Americans love our “firsts”. When Obama was elected, it was said and is still being said and will continue to be said, he is “the first African-American” to hold the highest office in the land!! Toot! Toot!!!

    What do you expect from US? We're still a baby country experiencing our “first steps” in many ways. When a baby takes his or her first steps doesn't everybody applaud the monumental achievement and encourage the little one to keep on going forward?? So let US blow our horn!





    George Washington was, of course, our 1st POTUS.

    Abraham Lincoln was our 1st Republican POTUS.
    - Sadly he was also our 1st POTUS to be assassinated.

    Andrew Johnson was the 1st POTUS to be impeached, but he was not removed from office (narrowly escaped).

    Ulysses S. Grant was the 1st American since George Washington to hold the rank of full general.
    - He was also the 1st to publish his “Personal Memoirs”.

    Theodore Roosevelt was the 1st to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 1st (and only) POTUS to serve 3 terms.

    John F. Kennedy was the 1st Roman Catholic ever elected as President.

    Lyndon Johnson was the 1st to nominate an African-American (Thurgood Marshall) for the Supreme Court.

    Richard Nixon was the 1st of our country's leaders to be impeached who had to go home!

    Ronald Reagan was the 1st POTUS to appoint a woman (Sandra Day O'Connor) to the Supreme Court.
    - By God's grace, he was also the first to survive an assassination attempt by John W. Hinckley, Jr.


    So there you have just a few remarkable “first moments” in the history of the United States of America.



    * (Just an aside trivia note: Ronald Reagan and Bob Marley share the same birth date, February 6th. Marley died in 1981, the same year as the failed attempt on Reagan's life.)


    Image credit: Public domain.

    * * More Interesting Trivia: * *
    - In 1872, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States.
    - 100 years late in 1972, Shirley Chisolm was the first black woman to run for President.


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    Original Post, Feb 22, 2014 at TreasurePen


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