The NPC Meme: Time to Wake Up and Start Thinking for Yourself
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A simple meme poking fun at the relentless, permanent post-election "resist" culture in America is creating shockwaves throughout social media. The original meme is known as "NPC Wojak" and is a simplistic drawing of a person with gray skin and a blank, expressionless face. The term "NPC" is a reference to video game culture. In the world of...
The Downfall of the Knights Templar
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The city of Jerusalem was conquered by Arab armies in 638 AD. At this time, a treaty was signed between the Rashidun caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab and the Christian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Sophronius, which promised to protect the Christian holy sites while under Muslim rule. For the next four hundred or so years, Jerusalem found itself in the...
The "New and Dangerous Opinions" of Roger Williams
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The son of a tailor, and pioneer for religious liberty and government humility, Roger Williams was born at the opening of the 17th century in London. His views congealed as he witnessed the brutal oppression of Puritans, Separatists and other religious minorities at the hands of the established Church of England. Those deemed heretics were...
The McCollum Memo: Did the U.S. Provoke the Pearl Harbor Attack?
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For those alive today who have witnessed national deliberations about whether to enter an armed conflict, they have seen nothing compared to what happened before World War II. At that time, the isolationists held real sway over public opinion. There was a strong perception that the war in Europe was Europe’s problem and the United States should...
The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe, perhaps one of the most famous poets and writers of 19th century, has left an indelible mark on the world of literature. The author of famous poems and stories such as, "The Telltale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe is most remembered for his ability to weave his mournful and...
"Die Zauberflöte" and Mozart's Ties to Freemasonry
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Freemasonry is often considered to be a controversial subject because the organization maintains a veil secrecy about its goals, membership and philosophy. From the Morgan Affair to the Taxil hoax, Freemasonry commonly finds itself in the crosshairs of a multitude of conspiracy theories and it garners a certain level of public distrust because...
The Bill of Rights in a Modern, Digital World
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The addition of a Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution was actually a fairly unpopular idea at the time of its framing. Even James Madison, its chief architect, was opposed to the idea. In fact, Madison didn't even take the idea seriously until Thomas Jefferson managed to convince him that a Bill of Rights was necessary. Since there...
The Incredible Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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On September 22, 1991, the Dead Sea Scrolls were made public for the first time when the Huntington Library of California released them on microfilm. This gave independent researchers and scholars, as well as the general public, the opportunity to study the treasure trove of incredibly important ancient manuscripts. Prior to their release, only...
JFK's Forgotten Joint Moon Mission Proposal with the USSR
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On September 20, 1963, the President of the United States stood at the podium before the U.N. General Assembly and prepared himself for the shock waves that would follow his proposal: the United States and the Soviet Union should work together in a joint space mission in order to reach the moon.
A Deeper Look at "Lord of the Flies"
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In 1954, author William Golding published Lord of the Flies, a deeply engaging novel about stranded British boys struggling to survive on a remote island. Written less than a decade after the end of World War II and in the midst of the Cold War, Lord of the Flies took a harsh interpretation of human nature through the prism of schoolboys. The...