The invention of sarin was an accident. A German scientist was trying to kill bug

The enemy wasn’t Syrian rebels. It was the weevil, a voracious beetle found in fields and orchards.

Ask a gardener about weevils. Or Orkin, the pest control experts, which says “they can be very destructive, and their damage is often very expensive.”

In the mid-1930s, they were a problem on German farms. The government, forced to buy expensive pesticides from overseas, turned to a scientist at Bayer — yes, that Bayer, the aspirin one — to develop a cheaper alternative. Continue reading

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“Great God, he is alive!” The first man executed by electric chair died slower than Thomas Edison expected.

To understand the gruesome history of the death penalty, it is essential to comprehend how badly inventor Thomas Edison wanted to zap his nemesis George Westinghouse.

Their rivalry was literally electric.

Westinghouse was a purveyor of alternating-current voltage — AC. Edison developed direct-current voltage — DC. A very loud, very long-haired Australian band would a century later insert a lightning bolt in the middle of those letters, calling itself AC/DC.

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1969, a Year of Bombings

By Bobby Allyn

One night, 40 years ago this month, about 50 typists were on the eighth floor of the Marine Midland Building, keying records on automatic booking machines, when a bomb exploded.

Placed next to a bank of elevators, the bomb — which detonated around 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 20, 1969, with a force equal to about 24 sticks of dynamite — ripped off the elevator doors, blew out windows on three sides of the building and overturned filing cabinets. The blast collapsed the eighth floor into the seventh floor below. The explosion ripped a hole eight feet wide through a 10-foot-thick floor. About 150 late-shift employees were on duty at Marine Midland, at 140 Broadway in the financial district, but only two people had injuries serious enough to require extended medical treatment. Continue reading

40 Years Later, Is The Candidate Still Satire?

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/09/40-years-later-is-the-candidate-still-satire/501389/

This week, for our inaugural Political Theater conversation, Atlantic staffers and I watched your most-requested movie: The Candidate, the 1972 dark comedy starring Robert Redford. And many of us left our screening … a little confused, actually! We had gone into the movie expecting it to be, as it been described, a “satirical comedy-drama”; I’d been imagining it, basically, as The Ides of Marchbut with wider lapels.

The consensus among our watching party, though, seemed to be that it was difficult to tell how, exactly, the movie was working as satire. Was the crux of the argument that Redford’s character—Bill McKay—was selected to run for Senate almost entirely because of his good looks and, secondarily, nepotism? Was it that he had, in the end, sold out his ideals simply to gain political power? Was it the broader, more tragic notion of how powerless the individual person can be against the lurching machinery of party politics? Continue reading

Titian Quest Anniversary Edition

Download and install hxd

Open player.chr in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Titan Quest – Immortal Throne\SaveData\Main\[character name]

search for money

I currently have 26,483 coins which translates to 67 73.  The next two spots are 67 73 in reverse order. In my case I would change 73 67 to FF FF.


Unlock Content codes

Password Effect
373624 “Armament of Gaul” set
437626 “Armament of Germania” set
925678 “Garb of the Great Merchant” set
274267 “Shinobi Shozoku” set

Titan Quest Guides, Patches, Mods and Utilities List

https://www.kirmiziperfect.com/titan-quest-guides-patches-mods-and-utilities-list/embed/#?secret=aUU2OoXvrC

Titian Quest Anniversary Edition was originally published on Something Different

Communist Party US & civil rights

The Communist Party USA was founded in 1919, three years after the Russian Revolution. It started as a dual organization composed of foreign-language and native-born American groups, but the factions were ordered to merge by the Soviet Union, which helped fund the Communist Party USA. The Communists were active in promoting civil rights and racial equality for blacks. Many black writers and artists were invited to Moscow as guests of the state. When the Great Depression occurred, many Communists believed that Marx’s prediction of the inevitable collapse of capitalism was coming true. Four black communists The Communists became extremely active on the civil-rights front, and they found a great opportunity to act on the national stage in 1931. Nine black youths traveling on a freight train in Alabama were arrested, falsely charged with raping two white women who were also on the train. The youths were quickly tried, and all but one were sentenced to death. The Communists intervened with a two-fold strategy: They hired first-rate legal talent to appeal the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and they also staged mass demonstrations in the United States to rally public support for their campaign to free the youths. The strategy worked. The Supreme Court overturned the first trial and ordered a new one. Continue reading