Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bouvines 27 July 1214: The most important battle you've probably never heard of - The History News network

Bouvines 27 July 1214: The most important battle you've probably never heard of - The History News network July 27, 1214

Today few people in the UK have heard of Bouvines. It has none of the ring of an Agincourt or a Crecy. Probably that is because England lost it. But the battle of 27 July 1214 was just as significant as England's later victories over the French. Maybe more so.

"Bouvines is the most important battle in English history that no-one has ever heard of," says John France, professor emeritus in medieval history at Swansea University.

"Without Bouvines there is no Magna Carta, and all the British and American law that stems from that. It's a muddy field, the armies are small, but everything depends on the struggle. It's one of the climactic moments of European history."

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Edward Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy' | PCWorld

Edward Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy' | PCWorld:

"Dropbox is a very popular cloud storage service, but NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is no fan. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Snowden called Dropbox a "targeted, wannabe PRISM partner" that is "very hostile to privacy.""


Update: Here's what Dropbox has to say:
"Safeguarding our users’ information is a top priority at Dropbox. We were not involved in PRISM, and would resist any program of its kind. We’ve made a commitment in our privacy policy to resist broad government requests, and are fighting to change laws so that fundamental privacy protections are in place for users around the world. To keep our users informed, we also disclose government requests in our Transparency Report."

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Jordan Weissmann: A Former Comcast Employee Explains That Horrifying Customer Service Call

No exit....
Comcast says it’s "embarrassed" by the recording of a customer service rep desperately refusing to cancel a subscriber’s account that had the entire Internet gawking in horror yesterday. However, the company would like to assure us all that this was simply a case of a single, misguided employee leaping over the edge.
Jordan Weissmann is Slate's senior business and economics correspondent.
"We are investigating this situation and will take quick action," the company told the Hollywood Reporter. ... 

Sean M. Lynn-Jones: I’m one of the people Sen. John Walsh plagiarized from - The Washington Post

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is editor of the quarterly journal International Security and a research associate at the Belfer Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

"On Wednesday afternoon, a flurry of phone calls and e-mails informed me that Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) had apparently included—verbatim and without attribution—several pages of a 1998 paper of mine in a work he submitted to the U.S. Army War College. Walsh’s paper, which also failed to properly reference the work of others, was one of the requirements for the master’s degree he received from the War College in 2007."

Even in 2007, my paper, “Why the United States Should Spread Democracy,” was out of date. I wrote it in 1998, when the Clinton administration was embracing the strategy of spreading democracy.

By 2007, U.S. interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan had, to put it mildly, given democracy promotion a bad name.

The paper needed significant revisions to address what had happened in those two countries, respond to criticisms, and cite the most recent literature. Nevertheless, it remained online and was often the most viewed publication on the Web site of Harvard’s Belfer Center. ...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at Liberty Reservoir Day 26Jy2014


Sykesville Volunteer Fire Company at Baltimore City Liberty Reservoir Day 26Jy14


Baltimore City Liberty Reservoir Day Saturday July 26 2014 with PW PIO K Kocher


Liberty Reservoir Day celebrates local watershed on Sat., July 26, 2014 9 to 1 [Eagle Archives]

Liberty Reservoir Day celebrates local watershed [Eagle Archives]

Liberty Reservoir Day celebrates local watershed on Sat., July 26, 2014 9 to 1 [Eagle Archives]

Liberty Reservoir Day celebrates local watershed on Saturday July 26, 2014. Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, co-chair of of the US Conference of Mayors Water Council, will be in attendance and is looking forward to seeing all of you.

There will be lots of entertainment and big trucks for the kids to climb aboard…

Baltimore Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow said that with events like Liberty Reservoir Day, “It is important that we provide our water customers the opportunity to learn about our watershed lands through educational, yet also fun, events like Liberty Reservoir Day.”

By Kevin E. Dayhoff, July 11, 2014

On July 26, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works
will again celebrate Liberty Reservoir Day in the recreation area right above
the reservoir dam on the North Branch of the Patapsco River.

Last year's Liberty Reservoir Day event was well attended and according to Kurt Kocher, the department's spokesman, the department would like to build upon last year's success. 

"Baltimore and Westminster have a long standing partnership that goes back decades," said Westminster public works director Jeff Glass. "Maintaining a sustainable water supply for all our
customers is a constant focus."


The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the dam on Liberty Dam Road off Wards Chapel Road. Parking is free. For information, call 410-545-6541 or go to

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Liberty Dam, which is
located in eastern Carroll County at the border with Baltimore County.

According to a history of Liberty reservoir written for the Historical Society of Carroll County by historian Mary Ann Ashcraft several years ago in the Carroll County Times, "Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. dedicated Liberty Dam on September 21, 1954 ….",0,894842.story

Friday, July 25, 2014

Does the NFL have a women problem? - The Washington Post

Does the NFL have a women problem? - The Washington Post: By Cindy Boren July 24

Does the NFL have a women problem? - The Washington Post:
"The NFL sent a message with its latest disciplinary move, suspending
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice because of a domestic incident that it
deems to be a violation of its personal conduct policy. Unfortunately, the
recipients of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s message are women. Rice was
suspended the first two games of the season after a February incident in which
he allegedly knocked his then-fiancée unconscious in the elevator of an
Atlantic City casino.

The suspension sparked an instant and heated debate over how
the league dishes out punishment, given that drug violations typically draw
longer suspensions. 

It particularly resonated poorly with women, sending the
wrong message just as NFL viewership among them is at a high and when the
league is, once again, openly courting the audience of women and their
financial clout.

They’re also dangerous, with Scarborough Research finding
that women represent approximately 45 percent of the NFL’s fans and almost 33
percent of the its viewing audience, based on Nielsen data reported by Sports
Business Daily last fall. Women, Ann Bastianelli of Indiana University’s Kelley
School of Business told ESPNW, make 70 percent of “important family decisions.”


Fan nearly derails Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France - Cycling Weekly

Fan nearly derails Vincenzo Nibali's Tour de France - Cycling Weekly:

by  July 24, 2014

"Spectator stands in road and makes phone call with back to Vincenzo Nibali, nearly knocking him off his bike"

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Another beachgoer died while digging a hole in the sand. Why does this keep happening? - The Washington Post

Another beachgoer died while digging a hole in the sand. Why does this keep happening? - The Washington Post:

By Sarah Larimer July 25, 2014

"This week, a 26-year-old man died on a Northern California beach.

Adam Jay Pye wasn’t caught in a rip current or attacked by a great white in the Pacific, though. He was digging in the sand, tunneling down deep, when the hole collapsed around him.

 “The sand had just engulfed this young man — he was standing up straight, like a soldier with his hands to his sides,” one witness to the rescue effort told the San Jose Mercury News. “He was buried alive. He was buried alive in that hole that he dug.”

Accidents like Pye’s happen a lot more often than you’d think. A few examples"

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Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds by ELISE HU July 15, 2014

Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds by ELISE HU July 15, 2014

When a customer service call is described as "Kafkaesque" and "hellish," you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. But in case you haven't heard the condescending, tedious call that's lit up the Internet, here it is:
The recording starts after the call has already been in progress for about 10 minutes, according to the caption on SoundCloud by Ryan Block, who was trying to cancel his Comcast Internet service. Block writes:
"The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. ...

In new book UC Berkeley historian Waldo E. Martin, Jr. takes Black Panther Party's point of view

In new book UC Berkeley historian Waldo E. Martin, Jr. takes Black Panther Party's point of view by Ron Briley

Mr. Briley is Assistant Headmaster, Sandia Preparatory School.
The Black Panther Party (BPP) is a growing topic of interest for scholars with numerous dissertations being produced on various party programs and local activities, but in Black Against Empire, Joshua Bloom, a Fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche Center at UCLA, and Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley, seek to provide a synthesis of Panther political history—focusing upon the meteoric rise and fall of the BPP between 1967 and 1972. 
This is a well written narrative and analytical history that does not overwhelm the reader with theoretical references, but it is also a book that may antagonize some readers with its sympathetic portrayal of the BPP and its revolutionary ideology.
Essentially, Bloom and Martin write their history from the perspective of the BPP, relying upon oral histories of the party as well as a close reading of the party newspaper, The Black Panther. The authors also devote considerable attention to the turbulent historical context in which the Panthers rapidly grew and declined.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

There is a new word in the French language: La mannschaft. Spiegel: What Is Wrong with the Grand Nation?


What Is Wrong with the Grand Nation? 

The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French.

There is a new word in the French language: La mannschaft. It's the term used to define everything that is enviable on the opposite bank of the Rhine River -- in other words, Germany's success. It's a success that is the product of the collective and is free of any of the egocentrics, self-deluded, bling-bling divas and "general director presidents," as the heads of French companies are called, that can make France so stuffy.

A week ago Monday, on Bastille Day, newspapers across France sighed that it wouldn't hurt if the country were a bit more like la mannschaft. Instead, unemployment is twice as high as it is in Germany, growth and investments have fallen far and former President Nicolas Sarkozy was recently detained for questioning by police at dawn. La mannschaft is the polar opposite of the other word currently in fashion in France: le malaise. A deep gloom appears to have taken hold in France. A recent survey showed that two-thirds of the French are "pessimistic" about their country's future.

"Viewed from the outside, France under François Hollande is like Cuba, only without the sun but with the extreme right," the newsweekly Le Point recently wrote. The country is "impoverished, over-indebted, divided, humbled and humiliated and finds itself in a pre-revolutionary situation in which anything seems possible."

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recreation in Westminster always a hot topic during summer [Column]

Recreation in Westminster always a hot topic during summer [Column]

By Kevin E. Dayhoff, 6:00 a.m. EDT, July 18, 2014 Read more:,0,5480470.story

The City of Westminster and Carroll County's Department of Recreation and Parks have joined the National Recreation and Parks Association in celebrating National Recreation and Parks Month.

According to, the theme for this year's month-long celebration is "OUT is IN."

On April 7, 1922, the Democratic Advocate published an editorial about "Westminster and the recreation problem."

"Our fathers did not have recreational centers. Why should we have them now? Our fathers did not have telephones, automobiles, electric lights, rural free delivery of mails, and many other conveniences which we now enjoy. Shall we dispense with them because they were unknown to the previous generation?

"We cannot do business as our fathers did. Can we take our recreation as they did? In the early days work and play were combined. The men of a community would gather for 'clearing the new ground,' 'log rollings,' 'barn raisings.' 'harvesting parties' 'husking bees,' and the like.

"At the same time the women had their 'quilting parties' and did the cooking for the community feast. In the evening there were the community plays. Those days are gone never to return." ....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Prevent Medical Bills From Spoiling Credit |

Prevent Medical Bills From Spoiling Credit |

"Prevent medical bills from spoiling credit
By Liz Weston •

Medical bills that wind up in collections hurt your credit scores more than they should.

That was the conclusion the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reached after studying 5 million credit reports. The federal regulator tracked how well credit scores predicted people's future creditworthiness after medical bills showed up on their reports.

 The answer: Not that well. The CFPB says people with medical collections generally paid their other obligations on par with those whose credit scores were 10 points higher. And those who paid off their medical collections should have received scores 16 to 22 points higher on average."

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Historical Society of Carroll County MD Box Lunch Talk by former Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

Historical Society of Carroll County MD Box Lunch Talk by former Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

Celebrating 250-years of Westminster MD history

TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014 Historical Society of Carroll County MD Box Lunch Talk: William Winchester founded the city of Westminster MD 250 years ago in 1764

Westminster was founded in 1764 by William Winchester (1711 – 1790) of England. This year, we celebrate the 250th anniversary, or sestercentennial, of our great City’s founding with many wonderful events.

A Storied History - Watch an historical presentation on the City of Westminster, presented by Kevin Dayhoff (Mayor, 2001 - 2005) by clicking here (YouTube video.)

In 1764 William Winchester developed a plan to sell forty-five lots along “King Street” on a sixteen-acre portion of the northern end of “White’s level” on the main road to Baltimore Town. The “piece of ground” was to be called “Westminster.” Come celebrate the 250th anniversary of Westminster with local Baltimore Sun history writer Kevin Dayhoff as he traces the storied history of Westminster, the Carroll County seat of government.

The Box Lunch Talk (BLT) program attracts scores of local history enthusiasts every month! These hour-long events – easily our most popular – begin promptly at Noon on the second Tuesday of every month in Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster.

Free parking is available in the lot on Carroll Street. Enter the building through Entrance #2, on Carroll Street.

Past topics include The Wines of Central Maryland, Past Present & FutureHistoric Barns of Carroll County; andWhere is Grandma Hiding?, which showed guests how to explore their genealogy.

Participating is inexpensive and easy! Guests bring their lunch and enjoy a small selection of beverages and dessert. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

To see our current BLT schedule, pick up a copy of our newsletter The Courier, check out our calendar online, or give us a call at 410-848-6494. Programs are subject to change without prior notice.

Noon-1 p.m., in Grace Hall at the historic Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street in Westminster. Lunch is not available for purchase; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert are provided. Admission is $2.00 for Historical Society of Carroll County members and $5.00 for non-members. 

Water shut-offs are hate crimes: Netroots Nation progressives protest in Detroit.

Water shut-offs are hate crimes: Netroots Nation progressives protest in Detroit.:

By David Weigel

"DETROIT—One of the truly great things about Netroots Nation is the annual move to a brand-new city. Only Las Vegas has hosted two of these conventions. Every other year, the circus tents have plunked into a union-friendly state (Michigan was until fairly recently) and been flavored by the local progressive movement. Last year Northern California, this year Michigan.

I think that adds to the thick aura of populism. After listening to Rep. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Gary Peters, and Mark Ruffalo (an anti-fracking campaigner, if you didn't know), anyone who was so moved could join the National Nurses United in a protest of the city shutting off water for people who hadn't paid their water bills. "

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism -

Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism - "By STEVEN ERLANGER JULY 10, 2014"

JERUSALEM — Even as the Israeli public offers strong support for airstrikes on Hamas fighters and their weapons stocks in Gaza, there is a good deal of reflection over the coldblooded killing of a Palestinian teenager that helped lead to the latest increase in violence.
Brutality against innocents is not new on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But, despite a court order that bans the disclosure of information in the case, Israelis have been discussing links between the suspects arrested in the killing of the teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and Israeli right-wing extremist groups that have at times operated with impunity.
Very little about the six suspects has been confirmed, because of the court order. But several Israeli media outlets have linked them to extremist groups, describing them as “shababnikkim,” pejorative Hebrew slang for right-wing extremist youth from ultra-Orthodox homes on the fringes of Orthodox society...
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Camp Upshur welcomes all units for training > Marine Corps Base Quantico

Camp Upshur welcomes all units for training > Marine Corps Base Quantico > News Article Display:

"Crossroads of the Marine Corps"

Camp Upshur welcomes all units for training By Tiffiney Wertz | Marine Corps Base Quantico | July 10, 2014

"MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- About 10 miles past the Ponderosa Gate, empty roads snuggled between thousands of acres of training and live-fire ranges, sits Camp Upshur on the grounds of what was, in 1942, the home to The Officer Candidates School."


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