5 Lies You Were Taught About the Earth

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5 Lies You Were Taught About the Earth

When it comes to our home planet, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. For instance, in spite of what you may have heard in history or science class, it’s not, in fact, possible to see the Great Wall of China from outer space.

And that’s not the only common misconception about Earth. Here are some of the biggest lies you were probably taught about Earth.

Columbus Discovered That the Earth Is Round

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You’ve probably heard the famous “in fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” poem. As the legend goes, against all odds, Christopher Columbus headed out on a voyage to East Asia by heading west instead of east from Europe. The monarchy (who funded the trip) was worried that Columbus would never return because, of course, Earth was a big flat pancake and he might fall off.

Even by the 1400s, flat Earth theories had already been debunked, and the orb shape was already accepted after being proposed by Pythagoras thousands of years before. In fact, the voyage was plotted out based on the fact that the Earth was round! Coming upon America was a surprise, however.

You Can See The Great Wall of China From Space

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It makes for a great story: Way up from outer space, astronauts can gaze upon the Great Wall of China. We hate to tell you, this not true.

While the wall may be great, according to NASA, it’s less visible than you might think from outer space. In fact, Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei reported that he wasn’t able to see the structure from space. Other astronauts have reported that it’s barely visible with a telephoto lens but not to the naked eye.

However, there’s still some good news for astro-followers: Certain landmarks, like cities and major reservoirs, are visible from space.

Earth Is Closer to The Sun in Summer

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It seems like sound logic: it’s hotter in the summer because the Earth is closer to the sun at that time of year, right? Sorry, but no.

Consider this. If that were the case, how could it be summer in the southern hemisphere at the same time it’s winter in the northern hemisphere?

While it’s a little harder to wrap your mind around, it’s all based on the angle of the Earth. The Earth tilts, and its axis can vary throughout the course of its cycle. This is what causes the difference in seasons. A greater tilt means hotter summers and colder winters.

A Compass Always Points Due North

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If you trust movies and TV, then you’re apt to think that a compass will always point due north. However, this isn’t quite the case. A compass points to the magnetic north. This is an important distinction because the magnetic pole changes based on activity in the Earth’s core.

That’s right: the magnetic pole that attracts all compasses is a moving target. It has been moving rapidly in recent years — as much as 30 or more miles per year. So be sure to take your compass reading with a grain of salt!

Deserts Are Always Hot

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While the term “desert” probably makes you think of miles of sand and heat-induced mirages, deserts are not always hot.

A desert is considered any place that receives less than 10 inches of rain per year. This isn’t limited to hot places. For example, many of the polar regions of the world could be considered deserts because they don’t get much precipitation.

Doesn’t it feel good to unearth (get it?) the truth? There are plenty of misconceptions about the planet that we call home. But as time goes on and we learn more, we’re correcting these long-held, so-called “truths.”

5 biggest lies you were told about George Washington

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5 biggest lies you were told about George Washington

Being the first President of the United States puts one in the spotlight, and with such notoriety comes an abundance of rumors and lies. There are sure to be many tall tales told of Founding Father and political pioneer George Washington. The leading political figure of the 18th century had quite an intriguing life, but that didn’t stop some from trying to embellish on or completely fabricate parts of it.

The following alleged facts about George Washington are quite the opposite. They’re stories passed down from one generation to the next, anecdotes that may be fun to talk about but have no real historical value.

He chopped down a cherry tree

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“Father, I cannot tell a lie.” These were the alleged words of a young George Washington to his father regarding a damaged cherry tree. According to the legend, Washington took a newly-received hatchet to his father’s tree and damaged it. When confronted, the young boy fessed up for his wrongdoing and earned the praise and respect of his father.

Ironically, Washington’s inability to bend the truth stems from a made-up story by Mason Locke Weems, author of “The Life of Washington.” Wanting to profit off of Washington’s popularity after his death, Weems wrote the biography. By its fifth edition, the myth of the cherry tree was included to give a glimpse into Washington’s virtues and depict him as the ideal role model.

His teeth were made of wood

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Being from the 18th century, it’s not unfathomable to think that George Washington would have poor oral hygiene by today’s standards. In fact, it’s known that his teeth weren’t the kind many dentists would take credit for. Plagued with dental issues in his adult life, Washington started to lose teeth in his twenties.

While he was forced to wear dentures, they weren’t, as many believe, made of wood. Instead, they were a mix of human teeth, metal fasteners, and hippopotamus ivory. While closer in appearance to real teeth than wood, early dentures were a far cry from the modern implements used today. Not only were they painful to wear, but their appearance also wasn’t quite as clean.

He’s buried within a crypt beneath the U.S. Capitol

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Unlike many of the lies told about the first president of the United States, this one is rooted in a little bit of truth. On December 23, 1799, the House and Senate decided that, with the permission of his family, the body of George Washington would be buried under a marble memorial at the United States Capitol. Martha Washington agreed, despite the president’s wish to be buried in Mount Vernon.

As with many things, cost became a factor in delaying the construction of the monument. Despite the wishes of representatives and senators, Washington’s body remained at his plantation, Mount Vernon. In 1832, another attempt was made to relocate the body, but Mount Vernon’s owner, John A. Washington II, refused to disturb his ancestor. While some may still claim he’s buried beneath the capitol, George Washington is resting peacefully at Mount Vernon.

He was a sound military leader

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As revered as George Washington is, the praise for his military leadership may not be quite as founded in reality. It’s easy to get caught up in the romanticism of Washington as a victorious general, but his track record on the battlefield tells a different story.

In fact, it was Washington who outed his own inexperience of military leadership. Speaking with Congress on the night before the New York campaign of 1776, Washington noted his “limited and contracted knowledge” of military operations. On multiple occasions, his inability to make quick decisions caused significant losses, specifically at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 and the loss of Fort Washington on Manhattan Island.

In 1796, American pamphleteer Thomas Paine published a “Letter to George Washington.” Within the document, he claimed that Washington’s achievements were erroneous. According to Paine, many of the president’s achievements belonged to Generals Nathanael Greene and Horatio Gates.

He lived in the White House

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Today, it’s common knowledge that the President of the United States lives in the White House. That may be why so many are adamant that George Washington was one of the many that called this structure home. Logic may dictate the notion, but the timeline of the White House’s construction completely shuts it down.

George Washington was president from 1789 to 1797. Plans for the original president’s house didn’t surface until 1790, and a builder wasn’t selected until 1792. During much of Washington’s presidency, the White House was under construction, and it wasn’t until 1800 that John and Abigail Adams moved in as the first residents.

The truth about George

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George Washington’s reputation has reached mythic proportions over the years, and not all the stories about him are true. His achievements are undeniable—but as far as national heroes go, even he had his limits. And regardless of their truth, these stories are iconic, and just about impossible to separate from the man’s legacy.

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Baltimore Sun: Trump is a Rat and the most dishonest man to ever occupy Oval Office

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Baltimore Sun editorial board lashes out at Trump: ‘Better to have a few rats than to be one’

The Baltimore Sun editorial board ripped President Trump as the “most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office” on Saturday in a scorching piece after Trump referred to Rep. Elijah Cummings‘ (D-Md.) 7th congressional district, which includes west Baltimore, as a “rat and rodent infested mess.”

In a scathing column, the editors of one of the country’s oldest newspapers wrote that Trump himself had more power to affect immediate change in Baltimore than Cummings does, who Trump also targeted for criticism Saturday, and urged him to use the power of the presidency to affect positive change.

“[W]e would above all remind Mr. Trump that the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing,” the Sun’s editors wrote.

“The White House has far more power to affect change in this city, for good or ill, than any single member of Congress including Mr. Cummings. If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land,” they added.

The editors then went on to launch into a full-scale attack on Trump, likening him to “vermin.”

“[W]e would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are ‘good people’ among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post,” they wrote.

“Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity,” they continued. “Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.”

Trump’s attack on Cummings earlier Saturday came after similar attacks in previous weeks targeting other minority members of Congress including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) largely condemned the president’s remarks and voted mostly along party lines to label the remarks “racist.”

China: US FedEx fails Chinese customers with lies, hypocrisy

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US FedEx fails Chinese customers with lies, hypocrisy

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Chinese authorities said on Friday that the US courier delivery firm FedEx’s claim of mis delivering Huawei’s packages to the United States “disaccorded with facts.”

After nearly two months of investigation, the authorities also found that the company was suspected of holding back more than 100 Huawei-related packages.

Such a conclusion nailed FedEx’s lie to the counter and fully exposed how hypocritical the US company is.

Media reported in May that FedEx diverted two packages sent from Japan and addressed to Huawei China to the United States without authorization of or notification to its client. FedEx later explained that the deliveries were “misrouted in error.”

According to Chinese authorities, investigators also discovered clues of other violations of Chinese laws by the US company, which has been doing business in China since the 1980s, and an in-depth investigation is still underway “on a comprehensive, objective and fair basis.”

Clearly, FedEx has failed the trust of Chinese customers with lies, disrespect for commercial morality, and even possible violations of Chinese laws.

What FedEx has done is portraying itself as a hatchet man of the US government who is turning its back on its customers and transgressing ethics as a trustworthy business partner.

FedEx needs to be aware that any company which fools its customers will ultimately make a fool of itself.

Over the 40 years since China’s reform and opening-up, foreign companies and investments, including those from the United States, have played an important role in China’s rapid development.

In return, as the world’s most populous consumer market and the second largest economy, China now has been making constant efforts to optimize its business environment under the rule of law, and has been increasingly dedicated to opening itself wider to the world and granting foreign companies a bigger access to its domestic market.

For those who pay respect to the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese customers, China is for sure the most promising market. But for those who do not, the Chinese government will not sit by.

American Christians Love The Father Of Habitual Liars And His Puppets

American Christians Love The Father Of Habitual Liars And His Puppets

 

I used to think that the people in the U.S. who call themselves Christians would never ever back a person who is well known to be a constant liar, I have realized that I was wrong. After all when a person is know to lie constantly how could anyone ever trust anything that comes out of their mouth? Even when such a person is telling you things that you want to hear, then you are the one who is a total idiot for listing to them and believing that what they are telling you is the truth. Top that with the knowledge of the fact that this liar is a total idiot who basically knows nothing about the real world or your life experiences. I am totally embarrassed that we have such a person as our President. If Ms. Hillary had won (which she actually did by 3 million votes) we would still have had a habitual liar for our President. About the only differences in the two is that she is actually smart and that it is believed by some that she has her own set of balls, that is compared to Mr. Trump who has never had any.

 

I have studied the Book of Revelation for decades now and there was only one part of it that I was having trouble with and this comes back around to the people who consider themselves to be Christians here in the States. I know that what I am getting ready to write will anger many people, Christians and non-Christians alike but I refuse to lie just to try to sugarcoat the truth. Near the end of days the Devil himself will sit upon the Temple Mount as the King of the world. The Great Whore of Revelation is the Catholic Church who will sit upon the seven continents and the Babylon of Revelation is “the eternal city”, Rome. The Devil’s army will destroy the Catholic Church and God will destroy Rome. The Catholic Church has fornicated with the world now for two centuries, the “Church” is the “Bride of Christ” that He is coming back to get but this ‘Bride’ is highly unholy and will be destroyed. There will be a time where 10 Nations will control most all of the world’s governments and they will give their power to “the Beast”, the Devil. Then the 10 powerful Nations will filter down to three and they will attack Israel and will not leave one stone upon another. You have the Orient which will be controlled by the atheistic China, the middle of the three will be Europe which will be controlled by the atheistic Nation of Russia, then you come to the Americas. Here had been my quandary, what Nation besides the U.S. would be strong enough to gather the other Nations together as one to go and fight against Israel. I had thought that it would be impossible for it to actually be the the U.S. but I have been proven wrong by how our Nations people have fallen in behind the evil Demonic Republican and Democratic political parties.

 

I do know that actual Christians will never fall in line like that but the problem is a financial one for most all people. The time is not far off that currency will be worthless, everything that we can buy, sale, trade or eat will be done through the chip in our hands, forearms. When you can’t work, buy food, gas, transportation or a place to live, most all people will give in, even those who call themselves Christians. For those of you who have never bothered to read or study the Book of Revelation, it says very plainly what Armageddon is. It is when Satan gatherers the Nations together to fight against Christ and His Angels at His return. I had always hoped that the U.S. would never be part of the Devils unholy army but Christians backing and voting for habitual liars has proven that hope to be an empty one. May God have mercy on our ignorant Souls because the Devil sure as Hell, will not. When Christ returns the Devil and His Angels will be cast straightway into Hell as they have already had their judgement day. All that will be left will be the humans who were tricked, fooled into believing in and Worshiping the Beast and the humans will be crushed like grapes in a wine press and their blood will run to the horses reins. Then, everyone of us will have a date at the Judgement Seat of Christ whether we did or did not fall in line with our evil Satanic Leaders.

(Poem) Playing With Fire

PLAYING WITH FIRE

 

When we are little we learn that the stove will burn

We begin to understand what we can and cannot touch

Momma gives out the orders and Daddy busts the butt

We learn where were at in this game that is called life

Try to break the rules of nature, only if you are a nut

 

To school we have to go er we want to do it or not

Life is filled with others rules we have to learn to play

Often when Daddy got a Dollar their kids are total butts

Careful, if Daddy got the money 15 will get you twenty

The Lawman and the Judges their gonna have the last say

 

We think we have some freedom, until the day you learn you don’t

Daddy will always bust your knickers and Momma feeds you soap

Act out at school and their Board of Education your butt will meet

Work hard for your living just for the rich man to cut your throat

Never play with the fire for it is you that will always feel the heat

Politicians, habitual liars and the greedy, in Hell will roast and burn

Trusting The Government: U.S., Russia, China, North Korea, All The Same?

Trusting The Government: U.S., Russia, China, North Korea, All The Same?

 

I was born in the mid 1950’s and grew up watching Walter Cronkite deliver the evening news. Mr. Cronkite was by most considered to be the “most trusted man in America.” Whom is it that you totally trust the most in American news media or within the political realm today? With all the news outlets of today all trying to get you to watch or listen to them I find it difficult to put much trust in any of them. There are two main reasons for that, one is that each of these outlets are companies, they are ‘for profit’. Two is the consideration of where are they getting their information?

 

I am in my early 60’s now so during the past 50 years or so we here in the U.S. have been constantly told that we are the good guys and governments who are Communist are the bad guys. From all of the reading and studying that I have done over the years I really don’t doubt that these Communists governments are far less than friendly toward their own population nor to others. Communists seem to think military first and usually military only and it is a proven fact that very few people who are military oriented are very good public leaders. Military frame of mind and civilian frame of mind seldom seem to end up within the same person. Then again within the non-communists countries the people have to put up with politicians who seem to change their mind like farts in a breeze. Here in the U.S. we the people have learned a lot since the NSA murdered John and Bobby Kennedy back in the 60’s. When Nixon was President he illegally expanded the war in Vietnam into Laos and Cambodia. We had military personal who died there or were captured there that our government turned their back on as well as their families basically saying they must have deserted. When the U.S. officially left Vietnam Nixon got on TV and said there were no more POWs in southeast Asia, knowing very well that he was lying to the people. Reality comes down to the fact of truth or not the truth, trust or not being able to trust.

 

Now I am going to talk about current events here in the U.S. and this reality of trust or no trust. On a personal level can you trust a person on really serious matters when you absolutely know as a fact that they have lied to you many many occasions?  In the last 24-36 hours we have been hearing on the news that Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. spy drone. The early news strongly hinted that the drone was over Iranian land which by all forms of international law would have been a violation committed by the Americans and Iran would have had every right to shoot it down. By international law every country which borders a body of water has 12 miles sovereignty except for China’s Communists government who seems to want to claim at least a few thousand miles sovereignty but that is another story for other articles. Now the U.S. government is saying that the drone was 21 miles off of Iran’s coast and if this is true then basically Iran committed and act of war against the U.S. and the U.S. government would have the right to retaliate against Iran. The issue is, how can we trust our own government when they and especially our President is a habitual liar? President George W. Bush’s lies paved the way for us to start a war with Iraq. Personally I believe that he was just trying to show his Daddy that he could ‘one-up’ him and take out Saddam. Think of the cost of those lies in terms of thousands of people dead and about a trillion dollars of taxpayer money thrown into that bloodbath. Today’s news headline said that some of the Republicans in the Senate were upset that President Trump called off a bombing raid in Iran that would have started an all out war with them and their allies. Going to war with anyone should not be a partisan matter and going to war should not be in the hands of one person. If we are going to enter a war this war should be voted on and passed by at least 2/3 of the Congress and the Senate. This is not a computer game, many thousands of people will die. So, what is the truth on this matter, can you or I honestly trust anything that Mr. Trump says? Personally I don’t. Credibility is something that our leaders no longer have, their word is not good enough any more. If we go to war with Iran they have many allies including many sleeper cells within our own borders, many Americans on American land will die, life as we have always know it here in the States will be over. But, how the hell can we the people ever know if what we are being told is the truth, or just another lie.

 

Brazil: Judge who convicted Lula Lied amongst Judges other crimes

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New bomb from Vaza Jato reveals that Moro lied and committed another crime against Lula

The partnership between The Intercept and the journalist Reinaldo Azevedo brought another bomb: the revelation that former judge Sergio Moro, who acted as head of the indictment against Lula, rather than as an impartial magistrate, ruled that prosecutors should question the ex- President, in another crime that will have to lead to the annulment of the

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The partnership between The Intercept and the journalist Reinaldo Azevedo brought another bomb: the revelation that former judge Sergio Moro, who acted as head of the indictment against Lula, rather than as an impartial magistrate, ruled that prosecutors should question the ex- president, in another crime that will have to lead to the annulment of the process.

Read below the full report of BandNews:

A new conversation between Lava Jato members reveals that prosecutor Laura Tessler of the task force has failed to attend hearings, including one with former President Lula, after a complaint by then-Judge Sergio Moro.

The information was divulged with exclusivity and first hand by the anchor of the BandNews FM Reinaldo Azevedo, in partnership with the site The Intercept Brazil.

On March 13, 2017, Moro sent a message to prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, where he talks about Lava Jato: “It’s great but for audition in audience, it does not go very well. Sorry to say that, but with discretion, try to give some advice to her, for her own sake. A training would do well. Please keep this message private. “

On the same day, Deltan sent the message to attorney Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima, now retired. After asking for the caretaker and erasing the information after reading, Deltan states, “Let’s see how the scale is and maybe suggest that they go 2, and hold a meeting on inquiry strategy, not to mention it.”

In response, Carlos Fernando agrees with the request: “That is why I had suggested that Julio or Robinho be also. At Lula’s we can not fail.

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(Humor Poem) June 14th Habitual Liars Day

June 14th Habitual Liars Day

Donald Trumps Birthday 

We like to celebrate but for what we seldom care

Celebrations are for memories of good times past

Birthdays of our families or for those of which we care

Holidays are days we hope we can stay away from work

Party till we drop then wake up and do it all over again

 

Do we ever care why a day was set aside to weep or pray

Solemn Bugle Rings Flags half staff does it mean anything

Christmas or Easter why should anyone ever think of why

Every Holiday we create is just the economies way to spin

Yet Turkey and Football bring a family together once a year

 

Presidents Day used to be a Holiday but now days we don’t

Some great people after their death in honor are given a day

All Saints or no Saints is good enough reason to tip a glass

Independence is a real reason to let the fireworks light the sky

June 14th celebrate the biggest habitual liar who sleazed into life