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    Nevada at Toledo

    obviously the Pack couldn't contain the Toledo QB;s runs and gave up 2 horrible special teams TDs. game over. The offense played pretty good.
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    Another day, another article on how the Spanish Flu isn’t really that dangerous. A letter to the NYT from the father of a soldier objects to the term "doughboy," which "is surely undignified, as it seems to imply that our troops are either half-baked or not baked at all and is also unpatriotic."
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    OT - Taurus SHO

    I think its fine but where I live having AWD is practically mandatory. Snow with hills.
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    Washington Post: This Hurricane Is Trumps Fault

    FWIW< I gave a $25 donation to Florence Hurricane relief. And it was matched by my company.
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt arrives back from Europe with Spanish Flu (contracted on the boat) and double pneumonia. He’s met at the dock by an ambulance and taken to his mother’s house. And then Eleanor unpacks his bags and finds a bundle of letters from Lucy Mercer...
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    now! Unexploded shells, containing deadly mustard gas, piling up in the Belgian Houthulst Forest. Every day duds are found on the former battlefields of the Western Front. These shells never exploded because when they hit the ground they just disappeared into the muddy clay of Flanders. Bluup! Getting rid of these rusting and often leaking shells is an enormous problem for Belgium. Read The Abomination of Houthulst. And this is only half the problem. The other half is hidden below the waves on the shallow coast: Death Waits Patiently at a Belgian Beach.
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    Mata Hari is known as one the most beautiful spies in history. The name is derived from the Malayan mata (eye) and hari (dawn); she is thus the Eye of the Dawn. Her real name was Greta Zelle. She was Dutch, born in 1876 in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands (Holland). Her father sold hats and caps. She became a famous erotic dancer and often danced half or completely nude. Ms. Zelle slipped into countless French and German beds, and became a pawn in international intrigue. In 1917 she was arrested in France. She was convicted as a spy and executed on October 15th. Mystery. In spite of the enormous research that has been done, historians have never clarified the exact nature of Mata Hari's spying activities. We have to wait until 2017, when French secret archives on her will open.
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    French poilu's (common soldiers) waiting for their meal. Picture made in 1916 in the vicinity of Verdun, Northern France.
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    Wolf Pack BB TV

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    The Kavanaughcalypse

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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    the colorized pictures really bring it home. More coming. Germany is really reeling at this point. Austria-Hungary ready to just quit.
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    American Army chaplain offers a cigar to a young German prisoner-of-war. As Germany in 1918 ran out of cannon fodder, the Kaiser and his generals committed very young soldiers to battle. Boy Soldiers were omnipresent in allied armies as well. See They Die Young: Kid Soldiers of the Great War (with lots of pictures).
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    British soldier giving water to a wounded German prisoner-of-war. Although the picture is probably staged, friendly gestures like this actually happened. In World War One most soldiers did not really hate their enemies. They saw each other as victims of the same uncomprehensible world-politics. Of course those views changed when friends got killed. And captured snipers and flamethrower-operators did not get much compassion either.
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    Senegalese soldiers have found billets in a shack near the frontline. On the right a picture of a Senegalese army cook. True color pictures made in June 1917 in Saint-Ulrich, Northern France. Senegal was a French colony. In total the French colonies donated 587,000 soldiers to the warfare. Almost 520,000 of them fought on European soil. The Germans feared their fierceness.