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Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'

Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer spoke before the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City—and her speech became one of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Cleopatra (VII) was the last in the line of Ancient Egyptian Pharoahs. She spoke both Greek and Egyptian and believed herself to be the reincarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis. During her lifetime, she was involved with both Mark Antony and Julius Caesar and has been commemorated in plays, poetry, movies, and art, most memorably in Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra.

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from Fox News Insider

Peters: Obama Admin Won't Accept the 'Messy' Fight Needed to Take Out ISIS

10/28/15 - Peters: Obama Admin Won't Accept the 'Messy' Fight Needed to Take Out ISIS. . . Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke yesterday at a Senate hearing on beginning "direct action on the ground" against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said today that raids are useful and helpful, but won't be "decisive" in defeating ISIS.

A scan of Richard III’s request for the Great Seal with postscript on treachery of Duke of Buckingham, 12 Oct 1483 from the National Archives. Credit: University of Leicester.

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Gilgamesh #Sumerian...5th King or Uruk, 2500bc. Ruled 126yrs. In the Epic of Gilgamesh he spoke with Utnapishtim the survivor of the great deluge. This scene looks like the ordeal with Enkidu and the holy bull.

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from Agora

Family Traditions: Ascent of the Goddess

Famous relief from the Old Babylonian period (now in the British museum) called the “Burney relief” or “Queen of the Night relief”. The depicted figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war. However, her bird-feet and accompanying owls have suggested to some a connection with Lilitu (called Lilith in the Bible), though seemingly not the usual demonic Lilitu. 19th C. BC - 18th C. BC

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‘I have heard both,’ said Gandalf; ‘and I will not give judgement now. But I beg you two, Legolas and Gimli, at least to be friends, and to help me.’ - Legolas and Gimli, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, A Journey in the Dark

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