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Did a massive volcanic eruption in Asia change the history of Europe?

Napoleon's Downfall due to a Volcano: Mount Tambora. - Gingko Edizioni

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Victor Hugo, referring to the Battle of Waterloo in his book Les Misérables had this to say about the weather: Had it not rained on the night of 17th/18th June 1815, the future of Europe would have been different…an unseasonably clouded sky sufficed to bring about the collapse of a World.
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Possibly the last, best chance to contain Hitler.
while little has been written by English historians, perhaps because they don’t know how to free themselves from their superiority complex, enforced by their victory in WWII which in reality it should be attributed primarily to USSR and secondarily to the United States: and perhaps it is for this reason that they continue to see the frantic diplomatic efforts put up by Mussolini to save Italy from ruin as the work of a clown.

11-14 April 1935. The Stresa Front to stop Adolf Hitler. - Gingko Edizioni

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 April 11th 1935, eighty years ago. Benito Mussolini disembarked – jumping down from a speedboat he was steering – on the Isola Bella, facing Stresa,
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Our detective is a penniless aristocrat who also happens to be 35th in line of succession to the throne. It is 1935 and a conference between Britain, France and Italy concerning Nazi Germany just ended. The Prince of Wales and "that woman" have been invited to a house party at an Italian palazzo nearby. Queen Mary has Georgie invited to the party to keep an eye on the P of W. A motley crew has assembled; Italian fascists, German army officers, an industrialist, and others make this a highly unlikely gathering. Then there's an apparent suicide...
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (A Royal Spyness Mystery Book 11) by Rhys Bowen

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He was literally crucified on a barbed wire fence. Now he will be laid to rest as a secular saint.
Matthew Shepard Will Be Interred at the Washington National Cathedral, 20 Years After His Death

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After he was killed in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, Mr. Shepard became a symbol of violence against gay people. He has never been laid to rest.
  
Thank you for reminding me of this story.
  
Wonderful new chapter to this tragic story, thanks for sharing, Charles.
  
Wow... I had no idea. Thanks for sharing.
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This year’s Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to a Python convert

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Economist Paul Romer is a fan of open-source programming and critic of proprietary software.
  
Mathematica was (still is?) off the chain super sci fi futuristic back in 1990. I took first year college calculus using Mathematica. In order to get into that class you had to already know Calculus. As i recall there were three semesters.. but then differential equations you had to go to the 'real' course lol.

The problem was that it was harder than regular college calculus, for example the final was one week long, 10 problems and open 'anything'. Books, notes, people, etc. And it was tough to pass.

The other problem was that the 'real' calculus classes did 100 problems a day by hand. So you get into diff eq and its slow burn to hell because you weren't doing 100 problems a day for 3 semesters like the average kids :)

But that was the same for 'advanced english' too. I didn't have to write 1000 words a day like the average kids but i probably actually suffered more through lack of work.
  
This has been an enlightening thread. Thank you, all.
  
I agree, I have learned a lot - thank you.
  
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Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor
Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program.

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5 Stars!

I love country house murders, locked room mysteries, and stories set in the snow. ❄ This book is all 3! Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him with an impossible murder and a house full of viable suspects. By paying close attention I successfully guessed the identity of the murderer.

Covers: Envious Casca (Inspector Hemingway Book 2) by Georgette Heyer

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This has been my feeling all along. I'm a Ravenclaw BTW.
J.K. Rowling Needs To Stop Messing With Harry Potter

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I grew up reading Harry Potter, and it shaped my life to the extent that I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo. As an adult, I wish J.K. Rowling would just me enjoy her books in peace.
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For no knead bread #6 I am trying a new recipe. Pics and thoughts in 20 hours, but first a nap.
No-Knead Bread Recipe

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Here is one of the most popular recipes The Times has ever published, courtesy of Jim Lahey, owner of Sullivan Street Bakery It requires no kneading It uses no special ingredients, equipment or techniques
  
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I knew that ;-)

I recommend the Do You Remember podcast on the history of the Hüskers. Places them well and gives them the importance they deserve in the scheme of things.

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Dr Aloysious Beauchamp Smythe, Regius Professor of Classics, Oxford University, and Chaplain in Ordinary, St George's Chapel, Windsor.
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The Haitian Surrealists That History Forgot

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On a 1945 visit to Haiti, André Breton was shocked to discover dreamlike works by artists who drew inspiration from Vodou spirituality and local customs.
  
here there is no difference with #Bahia ;-)
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It's a sad world where spell check keeps trying to correct "Prosecco" to "prosecutor."
  
In another year or two there will be hooks for advertisers in the spell checker so you'll get "Pro Security Solutions ™". Either that or a map to the nearest Dan Murphys (translation: Liquor Barn).
  
The correctors' subconscious betrays their masters.;-)
  
I'm sure you're right.
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Girl dubbed 'Queen of Sweden' after drawing ancient sword from lake
An eight-year-old girl has discovered a pre-Viking-era sword in a Swedish lake, prompting locals to name her the "Queen of Sweden."
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Theresa May drag queens: 'We've dined out on her leopard-print heels for years!'

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Hard Brexit innuendos, frolics in fields of wheat, that strong and stable obsession … four drag queens reveal why the prime minister is camp gold
  
  
@h.ear.t | tobias Queen of the Desert?
  
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Why The Night Watch Is Rembrandt’s Masterpiece

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Ok folks, it's time for some game theor- I mean, art history. In this video, Evan Puschak explains what makes Rembrandt's The Ni
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Someone asked me what kind of music I liked. I replied, "mostly 80's music, K-pop, and opera. This reveals a great deal about me.
  
What? No show tunes or Shirley Bassey?
  
Literally any kind of music or sound (it doesn't need to be musical) from any era in human history (past, present and future).  I love Shirley Bassey and the sound track to Oklahoma.  Mozart and Prince. Frumious Bandersnatch and Captain Beefheart. Led Zep and the Throbbing Gristles. I also get down with Koori Radio and modulated AM static, but have a definite weakness for Grace Slick and Mary Ford. This reveals a great deal about me.
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I read the ring more than 25 years ago. Time to read it again, I guess, but there's so much other stuff I want to read, too …

Wondering if I could/should read the ring to my daughter, but I guess it's not really perfect material for that. Not enough suspense to make her want to go on every evening. :-) Or better: AFAIR there were parts in between that felt very long. (I think I was thirteen or so when I read it.)

Just finished reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to her yesterday. I think that was the longest book I ever read out loud. :-) We both loved it and started volume six immediately.
  
The length of the book means she gets to have her father read to her longer to complete it - she will love it and you. :-)
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Yeah, well, the length itself is not the problem. I mean, I've read nearly 3,000 pages of Harry Potter to her this year alone. :-)

But from the Ring I remember stuff like descriptions of landscape that went on for pages and pages, or long Elfish poems, or phases of the books of what I remember as a hundred pages or more (might be completely wrong) where not much happened at all. It might well be that this is not so much what she likes at the age of 10.

But I also just thought of the long and detailed battle descriptions. I think I'll better wait a few years before I present that to her. Some Michael Ende might be better-suited. I've always wanted to read The Never-Ending Story again, e.g..

But first, there's the last two volumes of Harry Potter to finish, anyway.