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A Proposed Redesign For U.S. Currency That Celebrates Science

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Who would you rather see on a $50 bill: Ulysses S. Grant or the helmeted visage of a spacewalking astronaut? Idaho-born designer Travis Purrington believes that the U.S. would be better served commemorating the spirit of innovation and discovery instead of a corrupt dead president. Read more...

America Is No Longer The No. 1 Economy In The World – Guess Which Country Has Snatched Away That Title?

For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet. China has officially snatched away the title and for now America has to be satisfied with being No. 2. The Chinese economy has just overtaken the United States economy to become the largest in the America Is No Longer The No. Show More Summary

Obama’s “six year itch”

How will President Obama scratch his “six year itch”? This malady, coined by political scientists, means that presidents in their sixth year of incumbency, from Ulysses Grant to Barack Obama (Bill Clinton was the exception), suffer large losses in mid-term elections and become lame duck status with weakened political stature. So far and contrary to the […]

DeMarcus Cousins Catches Kings Teammate Nik Stauskas Taking Picture of His Money

Rookie mistake, Nik. Never take a picture of your money in public. Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins caught his 21-year-old rookie teammate taking a shot of a handful of Benjamins. Poor Ulysses S. Grant wasn't able to make the cut and had to sit in Stauskas' lap. Show More Summary

The Decline of the West, From Henry to Hillary

(Steven Hayward) Henry Adams remarked that the progression of presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant singlehandedly disproved the theory of evolution. That was grossly unfair to Grant, but it should be adapted to our current...Show More Summary

Sharks Winning Shark Week: Obama Acting to Protect America's Oceans

Photo source: National Geographic/Enric Sala President Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation establishing Yellowstone National Park in 1872, making it the first such place preserved for future generations. At the time, there was no...Show More Summary

Albany TV Crew Threatened with Arrest

A WNYT news crew doing a story on the historic cottage where Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days was threatened with arrest yesterday. WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland and his photographer Matt Soriano, who work out of the station’s Saratoga-North...Show More Summary

Today in history: The death of a Civil War hero

July 23, 1885: Ulysses S. Grant died. He was the 18th president, serving from 1869-77, and an Ohio native. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Grant was working in his father's leather store in Illinois. He was appointed by the governor to command a volunteer regiment; within months he had risen to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers. Show More Summary

GE Earnings Preview: 'The Incredible Shrinking GE', Or 'Where's The Beef'?

By Brian Gilmartin: President Lincoln, during the Civil War, was said to have described his General McClellan, his primary Civil War general pre Ulysses S. Grant, as having "a case of the slows", in terms of his willingness and ability to attack Confederate positions. Show More Summary

Where Did All the Middle Initials Go? To the Intellectuals.

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Phillip K. Dick. Alfred E. Neuman. Ulysses S. Grant. These are all people whose names are inseparable from their middle initials. But Bruce Feiler of The New York Times has a evidence that middle initialism is on the decline. Unless you want to be perceived as smart. In that case, middle initial away. Read more...

"I know no method to secure the repeal of bad . . . laws so effective as their stringent execution"

6 months agoHistory / US History : Electratig

I've been reading H.W. Brands's excellent biography of Ulysses S. Grant, The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, and ran across a brief description of Grant's first inaugural address. I've long admired Grant, and...Show More Summary

Valley men rush to the defense of… Washington?

This past weekend, I spent a little time enjoying the “Invasion Stalled” program at Harper’s Ferry. While it did indeed stall… Gen. Jubal Early bypassed Harper’s Ferry, and continued his press toward Washington. Gen. Ulysses Grant, however, didn’t hesitate, and by July 6 had dispatched more troops to deal with Early’s advance. Those extra troops […]

Mark Twain and the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: Live from La Farine CCXIII: July 8, 2014

John L. Davidson sends us to Wikipedia: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant - Wikipedia: "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is an autobiography... >...of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, focused mainly on his military career during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. Show More Summary

The Man Who Saved the Union

I've just finished reading a really enjoyable book - 'The Man Who Saved the Union' - and no, it's not about the Scottish independence referendum. Instead it's the story of the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant, an unassuming man whom...Show More Summary

Photo Essay: How Did the Statue of Liberty Get Built?

Elizabeth Mitchell's myth-busting Liberty’s Torch--a Best Book of the Month for July--is a hoot of a story packed with entertaining cameos by Victor Hugo, Ulysses Grant, Thomas Edison and more. At center stage is the maddeningly egotistical artiste, Frédéric Auguste...

The 48th/150th: "We Can Blow That Damned Fort Out Of Existence. . . "

Lt. Col. Henry Pleasants, 48th Pennsylvania 150 Years Ago, began working out his plan to tunnel under the Confederate lines 150 years ago, outside Petersburg, Virginia, and after Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant decided against any more frontal attacks upon the Confederate defenses, the soldiers in blue settled in for a siege. Show More Summary

The NYPD's Biggest Gang Raid Was Enabled By A Million Facebook Posts

In the early hours of June 4, the New York Police Department raided the General Ulysses S. Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in West Harlem. Its biggest gang raid ever, it saw 40 suspects arrested — and it was masterminded by mining over one million Facebook posts. More »      

The NYPD's Biggest Gang Raid Was Informed By 1 Million Facebook posts

7 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

In the early hours of June 4th, the New York Police Department raided the General Ulysses S. Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in West Harlem. Its biggest gang raid ever, it saw 40 suspects arrested—and it was masterminded by mining over 1 million Facebook posts. Read more...

Frank Scaturro for Congress

(Paul Mirengoff) Frank Scaturro first came to my attention as a historian. He’s the author of Grant Reconsidered, a brilliant defense of the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, which I discussed here. He also wrote The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction: A Distortion of Constitutional Jurisprudence, which I have not read. Show More Summary

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