"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it." -- John F. Kennedy

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 On a headland a mile south of Treen, in Cornwall, England, on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the English Channel, is a famous Rocking Stone. Despite weighing 80 tons, the rock is so finely balanced on its base that a child can rock it back and forth by applying only slight pressure. Known as Logan's Rock – from the Cornish word 'loging' meaning rocking – it is one of many such balancing rocks found in the county.

Imagine the early days of cars – a time of wild experimentation and bold ideas. From then until the mid-20th century, some unique vehicles broke all the rules and hit the streets and attracted attention like nothing else.


At the time, technology in the automotive industry was in its infancy. It encouraged enthusiasts and designers to think outside the box to find unique solutions to transportation challenges.


The customization was not just about aesthetics; It was a way of tackling problems in innovative ways.



Biden Announces Additional $4.8B Student Debt Relief MikeRivero Thu, 12/07/2023 - 12:42

The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a fresh wave of student debt relief, forgiving $4.8 billion for approximately 80,300 individuals.

Last November 15, after 19 minutes of bidding at Christie's in New York City, a record was broken when a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, called Salvator Mundi, sold for $450 million.


It is believed that da Vinci created fewer than 30 works in his lifetime, and Christie's called this painting "the last da Vinci".



The painting is of Jesus with long golden brown hair, wearing blue robes and raising his right hand in blessing. In his other hand, Jesus holds a clear sphere of glass or crystal.


American students scored an all-time low in math on a major international exam, which provided the first comparison of global achievement since the pandemic radically changed education around the world.

According to data released Tuesday, American 15-year-olds had a 13 point plunge out of 1000 on the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) exam, which was given last year to 620,000 students in 81 countries worldwide.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israeli forces have surrounded the home of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Wednesday.


Netanyahu clarified that the IDF did not expect to find Sinwar in the complex, but said it was "only a matter of time" before the terrorist leader was found.


"Two brief updates: Last night I said that our forces could reach anywhere in the Gaza Strip. Now they are surrounding Sinwar's house. So his house is not his fortress, and he can flee, but before we arrive “It is only a matter of time before he does,” Netanyahu said.

Black Harvard President Claudine Gay was reportedly the Republicans’ top target in Tuesday’s House hearing on campus antisemitism [ 5 takeaways from college antisemitism hearing , by  Bianca Quilantan, Politico, December 5, 2023]This criticism must have been a rude shock to Gay because she has previously soared comfortably upward on one of the most powerful thermals in modern U.S.

 It's time to face facts: people are disgusting. It's not that you are a lazy or unhygienic person, it's just that the human body is a garbage and nothing can be done about it. As gross as our bodies are now, they were worse throughout history, which means the past smelled a lot worse. If you went back in time, you wouldn't be friends with George Washington or party with Marie Antoinette at Versailles. You'll turn away from the smell (and probably kill everyone with all your modern bacteria). Take, for example.


Students at a London university are demanding that they be allowed to return to classes, after they were suspended following Palestine solidarity action held before and after the 7 October attack.

The School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) suspended four students and three alumni last month for "violating health and safety protocols" following two pro-Palestine rallies held on 29 September and 9 October.