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Pres. Obama Orders All Flags To Half-Staff Following Mandela’s Death

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) – Following the death of Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama has ordered all flags to half-staff.

The President issued the proclamation shortly after Mandela passed away on Thursday afternoon.

“Today, the United States has lost a close friend, South Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and human dignity — Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he belongs to the ages,” President Obama said in an official statement.

All flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Dec. 9, 2013.

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Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

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(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95.

The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

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  • globally, 77,600,000 girls do not attend school
  • there are 33,000,000 fewer girls than boys in primary education
  • girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children
  • a girl with 7 years of schooling in the developing world will have 2.2 fewer children
  • a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
  • two thirds of the 775,000,000 illiterate adults, and 63% of illiterate youth, are female
  • literate mothers are twice as likely to immunize their children and send them to school
  • a girl who completes basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV
  • a girl earns 20% more as an adult for every additional year of education she receives
  • a nation’s GDP rises an average of 3% when 10% more its girls attend school
  • less than 2% of international development funds are specifically allocated to girls
  • school is not free in over 50 countries
Cars, History, Interesting, Photography

1964 Pontiac Banshee Prototype

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 The Prototype cars built as design exercise’s or as show cars were a way to gauge public appeal for upcoming models and ideas for all auto manufacturers.  One of the 1964 models was the Pontiac Banshee. There were to be an ongoing series of cars for the Banshee design, but the start was this vehicle.  Pontiac envisioned this as a Mustang Fighter and two versions were built.  The first had a straight 6 cylinder motor and the second had a V8.

Because of the success of the Pontiac GTO, General Motors execs at the time were worried that the Banshee would not only beat the Mustang, but also their beloved Corvette.  Judging from John DeLorean’s success with the GTO, they were probably right in their assumption.  After all the steel body Banshee weighed 500 pounds less than the Corvette.

The model was cancelled from further developement in 1966 and Pontiac was…

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Art, Books, Funny, History, Interesting, Music, Writers

Happy Birthday Shel Silverstein

Happy Birthday Shel Silverstein

by Shel Silverstein

So what if nobody came?
I’ll have ALL the ice cream and tea,
And I’ll laugh with myself,
And I’ll dance with myself,
And I’ll sing, “Happy Birthday to me!”

Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999) was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in his children’s books. Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have sold over 20 million copies. Click Wikipedia to continue reading information about Shel Silverstein, including songs he wrote for Johnny Cash, Dr. Hook and Waylon Jennings.

Click here for Shel Silverstein’s website.


April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated

Forty-four years ago, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.

Please click here to watch this American Experience clip of King describing the teachings of the nonviolence movement.

King also shares his thoughts on Malcolm X’s criticism and President Kennedy’s strides to help the Civil Rights Movement.

Source: PBS This Day In History


Women’s lib 1902: How artist imagined career girls of the future (and yes, he was a man)

Despite being a tongue-in-cheek depiction of girls in uniform, Albert’s Bergeret’s collection of playing cards entitled ‘Women of the Future’ turned out to be an eerily accurate portrait of the modern world.

The French illustrator, renowned for his post cards, created a series of drawings in 1902 showing girls dressed as soldiers, lawyers, journalists and even army generals.

And while he was right in predicting women would one day join the work force, the impractical wardrobe choices were far from realistic.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Maysa Rawi at Daily Mail.