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    [–] What are the funkiest Dan tunes? DougEECummings 5 points ago in SteelyDan

    Perfect song when you're stoned AF and walking down the street.

    [–] TIL of the Nazino Affair. In 1933 the USSR sent 6,000 people (petty criminals and political prisoners) to Nazino Island in Western Siberia, with little supplies. Within 11 days of arrival the prisoners resorted to cannibalism. By the next 30 days over 50 cases of cannibalism were reported to guards. DougEECummings 6 points ago in todayilearned

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    Because they had no means to cook the flour they had, many simply mixed it with the river water in order to eat it, leading to widespread infections that led to dysentery for many. Criminal elements immediately began establishing territories and confiscating rations from those too weak to stop them. Some attempted to build rafts in order to make their escape, but because the powerful current could only take the rafts back to Tomsk, most accepted their fate and chose to remain. Those who attempted to leave were hunted by guards on patrol. Accounts from Nazino survivors tell of the bodies of hopeful escapees washing back up on the shores of the island by the hundreds. Two hundred and ninety-five people were buried on the first day alone.

    By May 21st, only eleven days after the majority of the deportees arrived on the island, three health officers observed five confirmed cases of cannibalism between the island’s new forced residents. Although there were no other available sources of food on the island, the guards immediately banned the practice and began arresting those they observed killing and eating one another. Within the next thirty days, they arrested fifty more people for cannibalism.

    One survivor account explained that while many of the guards killed the island inhabitants without hesitation, some did establish bonds with the starving people. One guard was reported to have even been courting a young woman on the island. When he was called away, he asked a friend to watch over her, but the friend proved unable.

    “People caught the girl, tied her to a poplar tree, cut off her breasts, her muscles, everything they could eat, everything, everything…. They were hungry, they had to eat. When Kostia came back, she was still alive. He tried to save her, but she had lost too much blood.”

    [–] TIL of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, a general of France during the French Revolution. He was one of the highest-ranking men of African descent in a European army. Thomas was the father of famous French author Alexandre Dumas, and Thomas would inspire many characters and stories in his son's works. DougEECummings 8 points ago in todayilearned

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    Dumas played a pivotal role in the French Revolutionary Wars. Entering the military as a private at age 24, Dumas rose by age 31 to command 53,000 troops as the General-in-Chief of the French Army of the Alps. Dumas's strategic victory in opening the high Alps passes enabled the French to initiate their Second Italian Campaign against the Austrian Empire. During the battles in Italy, Austrian troops nicknamed Dumas as the Schwarzer Teufel ("Black Devil," Diable Noir in French).[5] The French—notably Napoleon—nicknamed him "the Horatius Cocles of the Tyrol"[6] (after a hero who had saved ancient Rome[7]) for single-handedly defeating a squadron of enemy troops at a bridge over the Eisack River in Clausen (today Klausen, or Chiusa, Italy).

    Dumas served as commander of the French cavalry forces on the Expédition d’Égypte, a failed French attempt to conquer Egypt and the Levant. On the march from Alexandria to Cairo, he clashed verbally with the Expedition's supreme commander Napoleon Bonaparte, under whom he had served in the Italian campaigns. In March 1799, Dumas left Egypt on an unsound vessel, which was forced to put aground in the southern Italian Kingdom of Naples, where he was taken prisoner and thrown into a dungeon. He languished there until the spring of 1801.

    Returning to France after his release, he and his wife had a son, Alexandre Dumas, who became one of France's most widely read authors of all time. Alexandre Dumas Junior's most famous characters were inspired by his father's life.[8] The general’s grandson, Alexandre Dumas, fils, would become one of France's most celebrated playwrights of the second half of the nineteenth century. Another grandson, Henry Bauër [fr], who was never recognized by the novelist Dumas, was a prominent left-leaning theater critic in the same period.[9] The General's great-grandson, Gérard Bauër [fr], son of Henry Bauër, was also an accomplished writer in the twentieth century. A great-great-grandson, Alexandre Lippmann (grandson of the playwright Dumas fils), was a two-time gold medalist in fencing at the 1908 and 1924 Olympic games (he won silver in 1920)

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    After he finally gained release in 1801, Dumas was not awarded "the pension normally allocated to the widows of generals" by the French government[83] and he struggled to support his family after his return to France.[84] He repeatedly wrote to Napoleon Bonaparte, seeking back-pay for his time lost in Taranto and a new commission in the military.[85] He died of stomach cancer[86] on 26 February 1806 in Villers-Cotterêts.[87] At his death his son Alexandre was three years and seven months old. The boy, his sister, and his widowed mother were plunged into deeper poverty.[88] Marie-Louise Labouret Dumas worked in a tobacconist's shop to make ends meet.[89] For lack of funds, the young Alexandre Dumas was unable to get even a basic secondary education. Marie-Louise persistently lobbied the French government to be paid her military widow's pension.[90] Marie-Louise and the young Alexandre blamed Napoleon Bonaparte's "implacable hatred" for their poverty.[91]

    [–] TIL of the March 14, 1891 New Orleans lynchings, where eleven Italian-Americans were murdered by an angry mob after all eleven had been acquitted of the murder of police chief David Hennessy. It was the largest mass lynching in U.S. history. DougEECummings 23 points ago in todayilearned

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    The lynching took place the day after the trial of nine of the nineteen men indicted in Hennessy's murder. Six of these defendants were acquitted, and a mistrial was declared for the remaining three because the jury failed to agree on their verdicts. There was widespread suspicion in the city that an Italian network of criminals was responsible for the killing of the police chief, in a period of anti-Italian sentiment and rising crime. Believing the jury had been bribed, a mob broke into the jail where the men were being held and killed eleven of the prisoners, most by shooting. The mob outside the jail numbered in the thousands and included some of the city's most prominent citizens. American press coverage of the event was largely congratulatory, and those responsible for the lynching were never charged.

    The incident had serious national repercussions. The Italian consul Pasquale Corte in New Orleans registered a protest and left the city in May 1891 at his government's direction. The New York Times published his lengthy statement charging city politicians with responsibility for the lynching of the Italians.[3] Italy cut off diplomatic relations with the United States, sparking rumors of war. Increased anti-Italian sentiment led to calls for restrictions on immigration. The word "Mafia" entered the American lexicon, and the stereotype of the Italian mafioso became established in the popular imagination.

    [–] [Post Game Thread] The Golden State Warriors (12-3) defeat the Atlanta Hawks (3-11) by a score of 110-103! DougEECummings 10 points ago in nba

    I'm not gay, but I want to live in a log cabin in the woods with Kevon Looney. We won't ever have sex, but there will be a simmering erotic undercurrent as I stand in the kitchen window watching him hitting fadeaways on the driveway hoop and running cone drills shirtless, sweat pouring off his body. I'll run upstairs and masturbate, the entire time forcing myself to think of women while my thoughts drift back to Kevon Looney. I won't be able to climax and I'll eventually go back downstairs, angry and sexually frustrated. Sometimes we will look across the table at dinner and catch each other's eyes, and in that second, anything is possible, but we both deny ourselves and go back to what we were doing. One day one of us will die, and the other will bury him outside the log cabin. Then he'll go inside, pen a brief missive to his departed friend, and commit suicide, never able to deal with life without his one true platonic love.

    [–] GAME THREAD: Atlanta Hawks (3-10) @ Golden State Warriors (11-3) - (November 13, 2018) DougEECummings 11 points ago in nba

    Steph looks like a youth pastor who just arrived from fellowship and DMC looks like he's gonna meet some hookers after the game.

    [–] Yeah claire! DougEECummings 3 points ago in dankchristianmemes

    i camed nd shidded nd rofld in my pants😎😎😎

    [–] ❤️❤️ DougEECummings 9 points ago in nyannyancosplay

    tfw no qt cosplay gf :(