Surprising Origins of Auschwitz
by davidaarongray on October 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM
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Auschwitz is the site of the largest mass murder in the history of the world.
More people died there than the total British and American losses in the whole of the Second World War.
But the birth of Auschwitz and the Nazi's original motivation for building the camp has often been overlooked by historians.
What follows, is a short video that reveals the surprising story of the origins of Auschwitz; initially built for an altogether different purpose than the gassing of European Jewry.
Trading Places: Learn How to Short FCOJ ...
by davidaarongray on February 15, 2013 at 3:20 AM
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Watch Winthorpe and Valentine carefully and you'll understand the mechanics of shorting the futures market. Unlike "WIN" and "VAL" however, you'll likely be missing two factors that made their trading scheme unusually lucrative: (1) Knowledge of a large broker intending to buy long the same futures you intend to sell short (aka "The Dukes") and, (2) Inside information about a government report that when made public will drive the price of the commodity you are betting against #1 is unethical if not illegal and #2 has with it the risk of 10-20yrs in a federal prison.
Goodfellas - "Funny like I'm a clown? I ...
by davidaarongray on February 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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More nervous laughing going on in this memorable scene than at one of Colonel Gaddafi's infamous Revolutionary Council meetings. In fact, the former Libyan dictator and Joe Pesci's character in the film have a lot in common. And sources close to "The Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya" claim that Goodfellas was his favorite movie.
The Godfather - Michael Joins the Family...
by davidaarongray on February 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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Coppola would go on to say that this was "the biggest scene ever shot, effects wise." Little known fact: behind the scenes, the Paramount executives favored James Caan to play the role of Michael instead of the unknown Pacino. They were so insistent on Caan that they made Coppola shoot several Michael scenes twice (one with Caan and one with Pacino). The debate on who should play Michael Corleone finally ended when Coppola showed Robert Evans (head of production at Paramount) the final cut of this scene. But even before the Caan vs. Pacino debate, Evans had suggested Warren Beatty, Burt Reynolds, Ryan O'Neal, Alain Delon and even Robert Redford as potential Michael Corleones. Evans defends his suggestion of Redford to this day claiming that he could look like he was of Northern Italian ancestry. Coppola had his heart set on Pacino, and threatened to quit if the part went to someone else. When Pacino locked down the part, the studio insisted that at least one of the Corleone sons should be played by a better-known actor, so the role of Sonny Corleone went to Caan. Others who auditioned for the role of Michael included Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Martin Sheen and Dustin Hoffman. De Niro went on to play a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather II.
Winston Churchill - "Blood, Toil, Tears ...
by davidaarongray on February 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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In his first speech as Britain's Prime Minister in 1940, Churchill tied the outcome of the fight against the Nazis to the survival of Britain itself. One of history's best battle cries. At this point in the war, Britain was alone in the fight against Hitler. France had just been defeated and America was a year away from Pearl Harbor
LBJ's Voting Rights Speech: "The America...
by davidaarongray on February 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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In the wake of the ugly violence perpetuated against civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama in 1965, Johnson adapted the "We Shall Overcome" mantra in this call for the country to end racial discrimination. By throwing the full weight of the Presidency behind the movement for the first time, Johnson helped usher in the Voting Rights Act. Best Line: "There is no moral issue. It is wrong ? deadly wrong ? to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights. I have not the slightest doubt what will be your answer."
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