Mother Russia’s Medal for Mothers


Most of us are aware that population growth is a problem, and we are familiar with population control techniques employed by governments and suggested by economists and doctors to limit the dangers of overpopulation.  Case in point: China employs an infamous one child policy that limits urban couples to having one child.  This is part of the reality of the world we live in today – population is growing at an astronomical rate, and this growth has caused grave concern the world over about the Earth’s ability to support the continued addition of humans across the globe.  Alas, that is a topic for a different post on a different day.

The point is, overpopulation is a very recent concern and development.  Not so long ago, the bigger someone’s family was, the better.  When society was mostly rural and agrarian, more children meant more bodies to help around the house, raise crops, go hunting, etc.  As we moved from the country to the city thanks to the Industrial Revolution, large families became less important as an economic tool and transitioned to be more of an economic burden.  However, it appears this memo was never received in good old post-World War II Soviet Russia. Continue reading

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The World’s Most Unusual Airports


If you have been on more than a few flights in your lifetime then you know how much of a mess some airports can be. Confusing layouts, long security lines, awkward gift shops and restaurants that I wouldn’t eat at for free. Luckily, airports are as varied and diverse as the cities they serve – and some of them are awesome. This list covers neither the good nor the bad but instead some of the most strange.

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The Gold Star Mothers Club


For those who have never been involved in sending a close friend or relative off to war, it is hard to imagine the myriad of emotions experienced on a daily basis – a mixture of pride and anguish that will never leave a parent, sibiling, or spouse until their warrior comes home. As a reservist myself, I cringe to think of the effect that a deployment would have on my parents. Fortunately, the culture surrounding military families provides for the single greatest support system that could exist around such a massive organization.

But on this day, we remember those who never came home as well as the families they left behind.

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Kinetic Light Sculptures…


… just sound like they have to be awesome, does it not? Well thankfully, these artists do not disappoint.  Kinetic light sculptures are awe-inspiringly beautiful works that essentially look like your iTunes visualizer playing out right in front of you.  If you are a fan of hallucinogenic drugs, you are going to want to save your money for one of these.

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The Greatest Filibuster of All Time


fil·i·bus·ter

noun

1. the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative assembly to prevent the adoption of a measure generally favored or to force a decision against the will of the majority.
2. an exceptionally long speech, as one lasting for a day or days, or a series of such speeches to accomplish this purpose.
3. a member of a legislature who makes such a speech.