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Amazonians of the Volga? – “Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943” – Antony Beevor

February 28th, 2012 · No Comments · War, WW2

The panzer troops were horrified when they found that they had been firing at women. Few members of the Sixth Army seem to have heard about the Sarmatae of the lower Volga – an interbreed of Scythians and Amazons, according to Herodotus – who allowed their women to take part in war.

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Hearsay Accounts – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

Initially, most witnesses refuted the emerging consensus. Nearly all described the killing as random. All the papers and the wire services produced a total of just four witnesses advancing the target theory Wednesday morning—each one contradicting his or her own description. Most of the papers advanced the theory with just one student who had actually […]

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A Vicious Cycle – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

Repetition was the problem. Only a handful of students mentioned the Trench Coat Mafia during the first five hours of CNN coverage—virtually all fed from local news stations. But reporters homed in on the idea. They were responsible about how they addressed the rumors, but blind to the impact of how often. Kids “knew” the […]

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Myths – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Crime, Journalism, Newspapers, Sociology, The Media

We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened. No Goths, no outcasts, nobody snapping. No targets, no feud, and no Trench Coat Mafia. Most of those elements existed at […]

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Myth Making – “Columbine” – Dave Cullen

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Crime, Journalism, Sociology, The Media

The narrative unfolding on television looked nothing like the killers’ plan. It looked only moderately like what was actually occurring. It would take months for investigators to piece together what had gone on inside. Motive would take longer to unravel. It would be years before the detective team would explain why. The public couldn’t wait […]

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The Lion Story – “The Defender” – Jordan Conn

November 20th, 2011 · No Comments · NBA, Sport

Not everyone bought the lion story. When Bol played for the Philadelphia 76ers in the early ’90s, his teammate Charles Barkley walked into the locker room one day saying that he’d just read about the lion feat in a newspaper. Barkley looked across the room at Bol. “Man, you didn’t kill no lion,” he said. […]

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“The Defender” – Jordan Conn

October 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Not everyone bought the lion story. When Bol played for the Philadelphia 76ers in the early ’90s, his teammate Charles Barkley walked into the locker room one day saying that he’d just read about the lion feat in a newspaper. Barkley looked across the room at Bol. “Man, you didn’t kill no lion,” he said. […]

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Tags:Charles Barkley·Manute Bol··NBA·Rumour