“Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” -- I.F. Stone

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of clandestine photography. Although it was not a classic spy camera, it displayed a great blend of artistry and technology.


This watch was made by J. of Birmingham. It was designed by Lancaster & Son and manufactured between 1886 and 1900.


Production spanned a variety of models, starting with a version designed for men before introducing a more petite version designed for women.


These photos show the female version of the Lancaster Watch Camera, a rare and small model.



French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Israeli authorities to “more precisely define” the end goals of the war with Hamas, while arguing that the stated aim of totally eliminating the Palestinian militant group may result in a years-long conflict.

Macron’s comments came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday to continue with the ground offensive in Gaza until “all its objections” are achieved, namely rescuing remaining hostages and completely “obliterating Hamas.”

Penny-Farthing: Cycling Through Time in Captivating Vintage Photographs libraryhist Fri, 12/01/2023 - 09:51

The first recorded print reference is in Cycling News from 1891. For most of his reign, they were known simply as "bicycles", and were the first machines to bear this name, although they were not the first two-wheeled, pedaled vehicles.


The International Conference on Cycling History now recognizes Eugene Meyer of Paris, rather than James Starley, as the father of the high bicycle.


The Most Kissed Girl in The World: The Mona Lisa of The Seine libraryhist Fri, 12/01/2023 - 09:44

 Sometime in the late 19th century, the body of a young woman was pulled from the Seine River in Paris. Since there was no evidence of violence, it was assumed that he took his own life. This was not a new thing. On average, about two hundred people are pulled out of the dirty waters of the Seine every year by the Paris river police. At least a quarter of them are corpses, and about half of those taken out are people attempting suicide. The number of young women who commit suicide is highest.


France says EU should consider sanctioning violent Israeli settlers MikeRivero Fri, 12/01/2023 - 07:32

France’s foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday that the European Union should consider sanctioning violent Israeli settlers who attack Palestinians in the West Bank.

“We believe that the international community has a role to play to end these acts of violence which are extremely destabilizing for the region, but also harm the prospects for a two-state solution,” Anne-Claire Legendre said during a briefing.

French government takes aim at covid conspiracy theorists and complementary and alternative medicine in draft bill to combat sects malterwitty Mon, 11/27/2023 - 12:28

In mid-November, the French Senate reviewed a draft law that aims to crush dissent using hefty fines of up to EUR 15,000 and threat of jail time.  Anyone daring to criticise medical treatments could fall foul of this law.  Considering the “covid vaccines are safe and effective” false narrative propagated by the government, this law is nothing short of outrageous.

Riots Over Killed Teenager Break Out in Southeastern France Reports MikeRivero Sun, 11/26/2023 - 06:34

Between 50 and 100 right-wing activists took to the streets of the Monnaie quarter in Romans-sur-Isere on Saturday night, demanding justice for Thomas, local broadcaster reported. Some of them overturned trash cans and set fire to containers.