History Awesome / REALLIFE

16th Feb '17 5:04:11 PM esq263
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* In 1980, 14-year-old [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Stayner Steven Stayner]] had been held captive and molested since age 7. Upon learning that a new boy had been kidnapped, and aware of the boy's impending fate, Stayner escaped with White by night, hitchhiking 40 miles to the younger boy's hometown to take him to the police. There are commemorative statues of 14-year-old Stayner rescuing 5-year-old White in each of their hometowns.
15th Feb '17 10:32:24 AM Longshadow
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** Stanley Prainmath, who was in the South Tower after the first plane had hit, was caught right in the middle of the second plane impact. He survived through a ''[[http://blog.godreports.com/2011/09/911-remembrance-only-known-survivor-from-trade-center-impact-zone-pays-tribute-to-god%E2%80%99s-grace/ genuine]]'' miracle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aojVZ4tBdRo Living proof]] that YouAreNotAlone.
23rd Jan '17 4:30:13 AM Oddstar6
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* The British politician Jack Straw is certainly a controversial figure, and that's putting it mildly. But his performance on ''Series/QuestionTime'' in 2009 against Nick Griffin, (then) leader of the far-right British National Party, is universally applauded. Griffin had, on tape, claimed that "this nonsense about gas chambers [i.e, the Holocaust] is a total lie". He then tried to back away from his earlier claim, saying that he had changed his mind after seeing "German radio intercepts", but because of the European Arrest Warrant, [[ArtisticLicenseLaw he would be extradited and prosecuted in Germany and Austria for it]]. Unfortunately for Griffin, Straw was Britain's Justice Minister at the time, and knew quite a bit more about [=EAWs=] than Griffin did - he first explained to Nick why that was rubbish, and then offered him a ''personal amnesty'' just in case, so he could explain himself without fear. The humiliated Griffin backed down.
* [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/wwvi39/the-colbert-report-malice-in-blunderland White House spokesman Eric Schultz']] totally deadpan response when [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel certain people]] attempted to drum up controversy over a ''3-year-old'' party that the Obamas threw for the children of our Armed Forces.
--> '''Creator/StephenColbert:''' Well, that's just hiding in plain sight! It's the oldest trick in the book.
* The protests against SOPA and PIPA which brought a previously guaranteed-to-pass, but highly controversial bill to a dead standstill, is a moment of awesome for the entire online community. ''Millions'' of people signed petitions. ''Hundreds'' of online companies blacked out in protest on the same day ('''Wikipedia''' blocked their screens out), and thousands of emails clogged up the inboxes of supporters and government officials. You know how if enough people call with a complaint about an issue it is noted in official record? Yeah, the protesters passed that mark by a couple of thousand. That's not even including the real life protests, where thousands gathered in New York. Several companies were convinced to end their previous support of SOPA when their users boycotted them and sent calm, but firm emails. It was the biggest online protest of all time, possibly one of the biggest in history, and the internet may never be the same. Game. Changed.
** The ACTA protesters deserve a special mention for this as well, as they were able to defeat and push back the bill without the support of the large internet corporations that opposed SOPA.
** Now there's CISPA, and [[http://openmedia.ca/blog/us-spying-bill-cispa-defeated-senate-floor/ once again]] we've managed to stare down another censorship bill...and on our own! However it [[http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2013/02/21/cispa-is-back/ seems to be back for more]]! And once again, we will be ready!
** And now SOPA is trying to be revived ''again''. People, get ready to protest again, since it's including ''streaming'' in its clauses now!

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%% * The British politician Jack Straw is certainly a controversial figure, and that's putting it mildly. But his performance on ''Series/QuestionTime'' in 2009 against Nick Griffin, (then) leader of the far-right British National Party, is universally applauded. Griffin had, on tape, claimed that "this nonsense about gas chambers [i.e, the Holocaust] is a total lie". He then tried to back away from his earlier claim, saying that he had changed his mind after seeing "German radio intercepts", but because of the European Arrest Warrant, [[ArtisticLicenseLaw he would be extradited and prosecuted in Germany and Austria for it]]. Unfortunately for Griffin, Straw was Britain's Justice Minister at the time, and knew quite a bit more about [=EAWs=] than Griffin did - he first explained to Nick why that was rubbish, and then offered him a ''personal amnesty'' just in case, so he could explain himself without fear. The humiliated Griffin backed down.
* %%* [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/wwvi39/the-colbert-report-malice-in-blunderland White House spokesman Eric Schultz']] totally deadpan response when [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel certain people]] attempted to drum up controversy over a ''3-year-old'' party that the Obamas threw for the children of our Armed Forces.
--> %%--> '''Creator/StephenColbert:''' Well, that's just hiding in plain sight! It's the oldest trick in the book.
* %%* The protests against SOPA and PIPA which brought a previously guaranteed-to-pass, but highly controversial bill to a dead standstill, is a moment of awesome for the entire online community. ''Millions'' of people signed petitions. ''Hundreds'' of online companies blacked out in protest on the same day ('''Wikipedia''' blocked their screens out), and thousands of emails clogged up the inboxes of supporters and government officials. You know how if enough people call with a complaint about an issue it is noted in official record? Yeah, the protesters passed that mark by a couple of thousand. That's not even including the real life protests, where thousands gathered in New York. Several companies were convinced to end their previous support of SOPA when their users boycotted them and sent calm, but firm emails. It was the biggest online protest of all time, possibly one of the biggest in history, and the internet may never be the same. Game. Changed.
** %%** The ACTA protesters deserve a special mention for this as well, as they were able to defeat and push back the bill without the support of the large internet corporations that opposed SOPA.
** %%** Now there's CISPA, and [[http://openmedia.ca/blog/us-spying-bill-cispa-defeated-senate-floor/ once again]] we've managed to stare down another censorship bill...and on our own! However it [[http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2013/02/21/cispa-is-back/ seems to be back for more]]! And once again, we will be ready!
** %%** And now SOPA is trying to be revived ''again''. People, get ready to protest again, since it's including ''streaming'' in its clauses now!



* An interesting case from the 2012 Presidential Elections. As the votes came in, it started to become clear that Ohio would decide if Mitt Romney had a fighting chance or if Barack Obama would be re-elected President. When Fox News' in-house decision team revealed that Obama would win Ohio and the presidency, they found themselves confronted by Karl Rove, who was adamant that they were calling the election prematurely and flinging out talk that Ohio always was Republican and the numbers would reveal that it would remain that way. One of the reporters, in turn, not only asks him, [[WhamLine "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better or is this real?"]], but she goes down to the team, who tell her that they are confident in their predictions.
* UsefulNotes/RonPaul. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8u5hnMGOQ8 All]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-EaOqA9akc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHCTUYjj_lU him]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u3iWydQrEU Yep.]] But even if you don't agree with him on a lot of stuff, you gotta admit the guy knows how to stand up for what he believes in.
* In Shreveport, LA, City Councilman Ron Webb sought to repeal a measure forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, claiming that Literature/TheBible considered LGBT people to be evil. Dozens of LGBT people showed up to protest but the best one was a transgender woman named Pamela Raintree, who dared Webb to stone her to death in accordance with biblical law. She said [[http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/01/17/trans-woman-dares-bible-quoting-councilman-stone-her-death "I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."]] Webb withdrew his measure without calling for a vote.

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* %%* An interesting case from the 2012 Presidential Elections. As the votes came in, it started to become clear that Ohio would decide if Mitt Romney had a fighting chance or if Barack Obama would be re-elected President. When Fox News' in-house decision team revealed that Obama would win Ohio and the presidency, they found themselves confronted by Karl Rove, who was adamant that they were calling the election prematurely and flinging out talk that Ohio always was Republican and the numbers would reveal that it would remain that way. One of the reporters, in turn, not only asks him, [[WhamLine "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better or is this real?"]], but she goes down to the team, who tell her that they are confident in their predictions.
* %%* UsefulNotes/RonPaul. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8u5hnMGOQ8 All]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-EaOqA9akc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHCTUYjj_lU him]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u3iWydQrEU Yep.]] But even if you don't agree with him on a lot of stuff, you gotta admit the guy knows how to stand up for what he believes in.
* %%* In Shreveport, LA, City Councilman Ron Webb sought to repeal a measure forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, claiming that Literature/TheBible considered LGBT people to be evil. Dozens of LGBT people showed up to protest but the best one was a transgender woman named Pamela Raintree, who dared Webb to stone her to death in accordance with biblical law. She said [[http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/01/17/trans-woman-dares-bible-quoting-councilman-stone-her-death "I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."]] Webb withdrew his measure without calling for a vote.



* In May 2015, Senator Rand Paul filibustered for ''ten hours'' in order to stop the renewal of the Patriot Act in the United States, which gave the National Security Administration leave to spy on the American populace.
* Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham won a lot of respect from the entire city of Liverpool for his determined pursuit of re-evaluating the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, considered one of the greatest sports disasters in British history. The reason he did so? [[ShamedByAMob He was heckled]] by the crowd at the 20th anniversary memorial in 2009. Seeing over 28,000 fans' enraged grief caused him to go to Parliament the next day and open a fresh inquiry. His persistence in re-evaluating reports of that fateful day paid off in 2016, as the final verdict handed out what the city and the families of the victims had always believed; that it was in fact police negligence that lead to the deaths and not the fans, as was previously declared by the police. Burnham himself is an Evertonian and when he showed up at the 25th anniversary memorial, he was met with nothing by applause for his efforts.
* Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, before entering politics, served in the Army in Iraq and was severely wounded, losing both legs and severely damaging an arm. Watch her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB6bBrX052I confront a man]] who claims disabled veteran benefits because he twisted his ankle playing football in a military prep school and explain what a service related disability really is. The only way she could have done it better was to conclude with, "the witness claims 30% disability. Bailiff, take him out back and arrange that." (Incidentally, the witness later went on to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/06/20/ashburn-ceo-braulio-castillo-convicted-of-murder-in-estranged-wifes-2014-death/ murder his wife.]]

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* %%* In May 2015, Senator Rand Paul filibustered for ''ten hours'' in order to stop the renewal of the Patriot Act in the United States, which gave the National Security Administration leave to spy on the American populace.
* %%* Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham won a lot of respect from the entire city of Liverpool for his determined pursuit of re-evaluating the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, considered one of the greatest sports disasters in British history. The reason he did so? [[ShamedByAMob He was heckled]] by the crowd at the 20th anniversary memorial in 2009. Seeing over 28,000 fans' enraged grief caused him to go to Parliament the next day and open a fresh inquiry. His persistence in re-evaluating reports of that fateful day paid off in 2016, as the final verdict handed out what the city and the families of the victims had always believed; that it was in fact police negligence that lead to the deaths and not the fans, as was previously declared by the police. Burnham himself is an Evertonian and when he showed up at the 25th anniversary memorial, he was met with nothing by applause for his efforts.
* %%* Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, before entering politics, served in the Army in Iraq and was severely wounded, losing both legs and severely damaging an arm. Watch her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB6bBrX052I confront a man]] who claims disabled veteran benefits because he twisted his ankle playing football in a military prep school and explain what a service related disability really is. The only way she could have done it better was to conclude with, "the witness claims 30% disability. Bailiff, take him out back and arrange that." (Incidentally, the witness later went on to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/06/20/ashburn-ceo-braulio-castillo-convicted-of-murder-in-estranged-wifes-2014-death/ murder his wife.]]
22nd Jan '17 11:50:00 AM Oddstar6
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* [[https://www.womensmarch.com/ The Women's March]], starting out as a local protest group on Facebook, has grown and attracted two million members and over 600 marches worldwide. On January 21, 2017, it had over 500,000 attendees marching down in Washington DC, with similar turnouts in major American cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. [[Creator/DonaldTrump Trump's]] inauguration had less than 250,000 at its peak. The purpose? It was to protect civil rights of religious and ethnic minorities and the LGBT community.
22nd Jan '17 7:57:16 AM Berrenta
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21st Jan '17 12:22:19 PM NordRonnoc
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* For many years it was joked that Great Britain was one of the few countries in the world that had no Independence Day to celebrate, because Britain was the country everyone else had won their independence from. Then came June 23, 2016, when the British people defied elite opinion in their own country and abroad and voted to regain their independence from the European Union.

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* For many years [[https://www.womensmarch.com/ The Women's March]], starting out as a local protest group on Facebook, has grown and attracted two million members and over 600 marches worldwide. On January 21, 2017, it had over 500,000 attendees marching down in Washington DC, with similar turnouts in major American cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. [[Creator/DonaldTrump Trump's]] inauguration had less than 250,000 at its peak. The purpose? It was joked that Great Britain was one to protect civil rights of religious and ethnic minorities and the few countries in the world that had no Independence Day to celebrate, because Britain was the country everyone else had won their independence from. Then came June 23, 2016, when the British people defied elite opinion in their own country and abroad and voted to regain their independence from the European Union.LGBT community.



* [[https://www.womensmarch.com/ The Women's March]], starting out as a local protest group on Facebook, has grown and attracted two million members and over 600 marches worldwide. On January 21, 2017, it had over 500,000 attendees marching down in Washington DC, with similar turnouts in major American cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. [[Creator/DonaldTrump Trump's]] inauguration had less than 250,000 at its peak. The purpose? It was to protect civil rights of religious and ethnic minorities and the LGBT community.
21st Jan '17 12:18:53 PM NordRonnoc
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* [[https://www.womensmarch.com/ The Women's March]], starting out as a local protest group on Facebook, has grown and attracted two million members and over 600 marches worldwide. On January 21, 2017, it had over 500,000 attendees marching down in Washington DC, with similar turnouts in major American cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. [[Creator/DonaldTrump Trump's]] inauguration had less than 250,000 at its peak. The purpose? It was to protect civil rights of religious and ethnic minorities and the LGBT community.
21st Jan '17 12:05:35 PM NordRonnoc
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* Donald Trump winning the Presidency in 2016. First, there was the fact that he won the Republican nomination while spending [[https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/04/21/19580/1-billion-spent-2016-presidential-race-and-other-numbers-know less than any other candidate except Kasich]] (by way of comparison, Clinton and Sanders each spent more than three times as much in the Democratic primaries as Trump spent in the Republican primaries), and then won the general election while [[http://metrocosm.com/2016-election-spending/ spending less than half of what his opponent spent]]. Then there was the fact that almost every poll and pundit was predicting that he would lose. From the moment he entered the race, all "respectable" opinion, on both sides, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtrrZUOU_UU assured the public that Trump could not possibly win, and that he would take the Republican Party down to defeat with him]]. And then came election day, when Trump not only won, but led the Republican Party to what is arguably its greatest victory, and certainly to holding the greatest number of elected offices, since the twenties. There wasn't a "deplorable" in America who didn't feel a little bit taller that day.
16th Jan '17 8:22:31 PM Oddstar6
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* And then there was the same-sex marriage ruling that ended them all, Supreme Court case ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergefell_v._Hodges Obergefell v. Hodges]]'', which finally gave gay couples the right to marry nationwide. If you read up on it, the entire case is equal parts {{Awesome}}, {{Heartwarming}}, and TearJerker, and it's made all the more awesome by the fact that the verdict was delivered in June, which is LGBT Pride Month, a mere ''two days'' before the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. But the ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome goes to the final sentence of the ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, which might just be the single greatest sentence in judicial history: "the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. ''It is so ordered''."[[note]]The italics were in the actual ruling, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis by the way]][[/note]]

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* And then there was the same-sex marriage ruling that ended them all, Supreme Court case ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergefell_v._Hodges Obergefell v. Hodges]]'', which finally gave gay couples the right to marry nationwide. If you read up on it, the entire case is equal parts {{Awesome}}, {{Heartwarming}}, and TearJerker, and it's made all the more awesome by the fact that the verdict was delivered in June, which is LGBT Pride Month, a mere ''two days'' before the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. But the ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome goes to the final sentence of the ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, which might just be the single greatest sentence in judicial history: "the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. ''It is so ordered''."[[note]]The italics were in the actual ruling, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis by the way]][[/note]]
16th Jan '17 8:18:24 PM Oddstar6
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* Donald Trump winning the Presidency in 2016. First, there was the fact that he won the Republican nomination while spending [[https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/04/21/19580/1-billion-spent-2016-presidential-race-and-other-numbers-know less than any other candidate except Kasich]] (by way of comparison, Clinton and Sanders each spent more than three times as much in the Democratic primaries as Trump spent in the Republican primaries), and then won the general election while [[http://metrocosm.com/2016-election-spending/ spending less than half of what his opponent spent]]. Then there was the fact that almost every poll and pundit was predicting that he would lose. From the moment he entered the race, all "respectable" opinion, on both sides, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtrrZUOU_UU assured the public that Trump could not possibly win, and that he would take the Republican Party down to defeat with him]]. And then came election day, when Trump not only won, but led the Republican Party to what is arguably its greatest victory, and certainly to holding the greatest number of elected offices, since the twenties.

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* For many years it was joked that Great Britain was one of the few countries in the world that had no Independence Day to celebrate, because Britain was the country everyone else had won their independence from. Then came June 23, 2016, when the British people defied elite opinion in their own country and abroad and voted to regain their independence from the European Union.
* Donald Trump winning the Presidency in 2016. First, there was the fact that he won the Republican nomination while spending [[https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/04/21/19580/1-billion-spent-2016-presidential-race-and-other-numbers-know less than any other candidate except Kasich]] (by way of comparison, Clinton and Sanders each spent more than three times as much in the Democratic primaries as Trump spent in the Republican primaries), and then won the general election while [[http://metrocosm.com/2016-election-spending/ spending less than half of what his opponent spent]]. Then there was the fact that almost every poll and pundit was predicting that he would lose. From the moment he entered the race, all "respectable" opinion, on both sides, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtrrZUOU_UU assured the public that Trump could not possibly win, and that he would take the Republican Party down to defeat with him]]. And then came election day, when Trump not only won, but led the Republican Party to what is arguably its greatest victory, and certainly to holding the greatest number of elected offices, since the twenties. There wasn't a "deplorable" in America who didn't feel a little bit taller that day.
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