ourpresidents:

On August 5, 1963, after more than eight years of difficult negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. 
The Limited Nuclear Test Ban treaty was signed in Moscow on August 5, 1963, by U.S. Secretary Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign Secretary Lord Home—one day short of the 18th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Over the next two months, President Kennedy convinced a fearful public and a divided Senate to support the treaty. The Senate approved the treaty on September 23, 1963, by an 80-19 margin. Kennedy signed the ratified treaty on October 7, 1963.
The treaty:
prohibited nuclear weapons tests or other nuclear explosions under water, in the atmosphere, or in outer space
allowed underground nuclear tests as long as no radioactive debris falls outside the boundaries of the nation conducting the test
pledged signatories to work towards complete disarmament, an end to the armaments race, and an end to the contamination of the environment by radioactive substances.
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Photo: President Kennedy signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  White House Treaty Room, 10/7/63. 
-from the JFK Library

ourpresidents:

On August 5, 1963, after more than eight years of difficult negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. 

The Limited Nuclear Test Ban treaty was signed in Moscow on August 5, 1963, by U.S. Secretary Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign Secretary Lord Home—one day short of the 18th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Over the next two months, President Kennedy convinced a fearful public and a divided Senate to support the treaty. The Senate approved the treaty on September 23, 1963, by an 80-19 margin. Kennedy signed the ratified treaty on October 7, 1963.

The treaty:

  • prohibited nuclear weapons tests or other nuclear explosions under water, in the atmosphere, or in outer space
  • allowed underground nuclear tests as long as no radioactive debris falls outside the boundaries of the nation conducting the test
  • pledged signatories to work towards complete disarmament, an end to the armaments race, and an end to the contamination of the environment by radioactive substances.

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Photo: President Kennedy signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  White House Treaty Room, 10/7/63.

-from the JFK Library

(via todaysdocument)

kateoplis:

The odds: 1 in 2,000,000 - drowning. 1 in 11,500,000 - being bitten by shark. 1 in 264,000,000 - dying from a shark bite.
Where sharks and swimmers meet

Sharks actually have a lot more to fear from us than we do from them. Further watching via Josh & Chuck of SYSK.

kateoplis:

The odds: 1 in 2,000,000 - drowning. 1 in 11,500,000 - being bitten by shark. 1 in 264,000,000 - dying from a shark bite.

Where sharks and swimmers meet

Sharks actually have a lot more to fear from us than we do from them. Further watching via Josh & Chuck of SYSK.

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reuters:

The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.The State Department travel alert was based on the same intelligence information that prompted it to close 21 U.S. embassies or consulates this Sunday, chiefly those in the Muslim world, a U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

reuters:

The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

The State Department travel alert was based on the same intelligence information that prompted it to close 21 U.S. embassies or consulates this Sunday, chiefly those in the Muslim world, a U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

fastcompany:

Live in Hawaii, Colorado, or Minnesota? Chances are, you’re happier than your brethren in Mississippi, Kentucky, and West Virginia. 

Cheers to those of you who live in the 10 happiest states in the U.S.

ilovecharts:

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other
via moosespringsteen
mothernaturenetwork:

Dolphins: Unexpected treasure hunters
The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program combines technology and biology to train bottlenose dolphins to find sea mines, enemy divers and even artifacts.

mothernaturenetwork:

Dolphins: Unexpected treasure hunters

The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program combines technology and biology to train bottlenose dolphins to find sea mines, enemy divers and even artifacts.

Constitutional Conspiracies 101

The Constitution is one of the most important documents in the history of United States, and it’s also the subject of numerous fringe theories, allegations, rumors and dirty secrets. But what are they, exactly? Tune in as Ben & Matt of Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know take a look.

usatoday:

howgovtworks:

govtoversight:

The U.S. Navy has lots of fancy gadgets, including rail guns and laser cannons, but when they want to make sure two ships stay the same distance apart while refueling, they shoot a rope out of an M14 rifle.

OK then.

There you have it, folks.
(P.S. Give a follow, won’tcha, to howgovtworks, a new Tumblr from USA TODAY political editor Paul Singer.)

usatoday:

howgovtworks:

govtoversight:

The U.S. Navy has lots of fancy gadgets, including rail guns and laser cannons, but when they want to make sure two ships stay the same distance apart while refueling, they shoot a rope out of an M14 rifle.

OK then.

There you have it, folks.

(P.S. Give a follow, won’tcha, to howgovtworks, a new Tumblr from USA TODAY political editor Paul Singer.)

missedinhistory:

Sarah Emma Edmonds was born in Canada, but after fleeing an abusive father and an arranged marriage she disguised herself as a man, traveling under the name Franklin Flint Thompson. She definitely fought for the Union during the U.S. Civil War. And she may have also spied for them.

usagov:

Public libraries have more than just books. You can also borrow DVDs, CDs, and even e-books. Find a library near you. 

The White House, Tumbling Things

whitehouse:

We see some great things here at the White House every day, and sharing that stuff with you is one of the best parts of our jobs. That’s why we’re launching a Tumblr. We’ll post things like the best quotes from President Obama, or video of young scientists visiting the White House for the science fair, or photos of adorable moments with Bo. We’ve got some wonky charts, too. Because to us, those are actually kind of exciting.

But this is also about you. President Obama is committed to making this the most open and accessible administration in history, and our Tumblr is no exception.

We want to see what you have to share: Questions you have for the White House, stories of what a policy like immigration reform means to you, or ways we can improve our Tumbling. We’re new here, and we’re all ears.

So give us a follow, send a post our way using the submission tool, and stick around to see some things you won’t want to miss.

And yes, of course there will be GIFs.

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You can also find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and WhiteHouse.gov.

mothernaturenetwork:

Here are 11 hiking-friendly national parks and the 10 essential items that any hiker will need.

mothernaturenetwork:

Here are 11 hiking-friendly national parks and the 10 essential items that any hiker will need.