Archeologists have discovered an Irish town razed by the English 370 years ago.

The discovery of the lost town of Dunluce has been hailed as an “archaeologist’s dream,” according to the BBC.

The town, next to Dunluce Castle (above) in County Antrim, was razed to the ground during the 1641 Irish rebellion.

 Dunluce was abandoned, which means it has remained as a perfectly reserved site, according to UTV.

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A recent article by The Nation looking at Gov. Nikki Haley and her first months in office, written by Columbia journalist Corey Hutchins, featured one of the most damning assessments of a Palmetto State politician ever to see the light of day in a mainstream publication.

Besides laying out such items as Haley’s ethics issues, her apparent hypocrisy on the issue of transparency, and her missteps with the legislature and other state officials, Hutchins’ story included a no-holds-barred quote from John Rainey that left little doubt what the longtime Republican power broker thinks of the governor:

“I believe she is the most corrupt person to occupy the governor’s mansion since Reconstruction. I do not know of any person who ran for governor in my lifetime with as many charges against him or her as she has had that went unanswered.”

Consider that statement for a moment: We’re not talking about Vermont or Utah, where one might expect a slightly different daintier version corruption.

This is South Carolina, the state that gave the world Operation Lost Trust, the Barnwell Ring and a lieutenant governor who was found not guilty of murdering the editor of The State paper, despite the fact there were eyewitnesses who saw him pull a gun and shoot the victim in broad daylight in the middle of downtown Columbia.

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The intention is likely good, but one wonders what individuals who place American flags on the graves on Confederate soldiers are thinking.

In what is becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence, more and more markers for Confederate dead – including those killed in battle – are being festooned with the Stars and Stripes, usually around Memorial Day.

One supposes the thought among some of the more history-challenged is that a veteran is a veteran is a veteran, but there seems something slightly disconcerting about marking the graves of Confederate soldiers with the flag of the nation that invaded their homeland.

This isn’t an isolated incident, either. In cemeteries across South Carolina graves of numerous Confederate veterans are being decorated with American flags.

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The uncertainties of farming have been made apparent to cotton growers this spring. Cotton prices remain among the highest on record, but a lack of rain is hindering growing conditions and will likely put a crimp in yield.

The US Department of Agriculture recently reduced expected US cotton production by 1 million bales to 17 million bales, due largely to drought conditions across the South.

According to Southeast Farm Press, the reduction is mainly the result of expected higher abandonment resulting from the increased severity of the drought, particularly in Texas.

Exports were reduced 500,000 bales to 13 million bales. Forecast consumption by China was reduced 500,000 bales, as the recent slow pace of imports indicates sluggish demand now and early in the new marketing year, the publication reported.

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One imagines that with a decent education, a bit of motivation and a good sense of curiosity about what makes the world tick, most professions are possible for those so inclined.

There are a few – cardiac surgeon, professional athlete, military cryptographer, nuclear chemist and the like – that would seem to require abilities, be they physical or mental, which are beyond the reach of the vast majority.

The task that Frank Delaney has undertaken would appear to fall into the latter category.

According to The Economist, Delaney, an Irish broadcaster and author based in New York, set out last year to explain James Joyce’s “Ulysses” – one of the most daunting books in the English language.

“Fifty-two podcasts later, he has reached the end of Chapter One,” The Economist writes. “Some chapters are five times as long,’ (Delaney) observes, ‘and the book gets more complicated as it progresses, so it could take another 30 years.’ That would bring Delaney to the age of 99. He thinks he will probably not move on to “Finnegans Wake.”

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Nearly 60 years ago Frank Chodorov wrote that the affairs of state would be vastly improved if the people stopped worshipping Washington, D.C. He eloquently summed up the hold our nation’s capitol has over us, and the detrimental effect it carries.

Here are the opening paragraphs of a piece he wrote for Reason magazine in 1954:

It’s June in Washington. It’s June all over the country, of course, but to the capital city the month has special significance. It inaugurates the annual trek of gaping sightseers from all over the country to this American mecca.

Soon the vacationing schoolteachers will be ah-ing and ohing before the wondrous temples of government, while prizewinning high school students will pay their worshipful respects to the pompous dignitaries and official hirelings who carry on the affairs of state. Honeymooning couples, already taking one another for granted, will transfer their admiration and adoration to the indicia of political power, while farmers, satiated with the wonders of nature in their native habitats, will be propitiating the gods of government in their air-conditioned apses. In summer, it is the proper thing for Americans to come to Washington and view with awe.

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How tough was Geoff Fisken, the World War II fighter pilot from New Zealand who went on to become the highest scoring British Commonwealth pilot in the Pacific?

Once, following a sortie, Fisken’s mechanic fainted when he alighted from his aircraft with shrapnel protruding from his hip, according to a story by the Rotorua Review.

“I didn’t know it was there,” Fisken told the Review in 2000. ‘”It felt sore, with blood all down my leg. I tried to pull it out with a pair of pliers at the hospital but it was still too sore. They cut it out and put on some sulthalimide, strapped it up and I was able to fly again in three or four days.”

Fisken, who registered 11 kills while piloting CAC Wirraways, Brewster Buffaloes and Curtis P-40s, died over the weekend in New Zealand at age 96.

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After a decade and a half of indecision regarding the identify of a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast, state officials have determined that the vessel resting just off Fort Macon is that of Blackbeard the pirate’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

“We have now changed our position, and we are quite categorically saying that it’s the Queen Anne’s Revenge,” said Jeffrey Crow, deputy secretary for the Office of Archives and History of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which oversees the efforts to recover and display the remains of the ship.

It took years of research and the recovery and analysis of tens of thousands of artifacts to make the confirmation, Crow told McClatchy Newspapers.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge, a 300-ton vessel, was a man-of-war built in England in 1710. Originally named the Concord, she was captured by the French in 1711 and modified to hold more cargo, including slaves, and renamed La Concorde de Nantes.

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The long-held assertion that more than 40,000 Confederate soldiers from North Carolina died during the War Between the States would appear to be off by about 5,000, according to a researcher from the Tar Heel State.

Josh Howard of the state Office of Archives and History says no more than 35,000 Confederate soldiers from North Carolina died in the Civil War, about 12 percent fewer than the long-held count that allowed the state to claim more casualties than any other Southern state.

As of earlier this month, Howard has accounted for about 32,100 dead Confederates from North Carolina and an additional 3,000 he categorizes as missing. Some of those may have died in the war.

The count from 1866 that allowed North Carolina to claim the most killed was 40,275. A recount in Virginia is coming up with higher numbers for that state.

South Carolina’s war dead is thought to be just over roughly 17,500, though some informal recounts are under way on that figure.

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Good news has been in short supply for Tidelands Bancshares over the past couple of years.

That trend appears to be continuing as late last week the company reported that Alan W. Jackson plans to resign as chief financial officer of Tidelands Bank and holding company Tidelands Bancshares at the end of June.

According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Jackson’s decision was not the result of any dispute or disagreement with the bank or holding company. The filing included a letter from Jackson to Chief Executive Thomas Lyles:

It is with mixed feeling that I inform you that I am hereby resigning my positions with Tidelands Bank and Tidelands Bancshares effective June 30, 2011. Overall, I have certainly enjoyed my time at Tidelands but have been offered an opportunity out of the market to work outside of a banking environment. I commend you on the positive effects you have made in your short tenure as CEO.

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