Welcome to this week’s History Thread!
Today’s discussion topic: Addressing misinformation. Many of our regular posters here are, or have been, teachers. Others are researchers. Some, like me, just like to scream at the historically illiterate online. What is your reaction when you encounter a person, be it an obnoxious Trump minion or your loudmouthed know-nothing friend, who says something about history that is either misinformed or a lie? Do you let them alone to their delusions, do you try to calmly correct them, do you call them names? How do you handle it?
Today’s picture: On January 9th, 1909, Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition (his first voyage to Antarctica) reached within 97 miles of the South Pole, where the pictured picture was taken. This was the farthest south any human had reached at that time. Shackleton would make two further expeditions to Antarctica, though he would be beaten to the pole by Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott.
P.S.: Today is Richard Nixon’s 105th birthday. To celebrate, if you haven’t yet, consider checking out my latest article, Richard Nixon’s Deplorables.