Thought for the day

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world." -- Thomas Jefferson, to John Norvell, June 14, 1807

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The deadliest wildfire in American history killed nearly 2,500 people and destroyed more than 1.2 million acres of Wisconsin logging town, but you've probably never heard of it. The Peshtigo fire of 1871 is often overlooked in the history books, mostly because it happened on the same day as the much more famous fire - perhaps no coincidence.

 The deadliest wildfire

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