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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

Charles Martel of Gaul dies at Quierzy. His mayoral power is divided between his two sons, Pepin III and Carloman.
Princeton University, in New Jersey, receives its charter.
The first successful parachute descent is made by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who jumps from a balloon at some 2,200 feet over Paris.
The Tennessee Legislature adjourns ending David “Davy” Crockett‘s state political career.
Sam Houston is sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
Union troops push 5,000 confederates out of Maysville, Ark., at the Second Battle of Pea Ridge.
Spain declares war on the Moors in Morocco.
Ringling Brothers buys Barnum & Bailey.
U.S. places their economic support behind Allies.
The cities of Baltimore and Washington run out of coffins during the “Spanish Influenza” epidemic.
Chester Carlson invents the photocopier. He tries to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they see no use for a gadget that makes nothing but copies.
As a result of the Geneva accords granting Communist control over North Vietnam, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes a crash program to train the South Vietnamese Army.
The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight.
The U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade on further shipments of military equipment to Cuba. Following a confrontation that threatens nuclear war, Kennedy and Khrushchev agree on October 28 on a formula to end the crisis. On November 2 Kennedy reports that Soviet missile bases in Cuba are being dismantled.
Jean Paul Sartre declines the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Soviet Union launches Luna 12 for orbit around the moon
Operation Linebacker I, the bombing of North Vietnam with B-52 bombers, ends.
Papal inauguration of Pope John Paul II; born Karol Jozef Wojtyla. The Polish-born Wojtyla is the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI died in 1523; he would become the second-longest serving pope in the history of the Papacy and exercise considerable influence on events of the later portion of the 20th century.
The US Federal Labor Relations authority decertifies the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) from representing federal air traffic controllers, as a result of a PATCO strike in August that was broken by the Reagan Administration.
Maurice Papon, formerly an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity for his role in deporting more than 1,600 Jews to concentration camps.
Tropical Storm Alpha forms, making 2005 the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.

5 Key Minimum Wage Ballot Measures This Election

Sad Chairs of Academia

Chairs at colleges take a beating and rarely get replaced. If there’s a shopping list, something else gets a higher priority. Poorly-paid professors are used to getting along with little and keep using old chairs, no matter what shape they’re in. The universality of these conditions inspired the Tumblr blog Sad Chairs of Academia. Here’s a recent post, illustrating the picture above.
This multi-denominational congregation of sad chairs stoically gathered in a former basketball court (which for the past 40 years has been re-purposed as the Art + Design department’s Foundation Drawing Studio) to greet new students this September.  This gang of seats was deemed enough of an embarrassment that the administration sanctioned replacing them all with set of previously decommissioned chairs that were, at least, matching.
See hundreds more chairs with sad existences at the blog.

How the Ouija board got its sinister reputation

Historic and Hollywood Clothing to be Sold

The Fashion Institute of Technology is cleaning out its closet and trimming its collection of 50,000 pieces of clothing and accessories with an auction. The Charles A. Whitaker Auction Company will conduct the auction Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 in New Hope, Pennsylvania. You must register to bid by phone. Pictured on the left is lot #535, a young man’s French jeweled court suit from around 1790. On the right is Lot #605, a chiffon dress with metallic lace and sequins from the Roaring Twenties. You could lose yourself just perusing the lovely items to be sold. See the auction catalog here.

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Cate Blanchett

The versatility of pronouns and shifting identity

The versatility of pronouns and shifting identity
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A new scientific study reveals the fascinating ways in which we use pronouns to negotiate social identity. While much of the recent popular discussion on the topic of pronouns and social identity has focused on how third person pronouns in English (she/he and his/her...

Uncertainty about your social rank might be bad for your health

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The common cold may at last be beatable

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Novel Alzheimer’s disease risk gene found among Icelanders

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The Chase

Oregon Takes On Corporations' Money And Politics With Measure 97

Oregon Takes On Corporations' Money And Politics With Measure 97

Our Broken Bail System

Women Wouldn’t Need Tampons If They Had Any Self-Control

Brainless Misogynist: Women Wouldn’t Need Tampons If They Had Any Self-Control
This is so jaw-droppingly ridiculous there just are no words.

Latino father and son duo prevent young woman from being raped in Brooklyn

Police thank wanted woman who contacted them after accidentally handcuffing herself

Police in Sacramento, California, had help from a wanted woman on Wednesday morning who handcuffed herself and called police for help.Cana Greer, 29, called the Sacramento Police Department for help after she and a friend, who used to be a security guard, were messing around with an old pair of handcuffs.
Greer accidentally handcuffed herself and discovered that there was no key to unlock the cuffs. Responding officers conducted a records check before arriving to help Greer, and found that she had a felony burglary warrant out of El Dorado County.
"When officers arrived, they thanked the woman for arresting herself and transported her to a nearby fire station to have the old cuffs removed," the police department said. Greer was taken to the Sacramento County Jail and booked on her outstanding warrant.

Mysterious X-ray blasts in space defy explanation

Animal Pictures