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Today in History

Sir Walter Raleigh is executed. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh’s enemies spread rumors that he was opposed to the accession of King James.
Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni opens in Prague.
The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, is launched in New York City.
Leon Czolgosz is electrocuted for the assassination of US President William McKinley. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot McKinley on September 6 during a public reception at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite early hopes of recovery, McKinley died September 14, in Buffalo, NY.
Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff apparently uncovers the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert, a claim still in dispute.
Black Tuesday takes place–the most catastrophic day in stock market history, the herald of the Great Depression. 16 million shares are sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out.
The first ball-point pen is sold by Gimbell’s department store in New York for a price of $12.
Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands becomes the first African-American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.
French forces launch Operation Lorraine against Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina.
Thieves steal a jewel collection–including the world’s largest sapphire, the 565-carat “Star of India,” and the 100-carat DeLong ruby–from the Museum of Natural History in New York. The thieves are caught and most of the jewels recovered.
The U.S. Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation, superseding the previous “with all deliberate speed” ruling.
The first computer-to-computer link is established; the link is accomplished through ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet.
Palestinian guerrillas kill an airport employee and hijack a plane, carrying 27 passengers, to Cuba. They force West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre.
More than 500,000 people protest in The Hague, The Netherlands, against cruise missiles.
The last stretch of Britain’s M25 motorway opens.
South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports condemn both sides on the Apartheid issue for committing atrocities.
John Glenn, at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space. He is part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95.
The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people die and approximately the same number go missing.
For the first time, Osama bin Laden admits direct responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US; his comments are part of a video broadcast by the Al Jazeera network.
Delta and Northwest airlines merge, forming the world’s largest airline.
Hurricane Sandy devastates much of the East Coast of the US; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm.

First Visiter From Beyond

It is smaller than a quarter of a mile (400 meters) in diameter, but A/2017 U1 is perhaps the first known object from outside the solar system that has made its way inside. Some more data-crunching and analysis is still needed to confirm the interstellar nature of the object, which could be a comet or an asteroid.

Serving Life in Prison for $5 Worth of Marijuana

How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America

The flu pandemic of 1918 killed between 50 million and 100 million people across the globe -more than died in World War I combat. But no one took it seriously at the beginning, because it was just flu, and few of the people who contracted it died. That's why it was able to spread so fast and so far. It was called Spanish flu, but it probably originated in the United States. After the fact, the outbreak was traced to Haskell County, Kansas, where many people became sick in January of 1918. The local doctor reported the outbreak, which meant it particularly worried him, since influenza was not a reportable disease.
Several Haskell men who had been exposed to influenza went to Camp Funston, in central Kansas. Days later, on March 4, the first soldier known to have influenza reported ill. The huge Army base was training men for combat in World War I, and within two weeks 1,100 soldiers were admitted to the hospital, with thousands more sick in barracks. Thirty-eight died. Then, infected soldiers likely carried influenza from Funston to other Army camps in the States—24 of 36 large camps had outbreaks—sickening tens of thousands, before carrying the disease overseas. Meanwhile, the disease spread into U.S. civilian communities.
The influenza virus mutates rapidly, changing enough that the human immune system has difficulty recognizing and attacking it even from one season to the next. A pandemic occurs when an entirely new and virulent influenza virus, which the immune system has not previously seen, enters the population and spreads worldwide. Ordinary seasonal influenza viruses normally bind only to cells in the upper respiratory tract—the nose and throat—which is why they transmit easily. The 1918 pandemic virus infected cells in the upper respiratory tract, transmitting easily, but also deep in the lungs, damaging tissue and often leading to viral as well as bacterial pneumonias.
The flu ravaged Europe, then abated in July, leading to a false sense that it was over. When it roared back, it was deadlier than ever. The disease was exacerbated in the US, where government officials refused to acknowledge it, fearing it would hinder the war effort. The lack of information only fueled panic. Smithsonian magazine tells us about the spread of the 1918 flu pandemic.

Four Things That Haven't Died Out …Yet

What was it? An 18th-century offshoot of the Quakers. The communalistic religious community believed in celibacy and held weekly dances to “shake” out the lust.
Where is it now? New members were last admitted in 1957. Today, there are three surviving Shakers,
all of whom live in Maine. At their age, though, there’s probably not a whole lot of shakin’ going on.
Proximity to death? Unless woodworking and abstinence become popular pastimes again, they’re in
trouble. But who knows? Knitting came back.
Reason to keep it alive. Shakers invented the circular saw, the flat broom, and the clothespin. With any luck, the next generation will handcraft a line of simple yet functional jet packs!
What was it? Smallpox caused hundreds of millions of deaths during the 20th century. Worse still, it managed to infect -but not kill- a young Josef Stalin.
Where is it now? After being eradicated from humans in 1980, the virus lives on only in cultures stored in U.S. and Russian laboratories.
Proximity to death? Viral samples can stay frozen for decades.
Reason to keep it alive. Should the disease somehow enter the general population again, it may
be helpful in creating new vaccines.
What was it? The cousin of the pileated woodpecker that once thrived throughout the American South. It was so beautiful, it was called the Lord God Bird.
Where is it now? The bird was believed extinct for several decades due to deforestation. How-
ever, at least one male was sighted in 2004 and 2005 in Arkansas.
Proximity to death? We’re not biologists, but we’d be surprised if a lone male woodpecker managed to produce offspring.
Reason to keep it alive. Noah would’ve wanted it that way.
What was it? The biblically endorsed way not to spoil a child
Where is it now? Wooden paddle spankings are still legal in 19 American states. (For the record, you’re most likely to be paddled in Alabama.)
Proximity to death? In 2003, an average of 1,350 school paddlings occurred nationwide per day.
Reason to keep it alive.  Studies have shown it’s completely ineffective for child-rearing, though it might be good practice for when little Jimmy pledges Kappa Sigma Rho.

The science of fright

Fear may be as old as life on Earth. It is a fundamental, deeply wired reaction, evolved over the history of biology, to protect organisms against perceived threat to their integrity or existence. Fear may be as simple as a cringe of an antenna in a snail that is touched, or as complex as existential anxiety in a human.
Whether we love or hate to experience fear, it’s hard to deny that we certainly revere it – devoting an entire holiday to the celebration of fear.

We now have proof that conservation funding works

Most of what we hear about the state of biodiversity is bleak-usually more species are severely threatened and going extinct. Perhaps you think that what we do contribute to help the world's plants and animals does little to help. A study published in Nature has just proved that conservation money in the past 25 years has made a huge difference in saving the world's biodiversity.

There Is One Effective Way of Protecting Communities From Gentrification

Six Times More ...

We are spending six times more on Halloween candy and costumes than we do to feed the poor

The evolution of Slenderman

On June 8, 2009, Eric Knudsen posted two black and white images he had Photoshopped to a forum called "Something Awful." The forum was hosting a photo manipulation contest and was taking submissions from artists who were creating fake "paranormal" images. Knudsen's original monster, whom he called Slenderman, was the breakaway star of the contest, inspiring writers and artists online to create a backstory for him.

New Yorkers are getting sucker punched in the face

New Yorkers are now concerned about getting sucker punched in the face while walking down the street, thanks to the “knockout game.”
The sick game involves someone walking up to a person, sucker punching them without reason, and walking away from the victim.
Of course the illustrative picture used is that of someone who deserved to punched in the face - He is a Nazi ... knocked unconscious by a punch in the face a little while back.

Freelancing Isn't Feminist

Conflating School Choice with Democracy and Parent Empowerment Is a Scam

Amazon Wants to Send Strangers to Your Home While You're Out

Disney Channel to air first gay storyline

The Disney Channel is set to introduce a gay storyline for the first time in its show "Andi Mack," it said on Thursday.
The one-hour season two premiere, which aired Friday in the US, will see best friends Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and Cyrus (Joshua Rush) admit they are attracted to the same boy.
The coming-of-age show -- created by "Sex and the City" writer Terri Minsky -- revolves around 13-year-old girl Andi, who is trying to determine where she fits in and the many ways she can live her life.

Lesbian Teen Pelted With Juice Boxes

Mississippi judge resigns after barring mother from seeing her baby for 14 months

A Mississippi judge who barred a mother from seeing her newborn baby for 14 months because she hadn’t paid court-imposed fees has stepped down.

Surrogate mother unknowingly gives birth to her biological son

In one of those rare incidents a California surrogate, hired by a Chinese couple gave birth to twins, and she later discovered one of them was her biological child.
Jessica Allen, 31, already had two other children with her partner Wardell Jasper, 34, prior to her decision of becoming a gestational surrogate for a couple, who had opted for an American surrogate because surrogacy was not legal in their country.

Woman unaware that she was pregnant, gives birth to baby boy

A California woman went to a hospital after she presumed she had kidney stones and ended up being informed by the doctor that she was actually having labor pain. Not just that, neither the woman nor her husband, knew she was pregnant for the nine months when she was carrying the child.

Handmaid Tales: Missouri Leading America Back To Reproductive Slavery

Koch Brothers Demand Corporate Welfare From One of America's Poorest Cities

Why Study the History of the KKK?

Car drives into group of immigration protesters in California

A car drove into a group of people who were protesting Dumbass Trump’s immigration policy, outside Congressman Ed Royce’s (r-CA) office in Brea, California, on Thursday.
The incident was captured on video at 12:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. EDT), when police were in the process of trying to clear the intersection, where hundreds of protesters were marching in a circle. The protesters were trying to get their message, of what losing their immigration status would mean for them, across to Royce.

Las Vegas Victims Hounded By Ammosexuals Claiming Shooting Was A Hoax

Pennsylvania mom admits brutally beating and choking daughter

Rhonda Shoffner was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, strangulation, child endangerment and making terroristic threats.

Parents face murder charges in a child’s death

Two Iowa parents have been charged with child endangerment and first-degree murder in the August death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-strewn corpse was found “rotting” in a swing in the parents’ apartment in Alta Vista.
Chickasaw County investigators say the child hadn’t been removed from the swing, had a diaper change or a bath in at least a week prior to death. The baby of four months was just seven pounds at death, according to KIMT.
Investigators noted maggots at “various stages of development” throughout the child’s clothes and skin.
Parents Cheyanne Harris and Zachary Koehn both claimed to have checked on the child the day before death, but their claims were inconsistent with autopsy results and other findings from the scene of death.

Airline Racism Against Black and Muslim Passengers Is Out of Hand

Dumbass Trump’s ICE Thugs Stop Ambulance Taking 10-Year-Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy To Surgery

Dumbass Trump’s patriotic “deportation force” just saved America from another dangerous criminal “rapist” and/or “drug...

Why Is the Media Reluctant to Cover Neo-Nazi Violence?

La Bamba Over Nazis

On Saturday, anti-racist protesters at Shelbyville, TN’s “White Lives Matter” march trolled white supremacist leader Michael Hill by blasting latino rocker Ritchie Valens’ 1958 hit song, “La Bamba.”
Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other far-right marchers gathered in Shelbyville on Saturday to march and chant Nazi Party slogans like “Blood and soil” as they brandished homemade shields and other weapons.

Free Genetic Tests For Nazis

Counter-protestor hilariously trolls Shelbyville white supremacists with offer of free genetic testing: ‘It will be great’

Masseur rapes client and has the most disgusting excuse why he did it

After raping one of his clients in February, a masseur claimed he did so “because he thought she was physically attractive,” prosecutors said Wednesday.

Authoritarianism, sexism and violence are on the rise

A recent study conducted by Turkey’s Hacettepe University found out that the top three most stressful professions in the country are the military, the police and journalism. Not surprising given the fact that since the coup attempt in July 2016, more than 160 media outlets have been shut down and over 100 journalists have been arrested. An even larger number of journalists have been blacklisted, sacked, exiled. The clampdown on the media has a profound negative impact on the entire society. And though Turkey is a particularly striking example, it is not the only place where freedom of expression is under threat.

Want more sex?

The combination of sex and drugs has provided inspiration for rock songs, countless experiential essays and now a study that says stoners may have better sex lives.

FDA approves smaller condoms for US men

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved smaller condoms for American men after recent studies show the minimum 6.69-inch length requirement is actually an inch longer than the average U.S. man’s penis.

TV News Has an Ugly Role in the Pharma Epidemic

Overdosed puppy saved by opioid reversal drug

As America’s opioid epidemic continues to take lives at a devastating rate, it’s now also impacting our furry friends. In the latest case of pet overdoses, a puppy fell victim to the deadly crisis.
Peter Thibault, a resident of Andover, Massachusetts, was walking his three-month-old yellow lab named Zoey, when he noticed that she was chewing on a pack of cigarettes. After immediately taking the box out her mouth, she collapsed, according to The Eagle-Tribune.
“I had no idea what the issue was. She was just lying there. I picked her up, took her home and laid her on the floor,” Thibault told the newspaper. “It seemed she was getting progressively worse, her eyes were rolling back and her tongue was hanging out of her mouth.”
She was then taken to a local veterinary hospital and given multiple doses of a lifesaving drug. Fortunately, Zoey survived thanks to naloxone, a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. This isn’t the first time Krista Vernaleken, Zoey’s vet, has seen cases like this and she doesn’t expect it to be the last either.

Vampire bats could soon swarm to the United States

They do carry rabies, but don't panic—the bloodsuckers might not cause much of a ruckus.
Thousands of years ago, the United States was home to vampires. Fossils of multiple vampire bat species have been found in California, Texas, Florida, Arizona, and other states, dating from 5,000 to 30,000 years ago. Since then, winters in the southern United States have become cooler. But vampire bats still roam Mexico, Central America, and South America. And now, they are on the move. The common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) is pushing into new territory in both North and South America, and bringing new variants of rabies along for the ride.

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