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Today in History

Henry VI is crowned King of England.
The first winter snow falls on the French Army as Napoleon Bonaparte retreats form Moscow.
Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States.
Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
A Union force surrounds and scatters defending Confederates at the Battle of Droop Mountain, in West Virginia.
Comanche, the only 7th Cavalry horse to survive George Armstrong Custer’s “Last Stand” at the Little Bighorn, dies at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Maine becomes a dry state.
The Bolshevik “October Revolution” (October 25 on the old Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, seizes power in Petrograd.
As European inflation soars, one loaf of bread in Berlin is reported to be worth about 140 billion German marks.
The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on the USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down.
Coleman Young becomes the first African-American mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
Guerrillas of the leftist 19th of April Movement seize Colombia’s Palace of Justice in Bogota; during the two-day siege and the military assault to retake the building over 100 people are killed, including 11 of the 25 Supreme Court justices.
A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LRR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport; 45 people are killed, the deadliest civilian helicopter crash to date (2013).
The Iran arms-for-hostages deal is revealed, damaging the Reagan junta.
The Rova of Antananarivo, home of Madagascar’s sovereigns from the 16th to the 19th centuries, is destroyed by fire.
Australia’s voters reject a referendum to make the country a republic with a president appointed by Parliament.

Post-Smart America

Climate change report predicts more extreme hurricanes

A 500-page report on climate change released Friday dropped a heavy truth that most have probably already noticed: Climate change has likely caused the upward trend of hurricanes in the North Atlantic since the 1970s.

Climate change has sucked moisture from the West

The Dumbass Trump junta released a sweeping report Friday that pegged man-made climate change to droughts and wildfires in California and the West, but for reasons you may not expect.
Scientists have uncovered little evidence that climate change is a driver of reduced rainfall and snowfall in the region, including during the drought of 2001-15. But studies have found strong links that higher temperatures, caused by climate change, have reduced soil moisture in California and other states. That in turn has affected farm operations and dried out vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires.

The Long Travels of La Corriveau’s Cage

Marie-Josephte Corriveau became a legend in Quebec. She was executed for murdering her husband in 1763, and the tales grew from there. She was a witch. She was descended from a long line of poisoners. She killed seven husbands. The stories took on a folk tale quality, but there was a real Marie-Josephte, and she became famous due to the horrific way her dead body was publicly displayed, as a warning to citizens in the young nation that was then called New France. 
They sentenced Marie not only to hang, but for her body to be gruesomely displayed in a metal gibbet as a warning. She was hanged in April of 1763, and her body was placed on public display for about five weeks in nearby Pointe Lévis.
“They wanted to give an advertisement to the population with this hanging in the cage,” says Toupin. “It was unusual because this tradition didn’t exist anymore in France, but the British still used it, so it was a new thing for us, and for us an important political symbol. It’s still in our memory, because what they did was unfair.” Corriveau’s extreme sentence, both shocking and cruel, cemented her story in the local history and culture.
Eventually Corriveau’s body, metal gibbet and all, were taken down and buried in an unmarked grave in a Pointe-Lévis churchyard. And for almost 100 years, that’s where she stayed, her story slowly taking on mythic dimensions.
Only the gibbet, a metal body enclosure, remained when Corriveau’s grave was found by accident in 1851. The artifact traveled more than Corriveau ever did. Read the story of Marie-Josephte Corriveau at Atlas Obscura.

Cannabis and Sleep Disturbances

Have You Been Asked This Discriminatory Question in a Job Interview?

David Brooks Talks To America's Kids About Sexytime

Robots can experience consciousness

In 1974, the American philosopher Thomas Nagel posed the question: What is it like to be a bat? It was the basis of a seminal thesis on consciousness that argued consciousness can not be described by physical processes in the brain.
More than 40 years later, advances in artificial intelligence and neural understanding are prompting a re-evaluation of the claim that consciousness is not a physical process and as such cannot be replicated in robots.

Brazilian official claims she feels like a ‘slave’ living on her $10,000 a month salary

Mo' money, mo' problems.
A Brazilian minister is facing backlash after saying she feels like a “slave” for earning as much as $10,000 a month—in a country whose average monthly wage hovers around $635 and where millions of locals are in poverty. 

Rosa Maria Hernandez released from custody by ICE

Federal authorities have freed 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez, who was detained by Border Patrol agents on her way out of the hospital after undergoing surgery.
Hernandez's release comes after an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit and international outrage over the detainment of Rosa Maria, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

'Good guys with guns' hindering police investigation of Wal-Mart shooting

Most shoppers crouched behind checkout counters or bolted toward the back exit. But as a gunman fired inside a Wal-Mart store in a Denver suburb, some patrons took a more defensive approach: They grabbed their own guns.
They were the proverbial "good guys with guns" that gun rights advocates say have the power to stop mass shootings.
But police in Thornton, Colo., said that in this case the nut-case gun carriers set the stage for chaos, stalling efforts to capture the suspect in the Wednesday night shooting that killed three people.
None of the armed civilians fired their weapons, and the suspect managed to flee the store.

DC police arrest white man for chasing homeless black man with a brick

"You go back there, I’m gonna bust you in the face with a brick.”

Wingnut 'news' watchers are living on 'Earth 2' where everything is backwards

MSNBC host and political analyst Joy Reid suggested that the best way to understand the wingnut cabal disconnect on Russia is to literally imagine that the wingnut base lives on another world.

Russian Propagandists Took a Page Out of America's Racist Political Playbook

Can You Guess Why InfoWars Insists Hitler Is Still Alive?

Can You Guess Why InfoWars Insists Hitler Is Still Alive?You mean other than the fact they are insane?

Cougar vs. Skunk

Who's the king of the forest? It's not the cowardly mountain lion! But in this case, you really can't blame the cougar for running away. The curious cat met up with the one critter that will repel even the most ferocious predator- a skunk! And the cougar quickly learns that discretion is the better part of valor. In other words, pick your battles, but don't pick one with a skunk.
The badass skunk, who knows his strengths, chases the cougar off not once, not twice, but over and over again. Greg Shyba caught this little drama playing out on a road near Calgary.

Owner Catches His Cat Mumbling To Himself While Hunting Birds On The Patio

Cats are kooky little critters with unique personalities and behaviors that may seem odd to anyone who hasn't owned a cat, and unlike dogs I've never had two cats who were exactly alike.Each cat also has their own unique voice, and in addition to his meow, purr and hiss YouTuber Derek Zimmerman's cat apparently mumbles like a little lunatic while he watches the birds on the patio.
Translation: You will be mine little birds, oh yes you will be mine...

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