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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Today in History

In Switzerland, Ulrich Zwingli publishes his 67 Articles, the first manifesto of the Zurich Reformation which attacks the authority of the Pope.
William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24.
New Mexico Governor Charles Bent is slain by Pueblo Indians in Taos.
Georgia secedes from the Union.
The magazine “L’Auto” announces the new Tour de France.
The first German air raids on Great Britain inflict minor casualties.
The French announce the invention of a new gun that has a firing range of 56 miles.
The Wickersham Committee issues a report asking for revisions in the dry law, but no repeal.
Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles to New York in seven hours and 22 minutes.
In the Soviet Union, the Council of People’s Commissars is formed under Molotov.
The Red Army captures Lodz, Krakow, and Tarnow.
The French open a drive on Hue, Indochina.
The Chiang Government moves the capital of China to Canton.
Communist Chinese leader Mao recognizes the Republic of Vietnam.
Cambodia charges that the United States and South Vietnam have crossed the border and killed three Cambodians.
The United States and Iran sign an accord on a hostage release in Algiers.
The new catholic code expands women’s rights in the cult.

President Obama is returning to politics in 2018

If Dumbass Trump and the wingnut cabal were already worried about defending their majorities in the House and Senate come November, they will now have another major factor to contend with: President Barack Obama.

The Secret to Wealth and Prosperity for Any Society

Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You?

Your parents probably warned you against sitting too close to the TV set. I know mine did, and we only watched a couple of hours a day. The adult in you probably knows this is a myth, and research backs that up. But that's modern research, with modern TVs. There was a reason for this warning, a good reason, at one time.

The incident in question never affected me, because I didn't have a color TV until after college. My Dad telling me not to sit too close to the television was most likely his way of telling me to get out of his way. Still, it's always good to step away from any screen every once in a while. Eyestrain might not blind you, or even affect your sight until you're old, but the old you will thank the young you for taking care of all your body parts while you can.

How Montana Gold Rushers Literally Threw Away a Fortune in Sapphires

They were looking for gold. Prospectors were all over Montana in the mid-19th century, finding both minerals and gemstones, but since they were solely focused on gold, they overlooked the best sapphires in the U.S. They threw away the blue stones that showed up in their pans at Yogo Gulch, not realizing that they were worth more than the gold they were searching for. That changed in 1895, when a prospector sent a box of blue stones to Dr. George F. Kunz, a gemologist at Tiffany's. Sapphires of various colors from Montana were common, but those from the Yogo Gulch were special.
In 1897, Kunz wrote for the American Journal of Science, and detailed the specific and ultimate coloration of sapphires from the Yogo Gulch region. He wrote that the deviation in color of the stones were “varying from light blue to quite dark blue, including some of the true ‘cornflower’ blue tint so much prized in the sapphires of the Ceylon… Some of them are ‘peacock blue’ and some dichroic, showing a deeper tint in one direction than in another; and some of the ‘cornflower’ gems are equal to any of the Ceylonese, which they strongly resemble,—more than they do those of the Cashmere.”
Yogo Sapphires made a splash -and a lot of money. The Yogo Gulch area is still mined for sapphires today. Read about them at The Daily Beast.

Is Climate Change Impacting Your Mental Health?

These proposed laws could protect legal pot in 2018

It could be a big year—or a tumultuous one—for the marijuana movement.

The Dumbass Trump Junta Is Planning to Rob America's Waitresses Blind

This once-successful clergyman got busted smuggling nearly 300 pounds of marijuana from Mexico

The pastor recently ousted from the Vancouver “Kmart church” he founded pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents allegedly found over 280 pounds of marijuana in his gray Volkswagen Jetta.

Topless Russian cadets in BDSM costumes spark scandal with viral video

A group of young cadets in Russia’s most prestigious flight school have caused a nationwide scandal with a video of their half-naked shenanigans, wearing nothing but their underwear, flight caps, neckties and BDSM paraphernalia.

Amid Freezing Classrooms, Baltimore’s Teachers Fight to Democratize City’s Schools

Black Missouri man says security guards handcuffed him to bench and pelted him with racial slurs

After allegedly being handcuffed to a bench and berated with racial slurs, a black Missouri man is suing the Kansas City Power & Light District entertainment center.

Mom files police report against student who shared her daughter’s racist Snapchat post

A South Carolina mother has accused a student at her daughter’s high school of cyberbullying, all because he shared a racist photo that her daughter posted on SnapChat.

‘You stupid monkeys’

University of South Carolina students on Tuesday found racist flyers plastered outside of the African-American Studies department, a discovery that sparked student backlash and an internal university investigation.

White supremacists killed 18 people in 2017

White supremacists not only shed their masks in 2017 but unleashed one of the deadliest years for extremist violence in almost half a century. Over the past 12 months, white supremacists committed the largest number of domestic-extremist related killings, helping to make 2017 the fifth-deadliest year for extremist violence since 1970, according to a newly released report from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.  

Nazi Website Daily Stormer Is 'Designed to Target' Kids

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

There are blue animals, but the species are small in number compared to the other colors among living things, such as red, orange, yellow, and brown. Sure, when we look up to the sky, we see blue. When we look at the Earth from space, we see a blue marble. But the few animal species that look blue don't use pigments -they use physics. And those physics are complicated. It turns out that animals are better at engineering than they are at chemistry.   

Okay, there's one exception not the pigment thing, which we learn about in the video. Our friends at It's Okay To Be Smart explain why it's so hard for nature to create the color blue.

No one knows if lobsters feel pain, which makes boiling them alive rather complicated

If you like eating lobster but have never cooked one yourself, here’s a brief word of advice: don’t.
Before you’ve plunged one into boiling water with your own two hands, it’s easy to imagine lobsters as big-clawed bugs who feel nothing as they’re cooked alive. And listen—it’s possible that’s true. Science hasn’t come down definitively on one side or the other. But once you’ve heard them banging on the inside of the pot trying to claw their way out, you won’t ever be able to not hear it as you eat a lobster.

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