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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Today in History

1788 After having been dissolved, the French Parliament of Paris reassembles in triumph.
1789 Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law. The new Supreme Court will have a chief justice and five associate justices.
1842 Branwell Bronte, the brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in Emily's novel Wuthering Heights, dies of tuberculosis. Emily and Anne die the same year.
1862 President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected of being a Southern sympathizer.
1904 Sixty-two die and 120 are injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.
1914 In the Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army captures St. Mihiel.
1915 Bulgaria mobilizes troops on the Serbian border.
1929 The first flight using only instruments is completed by U.S. Army pilot James Doolittle.
1930 Noel Coward's comedy Private Lives opens in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself.
1947 The World Women's Party meets for the first time since World War II.
1956 The first transatlantic telephone cable system begins operation.
1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.
1960 The Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
1962 The University of Mississippi agrees to admit James Meredith as the first black university student, sparking more rioting.
1969 The "Chicago Eight," charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot, go on trial for their part in the mayhem during the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention in the "Windy City."
1970 The Soviet Luna 16 lands, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.
1979 CompuServe (CIS) offers one of the first online services to consumers; it will dominate among Internet service providers for consumers through the mid-1990s.
1993 Sihanouk is reinstalled as king of Cambodia.
1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty signed by representatives of 71 nations at the UN; at present, five key nations have signed but not ratified it and three others have not signed.
2005 Hurricane Rita, the 4th-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, comes ashore in Texas causing extensive damage there and in Louisiana, which had devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than a month earlier.
2009 LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) "sonic cannon," a non-lethal device that utilizes intense sound, is used in the United States for the first time, to disperse protestor at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Penn.

The Start of Fall

Summer ends and a new fall season begins as the Earth will have nearly equal amounts of light and darkness.

Unusual Blooms

On your next walk in the woods, keep an eye out for some of these wildflowers which bloom later in the year.

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John Boehner’s Lawyer Quits Because Lawsuit Against Obama Will Harm His Credibility

Speaker of the House John Boehner had to find a new lawyer to represent him in his lawsuit against President Obama after his attorney quit because he was worried that the suit will harm his credibility.
House repugicans on Friday replaced the firm handling their lawsuit against President Obama after the lawyer representing them pulled out over what was said to be political backlash among his colleagues at the firm, Baker Hostetler.
The lawyer, David B. Rivkin Jr., had taken the case on behalf of House repugicans in August, right after they voted to sue the president, accusing him of overstepping the powers of the presidency. Two people with knowledge of the situation said Mr. Rivkin withdrew from the case under pressure after facing criticism that he had taken on an overly partisan lawsuit. Some members of the firm feared the case against Mr. Obama will drive off potential clients and hurt Baker Hostetler’s credibility, according to one of the people with knowledge of the case. Both people said they were prohibited from publicly discussing such a delicate case.
Boehner’s lawsuit is such a joke that he can’t keep his attorney. The fiasco surrounding the House repugican decision to sue President Obama keeps getting more delightful every day. If there was ever a sign that dropping a lawsuit would be a good idea, your attorney quitting because the suit will harm their credibility is a large omen.
House repugicans have no credibility, so this is a question that they never have to wrestle with. The odds are that Boehner’s lawsuit against the president will end up humiliating Boehner, the repugican cabal, and the speaker’s attorney. The lawsuit so extremely partisan and lacking in credibility that no respectable professional  want to be associated with it.
Democrats have already raised millions of dollars off of Boehner’s abuse of the court system. Voters are angry that the speaker would waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money on such a frivolous and partisan pursuit. Democrats are fired up, while repugicans aren’t buying what Boehner is trying to sell.
All you really need to know about Boehner’s plan to sue the president is that it is such a bad idea that even his own lawyer doesn’t want to be associated with it.

While On A Seven Week Paid Vacation John Boehner Calls The Unemployed Lazy

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John Boehner left work early to go on a seven-week paid vacation, but the Speaker felt compelled to call the unemployed lazy while Congress is set to pass the fewest pieces of legislation in sixty years.
During his speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Speaker Boehner said,
We’ve got a record number of Americans not working. We’ve got a record number of Americans stuck, if you will. And I think it’s our obligation to help provide the tools for them to use to bring them into the mainstream of American society. I think this idea that’s been born over the last – maybe out of the economy, over the last couple of years that, you know, I really don’t have to work. You know, I don’t really want to do this; I think I’d just rather sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.
I grew up – most of you know, I grew up in a family with 11 brothers and sisters. My dad owned a bar. And if you wanted something, you worked for it. Now, I don’t know that was any moment my entire bringing up that I didn’t have some kind of a job, whether throwing newspapers, cutting grass, mopping floors at the bar, tending the bar, dealing with those characters that are walking every day. Trust me, I did it all. But I do think that his idea on the Earned Income Tax Credit has an awful lot of merit.
The problem is that Boehner made these remarks as the House left work early to go on a seven week taxpayer paid for vacation. The House left town last week and will not come back into session until after the November elections. This is the earliest departure for the House since 1960.
Roll Call reported that Boehner’s Congress is on pace to pass the fewest pieces of legislation in 60 years,
The 113th Congress, which passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 before heading out of town, has seen just 163 pieces of legislation enacted.

That total, from the House Clerk, tracks only through August, but it’s more than 100 pieces of legislation below the 283 measures enacted in the 112th Congress and well below the 383 in the 111th Congress.

Another handful of bills, including the continuing resolution, have been sent to the president, but unless the 113th has an unprecedented burst of productivity when members return for the lame duck, the die is cast.
Before John Boehner states that the millions of Americans who are unemployed don’t want to work, it would be nice if he did the job that the taxpayers are paying him to do. The myth that the unemployed lack jobs because they are lazy is a crutch that repugicans have been using for decades in order to justify their refusal to help grow the economy and create jobs.
The life of an unemployed person is not easy or fun. Economic hardship is not something that millions of Americans aspire to. Boehner loves to toss the buzzwords jobs and the middle class into his public remarks, but he obviously doesn’t care about creating jobs and helping the middle class.
The level of entitled arrogance behind Boehner’s remarks is astounding. John Boehner should walk a mile in an unemployed person’s shoes before he judges them. Even better, voters should take away his job and then we’ll see what John Boehner has to say about the unemployed.

Paul Ryan Admits That The repugican cabal Plans To Steal The Senate and Take Healthcare Away From Millions

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In an interview Rep. Paul Ryan (r-WI) admitted that the repugican plan is to steal the Senate then begin work on taking health care away from the estimated 10.3 million people who have gotten coverage thanks to the ACA.
Earlier in the interview, Ryan discussed how much easier it will be to pass legislation if repugicans can steal the Senate. The real tell of what repugicans have in mind came when the conversation turned to Obamacare.
Ryan said,
It is so fundamentally flawed in it’s basic architecture that we shouldn’t to mimic it. I believe that a smart system that is patient centered that equalizes the tax treatment of Obamacare will give everybody, the ability the option to go get affordable health insurance. Whether they choose to do that or not is not really something you can necessarily actually capture in scoring, but if you have a system that gives everybody access to affordable care in a free market system that is patient centered included people with preexisting conditions, things like risk pools, then I believe that is suffient.
I’d go back to the pre-Obamacare baseline is what I would do. I think that’s the way to go. We shouldn’t assume we’re going to have an explosive entitlement then replace it with our own. I would start over again, quite frankly.
What Ryan was suggesting is that if repugicans take control of the Senate, they are going to begin the process of repealing Obamacare. The real target date that repugicans have in mind is 2017. If repugicans control Congress and steal the presidency, they will be able to repeal the ACA and replace it with a voucher system.
When Ryan talks about patient based solutions and equalizing the tax treatment what he means is that repugicans want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a flat rate tax credit or voucher for health insurance. Paul Ryan wants to go back to the old system with the bonus of millions of dollars in taxpayer money for the insurance companies.
Ryan wants to replace the ACA and Medicare/Medicaid with health vouchers. It doesn’t matter to repugicans that millions of people have access to affordable healthcare that they didn’t have before. It doesn’t matter that the ACA is working. The repugican position is all about destroying a law that helps people while providing a huge gift to the insurance industry.
The Senate elections matter. If repugicans steal the Senate, they will be two-thirds of the way towards their goal of denying millions of people healthcare. A repugican victory in November will be another step towards returning to the bad old days of the recent past.

Court hammers Florida sheriff's office for SWAT-style raid to check for barber licenses

An appeals court harshly rebuked the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office over a SWAT-style raid to check for barber licenses, finding it was unreasonable to conduct such an investigation of a second-degree misdemeanor.
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that deputies had violated the civil rights of barbers at Strictly Skillz during a 2010 license inspection, reported the Sun-Sentinel.
"It was a scene right out of a Hollywood movie," the court ruled.
The lawsuit is related to a series of sweeps at minority-owned barbershops and salons pairing deputies with the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation to inspect the businesses.
State officials said they targeted shops that had not cooperated during previous inspections or where crimes had been witnessed in the past.
Deputies found illegal activity during the raids, but they arrested dozens for "barbering without an active license" - a little-used statute.
No illegal or unlicensed activities were found at Strictly Skillz, where barbers said eight to 10 masked deputies wearing bulletproof vests raided the shop and cleared out customers during a busy weekend.

Rental Killing

Many People Are Killing With Rented Guns at Shooting Ranges

In 2009, Marie Moore, pictured above, took her son Mitchell to a Florida shooting range and rented some guns. While Mitchell lined up, Marie killed him with a single shot to the head, then shot herself. She'd had a history of mental illness. She's one of many such Americans who have killed with rented firearms.
A new video report by Fusion's Kimberly Brooks highlights the difficulties in preventing gun deaths at rental ranges, where shooters don't need criminal or mental health background checks to take a variety of loaded weapons to the firing line:
Brooks reports that the CDC has tracked about 50 suicides at gun ranges in recent years, but that's only from piecemeal stats in a handful of states-and it doesn't include freewheeling Florida, where there have been a rash of range deaths, including a handful in Tampa Bay and a whopping 11 with rented guns in the Orlando area alone since 2009, prompting some range owners to shut down their rental operations.

The Truth Hurts

America's rotting empire

More proof we're in rapid decline: Not a single U.S. city currently ranks among the world's most livable 
"The game is rigged," writes Senator Elizabeth Warren in her new book A Fighting Chance. It's rigged because the rich and their lobbyists have rigged the rules of the game to their favor. The rules are reflected in a tax code and bankruptcy laws that have seen the greatest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich in U.S. history.
The result?
America has the most billionaires in the world, but not a single U.S. city ranks among the world's most livable cities. Not a single U.S. airport is among the top 100 airports in the world. Our bridges, road and rail are falling apart, and our middle class is being guttered out thanks to three decades of stagnant wages, while the top 1 percent enjoys 95 percent of all economic gains.
A rigged tax code and a bloated military budget are starving the federal and state governments of the revenue it needs to invest in infrastructure, which means today America looks increasingly like a second rate nation, and now new data shows America's intellectual resources are also in decline.[...]

Extremist Climate Deniers Claim Historic Climate March Was An Attack On Their Way of Life

It used to be that a person holding fanatical views, especially one resorting to or advocating extreme action, was an outlier in society and earned public scorn due to the damage they could cause other people. America, like every nation, has always had extremists groups, but it is certain that besides the Civil War, there was never a large segment of the population, a giant industry, and one of the major political parties so entrenched in extremism. One can really appreciate the level of extremism that is plaguing America when they consider that what drives its fanaticism is a sometimes violent opposition to the one thing that elevated them from remaining hunter gatherers; science.
That any American is opposed to science is, in and of itself, stunning; particularly when they are likely only alive today due to myriad technological advances driven by science. The anti-science crowd loves science that gave them automobiles, medicine, electricity, sanitation, and ability to communicate easily with any location on Earth, and they depend on medical science to eliminate threats to their lives. It is curious, then, that when the preponderance of scientists from around the world warn them of an existential threat to their health, well-being, and their nation’s survival, the extremists claim it is “an attack on their way of life.” That was one of the responses to the reported three-hundred-thousand plus Americans marching in New York to bring attention to the clear and present danger of anthropogenic climate change on Sunday.
Since the election of an African American man as President, there have been some truly bizarre, and often incomprehensible, statements from the extremists in the conservative movement; it is what makes them extremists.  But claiming that other Americans’ acknowledgement and call to action to address climate change is an attack on their way of life is simply unfathomable. Interestingly, it is not the first time ignorant (repugican) agitators for the fossil fuel industry, the primary drivers of global climate change, have complained that the government’s attempt protect their environment and well-being is an attack on their existence. Last year an extremist group in Colorado sought secession from the state, and the nation, due to what they regarded was an all-out attack on their precious oil industry; even as their state suffered severe wildfires and flooding resulting from conditions due to climate change.
In what is becoming a regular monthly occurrence, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that August, like the previous 24 months, was the hottest on record globally since records began being kept in 1880. The record-setting temperatures were for land and the sea that scientists claim is the “new normal” and will continue unabated; the reports should alarm every America to demand immediate action to reduce carbon emissions that are driving climate change.
Thus far, experts predict that all global temperature records will be broken again and again. But despite the threat to Americans, the nation’s security, and the economy, any actions to reduce the cause of the damage is portrayed as a liberal attack the oil industry and now repugicans’ supporters’ way of life and it begs the question; what way of life? Do they mean severe weather events, wildfires, extreme droughts, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, food shortages, increasing frequency and intensity of earthquakes, skyrocketing food costs, and health hazards? Because that is their way of life before any actions to reduce climate changing carbon emissions are even enacted. It is worth noting every aspect of the fossil fuel industry contributes to global climate change and that includes tar sands, fracking, drilling, refining, mining and processing the absurdity known as “clean coal.”
It is certain that extremists fighting to preserve the devastating climate they claim is their preferred way of life are repugicans, evangelical 'christians', libertarians, and teabaggers and a little-reported survey last month revealed why. The survey asked what issues repugican voters were most concerned about going into the midterm elections and to no-one’s surprise, repugicans could not care less about education, obstructionist repugicans, or the effects of severe weather due to global climate change. The survey results explained why repugicans enjoy unwavering support from uneducated Americans to oppose the President’s recent attempt to reduce carbon emissions they claim is an attack on the fossil fuel industry, and not an attempt to prevent more damage to America.
It is worth noting that within one of the President’s announcement that as a world leader in carbon emissions, he directed the EPA to seek a major reduction in emissions from power plants, the world’s other leading driver of carbon emissions, China, announced that they would follow America’s lead. True to their word, China announced last week they would reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 because they have experienced the same devastating effects of severe weather events as Americans. Their leaders are also intelligent enough to comprehend their nation’s economy and people’s well-being depends on immediate action. It is highly likely that China will succeed where America will certainly fail because unlike America, China’s government is not owned and operated by the Koch-fossil fuel industry.
Perhaps labeling climate deniers, repugicans, teabaggers, and their ignorant supporters as extremists for regarding a climate march an attack on their way of life is errant. It is more likely they are just mean, hateful people who love seeing their fellow citizens suffer from droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, severe storms, flooding, and fouled air and water that define their preferred “way of life.” What is telling though, is that although they experience the effects of climate change themselves, their lack of intellect allows them to believe the oil industry and lying repugicans claim there is no climate change and that scientists are lying.
Recently a repugican congressman, Larry Bucshon (IN) argued that his climate denial is founded solely on public comments, and that scientific literature and empirical data is invalid because “climate scientists can’t be trusted because they’re in it for the money.” Bucshon’s remark was during a House Science and Technology Committee hearing on President Obama’s Climate Plan during an exchange with White House Science Advisor John Holdren.
As incredibly stunning as it was to learn the climate march in New York was, according to climate deniers, “an attack on their way of life,” it was encouraging to see hundreds-of-thousands of Americans demanding action. It is certain that across America there are tens-of-millions of Americans experiencing the effects of climate change and it makes repugicans, teabaggers, and evangelical malcontents all the more evil for perpetuating the lie that climate change is a hoax.  Because they know as the people suffer droughts, wildfires, rising food costs, floods, and severe storms, they are so ridiculously ignorant they believe that addressing the cause of climate change is an attack on their way of life too. It is just one reason repugicans oppose education so adamantly; making an ignoramus into an extremist is simple.

Classic Bettie

America's Favorite Pin Up
Bettie was turned down by all the modeling agencies because she was too short (5'4") and too big figure-wise (hips).
However posing for the camera clubs of the day and later for Bunny Yeager established her as the favorite of the American people (and beyond).
Despite what the experts at the agencies said ... she was the ideal model and she still is today.
Lest you think she was the stereotypical 'hunk of granite between the ears' that dogs models - she was awarded an academic scholarship to the institute of higher learning of her choice upon graduating high school. So, there.

Rediscovered Footage from 1913 Shows the Earliest Black Feature Film

7 reels of 35-millimeter film sat in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, gathering dust. When scholars finally examined them, they found something amazing: the raw footage of a never-completed feature film from 1913. What is remarkable about this film is that it had a black cast. In fact, it is the earliest known feature film with a black cast.
It was an untitled silent film, but scholars were able to clearly identify the lead male actor: Bert Williams. Williams was a black star of the Vaudeville entertainment era--a time when that was enormously difficult in America.
When edited, the film would likely have been a 35-40 minute romantic comedy about the character played by Williams wooing an elegant lady played by Odessa Warren Grey. On October 24, the MOMA will open an exhibit about this film, including showings of 60 minutes of the found footage.

Life Magazine

Life Magazine published this photo in an ad for a shower cap/face guard that allowed ladies to wash their hair without messing up their make-up back in the day.
Nothing special about it except that it could not be published today without some prude freaking out about it.
So much for these enlightened times today.

Random Facts About The Human Body Will Astonish You

#1 Your belly button is home to thousands of bacteria that form an ecosystem the size of an entire rainforest.

Aging: On and Off

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The 26 Feels Every Guy Goes Through When Shopping With His Girlfriend

I will admit to you all that most men do not like going shopping with their lady. It is not an act of disrespect or disregard, but we just do not have the patience to sit there while our girlfriends and wives try on a multitude of outfits for hours at a time, while we sit on a bench at a store, looking dead inside. This is not to say all women shop like that, and all men don't like it. That would be an unfair generalization. That being said, there is an element of truth to what I just said. Heck, half the guys I know don't even try on clothes when they shop. They just buy the right size and hope it works out. But women can be a different story.
So maybe some people wonder what it is like for a man when he goes shopping with his girlfriend. The strange range of emotions he must go through. Well, Bored.com put together a list of the 26 feels that all men go through when shopping with their lady, and if nothing else, it is really good for a laugh.
It is mostly told in gifs and single sentences like a story. But I would be lying if I were to say, as a man who sat on many a stool for many an hour waiting for the ladies in my life to pick clothes, a few of these had me laughing out loud at how true-to-life they are.
Also, no disrespect meant to any females. We love you, that is why we suffer for you. Selflessness, after all, is a big part of love.

The Luckiest Cyclist in Russia

This Russian security video in Lyubertsy, a suburb of Moscow, shows what appears to be a horrific accident in an intersection, but surprisingly, no one was injured. Oh, you think the guy on the bicycle bought the farm, but he eventually comes to his senses and gets up and walks out of the road. We don’t have a view of the lights, so we don’t know who had the right of way here, but did anyone get the plate number on that red car that blew through?

You're not doing it right ...

Some just cannot seem to get it correct.

States That Are Flatter Than Kansas

Remember the research that proved that Kansas is indeed flatter than a pancake? Geographers Jerome Dobson and Joshua Campbell took exception to the methods used in that study, and indeed it is a case of comparing apples and oranges. Still, the two things being compared came straight from the old adage. Dobson and Campbell did their own research into the matter.
For their study, The Flatness of U.S. States, the pair developed a measure of human-scale perception of flatness by creating an algorithm that approximated what a person of average height would see if they were standing in a given spot and turning around in a circle, taking in 16 different views in a revolution. Then they took elevation data for the country from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, divided the contiguous U.S. (sorry, Alaska and Hawaii, but they already figured you wouldn’t be the flattest) into 90-meter cells and ran the algorithm to get a flatness score for each cell (calculated by the number of views in the cell that appeared flat: 0-4 flat views was considered “not flat”; 5-8 flat views, flat; 9-12, flatter and 13-16, flattest). Each state was then measured in terms of percentage of land that was not flat, flat, flatter and flattest, and then ranked.
It turned out that Kansas is not even in the top five the flattest states in the States! Kansas actually came in seventh. Try to guess which state is actually the flattest in the union before you learn the answer at mental_floss.

A Fungi to the Rescue

Fungi Eyed to Tackle Weedy Menace of American West

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Hints In The Stars

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Confused Frogs Try to Catch Worms on a Smart Phone

The poor frogs don't understand why the worms taste like plastic and won't go in their mouths. Everyone takes at least one turn trying, though.
A question for readers: what is the human equivalent of the above experience?

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