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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Today in History

1555 The Protestant martyrs Bishop Hugh Latimer and Bishop Nicholas Ridley are burned at the stake for heresy in England.
1701 Yale University is founded as The Collegiate School of Kilingworth, Connecticut by Congregationalists who consider Harvard too liberal.
1793 Queen Marie Antoinette is beheaded by guillotine during the French Revolution.
1846 Ether was first administered in public at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston by Dr. William Thomas Green Morton during an operation performed by Dr. John Collins Warren.
1859 Abolitionist John Brown, with 21 men, seizes the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry, Va. U.S. Marines capture the raiders, killing several. John Brown is later hanged in Virginia for treason.
1901 President Theodore Roosevelt incites controversy by inviting black leader Booker T. Washington to the White House.
1908 The first airplane flight in England is made at Farnsborough, by Samuel Cody, a U.S. citizen.
1934 Mao Tse-tung decides to abandon his base in Kiangsi due to attacks from Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists. With his pregnant wife and about 30,000 Red Army troops, he sets out on the "Long March."
1938 Billy the Kid, a ballet by Aaron Copland, opens in Chicago.
1940 Benjamin O. Davis becomes the U.S. Army's first African American Brigadier General.
1946 Ten Nazi war criminals are hanged in Nuremberg, Germany.
1969 The New York Mets win the World Series four games to one over the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles.
1973 Israeli General Ariel Sharon crosses the Suez Canal and begins to encircle two Egyptian armies.
1978 The college of cardinals elects 58-year-old Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, a Pole, the first non-Italian Pope since 1523.
1984 A baboon heart is transplanted into 15-day-old Baby Fae–the first transplant of the kind–at Loma Linda University Medical Center, California. Baby Fae lives until November 15.
1995 The Million Man March for 'A Day of Atonement' takes place in Washington, D.C.
1995 Skye Bridge opens over Loch Alsh, Scotland
1998 General Augusto Pinochet, former dictator of Chile, arrested in London for extradition on murder charges
2002 Inaugural opening of Bibliotheca Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt., a modern library and cultural center commemorating the famed Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity

Meet the New Underclass ...

... People With Ph.D.s in Science
Meet the New Underclass: People With Ph.D.s in Science
Once upon a time, newly-minted science Ph.D.s would get research jobs at a senior scientist's laboratory, to train and hone the ideas they would explore at their own labs. But now the supply of post-doctoral students is outpacing demand, creating a new, hyper-educated underclass.
Cartoon by Hal Mayforth
As the Boston Globe reports:
In the Boston area, where more than 8,000 postdocs — largely in the biosciences — are estimated to work, tough job prospects are more than just an issue of academic interest. Postdocs are a critical part of the scientific landscape that in many ways distinguishes the region — they are both future leaders and the workers who carry out experiments crucial for science to advance.
The plight of postdocs has become a point of national discussion among senior scientists, as their struggles have come to be seen as symptoms of broader problems plaguing biomedical research. After years of rapid growth, federal funding abruptly leveled off and even contracted over the last decade, leaving a glut of postdocs vying for a limited number of faculty jobs. Paradoxically, as they've gotten stuck, the pursuit of research breakthroughs has also become reliant on them as a cheap source of labor for senior scientists.
This wasn't such an issue decades ago, but universities have expanded the number of PhD students they train — there were about 30,000 biomedical graduate students in 1979 and 56,800 in 2009. That has had the effect of flooding the system with trainees and drawing out the training period.
It has also had the effect of turning a healthy competition for scientific resources into a frantic "hypercompetition," according to four prominent scientists who recently published a journal article, "Rescuing U.S. Biomedical Research From its Systemic Flaws." For example, only 10% of grant applications are successful compared to 30% in recent times, due to ever-increasing applications and a continual decline in funding.
According to the authors, the result has been applications that don't make bold, creative proposals. Instead, they take the safer route, relying on "translational research" that focuses on curing disease (or the promise of doing so) rather than studying the underlying problems of biology that could truly advance the field.

In Zero Gravity, A Drop of Water Becomes a Fisheye Lens

Commander Reid Wiseman (USN) is one of the astronauts currently on board the International Space Station. He loves to post amusing and informative Vines that show us unique views from low Earth orbit. For example, a few months ago, he showed this mesmerizing video of a thunderstorm from the other side of the clouds.
Reid informs us that in very low gravity, water forms a sphere and turns into "the ultimate fish-eye lens."

McMansion built on wrong lot

Mark and Brenda Voss learned that the 5,300-square-foot vacation house they built at a cost of $680,000 "actually sits on the lot next to the one they own in the gated Ocean Hammock resort community" of Daytona Beach. The result? Lots of lawyers and finger-pointing.

Photos Of The Largest Ship In The World Being Built In South Korea

The Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built by mankind and is operated by the largest container shipping company in the world. Back in 2011, Maersk signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding in South Korea to have 20 of these gigantic vessels made for $3.8 billion dollars.

Exposing the Horrifying Truth About Liberals

by Allen Clifton
I give in, wingnuts have beaten me. They’ve finally convinced me the horrors that might come from a nation ruled by liberal ideology. And let me tell you, it would be a nightmare.
Could you imagine if the United States was a country where we had universal health care and millions of people weren’t saddled with thousands of dollars in medical bills they can’t afford? It would be awful.
Even worse, imagine if all of our electricity came from sun or wind energy? You know how terrible it would be to no longer have to pay for expensive electricity? I don’t know about all of you, but I love paying high electric bills.
And I don’t know about you, but who needs vehicles with high MPG’s? Personally, I love paying for gasoline as frequently as possible.
Speaking of that horrible “green liberal initiative,” who needs clean water? I’d much rather continue to pay exorbitant prices to companies to pour filtered water into plastic bottles than have it flow straight into my home for safe consumption.
And safe food, who needs that either? I ask you, did our Founding Fathers eat clean, FDA-approved foods? Exactly!
Then when it comes to religion, we definitely need it in our schools. Math, science, history – all liberal garbage, get rid of them. There’s nothing in this world that can’t be solved by simply looking to the Bible. It offers great parenting tips and relationship advice. It even has a nifty plan on how to deter adultery. Spoiler alert: It involves stones.
Liberals want to create a world where religion is kept private or in church. What kind of horrific country would this be if we couldn’t force our religious views on people who don’t follow them?
As far as gun regulations go, please. We all know some of the safest, and least violent, times in United States history were the good ol’ days of the old west where everyone openly carried a gun with them at all times. Back then people solved disputes in a civilized, rational manner. Besides, I’m not sure how liberals don’t seem to understand that we need more guns to counter the guns we’ve already easily allowed to get into the hands of criminals. Because the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun… to shoot the bad guy after they’ve already claimed a victim or two. If these sissy liberals got their way we’d have a society where guns were highly regulated, making it much more difficult for criminals to get guns.
Don’t you see the scam? If criminals don’t have guns, and people don’t need them for self defense, then we won’t need more guns! Hello. Don’t you see how dastardly their plan is to get rid of our Second Amendment?
And taxes, who needs taxes? I’m absolutely sure if it were left up to private, for-profit corporations that basic services in this country such as emergency care, roads, education and other public services would be provided at very affordable prices. You know, just like how our for-profit health care system has provided extremely affordable care for decades.
After all, corporations are the backbone on which ethics and morals are built. If we just put our faith in them, Wall Street and corporate America, everything would be fine. It’s those darn liberal regulations like safe working conditions, the minimum wage and overtime pay that prevent these companies from trickling down their excess profits to American workers. Instead, these liberal regulations force these companies to give it to the high-level executives.
In the liberal world, they’d probably do something outrageous like raise the minimum wage so that corporate executives are burdened with having to take slightly smaller bonuses.
And women’s rights? Those are real simple – just go ask a man, duh. Nearly half this country is made up of men. All women have to do is go up to one of them and ask them what rights they can have. Seems simple, right? Why do liberals have to complicate things by trying to give women equal rights, allow them to have control over their own bodies and fight for equal pay in the workplace? It’s absurd. If liberals got their way, women would have all the rights men have. And we all know that’s just silly.
As for gay rights, that’s just a ridiculous thought altogether. Honestly, could you imagine a country where people are treated equally no matter their sexual orientation? Because that’s what liberals want. It’s a terrifying thought, isn’t it?
Heck, in the liberal world, war would be used as an option of last resort. Can you imagine that? Anyone with a brain knows you start a war first, then ask questions later. As the old wingnut saying goes, the only good Middle Eastern country is one we’ve invaded, occupied and have no exit strategy for.
Can’t you see how horrible life would be if liberals got their way in this country? A nation with cleaner water, affordable health care, better pay, greener methods of energy, a cleaner environment, safer food, less war, equal rights – what an absolute nightmare.
Now for any wingnut who is confused by the piece above and thinks I have 'come around' to your delusion, please understand the above is SATIRE. And no I will not explain to you what satire is ...
For all the normal people out there reading Carolina Naturally, have good chuckle at the wingnuts' expense and carry on and have a great day.

Americans living along the Mexican border say militia patrols make the feel less safe - not more

"We don't know who these people are," said Maria Cordero, an ACLU community organizer who lives near the Rio Grande. "They're carrying high-powered weapons. It makes us feel less safe, not more safe, to have them here. I just hope they leave soon."Even some of the militia volunteers themselves have left the camps, which were set up during the summer to stem the tide of migrants flooding across the border in recent months, over safety and legal concerns.
Rob Chupp, who helped organize a recent border crossing "shutdown" that drew just five people, said he left Camp LoneStar after a Border Patrol officer fired gunshots at a convicted felon carrying a firearm on patrol.
"We asked several of the guys to leave that we found out were felons," Chupp told the Southern Poverty Law Centers Hatewatch blog. "We have a Second Amendment to protect your right to bear arms, but we are also a nation of laws - and there's a reason we don't let felons own guns."
Chupp said he and some other militia volunteers voiced their concerns about the possibility that felons were illegally carrying guns at the camp.
"It came to be a problem, and it was loud, and 'We don't care what the gun laws are,' and, 'If we want to have this weapon even if it's illegal, we're going to have it,'" Chupp said. "It just turned south, and we pulled out."
Militia members also posted video of themselves detaining three migrants after they crossed the border.

Documents Show NYPD Has Paid $428 Million in Settlements Since 2009

According to documents published yesterday by investigative news site MuckRock, the NYPD has paid almost half a billion dollars in settlements in the last five years.
The source of that information, a spreadsheet titled "NYPD Closed Actions Commenced in 2009-2014 to Date," was given to MuckRock by the NYPD in response to a routine Freedom of Information request. It lists over 10,000 police-related settlements made by the city, ranging from $1 to $11,500,000.
Those numbers are in line with the findings of a 2010 AP investigation, which discovered nearly $1 billion in NYPD payouts over the previous decade. In 2012, Bloomberg News found the City of New York planned to spend $735 million on settling lawsuits, police and otherwise, almost six times what Los Angeles pays per capita.

Random Celebrity Photos


Miss Myrna Loy, ladies and gentlemen. 
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Jailed woman walked out front door of courthouse

A woman escaped being sent to jail from a court in West Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday afternoon by simply walking out the front door. The woman was being sentenced in Courtroom Three at Waitakere District Court at about 2.30pm when, upon hearing she would be jailed on charges relating to dishonesty offending, she simply walked out of the sentencing box and out the front door, a witness who was in the courtroom at the time said.
"The judge said 'someone stop that woman' and she just kept on going," the witness, who declined to be named, said. "It's quite embarrassing for them really." No police or court security staff were in the courtroom at the time, however a lawyer attempted to apprehend the woman, only to be pushed aside, the witness said.
Court security were not believed to have been monitoring the court's entrance at the time the woman escaped. Court security staff declined to comment on the incident. A police spokeswoman said the woman had still not been located. She was described as a "low risk" offender.

14-year-old boy arrested for dressing up as a clown and chasing and scaring other children

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Bakersfield, California, on Thursday for dressing as a clown and scaring younger children.
Officers were dispatched in the afternoon to reports of a clown chasing children. Police said one child "was clearly scared as a result of being chased by the clown."
Investigators found the suspect, whose name was withheld, at a home in Pacheco. Police said he admitted to the acts and said he did it to perpetuate a sinister clown hoax he had seen online.

The suspect was booked into Kern County Juvenile Hall and could face a charge of annoying a minor, according to police.

Disgruntled employee stole and crashed train

A rail worker is facing charges for protesting at working conditions by stealing a train and taking it on a joy ride before crashing it into another locomotive on Thursday. 22-year-old Derek Skyler Brux was charged on Friday with reckless endangering, felony destruction of property and felony destruction, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures after allegedly stealing a train from the North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming and driving it 13 miles before plowing it into another train. Deputies were called out to the mine at about 8:55 am. The incident started when Brux, a utility coal operator for Rail Link, allegedly became upset about his supervisor’s response to working conditions, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Circuit Court. The disgruntled employee then unhooked some cars and drove the locomotive around what is described as a “loop” at the site and “pretty much squashed the ‘expletive’ outta their scales,” Brux said.
Brux then called his supervisor and asked her if she wanted to play chicken. He hung up the phone and then called the rail dispatch, advising personnel there he was going onto the main rail line. Brux said he estimated he was going 60 mph for about 15 minutes. He told deputies he did not know where he was headed and that he wanted to make Rail Link pay. Brux said he headed south on the main line. When asked how fast he was going, he responded that he didn’t know if he “quite got up to 70 mph,” but estimated he was going 50 mph for a good part of the trip. Employees from Peabody Energy Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC. attempted to stop the locomotive but were unsuccessful. At least one person, Royce Biegler, was reported to be working on the train tracks at the time of the incident. When Biegler heard Brux call dispatch and say he was going on the main line, Biegler moved his pickup off the track before the oncoming train arrived. No injuries were reported.
At some point in his journey, Brux passed through an area where construction was occurring near a highway crossing. Brux told deputies he blew his horn while passing and said that there were “a lot of workers there.” When asked if he scared the workers Brux said, “They were probably (expletive) scared. They probably (expletive) themselves. Whatever.” During the ride, Rail Link employees tried contacting Brux on his employee phone, Brux told investigators. He got mad and said he was not an Apple fan and smashed the phone for something to do. He took the train to Nacco Junction before backing out onto the main line and approaching a train near an oil field crossing. Brux finally crashed the train into another. “I wanted to see what it was like to hit something, so I hit at it,” Brux said. Brux then backed up and hit the train again.
He estimates the speed of both collisions was under 10 mph. Kerby Caves, a Rail Link Employee, arrived at the scene of the crash as Brux was attempting to leave the area. Caves hit the emergency shut-off switch on the fuel tank, disabling the train. Brux then fled on foot before being caught by deputies. He stated that he was having a bad day and trying to prove a point. When asked if he had thought about taking his own life, Brux replied, “a couple of times.” The affidavit reports Brux said he would do so by hitting “another train, putting possibly other lives in danger ...” The total cost of the damages is not known. Reckless endangering is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment up to one year, a fine up to $750 or both. Felony destruction of property is punishable by imprisonment of not more than 10 years, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. Destruction, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures is a felony punishable by a imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than 20 years, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. Brux could also face additional federal charges from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Misunderstood man accused of armed robbery

To avoid any misunderstanding, Jonathan Warrenfeltz has broadcast his status in life with ‘Misunderstood’ tattooed across his forehead. And the word was there in all its glory when, police said, Warrenfeltz and a companion robbed five beach-goers at gunpoint in Dania Beach, Florida.
In fact, the tattoo was how the victims readily identified him as their assailant. Warrenfeltz, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, along with Joshua Zeaya, 23, reportedly approached the women who were sitting on the beach at around 6am on Wednesday and demanded their cash and valuables. The women, in fear for their lives, handed over what they had.
Warrenfeltz and Zeaya then ran to a waiting car driven by Kaitlyn Florez and sped off, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A short time later, Warrenfeltz was picked up at a motel on Dania Beach Boulevard trying to rent a room. One of the women from the beach was driven to the motel and clearly identified him as the man who had robbed them.
Seven witnesses identified Warrenfeltz from several facial tattoos, including "Misunderstood" in cursive script. Warrenfeltz has been convicted of cocaine possession, battery and trespassing, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week for a cocaine conviction. Warrenfeltz and Zeaya are being held without bond on five counts each of robbery with a firearm.

Patient escaped from hospital in hijacked ambulance

A patient escaped from a hospital in Goodyear, Arizona, on Sunday by hijacking an ambulance parked outside the facility, police officers said.
A firefighter sitting in the back of the vehicle was able to jump out safely, according to Goodyear police spokesman Lisa Kurtis. Michael Lopez, 40, of Avondale, took off from West Valley Hospital and failed to pull over.
Officers tracked the vehicle to his home, where he was arrested. Lopez was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix on charges of theft of means of transportation, felony flight, failure to yield to police and disorderly conduct.
When asked why he escaped, Lopez told police he thought he was being held against his will. It's not known why Lopez was being hospitalized. West Valley Hospital is an acute-care community facility. The ambulance was returned to the Buckeye Valley Fire Department.

LA bus passenger: "Don't mess with me, I have Ebola."

Ebola Virus at 108,000 Magnification. The Los Angeles bus passenger is not believed to have actually contained this virus within his person.
The Los Angeles bus passenger is not believed to have actually contained this virus within his person
Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies spent Monday searching for a man in a surgical mask who boarded a bus and told the driver, “Don’t mess with me; I have Ebola.” When he got off the bus, the man took off his mask and dropped it on the floor of the bus.
The bus driver kicked everyone off the bus and drove the bus to a yard, where both the bus and the driver were sequestered for two hours. The driver was taken to a local hospital where he was examined and released. The bus remained taped off until hazmat crews and officials concluded an investigation.
LA County Metro officials are reviewing surveillance video from inside the bus to help apprehend the man, and are treating the scare as a terrorist threat. Reuters | LA Times

Diabetes News

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Scientists have created a drug for type 2 diabetes that […]

Childhood Psychological Abuse

Emotional abuse of children is the most prevalent and challenging form of neglect. So says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Why doesn't it seem to get the same attention as more visible forms of abuse?

Hitler's Highs

During World War II, Adolf Hitler regularly took methamphetamines, a report suggests.

Classic Pin Up

How a Cemetery Ends Up Underground

In America’s colonial era, thousands of people were buried in a cemetery that is now the Green in New Haven, Connecticut. The Center Church on the Green, as it is called now, was built in 1814 right over top of a section of the cemetery! They set up pillars in the cemetery, and built the church on top, then put fill dirt around the church to make it ground level. That left a “basement’ of sorts for the remaining graves, complete with their original headstones. And it is there still. But that was only part of the large cemetery on the Green. What of the bodies outside of the church?
Yet in true Poltergeist-fashion, when in the 1820s the graveyard was relocated to the new Grove Street Cemetery, only the headstones were moved. By some estimates there are between 5,000 to 10,000 souls still buried below the Green, although one was disturbed during 2012's Hurricane Sandy when a tree was dislodged from the ground, and a skeleton was found coiled in the roots. Specifically, a skull was spotted just before Halloween with its jaw swung open as if in a silent howl, while a spine and rib cage remained attached.
You won’t see that, but you will see plenty of pictures of the Center Church on the Green and its underground cemetery-turned-crypt that is open to visitors, at Atlas Obscura.

Dracula: 'I Vant To Be A Star'

Long before Dracula became a pop icon, he was just a character in a not-very-popular novel by novelist Bram Stoker... but everyone's got to start somewhere. Here's the story of how Dracula made his way into pop culture through the stage and screen.

The Fatal Attraction Of Lead

For millennia lead has held a deep attraction for painters, builders, chemists and winemakers - but it's done untold harm, especially to children. And while it's no longer found in petrol, you've still got several kilograms of it in your car.
The oldest pure lead, found in Turkey, was made by early smelters more than 8,000 years ago. But lead is also toxic. And so history is littered with examples of horrendous consequences for the health of people.

Ancient Cult Complex

A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.

Ancient Maritime Sacrifice

A large incense burner found aboard a 2000-year-old shipwreck suggests that ceremonies and sacrifices were a regular part of sailors' lives.

The First Spacewalk

Alexei Leonov did not feel as if he was in motion as he clambered on to the outside of the spacecraft, 500km above the Earth. But in reality, he was hurtling around our planet at speeds that are many times faster than a jet aircraft. The vast, vivid geography of our planet stretched out before him - a giant canvas of contrasting colours and textures. He was the first of his species to see our planet in such glorious aspect.

Jumbo squids attack Greenpeace submarine

ddd.jpgA pair of Greenpeace submariners have had their own "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" experience on an expedition in the Bering Sea -- in a scaled down sort of way. Rather than the Nautilus and a giant squid, the pair were in a Dual Deep Worker submersible when the encounter occurred.And their attackers weren't a squid of the giant variety, but a pair of Humboldt squids, nicknamed "jumbo squid" or "red devil" for their famed aggression and the red colour the squids turn when in hunting or attack mode.
Although these squids can get pretty big -- up to 1.9 metres (6.2 ft) in mantle length and up to 50 kg (100 lb) in weight, these guys are relatively titchy -- no longer than a few feet in length, maximum. Their size, however, is no indication of courage: coloured a brilliant red, they have a brave go at the sub before swimming off in a puff of ink.
The Humboldt squid's tentacle suckers are lined with tiny, sharp teeth that can do some serious damage, so the Greenpeace divers were lucky to be protected by the submarine -- though there are some scientists who believe that the cephalopods aren't usually aggressive, and might have been set off in the first place by flashing or bright lights like the one on the Dual Deep Worker.
Check out this terrifying attack in the Vine below.

Man being attacked by grizzly bear accidentally shot by hunting partner trying to rescue him

A 56-year-old man is recovering in a Calgary, Canada, hospital after being mauled by a grizzly bear while hunting on Sunday morning near the southern B.C. town of Fernie.
A spokesman for STARS air ambulance says a crew responded to an emergency call just before 9:30am. David Fairbanks says the man was not only attacked, but also shot by his hunting partner who was trying to neutralize the animal.
B.C.’s environment ministry says the hunting partner managed to kill the bear and was not injured in the incident. Conservation officers and other first responders rushed to the scene.
The victim was driven out of the forested area on an ATV, then flown by helicopter to a Calgary hospital. The man was in stable condition when he was flown from the area and his injuries are described as non life-threatening. Provincial conservation officers from Fernie and Cranbrook, B.C., are examining the scene.

They're Out There ...

North America's Top Five Cryptids
North America covers over nine million square miles; plenty of space for things that go bump in the night. Like every landmass, North America houses some of nature's darkest secrets, and crypto-zoologists (those who study animals not yet proven to exist) would probably have a field day wandering its terrain.
Here are some of the continents most provocative and contemplated mysteries.

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