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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Today in History

1499 Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is executed.
1778 Indians, led by William Butler, massacre the inhabitants of Cherry Valley, N.Y.
1831 Nat Turner, a slave who led a revolt against slave owners, is hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia.
1889 Washington becomes the 42nd state of the Union.
1909 Construction begins on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
1918 The German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I.
1919 The first two-minutes' silence is observed in Britain to commemorate those who died in the Great War.
1921 The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery is dedicated.
1922 Canada's Vernon McKenzie urges to fight U.S. propaganda with taxes on U.S. magazines.
1933 The first of the great dust storms of the 1930s hits North Dakota.
1935 Albert Anderson and Orvil Anderson set a new altitude record in South Dakota, when they float to 74,000 feet in a balloon.
1938 Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" is performed for the first time by singer Kate Smith.
1940 Britain's Royal Navy attacks the Italian fleet at Taranto.
1944 Private Eddie Slovik is convicted of desertion and sentenced to death for refusing to join his unit in the European Theater of Operations.
1953 The polio virus is identified and photographed for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1966 The United States launches Gemini 12, a two-man orbiter, into orbit.
1970 U.S. Army Special Forces raid the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam but find no prisoners.
1973 Israel and Egypt sign a cease-fire.
1973 The Soviet Union is kicked out of World Cup soccer for refusing to play Chile.
1987 An unidentified buyer buys Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Irises" from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson for $53.9 million at Sotheby's in New York.
1993 Sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
1999 House of Lords Act reforming Britain's House of Lords, given Royal Assent; the act removed the right to hereditary seats (sitting members were permitted to remain).
2001 Journalists Pierre Billaud (France), Johanne Sutton (France) and Voker Handloik (Germany) killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy in which they were traveling.
2004 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Museum, Wellington.
2004 Palestine Liberation organization confirms the death of its longtime chairman Yasser Arafat; cause of death has never been conclusively determined.
2006 Queen Elizabeth II unveils New Zealand War Memorial in London.
2008 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)sets sail on her final voyage, bound for Dubai.

How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind

Jenny C. Evans Headshot by Jenny C. Evans
Stress is affecting your brain much more than you think. Sure, you've experienced the distraction, forgetfulness, negativity or anxiety that comes from stressful situations, but did you know it's also shrinking your brain? Hormones released in response to stress not only affect brain function, they also change the physical structure of your brain.
The stress hormone cortisol can kill, shrink, and stop the generation of new neurons in a portion of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus is critical for learning, memory and emotional regulation, as well as shutting off the stress response after a stressful event is over: all much-needed processes in both our professional and personal lives.
Chronic stress can also shrink the medial prefrontal cortex. This negatively affects decision making, working memory, and control of impulsive behavior. Stress also has the ability to affect stem cells, inhibiting access to the prefrontal cortex, where we plan complex cognitive behavior and moderate social interaction. The result is a brain that is less capable of learning and memory, and more prone to anxiety and depression.
To make matters worse, these same stress hormones can increase the size and activity of a portion of the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is critical in the formation and storage of memories associated with highly emotional events. It pairs an event with a feeling, and this connection is stored away in our long-term memory so we can either avoid the event or seek it out in the future. The changes cortisol creates increase negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, and aggression.
These brain alterations can have significant consequences on the way we interact with others, our ability to learn, remember, make decisions and accomplish long-term goals. They also make it more difficult to successfully manage stressful situations in the future, leading to a vicious cycle.
Fortunately, we've discovered a very effective antidote to these negative effects: exercise. Exercise can help build a stress-resistant brain in addition to increasing cognitive function and brain size.
Exercise helps spur the release of a substance called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps in the development of healthy brain tissue and reverses the negative effects of stress. Think of it as fertilizer for the brain. It keeps existing neurons vital and healthy and also encourages the growth of new ones. The more we exercise, the more BDNF we create, and the more neurons are generated, particularly in the hippocampus.
Exercise also releases human growth hormone (HGH), which is vital to the growth and development of all brain and body cells. HGH counteracts the natural cellular atrophy of aging and pumps up brain volume. A single bout of sprinting for 30 seconds can generate a six-fold increase in HGH, with levels peaking two hours later
And thankfully you don't have to do hour-long workouts to get many of these benefits. A recent analysis of 10 studies found that five-minute doses of exercise have the biggest effect on enhancing mood and combating stress. Whenever you have a few minutes, do something that gets your heart rate up and/or challenges your muscles. It's a positive, constructive way to deal with stress and can help keep you from losing your mind!

50 Old British Dialect Words To Incorporate Into Conversation

Ever used the words crambo-clink, cuddle-me-buff, shackbaggerly, polrumptious, or fauchle?

These are all old British dialect words. These words are all genuine entries taken from Wright's English Dialect Dictionary as well as a number of other equally fantastic local British glossaries. Ranging from the bizarre to the useful, they all would make a brilliant addition to anyone's vocabulary.

Criticism over Donald Duck pedestrian decoy

A pedestrian safety crackdown in Fort Lee, New Jersey, that used a police officer dressed up as Donald Duck has drawn criticism from some motorists. It was part of a decoy program to catch drivers who aren't yielding to pedestrians.

Islamic State militants murder 322 Iraqi tribe members in Anbar province

Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, including dozens of women and children whose bodies were dumped in a well, the government said in the first official confirmation of the scale of the massacre.The systematic killings, which one tribal leader said were continuing on Sunday, marked some of the worst bloodshed in Iraq since the Sunni militants swept through the north in June with the aim of establishing medieval caliphate there and in Syria.
The Albu Nimr, also Sunni, had put up fierce resistance against Islamic State for weeks but finally ran low on ammunition, food and fuel last week as Islamic State fighters closed in on their village Zauiyat Albu Nimr.
"The number of people killed by Islamic State from Albu Nimr tribe is 322. The bodies of 50 women and children have also been discovered dumped in a well," the country's Human Rights Ministry said on Sunday.
One of the leaders of the tribe, Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, told Reuters that he had repeatedly asked the central government and army to provide his men with arms but no action was taken.
State television said on Sunday that prime minister Haider al-Abadi had ordered air strikes on Islamic State targets around the town of Hit in response to the killings.
Officials at a government security operations command center in Anbar and civilians reached by Reuters said they had not heard of or witnessed air strikes.
The fall of the village dampened the Shia-led national government's hopes the Sunni tribesmen of Anbar - who once helped US Marines defeat al-Qaida - would become a formidable force again and help the army take on Iraq's new, far more effective enemy.

20 repugican/teabagger delusions that Liberals keep alive

by Kimberley Johnson
Greg Proops, Gilded balloon
Democrats – both politicians and liberal news media – are spending entirely too much time on the defensive. Whether it’s politicians, pundits or everyday people having a conversation, the same old repugican/teabagger delusionss come up day after day after day. The lies have been debunked. The repugican/teabaggers DON’T CARE, they will just keep screaming BENGHAZI in an effort to CONTROL the conversation. Democrats are falling right into their trap.
LIBERALS: NO MORE DEFENSE. Time for offensive moves. NOW!
Here are some common arguments that Democrats spend too much time debunking instead of turning the repugican/teabagger delusions back on to them.
The next time, somebody brings up one of these topics, here is what you say:
No, birth control is not a way to terminate a pregnancy. (It prevents pregnancy.) NEXT!
No, this country was not founded on christian principles. NEXT!
No, Michelle Obama is not dictating your meal plans – you can still eat your Walmart fake cheese. NEXT!
No, the gender wage gap is not a myth. NEXT!
No, it is not a woman’s fault if she was raped. NEXT!
No, poor people aren’t lazy. NEXT!
No, women who enjoy sex are not sluts. NEXT!
No, the government is not coming for your guns. NEXT!
No, the shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton was not staged. NEXT!
No, rich people are not job creators. NEXT!
Yes, women will still get abortions if they are not legal or safe. NEXT!
Yes, we are better off economically when Democrats are in charge. NEXT!
Yes, poor people need assistance so they can survive.  NEXT!
Yes, black and brown people are victims of racism.  NEXT!
Yes, women are discriminated against in the workplace. NEXT!
Yes, science is fact and it doesn’t care about your “opinions.” NEXT!
Yes, trickle down economics was a failure. NEXT!
Yes, Republicans ARE to blame for the cost of the government shutdown. NEXT!
Yes, the Tea Party is advocating slavery by singing the praises of confederates and waving the confederate flag. NEXT!
Yes, teabaggers are treating President Obama with disrespect because he is black. NEXT!
As long as we allow repugican/teabaggers to control the conversation, we give them power.

The repugicans Are Shocked That Obama Refuses To Cave and Give Them Everything They Want

Aides to Mitch McConnell are frustrated because President Obama has made it known that he is not going to back down and give the repugican controlled Congress what they want.
Politico reported, “McConnell’s aides are frustrated at the lack of movement they see from Obama after the election-night. They say he’s still stuck in the same battle lines with the repugican cabal that make deals on tax reform and infrastructure less likely. White House officials say the president will keep making the same case he’s already made for his tax reform and infrastructure ideas, and believe repugicans will eventually have to give ground on a minimum wage hike now that voters in four states approved increases Tuesday.”
The repugicans seem shocked that Obama hasn’t bowed to their ability to steal elections in mostly red states where he isn’t popular. Remember, all of those promises that repugicans made on the campaign trail? Give us the Senate, and we’ll repeal Obamacare. Not so much. What about all of those bills that John Boehner claims will now be signed into law under Obama? Forget it. All of those pipe dreams that repugicans sold voters about a repugican congress breaking the gridlock? They were a fantasy.
President Obama has no reason to move. He has been saying the same thing for nearly seven years now. Obama has been urging repugicans to meet him in the middle. Instead of compromising, congressional repugicans keep asking aloud why Obama won’t give them what they want.
The odds are that the new repugican Senate majority is not going to accomplish much. What is most likely to happen is that repugicans will try to pass bills that Democrats can’t support. The repugicans don’t have sixty votes in the Senate, so they won’t be able to do much. The only difference is that Mitch McConnell won’t be able to blame Harry Reid. He is going to have to own his failure.
Obama isn’t going to cave. The president is willing to work with repugicans, but nothing in this world is free. The so-called cabal of personal responsibility is looking to get something for nothing. That’s not going to happen while Barack Obama is occupying the White House.

The repugicans Are The Ultimate Takers Who Only Want To Give To The Wealthy That They Serve

Even if some Americans do grasp the concept of repugicans as the ultimate takers, they likely fail to comprehend that the repugicans are ultimately monumental givers - to the rich that is ...
Boehner McConnellThere are several synonyms to describe the tendency, no habit, of repugicans’ idea of what it means to govern. Specifically, their habit of taking everything from the American people they can lay their grimy paws on. If Americans cannot recall, and it is likely their gross ignorance has taken what little memory they have left, that over the course of the past four years repugicans have attempted to seize, confiscate, rob, deprive, impound,  and snatch any and everything from the people. Regardless if it is their pensions, clean air and water, decent wages, healthcare, or religious freedom, repugicans have worked tirelessly to take everything from the people.
Even if some Americans do grasp the concept of repugicans as the ultimate takers, they likely fail to comprehend that the repugicans are ultimately monumental givers; it is that spirit of generosity that drives their habit of robbing the people. Of course, over the past two decades and  leading up to the present, repugicans have never had any intent to give anything to the people, but it is important for the population to understand that their only motivation for taking from the people, besides sheer hatred and contempt, is to give to the people they serve; the rich.
It did not take more than a day after the midterm election results were reported for repugicans to announce in an op-ed the first things they intend to take from the people. No-one but an idiot really expected otherwise. However, if the main stream media were doing their jobs, they would have reported that in their written admission of stealing from the people, Boehner and McConnell were actually announcing what they intended to give to the Koch brothers, big business, and school privatization crusaders; gifts they were promised as recompense for their undying support and millions of dollars in campaign contributions. And, gifts they have attempted to hand over to the filthy fascists since the took control of the House; under the guise of “jobs bills.”
Americans should not focus so much on what repugicans will take from them, they will have plenty of years to look back in remorse and regret putting them in charge of the Congress,  what they need to give their undivided attention to is what they are giving their wealthy masters. The three items Boehner and McConnell listed as “job creation” measures, abolishing employer-provided healthcare for part-time employees, violating the Constitution and approving the Keystone XL pipeline, and privatizing education under the “more charter schools” scam, will provide nothing for the people and everything for their corporate masters.
The repugican cabal's supporters are convinced that gaining an extra ten hours of work each week will lift them out of poverty and make them rich because giant retailers like Walmart, McDonalds, and Target are not required to provide basic healthcare insurance coverage. However, they will still be earning minimum wages until repugicans get around to abolishing it from the law; which will likely be relatively soon, and whether their pea-brains have figured it out yet, they are actually taking a wage cut. Walmart and McDonalds are not going to increase employees hours, and if they do it means they will cut their workforce; less jobs. They will also not provide healthcare that means if a worker wants it, they will pay out of pocket and it means their compensation is reduced. Oh, and for the trailer-park crowd assuming that because Walmart and McDonalds pays poverty wages they will still have access to Blue-state-provided food stamps and healthcare, the repugican cabal has already passed legislation in the House to eviscerate those government programs with extreme prejudice. The gift to big corporations is they still get to pay poverty wages and avoid providing healthcare insurance and pad their bottom line. There will be no new jobs, over a million poor Americans will lose their healthcare, and corporations get a gift from repugicans.
There are many ways the repugican plan to violate the Constitution’s mandated Presidential authority is a gift to the Koch brothers, oil export industry, and  John Boehner. Never mind that unilaterally authorizing the immediate construction of Canada’s KeystoneXL pipeline is a monumental violation of the Constitution, as this column has reported for three years, the only beneficiaries will be Koch Industries’ refineries, exporters shipping Canada’s refined tar sand to Europe and China, and John Boehner’s stock portfolio. Remember, prior to taking control of the House and promising “hundreds-of-thousands of American jobs” in early 2011, Boehner bought stock in seven Canadian tar sand companies in 2010 in anticipation of the windfall from the pipeline’s construction.
The benefit to Americans is nothing.  In fact, it was refreshing, that except for one sentence buried in an interview with President Obama, Bernie Sanders is finally telling Americans fuel costs will rise because the Koch brothers will drain Midwest diesel reserves to expedite Canada’s tar through the pipeline on its way to the Gulf Coast and China to profit the foreign export industry. Americans will not see one drop of Canada’s oil and according to the oil industry, at best 1,500 to 2,000 temporary jobs will be created; for Canadian pipeline specialists and not Americans. Even the steel used in constructing the pipeline comes from Korea, so there is no benefit to American industry. What repugicans are taking is any hope of an environment whether from exacerbating climate change to pouring poison in the air and water when the rupture-prone pipeline begins leaking as every iteration of it has in Canada and America.
The greatest takeaway from the population, and gift to corporations, repugicans listed in their op-ed was robbing public school funding to increase the number of woefully inadequate and horridly under-performing charter schools to profit the private education industry. The repugicans claim it is a gift to parents who want their children to be as ignorant, and biblically versed in science, as they are, but it is a huge gift to the privatization advocates. This is most troubling because President Obama said he and repugicans shared a desire for “education reform” that, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, privatization advocate Michelle Rhee, and President Obama includes transferring funding for public education to the charter school industry. More on this grossest of American abominations in another article.
Americans will learn that anything the emboldened repugicans are proposing as helping the people” is not-so-subtle code for taking something away. However, they should be well-aware that although repugicans exist to take everything from the people, they are taking it to give to their money-machine. In the case of the Keystone pipeline, Boehner is giving his stock portfolio a big boost in worth. The real travesty is that repugicans are just getting started and if the people are conscious, they should cringe every time the new repugican Congress announces they are helping the people. Because the primary reason they are “helping” by taking something away from the people is to give it their corporate masters; it is what they tried for four years in the House and now that they control the Senate, their largesse to the rich at the people’s expense will be epic.

Voter Suppression Helped Pave The Way To A Thom Tillis Steal In North Carolina

The impact of North Carolina's voter 'ID' law has already been felt. This impact will only grow more marked as it will be even tougher for minorities to vote …
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In Greensboro, one of North Carolina’s largest cities, voters waited for hours to vote. At North Carolina A&T University, a historically black university, many African-American students were told they could not vote because they were in the wrong precinct; their mailing address did not match their dorm address and thus, did not match the voting rolls; and students were misled as to where to vote by mailers sent by super-PACs supporting repugican candidates.
I personally waited close to an hour to vote in Winston-Salem, another one of North Carolina’s historically Democratic-leaning cities, and, at this location, African-Americans were repeatedly told it would be a two-hour wait.
All of these problems add up to fewer people voting, and election results skewered towards repugicans, who designed the laws. According to Weiser, in 2010, 200,000 voters cast ballots during the early voting days, which were cut by Tillis’s law. In 2012, 700,000 voted during those days; this number accounted for more than a quarter of all of the votes cast African-Americans that year. Weiser writes, “In 2012, 100,000 North Carolinians, almost one-third of whom were, African-American, voted using same day registration, which was not available this year.”
On November 7, 2014, Ari Berman, from www.billmoyers.com, recounts the story of veteran Bryan McGowan, who spent 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served four tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. McGowan, who recently moved back to North Carolina from Georgia, tried to change his voter registration, but, due to the elimination of same-day registration, he was unable to vote.
Unfortunately, the law will only grow harsher in 2016 when the voter ID provisions will take effect. North Carolina General Statute §163-166.13 requires photo identification starting January 1, 2016. Contrary to what repugicans claim, you need your Social Security card, proof of address and birth certificate in order to obtain the identification card that will allow you to vote (see www.ncsbe.gov and www.ncdot.gov). In other words, obtaining the documents necessary to obtain the ID is tantamount to a “poll tax.” This does not begin to address the time lost jumping through arbitrary legal hoops.
The repugicans also like to claim there are mobile units to register people who cannot leave their homes to obtain an identification card. This service is limited, and, given North Carolina’s budget problems, it is tough to imagine how the state will pay for more of these units.
The impact of North Carolina’s voter ID law has already been felt. This impact will only grow more marked as it will be even tougher for minorities to vote come 2016. The future is uncertain, but what is certain is the harsh voter ID law will have a chilling effect on voting in North Carolina that will be felt for years to come.

Climate report on hell and high water makes it clearer than ever that delay is denial

Chris Mooney, newly at The Washington Post-no doubt to the chagrin of climate denier George Will-wrote last week:

The Truth Be Told


Jealous man assaulted ex-girlfriend with a Cornetto

An ex-boyfriend who got jealous when his former partner told him she was seeing someone else assaulted her with a Cornetto, a court heard. Angry Ben Moses, 20, "thrust" the Wall's ice cream into Katie Crowle's face after she said she was seeing another man.Magistrates in Truro, Cornwall, heard the relationship went into meltdown after Ms Crowle admitted she was involved with someone else. Gail Hawksley, prosecuting, said the pair were trying to reconcile after a three-week split when she revealed details of the new relationship.
Furious Moses reacted by grabbing a Cornetto that one of their two children had been eating and tried to stuff it into her mouth, the court heard. Ms Crowle dialed 999 during their fight but the last thing a police operator heard was the sound of her screaming. The woman was left with a face full of ice cream, a swollen lip and a bruised chin, the court was told.
Ms Hawksley said Moses had no previous convictions but had a caution for assaulting the same woman, his partner of four years. Rob Eccleston, defending, said Ms Crowle had taunted his client with intimate details about her sex life with the unnamed other man. The court heard that in spite of the bust up the feuding couple are now back together. Moses of Falmouth, Cornwall, admitted assault on October 11 and was fined £100 and ordered to pay £105 costs.

Chip shop pastie recipe row led to child abduction bid

A man tried to abduct a child from school after starting a row with the boy's father over a chip shop recipe for a pastie mix, a court has heard. Christopher Smyth, from Wynchurch Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, was accused of punching the boy's father on 27 February. The court heard Smyth then drove to a school attended by the victim's 13-year-old son and lied to staff that the boy's parents had been in a car crash. He pleaded guilty to assault, criminal damage and attempted child abduction.
Belfast Crown Court heard Smyth's family owns three fish and chip shops in Belfast, and the assault victim's family also run a number of fast food outlets in the city. A prosecution barrister said that on the morning of 27 February, Smyth arrived at the victim's front door and "became aggressive straightaway and was shouting about a recipe for a pastie mix". The court heard that when the man told Smyth to get off his property, the accused punched him in the mouth without warning, splitting his lip. It was alleged Smyth told the victim: "You're dead," before trying to headbutt the injured man.
The man managed to close his front door, which was then kicked several times by Smyth. About 30 minutes after the assault, Smyth drove to a school attended by the victim's son and spoke to several members of staff in the school's reception area. The court hear Smyth claimed that the schoolboy's parents had been in a car accident, and that he was the teenager's uncle and needed to take him out of school. However, the boy was not at school that day, and when staff became suspicious, Smyth left the premises. He was arrested later that afternoon on several charges, including attempted child abduction.
The prosecution barrister said Smyth had claimed he had "no intention" of taking the teenager out of school, and that he only wanted to talk to the boy so he could tell his father to "call off the police". The prosecutor added: "There is no evidence to suggest the defendant would have inflicted physical harm on him." She said his actions at the school were an "extension of his grievance" with the teenager's father. Passing sentence, the judge said it appeared the two families had once been close but that a fall-out had occurred over a number of matters, including a recipe for pasties. He handed the 27-year-old an 18-month sentence, which was suspended for three years. However, the judge warned Smyth he would "put the sentence into effect" if he committed any further offenses.

Man sentenced to two years in jail for €5 bank theft

An angry bank customer in Spain who jumped over a counter and helped himself to €5 (£3.90, $6.20) he felt was owed to him after account charges wiped out his bank balance has been jailed for two years.
The man received the sentence after he stole the €5 from a bank branch in the Galician capital of La Coruña and fled. He took the money after turning up the branch with his passbook to withdraw the last of the funds in his account.
When he reached the front of the line however, he learned bank charges meant his account was actually in the red. At that point, the man became angry and shouted out demanding explanations. When the bank manager emerged from his office to intervene, the customer thrust his fist into the man's face and said he was going to beat the hell out of him.
Two other members of staff then intervened but to no avail. He pushed the three aside and jumped over a counter before opening a drawer, taking out €5 and fleeing. The man admitted his guilt and was sentenced to two years for aggravated robbery.

81-year-old man charged with stealing 11 truckloads of tangerines

A Florida man has been charged with stealing 11 truckloads of tangerines from groves around Polk County, then selling the fruit at Parksdale Farms in Plant City.
Herman Southall , 81, was charged with 11 counts of transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft between $300 and $5,000, grand theft of more than 2,000 pieces of citrus, and trespassing.
Southall and Christopher Scarlett were found by deputies on Wednesday picking fruit in a Dundee grove after a Polk County Sheriff's Office helicopter pilot saw them. A Sheriff's Office report said the two had picked more than four rows of tangerines, about 2,000 pieces of Sunburst tangerines.
The report said they were preparing to load the fruit into Southall's truck. Detectives reported that Southall, from Lake Wales, sold a separate load of tangerines valued at $338 to Parksdale Farms on Tuesday. He is being held in the Polk County Jail in lieu of $8,500 bail.

Italians face ban from kissing police officers

Kissing Italian police officers could soon be banned as part of a slew of potential new rules designed to keep citizens and the police force safe.
The kissing ban has been mooted as a “provocative act” after student protester, Nina De Chiffre, was charged with sexual assault for kissing a riot policeman on his helmet during protests against plans for a new high-speed TAV train in Turin last November.
She said she “wanted to make fun [of the police]", while Franco Maccari, the Secretary General of Coisp, the Italian police officers' union, said if a police officer kissed a protester then “”World War Three would have broken out”.
Under the proposals, which were put to labor unions on Thursday, police officers must also try to resist “mild physical contact and verbal challenges.”

Woman stabbed boyfriend after he threatened to harm her turtle

A 53-year-old Florida woman told authorities she stabbed her boyfriend because he threatened to hurt her pet turtle, according to an arrest report. Marie Seymour faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail under supervised conditions. On Tuesday morning, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an address in Lake Park.
Seymour and her boyfriend were drinking when he said he would harm her turtle and allegedly came after her, according to her recount of the events. Seymour said that in defense, she took out her knife and stabbed him, according to the report.
It’s not clear where Seymour stabbed her boyfriend. When deputies arrived, the boyfriend told authorities he did not want Seymour to go to jail. While he was treated for his injuries at a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens, Seymour was taken to jail for booking. The turtle’s name was not released.

Man accused of getting into a fight over whether or not acquaintance was dead

A 62-year-old Florida man is accused of getting into a physical fight after an argument about whether or not an acquaintance was dead. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called for a disturbance on Oct. 23, according to the arrest report.
They found Henry Hill Shiver Jr., who reported that the victim told Shiver and another person that an acquaintance had died. Shiver said the victim later said the acquaintance was not dead. Shiver and the other person began yelling at the victim, which escalated to a physical fight.
Shiver said “they hit the victim with a bucket” but later changed his story several times. He eventually said it was “self defense” and the other person assisted him. Shiver said he’d “jumped on the victim” and “began striking him in the face with his fists.” The victim had several injuries, including a cut on his head.
Deputies were unable to observe the injuries “due to the amount of blood on the victim.” The victim was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment. Shiver was arrested and a baggie of marijuana was found in his pocket. He is charged with battery as a second or subsequent offense and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. His next scheduled court date is Dec. 2.

Mother and daughter stabbed in dispute with neighbor over dog poo

A man from Springfield, Massachusetts, was arrested on Saturday morning and is charged with stabbing two of his neighbors. Police say about an hour before responding to the stabbing, officers were called to a dispute over dog feces at the multi-family home.
They say the suspect, a first-floor resident, objected to the victims’ dogs defecating on the stairs and in the side yard. According to police, the situation was resolved, but after they left the situation became violent.
Police say Michael Valentin, 33, stabbed his second-floor neighbors, a 46-year-old mother and her 23-year-old daughter. The mother was stabbed several times in the back, according to police.
She was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, and has been upgraded from critical to stable condition. Police say her daughter was stabbed in the face and neck, and is in good condition. Valentin is charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and mayhem. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.


A Sport That Lets You Play Billiards With Your Feet
SnookBall is a combination of snooker and football. You have to kick the balls into pockets instead of using a cue stick. The sport is played on a giant billiards table that multiple players can walk on. All the rules are the same as snooker, except that you use your feet and the balls are replaced by footballs.
The wacky sport is the brainchild of French entrepreneurs Aurélien and Samuel, who are well known for their weird ideas. SnookBall is generally a two player game, but the table can accommodate up to four players. All the footballs retain the look of standard billiards balls, but are obviously larger and lighter.

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The Ingenuity And Beauty Of Creative Parchment Repair In Medieval Books

Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel (medievalbooks.nl/) has been investigating how bookmakers found creative solutions around damaged parchment - thin membranes of cow and sheepskin used for printing books between the fifth and thirteenth centuries before the rise of paper.
Parchment was extremely delicate and costly to manufacture well, so it should come as no surprise that medieval scribes had a host of ideas to work around bad parchment, from webs of silk embroidery to cheeky illustrations, the blemishes were incorporated right into the physical texts.

Mexico's History Is Even Richer Than We Thought

by S.E. Smith
The early history of Teotihuacán is quite mysterious, and the origin of its founders is debated. For many years, archaeologists believed it was built by the Toltec people, an early Mexican civilization. The earliest buildings at Teotihuacán date to about 200 BCE, and the largest pyramid, the Pyramid of the Sun, was completed by 100 CE.
The early history of Teotihuacán is quite mysterious, and the origin of its founders is debated. For many years, archaeologists believed it was built by the Toltec people, an early Mexican civilization. The earliest buildings at Teotihuacán date to about 200 BCE, and the largest pyramid, the Pyramid of the Sun, was completed by 100 CE. (Photo: Teseum)
If a secret can keep for two millennia, another decade probably won't hurt — but it's pretty amazing when you consider the fact that said secret was buried under one of Mexico's most popular tourist sites. The city of Teotihuacan, mysteriously abandoned some 2,000 years ago, is home to an amazing array of ancient, but largely unfathomable, structures. It's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a nod to its archaeological, cultural and historical importance.
The fascinating site, located just outside Mexico City, is a famous destination thanks to how easily it can be reached, and it's often found crawling with tourists, which is why archaeologists were amazed when it yielded a new secret in 2003: A tunnel leading deep beneath the city that was filed with a treasure-trove of artifacts.
It took them eleven years to excavate, during which they remained silent to ensure that the integrity of the site wasn't compromised, and the tunnel still needs further excavations to explore it more fully. What researchers found was incredible: A huge assortment of religious offerings, the remains of jaguars, and what may be human remains as well — although no gravesites were discovered. The offerings were all found below the famous Temple of the Plumed Serpent, and may be linked to the city's system of priests and rulers, which would make them a very important archaeological and historical finding. It's possible that deeper excavation may reveal grave sites and tombs of the city's most powerful and elite.
Sergio Gómez, the lead archaeologist on the project, is from Mexico, and he along with the rest of his team started out with robots before moving into the tunnel, carefully removing material layer by layer and sifting it to ensure that they didn't miss a single piece of important evidence about the site's past. Nearly 50,000 artifacts were uncovered, making the investigation of the site no simple task. The finds included jade carvings, a number of wooden artifacts and objects like rubber balls — it turns out that Mesoamericans liked playing ball too.
The find comes in the midst of a larger global push to repatriate objects looted from Mesoamerica from the conquest of the Americas until very recently. A growing number of museums have found themselves under pressure to return objects to their native context, rather than retaining them in their own collections, and have been encouraged to display replicas instead to allow visitors to experience Mesoamerican culture.
Meanwhile, private collectors still trade such artifacts on the black market, in flagrant violation of international law. For Mexico, being able to excavate a site with regionally-based archaeologists and researchers marks a radical departure from being forced to sit by while outsiders strip a site of artifacts, which was the practice in the past.
The value of such artifacts comes in curious contrast to attitudes about Mesoamerican history and culture from some Westerners. Despite the fact that the region's history dates back over millennia, with considerable evidence at finds like these of advanced, complex cultures to rival those of the West, some continue to insist that European history in particular is older (and, it's implied, superior) to that of the Mesoamericas.
These attitudes ignore the rich history of the region, and carry colonial overtones, reflecting the same attitudes brought to the region in the age of exploration, when Spanish conquistadors and other Westerners arrived and justified their claims upon the Americas in part on the grounds that the indigenous inhabitants were "savages." Yet, a culture that creates precious and beautiful artifacts doesn't seem terribly savage — and that culture rose and fell long before Columbus set sail.

Snow Rollers

Nature's Winter Treat
If you live in one of world's colder, snowier regions you may have seen them - but even then the chances are remote. A rare and seemingly mysterious treat, the snow roller is a natural phenomenon created without human intervention.
They are known by other names too: snow donuts, snow cylinders or even snow bales. Whatever you prefer to call them, it seems that nature, at least, is trying to make the most of the snow and have a little fun.

New "Bat Frog" Found in Amazon, Named for Ozzy Osbourne

Dendropsophus ozzyi males make high-pitched, batlike calls.
Dendropsophus ozzy, a new species of treefrog.
Dendropsophus ozzyi, seen here in its Amazon habitat, has an unusually high-pitched, chirpy call.
Holy Batfrog! Scientists have discovered a new tree frog species with a shrill, batlike call in the Brazilian Amazon.
"As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it," said Pedro Peloso, one of the frog's discoverers and a postdoctoral fellow at Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil.
Peloso and colleagues found the 0.75-inch (19.4-millimeter) amphibian in 2009 as part of a biodiversity survey of Floresta Nacional de Pau-Rosa, a protected area in the state of Amazonas.
During the month-long expedition, the team found 21 specimens of the brown-and-orange creature, which has mysteriously long, delicate fingers and toes.
The male frogs also have an unusually large vocal sac, a nearly transparent piece of skin that inflates to produce its unique high-pitched chirping sound. Male tree frogs in general make loud calls to communicate with females in distant treetops, but the new species is the first known to sound like a bat.
Once the team had brought their treasure back to the lab, "we kept talking about the 'bat frog,' which led to us talking about being fans of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath," Peloso said.
At a concert in 1981, Osbourne bit the head off a bat that a fan threw on the stage, although Osbourne later said he believed it was rubber. Peloso named his bat frog Dendropsophus ozzyi, and it's described November 6 in the journal Zootaxa.
Picture of Pendropsophus ozzy, a new species of treefrog.
The newfound "bat frog," which lives in trees, has especially long fingers and toes.
Easy to Miss
During the 2009 expedition, Peloso and colleagues traveled up the Amazon by boat, sleeping in hammocks and collecting everything they could find.
Peloso's collection technique was remarkably low-tech: He carried only a plastic bag, a flashlight, and a digital audio recorder to capture the sounds made by the species he collected.
This strategy paid off: He found the new frog in three different areas of the Brazilian Amazon.
Since the locations were so far apart, and travel between them difficult, Peloso believes the frog is widely distributed in the Amazon and is not in immediate danger of extinction.
Despite the fact that the frog is likely common, he's not surprised no one had found it before.
"To find a species, it's a matter of being in the right place at the right time. If the conditions aren't right, it's really easy to miss them," Peloso said.
Even so, the fact that a new species was discovered in a relatively well-studied area of the Amazon further highlights the tremendous biodiversity of the area, said José Padial, an assistant curator at the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh who wasn't involved in the study.
"The work was very, very thorough and represents just how little we know about life in the Amazon," Padrial said.

Residents worried about deer with head stuck in plastic pumpkin

A plastic pumpkin stuck on a deer's head in Ohio, is preventing it from eating and drinking, residents say. Neighbors first spotted the pumpkin-headed deer on Wednesday after the sighting caused some confusion in Mentor, east of Cleveland.
"You can't really tell what it is and all of a sudden you're like, 'What was that?' " Linda Hansen said. Hansen at first "thought it was a real pumpkin that got stuck on its head." Turns out the pumpkin is plastic, apparently attached to the deer's head with black plastic straps.
The straps appear to be embedded in the deer's head, near its ears. The animal's entire mouth is enclosed in the plastic pumpkin. Patty O'Donnell said: "My son and I saw the deer when we came out for the bus on Wednesday morning," O'Donnell said. "It was on its hind legs and just trying to bat it off its face," O'Donnell said.

Residents are worried that the deer could starve to death because its unable to eat with the pumpkin on its head. Hansen and other neighbors say they've made several calls to authorities, but they've been unable to find anyone who can help. Mentor police confirmed they had sent officers out to try and catch the deer, but they were unsuccessful.

How Do Dogs Talk With Their Tails?

It's a main method of communication for man's best friend, but what about dogs without tails? Monique Udell, founder of the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab at the University of Florida in Gainesville, says: 'It definitely does impact their communication.

For instance, dogs with cropped tails or breeds with short, curly tails, like pugs, don't have the range of expression that a dog with a long tail has. But luckily, canines can compensate with other body parts to show their emotions.'

The Bat-Eared Fox

Did You Ever See A Fox Fly?
Around 800,000 years ago a species developed on the African Savannah, a canid but quite unlike any other. It was small, tawny furred and with black ears. It is the ears which really make this mostly nocturnal animal stand out.
The ears are a special adaptation. Although the Bat-Eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis) will eat rodents, birds and eggs with the occasional fruit, it eats something quite unexpected. Over eighty percent of its diet is made up of insects, especially termites. The powerful ears are able to pick up the sound of termites within their nests.

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