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Friday, June 26, 2015

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Breaking News: Well, SCOTUS did it again. They made the correct decision and the troglodytes of wingnutistan are having horrific fits of apoplexy and conniptions (and any wingnut heads that did not explode yesterday are doing so today). Why you ask - Gay Marriage is a legal right everywhere in the USA, now.
That would be nice, now, wouldn't it  ...!
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Today in History

1096 Peter the Hermit’s crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary.
1243 The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols.
1541 Former followers murder Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru.
1794 The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus.
1804 The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
1844 Julia Gardiner and President John Tyler are married in New York City.
1862 General Robert E. Lee attacks McClellen’s line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days’ campaign.
1863 Jubal Early and his Confederate forces move into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
1900 The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China.
1907 Russia’s nobility demands drastic measures to be taken against revolutionaries.
1908 Shah Muhammad Ali’s forces squelch the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.
1916 Russian General Aleksei Brusilov renews his offensive against the Germans.
1917 General Pershing arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force.
1918 The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, "Big Bertha," at Paris.
1926 A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France is unveiled at St. Nazaire.
1924 After eight years of occupation, American troops leave the Dominican Republic.
1942 The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter flies for the first time.
1945 The U.N. Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, California.
1951 The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War.
1961 A Kuwaiti vote opposes Iraq’s annexation plans.
1963 President John Kennedy announces "Ich bin ein Berliner" at the Berlin Wall.
1971 The U.S. Justice Department issues a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
1975 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is convicted of election fraud.
1993 Roy Campanella, legendary catcher for the Negro Leagues and the Los Angeles Dodgers, dies.

Migrant Workers Weren’t Paid For A Month Of Work On Blueberry Farm

The workers allege that they still haven't been paid for the work done in October 2014.

Asinine Fox And Friends Publicity Stunt Nearly Kills A Man On Live TV

The idiots at Fox really don't need to continue to prove what idiots they are - we know
Featured image credit: video screen capture, courtesy of News Funnies on youtubeHe threw the axe. He missed the target. He hit the man that was standing directly behind it. We’ve seen a lot of stupid from Fox, but this fiasco is just beyond words.

Revenge Porn, Free Speech And The Fight For The Soul Of The Internet

"If you share it, you're guilty," said Lee Rowland, ACLU senior staff attorney on speech and privacy.

1,140 arrests for child sexual predation

Two-month federal operation results in 1,140 arrests for child sexual predation
Hum, wonder if the Orlando, Florida troll who keeps trying to post its vileness here got picked up - it has shown an unhealthy obsession with child and bestial sex in its delusional attempts to pollute this blog.
Addendum: Alas, t'was not to be - our hope the troll was apprehended this time - it again reared its scaly head and tried in vain to spew its bile here after several days of our being troll-free - then again maybe it was dragged in after all and just made bail ... we can but hope.

First Amendment protects pastor who wrote lurid fantasies about underage cult girls: attorney

Larry Jones mugshot
An Oklahoma pastor who was arrested by police for writing a story detailing his sexual fantasies about underage members of his parish may have his case dismissed due to a First Amendment challenge.

Racist Tells 3-Year-Old She Can’t Wear Frozen Costume Because ‘Elsa Isn’t Black’

Ignorant assholes are everywhere unfortunately
Racist Tells 3-Year-Old She Can’t Wear Frozen Costume Because ‘Elsa Isn’t Black’ (IMAGES/VIDEO)A 3-year-old girl in Melbourne, Australia was reduced to tears when a racist woman said she couldn’t wear a Queen Elsa costume because she wasn’t...

Wingnut Judge Rules Against Religious Employers, Affirms Right To Birth Control

One of the most wingnut federal appeals court judges in the country just sided with reproductive freedom.

Thanks To Obamacare, The Number Of Poor People Without Insurance Has Plummeted

Poor Americans saw a "significant decrease" in their uninsurance rate during the first year that health reform was widely implemented.

The Hidden Mental Health Impacts Of Climate Change

One expert predicts that, in the future, more than 200 million Americans "will have some mental health problem because of climate change."

Climate Change Health Risk Is A 'Medical Emergency', Experts Warn

Climate Change Health Risk Is A 'Medical Emergency', Experts Warn
"We see climate change as a major health issue, and that's often neglected in policy debates," Anthony Costello told reporters at a briefing in London.

The ‘paleo diet’ only makes sense if you don’t understand human evolution

Three skulls in a row showing humans evolution (Shutterstock)
“Our ancestors didn’t eat like this, so we shouldn’t.” This is the main ethos of many modern diets which advise us to exclude a number of recent additions to our plates because they were not part of our distant predecessors diet.

Images Of The Wild And Wooly Costumes Worn At British Pagan Festivals

The British Isles have a long and storied history with paganism, and even though the zealous religious right of the past didn’t look fondly on the heathen Celts modern Brits embrace their Celtic history with pride.
The old Pagan ways are no longer seen as a threat, so people are free to celebrate the old ways at various festivals with origins so obscure they're often hard to explain.
However, most attendees agree that wearing an elaborate, and often strange, costume to these festivals is generally more important than fully understanding the point of the party.
Photographer Henry Bourne has been capturing all the wild costumes worn by those who attend these Pagan festivals since 2009, and now 125 of his amazing portraits can be found in a book entitled Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait.
See more of Henry's Pagan festival portraits, and read about what inspired his series, here

Art installation given parking ticket

An installation by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, created as part of the 300th birthday celebrations of the city of Karlsruhe, Germany, has received a parking ticket.
The art piece is constructed based on a Mercedes transporter MB100D front chassis, with a rear truck portion which curves up to almost a vertical position against the wall. The work of art, entitled "Truck", is situated on the wall of the Karlsruhe Weinbrenner house, adjacent to the Center for Art and Media (ZKM).
Wurm created the piece which distorts regular objects to "show the everyday from a different perspective." Unfortunately, the work is situated in a restricted parking zone, which led one of Karlruhe's fine parking enforcement officers to issue an official ticket with a 30 euro penalty.
The ZKM, which posted the pictures on its Facebook page, jokingly invited the artist to pay the traffic fine. Fortunately, the mayor of the city Frank Mentrup announced that he would try to "fix" the ticket, so the art installation may remain illegally parked, halfway up a wall.

Council investigating reported mermaid sightings

Reports are circulating that a Mermaid has been spotted off the Capricorn Coast in Queensland, Australia.
The sightings have been confirmed from a number of different sources.
The reports indicated that the mermaid was entering the mouth of the Fitzroy River.
Rockhampton Regional Council has issued a statement saying these sightings are currently being investigated.

Woman bit boyfriend after being bitten by his cat

A cat bit a woman sending her into such a rage that she then repeatedly bit and beat her boyfriend, the owner of the pet, police have said.
A police spokesman said that the 26-year-old woman was attacked by her 39-year-old partner’s feline in the western city of Hagen, Germany, in the early hours of Saturday.
After she tried in vain to discipline the cat, "a fight between the bitten person and the cat's owner ensued in which the 39-year-old was hit and bitten several times," the spokesman said in a statement.
The injured man tried to ring the police but his partner repeatedly ripped his mobile phone from his hand until the man was able to escape and make the call. He was taken to hospital for treatment while the woman, who was charged with domestic violence, was given a 10-day restraining order barring her from the flat.

This Blind Jack Russell Terrier Has a "Seeing Eye Dog" Best Friend

Glenn the Jack Russell terrier and his best friend Buzz, the Staffordshire bull terrier were rescued last month and are now in the care of Stray Aid rescue in Coxhoe, County Durham, UK. Rescue staff soon learned that the inseparable pair immediately becomes distressed if parted. Nine-year-old Buzz acts as the eyes of ten-year-old Glenn. Buzz assists Glenn with finding his bed and food and giving him a gentle nudge in the right direction if he needs it. Their rescuers will only adopt out this super sweet duo together, thankfully. Learn more about Glenn and Buzz, see additional pictures and get the link to inquire about adopting them here.

This Pupa Looks Like a Snake

This is how Nature says, "Do not touch."
In its pupal stage, the Dynastor darius butterfly looks like the rearing head of a snake. If you're searching for a snack and would like to prey upon a a vulnerable insect, you might take a pass on this one. Although it's still in its chrysalis, the Dynastor can shake from side to side, which only heightens the illusion. You can read more about it at Discovery.

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