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Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Today in History

902 The Aghlabid rulers of Ifriqiyah (modern day Tunisia) capture Taormina, Sicily.
1096 The crusaders under Peter the Hermit reach Constantinople.
1464 Piero de Medici succeeds his father, Cosimo, as ruler of Florence.
1664 The Turkish army is defeated by French and German troops at St. Gotthard, Hungary.
1689 James II’s siege of Londonderry, Ireland, ends in failure. James’ force had suffered some 8,000 casualties to the defenders’ 3,600.
1740 Thomas Arne’s song "Rule Britannia" is performed for the first time.
1759 British and Hanoverian armies defeat the French at the Battle of Minden, Germany.
1791 Robert Carter III, a Virginia plantation owner, frees all 500 of his slaves in the largest private emancipation in U.S. history. An 1839 mutiny aboard a Spanish ship in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.
1798 Admiral Horatio Nelson routs the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile at Aboukir Bay, Egypt.
1801 The American schooner Enterprise captures the Barbary cruiser Tripoli.Often venturing into harm’s way, America’s most famous sailing ship, the Constitution, twice came close to oblivion.
1834 Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire.
1864 Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives general Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces.After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Virginia, suddenly collapsed.
1872 The first long-distance gas pipeline in the U.S. is completed. Designed for natural gas, the two-inch pipe ran five miles from Newton Wells to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
1873 San Francisco’s first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie’s Clay Street Hill Railroad Company.
1880 Sir Frederick Roberts frees the British Afghanistan garrison of Kandahar from Afghan rebels.
1893 A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented.
1914 Germany declares war on Russia.
1937 The Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany becomes operational.The Nuremberg Trial brought high-ranking Nazis to justice.
1939 Synthetic vitamin K is produced for the first time.
1941 The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight.
1942 Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.
1943 Over 177 B-24 Liberator bombers attack the oil fields in Ploesti, Rumania, for a second time.
1944 The Polish underground begins an uprising against the occupying German army, as the Red Army approaches Warsaw.
1946 President Harry S Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission.
1950 Lead elements of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division arrive in Korea from the United States.
1954 The Geneva Accords divide Vietnam into two countries at the 17th parallel.
1957 US and Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
1960 Singer Chubby Checker releases "The Twist," creating a new dance craze. The song had been released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters the previous year but got little attention.
1964 Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to play on the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.
1966 Charles Whitman, shooting from the Texas Tower at the University of Texas, kills 16 people and wounds 31 before being killed himself.
1988 Wingnut blowhard Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.
2004 In Asuncion, Paraguay, a fire in the Ycua Bolanos V supermarket complex kills nearly 400 people and injures 500.
2007 The I-35W bridge at Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

Editorial Comment

Welcome to the Saturday Expanded Edition of Carolina Naturally.
We have had a few weeks troll free - we still are - and we have had a lot of material submitted so to celebrate we are releasing this expanded weekend issue of this blog.
In blog business news: google has been using cookies and other spyware on our blogs (and all other blogs on blogger as well) and now they have to notify our European readers via a 'warning' bar at the top of the page.
This is a gross violation of  the intention of this and thousands of other blogs who do not monetize (not to mention civil liberty and decency) and blatant espionage on google's part.
They just have to tell our European readers they are spying on them.
They have no legal compulsion to notify our domestic readers - so they will just keep on spying without notice here in the USA.
We want our readers to know we do not use cookies or any spyware on this blog ... it is the hosting ISP using the cookies and spyware.
Our readership has not fallen off due to these shenanigans as of yet (and it may not) - in fact the annual uptick in our readership over the summer has been better than normal thus far, especially the last few troll free days.
Other news finds life treating people we know well and happiness is flourishing.
Have Fun and Be Happy

Kind police officers helped family of lost ducks

A passer-by spotted a couple of police officers helping a family of ducks who got lost in St Andrews, Scotland.
The two Police Scotland officers escorted the mother duck and her nine babies along a busy road to the safety of a nearby river.
With cars passing perilously close, the two male officers guided the flock along the town’s Bridge Street on Friday, using their bodies as shields.

Thanks to their stellar efforts, the group of mallards made it to a hole in the wall, which leads to the Kinnessburn, before making a daring leap of faith to get to the river.

Village show allowed contestants to enter shop-bought vegetables in bid to increase entries

Homegrown and homemade produce have always taken pride of place at Gloucestershire's many village shows. Green-fingered residents are able to show off their hard work and it all becomes worth it when a rosette is placed on their parsnips. But this year, entries at one event were so low that organizers allowed people to show products bought from the supermarket.
Quedgeley Show, which has run since 1972, saw people competing for awards in more than 50 different categories including best vegetables, photography and flowers. But Councillors heard the turnout was not good this year at a meeting of Quedgeley Parish Council. Graham Smith, vice-chairman of Quedgeley Parish Council, said: "It was quite frankly embarrassing. People were told they could buy it, show it and eat it after but that still didn't persuade people. It is pathetic."
The show took place last Saturday at Severn Vale School and involved games, activities, performances and craft stalls. Mr Smith said: "I suppose the times have changed. Many people don't have their own garden, let alone an allotment, so they just buy their food from Tesco or Asda." Parish Councillor Jean Hanks said: "The turnout was not very good. I think the organizers are going to have to rethink the event."
The show is organized by the Quedgeley Community Trust. Andy Jarrett, from the Trust, said they were hoping for more entries. "In the real world it is impossible to know if someone has actually grown their entry," he said. "Buying from the supermarket is not something we encourage but we do want more people to get involved. We were hoping for more entries and we will be doing all we can to get more people involved, including reviewing the classes to make sure the show is still relevant to the people of Quedgeley."

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Luxury Hotel Fires Manager For Mocking Sandra Bland By Hanging Slave Doll

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This Map Shows Where People Are More Likely To Die Young–Sorry, Wingnuts

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Watch What Happens When Ordinary People Try To Use A Gun For Self Defense

Watch What Happens When Ordinary People Try To Use A Gun For Self Defense (VIDEO)
This video destroys one of the NRA’s biggest lies.
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Florida teacher duct taped kindergartners’ eyes as punishment

'Woman tapes her mouth with duct tape' [Shutterstock]Lindsay Blanc, a music teacher at Potter Elementary in Tampa Bay, is accused of putting duct tape over a little boy’s eyes as punishment for turning around to keep watching a movie with his classmates, even though he had been placed at a time-out table.

Legal high thief who told shopkeeper his name unsurprisingly caught some time later

A knife-wielding robber made it easy for police to identify him when he proudly revealed his name to the shopkeeper he was targeting. And Carl Harrison even told the victim at record store Smokin Vinyl in Erdington, Birmingham, where he used to live before he made off with £1,000 worth of legal highs. Harrison, 30, of Erdington, admitted two charges of robbery, having a knife and possessing drugs.
He was jailed for three years and four months. Birmingham Crown Court heard that the defendant made his the store just after 3pm on February 10 this year. There had been one other customer in the shop and William Lee, the shop keeper, had initially told Harrison to get out because he was smoking a cigarette. However he then became aggressive, and after throwing the cigarette outside, he returned and told Mr Lee that he should give him what he had come for.
The shopkeeper, who felt intimidated, then handed over a couple of pouches of legal highs. The defendant then told him: “Do you know who I am. I’m Carl Harrison.” Ten minutes later he returned to the shop, but this time armed with a knife, and forced Mr Lee to give him a whole tray of legal highs. Mark Phillips, prosecuting, said that, in fact, it did take the police some time to track Harrison down because of his itinerant lifestyle. He was finally arrested on June 4 after he became involved in a incident in a bar.
Paul Mytton, defending, said Harrison, who had problems with drink and substance abuse, had got himself a job as a driver. “He was hoping for a better future but, of course, this has caught up with him.” He went on “There are some bizarre features, perhaps the highlight was to say who he was and, unless there be any doubt, where he used to live, that show that he can not have been thinking properly when the offences were committed.” Judge Simon Drew QC said: “It must have been a very frightening experience as far as the shop keeper was concerned.”

Florida road rage incident turns deadly in horrifying ‘stand your ground’ killing

Image: Robert Doyle mug shot (Citrus County Sheriff's Office)
911 tapes captured audio of the whole encounter between 51-year-old Robert Doyle and 44-year-old Candelerio Gonzales, who was shot and killed in front of his wife, daughter and grandson.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses' Massive Child Sex Abuse Scandal

This Map Shows Which States Are Failing To Help Rape Victims

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Oklahoma rookie cop charged with 33 counts of sexual exploitation against 14-year-old girl

Policeman wearing protective vest outdoors' (Shutterstock)
Courtney Breanne Schlinke was charged with 16 counts of rape by instrumentation, nine counts of lewd acts with a child under the age of 16 and eight counts of oral sodomy.

NY cop sexually abused 16-year-old girl at two cemeteries

Watervliet, New York police Officer Joshua Spratt [WNYT-TV]
Investigators said Joshua Spratt met the girl while working at Watervliet High School.

University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing indicted for shooting Sam Dubose to death

Officer Ray Tensing
A campus police officer has been indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

Cops Ignore Dying Native Woman’s Jail Cell Cries For Help, Tell Her To ‘Quit Faking’

Cops Ignore Dying Native Woman’s Jail Cell Cries For Help, Tell Her To ‘Quit Faking’
Another woman of color has died in police custody. 
We await yet another massive cover-up by police.

This Viral Video FINALLY Confirms Where Violent Cops Come From

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Helicopter, armed officers and dog unit sent to 'weapon incident' found gardener holding a rake

Dorset police launched a major hunt involving a helicopter, armed officers and a dog unit for a man brandishing a weapon in the dark only to find it was a gardener holding a rake. Stephen Hogan had been working late in his back garden with friend Wayne Dodd when police swooped on their home in Stanpit, Christchurch. They had earlier received a 999 call from a member of staff at a nursing home two doors down who reported seeing a man holding what appeared to be a weapon. After making their way through the home, the two policemen found Mr Dodd, 43, holding up a rake from where he had been helping to landscape an area of Mr Hogan's garden under an external light. Mr Hogan, a 55-year-old plumber, had bought a heavy roller to help with the garden project on Friday and he, his son Sean, 23, and Mr Dodd helped to put it together. Mr Hogan said: "All of a sudden there was a lot of commotion coming from out the front. My wife Alison looked outside and saw about five police cars and armed police officers and dogs.
"We could hear the police helicopter above us. Then two policemen approached the front door. They said there was someone with a weapon in the area. They asked to come into the back garden and asked if someone was out there because their ‘eyes in the sky’, as they called them, had seen someone. They came in and found Wayne with the rake and then left.” Mr Dodd said: "I was rolling an old part of the garden and saw the helicopter was up. By the time the two policemen came, I was raking over the ground and then they just left."
Mr Hogan said: "We were more bemused than anything. It is reassuring that the police checked it out so thoroughly but in the end they did all that just to see what was going on in our garden. It didn't help that after leaving our house the police just packed up and left without telling the neighbors it was a false alarm.” A spokesman for Dorset police said: "At 11.41pm on Friday, we had a report of someone with a weapon but it turned out to be someone who was doing some late night gardening using a rake. It was a misinterpretation of what the caller had seen."

Amazon Isolation

An isolated tribe living in the Amazon rainforest will soon be contacted by the Peruvian government for their own safety.Isolated Amazon Tribe

Earth News

Check out these shots of spectacular lighting and dramatic skies around the world.
Marine phytoplankton, which are tiny organisms that rely on light to grow and spread into globs in the ocean, influence how clouds accumulate droplets.
Concentric circles of rocky hills and valleys in South Africa tell the story of a billion-year-old collapsed volcano.


Likely evolved from land reptiles that dove into the ocean about 248 million years ago, the ichthyosaur extinction has stumped scientists for years. 

Animal News

Some 440 tigers were recorded during the previous census conducted in 2004 in the World Heritage-listed habitat.
When a killer whale off British Columbia became stranded on jagged rocks, a boater got creative and rigged a water pump to keep the animal wet.

Religious Nut Dies From Bite While ‘Snake Handling’ At Cult Ritual

Man charged after jumping zoo fence to pet cougars

A zoo in Ohio has pressed charges against a man who jumped a fence to pet cougars - then posted video of it on YouTube. Joshua Newell had his camera rolling when he leaped over the outer fence of the big cat enclosure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
The 35-year-old then began petting two adult cougars through a second fence as he said things like, "Kitty, kitty, kitty". The footage showed the animals appearing to enjoy the attention.
Zoo officials called the video "alarming" and said it was fortunate that neither Newell nor the cougars were harmed. "Animal welfare and safety are two of our top priorities," Columbus Zoo president Tom Stalf said in a statement.

"Barriers, like the fence line at the cougar habitat, are in place to keep our guests safe. The actions taken in this video were alarming and resulted in our decision to press charges." Newell is charged with with a misdemeanor count of trespassing. He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

Reward offered to trace person who dumped puppy with manicure

A puppy sporting a red manicure was abandoned in a purple purse in Salinas, California, last week, and now authorities are offering a $1,000 reward in the case. The SPCA for Monterey County says the pup was found by a Good Samaritan behind a restaurant on Sunday, July 19 at around 10pm.
The six-week old Chihuahua mix puppy was shut up behind the restaurant Patria in a dirty lavender purse pet carrier with no access to food or water. The SPCA says the puppy was "hungry, thirsty, and crying." The Good Samaritan then turned the puppy over to the SPCA. SPCA staff are calling the puppy with the red nails Pierre.
Beth Brookhouser, director of community outreach of SPCA for Monterey County, said: "He's too young. He should still be with his mother, but we're taking good care of him and he seems to be a big person in a little package." Brookhouser said the SPCA investigated the possibility that Pierre was stolen, but results came up short.
"We have some leads, but we want people to know that abandonment is not the answer," she added. "Shelters will take in all animals - no questions asked, but when you choose to do the illegal thing and the inhumane thing, we will do our best to go out, find who did this and prosecute the person responsible." Anyone with information about this case, should contact the SPCA.

Woman traumatized after she and her dog were terrorized by feral pig in 30-minute attack

Walkers have been warned to be on the lookout for a feral pig on the loose at Mount Jerrabomberra in south-east New South Wales, Australia, after a woman and her dog were set upon in a vicious attack. Canberra woman Michaela Vodvarka, 22, was walking her parent's dog Zeus, on Sunday, July 19 when she was confronted by a wild boar. While protecting her dog, Ms Vodvarka was bitten by the pig twice, sustaining cuts that later required 10 stitches in hospital. Ms Vodvarka said the attack happened at about 5:00pm, not far from the base of the mountain near Queanbeyan.
Zeus, a Great Dane, Boerboel cross, was first to hear the pig and broke free of his harness to chase it. When Ms Vodvarka finally found him, he was being attacked by a wild boar. "It was almost as big as the dog... the pig was almost the same weight and height. It was huge," she said. "It was attacking the dog, the dog was attacking it. Instinct for me was to not let anything happen to the dog. I didn't want anything to happen to him. So I've stepped in and started to try and push the pig away. In doing that the pig's got aggressive towards me and has started running at me." In the 30-minute scuffle that followed, Ms Vodvarka desperately tried to get her dog away from the pig. At one point Ms Vodvarka wrapped herself around the dog in bear hug to protect it, but the pig kept coming at both of them.
"All I could do was stand there screaming at the dog to come to me. But he just wouldn't listen. About five minutes after that... two people came over the hill," she said. The two men were able to call Zeus away, and the pig eventually left too. "I don't know what would have happened to be honest, I have no idea... I don't know what I could have done in that situation," she said. One of the men drove Ms Vodvarka home and later took her to hospital, where she was given a serious dose of antibiotics. "They cleaned the wound peroxide and then stitched me up," she said. "And then sent me home with antibiotics, a Tetanus shot and a syringe full of antibiotics pumped into my veins... I was in quite a lot of pain for about a week." Ms Vodvarka said Zeus escaped the encounter unharmed.
Queanbeyan City Council has since hired a licensed specialist to search the area and remove the animal. The council's manager for environment and health Natasha Abbott said the woman was extremely upset by incident. "The lady involved was quite shaken by the ordeal," she said. "Council is urging those who walk Mt Jerrabomberra and people who occupy houses that may back on to the reserve to take care." Ms Abbott said as a safety precaution, walkers on Mount Jerrabomberra should keep to the roads and keep their dogs on a leash at all times. "If you come across a feral pig, please do not approach it," she said. How the pig came to be on the mountain was unclear. "This is the first report of its kind that council has received in recent memory," Ms Abbott said. The council said warning signs would be erected until the area was deemed safe again. Feral pig sightings should be reported to Queanbeyan City Council, with the time and location of the sighting.

American Tourist Pays $50,000 To Kill, Behead, Skin Treasured African Lion

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