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Friday, August 7, 2015

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Today in History

1782 General George Washington authorizes the award of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat.
1864 Union troops capture part of Confederate General Jubal Early’s army at Moorefield, West Virginia.
1888 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia receives a patent for the revolving door.
1906 In North Carolina, a mob defies a court order and lynches three African Americans which becomes known as "The Lyerly Murders."
1916 Persia forms an alliance with Britain and Russia.
1922 The Irish Republican Army cuts the cable link between the United States and Europe at Waterville landing station.
1934 In Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the govenment can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.
1936 The United States declares non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
1942 The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift lands on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This is the first American amphibious landing of the war.
1944 German forces launch a major counter attack against U.S. forces near Mortain, France.
1964 Congress overwhelmingly passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, allowing the president to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces.
1966 The United States loses seven planes over North Vietnam, the most in the war up to this point.
1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth. The mission to the moon had marked the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
1973 A U.S. plane accidentally bombs a Cambodian village, killing 400 civilians.
1976 US Viking 2 spacecraft goes into orbit around Mars.
1981 The Washington (D.C.) Star ceases publication after 128 years.
1984 Japan defeats the United States to win the Olympic Gold in baseball.
1987 Presidents of five Central American nations sign a peace accord in Guatemala.
1990 Operation Desert Shield begins as US troops deploy to Saudi Arabia to discourage Iraq’s Saddam Hussein from invading that country as he had Kuwait.
2007 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks Hank Aaron’s record with his 756th home run. Bonds’ accomplishments were clouded by allegations of illegal steroid use and lying to a grand jury.

America: You’re 100% wrong about showering

Credit: Shutterstock
America, why do you scrub away your natural scent? Why do you douse yourself in chemicals each morning? Why do you waste so much water? Why do you equate a lack of odor with an absence of filth? Is it your cleanliness-next-to-godliness delusions?

Israelis Threaten Their President With Death For Condemning The Burning Alive Of A Palestinian Baby

Israel's version of our wingnuts
Israelis Threaten Their President With Death For Condemning The Burning Alive Of A Palestinian Baby (IMAGES)
To quite a few Israelis, that Palestinian baby deserved to be burned to death.
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Report Reveals What Obamacare Does To Hospital Bills

Featured image by Will O'Neill. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89355994@N05/8136434824/It seems that Obamacare is having an interesting effect on unpaid hospital bills.

This Subway Sandwich Artist Quit Her Job For The Most Humane Reason Ever

This Subway Sandwich Artist Quit Her Job For The Most Humane Reason Ever (IMAGES)
If only more people looked at the homeless as, well, people.
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Americans are dying from contaminated food — but Congress doesn’t care

Woman takes a bite out of a bad apple (Shutterstock)
A sweeping food safety reform bill was passed five years ago, but not a single new rule has yet been implemented — and people continue to die.

Big food wants you to believe these 7 products are healthy

They're not—and their supposed benefits are readily available in actual food.

Pat Robertson: If You Watch Dirty Movies, You’ll Be Possessed By Demons

From the "Land of Dementia" Department: 
Pat Robertson: If You Watch Dirty Movies, You’ll Be Possessed By Demons (VIDEO)
This man should be in a mental institution, not on television.
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Cabal Behind Planned Parenthood Hoax Repeatedly Broke The Law, Under Investigation

Group Behind Planned Parenthood Hoax Repeatedly Broke The Law, Under InvestigationThis just goes to show how absolutely crazy and completely unethical the anti-choice camp really is. Wonder what will come out next?

Inside the NSA’s 9/11 cover-up

Newspaper article shows photo of Osama bin Laden (Thomas Hawk/Flickr)
General Hayden told a lie -- and it’s a whopper.

This 'christian' Nutjob Warns Us Of The Terrible Truth Surrounding The Large Hadron Collider

From the "Batshit Crazy" Department:
Image via screen captureSome great discoveries have come from the Large Hadron Collider, including the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, thought to be the particle holding...

Police award free pizza coupons to citizens caught obeying the law

The Denver Police Department have launched an initiative that rewards people for courteous actions, helping others and obeying the law with free pizza coupons.
The "You got Caught Doing Something Right" program was launched on Wednesday.
Police Chief Robert White said: “This is a program that we think is extremely important and doing the right thing is something that a lot of times people don’t get acknowledged for.”

YouTube link.
Officers on foot, Segways and bicycles in the downtown area have been handing out the cards.

Sandwich Shop Robber Walks off in Disgust after Teen Employees Just Ignore Him

Can you believe this place? The customer service at this Subway is so pathetic that they won't even look at a robber standing right in front of the staff, demanding money.
The inadequate customer service training came in handy a few days ago. A man walked into a Subway sandwich shop in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was wearing a plastic shopping bag over his face as a mask. He walked up to the counter and told the lackadaisical teenagers "working" there to hand over their money.
They just ignored the robber. NBC News reports:
When he demanded money at the counter Tuesday, "the two teenage employees did not respond to the suspect," they said.
The man — who looks exasperated in security camera video of the incident — "became agitated and mumbled something under his breath as he walked out of the business," police said.
He should come back later and complain to a manager.

Man attempted to chew off fingerprints in bid to avoid identification

A man is under arrest in Lee County, Florida, despite his attempts to chew off his own fingerprints in an attempt to not be identified. The Lee County Sheriff's Office says detectives spotted a 2015 Mercedes which had been stolen and stopped the vehicle.
Detectives discovered that the driver, 20-year-old Kenzo Roberts, was using a fraudulent ID, had a concealed firearm, and possessed three fraudulent credit cards, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office.
As Roberts was being detained in the back of the patrol vehicle, surveillance video shows him attempting to remove his own fingerprints by chewing them off and rubbing them against the cage. The ploy wasn't successful though, as a fingerprint scanner quickly identified Roberts.

LCSO says he has two felony warrants for his arrest out of Broward County for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Roberts has been charged with three counts of possession of a counterfeit credit card, grand theft auto, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of similitude of a driver's license, driving while license suspended, and false identification given to law enforcement. Border Patrol was also contacted and found that Roberts was in the US illegally.

Amy Schumer Teams Up With Chuck Schumer To Tackle Gun Violence Once And For All

Amy Schumer Teams Up With Chuck Schumer To Tackle Gun Violence Once And For All (VIDEO)
“These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you they will not be my last.”

For-profit detention centers force undocumented immigrants to work for $1 a day

Image: Detained woman in handcuffs (Shutterstock.com)
U.S. family detention facilities — which are often run by private companies — are coming under fire for putting undocumented immigrants to work for little or no pay.

Pregnant woman shot in the eye in California road rage attack

Handgun in man's pants (Shutterstock)"It’s unclear why someone in the suspect’s vehicle resorted to an act of violence," Fresno County Sheriffs officials said in a statement.

Anti-Gay Bigot Gets Ass Kicked After Attacking Gay Couple Who Graduated From West Point

Image via United States Military Academy West Point
A homophobic man physically assaulted a married same-sex couple in New York. What he didn’t know was that both men graduated from West Point and...

London Bar Owner Sent To Prison For Killing Wealthy American Man He Thought Was Homeless

London Bar Owner Sent To Prison For Killing Wealthy American Man He Thought Was HomelessHe acted as if his actions were justified because he thought the victim was homeless.

Woman arrested before swallowing drugs

A Georgia woman who was arrested on outstanding warrants on Friday was charged with drug possession after she allegedly tried to eat crack cocaine in front of drug agents.
48-year-old Linda Blank of Douglas was in custody when drug detectives and K-9 officers noticed her chewing what turned out to be a small amount of crack cocaine.
Authorities were able to stop Blank from swallowing the crack and eventually recovered the drugs from her mouth, the Coffee County Sheriff's Office said.
Blank, who was arrested on a bench warrant stemming from theft by shoplifting charge, now faces a charge of possession of cocaine.

Jerk Cop Punishes Disabled Children By Shackling Them At School

Jerk Cop Punishes Disabled Children By Shackling Them At School (VIDEO)
It is stated in the lawsuit that the cop was holding a 9-year-old girl’s handcuffed arms over her head, while she was kneeling – a “pain compliance technique that is dangerous for children.”

New Jersey Cop Critically Injures 61-Year-Old Grandmother During Traffic Stop

Featured image credit: video screen capture  via WABCA cop slammed this 100 pound grandmother onto the pavement, fracturing bones and knocking out her teeth. Her injuries were so severe that she had to be put on a breathing tube and placed into a medically-induced coma.

Massachusetts Police Department Gives Higher Scores To Applicants Who Vow Not To Arrest Fellow Officers For DUIs

Kansas cop goes off on fuck-filled rant, threatens to arrest man for asking him a simple question

A Kansas sheriff’s deputy has apologized after being suspended for going off on a profanity-laced tirade and threatening to arrest a man for asking a simple question about a property dispute incident in his neighborhood.

Dine Underwater in the Maldives

Visitors to the Maldives can have a unique, underwater dining experience in high style at Subsix restaurant. To get to the destination, diners take a speedboat ride over a reef to a location less than 2000 feet offshore. Upon arrival, they descend a three-tier staircase lit with Italian chandeliers and surrounded by elaborate cabinetry and mirrors. The décor of Subsix is themed around the reef setting, complete with chairs designed to look like anemones, capiz shells draped from the ceiling and chandeliers reminiscent of coral. Diners sit near large windows that allow them to feast their eyes on 90 coral reef species and a vast array of marine life as they feast on their cuisine inside. Regular sights include parrotfish, moray eels, grouper, butterflyfish, damselfish and a Hawksbill turtle.
Learn more about Subsix and see more gorgeous photos at its designers' website, Poole and Associates.
Via Contemporist | Images: Poole and Associates

The Caves of Xanadu

Here’s the story of how two ordinary guys discovered an extraordinary cave and, vowing to protect it, kept it a secret for 14 years.
One Saturday in 1974, two young men affiliated with Southern Arizona Grotto, a spelunking, or “caving,” group based in Tuscon, Arizona, were out exploring, looking for new caves near the Whetsone Mountains. Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen traveled about an hour outside of Tucson, where they were roommates at the University of Arizona. As they often did, Tufts and Tenen carried only the minimum amount of caving equipment they needed: two miners’ hard hats with gas carbine lanterns affixed to the top, some rope, hammers and chisels, and snacks.
Tufts had been introduced to spelunking by an uncle, and on this day he wanted to explore an area he’d first seen seven years earlier, when he was still in high school. He recalled a large sinkhole with a narrow crack descending into bedrock. On a recent walk, he’d rediscovered the sinkhole and also noticed that the U-shaped hill next to the sinkhole had what appeared to be a collapsed cave entrance. He wondered whether there was something interesting under the hill.
Tufts and Tenen found the spot and lowered themselves into the 15-foot-deep sinkhole, a dry and dusty space with a skull and crossbones carved in one wall. They found footprints, a couple of broken stalactites (mineral formations, or “dripstones,” that hang like icicles from the ceiling of a cave), and a 10-inch-wide crack. But most important, they noticed a breeze moving through the crack— a moist, warm breeze that carried the smell of bats, a sure sign of an interesting cave.

Amazing Underground Wonders From Around the Globe

As humans, we tend to focus on the world we can see -that which is hidden underground is often forgotten about all together, but this great Travel and Leisure article shows the beauty and wonder that often hides right under our feet.
From salt mines to underground rivers and from crystals taller than some homes to crypts adorned with human remains, the article shows how fascinating the world below us is.

Unarmed Armadillo Stands Ground Against Texas Gun Nut, Wins Duel

Image via Wikimedia
Apparently, one of the best ways to stop an idiot with a gun is an armor-clad armadillo.

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