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Sunday, August 9, 2015

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Today in History

480 BC The Persian army defeats Leonidas and his Spartan army at the battle Thermopylae, Persia.
48 BC Julius Caesar defeats Gnaius Pompey at Pharsalus.
1483 Pope Sixtus IV celebrates the first mass in the Sistine Chapel, which is named in his honor.
1549 England declares war on France.
1645 Settlers in New Amsterdam gain peace with the Indians after conducting talks with the Mohawks.
1805 Austria joins Britain, Russia, Sweden and the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia in the third coalition against France.
1814 Andrew Jackson and the Creek Indians sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving the whites 23 million acres of Creek territory.
1842 The Webster-Ashburn treaty fixes the border between Maine and Canada’s New Brunswick.
1859 The escalator is patented. However, the first working escalator appeared in 1900. Manufactured by the Otis Elevator Company for the Paris Exposition, it was installed in a Philadelphia office building the following year.
1862 At Cedar Mountain, Virginia, Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson repels an attack by Union forces.
1910 The first complete, self-contained electric washing machine is patented.
1930 First appearance of the animated character Betty Boop ("Dizzy Dishes").
1936 Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in track and field events at the Berlin Olympics.
1941 President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. The meeting produces the Atlantic Charter, an agreement between the two countries on war aims, even though the United States is still a neutral country.
1944 Fictional character Smokey the Bear ("Only you can prevent forest fires") created by US Forest Service and the Ad Council.
1945 The B-29 bomber Bock’s Car drops a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
1965 Singapore expelled from Malaysia following economic disagreements and racial tensions; becomes independent republic.
1969 Charles Manson’s followers kill actress Sharon Tate and her three guests in her Beverly Hills home.
1971 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
1974 Gerald Ford is sworn in as president of the United States after the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
1975 First NFL game in Louisiana Superdome; Houston Oilers defeat New Orleans Saints 13-7.
1979 England’s first major nude beach established, at the seaside resort of Brighton.
1992 Twenty-fifth Olympic Summer Games closes in Barcelona, Spain.
1999 Russian president Boris Yeltsin fires his prime minister and, for the fourth time, fires the entire cabinet.
1999 The Diet of Japan establishes the country’s official national flag, the Hinomaru, and national anthem, "Kimi Ga Yo.".

Underwater 'Stonehenge'

A mysterious Stonehenge-style monolith sheds new light on the earliest civilizations in the Mediterranean basin.

Earth News

Hawaii could see more hurricanes and tropical storms like Guillermo in its vicinity thanks to the influence of global warming. 
NASA satellites have sent back a detailed view of rain and snow across the U.S. so far this year. It shows the West's drought and Plain's epic rains.
Even with deep cuts in CO2 emissions, it's probably too late to reverse the warming of the oceans so far, new studies conclude.

Camouflaged man lurks in bushes to catch dog mess offenders

A man angered by owners not clearing up after their dogs is dressing in camouflage and hiding in bushes in the hope of catching them in the act.
Andrew Hawes, from Leiston, Suffolk, plans to take photos of the culprits and publish the pictures online if they refuse to clear up the mess. Mr Hawes said he would pass the details to police once offenders are identified. Lorry driver Mr Hawes, will use 10 days of holiday hiding in bushes around Leiston.
"If I have to go to court to explain my actions, if it's saving a child from getting dog mess in their eye and going blind through disease, so be it," he said. Mr Hawes, who believes his experience as a deer stalker will help his pursuit, said the sight of the mess previously made him cry.
"If they don't clear up after their dog I'll pop out of the hedge and say, 'excuse me, could you please clean up after your dog? You're being filmed - if you clean up the film will be deleted straight away - if not you'll be reported to the police' - as long as the person isn't about 7ft tall."
There's a short video here.

Woman tried to transport Shetland pony from Germany to Czech Republic in Fiat Panda

A woman from Lower Saxony in Germany was stopped by police on Tuesday for trying to carry a Shetland Pony out of the country in the boot of her Fiat Panda.
The horse owner from Bad Bentheim had already carried the pony around 100 kilometers (60 miles) when police noticed her unusual passenger.
Officers stopped the car close to Hanover and after opening the boot, freed the animal from its tiny enclosure. Despite the woman having covered the car boot with straw, it was far from an appropriate means of transport.
The woman had been heading to the Czech Republic with the animal, but was forced to cut the journey short. Officers took the pony to the police station in nearby Bad Oeyerhausen. It's not yet known whether the woman will be charged with a violation of the Animal Protection Act.

Why The Long Face?

Researchers Compile Directory Of Horse Facial Expressions
A horse doesn't have to pull a long face, it has one already. But it can and does look down its nose at you. It can be insistent, if not a nag. Horses are expressive, but those who want to decipher their expressions have a few hurdles yet to jump.
Scientists at the University of Sussex have compiled a directory of facial expression in one of humanity's oldest four-legged friends. Their Equine Facial Action Coding System has identified 17 discrete facial movements in horses that may indicate mood or intention or just bafflement.

Sheepdogs herding ducks display team boosts farmer's fortunes

A Welsh farmer’s idea to use his sheepdogs to herd ducks rather than sheep has helped keep farming alive in his family. Meirion Owen is flying high thanks to his Quack Pack display team, featuring border collies and farmyard birds. The 53-year-old’s intelligent and agile dogs can get a flock of Indian runner ducks to go through all kinds of obstacles.

Mr Owen, whose late father Ifor was a sheep farmer before him, now gets more than 130 bookings a year. He said: “My father and grandfather were both good with sheepdogs and I just followed the family tradition. We used them on the farm as well as taking part in competitions.
“The idea behind the Quack Pack came when I was asked to put on a display to promote sheepdogs and we decided to use a small bantam hen and six ducklings rather than sheep. The dogs love working any kind of livestock. Most people think they only herd sheep, but they’ve always played a role in helping return the poultry to a locked pen each night - so the fox can’t get at them. So as well as being a bit different, using birds for a display rather than sheep was easier in terms of transport.

“I was surprised at how well it took off. I didn’t expect it to be such the success that it has been,” said the father-of-one, who lives in Rhos Yr Hafod, Carmarthenshire, with wife Glenda. Mr Owen, who has nine dogs and 90 ducks, has his dogs at his beckoned call thanks to a special whistle, which is used to make four different sounds. “I’m very lucky because farming is not what it used to be. This farm wouldn’t sustain a living on it’s own and like most farmers I’ve had to diversify.”

Animal News

Two frogs are among the most venomous in the world, a scientist accidentally discovers after suffering a painful encounter with one of the deadly amphibians. 
The roughly 10-foot-long (3 meters) creature didn't have tusks as walruses do today but instead sported moderate-sized upper canines.
If you think your life's bad, consider a spider that's turned into a zombie, brainwashed into building a home, and then killed when the job's done.

Animal Pictures

How One Mysterious Medical Case Helped Map The Brain

On April 11, 1861, Dr. Pierre Broca examined a man in the surgical wing of the Bicêtre hospital near Paris. The 51-year-old patient, Louis Leborgne, had gangrene all along his right leg, his entire right side was paralyzed, and he was nearly blind.
When Broca asked about the origin of the man's illness, the patient answered, 'tan, tan,' with a wave of his left hand. It was the only thing he could say. Strangely, though, his mouth, tongue, and voice box were in working order. His hearing was good, and he understood what other people were saying. Doctor Broca wanted to find out what happened.

A Woman Confronts Homeless Man After What She Saw – Then This Happened

A Woman Confronts Homeless Man After What She Saw – Then This Happened (IMAGES)
One woman just couldn’t keep driving past this poor homeless man after seeing what he had with him. Now an entire nation is being inspired.

White Supremacist Blows Off His Leg Making Bombs In His N.Y. Garage

Karma’s A B*tch: White Supremacist Blows Off His Leg Making Bombs In His N.Y. Garage (IMAGES)
A former Niagara County, New York corrections officer and current white supremacist blew off his own leg two weeks ago while making bombs in his home....

Historical Revisionist Exposed By 8th Grader: ‘No Irish Need Apply’

Photo CC by PattieOne young woman proved that a noted historian was trying to erase the Anti-Irish sentiment from the history of the United States.

This Study Is Intentionally Left Blank

The phrase 'This Page Is Intentionally Left Blank,' common in all areas of publishing, has been found in peer reviewed academic articles costing $30 to access. To the best of our knowledge, this paper represents the first known review of Intentionally Blank Pages.
We looked at the variations in samples from the existing literature, and quantified the amount of blankness on such pages using a new metric, the 'Blankness Defect Rate.' After showing that most blank pages are defective, we suggest a number of alternatives, factually correct or less ambiguous. Then we offer some possible explanations for this phenomenon.

No action taken against man after he promised to stop snoozing in his coffin in public

A man walking his dog on Sunday evening alerted police to the fact that a black coffin was lying in the middle of a public parking place.
When police arrived at the scene in the town of Zirndorf in northern Bavaria, Germany, they discovered a 26-year-old man inside the coffin.
But far from being a corpse, he was merely trying to get some sleep. The man explained that he had recently bought the coffin
He added that he'd refurbished it to make it comfortable for sleeping in. After he promised to stop sleeping in his coffin in public spaces the police decided to take no further action.

Woman unhappy with housing association who won't fix hole in floor as her house is too messy

A woman from the Whitley suburb of Reading in Berkshire has been left with a hole in her floor after her housing association refused to fix it because the house was too messy. Maria Birkett, 49, contacted Affinity Limited and asked them to mend a hole in the floor of her hall at her home. But when two workmen from Wates Group, sent by Affinity, attended the house they refused to mend the floor because they claimed "the property was not in a fit state to work in". A building services manager from Wates' and a housing officer from Affinity Limited then arrived after being notified and agreed with the workmen's' original assessment.
Ms Birkett said: "Two gentlemen came round to do repairs on a hole in the floor just outside my bathroom door. But they refused to do it because they said my house needed sorting out and tidying up. I couldn't find the key for the front door so I let them in the back. I asked for ID and they refused saying they were from Affinity. The housing officer then came round because the two workmen put in a complaint. She barged in and said I needed to sort out the washing up on the side, tidy the house and sort out the garden. She also tried to say that my house smelt and I told them that it is just cat litter." She added: “It just needs a little tidying up really.
“All they needed to do fix the hole just outside the bathroom door. There was nothing stopping them from doing it. The hole is so big that I could fall and break my neck. I have been living in a council house for 20 years, paying rent and council tax. All I want is my floor to be fixed." In response to Ms Birkett's claims, Affinity issued a statement which read: “We raised a job for our repair team to fix a hole about the size of a fifty pence piece in the hall floor. On arrival the workers were unable to go through the front door and had to access the property from the back door. Miss Birkett showed them the hole and they advised her that she would need to clear the area if they were going to be able to complete the job.
“Wates operatives carried out a dynamic risk assessment as the property was not in a fit state to work in and they advised Miss Birkett of the issues accordingly. The repair team advised they could not undertake any works, apologized and informed the tenant that she would be contacted by her housing officer. Wates’ Building Services Manager and an Affinity housing officer, were called by the repairs team who advised them of the situation. They then visited the property and agreed that the property was not in a fit state for the repairs to be safely carried out. It went on: Miss Birkett was offered some assistance with making the house suitable for the work to be done. Once the property has been cleaned, Wates will return and carry out any necessary repair works”.

Unlicensed Florida plastic surgeon faces charges for leaving patient with 1-inch, ‘mutilated’ penis

Image: Mug shot of Mark David Schreiber (Broward County Sheriff's Dept)His aide blamed the victim for what had happened, saying “he was responsible for his own situation because of his own vanity in wanting a larger penis.”

Taxi driver banned after allegedly asking women to urinate in back of his cab instead of paying

A Glasgow taxi driver has been banned from the road following allegations he asked female passengers to urinate in the back of his cab. The 55-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had his license withdrawn by licensing chiefs after a complaint from Police Scotland.
It is claimed by the police that in April the man picked up a female passenger in the early hours on the city’s Queen Street before driving her to an unknown destination. It is alleged he told her he would waive the fare if she relieved herself in the black taxi. The passenger is said to have refused and later reported the incident to Police Scotland.
The force then claimed in late June, again in the early hours, he picked up a lone female outside a licensed premises in the Glasgow’s Virginia Street where he is then alleged to have driven her to an unknown location and offered a free fare if she urinated in the taxi. Again, the passenger refused and was dropped off in the city center. She too made a complaint to the police. The driver has since been reported to the procurator fiscal under sections four and seven of the Sexual Offenses (Scotland) Act 2009 in relation to both incidents.
No trial date has yet been set. As part of his bail conditions he is prevented from driving a taxi or private hire car. Police Scotland had requested the immediate suspension of his license last month, with a meeting on Monday to decide how long this should be extended, if at all. During the licensing committee hearing, the driver said he would be pleading not guilty and asked that his license be suspended only for a further four weeks. He said he mainly worked night shifts as his wife was pregnant and needed his assistance at home during daytime hours. He claims to have been a cab driver for 20 years and had never been in trouble.

Man accused of beating former girlfriend with 2-foot long summer sausage

Police arrested a man from Butler, Pennsylvania, on Monday, accused of clubbing a former girlfriend with a 2-foot-long beef stick during a weekend domestic dispute. Jesse J. Eaton, 20, is in the Butler County Prison on misdemeanor assault and other charges. Eaton showed up between 4 and 5am on Saturday at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and began beating on the windows.
He eventually got inside the 21-year-old woman’s home, according to court documents. She told police that Eaton began shouting and breaking pictures frames and a wooden coffee table. He allegedly slapped and pushed the woman before the altercation took an unusual turn. “He started hitting her with a large beef stick,” documents said.
Police said the summer sausage measured about an inch in diameter and was in its package. The victim’s older sister eventually arrived at the apartment. That 24-year-old woman told investigators that she saw Eaton choking her sibling. She said she tried to call 911 but he took the telephone out of her hands and threw it, according to a police affidavit.
 He is accused of grabbing the older sister by the shoulders and slamming her against a wall. Eaton had gone by the time officers got there. Police subsequently got an arrest warrant for him. He was arraigned on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct, and placed in the prison on $2,500 bail. A preliminary hearing was not immediately scheduled.

Woman struck another woman with ashtray after man declined to have sex with her

Police in Florida say a woman began throwing items from the yard at a man because he declined to have sex with her. Officers arrived to the home in Fellsmere to investigate a report of a physical disturbance with medical treatment required.
At the scene, officers learned that the victim and her male companion were changing a tyre in the driveway when Amber Baldwin began throwing items that she found lying in the yard at the man. The man told police that Baldwin was throwing items at him because he declined to have sex with her earlier when she propositioned him.
Baldwin allegedly stopped throwing things at the man and went into the house. The victim said when she and her male companion had finished changing the tire, they entered the house as well. Once they entered, the victim alleges that Baldwin threw a glass ashtray at them, striking the victim on the top of the head.
The woman required medical treatment for her injuries. Another witness arrived on scene and told police she observed Baldwin pulling the victim's hair and characterized what she saw as "an all out altercation." The homeowner declined to be interviewed by police. Baldwin was arrested for misdemeanor battery, transported to the hospital for her injuries, then to the Indian River County Jail.

Microsoft Follows Netflix’s Lead, Increases Paid Parental Leave And Then Some

(Image courtesy of Pixaby composite)
Now, if some such perks would trickle down to blue collar Americans, as well…

Unwed Professor Asks 'christian' University For Maternity Leave, Gets Pink Slip Instead

Unwed Professor Asks Christian University For Maternity Leave, Gets Pink Slip Instead When you’re a 'christian' university, many cost-cutting measures are available to you than to others who do not enjoy the convenience of being a delusion-based...

Children Were Disqualified From A Basketball Tournament For Having Girls On Their Teams

Children Were Disqualified From A Basketball Tournament For Having Girls On Their Teams
Do you think young girls and boys should be allowed to play on the same team?
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Youngsters defy bylaw and keep selling worms from their front lawn

A family from Cornwall, Ontario, Cornwall, is defying a city order to stop two young brothers from selling worms on their front lawn. Clayton, 8, and Kristopher Cadieux, 10, started their business last summer, digging up worms and selling them as bait for $2.50 per dozen. But after a complaint from a neighbour, the brothers received a note from the city saying they were breaking a bylaw and had to shut down their business. The mayor of Cornwall, Leslie O'Shaughnessy, explained that the bylaw requires all personal business sales be conducted within the home, without outdoor signage. "It's similar to most bylaws in most municipalities," O'Shaughnessy said.

Cop Who Got A Whole 4 Years For Murdering An Unarmed Black Man Wants His Sentence Cut

Cop Who Got A Whole 4 Years For Murdering An Unarmed Black Man Wants His Sentence CutThis New Orleans Cop thinks the four years he agreed to so his cold-blooded murder could be called manslaughter is too harsh.

Self-proclaimed vigilante 'The Renegade' hasn't actually solved any crimes

A self-styled vigilante who claimed to have helped solve hundreds of crimes hasn’t assisted the police once. The anonymous man, who calls himself The Renegade, said he had been working to protect the public from dangerous criminals for two years. He claimed he rides a motorbike to fight crime, protecting the public from knife crime and gang warfare. “I protect the public from dangerous criminals,” he said. “I protect the vulnerable and the weak. I use an array of gadgets and an array of vehicles. I had a girlfriend a few years ago. She was killed by a hit and run driver and three men just sped away from the scene.
“That’s when I decided that I would prevent that from happening to anyone else by stopping criminals. These people are dangerous and they need to be behind bars.” The Renegade, who said he operates out of a special laboratory in his garage, added: “I don’t think it’s the police’s fault that they don’t have the manpower. Government have made a lot of cuts. I don’t think the police have the resources any more to tackle the issues that the public are concerned about like knife crime and gang crime. I provide the police with information. I watch from the shadows. I don’t intervene unless it’s absolutely necessary.
“I don’t take the law into my own hands unless lives are at stake. I’m trying to send a message to the gangs and the people who think they can hurt the innocent and get away with it. They can’t.” However, 'The Renegade', who said he lives near Nuneaton, Warwickshire, but in fact lives in a Leicestershire village, fabricated a number of claims about his activities. It’s understood he does plan to tackle criminals in the area - but isn’t currently able to because he has no bike and works in the evenings. A friend of 'The Renegade' said: “He is a good person and he wouldn’t hurt anyone - he just doesn’t know what he is doing.
“He wanted The Renegade to be a symbol of good and he wanted to be a role model for kids so they would look up to him.” The friend says even though he has yet to start fighting crime he does plan to start helping people - once he can get a bike. He has since de-activated his Twitter account after a number of users started criticizing him. One even unearthed early tweets sent by the Renegade to two accounts asking what he needed to do to get involved in the pornography industry. Others suggested images of vehicles he claimed to use had been stolen from YouTube. The Renegade’s friend also acknowledged concerns the pint-sized would-be vigilante, who is around 5ft tall, could be seriously injured if he actually tackled a violent criminal.

San Francisco Cyclists Protest Police Crackdown By Obeying The Law To The Letter

Featured image creator unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Critical_Mass,_San_Francisco,_April_29,_2005.jpg#/media/File:Critical_Mass,_San_Francisco,_April_29,_2005.jpgPolice crackdowns are often knee-jerk reactions, instead of well-thought out solutions. Here’s what can happen when they don’t think these things through first.

Man arrested by undercover detectives after attempting to carjack unmarked police car

A knife-wielding Florida man who attempted a carjacking on Thursday night quickly discovered that the vehicle he targeted was an undercover police car occupied by a pair of armed plainclothes detectives.
Dominique Albert, 27, allegedly approached the car on a St. Petersburg street at around 9:45pm and yanked open the passenger door. Albert then leaned into the auto while holding a steak knife in his right hand. While Albert’s would-be victims were initially startled by the interloper, they quickly rallied.
“Police!,” shouted Detective Daniel Torok from the driver’s seat as he drew his handgun and leveled it at Albert, who “turned and fled on foot.” Torok and his partner then chased after Albert, who dropped his knife during the pursuit. When the officers caught up with Albert, he “fought police with violence, but was finally taken into custody after a lengthy fight.”
Albert, who allegedly continued to struggle after being handcuffed, stopped resisting after a backup officer “deployed his Taser.” A search of Albert turned up two other “large, fixed blade knives,” police reported. Charged with carjacking, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, all felonies, Albert is locked up on $170,000 bond.

Family's swimming pool popped out of ground following heavy rain

A swimming pool popped out of the ground in Florida on Monday morning.
A family heard cracking noises and called 911 after seeing what happened to their pool, which was no longer in the ground.
The building inspector called it a “popped pool.” The inspector said the house is safe except for the home’s porch.

The home in Holiday, Pasco County, has been hit hard by heavy rain recently. Some areas were under an evacuation order on Monday.