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Friday, August 21, 2015

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Today in History

1129 The warrior Yoritomo is made Shogun without equal in Japan.
1525 Estavao Gomes returns to Portugal after failing to find a clear waterway to Asia.
1794 France surrenders the island of Corsica to the British.
1808 Napoleon Bonaparte’s General Junot is defeated by Wellington at the first Battle of the Peninsular War at Vimiero, Portugal.
1831 Nat Turner leads a slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia that kills close to 60 whites.
1858 The first of a series of debates begins between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Douglas goes on to win the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gains national visibility for the first time.
1863 Confederate raiders under William Quantrill strike Lawrence, Kansas, leaving 150 civilians dead.
1864 Confederate General A.P. Hill attacks Union troops south of Petersburg, Va., at the Weldon railroad. His attack is repulsed, resulting in heavy Confederate casualties.
1915 Italy declares war on Turkey.
1942 U.S. Marines turn back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru.
1944 The Dumbarton Oaks conference, which lays the foundation for the establishment of the United Nations, is held in Washington, D.C.
1945 President Harry S. Truman cancels all contracts under the Lend-Lease Act.
1959 Hawaii is admitted into the Union.
1963 The South Vietnamese Army arrests over 100 Buddhist monks in Saigon.
1968 Soviet forces invade Czechoslovakia because of the country’s experiments with a more liberal government.
1972 US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched.
1976 Mary Langdon in Battle, East Sussex, becomes Britain’s first firewoman.
1976 Operation Paul Bunyan: after North Korean guards killed two American officers sent to trim a poplar tree along the DMZ on Aug. 18, US and ROK soldiers with heavy support chopped down the tree.
1986 In Cameroon 2,000 die from poison gas from a volcanic eruption.
1988 Ceasefire in the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq.
1989 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune.
1991 Communist hardliners’ coup is crushed in USSR after just 2 days; Latvia declares independence from USSR.
1994 Ernesto Zedillo wins Mexico’s presidential election.
1996 The new Globe theater opens in England.
2000 Tiger Woods wins golf’s PGA Championship, the first golfer to win 3 majors in a calendar year since Ben Hogan in 1953.
2001 NATO decides to send a peacekeeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Scientists find evidence of prehistoric massacre in Europe

by Frank Jordans
Photo released Monday Aug. 17, 2015 by researcher Christian Meyer shows the fractured skull of an about eight-years-old child with a digital mark (3cm=1.18 inch) to show the size. The perimortem cranial injury in the frontal bone of the child that lived in the Stone Age was found on skeletal remains in a grave near Frankfurt, Germany, that bear signs of terrible violence some 7,000 years ago, rare evidence, scientists say, of a massacre among Europe’s prehistoric people. (Christian Meyer via AP)
Scientists say they have found rare evidence of a prehistoric massacre in Europe after discovering a 7,000-year-old mass grave with skeletal remains from some of the continent's first farmers bearing terrible wounds.
Archaeologists who painstakingly examined the bones of some 26 men, women and children buried in the Stone Age grave site at Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten, near Frankfurt, say they found blunt force marks to the head, arrow wounds and deliberate efforts to smash at least half of the victims' shins — either to stop them from running away or as a grim message to survivors.
"It was either torture or mutilation. We can't say for sure whether the victims were still alive," said Christian Meyer, one of the authors of the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Meyer said the findings from Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten bolster theories put forward after the earlier discovery of two other grave sites in Germany and Austria. At all three sites, the victims and the perpetrators appeared to have been from the Linearbandkeramik — or LBK — culture, a farming people who arrived in central Europe about 5,500 B.C. Their name derives from the German phrase for "linear band ceramics," a reference to the style of their pottery.
Intriguingly, the sites have all been dated toward the end of the LBK's 600-year presence, suggesting that members of this culture — which is thought to have developed in what is now Hungary and spread along the Danube River — may have turned on each other.
"It's about finding patterns. One mass grave was spectacular, but it was just a single grave. But when several such sites are found from the same period, then a pattern emerges," said Meyer.
Photo released Monday Aug. 17, 2015, by researcher …In their article, the authors suggested that "the new evidence ... in conjunction with previous results, indicates that massacres of entire communities were not isolated occurrences but rather were frequent features of the last phases of the LBK."
Chris Scarre, an archaeologist at the University of Durham, England, who wasn't involved in the study, said its conclusions seemed well supported by the evidence.
"What is particularly interesting is the level of violence. Not just the suppression of a rival community — if that is what it was — but the egregious and systematic breaking of the lower legs," said Scarre. "It suggests the use of terror tactics as part of this inter-community violence."
Meyer, an anthropologist at the University of Mainz, Germany, said nobody can say for sure what prompted the killings so long after the fact. But it's possible to put forward theories, based on what's known about the LBK culture and the conditions they faced. For example, the end of LBK culture coincided with a period of climate change.
"The LBK population had expanded considerably, and this increases the potential for conflict," said Meyer. "Also, the LBK were farmers, they settled. So unlike hunter gatherers, who could move away to avoid conflict, these people couldn't just escape. Add to this the fact that there may have been a period of drought that constrained resources, causing conflicts to erupt."
Meyer said the theory of conflict between different groups within the LBK is supported by the existence of an apparent ancient border near the Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten site. Archaeologists have found that flint was traded on either side of the divide but not necessarily across it — suggesting the two groups did not see each other as kin, he said.
The attackers, however, spared some members of the group, with victims skewed toward young children, adult men and older women.
"It's likely that the young women, who are missing in the grave, were kidnapped by the attackers," said Meyer.

Two Women Make History By Passing Army’s Elite Ranger School

And The Sexists Attack
Sexists Attack: Two Women Make History By Passing Army’s Elite Ranger School (IMAGES)
Sexists are refusing to believe these two women made it through Army Ranger school and are creating sick rumors about it.

Non Sequitur


Sesame Street Sells Out

It Just Became Inaccessible To The Children Who Need Them Most
Sesame Street Sells Out – Just Became Inaccessible To The Children Who Need Them MostDon’t worry, Big Bird hasn’t been killed, he just moved to the Upper East Side…

Local Officials Have Pushed To Criminalize Homelessness For Years. The Feds Are Starting To Push Back

Poverty Is A Weapon Of Mass Destruction

Poverty Is A Weapon Of Mass Destruction

Connecticut Inspects 25 Nail Salons, Shuts 23 Down Over Wage Abuse

Spending More On U.S. Medical Research Hasn't Led To New Cures

What's Going Wrong?

Colorblind man moved to tears after special glasses allow him to enjoy his first sunset

Aaron Williams-Mele (Screenshot/YouTube)

Redheads’ health is different than the rest of us

Redheaded Woman(Shutterstock www.shutterstock.com)
Natural-born redheads have a biology unlike any other. It’s the rarest hair color in the world, and with it comes a unique set of health consequences.

Grieving husband has planted four-and-a-half miles of sunflowers in honor of his late wife

About 400 acres and hundreds of thousands of glorious blossoms glisten beneath the golden sun on Highway 85 in Wisconsin. A few miles southwest of Eau Claire, where corn and soybeans normally kiss the edges of the road, now stands a 60-foot-wide sunflower strip – four-and-a-half miles long. They sway in memory of a woman who shone as bright as the light to which the flowers stand in attention.
"They're just like a big yellow smile. And my mom was always smiling," says daughter Jennifer White On November 17th, Babbette Jaquish died after her battle with multiple myeloma, a form of leukemia. "She was really sick when she was first diagnosed. They gave her two weeks to two months to live if she didn't respond to the chemotherapy at that time," said White.
During her fierce fight with cancer, Babbette's husband, Don, began planting her favorite flower on their property. "Her dream was to take the sunflowers that we raised, and it's start to finish, and sell them and donate a portion of the proceeds to cancer research and also helping families with expenses involved in cancer treatment," said White.

Don and Jennifer are nurturing that dream with Babbette's Seeds of Hope. A simple but substantial tribute for a selfless woman. Don doesn't own all of the land where the sunflowers were planted. He said he was amazed at people's willingness to allow him to plant on their property in Babbette's honor. The family will cut, clean and bag the flowers, which will be sold through local retail stores in the area.

Quick Hits

Louisiana school threatens to boot first-grader from school over autistic behaviors
Shorter moms may be at higher risk of having a preemie
Arizona man pleads not guilty to beheading wife, killing dogs

Horrific anonymous essay details doctors sexually abusing unconscious patients

"I was just standing there trying to learn. The guy was a dirtball. It still pisses me off."

Couple surprised after waking up to find naked Irishman in their bed

A couple from the Maroubra suburb of Sydney, Australia, woke in the middle of the night to find a naked Irishman in bed with them at their home. Katie woke shortly before 2am on Monday to find a man she did not know in bed with her and her partner Chris.

Uganda Bans ‘Bride Price’ Reimbursement In Fight Against Domestic Abuse

‘Houseparents’ at 'christian' camp for at-risk children arrested for sexually molesting teens

Michael Paul Magill, 30, and Jennifer Nicole Magill, 32, who work at the 'christian' Children’s Ranch, were last arrested last Friday for molesting two teenage girls.

Student Was Raped Once, Now College Is Doing It Again By Demanding Her Complete Sexual History

Student Was Raped Once, Now College Is Doing It Again By Demanding Her Complete Sexual HistoryA student who was raped is suing the school. Now the college wants to see her entire sexual history! Yet another way to blame the victim.

Parents Shocked By How Easy It Is For A ‘Sexual Predator’ To Trick Their Daughters

Texas man arrested for luring college students into prostitution

Texas man arrested for luring college students into prostitution

Bully Cop Throws Harmless 61-Year-Old To The Ground For Singing In Public

Bully Cop Throws Harmless 61-Year-Old To The Ground For Singing In Public (VIDEO)
It seems that singing in public in Allentown, PA will get you assaulted by police. That is what happened to Jim Ochse. Luckily, it was filmed.

14 Cops Heroically Tackle, Abuse One-Legged Homeless Black Man, Fist-Bump To Celebrate

14 Cops Heroically Tackle, Abuse One-Legged Homeless Black Man, Fist-Bump To Celebrate (VIDEO) We don’t have a problem with police brutality in America. We have an epidemic. Last Monday, Chaédria LaBouvier published her account of yet another...

Islamic Leaders Call For Phasing Out Global Fossil Fuels

U.S. Announces Plan To Rein In Methane Pollution

Runaway circus elephant visited flea market

An elephant livened up a flea market in the Netherlands on Sunday after escaping from a nearby circus and joining visitors for a browse. Buba the elephant was filmed casually strolling through the market, in the Dutch town of Noordwijkerhout.
Trunk waving, the female elephant walked among the stalls as bewildered shoppers give her a wide berth. She had reportedly escaped from a nearby circus. "My heart did go a bit faster," said Alice de Groot.
Ms de Groot said Buba did not appear frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings. "(When her carer arrived) he called Buba, and the elephant turned around and went like a tame lamb with him," she said.

Circus Freiwald spokesman Gerard Guiking said the 40-year-old playful pachyderm refuses to be fenced in. "She's never fixed and bears no collar. We cannot stop her," he said. "She loves children and super sweet. She really is like a dog who goes sometimes to walk."

Wizard of Id


Chest-beating wizard banned from wildlife park after his chanting upset the gorillas

A self-proclaimed wizard from Christchurch, New Zealand, has been banned from Orana Wildlife Park after he began chanting and beating his chest at the gorillas.

13 baby alligators stolen from petting zoo

Hot Springs police are looking for two suspects who broke into the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo wearing masks, stealing 13 baby alligators and stuffing them into their bags. Manager Jamie Bridges who has grown up on the farm just wanting answers to know if his gators are safe. "We're a sanctuary for gators," Bridges said.
It's an attraction first opening in Hot Springs in 1902. "In 1945 my grandfather bought it," Bridges added. It's a place Bridges and his family can share their love for gators to all who visited. "We just enjoy animals, enjoy alligators and its been good to us," Bridges said. All year guests visit the farm for a feeding with gators, but early on Saturday morning someone took a bite out of this family business.
"Its less than two minutes and they're gone," Bridges said. In the surveillance video you can see the two suspects wearing masks breaking down the door, taking 13 baby gators, stuffing them into their bags and taking off. "They were like our babies, we treated them like babies, we didn't let anybody handle them, even my workers," Bridges said. Bridges says 12 of them were about 12 inches long and not even a year old, and the other around 3 feet.

"They just started eating real good, had gotten used to us you know, but they're gone now," Bridges said. He believes the suspects were no strangers to the farm. He filed a police report and wants them to get caught, but he wants to get his gators back. "I think word will get out and maybe we'll get them back. I hope," Bridges said. If not, he just wants them to be safe. "I just hope if they did get them that they take them where somebody will take care of them," Bridges said.

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