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Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Today in History

331BC Alexander the Great decisively shatters King Darius III’s Persian army at Gaugamela (Arbela), in a tactical masterstroke that leaves him master of the Persian Empire.
1273 Rudolf of Hapsburg is elected emperor in Germany.
1588 The feeble Sultan Mohammed Shah of Persia, hands over power to his 17-year old son Abbas.
1791 In Paris, the National Legislative Assembly holds its first meeting.
1839 The British government decides to send a punitive naval expedition to China.
1847 Maria Mitchell, American astronomer, discovers a comet and is elected the same day to the American Academy of Arts—the first woman to be so honored. The King of Denmark awarded her a gold medal for her discovery.
1856 The first installment of Gustav Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary appears in the Revue de Paris after the publisher refuses to print a passage in which the character Emma has a tryst in the back seat of a carriage.
1864 The Condor, a British blockade-runner, is grounded near Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
1878 General Lew Wallace is sworn in as governor of New Mexico Territory. He went on to deal with the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and write Ben-Hur. His Civil War heroics earned him the moniker Savior of Cincinnati.
1890 Yosemite National Park is dedicated in California.
1908 The Ford Model T, the first car for millions of Americans, hits the market. Over 15 million Model Ts are eventually sold, all of them black.
1942 The German Army grinds to a complete halt within the city of Stalingrad.
1943 British troops in Italy enter Naples and occupy Foggia airfield.
1944 The U.S. First Army begins the siege Aachen, Germany.
1946 Eleven Nazi war criminals are sentenced to be hanged at Nuremberg trials—Hermann Goring, Alfred Jodl, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachin von Ribbentrop, Fritz Saukel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher, and Alfred Rosenberg.
1947 First flight of F-86 Sabre jet fighter, which would win fame in the Korean War.
1949 Mao Zedong establishes the People’s Republic of China.
1957 "In dog We Trust" appears on US paper currency as an act to distinguish the US from the officially atheist USSR.
1958 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) replaces the 43-year-old National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in the US.
1960 Nigeria becomes independent from the UK.
1961 The Federal Republic of Cameroon is formed by the merger of East and West Cameroon.
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson debuts; Carson will remain The Tonight Show host until 1992.
1964 The first Free Speech Movement protest erupts spontaneously on the University of California, Berkeley campus; students demanded an end to the ban of on-campus political activities.
1964 Japanese "bullet trains" (Shinkansen) begin high-speed rail transit between Tokyo and Osaka.
1971 Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, the second of Disney’s "Magic Kingdoms."
1971 First CT or CAT brain scan performed, at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
1974 Five Nixon aides–Kenneth Parkinson, Robert Mardian, Nixon’s Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell–go on trial for conspiring to hinder the Watergate investigation.
1975 Legendary boxing match: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manila."
1979 US returns sovereignty of the Panama Canal to Panama.
1982 First compact disc player, released by Sony.
1989 Denmark introduces the world’s first "civil union" law granting same-sex couples certain legal rights and responsibilities but stopping short of recognizing same-sex marriages.
1991 Siege of Dubrovnik begins in the Croatian War of Independence.
2009 The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over judicial functions of the House of Lords.

Essential Survival Skills We've Lost From Our Ancient Ancestors

Amanita phalloides, also known as the Death Cap mushroom, is extremely toxic to humans. Consumption of as little as 30 grams of the fungus can result in death. | Image: Ak ccmWhile humans have learned new skills in modern times, such as how to operate a selfie stick, we have lost a number of proficiencies throughout the ages that our ancient ancestors needed to thrive in their lifetimes. The linked article at i09 highlights and discusses six such skills with the input of Klint Janulis, an anthropologist completing his doctorate in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Oxford.
One such skill modern peoples no longer have is the knowledge of what in nature is edible and medicinal. According to Janulis, such detailed knowledge would have been passed down from generation to generation. He says,
“That accumulated knowledge of the plant world not only was specific to each ecosystem, but would have contained the nuances of conditions, appearance, and preparation that those of us who study survival and ethnobotany can’t hope to fully replicate without that generational knowledge guiding us,”
The article continues,
Today, the best thing we have when confronted with a similar situation is the so-called “universal edibility test.” This rather imperfect test involves the graduated introduction of a given plant to the body in a series of steps. It starts by placing the plant on the skin, and then introducing it to an abraded area, then lips, tongue, and finally a small amount of consumption. Between each step, the person is supposed to wait and assess their reaction to the plant. “This method is debated as some plants have chemicals that have a delayed onset reaction and it may take much more time for the toxins to harm you than the test allows, particularly with fungus,” says Janulis.
In regards to medicine, it’s worth noting that some degree of self medication has been observed in other primates as well. It’s likely that humans have been doing this for eons.
Read about other survival skills we've lost to our ancient ancestors here.

The Eye-Opening Video Exposing Big Pharma – Hiking Drug Prices Isn’t Anything New

The Eye-Opening Video Exposing Big Pharma – Hiking Drug Prices Isn’t Anything NewThe monsters who run these companies literally have no soul and NEED to be exposed.

Train flasher banned from wearing shorts on public transport

A man has been banned from traveling in shorts after exposing himself on board a train. Mark Thompson, 48, of Wimbledon, south west London, was on a train from Epsom to London Victoria when he exposed himself to four women. five had boarded the train at Epsom. Thompson was sat across the aisle from the women, who noticed that he had a bag on his lap and was wearing shorts exposing himself on Saturday, April 18. He was identified from CCTV and arrested on July 21. Thompson was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months at City of London Magistrate’s Court.
He was also banned from traveling in shorts or anything that exposes bare skin below the knee, and told he cannot travel on public transport unless using an Oyster or touch card. Thompson must also participate in a sex offenders program, be placed on a sexual harm prevention order and register with Wimbledon police station for seven years.
Detective Constable Andrew Parkinson of the British Transport Police said: “Thompson made the journey for these women extremely uncomfortable. I would like to commend the women in this case for telling us about this incident, and encourage others to follow their example. The message is clear unwanted sexual behavior is not acceptable. If you commit an offense, we will do everything in our power to bring you to justice.”

Shots fired after man led police on slow-speed chase while driving stolen combine harvester

At around 9:46pm on Tuesday evening, officers were called to an area near Ellinwood, Kansas. When they arrived at the scene, they found an abandoned vehicle in the roadway. It was located and impounded by deputies. Shortly after, calls came in saying someone was driving a combine harvester nearby in a reckless manner. The combine harvester was reported weaving from ditch to ditch on U.S. 56 highway.

Professor Insists Single Mom Bring Toddler To Class When She Can’t Find A Babysitter

Professor Insists Single Mom Bring Toddler To Class When She Can’t Find A Babysitter (VIDEO)When a single mother told her professor she could not make it to class because the babysitter canceled, this teacher insisted she bring her child with her. Bravo, sir.

Horrified Mother Finds Her Special Needs Child Wearing A Trash Bag At School

Horrified Mother Finds Her Special Needs Child Wearing A Trash Bag At School (VIDEO)
What kind of teacher worth her salt does this?
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Texas day care accused of filming fight club for 4-year-olds

Boy with black eye- Shutterstock
‘Get up, Grayson, get up and fight'

2 children imprisoned nightly for more than a year by parents were subjected to ‘deplorable conditions’

Each night for more than a year, two children in Riverside County, Calif., were locked inside a room and barred from even using the bathroom, authorities said.

NYC cops question woman over T-shirt with Arabic writing as she walks dog past 9/11 Memorial

A New York City photographer said she was stopped and questioned by police about her T-shirt, which had Arabic writing printed on it, as she walked her dog past the 9/11 Memorial.

Chicago Cops Turned Off Dashcam, Threatened, Falsely Arrested Misconduct Investigator

Chicago Cops Turned Off Dashcam, Threatened, Falsely Arrested Misconduct Investigator: LawsuitWhen police realized who this man was, and what his job was, the dashcam went dark and the abuse got worse.

Bystander Video Shows Delaware Police Executing Paralyzed Black Man

Featured image credit: video screen capture via John Horse on youtubeBystander footage shows four white Wilmington, Delaware police officers open fire on a 28-year-old Black nursing home resident, who was paralyzed from the waist down.

Quick Hits

Accused Miami marijuana grower says it was for wife's cancer
Ohio man charged with threatening mosque attendees
Racist mob in Finland attacks bus full of refugees with rocks and fireworks
Parents' anxiety will likely be passed on to their kids
Indianapolis cop may have been drunk when his police car fatally struck pedestrian

Man And Wolfdog Go On Grand Adventures Together And Post The Pics To Prove It

Some dogs want to spend their lives by our sides, to experience this adventure called life with their human best friends and make sure they never miss out on a tasty moment.
But most dogs won't get to experience life this way because it's simply too hard to take them with us everywhere we go, so they get left at home.
Outdoor enthusiast Kelly Lund wasn't content to leave his beautiful dog Loki at home while he traveled, so he started taking the massive wolfdog with him and snapping beautiful pics of the moments they share together in the wild.
Loki and his human don't dig the indoor life, and their restlessness will surely keep them camping out under the clear sky for years to come, and hopefully Kelly will keep snapping wonderful pics to share via Loki The Wolfdog's Instagram!

Man says Brad Pitt film is scaring his chickens

Livestock including cattle, hens and horses were “terrified” by what sounded “like a war going on” during filming of a Hollywood movie. The film, lost City of Z, is being shot on location near Ballygally in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, by Brad Pitt’s production company, plan B. Local resident Jason McKillion says that livestock had been “terrified” by the noise. “It started last Monday with bangs, gunfire and small explosions. Then on Tuesday the bigger explosions started,” he said. “The explosions shook the house and windows and the boom echoed through the glen.
“My neighbors horses were in the field near the film set and they went spare, trying to jump the ditches. On Wednesday, there was another explosion and my animals went daft. The chickens were squawking and the dog was outside, barking and shaking. I went to Larne and when I came back the dog was shivering under a chair and the hens had all gone. Then I heard there had been another explosion while I was out. I was sitting outside and the chickens had just come back when there was another explosion, even louder than the last. Another neighbors cow and calf jumped the hedge and the cows were bellowing in fear.
“On Friday morning, it sounded like a war was going on, and later there was another explosion. My neighbor was feeding bulls in the field when it happened. They stampeded and knocked him and the feeding trough over.” Jason said he believes residents should have been notified in advance in order to care for their livestock. “There wasn’t a single notification about this, which would have been common courtesy,” he claimed. “I support companies filming here, but they need to keep local people in the loop. If we had a schedule, we could put the animals into barns. At the minute we are on tenterhooks.”
Jason said he and neighbors were not aware there was to be filming in the area until news of it appeared on Facebook. He added: “It’s great they are filming here: it’s just the disruption it has caused, and we know nothing about it.” He added: “It’s totally agricultural here, totally tranquil. There’s never a sound and that makes it more disruptive as the animals aren’t used to the noise and they just went hysterical. This is supposed to be an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and tranquility. It was madness for a week and we don’t know if filming is finished yet.” An NI Screen spokeswoman said that she would contact the film’s production team and LA publicist over the concerns.

Cow appeared to moo in disgust after man urinated in front of police officers

Police say a cow on Midsummer Common, Cambridge, appeared to moo in disgust after a man urinated in front of officers in the city park.
Officers in the city have described on Twitter how a man was arrested on suspicion of drunk and disorderly conduct on the common. Police were "checking on the welfare" of the man when the incident unfolded.
Officers tweeted: "Male was arrested this evening on Midsummer Common for bring D&D (drunk and disorderly) after urinating in front of Officers checking on his welfare."
A second tweet added: "His behavior didn't go down well with a resident cow of the Common who appeared to 'moo' in disgust as he was taken away." 
A 38-year-old man from Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in Midsummer Common on September 22. He was taken to Parkside police station.

Koala survived being hit at 100km/h and wedged in car's grille with just abrasions

A koala became wedged in the grille of a car traveling at 100 kilometers per hour (60mph) in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. The koala was hit on the South Eastern Freeway and remained stuck until the driver arrived home some ten kilometers down the road. Driver Loren Davis said she hit the koala where it was dark "with no street lights". "I didn't see the koala until my headlights found it but I couldn't change lanes because another car was there [on the inside lane]. I slammed my brakes on but another car was behind me, so there was no choice but to hit the koala."
Ms Davis said she pulled over after both cars had passed but could not see the koala in the dark. "I drove home, feeling upset that I'd killed a koala. Once I got home and pulled into the garage I turned on the light to see the damage. I turned around, saw a koala and just screamed." Ms Davis said she thought the koala was dead and ran inside to tell her fiance and his son. "When they called out and said, 'he's alive', I was teary, thinking of this poor koala in the front of the car." Ms Davis said the koala seemed quite "with it" and growled every time they drew close. They were able to push a blanket underneath its arm and the koala used it to pull himself out of the grille.
"We backed my car out and closed the garage door to let him rest in there. We didn't want him to wander off until we'd seen he was okay." Fauna Rescue of South Australia volunteer and koala hotline operator Don Bigham said the owners of the car talked about calling the Country Fire Service to remove the koala. Because it would take him 40 minutes to get to the house, Mr Bigham suggested they call the Royal Automobile Association. "But fairly quickly, the koala got out," Mr Bigham said. "They had closed the [car] garage when they got home, so they had it [contained].
"When I got there it was sitting on gym equipment with some obvious minor abrasions." The koala was taken to a vet where x-rays and a further examination was undertaken. Despite the ordeal, the koala was mostly uninjured, suffering only abrasions. "The koala has come home with us and probably in the next day or so it will be going back home," Mr Bigham said. Koalas are a regular occurrence on Adelaide Hills' roads and often display a casual disregard for traffic conditions. "They don't behave in an extremely bright manner sometimes," Mr Bigham said. "They walk down the middle of the road, [even] sit on roads."

Dog rescued after falling 600 feet from cliff suffered just a scratch on his nose

Three search-and-rescue teams saved an "incredibly lucky" 2-year-old dog that was apparently uninjured after falling some 600 feet from the side of a cliff in the San Gabriel Mountains in northern Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday. The dog was hiking on the Sam Merrill Trail when he slipped and fell, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dan Paige said.

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