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Monday, October 19, 2015

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Today in History

439 The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
1216 King John of England dies at Newark and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
1448 The Ottoman Sultan Murat II defeats Hungarian General Janos Hunyadi at Kosovo, Serbia.
1466 The peace of Torun ends the war between the Teutonic knights and their own disaffected subjects in Prussia.
1739 England declares war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The War is known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins.
1781 Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington and Count de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Va. Cornwallis surrenders 7,157 troops, including sick and wounded, and 840 sailors, along with 244 artillery pieces. Losses in this battle had been light on both sides. The Revolutionary War is effectively ended.
1812 Napoleon Bonaparte begins his retreat from Moscow.
1848 John "The Pathfinder" Fremont moves out from near Westport, Missouri, on his fourth Western expedition–a failed attempt to open a trail across the Rocky Mountains along the 38th parallel.
1864 At the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., a narrow victory helps the Union secure the Shenandoah Valley.
1873 Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers universities draft the first code of football rules.
1914 The German cruiser Emden captures her thirteenth Allied merchant ship in 24 days.
1917 The first doughnut is fried by Salvation Army volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I.
1942 The Japanese submarine I-36 launches a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew report on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft is lost at sea.
1949 The People’s Republic of China is formally proclaimed.
1950 The North Korean capital of Pyongyang is captured by U.N. troops.
1954 Egypt and Britain conclude a pact on the Suez Canal, ending 72 years of British military occupation. Britain agrees to withdraw its 80,000-man force within 20 months, and Egypt agrees to maintain freedom of canal navigation.
1960 Canada and the United States agree to undertake a joint Columbia River project to provide hydroelectric power and flood control.
1973 President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.
1987 In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U. S. navy disables three of Iran’s offshore oil platforms.
1988 British government bans TV and radio interviews with members of Irish political group Sinn Fein and 11 paramilitary groups.
1989 The 1975 conviction of the Guilford Four overturned by British courts; the 4 men had been convicted in the 1974 Guilford pub bombings.
2003 Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II for her work among "the poorest of the poor" in India.
2005 Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s trail for crimes against humanity begins in Baghdad.

The Scream found in freshly plank of wood

Erling Vindfjell was sawing planks for a house he is building near Seljord, three hours west of Oslo in Norway, when he spotted a manifestation of Edvard Munch's The Scream.
His family have since named the accidental artwork “The Scream in the Forest” and are aiming to conserve it for posterity.
“We want to keep it somewhere where no one can get hold of it. It must surely be treated as an art object,” his daughter-in-law Gunn Helga Vindfjell said.
She said that she did not believe there was any cosmic significance to the find. "I’m not superstitious, so I don’t think there’s anything strange about it," she said. "But I expect that some people will think that."

Town can breathe sigh of relief after backwards apostrophe caused cheese and wine shop worry

The Bishop's Cave, a cheese, wine and craft beer shop due to begin trading in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, is still on track to open next month, one of its co-owners has assured.
There were fears on Friday morning that the father and son behind the venture may have got cold feet, after the shop sign, which went up on Tuesday, had been taken down.
However, it turns out Steve Leak, 52, and Dan, 27, are simply making sure everything is perfect for their opening. Dan said: "There was a very small problem with it.
"We noticed that the apostrophe was backwards. It'll be back up in no time at all." The new food outlet, which has caused a clamor of excitement among local residents, is still set to open on November 14.



KKK Member Harassed A Woman On Twitter, So Anonymous Killed Their Web Sites

KKK Member Harassed A Woman On Twitter, So Anonymous Killed Their Web Sites (SCREENSHOTS)
A Klansman chose the wrong person to mess with — a liberal blogger who happens to be friends with some members of Anonymous.

A 'christian' doomsday cult’s excuse for why the world didn’t end as they predicted

Is there a bigger P.R. headache than failing to accurately predict the end of the world?

Papa John’s Franchisees Pay Out Half A Million In Wage Theft Settlement

Four Papa John's Franchisees in New York City have agreed to a 500,000 dollar settlement to pay back 250 employees whose wages were stolen.…

Texas Judge Refuses To Give Immigrants’ Children Birth Certificates

Texas Judge Refuses To Give Immigrants’ Children Birth Certificates
This decision will negatively affect countless families.

Why Isn’t Clinic Vandalism Considered Domestic Terrorism — Abortion Rights Group Demands Answers

Why Isn’t Clinic Vandalism Considered Domestic Terrorism — Abortion Rights Group Demands AnswersHow in the world these people think pro-life means bombing clinics is beyond me.

State Laws Are Reaching Into The Exam Room To Interfere With Doctors And Their Patients

“My Dog, My Dog, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?” Couple Asks As They Head To Prison

by John DeProspo
  Many innocent lives have been lost throughout the ages as a result of religious delusions. An Oregon couple is now headed to prison for the death of their newborn because their faith does not allow them to believe in doctors.
An Oregon State Supreme Court Judge has ruled “faith healing” is no substitute for medical care. The couple, Dale and Shannon Hickman, who had been found guilty of manslaughter in the death of their newborn son in 2011, will now be held in separate state penitentiaries until at least January 2018.
Dale and Shannon Hickman, as members of the Oregon-based followers of christ cult, believe in “faith healing” and not in traditional medical care. When their premature son was born at home, weighing just 3 pounds, 7 ounces, they chose not to go to the hospital but to pray over the dying baby and “anointed” his head with oil.
If the Hickmans had phoned 911 as soon as their son was born, one state doctor estimated that he “would have had a 99 percent chance of survival.”
The most troubling aspect of this story is not the much-hyped clash between religious delusions and the law. No, it is between deeply held religious delusions and common sense.
As of February 2015, 39 states and the District of Columbia have “laws providing that parents or caretakers who fail to provide medical assistance to a child because of their religious beliefs are not criminally liable for harm to the child.” In addition, federal law does not require parents to provide medical treatments to children that are against their religious beliefs.
The fact is, Oregon only completely removed its own religious exemptions for such cases in 2011 as a direct response to infant deaths among the followers of christ. The legislation passed unanimously.
But striking down this exemption came too late for many children born into the small fundamentalist sect. Reports have claimed that as many as 78 children and 10 women have died among the “faith healing” believers … all deaths during childbirth.
Dale and Shannon Hickman will have plenty of time to think about why their god forsook them and their infant son at their hour of need.
It is truly incredible to think that in 2015,  in 39 states, the Hickmans would have been allowed to walk free!

Girl honored after her stick-figure sketch helped police catch suspect

11-year-old Rebecca DePietro was honored in Stratford, Connecticut, on Thursday night for some detective work that helped officers solve a string of burglaries on her street.
It all started when her family got a knock at the door a few months ago from a Stratford police officer who wanted to know if they had seen anything or anyone suspicious. “I was like, yeah I can draw a picture of him,” DePietro said.
“It wasn’t like the best picture, it was just a head and some legs and I thought oh he’s probably just going to crumple it up and throw it out.” However, police took the doodle seriously, superimposing the picture and matching it up with a picture of the suspect. They say it helped them catch the suspect, who has since confessed to 10 burglaries in the area, including the break-in at DePietro’s home.
“It was kind of like payback like you did this and my daughter’s drawing kind of resolved the issue,” Paul DePietro said. Police say the drawing not only helped them make an arrest, but also recover some of the items the suspect stole. “For us to take that sketch and match it up, it was remarkable,” Stratford Police Chief Patrick Ridehour said. “Maybe she’s part of our next generation of detectives.”

Man wearing rollerblades accused of stealing ambulance

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, recently encountered a man wearing rollerblades who allegedly stole an ambulance after a car accident. Police say their officers responded to a crash on Oct. 11 at around 8pm. An SUV had flipped over, trapping the driver inside, and injuring five others.
As the officer was collecting information at the scene, he said he noticed the ambulance slowly moving backwards. In the police report, the officer said he began to run after the ambulance until he realized there was a man, later identified as Brandon Demarcus Moore, inside driving it backwards at a low rate of speed.
The ambulance went backwards down a hill, missing pedestrians and other vehicles. Police were able to move their patrol cars to block the ambulance, which forced the ambulance off the road where it finally crashed into a brick sign. Police say Moore refused officers’ orders to exit the ambulance so they broke the driver’s side window and forced Moore out. Officers say when they got Moore out, he was wearing rollerblades, which he used to kick them.
Police were able to get Moore to the ground and remove his rollerblades. When officers were questioning Moore about why he didn’t get out of the ambulance, he allegedly told them he was part of the "recon unit" of the fire department. Moore was arrested and taken to the Gwinnett County Jail. The ambulance sustained significant damage. Moore was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, interference with government property, obstruction of an emergency medical technician and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Man banned from pub because he wouldn't stop talking about flying saucers

A man was banned from a pub after irritating customers with his talk of flying saucers, a court heard. But when Malcolm Smithson, 30, returned to speak to the landlord of The Boltmakers Arms in Keighley, West Yorkshire, he was accused of going into the ladies toilets and began shouting and swearing.
Smithson, of Keighley, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place on September 15 when he appeared before Bradford Magistrates’ Court last week. Prosecutor Tariq Bostan told the court that Smithson was spotted by an off-duty policeman at 7.45pm outside The Boltmakers Arms, being ejected by the landlord and another male. “He was shouting and swearing,” said Mr Bostan.
“He was waving his arms around and was told to calm down, and again advised to go home. He then told the officer to’ f*ck off’ and tried to get to the landlord and the other male again.” Smithson was eventually restrained to the ground, the court heard. Representing himself, Smithson apologized to the bench for his behavior that evening. He explained: “The landlord and other customers wanted to get rid of me because I was talking about UFOs,” said Smithson.
“Basically, they didn’t like it and they accused me of going into the women’s toilets, which was not true. I was drunk and I did use threatening words and abusive words, but I was trying to get at the fact of what I was being accused of being potentially damaging to me and untrue, and I wanted a proper answer,” he told the court. “I apologize for using abusive language.” Smithson was sentenced to a conditional discharge for six months. He must also pay £150 criminal court charge, £85 prosecution costs and a £15 surcharge.

Coffee delivery man sacked after dispute with employer over having to drive 'brothel-car'

After refusing to drive the 'brothel-car' provided to him by his company, a coffee delivery man in Germany was sacked without notice - a decision he took to the employment court. Robert W. wasn't best pleased when he turned up to work to find that his bosses had plastered a huge advert across his delivery van made to look like an attractive woman frolicking around in the back of his vehicle, apparently wearing nothing but a pair of red high heels.
Robert W., who had worked for the same company for 20 years, put up with the humiliation at first. But when he was told on the next day that he had to change his grey hub caps for red ones it was all too much. The 49-year-old stormed into his boss's office to give him a piece of his mind. "I'm not driving a brothel-car like that!“ he told him. A heated exchange ensued and before he knew it Robert W. found himself out of a job - without notice.
But Mr W., from Mönchengladbach, wasn't about to take the insult lying down and fought the decision in the employment court. To add an extra layer of intrigue to the case, Robert W. told the judge that he had been made to drive the bawdy vehicle because he was gay. As proof, he pointed to the fact that none of the other employees at the firm were given vans with sexual adverts on them. In fact none of the other cars had advertising at all. But Robert W.'s ex-boss fought back against this claim.
"I don't have a problem with his homosexuality," he insisted. "The van was supposed to grab people's attention in the big cities." The court ruled that in view of the fact that Robert W. had an unblemished work history stretching back 20 years, his firing without notice was not proportional. But the court did not believe he had been mistreated because of his sexuality. The company was ordered to pay Robert W. until the end of the year at which point he can be released from his contract. Since September a different employee has been driving the van.

Student driver having last lesson before her test crashed car through front of driving school

A woman having her last driving lesson before taking her test accidentally rammed her husband's car through the front of a driving school.
Shandanu Shuklah's wife, who in her twenties, mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, crashing into the 9-1-1 Driving School in Bellevue, Washington.
His Audi lurched onto the sidewalk, smashing through part of the school's mostly glass storefront at about 8:30am on Friday.
No one was injured and the damage to the building was mainly cosmetic. Mr Shuklah says his wife will be taking her test next week.
There's a news video here.

Australians get behind proposal to change name of currency to Dollarydoos

Due to global commodity prices plummeting, the Australian economy is struggling. Now an online petition has gained over 12,000 signatures calling on the leaders of Australia's major parties to get behind a proposal to rename the currency "Dollarydoos". "This will make millions of people around the world want to get their hands on some Australian currency due to the real life Simpsons reference, driving up the value of the Australian currency," the petition's author Thomas Probst argues.
"If the leaders of this great nation have any common sense at all, they will introduce legislation to parliament to change the name of our currency as soon as possible." The term "Dollarydoos" was first uttered in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons titled "Bart vs Australia".
In the episode the Simpsons visit Australia after Bart makes a costly collect call to an Australian home to ask them which way the water spins as it drains out of their sink. When the father in the Australian household sees the enormous phone bill he screams "Nine hundred dollarydoos!" Treasurer Scott Morrison is yet to comment on whether the popular proposal has his backing.

Man stopped by police for dancing in public to face trial by jury

Steve Unger, who dances on sidewalks in Holladay and Cottonwood Heights, Utah, faced the music in court on Wednesday afternoon after some police officers on the beat apparently did not appreciate his act. Following the court appearance, he has a Nov. 18 jury trial to face disorderly conduct charges. For Wednesday's court appearance he wore a suit, saying he has never worn one before and never will again.
"What happened to me is pretty absurd," Unger said. "I'm hoping the judge issues a reprimand to the people who did this to me." Nearly every day, the 68-year-old retiree dons selections from his brightly colored wardrobe, ties a bandanna around his clean-shaven head, throws on the ear buds, plugs into his smart phone packed with tunes, and heads outdoors. He walks and dances up to 10 miles, sometimes bouncing a rubber ball as he "glides" along streets, avenues and lanes.

Children from the local junior high say hello, and passers-by in cars wave. But in late August, Unger's dancing hit a sour note. His improvised moves attracted the attention of Cottonwood Heights police, who said he was blocking traffic. A police officer was dispatched, said she observed him for a time, and then later approached with two others officers. Unger said they asked for his identification, which he initially declined to provide. He was cuffed and given a citation, charging him with disorderly conduct, failure to identify himself, and interference with an arresting officer.
"Everything I did was cooperative," Unger said. "A 160 pound, 68-year-old man is going to fight with three police officers?" Cottonwood Heights police chief Robbie Russo was in the courtroom on Wednesday and said his officers acted appropriately dealing with Unger and said there are two sides to the story of his charges. Unger said he is not "as angry as a lot of people are about it." Still, he maintained there's a "need to underline accountability for police officers." Before court, Unger said expected the case to be dismissed, adding, "If it's not dismissed, I'll ask for a jury trial."
There's a news video here.

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