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Sunday, October 25, 2015

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Today in History

1415 An English army under Henry V defeats the French at Agincourt, France. The French had out numbered Henry’s troops 60,000 to 12,000 but British longbows turned the tide of the battle.
1760 George III of England crowned.
1854 During the Crimean War, a brigade of British light infantry is destroyed by Russian artillery as they charge down a narrow corridor in full view of the Russians.
1916 German pilot Rudolf von Eschwege shoots down his first enemy plane, a Nieuport 12 of the Royal Naval Air Service over Bulgaria.
1923 The Teapot Dome scandal comes to public attention as Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, subcommittee chairman, reveals the findings of the past 18 months of investigation. His case will result in the conviction of Harry F. Sinclair of Mammoth Oil, and later Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, the first cabinet member in American history to go to jail. The scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming, involved Fall secretly leasing naval oil reserve lands to private companies.
1940 German troops capture Kharkov and launch a new drive toward Moscow.
1944 The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world’s largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters.
1950 Chinese Communist Forces launch their first-phase offensive across the Yalu River into North Korea.
1951 In a general election, England’s Labour Party loses to Conservatives. Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, and Anthony Eden becomes foreign secretary.
1954 President Eisenhower conducts the first televised Cabinet meeting.
1958 The last U.S. troops leave Beirut.
1960 Martin Luther King, Jr., is sentenced to four months in jail for a sit-in.
1962 Adlai Stevenson shows photos to the UN Security Council that prove Soviet missiles have been installed in Cuba.
1962 In South Africa, civil rights activist Nelson Mandela is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
1971 United Nations expels the Republic of China and seats the People’s Republic of China.
1983 1,800 U.S. troops and 300 Caribbean troops land on Grenada. U.S. forces soon turn up evidence of a strong Cuban and Soviet presence–large stores of arms and documents suggesting close links to Cuba.
1991 The last soldiers of the Yugoslav People’s Army leaves the Republic of Slovenia.
2009 Terrorist bombings in Baghdad kill over 150 and wound over 700.

The Google Employee Who Lives In The Parking Lot

You'd think employees working for a huge tech company like Google would earn enough money to afford an apartment at very least, but Google's main offices are located in San Francisco, one of the world's most expensive cities to live in.
So how does an employee make ends meet and keep their dream job? An employee named Brandon thinks he has the answer- stop paying rent and live in the back of a truck.
Brandon bought a moving truck for $10,000 and now sleeps in the back, eating his meals in the Google cafeteria and showering in the Google gym.
It's lacking all the comforts of home, but Brandon expects to pay off a significant chunk of his student loans this year so he's trading comfort for financial peace of mind.

Syrian Status

The U.S. and Russia have a turbulent history and despite protestations to the contrary many believe their involvement in Syria is the start of a new conflict.
A host of rebel factions seek to topple Syria's Assad regime. But finding out who America supports gets a bit murky.



Texas officials raid Planned Parenthood health centers — but won’t say why

Texas' idiot Abbott said this week “the gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed,” but so far the state has released no evidence of illegal activity by the group.

Screaming wingnuts ignite chaos at Omaha meeting on optional sex-ed class

Chaotic crowd at Omaha Public Schools sex ed meeting (Screenshot/WDAM)
An Omaha Public Schools parent meeting devolved into shouting and violence when abstinence-only agitators falsely accused district officials of not being upfront about a new sex education curriculum.

School Official Said A Shirt Was ‘An Open Invitation To Sex’

How Immigration Detention Centers Retraumatize Women And Children Fleeing From Violence

Bad Cops

A Charles County, Maryland sheriff's deputy threatens a woman with arrest after having her boyfriend arrested. [YouTube]Maryland cops arrest man and threaten his girlfriend over non-existent ‘breast feeding violation’

Drunken cupcake burglar found coated in icing

After a burglary suspect in Michigan rampaged through a house, knocking over a tray of cupcakes and other items, police had little trouble tying her to the crime.
Police found her a couple of blocks away, drunk, covered in cake and icing (frosting). Alpena Police responded early on Sunday to a report of a possible breaking and entering of a house.
The homeowner reported hearing a commotion, then found an unknown woman inside the house. The woman quickly fled. The homeowner reported that a tray of cupcakes and several other items had been knocked down or broken. Alpena Police and Michigan State Police troopers began looking in the area for the woman.
State police spotted her a few blocks from where the break-in occurred. She was described as "highly intoxicated and had cupcake frosting and cake all over her torso and legs," a police report said. The woman was taken to the Alpena County Jail on charges of unlawful entry and malicious destruction of property, Alpena police said

Donald Duck at center of police investigation

Donald Duck is at the center of a police investigation for hidden advertising on behalf of the aquarium Den Blå Planet in Denmark. A two-year-old edition of the Danish version of Donald Duck, Anders And & Co., has caught the skeptical eye of Denmark’s Consumer Ombudsman (Forbrugerombudsmanden). The November 2013 edition in question features Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie (Rip, Rap and Rup in Danish) clinging to a hammerhead shark flying high above the popular aquarium Den Blå Planet, which at that point had recently opened to the public.
Above the cover photo were the words “win with Den Blå Planet” and the aquarium’s logo. The Consumer Ombudsman said in a press release on Tuesday that the aquarium and publisher Egmont had violated the Danish Marketing Practices Act's (markedsføringsloven) rules for hidden advertising messages because nowhere on the cover did it state that the comic was an ad for Den Blå Planet. The two parties do not disagree, saying openly that the edition of Donald Duck was indeed an advertisement for the aquarium and that that should have been obvious to readers.
The ombudsman however contends that the cover of this particular edition looked similar to other issues, with imagery referring to a story within the comic – in this case, Donald’s visit to ‘Andeby Akvarium’, or “Duckburg Aquarium”. “This is in my estimation a violation of the ban against hidden advertising. Den Blå Planet and Egmont have mixed paid and editorial content together to such a degree that it is impossible for children to see that it is an advertisement. Therefore, we are reporting them to the police,” Ombudsman Christina Toftegaard Nielsen.
A spokesperson from the ombudsman’s office said that the case will now be turned over to the police, who will determine if Egmont Publishing Kids and the then-editor of Anders And & Co. should be fined and, if so, for how much. Nielsen said that the case is particularly significant since it deals with a popular comic strip aimed at kids. “There are particularly rigorous requirements for how clearly advertising should be labelled when the target group is children and young people. Since Donald Duck is a media that primarily targets children, the case is serious,” she said.



Poo Transplants

Poo transplants sound silly -- but they could save thousands of people from a deadly infection

Tattoo ink may mimic cancer on PET-CT images

Tattoo ink may mimic cancer on PET-CT images
The hit new crime thriller “Blindspot“ is about a mysterious woman, Jane Doe, who is covered in extensive full-body tattoos. If Jane Doe were a real woman who ever needed medical imaging, she might need to be concerned. In a case report published recently in the...

Dead Man Punching ...

Punching cadaver arms support the theory that men’s hands evolved, not only for dexterity, but also for fist fighting.

What if I told you ...

Medusa's Head

The marble head found at a site in Turkey was somehow spared from an early Christian campaign against pagan art.

Wood Heat

A global trade in wood pellets fuels carbon pollution while reducing the CO2 scrubbing effect of trees.

Climate Change Could Have A Massive Impact On The World’s Economy

Einstein wouldn’t like it ...

Universe (Shutterstock www.shutterstock.com)
The universe really is weird, which is bad news both for Albert Einstein and for would-be hackers hoping to break into quantum encryption systems.

El Nino and Civil Unrest

The arrival of El Nino cycles double the of risk for civil war in tropical countries, studies have found.

White Killer Dwarf

Like any crime scene, there's forensic evidence that can be used to work out who committed the deed and how it was done. This goes for 'crimes' on a cosmic scale too; particularly when a planet is being ripped to shreds by its host star.

Sunscreen Killer

A compound commonly found in the 14,000 tons of sunscreen that enter reefs annually is detrimental to coral health, research shows.

Iron Clad

Vultures are among the toughest animals on Earth, according to the first-ever reported Eurasian vulture genome.

Speedy evolution affects more than one species

Speedy evolution affects more than one species
The concept that biodiversity feeds upon itself is not uncommon in the world of evolution. The problem is a lack of hard data that shows this process to be naturally occurring. However, recent research by a team of scientists, including a Michigan State University...

Jaguar Snags A Crocodile For Lunch

It's safe to say crocodiles and jaguars are two of the deadliest, and coolest looking, predators on the planet, and they should have a mutual respect for each other due to their respective body counts.
But this hungry jaguar has no time for niceties, and he would literally kill for a crocodile sandwich.
The Russian tourist who captured this wild wildlife footage would have been much easier for the jaguar to catch and devour, but this superstar jaguar was clearly in it for the views on YouTube!

Police hunt for driver who walked dog from moving car's window

Police in Cardiff, Wales, are hunting a motorist who led a dog along a road from behind the wheel of his car. South Wales Police said the motorist was reported for animal cruelty after student Rebecca Jane Feazelle shot a video of him exercising the dog on the road without leaving the car.
Police have recovered the car but are still trying to trace its owner and the dog. Dog lover Rebecca said of the incident: “I actually felt sick. There were a few cars in front of us between us and the guy with the dog but they didn’t care. They were just overtaking it. But the dog was then wedged between the two cars and was freaking out.” Rebecca, 23, was told by police to initially contact the RSPCA over the incident in Wentloog on October 4.
Within the last few days she has been told it may not be possible to trace either the man or the dog as there was no footage of his face and Rebecca believes the car was not taxed or insured. The RSPCA said the incident showed a complete “disregard” for the dog’s welfare and put the animal and road users in danger. In a statement, the charity said: “Dog owners have a legal responsibility to help protect their pet from hazards.
"However this dog was put in a potentially very hazardous and dangerous situation.” The statement said the exercise lacked much of what a dog requires – including opportunities for toileting, investigation, exploration and interaction with people and other dogs. South Wales Police sergeant James Dowler said the car was recovered in Rumney, has been examined and inquiries are ongoing to trace the owner and find the dog. He added: “We are liaising with the RSPCA who have agreed to complete a welfare assessment on the dog should the need arise.”
You can watch the video here.

New Giant

The mellow huge reptile has been chilling out on an island in full view for thousands of years.

Animal Pictures