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Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Today in History

1035 King Canute of Norway dies.
1276 Suspicious of the intentions of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales, English King Edward I resolves to invade Wales.
1859 The first flying-trapeze circus act is performed by Jules Leotard at the Circus Napoleon.
1863 Confederate General James Longstreet arrives at Loudon, Tennessee, to assist the attack on Union General Ambrose Burnside’s troops at Knoxville.
1867 Mount Vesuvius erupts.
1903 The Lebaudy brothers of France set an air-travel distance record of 34 miles in a dirigible.
1923 Adolf Hitler is arrested for his attempted German coup.
1927 Canada is admitted to the League of Nations.
1928 The ocean liner Vestris sinks off the Virginia cape with 328 aboard, killing 111.
1938 Mexico agrees to compensate the United States for land seizures.
1941 Madame Lillian Evanti and Mary Cardwell Dawson establish the National Negro Opera Company.
1944 U.S. fighters wipe out a Japanese convoy near Leyte, consisting of six destroyers, four transports and 8,000 troops.
1944 The German battleship Tirpitz is sunk in a Norwegian fjord.
1948 Hikedi Tojo, Japanese prime minister, and seven others are sentenced to hang by an international tribunal.
1951 The U.S. Eighth Army in Korea is ordered to cease offensive operations and begin an active defense.
1960 The satellite Discoverer XVII is launched into orbit from California’s Vandenberg AFB.
1968 The U.S. Supreme Court voids an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools.
1971 President Richard Nixon announces the withdrawal of about 45,000 U.S. troops from Vietnam by February.
1987 Boris Yeltsin is fired as head of Moscow’s Communist Party for criticizing the slow pace of reform.
1990 Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan.
1990 Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, publishes a formal proposal for the creation of the World Wide Web.
1996 A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 collides with a Kazakh Illyushin II-76 cargo plane near New Delhi, killing 349. It is the deadliest mid-air collision to date (2013) and third-deadliest aircraft accident.
1997 Ramzi Yousef convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
2003 The first Italians to die in the Iraq War are among 23 fatalities from a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base in Nasiriya, iraq.
2003 Shanghai Transrapid sets a new world speed record (311 mph or 501 kph) for commercial railway systems.

Non Sequitur


Cargo Ship Cruises

When your cruise involves sharing space with iron ore and shipping containers, it's going to be memorable.

Kids' Games Played by Adults

Grown-up versions of classic games can be a lot more fun than when we were little.

The power of magical thinking

The power of magical thinking: Why superstitions are hard to shake
The power of magical thinking: Why superstitions are hard to shake
When sports fans wear their lucky shirts on game day, they know it is irrational to think clothing can influence a team’s performance. But they do it anyway. Even smart, educated, emotionally stable adults believe in superstitions that they recognize are...

It's All An Hallucination

Hallucinations are more common than you might imagine, and you don't even have to be on drugs or be in a psych ward to have them.

Cruel McDonald’s Employee Lures Homeless Guy With Hamburger, Throws Water On Him

Cruel McDonald’s Employee Lures Homeless Guy With Hamburger, Throws Water On Him (VIDEO)
Many are calling for the employee’s termination.
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Federal judge orders NSA to stop collecting and searching plaintiffs' phone records

leon United States District Judge Richard Leon has affirmed his 2013 ruling and has ordered the NSA to stop collecting phone records belonging to J.J. Little and his firm J.J. Little & Associates, P.C., and to segregate all the records collected to date so that they aren't searched.
The NSA's legal authorization to continues the program is set to expire in 20 days anyway, and the ruling only applies to two plaintiffs but the judge's wording in his decision can be easily applied to future plaintiffs, suggesting that if Congress were to re-authorize bulk phone collection, Americans would be able to get court orders banning the practice.
United States District Judge Richard Leon issued the order in Klayman v. Obama, a case in which EFF appeared as amicus curiae. Judge Leon ruled in December 2013 that the program was unconstitutional because it violated the 4th Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches. But the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit sent the case back to him when it held that the plaintiffs in the case did not have standing to sue because they were Verizon Wireless customers, not Verizon Business Network Services (VBNS) customers, and the latter is the only provider the US government has acknowledged participated in the program. The plaintiff then amended the complaint and added two more plaintiffs, J.J. Little and his firm J.J. Little & Associates, P.C., both of which are long-standing VBNS customers.
Judge Leon found that these two new plaintiffs had standing to sue the NSA both over the past phone records collection as well as the ongoing collection. He then issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from further collection and querying of their records that had already been collected.

Peru's New National Park

The park has an estimated 3,000 species of plants and animals, many of them found nowhere else in the world

Pyramid Anomaly

A peculiar temperature difference is detected within the Great Pyramid, suggesting a cavity may lie inside.

Climate Shifts

The past shows how abrupt climate shifts affect Earth
The past shows how abrupt climate shifts affect Earth
New research shows how past abrupt climatic changes in the North Atlantic propagated globally. The study, led by researchers from Center for Ice and Climate at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute, shows how interaction between heat transport in...

Earth News

It's a feedback loop in which mountains simultaneously alter the climate. 
Recent studies suggest that global warming will alter how Autumn will look.

Powerful Bang

The explosion in a distant galaxy cluster is ongoing and has been continuing for the last 100 million years.



Link Dump

600 ft. Rope Jump –  Oh, Hell No!

Paleontology News

The find contains 'unparalleled' fossilized feathers and skin, anatomical features that aren't usually preserved in dinosaur remains.
Fossils reveal a rat that was 10 times the size of today's variety.

Animal News

Thanks to a natural genetic mutation, a new breed of felines straddles the line between house cat and werewolf.
The giant whale species is a rare sight in Oregon's waters.

Animal Pictures