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Sunday, November 15, 2015

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Today in History

1315 Swiss soldiers ambush and slaughter invading Austrians in the battle of Morgarten.
1533 The explorer Francisco Pizarro enters Cuzco, Peru.
1626 The Pilgrim Fathers, who have settled in New Plymouth, buy out their London investors.
1777 The Articles of Confederation, instituting perpetual union of the United States of America, are adopted by Congress.
1805 Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their party reach the mouth of the Columbia River, completing their trek to the Pacific.
1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike discovers the Colorado Peak that bears his name, despite the fact that he didn’t climb it.
1864 Union Major General William T. Sherman’s troops set fires that destroy much of Atlanta’s industrial district prior to beginning Sherman’s March to the Sea.
1881 The American Federation of Labor is founded.
1909 M. Metrot takes off in a Voisin biplane from Algiers, making the first manned flight in Africa.
1917 Kerensky flees and Bolsheviks take command in Moscow.
1920 Forty-one nations open the first League of Nations session in Geneva..
1922 It is announced that Dr. Alexis Carrel has discovered white corpuscles.
1930 General strikes and riots paralyze Madrid, Spain.
1937 Eighteen lawsuits are brought against the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling for its dissolution.
1942 An American fleet defeats a Japanese naval force in a clash off Guadalcanal.
1946 The 17th Paris Air Show opens at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees. It is the first show of this kind since World War II.
1952 Newark Airport in New Jersey reopens after closing earlier in the year because of an increase in accidents.
1957 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev asserts Soviet superiority in missiles, challenging the United States to a rocket-range shooting match.
1960 The first submarine with nuclear missiles, USS George Washington, takes to sea from Charleston, South Carolina.
1962 Cuba threatens to down U.S. planes on reconnaissance flights over its territory.
1963 Argentina voids all foreign oil contracts.
1965 In the second day of combat, regiments of the 1st Cavalry Division battle on Landing Zones X-Ray against North Vietnamese forces in the Ia Drang Valley.
1969 A quarter of a million anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
1976 A Syrian peace force takes control of Beirut, Lebanon.
1984 Baby Fae dies 20 days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda, California.
1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement signed by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald.
1988 Palestinian National Council proclaims an independent State of Palestine.
1990 People’s Republic of Bulgaria replaced by a new republican government.
2007 Cyclone Sidr strikes Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5,000 people.

Non Sequitur


Cop who unplugged body-cam before killing teen girl gets his job back

Screen-Shot-2015-11-12-at-3.16.59-PM (1) Albuquerque police officer Jeremy Dear was ordered to wear a body-camera after many of the city's residents complained about their encounters with him. Afterward, he routinely failed to plug in the camera. His camera was not running when he shot and killed a 19-year-old girl in 2014.
Dear was fired after the incident, but the Albuquerque personnel board gave him back his job this week, in a 3-2 vote, after Dear's lawyer argued that the city's body-cam policy was inconsistently applied.
The Albuquerque police have been singled out by the Department of Justice for "a pattern of excessive force" and the department has now agreed to require its entire force to wear body-cams.
The city's personnel board, while reinstating Dear, agreed that his punishment should be a 90-day suspension. The city is appealing the decision to the local courts and does not take force until court action is concluded.

Almost Half of America’s Workers Make Less Than $15 An Hour

The Big Struggle Is the Financial Elite vs. Everyone Else

Every argument against automatic voter registration, debunked

Register, via ShutterstockEvery argument against automatic voter registration, debunked
There simply isn’t a good case to be made against the policy.

Colorado will vote next year on single-payer health care system

'Doctor examining the X-ray next to a mother and her child' [Shutterstock]
First legalized marijuana, now universal health care?

Supreme Court Takes Up Major Test Of Anti-Choice Delusions' Strategy

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear Whole Women’s Health v. Cole next term. The case, which deals with abortion restrictions that Texas passed in 2013, represents a major test of the anti-choice movement’s long-term strategy of cutting off abortion access through inc... MORE

Fake Pregnancy Centers Will Say Some Ridiculous Things To Trick Women Away From Abortion

'Christians' unwittingly allowed Satanists to ambush Missouri’s anti-abortion laws

Religio-wingnut 'christians' who have been pushing ideologically-driven policies may have created their own demise without realizing it.



Americans Are Dieting More, Getting Fatter

What The Hell Does the Word 'Natural' Mean on Foods?

dont worry theyre all natural
WTH Does the Word 'Natural' Mean on Foods?
The FDA just decided that's an excellent question.

5 Meals That Changed History

Sometimes momentous things happen over lunch, or a casual dinner, especially when the right minds meet for a meal.
American food in the late 19th century was not very safe for eating. Syrups contained morphine. Canned peas glowed neon green. Chemical additives like borax (now ant bait) and copper sulfate (now a pesticide) were common. Dr. Harvey Wiley wanted them off America’s tables, but every bill he introduced was killed by powerful food lobbies. So in 1902, Wiley hired 12 volunteers to eat meals laced with common additives. Called “the Poison Squad,” the men were paid with three doctored meals a day. The results spurred the country’s first food-regulation laws in 1906. As for Wiley? He became the father of the FDA.

(n June 1790, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton bumped into each other outside of George Washington’s New York City home. The two chatted and decided to have dinner sometime. But Jefferson had an agenda, extending an invitation to one of Hamilton’s rivals, James Madison. Madison had been fighting to relocate America’s capital to the Potomac River. Meanwhile, Hamilton wanted to transfer state debts into federal hands—a move that would establish America’s credit. The dinner triggered a historic compromise: The federal government assumed the state debts, and Washington, D.C., became America’s capital.

Don’t tell mom, but sometimes forgetting to wash your hands before a meal is a good thing. In 1879, Ira Remsen and Constantin Fahlberg, chemists at a Johns Hopkins lab, took a break to eat. Fahlberg had been researching coal tar derivatives and, eager to catch a bite, forgot to wash his hands. Midway through his meal, Fahlberg noticed that his food was unusually sweet. Returning to the lab, he realized the taste was produced by an oxidized chemical, an artificial sweetener he later named saccharin. The sweet stuff boomed as sugar supplies dried up during both world wars. Today, artificial sweeteners are a $2 billion industry.

Oscar the Grouch might seem out of place at a posh Manhattan dinner party, but that’s where his home, Sesame Street, got its start. In 1966, television producer Joan Cooney hosted a dinner party at her New York apartment and invited Lloyd Morrisett, a well-connected exec at the Carnegie Foundation. Morrisett talked about all the junk his three-year-old daughter watched on TV. She was so addicted, she’d wake up early just to tune in to the morning test patterns! The dinner party brainstormed, wondering how to use TV’s addicting qualities for good. Within three years, that grouchy green monster was changing the way kids learn.

In 1994, Pixar was not the beloved animation studio it is today. Their first film, Toy Story, wasn’t even out yet, but the studio’s team was already wondering what it should do next. During a lunch meeting at the Hidden City Café in Richmond, California, Pixar’s animators and directors brainstormed ideas and scribbled character designs onto napkins. The doodles would bloom into four beloved features: A Bug’s Life; Monsters, Inc.; Finding Nemo; and WALL-E. A decade of projects was set after just one lunch meeting!

Pastafarian wins the religious right to wear spaghetti colander in MA state ID picture

Lindsay Miller (American Humanist Association)
A member of the atheist spoof religion Cult of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has won the right to wear a spaghetti colander on her head.

Nun disciplined after DUI arrest

A Philadelphia nun and Catholic school teacher was placed on administrative leave by the archdiocese on Wednesday after images surfaced of her failing a sobriety test.
Sister Kimberly Miller, IHM, is a faculty member at Little Flower High School for Girls in Philadelphia. On Nov. 7, Miller was allegedly driving a Ford F150 pick-up truck at around 3am when the truck backed into a Meineke Auto Shop in Turnersville, New Jersey, smashing the shop’s front door.
Police stopped the pick-up a short distance away. A passer-by captured video as an officer led the nun through a field sobriety test. Miller was later charged with driving under the influence. Sister Kimberly, a beloved teacher at Little Flower, leads a popular literary festival at the school.
Archdiocese spokesman Kenneth A. Gavin offered few details about the disciplinary action. “This action was taken following a matter that took place outside of school last Saturday morning,” Gavin said. “School families have been informed of this development and arrangements have been made to provide coverage for her classes."

Man accused of stealing toilet paper and vacuum cleaner attempted to stab police dog

A 37-year-old man accused of stealing toilet paper and a vacuum cleaner from an office in Milwaukie, Oregon, was stopped by a deputy's K9. Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies responded to the office at around 2:30am on Tuesday.
They say a suspect was spotted inside the office trying to hide, after allegedly throwing items over a nearby fence. Deputies say the suspect wouldn't come out of the building, so they sent in K9 Kilo to try to find him.
A struggled ensued between Kilo and the suspect, who attempted to stab the dog several times with a large samurai-styled knife. Deputies quickly disarmed the suspect, identified as 37-year-old TImothy Allen Nelson, and arrested him for burglary, attempted assault of police animal, interference with police animal and resisting arrest.
Officials say he attempted to steal a vacuum cleaner, DVDs and toilet paper. Nelson was on parole for burglary at the time. Kilo, who has began service in 2009 was unharmed in the incident. Nelson sustained a bite on the arm and was treated at a local hospital before being taken to the Clackamas County jail.

Jetpack Pilot Takes A Test Flight Around The Statue Of Liberty

Back in the day we were told the Future would include jetpacks for all, but then the Future became our Present Day and we began to realize there would be no jetpacks after all, only Segway scooters and Uber rides.
Those who can't help but feel like there's something missing from our 21st century lives will definitely have that feel confirmed by this high flying video from JetPack Aviation.
JetPack Aviation CEO David Mayman wants to show us what our futuristic lives are missing- the JB-9 JetPack, which he calls "the first true jetpack".
David's trip across the Hudson River look like a very fun ride, but he must have some crazy high level security clearance to be able to fly the JB-9 so close to the Statue Of Liberty!

Link Dump

Personal Memories of Filming The Polar Express (and Working with Tom Hanks). Eddie Deezen’s adventures in motion-capture.
Victor Frankenstein hits theaters November 25. James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe discuss their roles, and why their first scene together is madness. 
After Spectre, The Only Way to Save James Bond Is to Kill Him. He doesn’t quite belong in the modern world.
Why the Trend of Adoption Crowdfunding Makes Me So Uncomfortable. (via Metafilter)
Here's What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life. Simple advice from a man who had it figured out.
A Ridiculously Photogenic Baby Koala Sits For Her First Photoshoot. The squee is strong with this one.
Is this the worst New York City Apartment Listing? “We have one golden rule, and the one rule is that no one else can tell anyone else to be quiet."
11/13/15, was an Odd Day. It was the final Odd Day we'll see this century.
The life and times of Strider Wolf. A 6-year-old is dealing with more than any child should ever have to.
Seriously sad saleswoman, Sue Sullivan’s situation sparks serendipitous submission; saves sublimely spicy sauced sandwiches. Shop shipping starts. Snoos share shines. 



Man Made Holes

Here are some spots on the planet where humans have really dug in.

Deforestation and Drought

Cutting down wide swaths of forests could reduce rainfall in South America dramatically by 2050. 

El Derecho

The Midwest saw thunderstorms, severe winds and tornadoes in a rare derecho event this week.

Liquid Rainbow

The Caribbean’s crystal clear waters and white sands don’t have anything on Colombia’s mind-blowing Cano Cristales.

Old Water

Analysis of water samples from Earth’s deep mantle suggest that the planet’s water has been present since Earth’s formation, a finding that has implications for other rocky bodies in the solar system and planets beyond as well.

Psychedelic Dwarf

Is this an Andy Warhol interpretation of Pluto?
Actually, it's a beautiful example of when scientific data can imitate art.

Four Masked Bandits Caught in the Act

There was a disturbance at an art gallery that led to an investigation. Four intruders were apprehended. A Facebook post by the Newport (Oregon) Police Department takes the burglary report to the next level.
Four masked bandits burglarized Inscapes Gallery on SW Bay Blvd recently. Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity after midnight and cornered the suspects immediately upon entering the business. The suspects, known only by their street names of ‘Home Dog’, ‘Da Nails’, ‘Squeaky Feets’, and ‘2-Toes Todd’, attempted to elude officers on scene. After a brief scuffle, all suspects were captured without further incident or injuries.
‘Squeaky Feets’ told officers they had no intention of taking anything from the gallery; they were only trying to straighten a few pieces of art on the wall. Tell it to the judge, ‘Feets’. Tell it to the judge.
“Squeaky Feets” found fame from the caper, and now has his own Facebook page.

Animal News

Life just got better for some 3,000 species of plants and animals that gained protection after a 3.3-million-acre park was approved.
Actions taken by the United States, Mexico and Canada to protect the migratory species are having a positive effect.

Animal Pictures