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Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Today in History

1688 Louis XIV declares war on the Netherlands.
1774 A congress of colonial leaders criticizes British influence in the colonies and affirms their right to "Life, liberty and property."
1789 George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.
1812 Napoleon Bonaparte’s army begins crossing the Beresina River over two hastily constructed bridges.
1825 The Kappa Alpha Society, the second American college Greek-letter fraternity, is founded.
1863 The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated.
1901 The Hope diamond is brought to New York.
1907 The Duma lends support to Czar in St. Petersburg, who claims he has renounced autocracy.
1917 The Bolsheviks offer an armistice between Russian and the Central Powers.
1922 Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, archeologists, open King Tut’s tomb, undisturbed for 3,000 years.
1938 Poland renews nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union to protect against a German invasion.
1939 The Soviet Union charges Finland with artillery attack on border.
1941 The Japanese fleet departs from the Kuril Islands en route to its attack on Pearl Harbor.
1947 France expels 19 Soviet citizens, charging them with intervention in internal affairs.
1949 India becomes a sovereign Democratic republic.
1950 North Korean and Chinese troops halt a UN offensive.
1957 President Eisenhower suffers a minor stroke.
1975 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme is found guilty of an attempt on President Gerald Ford’s life.
1979 Oil deposits equaling OPEC reserves are found in Venezuela.
1982 Yasuhiro Nakasone is elected the 71st Japanese prime minister.
1983 At London’s Heathrow Airport, almost 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million stolen from Brinks-MAT vault.
1998 Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament.
2000 Republican candidate George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, giving him enough electoral votes to defeat Democrat Al Gore Jr. for the US presidency, despite losing the popular vote.
2011 NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others.

70 Million Leaked Calls Indicate Jails Breach Attorney-Client Privilege All The Time

Italian Mafia tells the Islamic State to stay out of New York

Italian Mafia tells the Islamic State to stay out of New York

Boy Who Emptied Piggy Bank To Help Vandalized Mosque Gets Big Surprise

White supremacists shoot 5 Black Lives Matter activists protesting Jamar Clark’s killing in Minneapolis

At least five people were wounded when the gunmen opened fire about 10:45 p.m. Monday at the city’s Fourth Precinct.

‘Hitler was right’

Image: Rabbi Ruvi New of the Chabad Center in Boca Raton, FL (Screen capture)
A 19-year-old rabbinical student was attacked in Boca Raton, Florida on Saturday by a man who said Jews belong in concentration camps.

Autopsy debunks Miss. cops’ claim that LSD killed a man they hog-tied and put on a stretcher face-down

The family has never accepted the official story and believes that excessive force and the manner of restraint killed Troy Goode.

'Christian' homeschooler guilty of locking girl in chicken coop and punishing her with a shock collar

Diana Franklin appears in court in Butler, Georgia (WMAZ/screen grab)'Christian' homeschooler guilty of locking girl in chicken coop and punishing her with a shock collar

Texas Lands In Court For Trying To Defund Planned Parenthood

Federal court strikes down Wisconsin anti-abortion law similar to Texas statute

Federal court strikes down Wisconsin anti-abortion law similar to Texas statute

Schneiderman Strikes Again: For-Profit College Chain Must Forgive $102 Million In Student Loans

A major for-profit college company reached a settlement with more than three dozen state attorneys general on Monday, and will now be required to forgive more than $102.8 million in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students across the country.Education Management Corporation, or EDMC, reached the settlement with the New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman’s office, along with 38 other state attorneys general, including the District of Columbia. Schneiderman alleged that EDMC — which owns the Art Institutes, Argosy University, and Brown Mackie College — used “high-pressure” recruitment tactics, misrepresented the educational benefits the colleges offer, gave inaccurate information about some of their programs’ accreditation, and misrepresented job placement rates and graduation rates. Back in May, EDMC announced it would gradually shut down 15 of 52 campuses of The Art Institutes.
“EDMC preyed on the hopes and dreams of New York students, and ripped off taxpayers, who backed federal student loans that were destined to fail,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
As part of the settlement, EDMC does not have to admit to the conduct alleged by attorneys general. Under the consent judgment, the schools will be mandated to add certain disclosures, provide a longer period of time for students to withdraw without financial obligation. Students will no longer be allowed to enroll in unaccredited programs.
It’s especially important for students to be able to withdraw without financial obligations. As Art Institute graduates said, they would have withdrawn much sooner if not for financial responsibilities, because they realized they were receiving a poor quality of education after only one or two semesters there.
Graduates of the Art Institutes continue to organize to raise awareness for loan forgiveness and warn prospective students to stay away from EDMC colleges. The agreement does not allow for automatic relief for all students, since students have to meet certain criteria, such as dates of attendance and the number of transfer credits they have. Students must have attended between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2014, been enrolled in a program with fewer than 24 transfer credits, and withdrawn within 45 days of the first day of their first semester or term at the school.
Sanders Fabares, a graduate of The Art Institute of San Diego, spoke at a public hearing on defense to repayment options in San Francisco held by the U.S. Department of Education. The department chose a “special master” to create a special process for defense to repayment.
The special master, Joseph Smith, who has experience with mortgage settlement claims, released a progress report every few months. During the last progress report, which was released to the public in September, Smith was asked about whether the department would consider for-profit college graduates besides those who attended for-profit colleges under the Corinthian College Chain, but at that point, he said the team hadn’t yet considered how other for-profit college graduates would factor into the debt forgiveness plan.

Fire Tornado in Slow Motion

Fire tornadoes, a pretty but frightening phenomena, happen in nature when wind conditions are right and fire is present. You can produce one yourself, although I wouldn't recommend it. Now the Slow Mo Guys show us what is happening down to the finest detail. And it is beautiful.
Do I have to add that you should not try this at home? It’s been done, and if anything goes wrong, you could suffer injury, loss of life and/or property, and lawsuits.

Medieval Parchment Mystery Solved

How did craftspeople make ultra-fine, almost translucent parchment used in Medieval bibles? It was all about technique, research shows.

A Lifesaving Pick-Me-Up

What Is Figgy Pudding?

While Americans are usually introduced to figgy pudding by way of the song “We Wish You a Merry Xmas,” few ever actually consume it, much less make one. You might be surprised to find that it’s not even what we know as pudding.
It’s really not pudding, at least by American standards. The cake—which contains figs and is topped with brandy—has been an English Xmas dessert since the mid-1600s. Around that time, it was banned by English Puritans because of the large amount of alcohol content. Some believe that a Medieval custom dictated that pudding could only be made on the 25th Sunday after trinity Sunday and that it was originally comprised of 13 ingredients to represent christ and his 12 apostles.
Now you know. You might be more familiar with holiday dishes like sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, gingerbread, latkes, etc. but you might not know where they came from or why we eat them during the winter holidays. Find out by reading The Origins of 15 Holiday Foods and Drinks at mental_floss.

This 'Extinct Squash' Has Been Grown From 800-Year-Old Seeds

In 2008 a group of archaeologists yielded a clay pot in an archaeological dig on the Menemonee Reservation in Wisconsin. Nothing special you might say, archaeologists do find clay pots all the time. But this one 800 years old clay pot did contained a real treasure, it contained seeds from an extinct squash species. 
 To make it even more extraordinary, a group of students planted some of the seeds to see if 800-year-old seeds were still viable. And as it turned out, they were! The result was an ancient squash and they named it the ‘Gete Okosomin’, which roughly translated means ‘Really Cool Old Squash'

New species of early anthropoid primate found amid Libyan strife

New species of early anthropoid primate found amid Libyan strife
New species of early anthropoid primate found amid Libyan strife
During upheaval in Libya in 2013, a window of opportunity opened for scientists from the University of Kansas to perform research at the Zallah Oasis, a promising site for unearthing fossils from the Oligocene period, roughly 30 million years ago. From that work, the...

Persian dwarf snake consists of 6 species

Persian dwarf snake consists of 6 species
Persian dwarf snake consists of 6 species
The Persian dwarf snake is wrongly classified as one species, scientists say. New research shows it is composed of six different species, a finding which might be important for the conservation of the snake. The Persian dwarf snake or Eirenis persicus lives in an area...

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