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Friday, November 27, 2015

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Today in History

43 BC Octavian, Antony and Lepidus form the triumvirate of Rome.
511 Clovis, king of the Franks, dies and his kingdom is divided between his four sons.
1095 In Clermont, France, Pope Urbana II makes an appeal for warriors to relieve Jerusalem. He is responding to false rumors of atrocities in the Holy Land.
1382 The French nobility, led by Olivier de Clisson, crush the Flemish rebels at Flanders.
1812 One of the two bridges being used by Napoleon Bonaparte’s army across the Beresina River in Russia collapses during a Russian artillery barrage.
1826 Jebediah Smith’s expedition reaches San Diego, becoming the first Americans to cross the southwestern part of the continent.
1862 George Armstrong Custer meets his future bride, Elizabeth Bacon, at a Thanksgiving party.
1868 Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer‘s 7th Cavalry kills Chief Black Kettle and about 100 Cheyenne (mostly women and children) on the Washita River.
1887 U.S. Deputy Marshall Frank Dalton, brother of the three famous outlaws, is killed in the line of duty near Fort Smith, Ark.
1904 The German colonial army defeats Hottentots at Warm bad in southwest Africa.
1909 U.S. troops land in Blue fields, Nicaragua, to protect American interests there.
1919 Bulgaria signs peace treaty with Allies at Unequally, France, fixing war reparations and recognizing Yugoslavian independence.
1922 Allied delegates bar the Soviets from the Near East peace conference.
1936 Great Britain’s Anthony Eden warns Hitler that Britain will fight to protect Belgium.
1942 The French fleet in Toulon is scuttled to keep it from Germany.
1950 East of the Choosing River, Chinese forces annihilate an American task force.
1954 Alger Hiss, convicted of being a Soviet spy, is freed after 44 months in prison.
1959 Demonstrators march in Tokyo to protest a defense treaty with the United States.
1967 Lyndon Johnson appoints Robert McNamara to presidency of the World Bank.
1967 Charles DeGaulle vetoes Great Britain’s entry into the Common Market again.
1970 Syria joins the pact linking Libya, Egypt and Sudan.
1973 US Senate votes to confirm Ford as Pretender of the United States, following  Nixon’s resignation; the House will confirm Ford on Dec. 6.
1978 San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the city’s first openly gay supervisor, assassinated by former city supervisor Dan White.
1978 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Parti Karkerani Kurdistan, or PKK) founded; militant group that fought an armed struggle for an independent Kurdistan.
1984 Britain and Spain sign the Brussels Agreement to enter discussions over the status of Gibraltar.
1999 Helen Clark becomes first elected female Prime Minister of New Zealand.
2001 Hubble Space Telescope discovers a hydrogen atmosphere on planet Osiris, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
2004 Pope John Paul II returns relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Cult.
2005 First partial human face transplant completed Amiens, France.
2006 Canadian House of Commons approves a motion, tabled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, recognizing the Quebecois as a nation within Canada.

8 shitty things your ‘totally not racist’ aunt is going to gripe about this holiday season

There’s no avoiding the fact that your racist aunt is going to not only show up, but also drink too much Prosecco.

Major Wall Street CEO Has ‘Jerry Maguire’ Moment And May Be About To Change Banking Forever

Major Wall Street CEO Has ‘Jerry Maguire’ Moment And May Be About To Change Banking Forever (VIDEO)
He had us at hello.
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Marilyn Monroe's First Nude Photos Have Been Revealed

Marilyn Monroe became known for a whole lot more than just her appearance in Playboy Magazine back in 1953, but she had no way of knowing she would become one of the most iconic Hollywood actors of all time.
So when she posed for photographer Tom Kelley back in 1949 she billed herself as Mona Monroe and posed for a nude pin-up that would become famous for an entirely different reason than the Marilyn connection.
This pin-up photo (and the unretouched full nude version) were used in the "Golden Dream" calendar printed around 1951, and when people realized the calendar girl was Marilyn Monroe a few years later the calendar became a big hit with the boys.
Marilyn posed for the picture out of pure "desperation" and was paid a measly $50 for the shoot, but it must have helped her with her later Playboy shoot since she struck nearly the same pose.

Ring Depicts Nude Cupid

The ring, found in England by an amateur using a metal detector, dates back around 1,700 years -- a time when the Roman Empire was in power.

Monks Made up King Arthur's Legends

King Arthur's grave, allegedly found by monks in 1181, is nothing but a pit filled with rubble.

University yoga class suspended over 'cultural appropriation issues'

A yoga instructor who says her free class at the University of Ottawa in Canada was cancelled for cultural reasons believes the student federation's concerns are misplaced. Jen Scharf said she's been teaching a free yoga class for the university's Center for Students with Disabilities, which is run by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, for the last seven years. When she checked back in with the center in September, she said she was told by them the class wouldn't be happening because some students and volunteers were uncomfortable with the "cultural issues" involved. "I guess it was this cultural appropriation issue because yoga originally comes from India," she said. "I told them, 'Why don't we just change the name of the course?' It's simple enough, just call it mindful stretching.… We're not going through the finer points of scripture. We're talking about basic physical awareness and how to stretch so that you feel good.
"That went back and forth… The higher-ups at the student federation got involved, finally we got an email routed through the student federation basically saying they couldn't get a French name and nobody wants to do it, so we're going to cancel it for now." Cultural appropriation is when a culture that's seen as an oppressor borrows or steals elements of a culture they're oppressing. Scharf said there is also concern over yoga instructors who claim to be experts in the more spiritual aspects of yoga, but aren't. "I'm not claiming it's anything more than a physical practice within that class," she said. "There's been so much positivity and so many people positively helped by this, and that's part of the reason why I'm fighting so hard to keep it. Those issues are important issues and they should be raised but it's not me they should be mad at; it's the fake people that are making claims they can't possibly substantiate." Scharf said she'd love to start her class again but hasn't found a place or organization at the university willing to host it.
Student federation president Roméo Ahimakin said there were no direct complaints about the class, more general questions about the issues and ideas around it. Ahimakin said they suspended the class as part of a review of all their programs to make them more interesting, accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of students. He said they're doing consultations on the idea of bringing a free yoga class back and could get a more accessible version of it as soon as the next semester starts in January. There have been concerns among some Hindus over how yoga has crossed over to the Western world. For instance, the Hindu American Foundation's "Take Back Yoga" campaign is against yoga's commercialization. But at the Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, one husband and wife said they didn't have an issue with what they've seen around the community and didn't agree with the idea that non-Hindus teaching yoga is culturally insensitive.
"In Hindi 'yog' means to unite. To unite with who? With your true self. That's what yoga is. Here we tend to relate it with the postures but it's not just postures... and it has nothing to do with religion," said Girija Waghray, who's been teaching yoga around Ottawa for more than 10 years. "It's basically focusing on our health. By calming our mind, our mind becomes positive." Dilip Waghray said he's been practicing yoga for 50 years and while he's uncomfortable with how it's been commercialized in the West, he chooses to focus on the benefits it's having. "When I saw what was happening [with big crowds for free yoga] on Parliament Hill I was thrilled and probably a little bit ashamed that my body wasn't as flexible as theirs. I said, 'Wow,' and the first thing I did was share with my classmates back home," he said. "If you look at what the Western world has adapted it is just phenomenal. Imagine how much good they're doing for themselves. They'll live a long and very happy life."

Female Soccer Captain Gets One-Time Exemption To Leave Iran Against Her Husband’s Wishes

Wife took revenge on cheating husband by selling home while he was away on business trip

A wife gained revenge on her cheating husband by selling their house while he was away on a business trip. Craig Arnolds returned to the property in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, from New York to find the locks changed and six students in his lounge. Wife Laura, aged 42, had packed her bags and gone. She decided to get even, rather than mad, after discovering an incriminating message on her partner’s phone. And she was able to sell the property behind Craig’s back because her parents had taken over the mortgage after the pair ran into financial difficulties. The place was sold within a fortnight through an online quick house sale service and occupied by University of Warwick students. Laura said: “Things aren’t great between us at the moment. I could do it because my parents came up with the deposit for our home and when we struggled with the mortgage, they came in.” She decided to get even, not mad, after 44-year-old Craig made forget his phone when on many business trips to America. When the phone flashed an unknown number, suspicious Laura swooped. The steamy message was from an American woman who described the kind of hot reception Craig could expect in New York.
It was then she hatched her revenge plot. Craig, who now lives in London, described the baffling scene that greeted him at the former family home. He smelt a rat when he spotted a Nissan Micra on the drive. “All the lights were on and the TV was blaring,” he said. “I remember thinking it was really out of character for Laura to be up past 11pm. I had no idea what on earth was going on. At this point I was seriously freaked out, jet lagged and frantic. I started banging on the door and shouting Laura’s name, but was greeted instead by what looked like a 21-year-old hippie.” The terrible truth dawned on Craig when he walked into the property.
He added: “I noticed all Laura’s furniture was gone, but the chairs and tables I’d inherited from my late father, plus my set of golf clubs and vintage radio, which Laura always hated, was sitting on the kitchen table in all its glory. She’d included my most prized possessions in the ‘fixtures and fittings’. I was gutted. I still can’t get my head around how she did this in the space of  two week,.” Craig added wryly: “Last time I marry an Italian, that’s for sure. I made a mistake and paid for it dearly. I was very annoyed at first but life is too short to dwell on these things and I made the decision that for the children’s sake, we should stop the hostilities there. Who knows, maybe by getting this out of her system will allow us to build on the existing amicable relationship?” But he did admit: “What I would really like to say is a little more colorful than that so probably wont be printable.”

Woman presumed dead for 10 years had been living and playing games in internet cafés

A Chinese woman who was presumed dead after she went missing 10 years ago has been found after allegedly spending the last decade living and playing games in internet cafés. The woman, known as Xiao Yun and now aged 24, left her home in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang 10 years ago after a quarrel with her parents.
Presumed dead by her family, she was finally found by police officers on Nov 20 after a routine check on an internet café in the wee hours of the morning. Xiao Yun, who was carrying a fake identity card, was taken to a local police station for questioning where she revealed that she had been living in internet cafés for the past decade.
A fan of the multiplayer first-person shooter game CrossFire, she spent her days playing the game and slept mostly in cafés and bath houses. She relied mostly on handouts from fellow cafe patrons and occasionally worked as a cashier at some cafés to earn additional income. She told the police that she had been brought up by her grandparents.
The police fined her 1,000 yuan (£100, £150) and after initial resistance from her, contacted her parents so they could be reunited with their long-lost daughter. Her mother said that she had not changed her phone number since Xiao Yun left home, in the hope that she would contact her. "I have a stubborn personality and a short temper, so I used to scold her. But it's been 10 years and now she's an adult. I will never scold her again," she said.

Loneliness Impacts Your Health, Right Down To Your White Blood Cells

How Terrorism Can Harm Your Brain

Fear and anxiety about terror attacks can alter brain chemistry, sometimes in ways that can increase your risk of death.

Russian Driver Replaces Car Tire with Log

So you've lost a tire but don't have a spare to put on your car. What would you do? I'm stumped.
But the driver of this SUV in St. Petersburg, Russia wasn't. The Moscow Times reports that he was driving at about 50 kph (31 mph). Hopefully the local police will log the incident as a safety violation.

Turkey Shoots Down Russian War Plane on Syria Border

Woman called 911 to lure police away from her location so she could drive home drunk

A New Jersey woman allegedly made a false 911 call in order to divert police away from the bar in Wayne she and a friend were drinking in so they could leave and not be caught driving drunk.
Police said that Hayley Oates, 25, posted on social media after she called 911: “lmao.. 2 mins later the cop peals out..silly piggies tricks r for u,” Detective Capt. Laurence W. Martin said in a statement. Oates, from the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany, was arrested on Thursday and charged with filing false reports to law enforcement and creating a false public alarm, Martin said.
She was released pending a court appearance. Martin called Oates’ alleged actions “inexcusable and reprehensible behavior,” and said police officers place themselves in harm’s way daily responding to real events. Officer Gregory Halligan and Sgt. Donald Davidson were dispatched to Mother's Ale House at around 3:15am on Monday morning after the department received a 911 call reporting “a female being attacked in the parking lot.”
The caller told the dispatcher that the suspect was in a blue pick-up truck before abruptly hanging up. The officers raced to the bar with their lights and sirens activated and found no evidence of an assault and no witnesses, Martin said. The surveillance cameras in the area did not pick up any assault. Detective Sgt. Robert Simpson and Detective Dave Collins determined that Oates allegedly made the fake call to draw officers to Mother’s Ale House while she and an unidentified man could leave the Grasshopper Bar and Grill without being stopped for driving under the influence, Martin said.

Police seek man who robbed stores while armed with a snow brush

Police are searching for a man who held up two convenience stores while armed with a snow brush.
The man entered two Mac’s stores in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday morning.
On each occasion the suspect entered the store armed with an automotive snow brush and scraper and demanded the clerk hand over money from the register.

The suspect is described as standing between 5’8” and 5’10”, weighing about 170 pounds and wearing a beige hat, a dark SPY Optics hoodie, dark pants and sunglasses.

A Drug War Nightmare

Burger King Confirms Chicago Police Deleted Video Of McDonald Shooting

Chicago Cop Who Shot Black Teen Sixteen Times Charged With First-Degree Murder

According to those who have seen it, dashcam video captured on the night of October 20, 2014, shows Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke executing 17-year-old...

Minnesota NAACP leader shocks CNN: Police are ‘behind’ the Black Lives Matter shooting

Minneapolis NAACP communications chair Raeisha Williams (CNN/screen grab)
"Police that are from different counties, police from different districts have come down to entice the protesters, have come down to bully the protesters."

Emails reveal racists plotted confrontation with Black Lives Matters activists days before shooting

Three white men wearing bulletproof vests and covering their face with masks shot five Black Lives Matter protesters Monday night in Minneapolis.



An Ancient Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops an Ocean of Golden Leaves

This towering ginkgo tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China. Every autumn the green leaves on the 1,400-year-old tree turn bright yellow and fall into a golden heap on the temple grounds drawing tourists from the surrounding area. You can see more photos here

Earth not due for a geomagnetic flip in the near future

Earth not due for a geomagnetic flip in the near future
Earth not due for a geomagnetic flip in the near future
The intensity of Earth’s geomagnetic field has been dropping for the past 200 years, at a rate that some scientists suspect may cause the field to bottom out in 2,000 years, temporarily leaving the planet unprotected against damaging charged particles from the sun....

Hear What the Earth Sounds Like

NASA satellite data provides an audio profile of the earth, and the results are surprising.

Belching Comets

An infrared NASA space telescope has been keeping tabs on dozens of comets and has revealed huge quantities of carbon monoxide and dioxide being vented into interplanetary space.

Sapce Survival and Weird DNA

Just one creature can live in space, and now scientists have found the tardigrade has the highest amount of foreign DNA in its genome.

Hybrid Animals

Right now coyotes, wolves, and dogs are creating a hybrid canine species. Sound like science fiction? Welcome to the world of animal hybrids.

Animal Pictures