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Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Today in History

1760 Major Roger Rogers takes possession of Detroit on behalf of Britain.
1787 Louis XVI promulgates an edict of tolerance, granting civil status to Protestants.
1812 The last elements of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grand Armee retreats across the Beresina River in Russia.
1863 The Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tenn., ends with a Confederate withdrawal.
1864 Colonel John M. Chivington’s 3rd Colorado Volunteers massacre Black Kettles’ camp of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians at Sand Creek, Colo.
1903 An Inquiry into the U.S. Postal Service demonstrates the government has lost millions in fraud.
1923 An international commission headed by American banker Charles Dawes is set up to investigate the German economy.
1929 Commander Richard Byrd makes the first flight over the South Pole.
1931 The Spanish government seizes large estates for land redistribution.
1939 Soviet planes bomb an airfield at Helsinki, Finland.
1948 The Metropolitan Opera is televised for the first time as the season opens with "Othello."
1948 The popular children’s television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, premieres.
1949 The United States announces it will conduct atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1961 NASA launches a chimpanzee named Enos into Earth orbit.
1962 Algeria bans the Communist Party.
1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints Chief Justice Earl Warren head of a commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1967 US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation.
1972 Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.
2007 Armed forces of the Philippines besiege The Peninsula Manila in response to a mutiny led by Senator Antonio Trillanes.

Editorial Comment

Welcome to Carolina Naturally, we're glad you stopped by to read today.
We hope all our readers in the USA that celebrated the holiday weekend had a wonderful time of it this year.

First the good news:
Our friend Judy has agreed to come on board and help edit this blog.
She is a wonderful lady, who has a wild streak that knows no bounds.
She is also the first lady to staff this blog that is not a twenty-something (other than the Mrs.).
While there is nothing wrong with the ladies that have staffed and volunteered here over the years it is nice to have a lady who has experienced more.
Judy actually was a big hair fan as a child - yep, she's been here since those heady days.
Her perspective will only add to our stellar reputation.
Along with Brooke (who, by the way, has not reached the twenty-something category, she is a sexy 19year-old) we now have a great team here at Carolina Naturally.

More good news:
Our readership has not lessened as the holidays and winter months begin.
While the growth has slowed a mite as always occurs during the winter months, the steady readership has sustained itself throughout at each growth plateau - we grow, level off and grow again.
Word of mouth works ... we have always been a word of mouth blog - no advertising, no incentives to read us other than the diversity and honesty our readers find here and pass the word on to others.

Even more goods news:
The troll infestation has been eliminated.
Through hard work and law enforcement vigilance we have eradicated the trolls that had attempted to infest and pervert Carolina Naturally.
While only a couple of trolls remain at large the rest are either behind bars or awaiting sentencing for a plethora of criminal activity that were discovered because they were foolish enough to attempt trolling here.
Internet trolls really are stupid just like the trolls in the folk-tales round the world that have been told for ages - they all have one common theme ... stupidity on the part of the troll.
Any new attempt by trolls will be swiftly dealt with.

Now the bad news:
Oh, wait there is no bad news.
Be Happy, Be Free

The Closing of the American Mind

The Gävle Goat is Back!

Sweden is celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season in the tradition way -with the Gävle Goat! Every year since 1966 the people of Gävle, Sweden, erect a huge straw goat for Xmas. We’ve covered the ups and downs of the goat over the years, when it sometimes comes to a bad end.
The goat for 2015 is up, and the goat’s Twitter account (in both Swedish and English) has been activated. How long will it last? You can keep tabs on the goat with a live camera feed.

Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art  
by Ulrike Knöfel
Are artworks looted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors still hanging in Bavarian museums? Twenty-nine members of the US Congress think so, and have written a letter to the German state demanding that officials stop dragging their feet on restitution. More...

Shoes Made of Pineapple Leather

Every year, farmers in the Philippines grow millions of pineapples, which include pineapple leaves as well as the edible fruit. Carmen Hijosa, an industrial designer, visited the Philippines and found that many people there used the discarded fibers from pineapple leaves to make fabric sacks, among other products. But for the most part, pineapple leaves were a wasted byproduct of the harvest.
Hijosa was on a quest to find a sustainable alternative to leather. She found her answer in pineapple leaves. After 7 years of work, she invented Pinatex--a leather substitute made out of pineapple leaf fibers. Like other fabrics, it can be used for bags, furniture, and even shoes, such as these prototype Pumas.

Tuck in Your Shirt, Make More Money

Home For The Holidays

Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. But in the wealthiest nation in the world, more than half a million Americans sleep on the streets or spend their holidays in a homeless shelter. Many of them are children.

Wet Nurse Controversy?

Public Library To Open In Polygamous Community After Sect Leaders Prevented It

This 8-Year-Old Girl Is the Youngest Person Ever to Be Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

This 8-Year-Old Girl Is the Youngest Person Ever to Be Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
Heartbreakingly, she has an incredibly rare form of the disease.

Parents of teenager who died after 'twerking' on friend's Jeep don't want the driver prosecuted

The parents of a teenager killed after being run over are disputing reports that he was car surfing prior to his death. Police said 16-year-old Alex Desalis of Dallas, Georgia, fell off the hood of a Jeep his friend was driving on Saturday afternoon and was run over.
Troopers said Desalis had possibly been “car surfing” prior to falling off, and that charges are pending against the driver. Desalis was sent to Paulding WellStar Hospital and airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition. He died on Sunday evening. Desalis’ mother, Michelle Guthrie, denies her son was car surfing and doesn’t want to see the friend face charges.
"I don't want probation. I don't want her in jail,” Michelle Guthrie said. “It was an accident. We feel more bad for the family - for what they're going through as well." Desalis’ parents say the teen jokingly asked a friend for a ride a few yards down the road. "It wasn't a car surfing adventure,” said Kenneth Guthrie, Alex’s father.

“It was him climbing up on his friend’s [vehicle] - the hood of her car, on all fours more than likely being funny, trying to get a laugh by twerking." That type of humor was pure Alex. “If he saw somebody who was having a bad day, Alex felt it was his job to make their day better - to make them laugh," his mother said. “Don’t think it can’t happen to you, because it can," his mother added.

The Beloved Pioneer Bread that Smells Like Feet and Breaks Food Safety Rules

You may have some older relatives that get all nostalgic about salt-rising bread. You don’t see it much anymore, because it’s hard to make and not all that popular among anyone who wasn’t raised with it. The smell is described like either cheese or dirty socks. But those who love it really love it. Salt-rising bread doesn’t even have salt in it, and no one is sure how the name came about. It was made by pioneering American women who didn’t have access to yeast, and who didn’t always have sourdough starter ready. They made salt-rising bread rise with environmental bacteria. Yes, they did.
In the early 20th century, this lengthy, yeast-less process also became an interest of microbiologists. In 1914, Richard N. Hart noted in his book Leavening Agents that salt-rising bread “seems to fail in a well-sterilized room," and alludes to the experiments of Henry A. Kohman, who discovered that salt-rising dough lacked yeast completely “but literally swarmed with bacteria.”

In 1910 Kohman was funded by the aforementioned bread-obsessed Kansas Governor, Walter R. Stubbs, to learn how bakers may reliably make it, and concluded that a variety of anaerobic bacteria allowed the bread to rise. In 1923, microbiologist Stuart A. Koser began to suspect the mix might include bacteria found in human intestines and wounds.
The experiments Kohman did after that might make you a little queasy, but the fact is that not a single case of food poisoning has been attributed to salt-rising bread. Read what we know about this classic bread, including instructions for making your own starter, at Atlas Obscura.

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Peanut Butter and Better Sleep

casein peanut butter
The Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Dessert That Helps You Sleep Better
Don’t fear the bedtime snack. Dessert is good for you if you do it right

Anonymous-related group hacks website supporting ISIL and replaces it with ad for Viagra

Image: Vermont protester in Guy Fawkes mask  (Screen capture)
Supporters of ISIL were likely surprised — perhaps happily so — when they logged into an Internet site designed to recruit radical jihadists only to find ads for male enhancement drug Viagra.

Pfizer Buying Allergan So It Can Pretend To Be Irish In Tax Scam

Lawmakers investigating Walmart ...

Lawmakers investigating Walmart-backed bills that would allow employers to opt out of workers comp

How Walmart Spied On Union Organizers Using A Defense Contractor

Walmart enlisted spies to stop union organizers and their campaign to increase wages for minimum wage workers. While dismissing the challenge to organize...

Passerby attacks headphones-wearing Muslim student he suspected of taking orders from ISIL

A Muslim student was attacked near the University of Texas campus because a passerby thought he was listening to Islamic State instructions on his headphones.

Florida cops bust up elderly women’s mahjong games after ‘troublemaker’ snitches on them for gambling

A “troublemaker” ratted out four elderly women who wagered money during daily mahjong games at their Florida retirement community.

Man thwarted by home's burglar alarm stole the motion detector

A Florida man tried to break into a house, deputies said, and when his attempt was thwarted by a burglar alarm, he stole the motion detector.
Carlos Abudeye Guerra, 27, was arrested on Thursday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said they got a call from a man in West Boca just after 5am.
The man told deputies his home alarm had gone off and he saw a light coming from underneath the door. He barricaded himself in his room and called deputies, he said.
Shortly after, deputies arrived on scene and found Guerra in the backyard trying to throw the motion detector into a wall. He has been charged with burglary, criminal mischief and grand theft. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $23,000 bail.

Woman accused of burglary left behind her dentures and a note with her name on it

A woman has been charged in two burglary cases in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Police say 52-year-old Connie Frances Perris entered two apartments in Lykens Borough on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Authorities say the occupant of the first apartment was home when Perris entered and promptly called police. Police say Perris then entered a second apartment, which was not occupied at the time, and began to steal and eat candy.
Officials say Perris then urinated on the floor. They say she also took out her dentures and left them in the apartment, along with a handwritten note with her name on it. Police used the items and note to find Perris.
When troopers caught up with her, they say she was visibly intoxicated and did not recall the incidents. Perris, of Pittsburgh, was staying with a friend in Lykens. She has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Three Men Who Shot Black Lives Matter Protesters Emerged From Internet’s Racist Swamps

Attorney defends serial rapist cop by attacking the credibility of vulnerable black women

Four weeks into the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer charged with the sexual abuse or rape of 13 different women, the prosecution has drawn a picture of a predator who followed a cynical calculus.

SC felon uses ‘stand your ground’ law to walk after shooting death — despite ban on having a gun

Convicted felon Isaac Baughman - screenshot Live 5 NewsSC felon uses ‘stand your ground’ law to walk after shooting death — despite ban on having a gun

Star Swallower

Scientists glimpse supermassive black hole swallowing star

Zoo's spider monkey accidentally tranquilized with wayward dart intended for runaway gibbon

An unsuspecting spider monkey was hit by a wayward tranquilizer dart as a guilty gibbon made a getaway. On Tuesday morning gibbon Vilson escaped from his enclosure at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand. Zoo animal care general manager Mauritz Basson said staff got out the tranquilizer guns and aimed at Vilson, a well known escape artist.
But the 10 gram dart with a "fluffy tail" was caught in strong winds and sailed past Vilson and jabbed into three-year-old spider monkey Winnie, who was simply hanging out in her own enclosure. Winnie was promptly given veterinarian treatment and revived after five minutes and is now "100 percent", Basson said. The spider monkey and gibbon were roughly the same weight so the dart would not have caused her any issues, he said.
While Vilson was out of his enclosure, the public were kept away from the area and not at risk of being hit by a wayward dart. No individual staff member was to blame but the zoo would do more practice of shooting the darts in strong winds. Zoo primates and carnivores life science manager Paul Horton said the darts were not needed for Vilson as the gibbon was coaxed back to his habitat after finding his bearings.
A long branch overhanging the open-topped enclosure may have provided Wilson with a path to the greater confines of the zoo. He was probably stunned and disoriented after falling in to the moat surrounding Gibbon Island. "The first thing he saw was land ahead and he went for it but it was the wrong side of the moat." Gibbons cannot swim and dislike water. "He was never in mortal danger but he was keen not to linger."

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