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Thursday, January 7, 2016

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Today in History

King Edward II of England is deposed.
The French, under the Duke of Guise, finally take the port of Calais from the English.
Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.
Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte‘s attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockade Continental Europe.
Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.
New York stock exchange trading exceeds two million shares for the first time in history.
Imperial Court of China returns to Peking. The Empress Dowager resumes her reign.
The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.
Six thousand pastors in Berlin defy the Nazis insisting that they will not be silenced.
The U.S. Air Force announces the production of the first jet-fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.
U.S. air ace Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. is killed in the Pacific.
French forces in Indochina launch Operation Violette in an effort to push Viet Minh forces away from the town of Ba Vi.
Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Vietnamese troops take Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.
Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation providing $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.
Vietnam seizes the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.
Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR.
Prince Akihito sworn in as Emperor of Japan, following the death of his father, Hirohito.
Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.
The Bosnian Army carries out a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
The impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton opens in the US Senate.

Non Sequitur


What's Your State's Favorite Fucking Expletive?

TPP is a giftwrapped wealth-transfer to China

Writing in the Globe and Mail, University of Toronto Munk Chair of Innovation Studies Dan Breznitz explains how the TPP -- negotiated in secret without any oversight or accountability -- will enrich a few multinationals at the expense of US and Canadian growth, making the whole trade zone less competitive and more ripe to be overtaken by Chinese firms.
In sealing the broken patent and copyright system, the insane trade secrecy regime, and Investor-State Dispute Resolution systems beneath a lacquer of unbudgeable trade obligations, the US government has hung weights around the necks of new entrepreneurs and businesses.
Interestingly, this critique comes from a "Hayekian," right-wing proponent of free market capitalism, who says that by going far beyond trade, this "trade agreement" will cripple the economies of all who sign it.
Finally, the TPP continues to enshrine the very questionable usage of investor-state dispute-settlement mechanisms – special courts in which foreign investors can sue countries, states and local authorities but cannot be sued back. This elevates one economic actor (investors) to a status above all others in an economic transaction, and induces strategic behaviour by investors that aims to influence regulatory decisions, instead of letting consumers make their choices known through the market. There is no economic rationale for these mechanisms, only a very questionable (and extremely inefficient, in cost terms) political gamble that some time in the future, they might put China at a disadvantage. It’s time that we put these mechanisms in their proper place – the trash bin of history.
All this extra cost, risk and uncertainty will have chilling effects that will stifle market experimentation. This leads to yet another problematic “benefit” of the TPP: Decreasing the Hayekian (as in Friedrich Hayek) efficiency of the market. That is, the ability of the markets to act as the best-learning and constantly improving system mankind has ever developed.

Here is what can happen if you stop drinking for one month

Researchers found that those who successfully abstained for the duration of January continued to drink less even once drinking resumed.

Sugar in western diets increases risk for breast cancer tumors and metastasis

Sugar in western diets increases risk for breast cancer tumors and metastasis
Sugar in western diets increases risk for breast cancer tumors and metastasis
The high amounts of dietary sugar in the typical Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and metastasis to the lungs, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The findings, published in the Jan. 1, 2016 online issue of...

Alton Brown's Spice Rules - Do's And Don'ts

Since so many delicious recipes for baked goods are all about the spices, and any avid cook knows that with knowledge comes chefly power, Alton Brown created this list of Spice Do's and Don'ts.
It's heavily sprinkled with words of wisdom about how long the budding baker should keep ground spices around (no longer than 6 months), how they should be stored (in airtight vessels away from light and heat) and whether you should consider vanilla a spice (you should!).
And even though the whole thing will only take you about five minutes to read it'll change your spice loving life forever!

What Nobody Told Me About Small Farming

This Pastafarian just schooled Georgia officials for refusing to respect his spaghetti-worshiping religion

Chris Avino's temporary driver's license (Twitter)
A so-called “Pastafarian” who claims to worship the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” is fighting Georgia officials for the right to wear a spaghetti colander in his official driver’s license photo.

Texas 'Cop of the Year' exposed as member of Mexico's most dangerous cartel

Texas 'Cop of the Year' exposed as member of Mexico's most dangerous cartel
Caught on video illegally selling assault rifles and sensitive information to undercover informants, a former officer of the year has also been accused of secretly working for Los Zetas cartel in a drug trafficking conspiracy. 

'If You Leave Me, I Will Kill You'

A shocking statistic about gun deaths in the US

The share of Americans killed by guns is without parallel in the developed world. The most striking statistic: 87 percent of children killed by guns in 23 of the world's most developed, wealthiest countries were Americans.That comes from a 2011 analysis of 2003 mortality data from members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of wealthy, developed nations. It found that in general, Americans were killed by guns far more frequently than people in the other 22 countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Hungary. They were also more likely to be killed, period: The American homicide rate was seven times the rate of the other 22 countries.
The other findings underscore, in the wake of the San Bernardino massacre, that this is a uniquely American problem:
  • Firearm homicide rates in the US were 20 times higher than in the other countries studied.
  • American teenagers and young adults, ages 15 through 24, were 43 times more likely to be killed by a gun than their counterparts in other wealthy, developed countries.
  • Among the 23 countries with a combined population of 854 million people, the US had roughly one-third of the people — and 80 percent of the gun deaths.
  • Regardless of whether mass killings like the one in San Bernardino are becoming more frequent, they happen far more in the US than anywhere else.

Tragedy in Florida as 9-year-old girl struck by ‘celebratory gunfire’ after leaving cult

Firing a gun into the air (Shutterstock)Tragedy in Florida as 9-year-old girl struck by ‘celebratory gunfire’ after leaving cult

Man blames 9/11 after he’s arrested for drunkenly screaming death threats at random muslim man

Video of Thomas Giese at Ravi Food Mart (Screenshot/WPRI)Man blames 9/11 after he’s arrested for drunkenly screaming death threats at random muslim man

Human-machine superintelligence can solve the world’s most dire problems

Human-machine superintelligence can solve the world’s most dire problemsHuman-machine superintelligence can solve the world’s most dire problems
The combination of human and computer intelligence might be just what we need to solve the “wicked” problems of the world, such as climate change and geopolitical conflict, say researchers from the Human Computation Institute (HCI) and Cornell University....

Mysterious radio signals from space are much better test of Einstein’s General Relativity

Mysterious radio signals from space are much better test of Einstein’s General Relativity
Mysterious radio signals from space are much better test of Einstein’s General Relativity
A new way to test one of the basic principles underlying Einstein’s theory of General Relativity using brief blasts of rare radio signals from space called Fast Radio Bursts is ten times, to one-hundred times better than previous testing methods that used...

Dentist who killed Cecil the lion ducks charges of illegal ‘deer herding’ on land near his private hunting grounds

"Department of Natural Resources investigators requested interviews and statements from (Palmer) and his and manager, but neither provided them."

Spiders, Chewing Gum and Hemorrhoids

Don't believe these common myths about spiders, chewing gum and hemorrhoids

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