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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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Today in History

Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
The British-Zulu War begins. British troops — under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus — invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.
A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Kiel and Wilhelmshaven become submarine bases in Germany.
The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.
U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.
U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg claims that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles is aiding communist plot in Nicaragua.
Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90.
Austria recognizes the Franco government in Spain.
Soviet bombers raid cities in Finland.
Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad.
The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
The United States resumes aid to the Laotian regime.
Yassar Arafat is re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
Peking protests the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.
The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis.
Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning.
An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 316,000 people

Why We Can Get by Without Our Tonsils

Tonsils are weird. We don't need them, but there they are! What do they do, and why have they failed to prove their usefulness to us?

The second-deadliest drug in America is legal — and it's getting deadlier

by German Lopez
As the country deals with a rise in opioid painkiller and heroin overdose deaths, a drug that already kills more people is causing more and more deaths each year: alcohol.
According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after controlling for age, the alcohol-induced death rate reached 8.5 per 100,000 people in 2014, up from 7.1 in 1999 and 7 in 2006.
As a result, nearly 31,000 people died by alcohol in 2014, up from 22,000 in 2006. That means more people died to alcohol in 2014 than the nearly 29,000 who died from opioid — including heroin — overdoses, but fewer than the nearly 34,000 who died to gun violence or car crashes that same year.
Still, the 2014 data likely under-counts alcohol-related deaths, since it only includes deaths induced directly by alcohol, like liver cirrhosis. It doesn't include deaths from drunk driving, other accidents, and homicides committed under the influence (alcohol is linked to 40 percent of violent crimes). Counting those deaths, alcohol's death toll in the US reached 88,000, according to the CDC — and that's before accounting for the recent rise in alcohol-induced deaths shown in the chart above. All together, this puts alcohol just behind tobacco, which is by far the deadliest drug in the US, in terms of total deaths.

The Zika virus could be heading for the United States

Virologists have been expressing concern about Zika virus for a couple of years now, but it’s only with its arrival in Puerto Rico during the holiday season that it has really started to make the news.

Should We Be Paranoid About Hormone Risks from Essential Oils?

Baltimore psychologist pioneering use of ‘sacred molecules’ in psychedelics to ‘transform’ lives of patients

Molecular structure of LSD - Shutterstock
The drug most often and reliably used in his program is psilocybin . Found in magic mushrooms, it induces mystical experiences. It has shown promising results in treating conditions from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to addiction, and may be able to improve the lives and spiritual practices of otherwise healthy people.

I Was Terrified When My Mind Detached From My Body

California Supreme Court Says Voters Can Advise on Citizens United

Anti-Muslim attitudes have infected classrooms across the US

Anti-Muslim attitudes have infected classrooms across the US -- and young kids are paying the price

'No reason' for Russia to view US as threat to its national security, Pentagon says

'No reason' for Russia to view US as threat to its national security, Pentagon says

Adelson Didn’t Expect Journalists at His New Paper to Uncover His Purchase

Adelson bought a paper expecting to solidify his position in Las Vegas. 
What he didn't expect was that its journalists would find out…
“Oh my. The end (again) of journalism in The Age of Adelson.” Jon Ralston
Actions have consequences. And now that casino magnate and Republican cabal/ Rubio donor Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, has purchased a newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a cool $140 million, expect some big ones. The move was a shady, if barely-disguised, power play by one of the lunatic fringe’s big movers and shakers.
Money talks. Especially Adelson’s $24.5 billion. And buys things. Not only the means of reporting words. But what words are reported. But you already knew that, because Fox News.
Like those other captains of industry, the Kochs, Adelson seems to think capitalism is the fleecing of the people wrongly granted political power by the Constitution. The Constitution would make the people the ultimate authority, but capitalism puts corporations first.
The beauty of this system for the Kochs and the Adelsons is that nobody gets to vote for them, taking that pesky Constitution out of the picture. And if, like Adelson, they own the media, nobody is going to utter a word of complaint either.
In other words, as CNN Money is reporting, the Las Vegas Review-Journal staff has been “told to ease up on coverage of new owner.” Of course, by omitting certain areas from coverage, Adelson has tried to render it the print version of Fox News.
CNN tells us that,
Management brought in Dave Butler, the executive editor of the Providence Journal, to “help establish some guidelines.” The Review-Journal and the Providence Journal are operated by the same company but owned by separate groups.
That ‘same company’ is GateHouse Media, which is a subsidiary of the New Media Investment Group.
The consequences?
“At one point, we mentioned that we were worried about being able to cover some significant trials involving Adelson, and Butler said if we don’t cover them other media outlets will, so it’s OK,” one of the attendees said.
Needless to say, if you’re a journalist, a serious one – that is, somebody NOT employed by Fox News (sorry Megyn Kelly) – this rubs you the wrong way. Nothing is off limits. Editor Stephanie Grimes of the Review-Journal tweeted her take:
The journalists in this room are plainly on a much different page than Mr. Butler re: how we should be covering this
Grimes reported through Twitter that Butler was “concerned about looking like we’re ‘out to get our owner’: ‘How often do we need to mention the owners'”?
That’s “Republican speak,” as we all know by now, for “reveal the facts.”
Unfortunately, apparently, this was supposed to be a private meeting and…not so much. Butler told CNN Money that,
“I told the staff I would take notes from the meeting and put together a proposal for review on some guidelines. Some folks are still nearly hysterical, as you might understand, and I did say let’s just calm down a bit.”
To which Grimes tweeted, “None of us were told it was a private meeting and we’re not ‘nearly hysterical.’ We’re doing our jobs.”
She also pointed out that “Company leadership really doesn’t seem to understand just how far Adelson’s reach extends in Las Vegas.”
The thing is, when the paper was sold, it was kept secret for days. You can ask, what did the family have to hide? But what’s truly shocking is that it was the paper itself that had to break the news, against the wishes of its new owner.
The Review-Journal‘s manager, Michael Schroeder, told his staff that the (so far unrevealed) new owners “want you to focus on your jobs … don’t worry about who they are.”
So they did, as one of them, Jennifer Robison tweeted “Welp, we DID focus on our jobs. Bad advice for him.” She was one of three RJ journalists who broke the story.
Michael Schroeder, as it happens, in what is an attempt by the Adelson family at damage control, has just been fired, reported the Review-Journal Monday. And there is good reason for their concern. The Review-Journal notes,
The spotlight on Schroeder intensified on Dec. 18, when the RJ revealed that GateHouse Media, which bought the RJ in March before flipping it to the Adelson family, had without explanation ordered RJ staffers to monitor the activities of three judges in Las Vegas.
The RJ noted that a story critical of District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez’ handling of a wrongful termination case involving Adelson had appeared in Schroeder’s New Britain (Conn.) Herald on Nov. 30. The story carried the byline of Edward Clarkin, and included made-up quotes and plagiarized passages.
Nationwide searches by multiple news organizations have turned up no writers named Edward Clarkin, though Michael Schroeder’s middle name is Edward, and his mother’s maiden name was Clarkin.
Schroeder has refused to comment on the Gonzalez story and did not return a call seeking comment for this story.
CNN’s Brian Stelter puts it this way: “There may be no more awkward position for a newspaper to find itself in: reporting on itself when the owners clearly don’t want the reporting.”
Then again, there may be: Schroeder has ties to the Adelson family. They knew what they were getting when they turned him loose on the journalists at the Review-Journal. The Adelsons can say now that they always planned to reveal the purchase, but why not reveal it then?
Because it’s a lot harder to have a paper say nice things about you when everybody knows you own the paper. Information is for sale. Newspapers are for sale.
Information is not so easy to control, however. Information almost wants to be discovered. And just occasionally the power of the people and their right to know, wins out. We have the courage of some of the Review-Journal‘s staff to thank for that.
As WaPo’s Steve Friess tweeted, “the backbone and integrity the @reviewjournal reporters have shown this week is a modern miracle. Inspiring and brave.”
Adelson is now claiming he didn’t buy the paper, his kids did, with their inheritance, and he has nothing to do with it.
Actions have consequences. Sometimes, they’re just not the consequences you expected.

North Carolina waitress fired after telling bosses about manager’s sexual harassment

Lauren Jones (Fox54/Screenshot)
Lauren Jones said she was a waitress at Sonny’s Barbecue in Charlotte for about a month when her manager came up behind her and grabbed her butt at the end of her shift.
Oh, but there's more!
Oh, Snap!

A Journalist's Shockingly Clueless Underage Rape Coverage

When is it legal for a cop to kill you?

by Dara Lind
Charging a police officer with a crime after the death of a civilian is incredibly rare — even when there's video evidence. And a big part of that is because of the legal standards for when a cop is allowed to use deadly force: what the public sees as crossing the line may not actually break the law, and even the most reliable video evidence might not show an officer actually committing a crime.
There are plenty of guidelines for use of force by police, but it often boils down to what the officer believed when the force was used (something that is notoriously difficult to standardize), regardless of how much of a threat actually existed. Here's how prosecutors draw the line between a justifiable use of force by a police officer, and a crime.
"Hands up, don't shoot" has become the motto of the Ferguson protests.
How do you determine if a police officer was justified in using deadly force?
When a police officer kills someone on the job, there's a two-track investigation. That's because there are actually two different sets of standards that govern when a police officer can use deadly force.
One set of standards is state law, informed by a couple of Supreme Court precedents that lay out the circumstances under which law enforcement officers are justified in using lethal force on suspects.
The other set of standards is the policy of the officer's police department, which tells its employees when it is and isn't appropriate for them to use force.
If a police officer were to murder someone in cold blood while on the job, he wouldn't just be breaking the law — he'd be violating his equivalent of an employee handbook. But something can be against a police department's policy without being against the law. When New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo put Eric Garner in a chokehold (ultimately killing him) in July 2014, for example, he violated the NYPD's policy on use of force — but there isn't a law on the books saying a police officer can't use a chokehold.
So when a cop uses deadly force in an officer-involved death, there's a standard criminal investigation: detectives collect evidence and present it to the local prosecutor. The prosecutor then determines whether the killing fits the standards in state law for permissible homicide. If it doesn't, then a crime has been committed, and the prosecutor's job becomes figuring out which crime it was and whether there's enough evidence to charge the officer with it.
But there's also an internal investigation within the cop's department to evaluate whether the incident violated its use-of-force policy. Many departments' policies are stricter than state law — but an officer can't be charged with a crime just for violating the policy. He or she can, however, be fired for it.

Cop savagely beats Hawaiian man ...

Cop savagely beats Hawaiian man after he performs native 'healing prayer' near seal on the beach

Electricity From Cheese Is Possible — And Happening Around The World

The Environmental Movement Awakens

Japan to send huge cache of plutonium to South Carolina under nuclear deal

Japan to send huge cache of plutonium to South Carolina under nuclear deal

The Third-Ever Super El Niño Is Underway

The Worst Environmental Disaster Since The BP Oil Spill Is Happening And The Media Is IGNORING It

The Worst Environmental Disaster Since The BP Oil Spill Is Happening And The Media Is IGNORING ItThis is a disaster of historical proportions, and the corporate media doesn’t think you should know about it.

Floods Leave Castle Precariously on River's Edge

The 16th-century Abergeldie Castle was left teetering on the precipice of disaster after raging floodwaters eroded the banks of the River Dee.

Dawn of the Anthropocene

Life itself is changing.

Ötzi the Iceman Had Asian Ulcer Bacteria

Ötzi the Iceman is the name given to a frozen mummy of a man who was murdered 5300 years ago. Scientists have been studying the relatively well-preserved remains since he was found in the Italian Alps in 1991. The latest finding is that Ötzi carried Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers, in his gut. Many people carry H. pylori without ever developing ulcers, and scientists have identified different strains of the bacteria in different parts of the world. And that's where Ötzi's story makes a left turn. Or right, depending on how you read maps.
When they compared Ötzi’s H. pylori genome with other types from around the world, they got a surprise—Ötzi’s type most closely resembled one from Asia, not those found today in Europe or Africa. This provides insights not only into Ötzi’s health, but also the movements of his ancestors. Ötzi’s own DNA most closely resembles that of early European farmers who originally came from the Middle East. But his bacterial strain most closely matches strains in India and South Asia today, which cluster together in the hpAsia2 population. Today’s hpEurope strain has far more DNA from the African type of H. pylori than does Ötzi’s Asian strain, notes lead author Frank Maixner, a microbial ecologist at EURAC.
He says this suggests a new scenario: The ancestors of early European farmers such as Ötzi must have carried H. pylori with DNA from Asian strains perhaps in the Middle East before they migrated to Europe. Then, new immigrants carrying African microbes arrived in Europe much later, after Ötzi lived. The two types of microbes mixed in these migrants, creating today’s European strain much more recently than expected.    
The findings give us a lot to think about how humans -and bacteria- migrated around the globe thousands of years ago. Read more about the discovery at Science magazine

Got Allergies? Blame Neanderthals

Your Neanderthal DNA may help you fight disease -- and give you allergies
Mating with Neanderthals may have helped modern humans adapt to Europe, but may have also made them more prone to allergies.

5 Ancient Structures That Were Mysteriously Advanced For Their Time

While we now largely know that ancient cultures were much more advanced than previously thought, science continues to be amazed at some of the achievements put forth by our ancestors. Their feats of engineering are at times bewildering, and even though we know that some ancients were quite advanced, some of these structures leave us perplexed as to how they were completed. Here’s a list of the most mysterious that we’ve found:
The Marib Dam
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The Marib Dam is regarded as one of the greatest engineering feats of the ancient world. It was built around 750 BC in Yemen by the Sabaen empire, whose kingdom was based near the modern capital of Sanaa, and took hundreds of years to complete.
Although built long before the existence of concrete, the dam stood for over 1000 years, outlasting the culture who built it by hundreds of years.
When the 2000 foot structure finally failed around 600 AD, it brought down much of the agriculture in the region with it.
Gobekli Tepe
This Turkish complex of huge stone pillars was somehow erected by what would have been hunter-gatherer societies around 9000 BC, and is thought to be the oldest human-constructed site found to date.
It predates agriculture, writing, the walls of Jericho (previously thought to be the oldest human monument), and was built several thousand years before Stonehenge. Archaeologists are convinced that this was a religious site for ancient pre-civilized humans, as there is no  evidence of habitation.
As the National Geographic so succinctly put it, the discovery “was like finding that someone had built a 747 in a basement with an X-Acto knife.”
Underground City Of Derinkuyu
underground-city-in-turkey-derinkuyuAnother fascinating Turkish archaeological site, the 18-story Derinkuyu underground city would have been able to accommodate up to 20,000 people, plus their livestock and stores.
It was built around the 8th century BC, but scientists are not sure by whom.
What is obvious is that the feat of engineering is astounding, as the complex may have started as simple caves, but was completed with tools such as hammers and chisels. The site has yet to be fully excavated.
Puma Punku
tiwanakuwallThis is an ancient city in Bolivia built by the Tiwanaku people, and makes this list due to its precise stonework.
Despite lacking technology, the construction boasts straight cuts on hundreds of identical building blocks, the largest of which is 25 by 17 feet and weighs 130 tons.
The work was so fine that when the Inca came along, they thought that the builders must have been gods.
The Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni
HypogeumThis prehistoric underground structure was discovered by accident in Malta back in 1902. What makes it a feat of engineering, besides being three stories and made of megalithic stones (feats in themselves), it was discovered that when standing at a certain spot, a voice speaking in the 95-120 Hz range would reverberate throughout the entire structure.
What’s more is that sounds at a frequency of 110 Hz produce an effect that is consciousness altering in humans. Scientists don’t know who built this or why, but it is known that someone chanting at the right frequency at a certain location would have induced a trance-like religious experience among ancient worshipers.
The required knowledge for this feat of acoustics is perplexing to scientists.

Archaeology News

As ISIL is pushed out of northern Iraq, archaeologists are returning to the area, including at the Neanderthal site in Shanidar Cave.
Archaeologists believe the man, who was likely in his 50s, was hung for piracy or other crimes.
The highlight of the 500-year-old arsenal were a pair of spiked helmets almost undamaged by rust.

Animal News

Snakes reveal that recovery from digestion is not complete, leaving behind damage to cells that can accumulate over time.
The ancient monkeys show they can perceive the sound quality in the same way humans can.

Animal Pictures