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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Today in History

The Treaty of Karlowitz ends the war between Austria and the Turks.
Guilio Alberoni is ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his country’s empire.
A fleet of ships carrying convicts from England lands at Sydney Cove in Australia. The day is since known as Australia’s national day.
Louisiana secedes from the Union.
Lincoln names General Joseph Hooker to replace Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
Pinkerton agents, hunting Jesse James, kill his 18-year-old half-brother and seriously injure his mother with a bomb.
General “Chinese” Gordon is killed on the palace steps in Khartoum by Sudanese Mahdists in Africa.
Petrograd is renamed Leningrad.
Germany signs a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland, breaking the French alliance system.
American Expeditionary Force lands in Northern Ireland.
The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines in Burma.
Eighty-four people are arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
California is declared a disaster area after two days of flooding and mud slides.
Condoleezza Rice is appointed to the post of secretary of state. The post makes her the highest ranking African-American woman ever to serve in an U.S. presidential cabinet.

Oregon ranchers who sparked standoff threatened to wrap official’s son in barbed wire and drown him

One voice has been absent from the drama: the Fish and Wildlife Service employees whose work has been disrupted and offices turned into an armed camp by anti-government militants.

Bundy Terrorists Disturb Native American Artifacts Stored At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Bundy Terrorists Disturb Native American Artifacts Stored At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (VIDEO)Ammon Bundy and his band of gun-toting domestic terrorists are living up to their Vanilla ISIL nickname.

One Of The Bundy Idiots Is A Very Dangerous Man Who Could Cause Them Serious Problems

One Of The Bundy Idiots Is A Very Dangerous Man Who Could Cause Them Serious ProblemsYes, they’re all dangerous. Armed idiots typically are. 
This guy, however, takes it one step further.

Memphis millionaire busted after trying to bribe one of his three rape accusers

He is charged with raping at least three women over a thirteen year period, including the brutal assault of a woman who came to his home seeking a housekeeping job.

Muslim man beaten for speaking Arabic on Philadelphia street

Amine Aouam, 34, told Metro that he was walking home after getting a drink with a friend on Saturday night when he encountered “a group of five or six white people."

Women Are Still Being Denied The Full Benefits Of Roe v. Wade

Dumbass Trump’s racist dad inspired Woody Guthrie’s most bitter writings

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie signed his name to the lease of a new apartment in Brooklyn. Even now, over half a century later, that uninspiring document prompts a double-take.

The Media Gives Michigan’s Moron Snyder The Tongue Lashing He Deserves

WATCH: The Media Gives MI’s Gov. Rick Snyder The Tongue Lashing He Deserves (VIDEOS)Snyder says that he would let his own grandchildren bathe in Flint’s water. That’s when the interviewer’s gloves come off.
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New House Bill Gives Away Public Lands, Creates Pseudo-Wilderness Areas

The Gooderham Building

This is the Gooderham Building, also known as the Flatiron Building in Toronto. Completed in 1892, it was originally the headquarters for Gooderham & Worts distillery. It’s a historic landmark now, but still has working offices inside, and a pub in the basement. Let’s take a look at the backside.
The cool trompe l'oeil mural was painted by Derek Michael Besant in 1998. The name of it is, surprisingly, The Flatiron Mural. The image mirrors the Perkins Building across the street. It sure adds a point of interest to a plain rear wall

How 'Folk Art' Challenged the Art World to Get Real

Exactly what "folk art" consists of was debated when it arose in the early 20th century, although the simplest definition for the term is art produced by those without formal training. We also don’t know who came up with the term, but two early adopters were Viola and Elie Nadelman, who collected such art and displayed it in their Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts in Riverdale, New York, from 1926 to 1937. The word "peasant" was dropped when it became evident that Americans didn’t like it. "Peasant art" was the European term for objects that were both decorative and functional.  
By the early 1920s, the couple had amassed the country’s largest collection of folk art and set out to establish a museum to house their objects. In 1924, they began cataloging their extensive collection and worked with an architect to construct a building for it on their property in Riverdale. The collection kept growing, so rapidly that they expanded the museum’s building before it was even complete.
Since art-making was Elie’s primary focus, managing the collection became Viola’s passion. The Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts opened in November of 1926 with Viola acting as director and taking on most organizational duties. As Olson and Hofer explain in their book, “the MFPA was not only the first museum in the United States devoted exclusively to folk art, but also the first in the world to demonstrate the European influences on American folk art.”
The Nadelmans organized their museum by medium with specific rooms devoted to materials like textiles or ironwork. “You’d have things like the wonderful French-Romanesque lions that are now at the Cloisters in the same room with weathervanes and tools like waffle irons,” Olson says, “and they were all hung in an aesthetically pleasing way.”
The New-York Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring some of the Nadelmans’ collection. The Nadelmans' story is a crucial piece in the history of folk art: how it became not only popular, but a legitimate form of art in the U.S. and beyond. Read about them at Collectors Weekly.

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thoughtMemory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought
Salk researchers and collaborators have achieved critical insight into the size of neural connections, putting the memory capacity of the brain far higher than common estimates. The new work also answers a longstanding question as to how the brain is so energy...

Caffeinated Toothpaste Will Jolt You Awake in the Morning

You gotta get up. No one wants to, but we all have to. Some caffeine helps. Yes, I'll have coffee, please. But if that's not enough, then there's a new product in development that will make the morning process easier. Power Toothpaste is infused with caffeine, so it wakes you up as you brush your teeth.
But that's not why entrepreneur Dan Meropol invented it. He was just looking for a way to encourage people to brush more. Meropol reasoned that a rush of caffeine would reward users for brushing their teeth in the morning. A Daily Mail article from last November explains:
After learning that only half of Americans floss daily and half of Americans only brush once per day, Mr Meropol set out to find a way to get people to take better care of their teeth.
Mr Meropol spoke to his friend Ian about the problem he was trying to solve - and Ian suggested a caffeinated toothpaste.
Mr Meropol says his friend was shocked to find that there was not already a caffeinated toothpaste on the market, and began formulating and perfecting what would become Power Toothpaste.

What 17 Different Foods Look Like While Growing in Their Natural Habitats

Not everyone, even the most enthusiastic eaters of fruits and vegetables, are privy to what their favorite plant-based foods look like as they are growing. Some of them have beautiful, showy flowers and some, like the banana above, grow in visually pleasing arrangements.
This article features a photo collection of fruits and vegetables growing in their natural habitats. See if you can guess the plants before looking at the captions underneath that identify them.

Woman faces possible jail sentence for taking care of abandoned baby squirrels

An animal lover from New Jersey is speaking out against charges she's facing for taking care of baby squirrels. Maria Vaccarella of Howell said she was only trying to help one squirrel, and then it surprised her and gave birth to two baby squirrels. "We left the babies in the cage outside for 24 hours. (The mother) never came back. I brought them in, kept them warm, bottle fed them," Vaccarella said.
She said there's no way the baby squirrels could have survived without their mother. Vaccarella reached out to registered wildlife rehabilitators. When they could not take the squirrels in, she became their foster mother. In fact, all of the Vaccarellas became their foster family, her husband and son included. Maria Vaccarella posted videos of the squirrels on social media, and kept in touch with rehabilitators.
The animals were part of their family for four months. But on October 31, the Division of Fish and Wildlife came knocking at her door. "They said they saw a picture on Facebook and asked me if I had squirrels. I said yes. I had no problem telling them the story. I was proud," Vaccarella said. She said she didn't think caring for the squirrels was illegal. "They said I could not have them, that they had to be rehabilitated. I complied. I said no problem," she said. She said she even gave the officers the cage.
Days later, she received a ticket in the mail. "$500. When I was in court, the judge told me up to a $1,000 fine," Vaccarella said. She said the judge also said she could face up to six months in jail, because having the animals was a criminal offense. She said the charges for trying to help out baby animals made her angry. "Especially wasting taxpayer to go to court over helping two squirrels? It doesn't make sense." Vaccarella pleaded not guilty. She's back in court on January 27.

Man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot men in elk rage incident

A man is in jail after he allegedly threatened to shoot two men in a fight over a wounded elk. Madison County Sheriff Roger Thompson called it an “elk rage" incident. He said authorities arrested Kenrick Workman, 52, from Norris, Montana, at about 5:15pm on Saturday following an incident where an elk was hit by a vehicle near Norris. The elk had been observed throughout the day by passing motorists.
Two men stopped to watch the wounded elk, waiting for it to die, with the intent of salvaging the meat, the sheriff said. Workman saw the men from his home and drove to the scene in his car, Thompson said. The men argued over the elk, at which point Workman allegedly pushed one of the men.
He then retrieved a handgun from his car and threatened to shoot the men, the sheriff said. The men called the Madison County authorities, who arrested Workman at his home on existing DUI - and driving-related warrants in addition to resisting arrest and assault with a firearm. Workman is being held at Gallatin County jail in Bozeman without bond and has not yet been scheduled to appear.

Wading Birds Call Mexico's Alcatraz Home

There's another Alcatraz Island that's less famous than the one in San Francisco but just as friendly to its birds..

Animal Pictures