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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Amhed II.
Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears.”
Lincoln issues General War Order No. 1, setting in motion the Union armies.
Foreign diplomats in Peking fear revolt and demand that the Imperial Government discipline the Boxer Rebels.
Russian General Kuropatkin takes the offensive in Manchuria. The Japanese under General Oyama suffer heavy casualties.
President Woodrow Wilson opens preparedness program.
Communists attempt to seize power in Finland.
Lenin’s body is laid in a marble tomb on Red Square near the Kremlin.
A League of Nations majority favors depriving Japan of mandates.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves the sale of U.S. war planes to France.
The United States and Great Britain begin high-level military talks in Washington.
The first U.S. raids on the Reich blast Wilhelmshaven base and Emden.
NASA selects 110 candidates for the first U.S. space flight.
Military leaders oust the civilian government of Tran Van Huong in Saigon.
Three astronauts are killed in a flash fire that engulfed their Apollo 1 spacecraft.
A cease fire in Vietnam is called as the Paris peace accords are signed by the United States and North Vietnam.
The State Supreme Court rules that Nazis can display the Swastika in a march in Skokie, Illinois.
John Paul says mass to one million in Venezuela.

Man with Stage IV Bone Cancer Rescues Neighbor from Burning House

Dennis Kucia of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin says that he doesn't have the strength to "open a pickle jar." That's because he's now fighting stage IV bone cancer only after recovering from throat cancer 10 years ago.
Nonetheless, when Kucia's duplex caught on fire, his work wasn't done after he successfully escaped. He saw that his neighbor hadn't made it out. So Kucia hobbled inside on his crutches. He found his neighbor on the floor, surrounded by flames. Kucia dropped his crutches, grabbed the man by his collar, and dragged him out of the house.
Kucia then went to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. KTIV talked to Kucia about what motivates him:
"Ten, fifteen more seconds he would have been done, because the flames were shooting across. He was laying down flat trying to get out," says Kucia. "He's got one leg, he couldn't do it."
Kucia was hesitant to share his story, but decided it was a way to acknowledge those who helped he and his family during the fire.
The officers, firefighters and Red Cross volunteers helped him and six others inside the home.
Kucia says they give him hope, to help him fight off the cancer long enough to see his new grandchild the family is expecting in four months.
"I want that baby. I want to hold that baby. That's what I want to do. That's why I'm trying to keep going."

Where Fat Goes and Bad Habits

Everybody wants to burn fat and show that waistline who's boss. But what happens to the tummy we trim? Does it just disappear into thin air? Sort of, yeah.
Our vices leaves an imprint on a part of the brain responsible for compulsive behavior and addiction.

Quick Hits

Ayahuasca: the shamanic brew that produces out-of-body experiences
Ex-porn star Sunny Leone determined to take on Bollywood despite social conservatives
North Korea arrests US student for 'hostile activities'

Twitter users suspect US government hacked into their social media accounts

Raising Social Security's Retirement Age Cuts Everyone's Benefits

Judge Orders Walmart To Rehire Workers It Fired For Striking


Why is employment discrimination a “religious freedom” issue?

Religion and LGBT equality, via Wikimedia Commons
Why is employment discrimination a “religious freedom” issue?
Why does religion engender sympathy for what would, in a secular context, be considered odious?

Cult That Has Never Paid Taxes Demands Taxpayer Money For Playground

Trinity lutheran cult in Columbia, Missouri has never paid a dime in taxes. But it seems cult officials still believe that they are entitled to get...

Bundy Boy Ritzheimer Gives A Lecture On The Constitution And Gets It Wrong

Talk about being deluded and uneducated!

Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed, Naked Veteran Charged With Murder

Teen who killed dad and autistic brother was being trained to fight zombie apocalypse

Eldon Samuel, 16, is on trial for murder in the March 2014 killing of his father and his 13-year-old brother. The teen shot his father before stabbing his brother to death with a large knife.

Woman accused of assaulting husband with nunchucks when he wouldn't go to bed with her

A woman from Rock Hill, South Carolina, was charged with aggravated domestic violence after assaulting her husband with nunchucks, according to Rock Hill Police. Officers responded to a domestic incident at about 8:30pm on Sunday, according to a police report. The victim had blood “all over him” when he answered the door, and officers saw the home was in disarray with blood on the walls. The victim said he was watching TV in the living room when Sondra Earle-Kelly, 51, “came in and asked him to go to bed with her,” the report states. Kelly, who had reportedly been taking Xanax that night, became irate when the victim said no, and began throwing ceramic figurines at him.
The victim told officers Kelly “kept coming at him, assaulting him with whatever she could pick up.” He showed officers wounds on his arms that appeared to be defensive in nature. Kelly then picked up a pair of nunchucks and began hitting him, police said. The victim said she hit him several times in the face and head. Kelly told officers she didn’t know how the apartment got into its condition or how the victim suffered his wounds.
The victim declined transportation to the hospital. Kelly showed officers several lacerations on her abdomen that appeared to be self-inflicted, police said. Kelly was taken to the emergency room for treatment, and then to the Rock Hill city jail, where she was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Kelly was released from the York County Detention Center on Monday under $15,000 bond.

Zika Is Here

The cases were diagnosed in people who had recently traveled to South America.

Counting Plants

Even without brains, some plants can count up to five, new research finds.
What does this say about those "Humans" (supposedly WITH brains) that cannot count up to five.
Yes, wingnuts, we're talking to you!

Winter Storms and Clinate Change

Global warming, paradoxically, is increasing the risk extreme winter storms. 

Man arrested for trying to save his dogs from house fire

A Florida man was arrested on Wednesday morning after sheriff's deputies say he ignored firefighters' commands and tried to save his dogs from his burning home. Brevard County Fire Rescue crews responded to his home in Cocoa at around 5am after someone called 911 to report the fire.
Fire investigators say they found the home was full of smoke from a fire that appeared to start in a television and spread. They say Wendell Joyner, 58, kept going inside his burning home to save his three dogs. "I got out of the house, and then I realized, 'Oh, wait a minute, my dogs are in there', " Joyner said. "So, I went back inside to look for my dogs."
Joyner says he kept getting overcome with smoke, and he had to keep coming outside to breathe.He said he saw an opportunity when he grabbed a firefighter's axe and threw it through a front window to get access to his dogs. Deputies tackled Joyner. Joyner says he was taken to a hospital for a CAT scan, and he was then taken to the Brevard County Jail, where he was booked on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. "My defense is I was trying to save my dogs," Joyner said.
Joyner's face was bloodied by the tackle, and he asked why deputies used so much force against him while his home was burning. Brevard County sheriff's spokesman David Jacobs said his deputies suspected Joyner was intoxicated when they arrived, and they feared what he may have done with the axe if he was impaired. He says the deputies charged Joyner with two misdemeanors, when they could have charged him with a felony for picking up the firefighter's axe. "I think at the most, they should've taken me aside, and if they felt that I needed it to be in a squad car until things settled," he added.

Frozen Animal Brought Back to Life After 30 Years

Move over, cockroaches: The real champions of surviving the worst of conditions are microscopic tardigrades. 

Animal News

Hunting of the houbara bustard, a desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac, is allowed to continue.
Officials document another year of carnage fueled by Asian-led demand for the animal's horn.

Animal Pictures