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Friday, February 12, 2016

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Today in History

Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.
Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
Chile gains independence from Spain.
Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed.
China becomes a republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty.
Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
Charles Lindbergh announces his engagement to Anne Morrow.
Japan makes its first television broadcast–a baseball game.
The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
Japan refuses to reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
The Soviet Union signs a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Moslem Brotherhood chief Hassan el Banna is shot to death in Cairo.
The Soviets break off diplomatic relations with Israel after the bombing of Soviet legation.
The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
The Symbionese Liberation Army asks the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.

Salma Hayek Didn't Plan On Wearing This Embarrassing And Suggestive Shirt To The ER

by Kimberly Ricci
Mom always said to wear clean underwear for a good reason, right? That way, no one lands in the hospital while wearing a mortified expression in addition to howling in unbearable pain. Never mind that anyone in the hospital has greater concerns than underwear pride, but the warning gets nonetheless repeated across generations. Moms, so embarrassing.
Salma Hayek learned the meaning of the word “embarrassing” when she endured an on-set injury. Hayek never revealed the movie she’s filming, but she’s still sort of working on a film called Sausage Party. Nahh, that movie is actually an animated children’s film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Those two would delight in such a movie title, but Hayek must be up to something else.
Whatever the case, Hayek suffered what she described as “a minor head injury.” She rushed to the emergency room without changing shirts, but her noggin was a-okay. So, she felt well enough to pose with some doctors who looked thrilled in this Instagram picture. Boy, I wonder if their expressions have anything to do with Hayek’s wardrobe shirt?

Because It Is 2016, British Airways Finally Agrees Female Employees May Wear Pants To Work

Authorities ban 'silent discos' over noise concerns

Authorities in Lausanne, Switzerland, have quashed a proposal for outdoor “silent disco” events in the city center because of concerns they would be too noisy. Organizers of the events, where participants dance to music listened to on wireless headphones, had wanted to hold them on the terrace and rooftop of bistros in the Flon neighborhood on June 12th and September 4th. The events were to run until 5am.
Similar events have been held in the nearby municipality of Pully, run by Olivier Meylan, the director of the unfortunately named For Noise Festival. Meylan submitted an application with the support of Mobimo, the owner of the property where the bistros are located, and a recommendation from the municipality of Pully. However, the city’s business regulation department turned down the proposal, a decision that cannot be appealed.
“Since 2014 numerous complaints from neighbors have been lodged,” Florence Nicollier, head of the department said. “They involve noise problems caused by musical events and other activities taking place on terraces of establishments in the Flon neighborhood and the Place de l’Europe, in particular those on rooftops,” Nicollier said. Apparently, the concern with “silent discos” is that they are not that silent, since participants often sing along to the music.
“During silent discos, the noise caused by the clientele is not negligible,” Nicollier said. As a result, the city has decided to ban such events. Event organizer Meylan did not hide his disappointment. “Given our experience in the neighboring municipality of Pully, we should have been able to at least try a test in the center of Lausanne and take stock afterward, but no,” he said. “There is now a lack of original events in this city that are, however, popular with young adults.”

Businessman sells fresh British air to the Chinese for £80 a bottle

A British businessman is making thousands of pounds out of selling bottled British air to the Chinese for £80 a bottle. The smog-plagued elite of Beijing and Shanghai are snapping up the decanters from Leo De Watts who 'farms' fresh-air from the British countryside. His team of workers put bottles in adapted fishing nets and hold them aloft as they stride through a muddy field to 'harvest' the product. They then leave it open for up to 10 minutes to capture the area's aroma, but also ensure no grass or bugs get into the 'organic' product.
In just a few weeks of launching the venture, Aethaer, which is from the ancient Greek word for pure fresh air, Mr De Watts, 27, has sold 180 580ml containers of breeze from Dorset, Somerset, Wales, Wiltshire and Yorkshire. Once unbottled, the 'experience' of inhaling the fresh-air for the consumer lasts just a few seconds. Mr De Watts, who is from Gillingham but now lives in Hong Kong, asks friends and family members to go out on land that is as far away from pollution as possible to bottle the air. Mr De Watts describes British breeze as the 'Louis Vuitton or Gucci' of fresh-air and said each area has its own unique aroma. He said: "I would say on the whole that Dorset air seems to pick up a few more scents of the ocean, as the breeze flows up the Jurassic Coast and over the lush pastures.
"Whereas air from the Yorkshire dales tends to filter it's way through much more flora, so the scent captures the subtle tones of the surrounding fields, giving different qualities to the collection. We go up to a hill top, for example, and collect all the products there which are all packaged and bottled up, sent to Dorset and then directly to China. Our customers all have high disposal incomes and want to buy gifts for someone or someone wants to use it. There is a serious point to this though as Beijing, Zhuhai, and Shanghai are the major places where pollution is quite bad, whether it is the fault of the rest of the world or its China's responsibility, we have a case of people living in smog."

Although a Canadian company is already sending bottled Rocky Mountain air to China, Mr De Watts is leading the British charge. He said: "I saw a few reports of people importing bottles of air and thought it was a bit ridiculous myself, and then I thought about it. When someone bottled water everyone thought it was ridiculous, now you have Evian and Volvic - why not bottle air? We are priced as is a luxury item it is not for every day customers, if they want something that is cheaper they can buy it. Think of us as being the equivalent of Louis Vuitton or Gucci, so we are not likely to appeal to a mass market. It is really a cottage industry at the moment we have got a few people around the country who go out and bottle it. It doesn't require that many people and you can collect quite a lot in one go and you don't have to pay for it."

Having the First Name 'Isis' Has Become a Massive Burden for Lots of People

Western Warmongers Create One Disaster After Another in the Mideast

Your Emotions Could Be Making You Sick

Enjoy your sneeze

Enjoy your sneeze: It may mean you won’t get brain cancerEnjoy your sneeze: It may mean you won’t get brain cancer
If allergy season has you sneezing, wheezing or itching, is your risk of developing a deadly form of brain cancer less? No one can say for sure, but researchers found an inverse association between allergies, asthma and eczema and a brain cancer called glioma, meaning...

Does Nutrition Play a Role in ADHD?

McDonald’s Ridiculous New Kale Salad Is An Excellent Argument For Obamacare

Contracts between cities and police unions guarantee complaints against cops will be kept secret

Revealed: Contracts between cities and police unions guarantee complaints against cops will be kept secret

Another Flint Atrocity: City's Jail Inmates — Including Pregnant Women — Had No Choice but to Drink Poisoned Water

Michigan Wingnuts On Flint Water Crisis: It’s Obama’s Fault

Yeah, Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

Wisconsin man bought gun and practiced before killing co-worker who spurned his advances

Christopher O'Kroley, 26 - WKOW screen grabWisconsin man bought gun and practiced before killing co-worker who spurned his advances: ‘It was easy’

Fox News "guest": 'By every metric men have it worse -- we're more likely to get raped'

Fox News "guest": 'By every metric men have it worse -- we're more likely to get raped'
By EVERY metric?!
OK, granted each "classification" can have it "worse" than another "classification" on any given metric at any given time, but all of them, all the time, nah, ain't gonna happen.

Judge grants injunction barring distribution of bogus Planned Parenthood 'sting' videos

Judge grants injunction barring distribution of bogus Planned Parenthood 'sting' videos

Anti-Abortion Cabals Argue That Restrictive Texas Law 'Prevents Discrimination' Against Women

In an amicus brief filed at the Supreme Court yesterday, the anti-abortion-rights cabals Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America argue that a restrictive Texas law that threatens to shut almost all of the state’s abortion clinics is actually meant to prevent discrimination against women ... MORE
Say, What!?!

Anti-gay parents compare LGBT student group at rural Tennessee high school to ISIL and drunk drivers

Anti-gay parents at a Tennessee high school are planning a rally Monday against a school club for LGBT students and their straight allies.

Michigan Wingnuts Pass Bill That Would Put Gay AND Straight Couples In Prison

Wingnuts are far too obsessed with how people have sex. In defiance of the Supreme Court, Michigan Republicans have passed a bill that makes..

Legal rape agitator now on the receiving end of harassment after anti-woman meetings collapse

The online vigilante group Anonymous circulated Roosh’s address and phone number, and the Daily Mail published photos of him in the doorway of a house in the Washington DC area , where the supposed globetrotting Lothario apparently lives with his mother.

Couple charged after argument over broken Lego structure turned physical

A man and his common law partner were involved in an argument when she threw a Lego structure he had been building.
As a result, the structure broke.
Police said the argument then turned physical, with both parties assaulting each other.
A 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, both from Brandon in Manitoba, Canada, were charged and released.

Man and his girlfriend jailed on drug charges

A southwestern Minnesota couple are in jail on drug charges after authorities raided their apartment in Pipestone.
Forty-two-year-old Benjamin Walker is charged with possession of methamphetamine near a park zone and possession of firearms or ammunition by a felon. His girlfriend, 34-year-old Jennifer Underwood is charged with methamphetamine possession.
The drug charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Agents with the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and Pipestone County Deputies searched the couple's apartment on Thursday morning, and found meth, cut pen straws, glass pipes, and a spoon.
In another room they found propane torches and a box containing .38-calibre ammunition. Walker has a felony burglary conviction which prohibits him from owning a firearm or ammunition.

Wife faces up to six years in jail for poor management of the household chores

A man from Lazio, Italy, is taking his wife to court for “mistreatment of the family” because she did not cook or clean enough.
The 40-year-old woman from the town of Sonnino has been charged with "mistreatment of the family" due to what her husband describes as “poor management of the household chores”.
The charge could result in a jail sentence of up to six years. In his statement, the husband, who is seven years his wife's senior, claimed he had been "insulted" for over two years by his wife's negligence.
He said that on occasion his wife has kicked him out of their bedroom and that he has been “forced to live in conditions with poor hygiene”. The husband also said that the food he bought ended up in the bin as his wife rarely cooked. The trial has been fixed for October 12th this year.

Man who fell into and became locked in his car's trunk charged with possession of marijuana

A Florida man who said he fell into his car's trunk and got locked in after a walk on the beach was rescued on Wednesday by a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy who heard him knocking for help. The incident began at about 9:30pm when Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Seth Hopp answered a call about a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Sombrereo Beach.
There, Hopp said he found a 1997 Lincoln Continental with all four doors open but no one in sight. Drawing closer, Hopp said, "I then began to hear a knocking coming from the closed trunk." "Come out", Hopp ordered after announcing himself as "Sheriff's Office." "I can't", answered a voice that turned out to belong to be 32-year-old Rob Moore of Marathon.
"I opened the trunk and a ... male emerged," said Hopp. And the male had an unusual explanation for his predicament. After going for a walk on the beach, Moore told the deputy, "he was looking for the keys to the vehicle and had accidentally fallen in the trunk while searching for the keys. The trunk then closed on top of him." What happened to Moore's keys remains unknown.
The deputy may have opened the trunk using an in-car release, said Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin. During his interview with Hopp, Moore told the deputy he had in the car a pill bottle containing marijuana. Moore was charged marijuana possession, a first degree misdemeanor. Moore's mother arrived and drove him home in the Lincoln, Hopp said. "Certainly these are unusual circumstances," said Herrin. "But we have no reason to believe it happened in any way other than what he described."

Primal Linkage

The Oxford Words blog explains the origin of the phrase "currying favor" in a brief video.  "The original form of this phrase was actually ‘to curry Favel’, which probably sounds rather puzzling. Favel was the name of a chestnut horse in a 14th-century French tale who was renowned for his cunning and duplicity."
NPR reports that "The Onion" has been sold to Univision. (honest)
The largest known prime number has been discovered.  The number is 274,207,281-1.  It has 22,338,618 digits.  Perhaps some reader can leave a comment on this post as to why this is important or relevant to real life.
A "life pro tip" - "when paying a friend cash, ask them to double check it so they don't feel awkward counting it in front of you."
Trail running in the Scottish Highlands.  A five-minute video best enjoyed by clicking the full-screen icon.
The pronunciation of poinsettia is explained at Language Log.  "The journalist also wondered whether the "poinsetta" pronunciation is a mistake, and whether people who use it should be corrected. My response was that there are lots of similar cases of variants with a phoneme or two missing — february, surprise, etc. — and the fact that such variants are listed in dictionaries is a good reason not to correct people who prefer them. And there are other cases where pronouncing the lost phonemes is actually a mistake — wednesday (at least in the U.S.), worcester, etc."
How to run out of a steep hole.
Secret doors and hiding places in homes.

Freak Storms and Butterfly Die-Offs

Russian lawyer accuses unlikely animal friends of 'gay propaganda'

Russian prosecutors have begun considering whether media coverage of the unexpected friendship between a male tiger and goat at a safari park in the country’s far east counts as gay propaganda.
Novosibirsk lawyer Alexei Krestyanov complained to the prosecutor general last month that information about the animals living together could harm children by provoking “interest in non-traditional sexual relations”. “I think the positive coverage of this topic is nothing less than interference in the personal lives of minors, which is what hidden propaganda is, and public, active imposition of homosexuality,” Krestyanov wrote.
The prosecutor’s office in the Primorsky region, which borders China and North Korea, has said it has begun checking Krestyanov’s allegations. The two animals became minor national celebrities in November when Timur the goat, who was meant to be a live snack for Amur the Siberian tiger, instead took over the enclosure at a safari park near Vladivostok, forcing the tiger to sleep on the roof of his own lean-to.
Video from last November.

The media was soon full of footage of the two playing together, and Timur’s fans have even begun a campaign to elect him to parliament, arguing that he would be braver and more honest than current MPs. Timur has been in the care of a veterinarian since late January after he tried to headbutt Amur, who took him by the neck with his fangs and gave him a shaking. Although Krestyanov cited a children’s rights law in his complaint, his language echoed that of the law against gay propaganda passed in 2012 amid President Vladimir Putin’s growing emphasis on traditional values.

Animal Pictures