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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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Today in History

The Treaty of Stolbovo ends the occupation of Northern Russia by Swedish troops.
The Russians take Danzig (Gdansk) in Poland.
Connecticut becomes the 5th state.
Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine de Beauharnais in Paris, France.
Swedish Pomerania is seized by Napoleon.
Congress passes the Land Act, paving the way for westward expansion.
The French Academy of Science announces the Daguerreotype photo process.
The rebel slaves who seized a Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, in 1839 are freed by the Supreme Court despite Spanish demands for extradition.
The first and last battle between the ironclads U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia ends in a draw.
General Ulysses Grant is appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.
The funding for five new battleships is added to the British military defense budget.
The Germans take Grondno on the Eastern Front.
Mexican bandit Pancho Villa leads 1,500 horsemen on a raid of Columbus, N.M. killing 17 U.S. soldiers and citizens.
Eamon De Valera is elected president of the Irish Free State and pledges to abolish all loyalty to the British Crown.
The German press warns that all Jews who vote in the upcoming elections will be arrested.
Czech President Emil Hacha ousts pro-German Joseph Tiso as the Premier of Slovakia in order to preserve Czech unity.
Britain frees captured Italian coal ships on the eve of German Foreign Minister, Ribbentrop’s visit to Rome.
British authorities arrest and deport Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus. He is accused of supporting terrorists.
Egyptian leader Nasser bars U.N. plans to share the tolls for the use of the Suez Canal.
The Barbie doll is unveiled at a toy fair in New York City.
The first Ford Mustang rolls off the Ford assembly line.
Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin‘s daughter defects to the United States.
General William Westmoreland asks for 206,000 more troops in Vietnam.
Iraq launches an offensive against the rebellious Kurds.
Navy divers find the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.

There Is No One Style Of 'African Art'

"What exactly is an 'African artist'?" curators Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba asked, "Someone who grew up in Johannesburg, studied in London and has galleries in Italy and Germany?"

People With Anxiety Perceive The World Differently

Poison Water

Water utilities in some of the largest US cities use tests that downplay contamination: report

Keeping food free of lead contamination now a daily challenge in Flint

Oregon Ignores Wingnuts To Become First State To Choose 100 Percent Clean Energy

By Pujanak (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOregon Ignores Wingnuts To Become First State To Choose 100 Percent Clean Energy
Oregon is showing Republicans in Congress how to get shit done.

Biker Bob's journey to continue after his ashes were found on beach for the second time

For Biker Bob, the journey continues. The ashes of Hugh Robert Nisbet, better known as "Biker Bob", who was from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, were discovered on Clayoquot Island, after an unsuccessful attempt to send him across the Pacific Ocean. "I was coming down the beach on the ATV … noticed a bottle with a message in it, picked it up and realized it was Biker Bob," discoverer Dave Walton said. "I heard the story of him and just put two and two together. I thought it was pretty neat."
On Feb. 21, Caleb Harding and Bethany James discovered the bottle of Bob's ashes on China Beach. They resolved to set him loose the next weekend, after taking him for a final drink, so he could continue the journey his widow, Maudine Pervil, sent him on two years ago. Biker Bob died on Vancouver Island. He was on his bike when a driver turned left on a red light and struck him. Maudine said Bob's original request for his remains was to have his ashes sprinkled on his canoe, then have the canoe set loose on a lake - and then for her to take his rifle and blow a hole in that canoe.
When Maudine got the ashes, however, it was too snowy to do that. So she did the next best thing and the ashes were placed in a bottle and set off to sea near Nanaimo. "I set him free on all of the waterways that he once paddled," she said. "He paddled all the waterways around [Vancouver Island]. He used to race around Protection Island. He even did a race in a war canoe … that was his first love, canoes. Well, after motorcycles." Maudine said she was pretty excited to hear that Bob was still traveling. "Bob is traveling as far as he can, and he doesn't have to pay for the gas," she said. "So he's happy. He's on the water, which is where he wants to be, and he's happy. I hope he keeps going."
Maudine says Bob was always a big-time traveler, going across Canada twice on his bike, and down to Sturgis, South Dakota for bike rallies eight times. Now, after Bob's returned to shore twice, it's Walton's turn. He says he's not taking any chances. "We'll take him a mile off shore so he'll be good and free then," he said. "He could head far north. Maybe the next time he's found is in Alaska." But first, he might treat Bob one last time. "It just so happens I have a Harley, so I was thinking of taking him for a ride," Walton said. "Someone already found him and took him for a beer at a biker bar, I believe, in Victoria. so I was thinking of doing somewhat similar the same thing, and setting him free again."

Retracing the First, Forgotten Motorcycle Ride Across America

In 1903, 26-year-old George Wyman had a bicycle with a motor attached, called a California Moto Bike. He had already ridden it over the Sierra Nevada mountains, and was determined to ride his prototype motorcycle across the United States.
Wyman left San Francisco from Lotta’s Fountain on May 16, 1903, with a promise from Motorcycle Magazine to publish an account of his journey. Fifty days later, he rolled into New York City. His bike was so busted that he had to pedal the last 150 miles, but he had made it: he was the first person to motor across the country.
Just 20 days after he arrived, though, Horatio Nelson Jackson completed the same journey in a car. Jackson’s cross-country trip had taken longer than Wyman’s—Jackson and his two companions (one human, one canine) had traveled 63 days from west to east. But that didn’t matter. The car captured the American imagination in a way bikes never had, and for decades, Wyman was almost completely forgotten.
Along the way, he rode on bumpy railroad ties to avoid sinking in the sand, replaced numerous parts on his bike, and even saw families traveling in covered wagons. The roads weren’t paved, and in many places, you couldn’t even find a road. Read about Wyman’s journey at Atlas Obscura.

Toddler Calls 911 to Get Help Putting on Pants

Aliyah Ryan, 2, of Greenville County, South Carolina needed to put on her pants in the morning. This required more coordination than she was capable of. She needed help, so she picked up the phone in her home and called 911.
The dispatcher was confused by the child's need. But, as is standard procedure, he sent a Greenville County Deputy Sheriff out to the location.
Deputy Martha Lohnes drove to Aliyah's home. Her grandfather, who didn't know about the 911 call, answered the door. Then Aliyah walked up to the door with one leg in her pants.
Deputy Lohnes helped her put on her pants the rest of the way. 7 News reports:
“I just ended up sitting down on the stairs helping he put on the rest of her pants and then it was almost like a reward, she just wanted a hug,” she explained.
Needless to say, when mom, Pebbles Ryan, got the call at work, she was a little surprised.
“I came home to “oh, the police helped your daughter put pants on”. I was like “OH! OK?” Then she wouldn’t let any of the police leave because she wanted hugs,” said Ryan.

The Dandy Suit that America Banned and Caused a Riot

A zoot suit consisted of a long coat and baggy pants that narrowed at the ankles, often accessorized with a broad brimmed hat and a long watch chain. The look flourished in the 1940s and ’50s, especially among young Mexican-Americans who referred to themselves as “pachucos,” although zoot suits were also worn by many African-Americans and various immigrant groups -and young white guys, too. But the suits seemed threatening to the establishment. Wearers were considered delinquents, or even “un-American.” In 1943, the fashion led to a riot.
Essentially what happened was a group of Navy guys were cruising in East Los Angeles when they spotted a group of Mexican guys in their fancy zoot suits, and thought it would be fun to beat them up and strip them of their suits. Not long after the incident, another group of Navy guys went back to the area, and this time the Zoot suiters fought back. Suddenly, the LA Times was running sensationalist headlines like “Zoot Suiters Beat Up and Stab Servicemen!” during the height of WWII when laying a finger on a serviceman for whatever reason, was like committing treason.
When US servicemen based in LA read those headlines, hundreds and then thousands of U.S. Navy officers headed to East LA and began terrorizing anyone they came across wearing a zoot suit, also worn at the time by several minority groups including African American and Filipino/Filipino American youths. The first attacks involved victims that were 12 to 13 year-old boys. More servicemen followed, entering bars and cinemas in Latino neighborhoods and assaulting them.
The police did not interfere in the fights because, you know, servicemen. They did arrest quite a few people. Read about zoot suits and the Zoot Suit Riots, and see plenty of pictures, at Messy Nessy Chic.

Accused Fake 'Teen Doctor' Malachi Love-Robinson Arrested Again

The 18-year-old is accused of defrauding an 86-year-old woman who he "treated" for stomach pain.

Welcome to AmeriKKKa

AmeriKKKa: Arrested For Drinking Coffee While Black (VIDEO)
AmeriKKKa: Arrested For Drinking Coffee While Black
The video shows the cop literally stalking his victim.

A Black NFL Player Got The Cops Called On Him For Looking At A Gym

Gunman fled on hoverboard following glide-by shooting of motorist

A man on a hoverboard shot a motorist and managed to get away from police in north west Dallas, Texas, early on Thursday.
Police were called to a RaceTrac gas station shortly after 4am. A man was found with a gunshot wound to his arm. The man told police he was driving when he offered to give the man on the hoverboard a ride.
The hoverboard rider, a black male with dreadlocks, declined. The driver came back about 30 minutes later and offered a ride again, but that angered the hoverboard rider - so the man on the hoverboard shot the driver in the right arm.
Police searched the immediate area for the suspect, but he managed to glide away from capture. The victim was taken to Parkland Hospital, where he is expected to recover.

Police not fooled by woman's elaborate homemade cardboard car license plate

A woman from Sardinia, New York, is facing a felony charge after Erie County Sheriff’s deputies say she was caught driving with a fake, homemade cardboard license plate.
Deputies noticed the vehicle while on patrol on Springville. They say the vehicle driven by Amanda Schweickert, 28, had no front license plate and an imitation of a New York plate on the back.
The license plate was made out of cardboard and painted to look like a real plate, according to deputies. Schweickert was charged with a felony count of possessing a forged instrument.
She was also accused of driving with a suspended registration. Along with that, she also faces three vehicle and traffic offenses. She was committed to the Erie County Holding Center on $400 bail.

Man dressed as clown arrested for smoking meth in Waffle House

A man dressed as a clown was arrested at a Florida Waffle House early on Tuesday morning after an employee called to complain he had smoked methamphetamine at the restaurant's counter, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.
When responding to the complaint at about 4:40am, a dispatcher provided a description of the suspect: a white male about 30 years old who had red hair and was wearing a clown suit. When officers arrived, they learned the suspect was in a locked restroom, and after the Waffle House employee unlocked the door officers encountered 25-year-old Jacob Worthington inside.
When asked if he had any weapons, Worthington reportedly responded that he had a knife, which officers removed from one of his pockets. Officers escorted Worthington out into the dining area where he admitted ownership of a bowl with residue that was on the counter which the employee said he had used to smoke meth. Worthington was then searched, and officers found LSD wrapped in foil and rolling papers.
His bag contained a jar of mushrooms, a jar of pot, a digital scale and a gold keepsake box that held some more pot and an unidentified white powder. Worthington was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and II narcotics, possession of Schedule I and II narcotics and possession of drug-related objects. Worthington is said to be a resident of Gainesville. He continues to be held at the Clarke County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $8,500.

This recording from the deepest part of the ocean is the scariest thing we’ve ever heard

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the deepest part of the ocean…it isn’t. It’s really hard, don’t go there. But if you did get to Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, thought to be one of the deepest parts of the ocean, what you heard might scare your waterproof socks off.
Oceanographer Bob Dizak and his team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently decided they were low on tunes and needed a new playlist. So they designed an audio-recording instrument capable of withstanding pressure 36,000 feet underwater at Challenger Deep, and like we used to with our favorite radio stations, hit “record” for 23 days of non-stop ocean sounds.
What did they hear down there? Actually quite a lot. 

'Lost Ecosystem'

99 million-year-old fossilized lizard gives scientists a view of a 'lost ecosystem'

Gang of goats that hide at night are roaming the streets during daylight hours causing havoc

A gang of wild goats are causing chaos in a small New Zealand town. The mob of 12-16 goats is destroying gardens and roaming the streets in Blackball, population 330, 29km northeast of Greymouth. Grey District Council animal control Murray Malloch said the goats hide at night and then congregate to walk through town during the day. "They just come through and wreck everyone's garden," Mr Malloch. "They eat it and then move on to another one.
"Everyone said they're lovely goats though." He said he's concerned the herd will cause a car crash after a near miss last weekend. The goats are believed to have been around for a couple of years, but have been breeding and are now causing problems.
Mr Malloch said the goats have two weeks to be claimed before they're "taken care of". "A local said he'll go get them for meat, but we're not sure if they're someone's pets," he said. "Either someone has to put their hand up or I'll put it in the hands of a couple of local guys that are shooters. If they come on to their properties they'll eliminate them - they'll shoot them."

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