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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Today in History

Russian troops repel an invasion by Teutonic knights.
Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.
George Washington casts the first presidential veto.
Queen Victoria proclaims Hong Kong a British crown colony.
Gideon Welles, the Secretary of the Navy issues official orders for the USS Powhatan to sail to Fort Sumter.
As the Confederate army approaches Appomattox, it skirmishes with Union forces at Amelia Springs and Paine’s Cross Road.
The Japanese Army reaches Yalu River as Russians retreat.
Eamon de Valera becomes president of Ireland.
Mahatma Gandhi defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British.
German commandos secure docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.
The British 8th Army attacks the next blocking position of the retreating Axis forces at Wadi Akarit.
Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage.
Winston Churchill resigns as British prime minister.
A bomb explodes in a West Berlin disco packed with American soldiers.

The Ghost of Mark Twain and His Copyrights

In 1910, Samuel Clemens, the author who went by the name Mark Twain, died.
This was during the age of Spiritualism--the popular belief that it's possible to communicate with the spirits of the dead through mystical rituals, such as seances. 7 years after Twain died, Emily Grant Hutchings, a journalist, announced that the ghost of Twain had dictated a novel to her through a ouija board. It was titled Jap Herron. Hutchings published it.
The estate of Mark Twain said it owned anything Twain wrote--even while dead--and therefore sued Hutchings for copyright violation. Thus began one of the strangest copyright lawsuits in American history. Parker Higgins writes at Fusion:
Twain’s estate, while skeptical that the book was really authored by the deceased author, said that, if it were, the estate owned the rights to it and publisher Harper & Brothers had a contract to publish it.
At the heart of the case were some novel legal questions: Can the law recognize a dead person as the author of a new work? And if so, could Twain’s ghost (or its human mouthpiece), wiggle out of Twain’s agreement with Harper & Brothers to publish all of his books? Finally, even if those copyright hurdles could be cleared, what about using Twain’s pen name, which the publisher held as a registered trademark? (Twain’s legal name was Samuel Clemens.) […]
So the more firmly they insisted Twain himself was behind the work, the more they strengthened the Twain estate’s copyright argument that it, as the owner of all things written by Twain, owned this book, too. And Twain had a deal with Harper & Brothers that gave it the sole rights to publish books by Twain, so Hutchings and her publisher would have to produce credible evidence that he wanted to break that deal in his afterlife.
Jap Herron, which was probably ghostwritten by Hutchings herself, is now indisputably in the public domain. You can read it here.

The 17 Equations That Changed The World

In mathematics, an equation is an equality containing one or more variables. Solving the equation consists of determining which values of the variables make the equality true. There are many types of equations, and they are found in many areas of mathematics. The techniques used to examine them differ according to their type.
Here are 17 equations that changed the world.

The Future Could Be Pee-Powered

Woman Sends Nude Photo Of Mississippi Mayor To City Officials

Armed hate group met at Texas mosque protest by gun-toting worshipers

The Bureau of American Islamic Relations, or BAIR, was met Saturday by armed counter-protesters at a Nation of Islam mosque in South Dallas.

Juror's Anti-Mexican Comments May Prompt SCOTUS Ruling On Jury Secrecy

SC Cops Sexually Assault Black Couple During Traffic Stop

Image credit: video screen capture via The Washington Post
“You gonna pay for this one, boy.”

Atheists More Tolerant Than 'Christians'

They have to be to put up with 'christians'.

'Christian' school principal confesses to sexually assaulting two pre-teen students

Former principal Douglas J. Allison -- KOMO screen grab'Christian' school principal confesses to sexually assaulting two pre-teen students

There were 12 reported incidents of 'christian' pastors molesting kids — in just the last month

The arrest of a 'christian' school principal in Port Angeles, Washington for sexually assaulting two pre-teen girls brings to light, once again, what appears to be an epidemic of sexual predators in 'christian' cults and schools.

No ‘Wicked’ for NC: Composer Stephen Schwartz bans NC shows over HB2

Broadway composer denies NC companies right to produce shows
Tony Award-winning composer asks other Broadway artists to act as well
Schwartz’s work includes ‘Pippin,’ ‘Godspell,’ ‘Wicked,’ ‘The Magic Show’
Schwartz: Action against apartheid ‘eventually proved to be very effective’
Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz’s work includes ‘Wicked.’
by Craig Jarvis
The reaction against North Carolina’s law rolling back LGBT protections continues to spread beyond the business world, where corporations have called for its repeal. Now Broadway’s musical world is flexing its muscle.
This email by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz began circulating Friday, according to the online theater publication BroadwayWorld.com:
“To my fellow theatre writers and producers: As you no doubt know, the state of North Carolina has recently passed a reprehensible and discriminatory law. I feel that it is very important that any state that passes such a law suffer economic and cultural consequences, partly because it is deserved and partly to discourage other states from following suit.
“Therefore, I and my collaborators are acting to deny the right to any theatre or organization based in North Carolina to produce any of our shows. We have informed our licensing organizations and touring producers of this, and I'm happy to say have met with compliance and approval from them.
“In the 1970s, I, along with many other writers and artists, participated in a similar action against apartheid in South Africa, and as you know, this eventually proved to be very effective.
“If you are in agreement, you may want to join me in refusing to license our properties to, or permit productions of our work by, theaters and organizations in North Carolina until this heinous legislation is repealed.
“Thank you for considering this.”
Schwartz’s work includes “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “Wicked,” “Working” and “The Magic Show.”
At last count, more than 120 companies had called for the law to be repealed. On Friday night, the CEO of PepsiCo – the company whose signature soft drink was invented in North Carolina – sent a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory calling for a repeal.
Governors of several states have banned most official travel to North Carolina in protest, the latest being Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.
The law prohibited a Charlotte ordinance from going into effect that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom that they identify with, not their biological identity. It also prohibited other cities and counties from adopting similar ordinances, and eliminated the ability to sue in state court for discriminatory firing.

Mississippi on Verge of Passing Most Hateful LGBT Law, Which Could Also Force Women to Wear Makeup

The Super-Easy Trick to Make Steak More Tender


Why Reduced-Fat Foods Are Making You Fat

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Why Reduced-Fat Foods Are Making You Fat
If you want to lose body fat, you shouldn’t be cutting out dietary fat. (That’s right: Drink more whole milk.)

28 Vintage Photos Of Amsterdam Before 1900

Jacob Olie (1834-1905) was a photographer from Amsterdam in the Netherlands known for his scenes of everyday life there. These amazing photos are from his work of this city before 1900.

Colon Cancer Found in Hungarian Mummy

An 18th-century mummy carried a genetic mutation, which physicians now know raises the risk of colon cancer.

Networks Ignore Major Climate Study

Animal Pictures