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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Actual photo (via WRAL) of that moron McCrory being told that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that transgender people do in fact deserve equal rights protection. This is the face of an asshole who just found out that he cost his state billions in Title IX funding
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NC's Moron McCrory Signs Executive Order Overturning Parts of HB2 – Adding LGBT Protections To The State
mccrory signs executive order overturning hb2
After weeks of national outrage over North Carolina’s new HB2 bill, which limited the ability of cities to change their non-discrimination ordinances, North Carolina's moron McCrory just signed an executive order to add sweeping LGBT protections throughout the state.
Executive Order 93 now makes North Carolina one of 24 states to have sexual orientation and gender identity protections for all employees. It also gives private businesses and local governments the right to establish their own non-discrimination policies.
The order will seek legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for any type of work-place discrimination, including being fired or not being hired.
You can read McCrory’s entire Executive Order 93 in PDF form here.
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Today in History

The Second Lateran Council opens in Rome.
English Admiral Robert Blake fights his last battle when he destroys the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay.
Ottawa Chief Pontiac is murdered by an Indian in Cahokia.
Captain Cook discovers Australia.
British troops begin the siege of Boston.
France declares war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia.
Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.
The Territory of Wisconsin is created.
Edgar Allen Poe’s first detective story is published.
Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army.
The first mobile home (horse-drawn) is used in a journey from London to Cyprus.
The first National League game is played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park. The park was renamed Cubs Park in 1920 and Wrigley Field, for the Chicago Cubs owner, in 1926.
The Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from the Soviets.
The first electron microscope is demonstrated.
Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of “true reconciliation with Germany.”
Soviet troops begin their attack on Berlin.
General Douglas MacArthur addresses a joint session of Congress after being relieved by President Harry Truman.
Operation Little Switch begins in Korea, the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war.
The New Orleans Citizens Committee gives free one-way ride to blacks to move North.
U.S. planes bomb Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.
Two students enter Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and open fire with multiple firearms, killing 13 students and teachers, wounding 25 and eventually shooting themselves.

Here are 10 myths and truths about atheism

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Here are 10 myths and truths about atheism

Out: The Czech Republic. In: Czechia.

(Image: Vardion)At the end of World War I, the Czech and Slovak regions of the Austo-Hungarian Empire formed the state of Czechoslovakia. When the pair split in 1993, the Czech state became known in English as the Czech Republic.
It's a bit awkward. Officially, France is the French Republic, but we just call it France. Couldn't we call the Czech Republic something similarly short? Perhaps. The Czech government is considering adopting "Czechia" as its official short form name. The Washington Post reports:
Finding a short-form name for the Czech Republic had proved difficult, however. In the Czech Republic itself, the short name “Cesko” is used. That name is said to date to the 18th century, although it came to official use only in the 20th century. Even today, it isn’t fully accepted: According to the Economist, former Czech president Vaclav Havel once said that the word made his “flesh creep.” Some suggested that the name was a reminder of the country’s split from Slovakia, though others said it just sounds nasty: The word is “short and harsh sounding,” one Czech cartographer told Radio Prague in 2004. […]
In recent years, a movement to finally confirm Czechia as the official short name has gathered pace. President Milos Zeman became a powerful ally of the new short name when he applauded its use during a 2013 state visit to Israel. “I use Czechia because it sounds nicer and it’s shorter than the cold Czech Republic,” Zeman told Shimon Peres, then the president of Israel.

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Ten of the Most Memorable Clowns in Movies

The world has finally gotten around to admitting that clowns are pretty much horrible. For centuries, we just pretended otherwise, not knowing that other people felt the same way. But now clowns are a fairly common horror trope, and there have been plenty of movies with clowns as the scary part. I posted a picture of the first one you’d probably think of.
Pennywise is the scariest clown ever, and he’s the first that came to mind when I decided to create this list. In the TV miniseries It (which I think we can count as a movie), Pennywise the Dancing Clown was played by the very creepy Tim Curry. The clown is just one of “Its” forms, complete with long claws and fangs. Truly terrifying for children.
But there are plenty of other clowns in movies you might have forgotten, but you’ll be reminded by this extensive list at TVOM.

Guy Watches TV for 94 Hours, Sets New World Record

This is Alejandro "AJ" Fragoso, one of the greatest athletes in the world. He recently sat on a couch watching television for 94 straight hours, thus setting a Guinness World Record.
Fragoso and two other competitors sat down on a Friday to binge watch Bob's Burgers, Battlestar Galactica, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Twlight Zone. The other would-be champions eventually collapsed, but Fragoso pushed on, eventually surpassing the previous record of 92 hours. The Washington Post quotes Fragoso on the experience:
“Around the second day we started having minor hallucinations we started seeing writing on the screen that wasn’t there,” he told local TV station WPIX. “You forget there’s an outside world at that point you’re trapped in this tiny room.” […]
A doctor was present and conducted a physical check-up before and after the event. In the end, he found that Fragoso had an elevated heart rate and exhibited neurological side effects, including involuntary open-eyed “micronaps” and acute hallucinations.
The physician — Robert Glatter, a professor at the Northwell Hofstra School of Medicine — credited Fragoso’s Mediterranean diet and frequent standing and stretching with helping the 25-year-old fight fatigue and maintain his blood-sugar levels.

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Southwest Kicks Muslim Woman off Flight With No Credible Explanation

Police Apologies For Contact High

Police may have left residents in the New Zealand town of Turangi feeling a little high after a supposedly controlled burn of illegally grown cannabis sent smoke wafting through the streets on Friday.
Billowing clouds of marijuana-scented smoke were wafting from the town's police station, over the road and into the car park outside the local supermarket. Police bosses have apologized to the townsfolk for the accidental inundation of dope-laden vapors, which were emanating from a furnace at the police station where a recently-acquired haul of the illegal harvest was being incinerated.
However their fuming faux pas won't be forgotten for a while, thanks to video shot by a bemused passer-by. "Man, does it smell like the old ganja over there," he remarked. "Here comes a good cloud wafting past now. I might just stand here for a moment." Police chiefs, however, were not so thrilled about the gaffe.
"Unfortunately...given the conditions [and] the wind I understand the smoke did drift further than anticipated," Taupo Area Commander Warwick Morehu said. "I apologize on my staff's behalf to the community and we have already taken measures to change our practice and procedures going forward into the future. It is certainly not our intention to cause harm or alarm to our people in Turangi."
You can watch the video here.

Criminalizing Childhood

When I was a kid, I watched a number of fights on the playground, in the school cafeteria and just on my block. This was true when I was in elementary...

How imperialism and eugenics during America’s Progressive Era spawned international drug control

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How the White House might have killed these three presidents in the 1840s

How the White House might have killed these three presidents in the 1840s

The Most Dangerous States to Get Sick in Might Surprise You

Sherpas: Evolving into Superhumans?

Sherpas have evolved superhuman qualities over the 500 generations they've lived at high altitude

Viking invaders struck deep into the west of England

Viking invaders struck deep into the west of England – and may have stuck around

Mystery of Mummified Lung Solved

New analysis reveals that a copper belt might have contributed to the mummification of a lung belonging to Merovingian royalty.

Dinosaur Die Out Was Gradual, Miserable, Painful

Life went from really bad to worse for dinosaurs in the years preceding the asteroid impact, new research shows.

Insects Have Consciousness, Self-Awareness and Egos

The discovery could not only change our view of these tiny beings, but it could also have major implications for the origins of consciousness in all animals.

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