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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Today in History

Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication.
Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.
Sir Thomas Gates institutes “laws divine moral and marshal, ” a harsh civil code for Jamestown.
After years of unprofitable operation, Virginia’s charter is revoked and it becomes a royal colony.
English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration, protecting protestants. roman catholics are specifically excluded from exemption.
The methodist cult is established.
Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.
Believing that a French invasion of Ireland is imminent, Irish nationalists rise up against the British occupation.
Samuel Morse taps out the first telegraph message.
General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey.
General Benjamin Butler declares slaves to be the contraband of war.
Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attack a Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.
The first American bicycle race is held in Boston.
Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
The British battleship Hood is sunk by the German battleship Bismarck. There are only three survivors.
Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants.
Civil rights activists are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.

Immigration to the United States

We've seen many immigration charts; this is the first one we can remember that plots the data as a percentage of the population at the time.  It's interesting how each group was reviled at the time and how each then resented those in the subsequent wave.

Demi Lovato Takes A Stand For Trans Rights At #BBMAS And It Is GLORIOUS

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22:  Recording artist Demi Lovato attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
This is so simple, but oh so brilliant.

Ex-NBA star Etan Thomas busts racist woman for only letting whites sit next to her on train

Photos via Etan Thomas Facebook
A popular ex-NBA player and celebrated poet/activist took to Facebook to describe one of the indignities that black men face every day, as a white woman refused to let him sit next to her on a crowded train — only to give the seat to a white man moments later.

World’s two largest terrorist groups about to do battle in Syria

Showdown: World’s two largest terrorist groups about to do battle in Syria

China denies exporting cans of human meat and selling it in Africa as corned beef

China's foreign ministry has denied reports that Chinese food companies are canning human flesh and selling it in Africa as corned beef.
The country's state-run Xinhua news agency said one newspaper in Zambia was falsely quoting an unnamed woman living in China. She said Chinese firms were collecting dead human bodies, marinating them and packing them in tins. Chinese spokesman Hong Lei said the reports were "irresponsible".
The Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Yang Youming, said the reports were aimed at destroying the long-standing partnership between the two countries. "Today a newspaper is openly spreading a rumor, claiming that the Chinese use human meat to make corned beef and sell it to Africa.

"This is a malicious slandering and vilification which is absolutely unacceptable to us. We hereby express our utmost anger and the strongest condemnation over such an act," he said. Zambia's Deputy Defense Minister Christopher Mulenga says his government will launch an investigation into the reports.

Portland Public Schools Tell The Koch Brothers To Get Out

KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND - JULY 10: Kelly  Deuerling, a Ph.D. candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Florida, looks out onto a glacier as she takes part in a study to analyze the water chemistry coming out of the glacial environment and using that to understand how the melt is effecting the sea waters on July 10, 2013 in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.  As the sea levels around the globe rise, researchers affilitated with the National Science Foundation and other organizations are studying the phenomena of the melting glaciers and its long-term ramifications. The warmer temperatures that have had an effect on the glaciers in Greenland also have altered the ways in which the local populace farm, fish, hunt and even travel across land.  In recent years, sea level rise in places such as Miami Beach has led to increased street flooding and prompted leaders such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to propose a $19.5 billion plan to boost the citys capacity to withstand future extreme weather events by, among other things, devising mechanisms to withstand flooding.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
As schools across the nation are fighting science, schools in Portland, Oregon are giving a big middle finger to politically motivated science denial text...

Cops pepper spray Maryland grad party

University of Maryland police pepper spray students (Photo: Screen capture)
Cops pepper spray Maryland grad party: ‘This wouldn’t have happened if this was a white party’

New overtime rules a boon for middle-class workers

New overtime rules a boon for middle-class workers

Meet the abusive ‘world’s largest company’ you’ve never heard of

Sudbury Nickel Operations
Canada (Glencore)
Introducing Glencore -- rapacious global lord.

Power Minister's press conference highlighting achievements interrupted by power cut

As Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal was addressing a press conference to highlight how much work has been done by the Power Ministry, the lights went out.
On Tuesday, Mr Goyal was talking about his ministry's achievements over the past two years and its commitment to providing 24/7 electricity to everyone by 2019.
At this point he was presented with a flash of reality. The minister continued with his presentation in the dark. The electricity returned just as he was explaining the ministry's plans to have a power supply system for Delhi.

This is similar to the system currently in place in Mumbai that islands itself off to ensure continuous power supply to the financial capital even though other areas may face power outages.

Marriage of couple with 50-year age gap vetoed by court

A court in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, has refused the marriage application of a 71-year-old great-grandmother and her 21-year-old fiancĂ©. The Vaud cantonal court didn’t believe they were in love, but that the man, from Tunisia, simply wanted to live in Switzerland.
The Swiss pensioner said she met her 21-year-old boyfriend on the internet when he was just 18. “We both like rap, walks in the countryside. We have the same ideas,” said the retired secretary, who was previously married to a man 13 years her junior. Having never met her intended in person, in August last year the woman took a five-day visit to Tunisia to visit him.
The couple then lodged their request to marry with the Swiss ambassador in Tunisia. But a court refused the request at the end of April, judging it “emotional fraud with the aim of migration”, the Vaud civil registry office said. According to Swiss law, couples wishing to get married must submit an application to the registry office in their place of residence.
This is then examined and if they meet all requirements, the wedding can go ahead. A couple may not marry “in order to circumvent laws on the admission and residence of foreign nationals”. The young Tunisian said the 50-year age gap “didn’t pose any problems” for him. “I don’t want to have children. I love her and I want to live with her,” he said.

Two Tennessee ministers caught seeking underage girls for sex

Photo: Knox County Sheriff's Office, Knox County Sheriff's Office
Two Tennessee ministers caught seeking underage girls for sex in sting operation

Image credit: video screen capture WPVI via YouTube 
An undercover operation conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) along with the Knoxville Police Department resulted in 32 arrests on prostitution...
More examples of real child molesters - "Straight" religio-wingnut males
Anyone else notice the common theme to ALL this molesters ... they are ALL wingnuts of one stripe or another, and not a single LGBT person among them.

Anti-choice agitators fight for abortion laws — but not for abused babies like this

Photos via Facebook
While the wingnuts legislate fetal pain, these Oregon parents receive no justice for their son Jacob, who was abused by his babysitter.

5-year-old kills herself after ‘vigilant’ dad leaves loaded .45 on table

Haley Moore -- family photo
5-year-old kills herself after ‘vigilant’ dad leaves loaded .45 on table
Yet another child has become a victim of the NRA’s jihad against sanity.

Suspected burglar caught after crashing his getaway golf cart into a pond

An alleged burglar was caught after his getaway golf cart landed in a pond, police said.
Police officers responded at about 7:11am on Friday to a golf cart that was partially submerged in a pond in Lady Lake, Florida, and eventually determined that a nearby home had been broken into.
The house backs up to the pond and officers spotted golf cart tracks in the front yard that led down to the pond. The home was unoccupied at the time. Detectives identified the golf cart’s owner as Michael Wayne Hawk, 46, of Lady Lake.
They visited his home to find a television set stolen from the residence, a set of keys to the home and wet clothing belonging to Hawk. Hawk was charged with burglary of an unoccupied residence and grand theft. He was booked into the Lake County Jail with bond set at $7,000.

OctoPossum spotted taking family for a stroll

A couple from Queens, New York, recently spotted something they're calling "OctoPossum." Gene Gray and his wife, Heewon Lee Gray, recently moved into their apartment in the Upper Ditmars neighborhood of Astoria.
They decided to open up their doors to take in the nice weather on Tuesday morning while going through their morning routines, when out of nowhere, Heewon Lee saw something moving outside. "My wife said, 'Gene, OMG... What is that?'" Gene Gray said.
The couple looked a little closer and realized it was an opossum, carrying eight young joeys. "I guess the opossum thought it was a nice day as well and decided to take the kids out for a walk," Gray said. "I grabbed my iPhone and after fumbling was finally able to capture the footage."
The moment was brief, but quite an experience for the Grays. "Poor OctoPossum looked wiped out, but the little ones held on tight," said Gene Gray. Gray said they watched the video over and over to figure out exactly how many joeys were gripping their mother's back. When they came up with eight, they knew they had to call it "OctoPossum."

Masked burglary suspect found hiding under a plant

What was initially a call to investigate a possible burglary turned out to be a raccoon on the loose inside a Florida property management office.
A concerned employee called 911 for help after arriving at about 8:30am on Wednesday at the All Florida Properties, Inc., office in Palm Bay. The worker found ceiling tiles collapsed in and papers riffled and strewn about.
“It looked like someone was searching for a specific paper,” said Lt. Mike Bandish of the Palm Bay Police Department. However, the burglar turned out to be a raccoon as Palm Bay police quickly responded to the scene.
They immediately began going from room to room in a bid to find a possible reason for the office being in disarray. “They did a search and found the raccoon hiding behind a plant,” Bandish said. An officer captured the raccoon with a catch pole and then led him out of the office and into the wooded area behind the building.

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