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Today in History

Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor.
Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.
Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta.
Union forces under General George B. McClellan repulse a Confederate force at Rich Mountain in western Virginia.
Major General Henry W. Halleck finds documents and archives of the Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery will lead to the publication of the official war records.
Charles E. Duryea receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade are assassinated by members of the Serbia army.
British troops take Cameroon in Africa.
Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, receives the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded, for his solo trans-Atlantic Flight.
William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, dives to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
The Disarmament Conference in Geneva ends in failure.
The Italian Air Force bombs the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.
The Italian island of Pantelleria surrenders after a heavy air bombardment.
U.S. carrier-based planes attack Japanese airfields on Guam , Rota, Saipan and Tinian islands, preparing for the invasion of Saipan.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
Israel and Syria accept a U. N. cease-fire.
Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister.

Changing Direction, Big Food Decides to Label Products Containing GMOs

Our brain activity could be nudged to make healthier choices

Our brain activity could be nudged to make healthier choices

Men and women can work together, but their brains can't

Men and women can work together, but their brains can't

California Appeals Court Just Delivered A HUGE Fuck You To The NRA And Its Wingnut Puppets

California Appeals Court Just Delivered A HUGE F*ck You To The NRA And Its Right-Wing Puppets
Do you hear that sound? That sizzling and popping? That’s the beautiful melody of the heads of wingnuts across the nation exploding in the wake...

Fox Hacks Cruelly Mock, Misgender Trans High School Athlete

Fox Hosts Cruelly Mock, Misgender Trans High School Athlete (VIDEO)
Fox Hacks Cruelly Mock, Misgender Trans High School Athlete
This is nothing short of absolutely despicable.

Target Women’s Bathroom Is Bombed Amid Transphobic Wingnut Hissy Fits

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Police are investigating a hate crime after a bomb went off inside a women’s restroom in Target. On Wednesday, law enforcement responded...

Federal judge smacks down all Alabama laws forbidding same-sex marriage

Federal judge smacks down all Alabama laws forbidding same-sex marriage

Court rules that prison inmate can sue over removal of marbles from his penis

A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit in which a West Virginia inmate accused state prison officials of invading his privacy by surgically removing marbles he had implanted in his penis. By a 3-0 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Adrian King could pursue claims that officials at Huttonsville Correctional Center illegally threatened him into consenting to the June 2013 surgery, or risk being segregated from other inmates and lose his eligibility for parole.
Circuit Judge Roger Gregory found "overwhelming evidence" that the intrusion was unreasonable, despite the asserted need by prison officials to police the security threat posed by inmates carrying contraband within their bodies. "The interest in bodily integrity involves the most personal and deep-rooted expectations of privacy, and here, the nature of the surgery itself, surgery into King's penis, counsels against reasonableness," Gregory wrote for the Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court.
King had the marbles implanted in and tattoos drawn on his penis in late 2008, prior to his incarceration, during a "body modification" craze. He said the surgery left his penis with tingling and numbness, and pain when it is touched or when it rains, snows or gets cold. King said the surgery also resulted in mental and emotional anguish, saying that prison officials call him "Marble Man" and ask when searching him where his marbles are, and that gay inmates approach him because of how staff gossip about him.
Tuesday's decision restores claims that King's Fourth Amendment right against illegal searches and seizures, Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection, were violated. It reversed much of a February 2015 ruling by Chief Judge Gina Groh of the federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and returned the case to her for further proceedings. King is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Woman arrested for pulling gun on 'bad guy' pro wrestler during show

A woman from LaFayette, Georgia, was arrested on aggravated assault charges after she allegedly pulled a gun on a 'bad guy' pro wrestler during a show. According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Patricia Anne Crowe, 59, was arrested on Saturday on charges of aggravated assault and reckless conduct. She was released from jail on Monday evening on a $4,000 bond. The incident occurred at around 11pm at the American Wrestling Federation (AWF) arena in Ringgold. The promotion was putting on its monthly show, when Crowe, a spectator at the event, threatened and attacked long-time wrestler Paul Lee. Deputies arrived on scene after Crowe allegedly jumped into the ring during the show and pulled a handgun on Lee.
According to Lee and several witnesses, Lee was participating in a match with “Iron Mann,” at which time he tied him up and was hitting him with a chair, reports show. “I had him tied up and was beating on him, and this lady jumps up with a knife, cuts him loose, and then pulled a loaded gun on me,” Lee said. “She had that thing loaded with one in the chamber and the safety off. All it would have taken was for her to get shaky with that thing and it could have fired.” Crowe also pointed the gun at the show’s commissioner “Robbie Rude,” reports show. Lee says the woman has been to shows before and should have known that the incident going on with the other wrestler was part of the show. “She’s been to several shows over the years off and on, but she was acting like a nut on Saturday night,” Lee said.
Lee, whose character is a “heel” or “bad guy,” often banters back and forth with spectators as part of the show, but it rarely turns physical. “We’ve done fraternity shows at colleges and stuff before where drunk college kids will try to run into the ring or something, but nothing like this,” Lee said. “In about 1992, at another location, we were doing a show and I got stabbed by about a six-inch blade by a fan. Fans usually don’t get involved though, they usually just watch.” According to police Cpl. Chris Faulk, Crowe admitted she pulled the gun on Lee because of the banter the two had engaged in. “Ms. Crowe did indeed pull the gun on Mr. Lee because of the way he’d talked to her,” Faulk said. “She said, ‘he was talking mean to me, and I got mad. I guess I just let my temper get the best of me and I pulled my pistol on him’.”
Lee says he told Crowe “to sit her toothless self back down,” and that she then approached the ring. Lee added that he’s not thrilled with Crowe being released so soon. “The sheriff’s office called me to let me know they let her out Monday on a $4,000 bond,” Lee said. “I think it should have been a higher bond than that. She pulled a gun on me in front of kids and everything….it was just crazy.” Approximately 160 people were in attendance during the incident, which has prompted Lee and the AWF to reevaluate their security measures at the arena. “We’re going to be installing metal detectors at the entrances,” Lee said. “We’ve already got ‘em picked up and will have them installed before the next show. The way the world is today, things happen at movie theaters and malls….you have to take extreme measures to protect fans. We’ll have the metal detectors right at the doors when you come in.”

Tutu-wearing man arrested on suspicion of DUI also had a chastity device attached to his penis

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper found something unusual when he stopped a man for suspected DUI. When Curtis Scott Eidam, 35, of Oak Ridge, East Tennessee, was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving at a sobriety checkpoint, his wardrobe immediately grabbed attention, an official said.
He was wearing "some kind of red mesh see-through hose" with a ribbon tied in his goatee, said Investigator Bobby Joe Higgs of the Anderson County District Attorney General's office. Capping Eidam's outfit: "He had on some kind of little skirt," Higgs said. "I believe the garment is known as a tutu."
Eidam made a disclosure once in custody, according to the arrest warrant filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Dennis Smith - he needed a key. Eidam told officers he was wearing what he called a locked chastity belt, and it was "attached to his penis," the warrant states. One key was on his key chain, the suspect said, and the other on a necklace around his passenger's neck.
That 44-year-old woman, described as "highly intoxicated" in the trooper's warrant, wasn't charged. One of the two keys was retrieved by another officer and given to Anderson County jail personnel, according to court records. Eidam is charged with DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence. He is scheduled to appear in Anderson County General Sessions Court on July 12.

Butt crack bandit caught on camera stealing plants from outside restaurant

Police are looking for a man caught on camera stealing plants from outside the Cotta’s Kitchen restaurant in Turlock, California.
The theft was captured on the restaurant’s security cameras, the thief rolling a wheelbarrow onto the porch just before 10pm on Wednesday. The shirtless man bent slightly to set down the wheelbarrow, exposing the top of his posterior and earning him the name “butt crack bandit” from owner Angela Cotta.
However, the bandit then left, maybe to retrieve a shirt because he was wearing one upon his return 15 minutes later. He spoke on a cellphone while he paced in front of the business. “This guy’s got to live darn close if he’s toting around a wheelbarrow,” Cotta said about the incident. “Or maybe he has a night-time landscaping service where he pillages plants.”
For whatever reason, this video has been censored.

The man proceeded to pull plants from a planter next to the front door: coleus and impatiens, according to Cotta. He then went for the Japanese maple, yanking hard on two of them but conceding defeat. He left with the plants in the wheelbarrow, walking in the opposite direction from which he arrived. Anyone with information about the theft should contact Turlock police.
You can watch the full, uncensored, security video here.

A Massive, Ancient Platform Discovered in Petra Has Been ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’

Archaeologists just published the discovery they made in Jordan
Archaeologists have used satellite imagery and drone photography to discover an enormous ceremonial platform near the center of the ancient city of Petra.
Sarah Parcak and Christopher Tuttle published their finding in a new report that reveals the monument that has been, as the paper is titled, hiding in plain sight. That is all the more impressive because of the platform’s size: at 184 by 161 feet, it’s roughly the length of an Olympic swimming pool (and twice the width), National Geographic reports.
“I’m sure that over the course of two centuries of research [in Petra], someone had to know [this site] was there, but it’s never been systematically studied or written up,” Tuttle told the magazine. “I’ve worked in Petra for 20 years, and I knew that something was there, but it’s certainly legitimate to call this a discovery.”
Using the aerial images, the archaeologists determined that a small building sat atop the platform. Petra, located in present-day Jordan, was founded around the second century B.C., and abandoned by the seventh century A.D.

Scientists observe supermassive black hole feeding on cold gas

Scientists observe supermassive black hole feeding on cold gas

How ‘super organisms’ evolve in response to toxic environments

Shining light on surprising variety of bioluminescent ocean fishes

Stowaway bear cub caught playing on side of freighter ship

A bear cub decided to stowaway on the side of a freighter ship on Lake Superior for a while on Friday. Keith Baker was walking back to his room on the Cason J. Callaway after eating lunch when the watchman told him to look over the side of the freighter, docked in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets at the time.
That’s when he spotted the bear cub attempting to climb up the Callaway’s draft board, which was hanging in the water on the side of the ship, said Baker of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The watchman told Baker that the cub swam over to the Callaway from a vacant ore dock. “He grabbed on and wasn’t letting go,” Baker said The cub eventually let go of the draft board and swam back to shore as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources arrived on the scene, said Baker.
A report of a bear playing on an ore ship was a first for conservation officer David Schottenbauer. “I think it was just out scouting around and looking at stuff and being curious and found itself hanging off an ore ship,” Schottenbauer said. “It was a bear cub being a bear cub.” The ore docks in Two Harbor’s Agate Bay served as a playground for the cub for about an hour at around 11:30am before it ran off along the shore of Lake Superior, said Schottenbauer, who works out of the Silver Bay Department of Natural Resources station.
He explained that the cub was skittish toward humans and wasn’t a public safety threat, so he let it find its way out of the area on its own. The workers were shooing the cub off the ore dock and told Schottenbauer that they’ve had bears in the area before. The bear was a small cub, weighing an estimated 30 pounds and probably born this past winter. Its mother wasn’t visible, but may have been nearby, he said. The cub appeared healthy as it was running around. “There was nothing that told me the bear wasn’t normal other than the fact that it was goofing around down there at the dock - more of a curiosity thing than anything,” he said.

Sea lice are a thing, and they're invading Florida beaches

Sea lice are a thing, and they're invading Florida beaches

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