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Friday, June 17, 2016

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Today in History

Emperor Julian issues an edict banning christians from teaching in Syria.
Sir Francis Drake claims San Francisco Bay for England.
The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle.
Napoleon Bonaparte incorporates Italy into his empire.
Austrian General Alfred Windisch-Gratz crushes a Czech uprising in Prague.
The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China.
The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia.
Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon.
On the way to Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Point of Rocks, Maryland.
George M. Hoover begins selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas–a town which had previously been “dry.”
General George Crook‘s command is attacked and bested on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse.
The German Zeppelin SZ 111 burns in its hangar in Friedrichshafen.
U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
The Russian Duma meets in secret session in Petrograd and votes for an immediate Russian offensive against the German Army.
The Fascist militia marches into Rome.
Spain threatens to quit the League of Nations if Germany is allowed to join.
The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill becomes law, placing the highest tariff on imports to the United States.
British authorities in China arrest Indochinese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh.
The U.S. Senate defeats the Bonus Bill as 10,000 veterans mass around the Capitol.
The Soviet Union occupies Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
Yank a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication.
French troops land on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago.
Soviet tanks fight thousands of Berlin workers rioting against the East German government.
The U.S. Supreme Court bans the required reading of the Lord’s prayer and Bible in public schools.
27 B-52s hit Viet Cong outposts, but lose two planes in South Vietnam.
North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia.
Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police.

Let’s stop pretending like gun nuts care about the Constitution

AR-15 (M4A1) custom carbine on the flag of USA (Shutterstock)
The media quickly chose their preferred narrative that implied Snowden was a traitor instead of honing in on the fact that the government was clearly violating the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.

Why Everyone Should Get a Basic Income

Healthy plant-based diet linked with substantially lower type 2 diabetes risk

Healthy plant-based diet linked with substantially lower type 2 diabetes risk

The Weirdest Festivals Around the US This Summer

Looking for something to do this summer? Tired of all the same old rehashed celebrations you do every year? Then you won't want to miss this great new Thrillist article with some of the strangest festivals you've ever heard of. From the Testicle Festival to the National Hobo Convention, there's a whole lot to do in these great United States for anyone open to something a little bit different. And who knows, you might meet someone cool, like my mom who attends the yearly Mooning of the Amtrack in Laguna Niguel, CA. 

Man named Peace arrested for violent attack

A man with the first name Peace was arrested early on Saturday morning in Eugene, Oregon, after he allegedly attacked a victim with a large stick. Peace Dawnowl Wickham, a 33-year-old Eugene resident, was taken into custody at around 5am after police said he struck an unidentified victim with a large stick.
Wickham also made a number of threats towards the 34-year-old victim before fleeing the scene, police said. Responding officers found Wickham nearby still in possession of the stick.
A further search also turned up a large knife he was carrying, police said. Wickham was arrested on suspicion of assault in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, among other lesser charges, and he was taken to the Lane County Jail.

Erratically driving naked man began swinging hatchet after being mistaken for an Uber driver

A naked man wielding a hatchet was arrested on Sunday after he swung a hatchet at three people who mistook him for an Uber driver, according to Arlington County police.
A US Park Police officer responded to a report of a "suspect vehicle driving erratically and nearly striking pedestrians" in Arlington, Virginia, at around 2:20am, according to the police report.
Before police arrived, the vehicle entered a parking lot where three individuals approached it, mistakenly thinking it was their Uber ride. The mistake led to a verbal argument with the driver, Michael Monroe, 64, of Gainesville, Virginia, who was naked.
Monroe then retrieved a hatchet from the back seat of the vehicle and started swinging it. No one was injured and the three individuals were able to wrestle the hatchet away from him. He tried to flee but was pulled over by the US Park Police officer. Arlington County police attempted a sobriety test but Monroe refused. He was arrested and charged with DUI, refusal and disorderly conduct.

Man says he's banned from pub for wanting his chips served in a bowl instead of a bucket

Geoff Ellett from Tauranga, New Zealand, says he's been banned from his local pub of 10 years after asking for his chips to be served in a ceramic bowl instead of a mini metal bucket. Ellett used to go to the Crown & Badger once or twice a week to have a Guinness and a bowl of chips with his friends.
On two occasions he asked that his hot chips come out in a bowl instead of a bucket. The bowl would retain the heat better, as he eats them slowly while he sips his Guinness. He said he was then pulled outside by the bar manager and told to go and not come back. Ellett said the bar manager was apologetic about having to do it.
"I felt like the rug had been pulled out underneath me and I had been punched in the guts," Ellett said. "I have been a victim of an action that's not justifiable. The owner is clearly in the wrong." However, pub owner Mark Thodey says he has given Ellet a time-out from visiting the drinking hole due to "negativity". Thodey, who bought the pub three months ago, said Ellett had been harassing staff and customers the entire time he'd been owner. Furthermore, Thodey said Ellett hadn't even been banned from the bar.
He had just been told to take some time away until he could come back with a better attitude. "Ellett didn't like the changes from the beginning. He doesn't like change." Ellett was always complaining, he said. The bar is private property, not a public place, and he maintains he is well within his rights to tell people to stay away. Ellett disagrees with Thodey's version. He insists he was banned. Ellett just wants to be able to go back to the Crown & Badger and keep having a drink with his friends.

Disagreement over fart led to blows at Sloppy Joe’s

According to a police report a fight broke out between two couples when someone broke wind inside Sloppy Joe's in Key West, Florida.
"The argument was due to someone farting," police were told by a man who was taken to the hospital for a dislocated shoulder after the altercation. Richard McBride, 53, and his girlfriend Sandra Stoner, 55, both of Naples, said they were caught up in a physical altercation after the argument arose “over a fart,” Officer Igor Kasyanenko wrote after last Monday’s incident.
The couple said they were drinking with friends at the bar when Stoner traded words with an unidentified woman before getting out of her seat and confronting her in “an aggressive manner,” police said. An unidentified man tried to pull the woman away as others began to step into the dispute, including McBride, who pushed the man, police said.
The man retaliated by striking McBride in the face and McBride responded by tackling, Stoner told police. The unidentified couple took off and police said they couldn't find them. Later at Lower Keys Medical Center, McBride said he didn't want to pursue charges and signed a release form.

Irish police requested to carry out house raids 'at reasonable hours' so occupants aren't disturbed

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission has asked gardai to carry out raids on homes at “reasonable” hours so as not to disturb the occupants of the house they are searching. The suggestions follows a complaint to the garda watchdog from a family whose west Dublin home was raided at 3:15am as part of an investigation into the alleged theft of vehicle accessories. A GSOC investigation was carried out following the complaint, which concluded that while there was no malpractice by the gardai involved, 3:15am was an unreasonable time to conduct a search of this kind. As part of the case, GSOC referred to a report issued by the Law Reform Commission last December which proposed that gardai undertake a code of practice where searches are conducted at a “reasonable time”.
The garda watchdog has now asked gardai to adopt this code of practice, while there is yet no regulation that prevents officers from conducting raids in the early hours. Searches of property are permitted at any time once gardai have a search warrant given by a District Court judge, which officers believe is essential in order to locate suspects and conduct satisfactory raids. “It’s a nonsense to suggest that houses can only be searched during daylight hours.
“If we believe someone has a gun hidden in their attic should we wait till everyone is out of bed before we try to seize it?” said one officer. Senior barrister Paul Anthony McDermott noted that is generally accepted that raids of private property should only be carried out during regular hours. “The purpose of a search is to gather evidence, it’s not a tool to annoy someone suspected of crime or bring pressure on them. It should always be done in normal working hours unless the gardai believe there are certain reasons why it’s urgent, such as a drug transaction is about to take place. There must be a particular reason why a search must take place at night,” he said.

Irish judge gives drunk-driving farmer time to 'find a nice woman' before suspending his license

A bachelor farmer from an isolated part of County Kerry, Ireland, will not be banned from the road for drink driving until December so he can get his affairs in order, a judge has ruled. In the meantime, John O’Shea, 60, is to try find “a nice woman” at the Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival to drive him around, the court heard. Mr O’Shea, of Derrinadin, Mastergeeha, had previously pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at Tarmons, Waterville, on July 25, 2014. Mr O’Shea’s solicitor John O’Dwyer told the court in Cahersiveen that “football had been his downfall on the day”.
The court heard how Mr O'Shea had gone to Waterville for animal feed for his cows and ended up talking about Kerry’s performance in the Munster Final while consuming alcohol. He also forgot to eat on the day. He hit the ditch while driving home in what was a single vehicle accident. The blood-alcohol reading was 198mg so the offense carried a three-year penalty, the court was told . Mr O’Shea lives in an isolated valley around six to seven miles from Waterville and would be at a severe disadvantage if put off the road immediately, Mr O’Dwyer pleaded on Thursday. The judge decided he would not be put off the road until December to allow him to make arrangements for his cows and possibly find “a nice woman” at Lisdoonvarna who could drive him around.
“Are you going to stay single or are will you to take the plunge?” Judge O’Connor asked Mr O’Shea. Without transport his client would be at a great disadvantage in that area, Mr O’Dwyer remarked. “You’d never know now with Star Wars,” Judge O’Connor suggested in reference to the increased visitor numbers to south Kerry after the filming on Skellig Michael. “He’s living alone,” the solicitor continued, “and his relatives are residing in Cork”. Judge O’Connor asked whether he had “good neighbours“ and Mr O’ Shea said they were “alright”. When asked how many cows he had, Mr O’Shea told the court he had “13 or 14”. “He’s a big football fan and that’s his downfall,” Mr O’Dwyer continued. Judge O’Connor replied that religion, games or politics should not be discussed in pubs.
Women were another subject that should not be discussed, Killarney solicitor Padraig O’Connell suggested. However it was "all consensus about Kerry on the day," Mr O’Dwyer said, asking again if is client could not be put off the road until after the summer. Being off the road he would find it very difficult to continue working with the cows and he’d have to make arrangements to get rid of them, Mr O’Dwyer said. “Or find himself a nice woman!” the judge advised. If the extension went beyond September it would allow him to go to Lisdoonvarna, Mr O’Dwyer agreed. Judge O’Connor said it was not the purpose of the State to “nail” people in terms of undoing their livelihood and he granted the adjournment to December 8th. On that date it is expected Mr O’Shea will be convicted and disqualified for the mandatory three year period.

Wedding Night Traditions

Wedding nights are supposedly for consummating a marriage. The joining of two families in this manner was once an occasion that required witnesses, especially a politically-arranged marriage. Outside of such unpleasant requirements, wedding nights have their own customs in various parts of the world that have been handed down over the centuries. They include games, pranks, superstitions, and fun.  
In Korea, sometimes the groom’s friends get together to lend him a helping hand in case he’s worried about not performing on the wedding night. In the book Wedding Bells and Chimney Sweeps, Bruce Montague describes a post-wedding ceremony game in which the groom’s friends remove the newly married man’s socks, tie his ankles together, and beat the soles of his feet with fish. Specifically, with dried corvina fish, a yellow species that can grow up to three feet in length.
During the game, the groom is subject to interrogation, and should his answers be unsatisfactory, the beating with the fish becomes more severe. Though Montague writes that the game is meant to “acclimatize the new husband to his first night of matrimony,” other sources are more explicit and say that the process is thought to act like Viagra, to ensure that the groom doesn’t disappoint on his wedding night.
Read about more of these wedding night rituals and traditions at Atlas Obscura.

Man making suspicious movements allegedly had a pickle in his pants

A man was arrested after police allegedly found a pickle in his pants. John Anthony Raimondo, 32, is charged with theft in connection with the Saturday incident at a grocery store in Friendswood, Texas.
Police say an officer in the checkout line noticed Raimondo making suspicious movements towards his waist area and walking awkwardly. The officer then noticed a bulge in his shirt. As the officer was leaving the store, he spotted Raimondo at a table outside.
The officer asked him whether he'd purchased anything from inside the store. Raimondo agreed to let the officer conduct a weapons check, and during his search, the officer allegedly found a cold pickle in his pants. The officer also reported finding two sandwiches in his waist.
Raimondo claimed he didn't have any money for the food but the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, according to Friendswood police. Raimondo has at least two prior convictions for theft, making this theft charge a felony; his bond was set at $60,000.

Conditional discharge for elderly skirt-lifting cross-dresser who exposed underwear to girls

A cross-dressing pensioner has admitted exposing his female underwear to young girls. But Geoffrey Cowell’s behavior was “more odd than sinister”, a court was told. The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior.
Two charges of outraging public decency were withdrawn. On May 27, Cowell approached two eight-year-old girls playing rounders at a school in Thornaby, Teesside, and asked them if they were having fun and what were they doing. The girls ignored him and he lifted up his skirt exposing the female pants he was wearing to them.
The following afternoon, Cowell was near Burger King, in Chandlers Wharf, central Stockton , when a man saw him lift a grey cord skirt and show female underwear to young girls. The witness said he was “alarmed and distressed” while the girls were left “shaken and nervous” by the incident. Cowell was detained by police nearby. Cowell's solicitor told Teesside Magistrates’ Court that the defendant had not shown his genitals, only his underwear.
She said he had done so because he said the girls had laughed at him for nearly being knocked over. The court heard that Cowell had been cross-dressing since he was 15. His solicitor added: “I think his behavior is more odd than sinister.” District Judge Kristina Harrison gave him a two-year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £40 costs and £20 charges. She told him that if he appeared before the court again on similar charges within two years he would be facing a harsher sentence.

Indiana man planning attack on LGBT festival was fleeing arrest for child molestation

James Howell reacted angrily when confronted over the encounter by a family friend, calling himself a "sociopath with an automatic" and threatening to kill not only himself, but police officers and members of the girl's family.

Sexual misconduct probe forces Oakland to go through three police chiefs in a week

Sexual misconduct probe forces Oakland to go through three police chiefs in a week

Researchers detect more 'ripples in the fabric of space time' after collision of black holes

Researchers detect more 'ripples in the fabric of space time' after collision of black holes

Dogs not allowed at new dog park

Dogs are not allowed at a new dog park in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, because of old laws still on the books. Members of the community had requested a local public place for their dogs to play for years. In response, borough officials approved the creation of the new dog park within Hershfield Park. The dog park was officially opened to the public last month, but borough code currently prohibits dogs from going inside. The absurd situation was the subject of much discussion at the Borough Council meeting on June 8.
Councilman Lloyd Kent said he was recently walking his dog close to the entrance of Hershfield Park when he was intercepted by a police officer who warned him that he couldn’t bring his dog inside. Borough Attorney Joseph Ragno pointed out state law dictates that in residential areas, owners must clean up after their dogs and keep dogs on a leash and under their control at all times. The mayor and council agreed that the local ordinances against dogs in parks didn’t magically come into existence.
They were developed to address issues that were of concern at the time the ordinances were made, but circumstances and people change - so those ordinances are designed to morph and change to adjust with the times. Mayor Mike Serra said, "Yeah, I’m sure there’s some silly ordinance still on our books that says you can’t leave horses tied to a railing in front of certain buildings." Fire Chief Al Bruno said, "I think at one time, having dogs near playing kids was considered bad news, but that’s changing." Councilman Erik DeLine said, "Now, I think people are much more aware and responsible, and pick up after their dogs." Serra wrapped up the discussion by saying, "If it’s all that simple, I think all we need to do is work with the Ordinance Committee and change the ordinance.
"Then, when we get prices and such. We replace the old signs prohibiting dogs from Hershfield, and install ones that say something to the effect of, ‘Leashed dogs welcome.’ It should specify the allowable length of the leash. And maybe we also install those stands with the little bags for owners to us to pick up after their four-legged friends. We may also consider adding signs at Hershfield Park entrances directing residents with dogs to the park. With all the information in hand, we can make it official at the next council meeting." Serra added that the signs saying dogs are prohibited from the park have been removed, and the borough plans to update the municipal code and replace the signs. The new signs will say dogs without a leash are prohibited from the park, he said.

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