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Saturday, July 2, 2016

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Today in History

An army under Albert of Austria defeats forces led by Adolf of Nassau.
The Spanish army takes Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege.
Oliver Cromwell crushes the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor.
Marshall Saxe leads the French forces to victory over an Anglo-Dutch force under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Lauffeld.
The Continental Congress resolves with the Declaration of Independence that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
Denmark Vesey is executed in Charleston, South Carolina, for planning a massive slave revolt.
Czar Alexander II frees the serfs working on imperial lands.
The Union left flank holds at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounds President James A. Garfield in Washington, D.C.
Congress establishes the Army Air Corps.
American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappears in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world.
Novelist Ernest Hemingway commits suicide at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law.
The U.S. launches Operation Buffalo in Vietnam.
North and South Vietnam are officially reunified.
President Jimmy Carter reinstates draft registration for males 18 years of age.

The "Enterprise" Studio Model, Restored and on Display

The original starship USS Enterprise from the 1966-68 series Star Trek has been sitting neglected at the Smithsonian Institution for years. Now it’s on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in the National Air and Space Museum, after a painstaking restoration job.
The final stages of the conservation treatment came together in the last few months. In April 2016, the Enterprise model, in pieces, was in the large artifact booth in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. Special Advisory Committee member Gary Kerr was dubbed our “oracle,” double-checking his notes and diagrams before any detail went onto the model. (There are 952 holes in the faux grill inside the starboard nacelle. He counted.) And Bill George and John Goodson, both of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), worked with Kim Smith of Pulse Evolution to carry out the physical detailing. Together, they were consummate professionals, bringing their expertise into an ongoing conversation with the Museum staff. More than once, the whole team stopped work to discuss the choices being made, assuring that everyone agreed before proceeding.
Looks good, doesn’t it? You can see more pictures of the restoration at the National Air and Space Museum site.

After Lead Contamination In House Office Building’s Water, Lawmakers Demand EPA Reforms

NOW they are concerned?!

Cinemark Is Shaking Down The Colorado Theater Shooting Victims For $700,000

Miss America Pageant Has First Openly Gay Contestant

Miss America Pageant Has First Openly Gay Contestant

Pentagon Lifts Ban On Transgender Troops

NBA Politely Tells North Carolina To Fuck Right Off Over The ‘Fix’ For Their Bathroom Law

North Carolina is in a world of trouble. Their bathroom law, which tells transgender people that they must use the bathroom of the gender on their birth...

A breast cancer survivor walks to Washington

From Biloxi, Mississippi.  Topless.
Paulette Leaphart left her hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi, on April 30, intent on walking to Washington, D.C. -- a journey of 1,034 miles -- and arriving by June 27, her 50th birthday, a milestone her doctors weren't always confident she would reach.
She strides with a sense of purpose, acknowledging that her body is forever changed. Leaphart was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in January 2014. She underwent a double mastectomy and wears the scars as emblems of her struggle.
Accompanied by her youngest daughter, 8-year-old Madeline, Leaphart is traveling the entire route topless.
She wants to make sure Congress understands her experience and recognizes that her plight isn't unusual... 
Here's the crux:
"I trained for this. When I got sick, I had to sell my cars. That made me walk to the doctor," Leaphart says, the memory still vivid. "I'd walk the 5 miles there, recover for an hour or two, then walk the 5 miles back."
Cancer treatment had an effect on her mouth. Many of her teeth are now chipped or broken, her molars useless.
"I need to get my mouth fixed, but do you know how much they want? Ten thousand dollars," Leaphart says, the number spilling from her lips with acrimony.
And this:
A deputy of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office eases out of his vehicle, parked along Jefferson Davis Highway in Virginia. He and another officer have come to talk to Leaphart about her decision to walk bare-chested...
The officer's initial concern stems from social norms based on gender -- the idea that she should be wearing a shirt because she is a woman. The officers respectfully but firmly
insist that she wear a shirt...
Leaphart no longer has nipples. That's why she is allowed to walk around shirtless. In most states, indecent exposure is defined as exposing the genitals (breasts and nether regions). She explains this to almost every officer she meets. While respectfully challenging the police's reasoning, she also confronts society's definition of what it means to be a woman.
She made it, and is scheduled to meet with some legislators.
She has found the purpose for her pain, and as she stands on the steps of the Capitol building on her birthday, she utters three words: "Thank you, God."
More details at ESPN.

The yeast infection that kills 60 percent of those who have it

Residents baffled by mystery appearance of googly-eyed rocks

Some small, wide-eyed visitors have recently appeared in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Small rocks with glued-on googly eyes have been spotted around the city in the last few weeks. The mystery rocks are located around the downtown area. They’ve been noticed by residents and are the source of much intrigue, probably because no one seems to know who made them or left them around the city.
“I’m not sure how they got there. I’ve been wondering myself,” said Mary Weaver. “We’ve been seeing them around the parks and they’re not always in full view, sometimes they’re hiding.” Some of the rocks are sitting in large groups in plain sight, but some are by themselves or in pairs, perched on business window sills or partially hidden by plants. Brian Baier noticed a pair of googly-eyed rocks sitting on a stone pillar outside the Chester Fritz Library. Baier has run into the mysterious rocks downtown as well, much to the delight of his young daughters.
“Most recently, I had my two girls, we were walking around downtown and we went to the Arbor Park where there’s a whole gaggle? I don’t know, what do you call a group of bug-eyed rocks?” he asked. “There’s a lot of them there. We kept finding them everywhere we looked.” Baier said even his daughters wanted to know the origin of the rocks. “Yeah, my girls were quite excited about it, and of course they asked why they were there, and I said, ‘I think someone’s just enjoying making people ask why they’re here,’” Baier said.
Will Martin was also excited by the rocks’ appearance. “They’re cool,” he said. “It’s a nifty little thing. Who is responsible for the googly rocks? One of the great mysteries of Grand Forks.” Wherever they came from, the presence of the googly-eyed rocks in unexpected locations has charmed people, like Kathy Holle of New Salem. “Yes, they did brighten our day,” she said. “We were in Grand Forks to visit our son and his wife last weekend and stopped at a pocket park downtown when we started noticing them. It certainly made us smile. And look around for more. We, too, are curious.”

Burglar caught after returning to repair mailbox he had broken

A man who burgled his neighbor's house was caught after returning to repair a damaged mailbox. Jonathan Heaven, 26, of Portmead, Swansea, Wales, broke in through a front door and stole £400 cash, televisions and DVD players.
But police found his fingerprints on superglue he had used to repair the mailbox following his raid.
He was jailed for two years at the city's crown court after admitting burglary. Heaven told police: "I was off my face at the time."

El Niño And Climate Change Are Making The Amazon Dry And Flammable

And, now for a pleasant surprise ...

Coming July 4: Jupiter orbit insertion

 This is an awesome trailer for Monday's event.  Even if you normally don't care about astronomy and space, give this one a try.
"The background radiation we're exposed to on earth is about 0.39 rad.  What we expect to see at Jupiter is about 20,000,000 rad."
"Juno's planned mission will take it around the Jovian giant 37 times, after which, to avoid contaminating Europa with microbes, it will be directed to dive into Jupiter's thick atmosphere, where it will break apart and melt."

Bird wing trapped in amber

Found in a Burmese amber mine:
The two new samples, weighing in at only 0.06 and 0.3 ounces (1.6 and 8.51 grams), contain bone structure, tracts of feathers, and soft tissue. They are the first Cretaceous plumage samples to be studied that are not simply isolated feathers, according to study co-author Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences...
Skin, muscle, claws, and feather shafts are visible in both samples, along with the remains of rows of primary asymmetrical flight feathers, secondary feathers, and covert feathers. All are similar in arrangement and microstructure to modern birds.
More at National Geographic

World record for balloon bursting broken by Twinkie the Jack Russell

Twinkie the Jack Russell from California has burst into the record books after breaking the record for the fastest time to pop 100 balloons by a dog in an incredible time of 39.08 seconds.
Twinkie, who is owned by experienced dog trainer Doree Sitterly, beat the record of 41.67 seconds which was achieved by Cally the Wonderdog and Mitch Jenkins from the UK back in May 2015.

Car totaled after skidding on snail slime

A vintage East German Trabant car was written off after its driver hit a snail trail on the Autobahn.
The incident took place shorty before 7am on Wednesday morning when a young motorist took his wheels out for a spin on the A33 near Paderborn in western Germany.
But when he drove over what the police described as a “whole caravan” of snails, he lost control of the car in the snail slime. The Trabant then smacked into the side railings of the Autobahn, leaving it totaled.
The driver escaped unharmed. The snail trail has now been dried out by the sun and no longer poses a risk to drivers, police say.

Cackling chickens credited with saving man's life

Tony Wells’ chickens usually don’t cackle and squawk at 3:30 in the morning, so when he heard them raising a ruckus at that time on Wednesday, he went outside to investigate.
What he found was his father’s home across the street engulfed in flames. The 27-year-old ran into the house in Rayne, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, and led David Wells Jr., 49, to safety.
“Who would’ve thought chickens would make good smoke detectors?” said Peter Yacovone, chief of the Creekside Volunteer Fire Co. “If the son hadn’t come and got him, we would’ve been fishing a body out of there.”
He continued, “[Mr. Wells] is broken-hearted, but he’s good. He got out in the nick of freakin’ time.” The fire, believed to have been electrical in nature, started in the garage and spread to the second story and attic of the home, leaving it standing but heavily damaged, the chief said.

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