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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Today in History

480 BC
The Persian army defeats Leonidas and his Spartan army at the Battle Thermopylae, Persia.
48 BC
Julius Caesar defeats Gnaius Pompey at Pharsalus.
Pope Sixtus IV celebrates the first mass in the Sistine Chapel, which is named in his honor.
England declares war on France.
Settlers in New Amsterdam gain peace with the Indians after conducting talks with the Mohawks.
Austria joins Britain, Russia, Sweden and the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia in the third coalition against France.
Andrew Jackson and the Creek Indians sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving the whites 23 million acres of Creek territory.
The Webster-Ashburton treaty fixes the border between Maine and Canada’s New Brunswick.
The escalator is patented. However, the first working escalator appeared in 1900. Manufactured by the Otis Elevator Company for the Paris Exposition, it was installed in a Philadelphia office building the following year.
At Cedar Mountain, Virginia, Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson repels an attack by Union forces.
The first complete, self-contained electric washing machine is patented.
First appearance of the animated character Betty Boop (“Dizzy Dishes”).
Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in track and field events at the Berlin Olympics.
President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. The meeting produces the Atlantic Charter, an agreement between the two countries on war aims, even though the United States is still a neutral country.
Fictional character Smokey Bear (“Only you can prevent forest fires”) created by US Forest Service and the Ad Council.
The B-29 bomber Bock’s Car drops a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
Singapore expelled from Malaysia following economic disagreements and racial tensions; becomes independent republic.
Charles Manson’s followers kill actress Sharon Tate and her three guests in her Beverly Hills home.
Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ford is sworn in as president of the United States after the resignation of Nixon.
First NFL game in Louisiana Superdome; Houston Oilers defeat New Orleans Saints 13-7.
England’s first major nude beach established, at the seaside resort of Brighton.
Twenty-fifth Olympic Summer Games closes in Barcelona, Spain.
Russian president Boris Yeltsin fires his prime minister and, for the fourth time, fires the entire cabinet.
The Diet of Japan establishes the country’s official national flag, the Hinomaru, and national anthem, “Kimi Ga Yo.”.

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Live

You know Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show and some of the Muppet movies. Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, and Animal performed live this past weekend at Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival  in San Francisco. Here’s their entire set.
Both the puppeteers and the musicians performed live in the chamber underneath the raised stage platform. The band was joined by the Oakland Tabernacle Choir for “A Little Help From My Friends.” The crowd loved it. -

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Becoming an Adult to Your Family

Growing up is such a gradual process that it’s hard to know when you are officially an adult. One way to mark that occasion is when your family accepts you as an adult -and believe me, that’s not easy for parents to do. There’s a comment thread at Fark in which people are sharing their stories of the time they were finally included with the family adults. Sometimes this meant getting to sit at the “adult table” at family gatherings, or when they were memorably included in an adult conversation. ModeratelyProfane had a great story.
Christmas Break, Sophomore year in college. I wasn't able to come to Granny and Grandpa's Christmas dinner my freshman because I had to work. I'd been seated at the grown-ups table since I was 15, but this was the first time I was invited back to Grandpa's offices for an after dinner drink.
Grandpa wasn't much of a drinker, but when he did, he drank the good stuff. He had a 30 year old of Scotch squirreled away in his desk, and poured My dad, my uncles and I a glass. Then he lead us in a  short toast to loved ones not present, and raised his glass.
Being a 20 year old kid, with little experience with the good stuff, I threw it back like a shot of whiskey.
Next thing I know, I'm getting side-eye smirks from my Dad and both my uncles. and Grandpa, fighting off a chuckle says. "What have they been teachin' you at that college, boy?"
Then he poured me another and showed me how to enjoy a good single malt.
Other memorable stories include GRCooper’s experience with the CIA, and acad1228’s fishing tale, but the whole thread is worth perusing. Do you have a memory about the first time your family considered you enough of an adult to be included in their grown-up activities?  

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Nature Calls.
The way in which plants move and grow has intrigued everyone from the poets of ancient Greece to Charles Darwin, but modern science still hasn’t cracked all the secrets.
Since ancient times, people have been scratching their heads and wondering why plants grow the way they do. In particular, why do shoots grow up out of the ground, while roots head down into the earth? Particularly intriguing to the ancient Greeks was the question of why plant stems bend toward light, a phenomenon that scientists now call phototropism.
The Greeks offered one explanation in a myth about a beautiful water nymph named Clytie, who fell in love with the sun god Apollo as he rode a fiery chariot across the sky. As is usual in myths, things didn’t end well: Apollo loved someone else, and when Clytie realized that her infatuation was hopeless, she stood weeping in the same spot without eating or drinking. All she did was watch for Apollo and his chariot. Eventually the grieving nymph transformed into the first sunflower, which turned on its stalk as it followed the sun. Through the centuries, scientists offered more… well, scientific explanations, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that people really began to understand phototropism.

In 1809 Swiss botanist Augustin de Candolle discovered that plants turned toward light because was there was more growth on the shady side of the plant (making it longer) than on the sunny side. Then in 1880 Charles Darwin (already famous for his theory of evolution) wrote a book called The Power of Movement in Plants, which explained how that uneven growth occurred. Darwin and his son Francis had experimented with the seedlings of canary grass that they grew to feed their birds. They covered the tips of the seedlings with a material that blocked light. This stopped the plants from turning toward the light even though light was still shining on the stems. When the tips of the seedlings were uncovered, the plants went back to bending toward the light again.
Darwin wrote that these and other experiments demonstrated that the grass seedlings had “some matter in the upper part which is acted on by light, and which transmits its effects to the lower part.” It wasn’t until the 1920s that the “matter” was discovered. Botanist Fritz Went found that it a hormone caused plants to turn toward the sun. He named the hormone auxin.
Today scientists know that not only phototropism, but all “tropisms” (turnings in plants) are affected by auxin. The hormone is produced at the top of the main stem of a plant (just as Darwin thought) and moves downward to the root tips, where it’s stored. Auxin stimulates growth because it causes plant cells to get longer. The larger the concentration of auxin in a plant cell, the more the cell lengthens. So when auxin accumulates in certain places in the plant, it causes unequal growth that makes plants bend and turn in certain directions, creating a tropism.
Tropisms are especially important because they help plants reach out and get the elements they need for survival. For example, all green plants need light to produce oxygen and make food, a process called photosynthesis. Since plants can’t get up and walk over to the light source, they use auxin to create a tropism (phototropism) that bends toward it. But there are other tropisms out there. Here are the rest:
• Geotropism is turning in response to gravity. When a seed is in the ground and a root emerges, auxin collects and works to make the upper side of the root grow longer, turning the root tip down. Meanwhile, auxin collects on the underside of the stem, causing the bottom to grow faster than the top, which pushes the stem upward.
• Thigmotropism is turning in response to touch. It causes plants to “feel” their way up walls, poles, or trellises. An example is a vine that coils its tendrils around a trellis for support. The coiling of this tendril is believed to be the result of more auxin in the cells of the outer side of the tendril than on the inner side.
• Hydrotropism is turning in response to moisture. Roots grow down toward gravity, but auxin will also collect in root cells and direct their growth toward moisture.
• Positive and negative tropisms. Some of the tropisms that plants use are called positive because they turn a plant toward a stimulus like light, moisture, or gravity. Negative tropisms use auxin to bend plants away from that stimulus. These are usually mentioned when talking about gravity: Positive tropisms cause the plant roots to grow down toward gravity. Negative tropisms cause the plant stem to grow upward, away from gravity.
Scientists know a lot about tropisms and auxin, but they have many unanswered questions too. In particular, they still don’t understand the mechanisms at work within the plant and how those are able to send out auxin in response to light, moisture, gravity, and touch. But they keep looking… and hoping that the plants will reveal more about their methods.

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Awful hipsters are turning farmers markets into a dating scene

In the end, every grower I spoke with, at both markets, agreed with Zach Lester that the socialites who treat the market like a Grateful Dead revival tour and block the way of people who actually want produce, are bad for business.

Fox 'News' Hacks Have Worked As Smear Merchants For Roger Ailes

Sovereign citizen who killed neighbors claims self-defense

Erick Shute thought his neighbors were trying to kill him. Living on a mountain top in rural West Virginia, the New Jersey native — who moved west to live as a “sovereign citizen” — didn’t have many neighbors. But the few he did have, he believes, were out to get him.

Unholy Secrets: The Legal Loophole That Allows Clergy To Hide Child Sexual Abuse

It was 2008, and Rebecca Mayeux was living a nightmare.
Just 14 years old at the time, she was being sexually harassed and abused by a member of her cult, 64-year-old George Charlet Jr. According to Mayeux*, Charlet bombarded her with emails “laced with seductive nuances” over the course of a summer, slowly escalating his inappropriate advances before ultimately kissing and fondling her.
As if the abuse wasn’t enough, Mayeux had to sit in the same pews as Charlet every Sunday at Our Lady of the Assumption catholic cult, a tiny country parish about 35 miles north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Shaken and afraid, Mayeux, like so many children who endure sexual abuse, felt too ashamed to tell her parents about her ordeal, fearing they would judge her.

Noah’s Ark park secretly promotes ‘obliteration of humans’

In addition to the constitutional prohibition against government promoting religion, Rosenau observed that the park’s message to students would undermine their education.

Idaho lunatic 'faith' healer vows to defy any new law protecting children

Idaho lunatic 'faith' healer vows to defy any new law protecting children: ‘Medicine is a product from Satan’
Just go ahead and put him in a padded cell and save us all a lot of time.

‘Should never rented to the faggots’

‘Should never rented to the faggots’: Kentucky wingnut city councilwoman evicts couple for being gay
Ahh, it's good to see that bigotry, hated and stupidity are still alive and well in the backwaters of Kentucky.
We wouldn't want them to actually grow up and be adults now would we?

Teenage girl in bunny costume that led to large police response had nothing else to wear

The city of Kaiserslautern, Germany, was in turmoil on Wednesday over a 15-year-old girl who entered a bank wearing a bunny costume. Upon spotting her, a concerned local immediately called the police, thinking the disguised individual would rob the place. The police were alarmed and sent multiple patrol cars to the scene.
But when they arrived, the bunny was gone. Searching the area for further clues, police stumbled upon a girl in a bunny costume at the door of a neighborhood home.
When asked by the police, she reported that she had come back from walking her dog a couple of minutes earlier. The reason why she was dressed as a large rabbit was that she had only moved in a few days before and the costume was the only thing she had to wear that wasn't packed away or in the wash.

Man robbed of dentures in Walmart parking lot

Police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, are investigating after a man says he was robbed of his dentures in a Walmart parking lot.
According to an incident report, Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the parking lot at 4:56am on Thursday.
The victim told them he was parked in his vehicle with his legs positioned outside of the open driver’s side door when another man approached asking for a cigarette. The man who wanted the cigarette then presented a silver-and-green semi-automatic pistol and demanded money, the victim said.
He said the gunman reached into his front right pants pocket and took $1 in coins and his lower set of dentures. The gunman then got into the passenger side of a light-colored coupe parked nearby and left the scene, he said. The value of the stolen items is $401, the report states.

Needle exchange director arrested for being in possession of needles

The director of the Cincinnati Exchange Project was arrested with needles and supplies on Friday in Norwood, and was jailed overnight. Elizabeth "Libby" Harrison was released at about 6am on Saturday and appeared in Hamilton County Justice Center for an initial hearing before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Joshua Berkowitz. She pleaded not guilty to drug paraphernalia charges. Overnight on Friday, Norwood Police officers found Harrison’s car pulled off to the side of a local road. Harrison said she was tired and fatigued. Norwood police Chief William Kramer said officers found Harrison "passed out in the driver's seat with her car still in drive." According to the Norwood police report, officers observed a syringe cap in Harrison's lap and a bag in her pocket eventually found to contain white powder residue. A search of Harrison's vehicle also revealed a bottle cap and a piece of burnt cotton, and both a capped and an uncapped syringe, police stated in their report. The white powder residue, which Harrison dropped to the ground after emerging from her vehicle, will be tested, Kramer said. Drug possession charges are possible pending the outcome of those tests, Kramer said. "There was no bag with white powder in it," Harrison said. "If they tested anything in the car, it’s going to have heroin in it because of (my) work." Harrison's car was filled with thousands of syringes in plastic bio-hazard bins, but no actual drugs, she said. Harrison also said she conversed politely with police, offered to show them her official identification cards, but ultimately was arrested and jailed. "I have hypoglycemia so I get lightheaded. I pulled over to the side of the road, ate a peanut butter-honey bar and waited for it to take effect," Harrison said after her hearing. "The next thing I know there's cops everywhere."
CEP, as it's called, is a mobile exchange site that generally operates from a van that clearly identifies its purpose. But the van occasionally has mechanical problems, so staff work from their own vehicles so as not to interrupt services. That's why, according to Harrison, there were needles and other supplies in her vehicle. "If I'm carrying 1,500 needles and giant sharp (needle) containers, I'm obviously running a program," Harrison said. "There was no reason for them to take me to jail. For them, maybe it was a better-safe-than-sorry situation, but I think they should have thought about it a little longer." Kramer noted needle exchange programs are typically very organized and Harrison's involvement in a such a program doesn't exempt her from proper handling of the instruments she deals with. “If she simply had capped needles she was transporting… that didn’t appear to be the case,” Kramer said. “I don’t know that anybody in a needle exchange program would have an uncapped needle.”
Harrison said that her car was untidy at the time of her arrest. At least one expert, who spoke without knowledge of the Norwood Police Department's reports, said Harrison shouldn't have been arrested or jailed. "This is really outrageous," said Dr. Judith Feinberg founder and medical director for the needle exchange program. "She should not have been arrested," said Feinberg, who is now a West Virginia University professor. "The syringe exchange is legal." Feinberg said the exchange program has "gone through all the appropriate approval processes" to operate. Feinberg said the staff generally have phone numbers with them to call police if any incidents arise during the exchange. Even so, she said, "In the two years we have operated, there has never been a problem, never a need to call police." The project has been operating since 2014, offering to its clients an exchange for clean needles, infectious disease testing, resources for addiction treatment and, when available, naloxone, the life-saving opioid and heroin overdose antidote.

Intoxicated man arrested after mistaking police car for a taxi

An intoxicated man got into a police cruiser thinking it was a taxi.

Police say the man got into the car while an officer was filling up with fuel on Saturday evening.
The car was in the Liberty Village police station garage in Toronto, Canada, at the time.
Upon investigation, the man was found to have an outstanding warrant and was then arrested.

Man abandoned 5-year-old son during police chase because he couldn't keep up

A Florida man who fled from police during an attempted traffic stop bailed out of his car and took off running with his 5-year-old son before abandoning the boy when he couldn't keep up, police said. Jerry McCabe, 27, from Dania Beach, was arrested on Tuesday on multiple charges, including child abuse and child neglect.
According to a Pembroke Pines police arrest report, McCabe was driving a Dodge Charger without a valid license when an officer attempted a traffic stop. Police said McCabe refused to stop and led the officer on a chase, weaving in and out of traffic. The car's two driver's side tires eventually blew out, so McCabe and his son got out and ran away.
Police said the officer chased after them and ordered them to stop, but they kept running. During the pursuit, the officer heard McCabe yelling at the boy to keep up. McCabe left the boy and jumped over a barbed-wire fence while the officer stayed behind to be with the boy. Once a security guard at a nearby building agreed to watch the boy, the officer started to chase McCabe again.
Police said McCabe later surrendered to the officer. After he was arrested, McCabe told police that he was taking his son to get a physical for football and was running from the officer because he didn't have a valid license and had marijuana in his car. McCabe also faces one count of driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest without violence, possession of marijuana and fleeing with disregard of safety to persons or property.

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