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Saturday, September 3, 2016

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Today in History

After the death of Henry II, Richard Lionheart is crowned king of England.
Mamelukes under Sultan Qutuz defeat Mongols and Crusaders at Ain Jalut.
Edward III of England begins the siege of Calais, along the coast of France.
The English under Cromwell defeat a superior Scottish army under David Leslie at the Battle of Dunbar.
The American flag (stars & stripes), approved by Congress on June 14th, is carried into battle for the first time by a force under General William Maxwell.
The Treaty of Paris is signed by Great Britain and the new United States, formally bringing the American Revolution to an end.
Frederick Douglass escapes slavery disguised as a sailor. He would later write The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, his memoirs about slave life.
General William Harney defeats Little Thunder’s Brule Sioux at the Battle of Blue Water in Nebraska.
The first professional American football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania between the Latrobe Young Men’s Christian Association and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe wins 12-0.
The French capital is moved from Paris to Bordeaux as the Battle of the Marne begins.
The German Somme front is broken by an Allied offensive.
The United States recognizes the nation of Czechoslovakia.
After Germany ignores Great Britain’s ultimatum to stop the invasion of Poland, Great Britain declares war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II in Europe.
The British passenger ship Athenia is sunk by a German submarine in the Atlantic, with 30 Americans among those killed. American Secretary of State Cordell Hull warns Americans to avoid travel to Europe unless absolutely necessary.
British troops invade Italy, landing at Calabria.
The U.S. Seventh Army captures Lyons, France.
General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Japanese commander of the Philippines, surrenders to Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright at Baguio.
Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu is elected president of South Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam, dies.
The unmanned US spacecraft Viking 2 lands on Mars, takes first close-up, color photos of the planet’s surface.
Egypt arrests some 1,500 opponents of the government.
US begins shipping military aircraft and weapons to Columbia for use against that country’s drug lords.
Russia and China sign a demarcation agreement to end dispute over a stretch of their border and agree they will no longer target each other with nuclear weapons.
Protestant loyalists in Belfast, Ireland, begin an 11-week picket of the Holy Cross Catholic school for girls, sparking rioting.

Human bones found near former Nazi research site in Berlin

This file picture of 1956 shows the WWII war criminal Josef Mengele. Archaeologists in Berlin have unearthed a large number of human bones from a site close to where Nazi scientists carried out research on body parts of death camp victims sent to them by sadistic SS doctor Mengele.
Archaeologists in Berlin have unearthed a large number of human bones from a site close to where Nazi scientists carried out research on body parts of death camp victims sent to them by sadistic SS doctor Josef Mengele, officials said Thursday.
Experts have been examining the site in Berlin's upscale Dahlem neighborhood since a small number of bones were found there in 2014 during road work on a property belonging to Berlin's Free University.
In the dig they uncovered "numerous fractured skulls, teeth, vertebrae" and other bones, including those of children, Susan Pollock, a professor of archaeology at the university who was one of the leaders of the team, said in a statement.
The bones found in 2014 were never identified, and the new discovery provides researchers "a new possibility to illuminate the unusual find and the circumstances under which they were buried," said Joerg Haspel, the leader of Berlin's office that oversees memorial sites.
Several of the vertebrae found had traces of glue on them, indicating they may have been parts of skeletons on display.
The site is about 100 meters (yards) away from what was the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Human Heredity and Eugenics in the Nazi era.
The world-famous Kaiser Wilhelm Society predated the Nazi era and once counted famous scientists like Albert Einstein among its directors.
During the Nazi dictatorship, however, the Dahlem institute was closely associated with pseudoscientific race research, and notorious Auschwitz physician Mengele as well as others are known to have sent many body parts there for study. It was also known to have a collection of bones from Germany's colonial era, among others.
Experts now plan to use osteological identification methods to try to learn more about the newly discovered bones, and should at least be able to determine the general age of the person, their sex and how many different people's bones were found, Pollock said. Results are expected at the earliest at the end of the year.
A working group of the university, the city, and the Max Planck Society, which the Kaiser Wilhelm Society was renamed after the war, has been keeping in close contact with Germany's Central Council of Jews and Central Council of Sinti and Roma on the archaeological work.
Earlier this year, the Max Planck Society ordered a complete review of its specimens collection after discovering human brain sections in its archive that were from victims of Nazi Germany's so-called euthanasia program in which psychiatric patients and people with mental deficiencies were killed.
"The Max Planck Society has accepted a difficult legacy of its predecessor organization, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society," said society president Martin Stratmann of his organization's participation in the ongoing archaeological investigation. "We are well aware of the special responsibility that it entails."

10 Gorgeous Hotels Owned by Celebrities

The thing about fame and fortune is that it can be fleeting. Athletes can count on having to retire earlier than most people, and an actor’s career is precarious from the beginning. Savvy celebrities invest their money while they are making it, and build something that can pay off over the long haul. Quite a invest in hotels, which may flourish just from knowing who owns it. However, to keep that celebrity name in good standing, those hotels must be impressive and memorable. Like the gorgeous resort in Australia shown here.
Owned by Olivia Newton-John, the Gaia Retreat & Spa has won a variety of awards, including Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel and Leading Spa Resort [8]. The spa offers several options, ranging from suites to individual villa, though you must contact the resort for pricing information. In addition, to luxury accommodations and a world class restaurant, visitors can take part in an assortment of fitness activities, spa packages, yoga classes, and even visit the Naturopathic Clinic  
See nine other luxury hotels, resorts, and inns owned by celebrities at Money Inc.

If you're not already angry about pharmaceutical prices, read about insulin

As reported in the Montana Standard:
A massive spike in insulin prices is causing a health crisis for millions of diabetes patients who depend on the lifesaving drug, doctors say. Now, after years of rapid increases having nothing to do with available supply and not matched elsewhere in the world, those in the U.S. insulin supply chain are blaming each other....
From 2011 to 2013 the wholesale price of insulin went up by as much as 62 percent. From 2013 to 2015 the price jumped again, from a low of 33 percent to as much as 107 percent...
"This borders on the unbelievable," Davidson said, citing an extremely concentrated insulin which "in 2001 had the wholesale price of $45. By last year, the cost had skyrocketed to $1,447" for the same monthly supply....
Pricing of insulin, as with other medications, is controlled by the manufacturers, the insurance companies, and pharmacy benefit managers — the middlemen who negotiate the prices that the insurance companies pay....
"We don't know what the benefit manager is paying for the insulin from the pharma company. It's backroom deals," Hirsch said. "You can call them rebates, you can call them kickbacks, you can call them bribes, but those are secret deals on which we don't have the details."...
"You may not be able to prove who's behind the price rigging, but remember these prices are not an issue in Canada or in Europe or other countries where the governments keep the drug makers from going wild. It's only in America."...Three pharmaceutical companies control almost all the world's supply of insulin. In addition to Eli Lilly, headquartered in Indianapolis, there is the Danish company Novo Nordisk, which says it makes half the insulin used by diabetics around the world, and the French company Sanofi, which says it has 18 percent of the market...
Lilly said it could not speculate on why individual costs went up. "Lilly does not set the final price a patient pays for our medicines. Wholesalers and pharmacies ultimately price the product at retail," said communication manager Julie Herrick Williams. "The patient's insurer, the type of plan, and the individual pharmacy all play a role in the price," she said. "Changes to the U.S. healthcare system are the primary driver for increased insulin cost for consumers. With the adoption of cost-sharing plans, like high-deductible health plans, more direct costs are shifting to the people who need treatments." A single-payer system would eliminate many of these price-gouging practices.  Readers who are in favor of the current system (i.e. those who are healthy and/or wealthy) please chime in with your reasons for supporting it.
More at the link.  The Reddit discussion thread makes note of the advantages of traveling to Mexico to purchase meds.

Why Walking Can Prevent Diabetes More Than Running Does

Why Walking Can Prevent Diabetes More Than Running Does
Science has given you permission to ramp down your workout

Get your sleep and treat depression to guard against Alzheimer’s disease

Get your sleep and treat depression to guard against Alzheimer’s diseaseGet your sleep and treat depression to guard against Alzheimer’s disease
New research suggests that lack of sleep and untreated depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, even for those who do not have a genetic predisposition for the disease. Depression and sleeplessness have long been considered symptoms of Alzheimer’s...

This Is What Would Happen if the Affordable Care Act Were Repealed

affordable care act
This Is What Would Happen if the Affordable Care Act Were Repealed
For starters, birth control would be way more expensive.

Exactly What You Should Eat if You’re Trying to Lose Weight

meal plan for weight loss

French Fry Toppings From Around the World

You probably know Americans love ketchup on their fries and the French love to dip theirs in mayonnaise, but did you know that San Diegians love to top theirs with cheese, guacamole and carne asada? Or that fries in Vietnam are often covered in butter and sugar? That's right, there are a lot of ways to eat fries and this cool article covers interesting combinations from around the world. It's got me craving some curry chips right now.

Finally, Someone Had the Guts to Take Tech Behemoth Apple to the Mat—and Won

Ailes’ ‘feminist’ lawyer smears harassment victims as ‘deeply troubled’ liars

After former Fox 'News' anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against the network and against Ailes in particular, the Fox 'News' head — a former Nixon aide and longtime TV impresario — hired attorney Susan Estrich.

NC cop impregnated 14-year-old girl

NC cop impregnated 14-year-old girl — then pressured her to have an abortion
Yes, he is a registered wingnut.

White Supremacist Chases Down Black Teen And Kills Him In Oregon

Just remember that white supremacists support Dumbass Trump and the wingnut cabal. Because if they take power in November, racists like this guy will...

Overzealous Prosecutors Are Losing Elections

Milwaukee Police Rough Up, Arrest State Lawmaker, ACLU Staff

Milwaukee Police Rough Up, Arrest State Lawmaker, ACLU Staff

Link Dump


Ceres: The tiny world where volcanoes erupt iceCeres: The tiny world where volcanoes erupt ice
Ahuna Mons is a volcano that rises 13,000 feet high and spreads 11 miles wide at its base. This would be impressive for a volcano on Earth. But Ahuna Mons stands on Ceres, a dwarf planet less than 600 miles wide that orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Even...

How Do Animals See in the Dark?

When humans go out in the dark, it’s just dark, and we have trouble seeing anything. But for night creatures: cats, toads, insects, tarsiers, etc. that’s when they are out hunting, and they must see what they are after.
Their eyes are different from ours, but they are are also different from each other. Anna Stöckl explains how each of those nocturnal animals see in a different way in this TED-Ed talk

Animal Pictures