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Friday, September 9, 2016

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Today in History

Constantine’s three sons, already Caesars, each take the title of Augustus. Constantine II and Constans share the west while Constantius II takes control of the east.
William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England, dies in Rouen while conducting a war which began when the French king made fun of him for being fat.
King James IV of Scotland is defeated and killed by English at Flodden.
Pope Sixtus V deprives Henry of Navarre of his rights to the French crown.
The term “United States” is adopted by the Continental Congress to be used instead of the “United Colonies.”
George Washington calls for the abolition of slavery.
French Royalists take control of Arles and barricade themselves inside the town.
Parliament passes the Municipal Corporations Act, reforming city and town governments in England.
California, in the midst of a gold rush, enters the Union as the 31st state.
The Union Army of the Cumberland passes through Chattanooga as they chase after the retreating Confederates. The Union troops will soon be repulsed at the Battle of Chickamauga.
The Berne International Copyright Convention takes place.
An airmail route opens between London and Windsor.
A German zeppelin bombs London for the first time, causing little damage.
The Radio Corporation of America creates the National Broadcasting Co.
A Japanese float plane, launched from a submarine, makes its first bombing run on a U.S. forest near Brookings, Oregon.
Allied troops land at Salerno, Italy and encounter strong resistance from German troops.
Kim Il-sung declares the establishment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show; cameras focus on his upper torso and legs to avoid showing his pelvis gyrations, which many Americans—including Ed Sullivan—thought unfit for a family show.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development established.
Hurricane Betsy, the first hurricane to exceed $1 billion in damages (unadjusted), makes its second landfall, near New Orleans.
Canada’s Official Languages Act takes effect, making French equal to English as a language within the nation’s government.
U.S. Marines launch Operation Dubois Square, a 10-day search for North Vietnamese troops near Da Nang.
Attica Prison Riot; the 4-day riot leaves 39 dead.
Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung dies in Beijing at age 82.
Sri Lankan Army massacres 184 civilians of the Tamil minority in the Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka.
Tajikistan declares independence from USSR.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state.
Two al Qaeda assassins kill Ahmad Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan.
A car bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.

The perfect car, according to science

The perfect car, according to science
The perfect car, according to science
Released on Sept. 4, 1957, Ford dubbed its Edsel “the car of the future.” It was designed to stand out, but most people didn’t like the way it looked. Add “ugly” to a laundry list of problems from poor performance to a high price tag and...

13th century Maya codex proves genuine

13th century Maya codex, long shrouded in controversy, proves genuine
13th century Maya codex, long shrouded in controversy, proves genuine
The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s. But a meticulous new study of the codex has yielded a...

Six new groups of molecules could be the key to delaying aging

Six new groups of molecules could be the key to delaying agingSix new groups of molecules could be the key to delaying aging
Hearing loss, brittle bones, sagging skin, a deteriorating mind: these are just some of the issues associated with growing old. For millennia, humans have fought the process of aging using everything from fountains of youth to pricey face creams, all to no avail. But...

Texas teachers are rebelling against a new racist textbook that portrays Mexicans as lazy drunks

Texas college and high school teachers say a textbook that has been proposed for Mexican-American Studies high school class is chock-full of errors and omissions. If that isn’t enough, it’s also racist.

Post disaster consumers value off brand, low cost goods

Post disaster consumers value off brand, low cost goods — even 50 years laterPost disaster consumers value off brand, low cost goods — even 50 years later
Traumatic events have lasting influence on what products people desire and purchase. When rebuilding and restocking an area that has been affected by conflict or natural disaster, what traumatized individuals value most is what is most practical and quick–even...

Remembering the Whig party and the Know Nothings

Before the creation of the wingnut cabal, the two-party system centered around the Democrats and the Whigs.  When the Whigs collapsed, they were replaced by the anti-immigrant Know-Nothings:
At one point or another, Presidents John Quincy Adams, and Benjamin Harrison, and Chester Arthur and Rutherford B. Hayes and Abraham Lincoln, at some point, in all of their careers, all of those American presidents were all members of the Whig Party.  William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Miller Fillmore, they were all Whig Party members while they were president...
The Whigs were riven by internal divisions dealing with emerging things as the nation grew and changed. A lot of the division had to do with the issue of slavery and some other principled issues. But the Whig party, it had been a huge deal, and then it fell apart.
And political parties back then weren`t exactly what they are today. But when the Whig Party fell apart, the two-party system at the time fell apart as well. You have two parties and one collapses. It doesn`t just mean good news for the other party, it mean that is two-party system that counts on tension between the two parties, that falls apart if one party ceases to function.
And then the two-party system fell apart because the Whigs fell apart, when that two-party system rocked by them collapsing as a major party, what was left behind in American politics, for a while, at least, turned incredibly nasty – a little bit violent, but also nasty.
One of the things that happened in American politics at that time is that we got a series of secret societies that formed, basically to try to drive catholics out of this country. One of them was a secret Order of the Star Spangled Banner. There was also a Secret Order of United Americans...
When the movement embodied by the societies spread out of the cities of the East Coast and spread out of New England and went big nationwide, it did go big nationwide, the movement, it was interesting, it morphed a little bit depending on where it was. It was very strikingly anti-catholic in, say, Massachusetts.
By the time that movement was ready to spawn its sort of offspring or offshoots in California – well, in California, it didn`t that that much sense to be rabidly anti-catholic. In California, the version of it became rabidly anti-Chinese, because those were the immigrants they had out there...
This movement in American politics around the time that the two-party system collapsed because the Whigs fell apart, it was nativism. They hated immigrants. They blamed everything wrong in the country on immigrants. And it started as disparate movements and disparate secret societies.
But eventually, they got a name. They became known as the Know Nothing movement, which is also a funny name. People remember it to this day in part because it`s a strange thing to call some sort of political movement... Their origins were in secret societies, if you were a member of the movement, you`re supposed to say, oh, I know nothing...
But for a brief period in our history, around the collapse of Whigs before the civil war, the Know-Nothings got really big and fast and they did that in the waste land of this two-party system getting rattled. The Whigs collapsed, two major party democracy fell apart for a time because of that, and so, we got these Know-Nothing politicians, this know-nothing movement across the country. They`re very successful.
The know-nothing mayor of Chicago declared there will be no city job for any immigrant of anywhere. The know-nothing mayor of Philadelphia said there would be no political appointments for any immigrant. Native born Americans only.
And they took over major cities. They took over the legislature in Massachusetts. They spread nationwide and they had more than a million members. Know-nothings were a big deal in American politics for a couple of years, as the normal party system broke itself down and stopped to function. But then they collapsed...
The rest of the essay is here.  And here's the Wikipedia summary of the Know-Nothings:
The movement arose in response to an influx of migrants and promised to "purify" American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish catholics and other immigrants, thus reflecting nativist and anti-catholic sentiment. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish catholic immigrants, whom they saw as hostile to republican values and as being controlled by the pope. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, the movement strove to curb immigration and naturalization but met with little success. Membership was limited to protestant men. There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class membership was divided over the issue of slavery.

Sheriff's Bold Suggestion: Don't Take Loaded Gun To Dentist

Wingnut Florida official defends not charging man for raping teen girl

"Consent is not an issue ... I know the facts of the case," said Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober.

Judge who questioned why rape victim didn’t ‘keep her knees together’ insists he shouldn’t be fired

The judge acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl after deciding that the man’s version of events was more credible, telling the alleged victim that “pain and sex sometimes go together.”

Oregon woman accuses prison guard of sexual abuse but she’s thrown in jail until his trial

Both state and federal law says that sex between inmates and corrections staff is never consensual. However, it didn’t stop Balzer.

Woman called police to report theft of her pet rock

A Florida woman called police to report that her pet rock had been stolen. The rock was taken from a table on her porch, according to Niceville Police Department.
She told officers she was going to see if she could get increased security at her unit due to the theft.
She added that she didn’t know when she had last seen her rock, which is valued at $8.

'Shakespeare's ghost' chased after jewelery store raiders

A Shakespeare street performer chased armed raiders through the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, after they had robbed a jewelers. Staff inside Christopher Poel jewelers watched as three men, two armed with sledgehammers and one with a crowbar, smashed windows and stole watches. They fled when shopkeepers threw chairs at them, with "Shakespeare's ghost" performer John Jarvis in pursuit.
He said he brought one man to the floor but the trio eventually escaped. The robbery happened at about 11:15am on Wednesday in Meer Street. Shop owner Christopher Poel said: "Apparently there were three men, two with sledge hammers and one with a crowbar. They were attacking the window in unison. They badly damaged the glass. They got a number of high-value watches but I don't know how many yet. We're talking tens of thousands of pounds.
"Luckily everyone was inside, they only attacked from the outside. There are a couple of staff here and they're really shaken. It's the shock of it." Mr Jarvis, 62, who dresses in a white costume for his street performance in the town, said he saw three lads "whack" the shop's window "grab a few bits" then run and he gave chase. "One of them was swinging a crowbar - I took a whack at him, because I don't like having a crowbar swung at me," he said.
"He went down there. They carried on running." He said a "young lad" then also gave chase and Mr Jarvis carried on in case anything happened to him. "But I ran out of steam and so did the boy and we came back." Mr Poel said he was grateful to fellow shopkeepers who threw the chairs to try to foil the robbery. Warwickshire Police, which deployed the force helicopter, said two men had been arrested.

Quiver Tree Forest

The Quiver Tree Forest is located north-east of the town of Keetmanshoop in southern Namibia. Here grows, on a private farm, about 250 specimens of the quiver tree, or aloe dichotoma, which is a tall, branching species of aloe.
The unusual look of aloe dichotoma has made this area a popular tourist attraction.
The quiver tree is not really a tree, rather a plant of the genus aloe. It has a stout stem that is covered with beautiful golden brown scales with sharp edges.

The Last Thylacine

The thylacine, more popularly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was an apex predator in Australia and Tasmania before its extinction in the early 20th century. The last known specimen died in Hobart Zoo during the night of 7th September, 1936. It was the last extant member of its family.

Researchers name a new species of reptile from 212 million years ago

Researchers name a new species of reptile from 212 million years ago
Researchers name a new species of reptile from 212 million years ago
An extinct reptile related to crocodiles that lived 212 million years ago in present day New Mexico has been named as a new species, Vivaron haydeni, in a paper published this week by Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences researchers. Leading the paper that...

Crab from the Chinese pet market turns out to be a new species of a new genus

Crab from the Chinese pet market turns out to be a new species of a new genusCrab from the Chinese pet market turns out to be a new species of a new genus
Shimmering carapaces and rattling claws make colorful freshwater crabs attractive to pet keepers. To answer the demand, fishermen are busy collecting and trading with the crustaceans, often not knowing what exactly they have handed over to their client. Luckily for...

Living together in mud ...

Living together in mud: New bivalve species dwelling on a sea cucumber discovered in Japan
Living together in mud: New bivalve species dwelling on a sea cucumber discovered in Japan
Most bivalves live in sand or mud or attached to rock surface. However, a new bivalve species described from Japan lives on a sea cucumber. Ryutaro Goto, postdoctoral fellow in Museum of Zoology and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of...

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