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Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Today in History

After having been dissolved, the French Parliament of Paris reassembles in triumph.
Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law. The new Supreme Court will have a chief justice and five associate justices.
Branwell Bronte, the brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in Emily’s novel Wuthering Heights, dies of tuberculosis. Emily and Anne die the same year.
Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected of being a Southern sympathizer.
Sixty-two die and 120 are injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.
In the Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army captures St. Mihiel.
Bulgaria mobilizes troops on the Serbian border.
The first flight using only instruments is completed by U.S. Army pilot James Doolittle.
Noel Coward’s comedy Private Lives opens in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself.
The World Women’s Party meets for the first time since World War II.
The first transatlantic telephone cable system begins operation.
Eisenhower sends federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.
The Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
The University of Mississippi agrees to admit James Meredith as the first black university student, sparking more rioting.
The “Chicago Eight,” charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot, go on trial for their part in the mayhem during the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention in the “Windy City.”
The Soviet Luna 16 lands, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.
CompuServe (CIS) offers one of the first online services to consumers; it will dominate among Internet service providers for consumers through the mid-1990s.
Sihanouk is reinstalled as king of Cambodia.
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty signed by representatives of 71 nations at the UN; at present, five key nations have signed but not ratified it and three others have not signed.
Hurricane Rita, the 4th-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, comes ashore in Texas causing extensive damage there and in Louisiana, which had devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than a month earlier.
LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) “sonic cannon,” a non-lethal device that utilizes intense sound, is used in the United States for the first time, to disperse protestors at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Meet Kenya’s Only Ice Hockey Team

The Solar Ice Rink in Nairobi, Kenya, is the country’s only ice rink. In fact, it’s the only ice rink in East or Central Africa. Every Wednesday, Nairobi’s hockey players meet and play against each other. The team doesn’t have a name, or the funds to attend competitions, but they have a lot of ambition, and a lot of fun.
Doesn’t this sound like the inspiration for a movie? It will be a Disney family comedy before you know it. Read more about the team at Mashable.

Irony is not lost on the Fates

51 Companies Are Pledging Over $650 Million In Refugee Support

51 Companies Are Pledging Over $650 Million In Refugee Support, White House Announces
Compassion will always win, and love will always trump hate.

Wingnuts freak out over ‘Charlotte’ riot video ...

Another wingnut wrote, “The Leftwing tries to kill Dog & this is the result. Godless animals w/no conscience or empathy roaming the sts.”

Protester SHUTS DOWN Fox 'Reporter' On Live TV

Black Protester SHUTS DOWN Fox 'Reporter' On Live TV For ‘Fucking Fabricated Story’
Mic drop.

Hannity Gets His Ass Handed To Him ...

Hannity Gets His Ass Handed To Him For Falsely Claiming Terence Crutcher Has Violent Criminal Past
Fox'News' hack Hannity desperately tried to smear Terence Crutcher on Wednesday as a violent criminal who was wanted by police but was repeatedly shut down by a local Tulsa news anchor.

Prison decides that inmate’s own writing is too dangerous for him to read

Solitary Watch, an advocacy group for inmates in solitary confinement, reports that prisoner William Blake has been denied the right to read his own work.

Woman crashed car after spider dropped from her rear view mirror

Police officers in Oregon say a spider is to blame for a rollover crash on Wednesday morning in Northwest Portland’s Bonny Slope area.
The driver suffered a minor scratch on her hand, officials said. She said she was near an intersection when a spider dropped down from her rear view mirror. She then lost control and went off the road, rolling the car in a ditch. Sheriff's deputies said the car was totaled. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office closed the road to one lane to handle the aftermath. There was no sign of the spider after the crash.

Man arrested after allegedly measuring his penis with cardboard ruler in college library bathroom

An man was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly measuring his penis with a cardboard ruler while at a urinal inside an Iowa college library bathroom. Police arrested Thomas Morgan, 42, on a misdemeanor indecent exposure charge in connection with the incident at the University of Iowa’s Main Library in Iowa City.
Morgan, police say, was inside a restroom when he “partially turned his body towards the victim/witness who was using a urinal in the bathroom.” Morgan then “measured his penis against a cardboard ruler,” according to a criminal complaint. The victim told an officer that Morgan subsequently “made a comment regarding his size.”
The man added that on top two of the urinals there were cardboard rulers with “dark sharpie markings regarding penis size.” It is unclear from the complaint whether the rulers were homemade. The victim told police that he “felt weird and uncomfortable” seeing the defendant’s “semi erect penis.” During questioning, Morgan reportedly admitted to measuring himself with the ruler.
While he denied “being aroused,” Morgan told police “he’s guilty of being ‘curious,’” according to the complaint. Morgan was booked into the Johnson County jail and released shortly before midnight after posting $1,000 bond. The Iowa City resident, who is scheduled for a September 23 District Court preliminary hearing, has been ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Woman arrested for suspected DWI told police vehicle she was driving was 'not my drinking car'

A woman from City of Tonawanda, New York, was driving on Wednesday night when she hit a parked car. Sharon K. Bidell, 55, told officers that the 1965 Chevy Nova she was driving at the time was “not my drinking car,” police said.
Bidell admitted she had been “drinking earlier,” according to police. She was then taken to police headquarters.
There she registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent, almost three times the legal limit. She was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and making an unsafe lane change.

11-year-old girl arrested for taking a knife to school said it was needed to fend off clowns

An 11-year-old girl from Athens, Georgia, who was arrested for taking a knife to school said it was needed to fend off clowns. The arrest occurred on Friday at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, amid recent news reports about unsubstantiated claims that clowns have been terrorizing children in Georgia and other states. The girl was taken by the principal to the front office where she was questioned by a police officer.
“She said that the reason she had the knife was for protection for her and her family because she had heard the stories about clowns jumping out of the woods and attacking children,” the officer wrote in an Athens-Clarke County police report. According to the report, police contacted an official with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice who instructed them to release the girl to her mother on a charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds.
Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, spokeswoman for the Clarke County School District said that school administrators have not addressed clowns with the student body as a whole. “Our elementary comprehensive health curriculum addresses personal safety with students,” she said. “We have not specifically addressed clowns, except in individual cases where students expressed concerns directly to teachers.”

Link Dump

The first known use of indigo dye

This square of striped cotton, and a few others like it, represents the first known instance of people using indigo to dye a textile blue.
The ancient Peruvian fabric is more than 1,500 years older than the earliest known Egyptian fabrics with indigo-dyed borders and 3,000 years older than the first blue-dyed textiles in China, according to a study published this week in the journal Science Advances.
“It is possible it is the earliest known example of cloth dyeing in the world,” said Jeffrey Splitstoser, a textile expert in the department of anthropology at George Washington University. “I don’t know of anything older.”..
The blue-tinged pieces of cloth were unearthed at Huaca Prieta, an ancient ceremonial mound on the north coast of Peru that was occupied between 14,500 and 4,000 years ago. Thousands of squares of the prehistoric textiles have been found at the site. Splitstoser said he has personally examined 800 of them...
The cloth pieces were not used for clothing because they had no arm, leg or head holes, and the edges were not treated or hemmed the way you would expect for even a simple item of clothing like a poncho, he said. Instead, he suspects that they may have been used to carry items to the site.
“If you got to the Andes today people will take a square of fabric about the same size as what we saw, put whatever they want to carry in the center and then wrap it up,” he said. “I think they were carrying things in the bag to the temple and then ritually depositing or using them there and leaving the textiles there as well.” ..
He added that the find is a little surprising because indigo is not the most intuitive dye. Indigotin, the blue component in indigo, is not soluble in water, so it’s not like you can just throw some Indigofera flowers in a vat of boiling water and extract the dye. Instead, you have to ferment the leaves, which turns the indigotin into another chemical that is soluble in water, but is not blue.
“It’s actually kind of a yellowish color,” he said. “In order to get the blue, you dip the clothes in the water with the dissolved indigo molecule, then when you pull it out it oxidizes, and that’s when it turns blue.” Further details at the Los Angeles Times.

New DNA from understudied groups reveals modern genetic variation

New DNA from understudied groups reveals modern genetic variation, ancient population shifts
New DNA from understudied groups reveals modern genetic variation, ancient population shifts
A study of hundreds of new genomes from across the globe has yielded insights into modern human genetic diversity and ancient population dynamics, including compelling evidence that essentially all non-Africans today descend from a single migration out of Africa. The...

New Species Offers Clues to Evolution of Dinosaurs

New Species of Ancient Texas Reptile Offers Clues to Evolution of Dinosaurs
New Species of Ancient Texas Reptile Offers Clues to Evolution of Dinosaurs
A newly described species of extinct reptile that roamed Texas more than 200 million years ago had a strikingly dome-shaped head with a very thick skull and a large natural pit on top that lends the appearance of an extra eye, according to a study released Sept. 22 in...

Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight sonata: fish's nocturnal 'singing' secrets revealed

Draft horse gear ...

Found at Modern Farmer.  Those interested should read Harness the Power of Draft Horses.
Cheaper than tractors, draft horses will toil for 30 to 40 hours a week on a simple diet of grass and hay, then export fertile manure—instead of guzzling fossil fuels and belching diesel exhaust...
In other words, horse-powered farming requires serious patience. Draft horses may be on the verge of a hipster renaissance, but dilettantes may find their romantic fantasies bumping up against the challenges of managing one-ton beasts. “Horses are not tractors with tails,” Volz cautions. “They need constant attention.” Instead of turning a key and pressing a gas pedal, Stephen Leslie of Cedar Mountain Farm in Hartland, Vermont, devotes about 45 minutes to readying his Fjords each morning: feeding and grooming; shoveling manure; plucking stones from hooves; getting the gang harnessed and hitched to a plow...
Expect to pay at least $2,000 for a trained horse, and count on a team of two animals for every two acres in intensive cultivation—up to 14 acres total (anything larger, and equine-fueled agriculture becomes impractical)...

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