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Saturday, November 12, 2016

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Today in History

King Canute of Norway dies.
Suspicious of the intentions of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales, English King Edward I resolves to invade Wales.
The first flying-trapeze circus act is performed by Jules Leotard at the Circus Napoleon.
Confederate General James Longstreet arrives at Loudon, Tennessee, to assist the attack on Union General Ambrose Burnside‘s troops at Knoxville.
Mount Vesuvius erupts.
The Lebaudy brothers of France set an air-travel distance record of 34 miles in a dirigible.
Adolf Hitler is arrested for his attempted German coup.
Canada is admitted to the League of Nations.
The ocean liner Vestris sinks off the Virginia cape with 328 aboard, killing 111.
Mexico agrees to compensate the United States for land seizures.
Madame Lillian Evanti and Mary Cardwell Dawson establish the National Negro Opera Company.
U.S. fighters wipe out a Japanese convoy near Leyte, consisting of six destroyers, four transports and 8,000 troops.
The German battleship Tirpitz is sunk in a Norwegian fjord.
Hideki Tojo, the Japanese prime minister, and seven others are sentenced to hang by an international tribunal.
The U.S. Eighth Army in Korea is ordered to cease offensive operations and begin an active defense.
The satellite Discoverer XVII is launched into orbit from California’s Vandenberg AFB.
The U.S. Supreme Court voids an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools.
Nixon announces the withdrawal of about 45,000 U.S. troops from Vietnam by February.
Boris Yeltsin is fired as head of Moscow’s Communist Party for criticizing the slow pace of reform.
Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan.
Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, publishes a formal proposal for the creation of the World Wide Web.
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 collides with a Kazakh Illyushin II-76 cargo plane near New Delhi, killing 349. It is the deadliest mid-air collision to date (2013) and third-deadliest aircraft accident.
Ramzi Yousef is convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The first Italians to die in the Iraq War are among 23 fatalities from a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base in Nasiriya, iraq.
Shanghai Transrapid sets a new world speed record (311 mph or 501 kph) for commercial railway systems.

Behind the Scenes With Janis Joplin and Big Brother, Rehearsing for the Summer of Love

Bob Seidemann took photographs that graced the covers of some of the 1960s and '70s most iconic record albums. But when he was hanging with Janis Joplin and the rest of Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Francisco, he was just a friend of theirs, so the pictures he took were mostly candid shots. His fame as a photographer would come later. Now, we get to take a peek at the pictures he took during their rehearsals in 1967, some for the very first time.
The black-and-white, Kodak Tri X Pan photographs Seidemann took of the band rehearsing in the warehouse appear to be from two different days, identifiable because of the change in clothes worn by band members. Joplin’s garb is easiest to describe. In one group of photographs, she’s wearing a T-shirt with the JOB cigarette-papers woman on it. This was probably not a random choice on her part—the image had been popularized by artists Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse on a poster for a Big Brother show dated October, 7, 1966, at the Avalon Ballroom.
The rest of Joplin’s attire—pin-striped jeans tied at the waist by a braided belt, a pair of kitten-heeled sandals beneath her feet—is defiantly casual, which is surprising since these photographs were definitely taken after Big Brother’s triumphant performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, which means Joplin was on her way to being a full-fledged rock star, and all the wretched excess that implies.
Big Brother and the Holding Company performed 135 shows in 1967. That's a lot of work. Read about the band and see dozens of Bob Seidemann's photographs at Collectors Weekly.

How the Rise of Mirrors Shaped Our Idea of the Individual

People have been looking at their own images in pools of water since there have been people, but you don't get a really good view that way. Polished metal was an improvement, then glass, but a really clear look at oneself requires a mirror. These came about at around 1300 CE, and proved to be a game changer as they spread through the world in the 15th century. Before mirrors, people identified themselves as part of a group, because their experience of self was mainly in relation to those around them.
This is why the medieval punishments of banishment and exile were so severe. A tradesman thrown out of his hometown would lose everything that gave him his identity. He would be unable to make a living, borrow money, or trade goods. He would lose the trust of those who could stand up for him and protect him physically, socially, and economically. He would have no one to plead his innocence or previous good behavior in court, and he would lose the spiritual protection of any church guild or fraternity to which he belonged. What happened in the fifteenth century was not so much that this community identity broke down, but rather that people started to become aware of their unique qualities irrespective of their loyalty to their community. That old sense of collective identity was overlaid with a new sense of personal self-worth.
But the transition was not for everyone at once. Mirrors were expensive, and only the wealthy had the means to perceive themselves as individuals at the time. Royalty, artists, philosophers, and scientists led the way, with common people following over time, as you'll read in an article at Lapham's Quarterly.

Welcome to Dumbass Trump’s AmeriKKKa

This HORRIFYING List Is Exactly Why We Can’t Say ‘It Will Be Okay’ Under Dumbass Trump

This HORRIFYING List Is Exactly Why We Can’t Say ‘It Will Be Okay’ Under  Dumbass Trump
Welcome to Dumbass Trump’s AmeriKKKa.
Price of admission: Rights, freedom, equality, humanity.

New pressures expected on the undocumented living in U.S., as well as on ties to Mexico

New pressures expected on the undocumented living in U.S., as well as on ties to Mexico
New pressures expected on the undocumented living in U.S., as well as on ties to Mexico
When Dumbass Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, he placed the prickly issue of immigration at the forefront of his campaign. He disparaged Mexican immigrants, calling some criminals and “rapists,” and swore he would build a wall on the United...

Vandals post ‘whites only’ and ‘colored’ signs above water fountains in Florida school

At First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida, vandals posted two signs over the public water fountains in an act of racial intimidation.
And the idiots got it wrong anyway ...
As one who actually remembers those signs from the Jim Crow Days - The Whites Only sign would have been over the higher one and the Colored Only would have been on the lower one.
One would have hoped these things had faded into the dustbin of bad history, but alas ...

Students With Dumbass Trump Sign March Down Halls Chanting ‘White Power’

Students With Dumbass Trump Sign March Down Halls Chanting ‘White Power’
This is sickening.
You do know what we used to call students like these?

Teacher Tells Black Students He’ll Have Dumbass Trump Send Them ‘Back To Africa’ And Doesn’t Think It’s Racist

Teacher Tells Black Students He’ll Have Dumbass Trump Send Them ‘Back To Africa’ And Doesn’t Think It’s Racist
This is outrageous!
Dumbass Trump sycophants ram sign-holding war veteran with truck in politically motivated hit-and-run

Police concur that person found in possession of quantity of cannabis is 'no Pablo Escobar'

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have released a picture of cannabis which they seized while out in patrol on Thursday night. Commenting on the PSNI Facebook page, a police officer said that the person, responsible had been arrested in Larne, County Antrim.
They were dealt with through a Community Resolution while the drug was seized for destruction.
The post added: “While they were no Pablo Escobar it is still a sizeable quantity removed from the streets. If anyone wants to share any info to help remove drugs from the streets of Larne please feel free to contact Police.”

Men took a taxi to rob house then wouldn't pay driver on return with stolen goods

Police in Deal, New Jersey, said they arrested two men who took a taxi to burgle a house in town and then refused to pay the driver when they drove back to an apartment in Asbury Park with the stolen goods.Kenneth Burke, 46, and Timothy Foote, 38, of Ocean Township, called for a taxi to a home in Deal on Friday night, said Deal police Sgt. Brian Egan. He said they instructed the taxi driver to wait outside.
They then returned a short time later with a television set and some liquor bottles. He said the driver then took them to an apartment in Asbury Park, where they got out without paying the fare. The driver called Asbury Park police reporting the unpaid fare and the suspicious activity of the customers, Egan said.
After being alerted by Asbury Park police at 10:31pm, Deal officers checked the house and determined it had just been burgled, he said. Burke and Foote were charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass and theft. They were being held in the Monmouth County jail in Freehold on $20,000 bail each. The stolen items were returned to the homeowner, Egan said.

Nature already dramatically impacted by climate change

Nature already dramatically impacted by climate change, study reveals
Nature already dramatically impacted by climate change, study reveals
Global climate change has already impacted every aspect of life on Earth, from genes to entire ecosystems, according to a new University of Florida study. The paper appears today in the journal Science. “We now have evidence that, with only a ~1 degree Celsius of...

Australian continent shifts with the seasons

Australian continent shifts with the seasons
Australian continent shifts with the seasons
Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimeters each year because of changes to the Earth's center of mass, according to a new study. The findings could help scientists better track the precise location of Earth's center of mass, which is important...

Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars

Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars
Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars
The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet examined by an international team of planetary scientists. In a study led by the University of Stirling, an international team of...

This Orphaned Rhino and His Best Friend Will Make Your Day Better

This precious ball of baby hippo was abandoned by his family when he was only a few days old and he almost didn't survive. But the plucky little guy was loved on by his rescuers and when he made a best friend, things really turned around for him. Sure hippos and rhinos might not hang out in the outside world, but when the two baby orphans met, it didn't matter that they were different species, it just mattered that they could help each other move on from their hardships and have fun together. And isn't that the cornerstone of a real friendship no matter what species are involved?

Mirroring a drop in emissions, mercury in tuna also declines

Mirroring a drop in emissions, mercury in tuna also declinesMirroring a drop in emissions, mercury in tuna also declines
For years, public health experts have warned against eating certain kinds of fish, including tuna, that tend to accumulate mercury. Still, tuna consumption provides more mercury to U.S. consumers than any other source. But recently, as industry cuts down on its...

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