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Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Today in History

Henry I of England dies and the crown is passed to his nephew Stephen of Bloise.
Edmund Champion and other Jesuit martyrs are hanged at Tyburn, England, for sedition, after being tortured.
The U.S. gunboat Penguin seizes the Confederate blockade runner Albion carrying supplies worth almost $100,000.
Lincoln gives the State of the Union address to the 37th Congress.
Belle Boyd, a Confederate spy, is released from prison in Washington.
Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan Earp are exonerated in court for their action in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz.
Kaiser Wilhelm II refuses to meet with Boer leader Paul Kruger in Berlin.
Twenty officers and 230 guards are arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the revolt at the Winter Palace.
The Italian Parliament debates the future of the Triple Alliance and asks for compensation for Austria’s action in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
President William Howard Taft severs official relations with Nicaragua’s Zelaya government and declares support for the revolutionaries.
King Constantine of Greece refuses to surrender to the Allies.
An American army of occupation enters Germany.
After a seven-year occupation, 7,000 British troops evacuate Cologne, Germany.
Nazi storm troops become an official organ of the Reich.
Josef Stalin’s aide, Sergei Kirov, is assassinated in Leningrad.
Japan’s Tojo rejects U.S. proposals for a Pacific settlement as fantastic and unrealistic.
Great Britain declares a state of emergency in Malaya following reports of Japanese attacks.
The first Civil Air Patrol is organized in the United States.
National gasoline rationing goes into effect in the United States.
Rosa Parks refuses to sit in the back of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, defying the South’s segregationist laws.
America’s first draft lottery since 1942 is held.
Indian Army recaptures part of Kashmir, which had been occupied by Pakistan.
AIDS virus is officially recognized.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North pleads the 5th Amendment before a Senate panel investigating the Iran-Contra arms sale.
Benazir Bhutto, politician, becomes the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state
East Germany’s parliament changes its constitution, abolishing a section that gave the Communist Party the leading role in the state.
Channel Tunnel sections from France and the UK meet beneath the English Channel.
Ukraine’s voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum for independence from the USSR.
Trans World Airlines’ final flight following the carrier’s purchase by American Airlines; TWA began operating 76 years earlier. The final flight, 220, piloted by Capt. Bill Compton, landed at St. Louis International Airport.

Editorial Note

A couple of days ago we posted a few comments that we have received to help gauge whether or not to begin posting comments again.
There was a good response from many readers.
However the troll volume was horrendous - but then again it always is when you post the truth.
The matter is still being considered.
Something positive did come from the test - we were able to identify a number of pervert/wingnut trolls from their attempts at perversion here and three are already behind bars ... set a trap and they fall into it ... wingnuts/perverts are so stupid it hurts.

The First Time John, Paul, George, and Ringo Played Together

by Eddie Deezen
It was the autumn of 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. The young, fledgling group who had recently changed their name, officially, to The Beatles were playing at a local club called the Kaiserkeller.
Hamburg was a vice-ridden city, a 24-hour-a-day unofficial red light district in itself. Hookers, pimps, thugs, gangsters, drug dealers, and other various and sundry "characters" and habitu├ęs roamed the streets during the day, and came to the clubs to hear the raucous music and bands a night. At the time, the Beatles consisted of five members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, plus their then-drummer Pete Best and their pretty mediocre bass player, Stu Sutcliffe.
During this time, the Beatles were playing 8-hour shifts at the club, alternating with another band that had come over from Liverpool called "Rory Storm and the Hurricanes." Each band would play five or six 90-minute sets every night, shifting back and forth. Although the Beatles had arrived in Hamburg first, the Hurricanes were the higher paid of the two groups, being the bigger name band at this point in time.
Rory Storm, the Hurricanes' front man and lead singer, was a very colorful fellow who stuttered in real life, but was able to sing clearly and plainly. Rory's stutter was so bad that his friends never let him order in restaurants or introduce songs during the act because it took too long. The two bands got to be good friends during their time playing together.
They all lived at the Seaman's Mission and would join together to go out for breakfast at Harold's Cafe next door after the long nights, devouring corn flakes and milk (pretty much the only real nourishment they got, after drinking bottles of beer and taking pills called Preludin  or "prellys" to stay awake through the night). The boys also all indulged in the prevalence of both local girls (groupies) and prostitutes, as one could imagine red-blooded young musicians in their late teen years would.
The Hurricanes' drummer was a bearded, sad-faced but pleasant chap named Richard Starkey, who went by the nickname Ringo Starr. He loved jewelry, especially his beloved rings. During these 8-hour shifts, the Beatles would play for a stretch, take a break (a "powzer") and Rory and his boys would take over.
The stage of the Kaiserkeller was a cheap bunch of wooden planks, balanced on beer crates. The Beatles and the Hurricanes once made a bet to see which group could break through the Kaiserkeller stage. After several failed attempts to crash through, the Hurricanes finally won the bet, stomping and jumping as hard as they could, before smashing through and laughing in the rubble. Bruno Koschmider, the owner of the club, was furious at the two groups (as the stage was broken up, he had to use a juke box to play music for his customers while it was being repaired). When the two bands went out to breakfast the next morning at Harold's Cafe, he sent a group of his henchmen over to beat them with blackjacks.
The Beatles were to have many wild and crazy times in Hamburg, but more importantly, it was in Hamburg that they really started to "come together" and gel as a band.
One day, unknowingly at the time, musical history was made. On October 18, 1960, one of the Hurricanes named Lu Walters was scheduled to record a few songs at a local studio. John, Paul, and George were hired, for a modest fee, to accompany him and provide instrumental backing. As luck would have it, Pete Best, the Beatles' drummer, was off that day, buying new drumsticks. And so, Ringo Starr was taken on to play drums for this seminal session.
(Fate? Kismet? Or was it just poor Pete's first stroke of the "bad luck" that was to plague him so many times in the next few years?)
The session took place in a small booth on the fifth floor of the Acoustik Studio. Three songs were recorded that day: "Fever," "Summertime," and "September Song." This session was to be the first time John, Paul, George, and Ringo ever played music together.
One wonders what went through the minds of John, Paul, George and Ringo on that historic day. Did the four hit it off? Did they feel a natural kinship? A rapport? Did any of the three have any sort of premonition about their collective future?
The session ended and the three Beatles and Ringo went their separate ways. But on several occasions over the next year and a half, when Pete Best was ill, indisposed, or otherwise unavailable, Ringo would climb aboard his drum kit and sit in for him.
On February 5, 1962, Pete Best was ill and Ringo sat in for him at a lunchtime gig at a local club, The Cavern. He played with the boys again that same evening at another gig. Finally, in mid-August of '62, Ringo was officially asked to become a Beatle and permanently replace Pete Best.
At this same time, Ringo had been offered 20 pounds a week to play for another band called Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. The Beatles offered him 25 pounds, so he took the Beatles' offer.
Originally, it was suggested that the Beatles and the Hurricanes just "swap drummers," with Pete Best moving over and joining Rory Storm's band. Pete was, understandably, upset at being dropped from the Beatles, and refused.
The firing of Pete Best is a murky chapter in Beatles history to this day, as Beatles fans continue to argue and dispute the exact reason or reasons poor Pete got the axe. Rory Storm was also angry at first, but being a very decent chap, he wished Ringo and his new band good luck. We all know what was to become of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. They, of course, went on to unimaginable riches, fame, and glory, revolutionizing music and bringing joy into the lives of untold millions all over the world.
The luckless Pete Best was to join a band called Lee Curtis and the All-Stars, which met with little success. Finally, in 1968, Pete retired from show business, and got a job in a bakery.
Pete, a kind and gentle soul, understandably, never really got over being dropped from the most successful band in the history of rock music. Who would? Fortunately, although it took a few decades, Pete was to get his much-deserved millions when a few recordings he had played on were released in The Beatles Anthology in the mid-1990's. Pete started performing again, had a happy marriage and managed to somehow survive -happily- after the biggest screw job in the history of show business.
The fates weren't so kind to poor Rory Storm. Rory and his Hurricanes were to go through several drummers in the next few years. But Ringo Starr was to prove irreplaceable.
After a few failed records, Rory Storm returned to Liverpool and was still a local star. But finally, after a band member died, his Hurricanes officially disbanded in 1967. With the Beatles huge, unprecedented success, many other groups were to also meet with success, riding their huge coattails. Unfortunately, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes were not to be one of them.
Rory soon took on a new career as a disc jockey. But the times had passed Rory by, and a friend remembers poor Rory looking at him blankly (and poignantly) one day and asking "What happened?"
Rory remained in Liverpool and lived with his mother in a house he dubbed Stormsville. In the early 1970's, he developed a severe chest infection that made it difficult to sleep. He resorted to pills and booze to help the condition, but overdosed in September 1972. (It is disputed by fans, to this day, whether or not it was an accidental death or suicide.)
To compound his tragic end, Rory's mother found his dead body in the home they shared and committed suicide herself.
We live in an unsympathetic universe on an unsympathetic planet. Let us not forget, for all their glory and glitter, even the Beatles amazing saga is littered with its own tragedies. The Beatles' original bass player, Stu Sutcliffe, was to die at the age of 21 from a brain hemorrhage resulting from an injury he incurred at a local concert.
The lives of pretty much the entire world were to be affected by the Beatles and their music, and the Beatles themselves each had their own particular up-and-down journeys after the group's break-up in 1969. John finally found the life he was always searching for in bizarre Japanese artist Yoko Ono, who was to become his wife and close companion. George found his salvation in Eastern religion and philosophy.
As all know, both John and George were to experience untimely, unfortunate and violent deaths (George died of of cancer, but his condition was definitely exacerbated by a knife attack made on him by a home invasion intruder a few months earlier.) Paul and Ringo have each been through their own share of misfortune too, but are both still very active as performers, as well as happy in their personal lives.
Who could ever have imagined the repercussions and ramifications of a minor recording session at a cheap, little-known studio called Kirchenalle (the Klockmann house) -the day it all started- all those many years ago?

The Pinocchio Familia Museum in Seoul

A teacher in South Korea has turned a lifetime love of Pinocchio into a museum. The Pinocchio Familia Museum in northeastern Seoul houses her dolls, artwork and ephemera related to the Italian tale of a wooden puppet that became a real boy. Renowned Korean architect Moon Hoon designed the three whimsically-shaped buildings of the museum. They are named Wave and Whale, Whale Tale, and Nose Fountain.
The Nose Fountain is the final building making up the Pinocchio Familia Museum. It is seemingly simple, but it is a great finishing touch to the whale-inspired structure. It is also perhaps the most relevant building to the main character behind the Museum. It features an elongated pipe affixed to its nose, and this small detail represents Pinocchio’s elongated nose. What’s more, the pipe is continuously spouting out water to add an element of the sea.
When a nose spouts water, the sea is not exactly what I think of. Take a tour of the architecture of the Pinocchio Familia Museum at Housely.

Evan Rachel Wood opens up about rape

“Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood has a controversial past. After all, the actress was engaged to rocker Marilyn Manson at one point in her life, and she was also married to actor Jamie Bell for two years before she announced that she is bisexual and they parted ways.
But one thing the public did not know is that Wood is a rape survivor.

The Largest Drug Seizures In U.S. History

The illegal drug trade is extremely lucrative because of the risk markup. A large enough bust can also affect the overall price, at least locally, because it can affect the supply, but not the demand. The estimated worth of seized drugs is just an estimation, and may be exaggerated, but this list of the biggest American drug seizures by estimated worth are big enough to impress upon us how huge the trade is.
In June 2016, The Miami-Dade police made the largest cash seizure in history. According to police, the discovery was something out of the movie, Scarface. The investigators found $20 million in cash stuffed into 5-gallon paint buckets. The buckets were hidden behind a false wall that led to a secret room of the suspect’s home. According to police, a confidential informant told them that the suspect was involved in an indoor marijuana growing operation. When the police searched the suspect’s home, the found the cash hidden in the buckets.
And that's just a marijuana growing operation! Read about much bigger import seizures, going back almost 30 years, at Money Inc.

Police Departments Refuse to Send Backup to Standing Rock In Response to International Outrage

Major Advertiser DROPS Breitbart For Racist Content

Breitbart is also connected to Dumbass Trump through incoming White House 'counselor' Bannon, who served as the site’s CEO.

The Dumbass Trump Effect

Teachers have reported nearly 2,500 “negative incidents” of bigotry and harassment at U.S. schools in the first 10 days since Dumbass Trump’s theft of the presidency.

Stop Dumbass Trump From Trashing the Earth's Climate

Dumbass Trump LIVID After His Twitter Attacks HELP ‘Hamilton’ Break Broadway Sales Record

Dumbass Trump LIVID After His Twitter Attacks HELP ‘Hamilton’ Break Broadway Sales Record
Hey, Trump sycophants: guess #BoycottHamilton didn’t work!

The Ladies Of ‘The View’ Call Dumbass Trump EXACTLY What He Is

Tuesday morning on The View, the panel discussed Dumbass Trump’s latest Twitter rant which included saying that people who burn the American flag...

The Human Price Of Repealing Obamacare: 'Without Insulin, I Will Die'

The Human Price Of Repealing Obamacare: 'Without Insulin, I Will Die'
In a report featuring people directly impacted by the loss of the Affordable Care Act, NBC News touched the tip of the iceberg, but didn't really convey the deeper human loss.

Crunching the numbers: Researchers use math in search for diabetes cure

Researchers at Florida State University’s nationally renowned biomathematics program are using a mix of math and technology in an ambitious search for a cure to Type 2 diabetes. New research by mathematics Professor Richard Bertram … Read more

Inside tiny tubes, water turns solid when it should be boiling

It’s a well-known fact that water, at sea level, starts to boil at a temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, or 100 degrees Celsius. And scientists have long observed that when water is confined in very … Read more

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of solar system

A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Infrared light that we can't see with our eyes has been color-coded, such that the shortest wavelengths are shown in blue and the longest in red. The middle wavelength range is green.Massive stars have blown bubbles, or cavities, in the dust and gas -- a violent process that triggers both the death and birth of stars. The brightest, yellow-white regions are warm centers of star formation. The green shows tendrils of dust, and red indicates other types of dust that may be cooler, in addition to ionized gas from nearby massive stars.
Cygnus X is about 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, or the Swan.Blue represents light at 3.6 microns: 4.5-micron light is blue-green; 8.0-micron light is green; and 24-micron light is red. These data were taken before the Spitzer mission ran out of its coolant in 2009, and began its "warm" mission.A research team led by University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar … Read more

Human ancestor ‘Lucy’ was a tree climber, new evidence suggests

Evidence preserved in the internal skeletal structure of the world-famous fossil, Lucy, suggests the ancient human species frequently climbed trees, according to a new analysis by scientists from The Johns Hopkins University and The University … Read more

A Timid Gibbon Needs Help From His Mom To Shoo Away A Wayward Rat

Nobody likes their home to be full of rats, even if they enjoy an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, so watching a gibbon struggle to get rid of a rat that has invaded his enclosure is something we can relate to.Of course, if I were a gibbon I'd simply use my monkey kung fu skills to dispatch the rat and toss it to the nearest predator as an offering.
But the timid little gibbon in this video appears to have given up on his kung fu training- so he has to ask his mom for help.
This video was shot at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in the English West Midlands, which may explain why the gibbon is so timid- he's not used to roughing it among the rats!

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