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Sunday, December 11, 2016

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Today in History

James II abdicates the throne due to William of Orange landing in England.
Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state.
A raging fire sweeps the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to an already depressed economic state.
Union General Ambrose Burnside occupies Fredericksburg and prepares to attack the Confederates under Robert E. Lee.
Union gunboats Restless, Bloomer and Caroline enter St. Andrew’s Bay, Fla., and begin bombardment of both Confederate quarters and saltworks.
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at Boston’s Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.
Nearly 400 world leaders sign a letter to President Calvin Coolidge asking the United States to join the World Court.
As the economic crisis grows, the Bank of the United States closes its doors.
Reports say Paraguay has captured 11,000 Bolivians in the war over Chaco.
Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
The United States declares war on Italy and Germany.
U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull demands that Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria withdraw from the war.
A Boeing B-29 Superfortress shatters all records by crossing the United States in five hours and 27 minutes.
Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.
Israel raids Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.
Frank Sinatra, Jr., is returned home to his parents after being kidnapped for the ransom amount of $240,000.
The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.
Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon’s surface, the last time that men visit the moon.
Massive demonstrations take place in Tehran against the shah.
Military forces in El Salvador kill over 800 civilians in what is known as the El Mozote massacre during the Salvadoran Civil War.
The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for signature.
People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
Riots begin in Cronulla, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
President of Mexico Felipe Calderon launches a military-led offensive against drug cartel violence in the state of Michoacan.
Bernard “Bernie” Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in what was called a $50-billion Ponzi scheme.

The Creative and Forgotten Fire Escape Designs of the 1800s

In the 19th century, cities became crowded, buildings were built higher, and there were plenty of things to cause fires, like fireplaces, boilers, stoves, and gas lamps. Inventive minds went to work on emergency devices to evacuate people from burning buildings, such as an angled chute that could be rolled out to slide people down to the ground. Too bad it was made of flammable material. But it was still more practical than the invention you see here.
...Pasquale Nigro proposed a fabric-covered set of wings that would allow a wearer to fly down to safety. He wrote: “In operation, the wearer engages the loops with his hands and is prepared to leap, the air imprisoned beneath the fabric material, serving to up-hold the wearer and break the force of his fall.”
Nigro asked for about $33,000 in 1909 to execute his invention, however, the idea never quite took off.
See a a selection of fire escape inventions from the 1800s ranging from parachutes to grappling hooks at Atlas Obscura.

Jobs Have the Highest Rates of Suicide in the United States

Bully Bingo

Cops arrest masked man who was caught on video threatening DAPL protesters

BUSTED: Cops arrest masked man who was caught on video threatening DAPL protesters

What Real People Can Do to Fight Back Against Fake News

The first thing is to turn off Fox 'News'.

Fox And Friends: 'Real News Is Sometimes Fake News'

Non Sequitur

Wingnuts Have Economics All Wrong

How the Alt-Right Became Racist

White Nationalist Gets Punched On Live Television For Incredibly Racist Remarks

White Nationalist Gets Punched On Live Television For Incredibly Racist Remarks
It’s hard to feel sorry for this guy.
So, we won't.

Wingnuts plan to reintroduce Anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill supported by Dumbass Trump

Citing “momentum” from the November elections, wingnuts are once against eyeing a bill that would allow anyone to deny services to LGBT people.
Sometimes you have to wonder at the reasoning (or lack thereof) that these closeted idiots always are pursuing things detrimental to themselves ...


Link Dump

We Are All Made of Stars

13.8 billion years ago the universe EXPLODED into life Cutting through space time like a celestial knife Through butter and Bringing with it every permutation And combination of events that […] Continue reading this post … Read more

Going Tooth-to-Tooth with Dinosaurs

Move over, hyenas and saber-toothed cats; scientists have discovered a mammal with an even stronger bite. San Diego State University biologist Eric Ekdale was part of a team of researchers who describe in a new … Read more

Man Punches Kangaroo To Save Dog, Controversy Ensues

Kangaroo bucks can be mighty aggressive, threatening the lives of people and pets and scaring the wits out of anyone they hop after, which is why people pack heat when they're out in the wilds of AustraliaBut zookeeper Greig Tonkins clearly doesn't need a gun to handle himself, and when his dog's life was threatened by an ornery kangaroo he came to the dog's defense and boxed the 'roo right back.
Now it's easy to judge Greig for punching the kangaroo, but consider this:
a) kangaroos have been known to kill other animals
b) Greig has worked with kangaroos for six years at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo so he knows a thing or two about dealing with kangaroo bucks
c) the roo had his dog in a headlock, so he reacted as if his dog's life were in danger.
d) many Australians would have simply shot the thing even after the dog was freed, since Australians "cull" about 5 million kangaroos a year to keep the population managable,
As you can see, there is no black and white when it comes to Greig's actions, and I don't know about you but I would have done the same thing in a heartbeat to save my dog's life.

Monkeys may technically be able to talk ...

They're physically capable, and boy do they sound terrifying

Animal Pictures