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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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Today in History

The laws of Burgos give New World natives legal protection against abuse and authorize Negro slavery.
HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin on board, departs from Plymouth. It will eventually visit the Galapagos Islands where Darwin will form his theories on evolution.
Union General William Rosecrans‘ army begins moving slowly toward Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from Nashville.
Charles Moyer, president of the Miners Union, is shot in the back and dragged through the streets of Chicago.
In Ohio, iron and steel workers go on strike for an eight-hour day and higher wages.
Radio City Music Hall opens.
Josef Stalin calls tensions with Japan a grave danger.
A series of vicious earthquakes take 11,000 lives in Turkey.
Japanese bombers attack Manila, despite its claim as an open city.
General George S. Patton’s Third Army, spearheaded by the 4th Armored Division, relieves the surrounded city of Bastogne in Belgium.
The International Monetary Fund and the Bank for Reconstruction and Development are created.
The new Italian constitution is promulgated in Rome.
The United States and Spain resume relations for the first time since the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.
Segregation on buses in Tallahassee, Florida, is outlawed.
The United States agrees to sell F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
President Hafizullah Amin of Afghanistan is ousted and murdered in a coup backed by the Soviet Union, beginning a war that will last more than 10 years.
Reagan takes all responsibility for the lack of security in Beirut that allowed a terrorist on a suicide mission to kill 241 Marines.
Four Polish officers are tried for the slaying of Reverend Jerzy Popieluszko.
Palestinian guerrillas kill 18 people at airports in Rome and Vienna.
Taliban forces retake strategic Bagram Airfield during Afghan civil war.
China receives permanent normal trade relations with the US.
 Radiation reaches Earth from the brightest extrasolar event ever witnessed, an explosion of magnetar SGR 1806-20.
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto assassinated.
After Mwai Kibaki is declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential elections, rioting begins in Mombasa, precipitating an economic, humanitarian and political crisis.

This Is All the Good Stuff From 2016

thankful for in 2016
This Is All the Good Stuff From 2016
Believe it or not, good things actually happened this year

"I Went Commando for a Week"

Here's What I Learned When I Went Commando for 7 Days
‘I Went Commando for a Week—Here’s What It Was Like’
“I might keep up my commando charades.”

Signs of Breast Cancer That You’ve Never Heard of Before

breast cancer signs
4 Signs of Breast Cancer That You’ve Never Heard of Before
Sometimes a lump isn’t the only sign.

5 Things Your Sleep-Deprived Body Really Needs You to Know

Addicted to Sugar

are you addicted to sugar
These 8 Questions Reveal if You’re Addicted to Sugar
You might have a sweet tooth if…

How Your College Friendships Help You

Beyond Resistance

Retired Army Colonel Says Her Social Security Checks Were Garnished to 'Curtail Dissent'

A&E cancels controversial KKK reality show after learning producers paid klansmen for access

"A&E learned last night from the third-party producers who made the documentary that cash payments ... were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access," the network said in a statement.

Texas man charged with threatening to kill Obama and blow up the White House

What an idiot!
Then again wingnuts are known for their 'superior' intellect.
Threatening a president is always a dumb idea.
Threatening the only president this nation has had this century (and one of the greatest in the nation's history) is the dumbest move.
Wanna bet he thinks the Shrub was wonderful and the Dumbass is the messiah.

Abandoned Texas oil wells seen as 'ticking time bombs' of contamination

Word Play

The words execute and kill are synonyms.  But they are also antonyms.  (because "execute" is a contranym).

6 Badass Unsung Heroes From History's Darkest Hours

In any conflict, there are those who step up and do extraordinary things, and then get little mention in history books. World War II was so big and complicated that many of these stories never get the attention they deserve. The internment of Americans of Japanese descent gets short shrift in history classes, but the big pictures comes out when you look for it. And buried within are fascinating stories of individuals, like the swing bands of the internment camps.
When Japanese-Americans were rounded up and forced into prison camps during World War II, they had every reason to do nothing but sit and sulk all day. They'd been branded as enemies of their country exclusively because of their race. However, they couldn't help themselves; as their label indicates, they were still Americans ... and Americans loved the shit out of swing music.
While living in the camps, Japanese-Americans coped however they could, and by far the swingin'-est, most hep method was to pick up an instrument and play. Art Hayashi, a prisoner at Washington State Fair Grounds in Puyallup, WA, became the leader of one of the many swing bands that came together behind the barbed wire fences. These bands ranged from trained professionals like Hayashi and his Harmonaires to kids off the street who figured that relocation gave them the perfect opportunity to learn how to play the saxophone.
Then there was George Yoshida, who upon being forced to move to Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona, was only allowed to carry one suitcase -- so naturally, he filled it with his jazz collection. Yoshida formed a band called the Poston Music Makers, and later told a jazz-ified version of his story through an album titled Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire.
Read more stories of unsung heroes, only half of them from World War II, at Cracked.


"In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund, India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. That summer, the ice melting revealed even more skeletal remains, floating in the water and lying haphazardly around the lake’s edges. Something horrible had happened here."

2016: The year in science

Astrophotography lures non-science students to STEM interests

Can You Get Stoned in Space?

Animal Pictures