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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

Arabs capture Thessalonica.
English novelist Daniel Defoe is made to stand in the pillory as punishment for offending the government and church with his satire The Shortest Way With Dissenters.
Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, drives the French army back to the Rhine River.
The U.S. Patent Office opens.
Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory.
Former president Andrew Johnson dies at the age of 66.
Great Britain declares territories in Southern Africa up to the Congo to be within its sphere of influence.
The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural mountains with Russia’s Pacific coast, is completed.
The third Battle of Ypres commences as the British attack the German lines.
Adolf Hitler‘s Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis) doubles its strength in legislative elections.
The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania.
Federation of Malaysia formally proposed.
Apollo 15 astronauts take a drive on the moon in their land rover.
An F4 tornado in Edmonton, Alberta kills 27 and causes $330 million in damages; the day is remembered as “Black Friday.”
Bridge collapse at Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth, Malaysia, kills 32 and injures more than 1,600.
Bosnia-Herzegovina declares independence from Yugoslavia.
The US and the USSR sign a long-range nuclear weapons reduction pact.
NASA purposely crashes its Discovery Program’s Lunar Prospector into the moon, ending the agency’s mission to detect frozen water on Earth’s moon.
Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to his brother Raul Castro.
The British Army’s longest continual operation, Operation Banner (1969-2007), ends as British troops withdraw from Northern Ireland.

Thanks To The Millions Who Fought To Save Our Health Care

Thanks To The Millions Who Fought To Save Our Health Care

Chili-Lime Corn

Chili-Lime Corn
Fire Up the Grill for This Chili-Lime Corn Recipe
Add some zest to your favorite summer vegetable

How to store tomatoes

Mary Jane and OCD

His Intestines Twinkled Like Stars

Thomas Morris is working on a book about the history of heart surgery, and keeps a blog of the most curious and hard-to-believe stories in medical literature that he has encountered in his research (motto: Making you grateful for modern medicine). It is not a site for the squeamish, but it doesn't rely on photographs. A gruesome case from 1874 Virginia may make you cringe, yet it has a happy ending. Dr. A.W. Fontaine wrote of the case,
J.T., a Welsh quarryman, aged about twenty-five years, of sound constitution, but somewhat “addicted to spirits,” whilst in a state of intoxication, fell from a four-horse slate wagon, in rapid motion, and loaded with five or six other persons. The vehicle thus loaded, ran over him and across the middle of his body; it broke the neck off a large glass bottle, the stump of which, it seems, penetrated his abdomen, emptying his bowels, which were crushed into the sand by the rolling wheels.
The good news was that the intestines that spilled out were bruised but not cut, and the puncture wound in his abdomen was small. The bad news was that there was plenty of broken glass and dirt on the entrails that needed to be removed before they were stuffed back in. Surprisingly to everyone involved, the patient survived. Read Dr. Fontaine's account of the procedure at Thomas Morris.

The Polygamous Town Facing Genetic Disaster

Fumarase deficiency is a metabolic disorder that affects brain development and results in devastating disability. It is the result of recessive genes, and before 1990, only 13 cases were ever diagnosed. But then Dr. Theodore Tarby found eight cases among the children of Short Creek, where the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) settled two towns along the Utah-Arizona border.
In Short Creek, just two surnames dominate the local records – Jessop and Barlow. According to local historian Benjamin Bistline, who spoke to news agency Reuters back in 2007, 75 to 80% of people in Short Creek are blood relatives of the community’s founding patriarchs, Joseph Jessop and John Barlow.
This is all very well, but we now know that most people are walking around with at least one lethal recessive mutation (one that would kill us before we reach reproductive age) in their genome, around the same number as in fruit flies. Humans haven’t gone extinct because, being recessive, they’re only unmasked if we have children with someone who also just so happens to carry a copy of that exact same mutation too.
Read how the isolation of a community can lead to an explosion of genetic disorders in an article at BBC Future.

Skyrocketing Rentals

Jeff Bezos Isn't Just Richer Than You

jeff bezosJeff Bezos Isn't Just Richer Than You—He's Now the Richest Man in the World
​His estimated $90.6 billion makes him the new top dog

Fining gun owners for not securing their weapons is just like 'shaming rape survivors'

Addressing a report showing gun thefts are up in the deep south, an NRA spokesperson said any attempt to criminalize gun owners for not locking up their weapons would be the same as “shaming rape survivors.”

Suffolk County Police Are The 2nd Organization In Two Days To Disavow Insane Dumbass Trump Statements

Suffolk County Police Are The 2nd Organization In Two Days To Disavow Insane Dumbass Trump Statements
Following on the heels of the Boy Scouts, the Suffolk County Police Department has become the second organization in two days to disavow statements from DumbassTrump after the Dumbass called for more police brutality during a Friday speech to law enforcement officers.…

Suffolk County Cops' Ex-Chief In Prison For Police Brutality

So much wrong.

Racist D.C. Cop under investigation

Washington, DC police are in full damage control after a police cop was photographed wearing a racist t-shirt while on duty.

White Man Murders Cop And Racist Media Stays Silent

White Man Murders Cop And Racist Media Stays Silent
In fact, I’ve never had such a hard time researching an article.

Astronauts had life-changing experiences with aliens

How often have we thought about the existence of life beyond Earth, and feared that if we ever encountered extraterrestrial beings, they might wreak all kinds of havoc on our planet, as shown in the movies.
But the pertinent question still remains, do aliens exist?

Owners Had No Idea What Sitter Did With Their Dog Until He Sent Them The Video

Dog owners hope for the best when they hire a sitter, so if the dog seems to genuinely like their sitter that's usually a good sign since dogs don't hide their feelings about humans.But if your dog straight up loves hanging out with their sitter then you might want to watch the two of them in action, because there's probably something adorable going on there.
Skylar the dog absolutely adores her sitter James Liakos, and James loves hanging with Skylar so much he filmed their adventures together, creating the incredibly sweet video "Cute Whippet Dog Story: Man's Best Friend".
James' clients had no idea what was going on, until James sent them the video...

Scottish man on trial for teaching pug Nazi salute

Markus Meechan accused by prosecutors of stirring hatred after posting clip of himself training pet to respond to phrase ‘gas the Jews’

The Ridiculously Photogenic Goat

Look at this goat. Just look at it! Redditor arnathor met this goat and had to take a picture to share. According to commenters, the goat has the hair of Gandalf or Tom Petty (personally, I thought of Leon Russell), the smirk of McKayla Maroney or Natalie Dormer, and the general look of Owen Wilson, Jeff Bridges, or Ron Perlman. I can't see Ron Perlman, unless you are thinking of his character in Beauty and the Beast, but he is a ridiculously photogenic goat.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Va.
The French parliament refuses to approve a more equitable land tax.
The French garrison at Mantua, Italy, surrenders to the Austrians.
In an effort to penetrate the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Va. Union troops explode a mine underneath the Confederate trenches but fail to break through. The ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater.
Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots.
George Eastman demonstrates his color motion picture process.
A bombing lull ends the first phase of the Battle of Britain.
Over 60,000 Buddhists march in protest against the Diem government in South Vietnam.
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law.
General William Westmoreland claims that he is winning the war in Vietnam, but needs more men.
Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan.
 King Hussein dissolves Jordan’s Parliament, surrenders Jordan’s claims to the West Bank to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent forces George Steinbrenner to resign as principal partner of the New York Yankees.
The last of the uniquely shaped “old style” Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.
Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves 300 million+ without power.

Obamacare Lives!

'Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them'

Leaving a note asking that their children be taken care off, a New York City couple jumped to their death early Friday after pointing out they could no longer afford their health care costs.
According to the New York Post, the bodies of the unidentified couple — both in their 50’s — were discovered between Park and Madison avenues.
Police state that the woman had a note in her pocket reading, “Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them.”
In the man’s pocket was another note stating, “We both have medical issues, we just can’t afford the health care.”
Their deaths came within hours of the U.S. Senate holding off on the repeal of Obamacare — a huge set-back for Dumbass Trump and the wingnuts.

More and More People Are Getting Tattoos ...

Lab Humans

In a U.S. first, a team of biologists has edited a human embryo’s DNA. The technique has been used before by scientists in China, but never in the United States, where the ethical debate over editing embryos rages on with no consensus in sight. And according to the U.S. team, their trial has achieved an unprecedented level of success.

When It Comes to Service, McDonald's Isn't No. 1

by Jenn Gidman 
The fast-food industry may not be heralded for Michelin-rated fare, but chains can earn loyalty through the customer service they offer, ensuring consumers keep coming back for their burgers, tacos, and pizzas.
And per 24/7 Wall St., fast-food restaurants bested full-service restaurants for the first time ever on this year's American Customer Service Satisfaction Index, which surveyed customers for their thoughts on such metrics as employee courtesy, speed, order accuracy, and even website quality.
Here, the top five best and worst fast-food chains, according to hungry Americans:
  1. Chick-fil-A
  2. Panera Bread
  3. Papa John's
  4. Subway
  5. Arby's
  1. McDonald's
  2. Jack in the Box
  3. Pizza Hut
  4. Taco Bell
  5. Wendy's
The complete list is here. (The 10 best fast-food eateries based on a bigger picture.)

How data science can help us fight human trafficking

July 30 marks the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a day focused on ending the criminal exploitation of children, women and men for forced labor or sex work.
Between 27 and 45.8 million individuals worldwide are trapped in some form of modern-day slavery. The victims are forced into slavery as sex workers, beggars and child soldiers, or as domestic workers, factory workers and laborers in manufacturing, construction, mining, commercial fishing and other industries.
Human trafficking occurs in every country in the world, including the U.S. It’s a hugely profitable industry, generating an estimated US$150 billion annually in illegal profits per year. In fact, it’s one of the largest sources of profit for global organized crime, second only to illicit drugs.

Majority of Americans support transgender military service

A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.

“The Hate Fighter”

70-year-old known as “The Hate Fighter” has defaced neo-Nazi graffiti over 100,000 times
You go, Grandma!

‘Trial’s over bitches’

In a rambling rant posted to Facebook after closing arguments in his securities case, former Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli threatened to sexually assault a journalist he had previously stalked on Twitter.

California Votes to Extend Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program

Dumbass Trump's Justice Department Says Gays Aren't Eligible for Civil Rights Protections

They are wrong of course, just like everything else the Dumbass says ...

Dumbass Trump Calls For Police Brutality

Bring back the brown shirts!

Kansas SWAT Raid Over Tea Leaves and Tomato Garden Outrages Federal Judges

Border control agents encourage a teen to drink liquid meth to his death

Disturbing footage shows two border control agents encourage a teen to drink liquid meth to his death

Saturn’s moon Titan could harbor simple life forms

How chemical reactions on a lifeless planet floating around in the cold darkness of space can suddenly give rise to living organisms is one of the biggest questions in science. We don’t even know whether the molecular building blocks of life on Earth were created here or whether they were brought here by comets and meteorites.

Racing Greyhounds Tested Positive for Cocaine

Draggin' Th'Shark

Florida douchebros who dragged shark behind high-speed boat for social media fame abused animals before

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

The Spanish Armada is sighted off the coast of England.
The Duke of Biron is executed in Paris for conspiring with Spain and Savoy against King Henry IV of France.
Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists.
The Army of the Grand Alliance is destroyed by the French at the Battle of Neerwinden.
Liberals led by the Marquis de Lafayette seize Paris in opposition to the king’s restrictions on citizens’ rights.
A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States.
Confederates are routed by Union guerrillas at Moore’s Mill, Missouri.
Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.
U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti.
Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis).
After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine. The survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives.
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana.
The Boston Red Sox hit 12 doubles in a game, setting a major league record.
A US federal court strikes down the child protection portion of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, calling it too broad.
Astronomers announce the discovery of dwarf planet Eris, leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet.

The Accidental, Slightly Controversial, But Mostly Fun History of the Super Soaker

To call a Super Soaker a water gun is akin to calling the Mona Lisa an art project. It's been a defining part of summertime fun for 27 years now. The Super Soaker was invented by Lonnie Johnson, an overachiever from Mobile, Alabama. Johnson's long list of accomplishments is impressive, but he is most famous for his souped-up water pistol.
He graduated with degrees in mechanical and nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University, joined the Air Force as the acting chief of the Space Nuclear Power Safety Section at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, then moved to NASA's Jet Propulsion lab in 1979 where he was working as a systems engineer for the Galileo mission to Jupiter. It was then, in 1982, already having several patents to his name, that he had his Eureka moment.
One of his pet projects was an environmentally friendly heat pump that used water instead of Freon. One day, tinkering as he often did, Johnson hooked up a nozzle to the bathroom faucet. When he turned on the water, it sprayed clear across the room. "The stream of water was so powerful that it set up air currents in the bathroom," he told CNBC. "I thought to myself, 'This would make a neat water gun.'" It doesn't take a rocket scientist to build a toy, but it certainly doesn't hurt, either.
However, the path from "Eureka!" to iconic toy is a story full of ups and downs. Read that story at Thrillist.

Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows

The process of childbirth moved from homes to hospitals in the early 20th century. New standards and practices meant that nurses took care of babies while the mother rested for days. The babies became concentrated in nurseries to make things easier for the nurses, but family members still wanted to see the babies, which created a dilemma for hospital staff wanting to isolate the newborns from the horde of germs carried in by visitors. 
The stated purpose for the viewing window was twofold: first, the window allows relatives to “see the infants,” and second, the window serves as a barrier to prevent contact between relatives and the newborns they have come to see. But while hospitals justified the construction of these windows as sanitary barriers between newborns and the general hospital community, it’s unlikely that infection prevention was a primary motivator. If windows served mainly as antibacterial barriers, the hospitals would have had no reason to install them in the first place; standard windowless walls surrounding nurseries would have been less trouble to build, and would have eliminated the potential for compromising the barrier between the nursery and the corridor via cracks between the window and the wall. Thus, the ubiquitous nursery window served a primarily social function.
Hospital viewing windows became a popular spot for not just relatives, but anyone who wanted to take a look. Today, the pendulum has moved the other way. Babies are normally kept in the mother's room, where family visits take place, and they are sent home the next day (or even the same day). But the public still wants to see new babies through a window. Read about the rise and fall of the nursery viewing window at Smithsonian.

Who Is Kristen Beck?

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Huge drop in men's sperm levels confirmed by new study

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analyzed data on the sperm counts of 42,935 men, found no decline in sperm counts in men from Asia, Africa and South America, although there was limited data from these areas.

McCain's brain cancer draws renewed attention to possible Agent Orange connection

When Amy Jones’ dad, Paul, was diagnosed with glioblastoma last month, she wondered whether it might be tied to his time in Vietnam.
Then, last week, when McCain, r-Ariz., also a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with the same aggressive brain cancer, Jones searched online for glioblastoma and Vietnam vets.
She soon learned the disease is one of a growing list of ailments that some Vietnam veterans and their relatives believe is caused by exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide sprayed during the war.
“Honestly, it’s not easy to even admit that this is happening, let alone to even talk about it,” said Jones, whose 68-year-old father has had surgery to remove a brain tumor and now is receiving radiation treatments. “It’s only been six weeks. It’s such a devastating diagnosis.”