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Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Today in History

1303 The War of the Vespers in Sicily ends with an agreement between Charles of Valois, who invaded the country, and Frederick, the ruler of Sicily.
1756 The British at Fort William Henry, New York, surrender to Louis Montcalm of France.
1802 Captain Meriwether Lewis leaves Pittsburgh to meet up with Captain William Clark and begin their trek to the Pacific Ocean.
1864 At the Democratic convention in Chicago, General George B. McClellan is nominated for president.
1919 The Communist Labor Party is founded in Chicago, with the motto, “Workers of the world unite!”
1940 Joseph Avenol steps down as Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
1942 The British army under General Bernard Law Montgomery defeats Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the Battle of Alam el Halfa in Egypt.
1944 The British Eighth Army penetrates the German Gothic Line in Italy.
1949 Six of the 16 surviving Union veterans of the Civil War attend the last-ever encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1951 The 1st Marine Division begins its attack on Bloody Ridge in Korea. The four-day battle results in 2,700 Marine casualties.
1961 A concrete wall replaces the barbed wire fence that separates East and West Germany. It will be called the Berlin Wall.
1965 The US Congress creates the Department of Housing & Urban Development.
1980 The Polish government is forced to sign the Gdansk Agreement allowing the creation of the trade union Solidarity.
1990 East and West Germany sign the Treaty of Unification (Einigungsvertrag) to join their legal and political systems.
1994 The last Russian troops leave Estonia and Latvia.
1994 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) announces a “complete cessation of military operations,” opening the way to a political settlement in Ireland for the first time in a quarter of a century.

The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest

F. Nephi Grigg grew up producing potatoes and corn on his family's farm in Idaho. In the 1940s, he understood the future of frozen food and opened a flash-freezing plant in Oregon with his brother. They named the company Ore-Ida, after the two states. The Grigg brothers made a fortune processing potatoes into frozen french fries. But cutting potatoes into fries presented a problem, in that the potato pieces that were too small to use were hard to separate from the fries.
When an equipment manufacturing company inexplicably showed up at their plant to demonstrate a prune sorter, Nephi and his plant superintendent Slim Burton chatted with them about a redesign. Could the barrel be redesigned so that it would eliminate the unwanted pieces of potatoes from the very wanted french fries? It could.
This being the northwest, and with the Grigg brothers’ company surrounded by farmland, Nephi decided that the scraps would go to feed the cattle and other livestock owned by the Grigg family. This was fine for a while, until Nephi realized that these cattle were getting enormous amounts of potato product. He was an entrepreneur, goddammit, and not one to waste anything, especially “product that has been purchased from the grower, stored for months, gone thru the peeling process, gone thru the specking lines and trimmed of all the defects, only to be eliminated into the cattle feed,” as Nephi wrote in a letter to an Ore-Ida representative in 1989.
You can see where this is going. It was those little scraps left over from making french fries that ended up in Tater Tots. Read the rest of the story of how Tater Tots were developed at Eater.

US charges ex-radio host who hoped 'hoodoo spell' would stop fraud probe

U.S. authorities on Monday charged a former radio host with fraudulently raising $20 million in a scam bearing the hallmarks of a Ponzi scheme, while hoping to cast a “spell” to silence lawyers trying to investigate her.
Dawn Bennett, who hosted “Financial Myth Busting with Dawn Bennett,” diverted about half of what she raised in a 2-1/2 year scheme to repay earlier investors, buy luxuries including many dozen pairs of shoes and pay back rent to the Dallas Cowboys for a luxury suite at AT&T Stadium, authorities said.
Prosecutors also disclosed the discovery in an Aug. 2 search of Bennett’s penthouse in Chevy Chase, Maryland, of two freezers containing sealed Mason jars bearing the initials of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers, on whom Bennett may have hoped to cast a “hoodoo spell.”

Teens Don't Consume More Marijuana Where It Is Sold Legally

Cancer treatment may kill tumors without side effects

An experimental cancer treatment that works in part by triggering the body's immune system to help destroy cancer cells was effective in tests, and led to the total destruction of tumors with a low risk of side effects, unlike traditional cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, Sky News reported. The treatment, known as Caspase Independent Cell Death (CICD), also carries a low risk that the disease will come back later, researchers say.

Mexico Offers Help With Hurricane Harvey

Even As Dumbass Trump Rips Their Country On Twitter, Mexico Offers Help With Hurricane Harvey
Despite Dumbass Trump’s bluster, Mexico still wants to help their neighbors.

Humanity Made Hurricane Harvey Much More Devastating

In A Time Of Disaster Social Media Is Power

Parenting Tips to Avoid Raising a Kid with Dumbass Trumpian Qualities

Dumbass Trump Shamefully Erases Data On Worker Deaths From OSHA Website

Dumbass Trump Shamefully Erases Data On Worker Deaths From OSHA Website
The data on worker deaths have been scrubbed from the OSHA website, as worker safety protections are under attack from the…

Facebook to ban advertising for pages sharing 'fake news' articles

In a statement released on their site on Monday, Facebook took a strong stance against the spread of “fake news” on the social platform.

Holocaust survivors on why Americans must confront hate

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum joined in the chorus of voices condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, decrying the neo-Nazi, racist and antisemitic symbols and language it observed at the white nationalist rallies. Following the unnerving events, the museum turned to the subject it knows best to warn participants and onlookers about where such demonstrations of hate can lead.

Amazon, PayPal, and Others Have Helped Fund Racist Hate Sites For Years

Anonymous Hacks KKK Wizard David Duke's Online Accounts

CrossFit trainer fired for marching with racists in Charlottesville

According to St. Louis’ Riverfront Times, trainer Bobby Ritter was recognized by his coworkers at The Lab Gym after a photo of him was used in a Vox article about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

‘I just want a peaceful year’

Peter Cvjetanovic was the angry face illuminated by torches that the nation watched turn into violence in Charlottesville, Virginia a few weeks ago.

Worst CEOs Responsible for Animal Torture in Labs

A Texas reptile sanctuary with over 350 alligators is causing big problems due to Harvey flooding

Gator Country, a Beaumont, Texas park that describes itself as the “Largest Alligator Adventure Park/Sanctuary in Southeast Texas,” has a very large problem. Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey threaten to overwhelm the fences at the park. Gator Country owner Gary Saurage says “we’re less than a foot from [water] going over the fences,” adding that they were “certified, high fences,” but not high enough.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

1721 The Peace of Nystad ends the Second Northern War between Sweden and Russia, giving Russia considerably more power in the Baltic region.
1781 The French fleet arrives in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution.
1813 Creek Indians massacre over 500 whites at Fort Mims, Alabama.
1861 Union General John Fremont declares martial law throughout Missouri and makes his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. Lincoln overrules the general.
1932 Nazi leader Hermann Goering is elected president of the Reichstag.
1944 Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.
1963 A Hot Line communications link is installed between Moscow and Washington, DC.
1967 The US Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice.
1982 Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is forced out of Lebanon after 10 years in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.
1983 Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., becomes the first African-American astronaut to travel in space.
1986 The KGB arrests journalist Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report) on a charge of spying and hold him for 13 days.

Planes, Trains or Automobiles

The Day Van Gogh Cut Off His Ear

Artists Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh had a volatile and somewhat lopsided friendship. Van Gogh was living in Arles in 1888, and wanted Gauguin to come live with him there, where he imagined they would paint together and found an artist's colony. Gauguin had a sense of foreboding about that plan, but finally relented and said he would go to Arles for a temporary stay.
Despite his destitution, Van Gogh spent whatever money he had on two beds, which he set up in the same small bedroom. Seeking to make his modest sleeping quarters “as nice as possible, like a woman’s boudoir, really artistic,” he resolved to paint a set of giant yellow sunflowers onto its white walls. He wrote beseeching letters to Gauguin, and when the French artist sent him a self-portrait as part of their exchange of canvases, Van Gogh excitedly showed it around town as the likeness of a beloved friend who was about to come visit.
Gauguin finally agreed and arrived in Arles in mid-October, where he was to spend about two months, culminating with the dramatic ear incident.
During that time, Gauguin saw Van Gogh descend into his mental illness. Things came to a head two days before Christmas, when Gauguin went to a hotel for the night. Gauguin had escaped being cut by a razor by Van Gogh, who instead went home and cut off his own ear. Read Gauguin's account of that night and the aftermath, from the book Paul Gauguin’s Intimate Journals, at Brain Pickings.

How Men Recover From War

Why Tourists Go to Sites Associated with Death and Suffering

Artificial intelligence cyber attacks are coming

The next major cyberattack could involve artificial intelligence systems. It could even happen soon: At a recent cybersecurity conference, 62 industry professionals, out of the 100 questioned, said they thought the first AI-enhanced cyberattack could come in the next 12 months.

Two-year-old old dies as mom sat high on drugs in car's front seat

A woman who passed out after taking drugs has been charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, who remained unattended for hours Saturday in her car seat and somehow fatally injured herself, authorities said.
Two-year-old old dies as mom sat high on drugs in car's front seat, officials say

Big-name investors pour millions into marijuana

The storied Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital has launched a slew of tech companies: Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, Instagram. Now its search for the next big thing has led it to … pot.

Colorado Adolescents Did Not Increase Marijuana Use ...

Big Pharma secretly funds the fight to keep drug prices high

As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise in the nation that already pays the most in the world for medications, federal legislators and ballot-measure committees are proposing ways to curb those prices. But pharmaceutical companies, worried their profit margins will decline under the pending proposals, are spending millions of dollars against the initiatives — and in one political bellwether state, they are employing a controversial tactic that uses shell companies to let them evade longstanding campaign finance disclosure laws.

Rebuilding Our Country Should Boost Good Jobs, Not Privatization Schemes

Teaching 'Grit' Is Making the US a More Authoritarian Nation

'Confront White Supremacy Head-On'

The NRA's New Television Network Is Completely Deranged

Supernatural thinking empowered the Nazis and helped build the Third Reich

What inspired you to write Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich?
Eric Kurlander: Since I was a kid I’ve been interested in the supernatural: vampires, werewolves, horror films, and classic E.C. comics; Poe, Lovecraft, Anne Rice, and Stephen King; superheroes, like Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, or Indiana Jones, who battled Nazis. As a historian of the Third Reich, it’s hardly surprising that I became curious about the reality behind this popular image of occult-obsessed, Grail-chasing Nazis. When I finished my last book (Living With Hitler: Liberal Democrats in the Third Reich), the supernatural history of Nazism seemed like a logical next project.

Dumbass Trump's Arpaio Pardon Sends a Clear Signal ...

Hindu family attacked by confused racists

A xenophobic attack on a Hindu family from Sri Lanka was spotted in the early morning hours Sunday.

Things You Probably Don't Know About Sloths

Everyone knows that sloths are adorable, but there's a lot more to any creature than its relative level of cuteness and sloths are particularly fascinating critters. For example, did you know that even experts experienced with sloths aren't always able to tell the difference between males and females of the species? Or that they even move faster in water than they do on land/trees? Or that they don't drink water?
Learn a lot more about sloths over at TopTenz

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

70 The Temple of Jerusalem burns after a nine-month Roman siege.
1526 Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushes a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs.
1533 In Peru, the Inca chief Atahualpa is executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro, although the chief had already paid his ransom.
1776 General George Washington retreats during the night from Long Island to New York City.
1862 Union General John Pope‘s army is defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
1942 The American Red Cross announces that Japan has refused to allow safe conduct for the passage of ships with supplies for American prisoners of war.
1945 U.S. airborne troops are landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan.
1949 The USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, “First Lightning.”
1952 In the largest bombing raid of the Korean War, 1,403 planes of the Far East Air Force bomb Pyongyang, North Korea.
1957 The US Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957 after Strom Thurmond (r-SC) ends a 24-hour filibuster, the longest in Senate history, against the bill.
1960 A US U-2 spy plane spots SAM (surface-to-air) missile launch pads in Cuba.
1965 Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission.
1986 Morocco’s King Hassan II signs a unity treaty with Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, strengthening political and economic ties and creating a mutual defense pact.
1991 The USSR’s parliament suspends Communist Party activities in the wake of a failed coup.
1995 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
2003 A terrorist bomb kills Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, and nearly 100 worshipers as they leave a mosque in Najaf where the ayatollah had called for Iraqi unity.
2012 The Egyptian Army’s Operation Eagle results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23.

The Millionaire Teenage Ad Girl Who Wrote the Book on Jazz Age Etiquette

In 1919, a New York advertising agency told 18-year-old Lillian Eichler that they did not hire women, or Jews, as ad writers. But her writing impressed the company officials so much that they changed their minds and hired her. She produced many innovative ads over the next few years. At the same time, Doubleday issued an etiquette book by Eleanor Holt, which was stuffy and old-fashioned, and did not sell too well. They needed help advertising it.

Lillian produced a campaign showing an agitated guest spilling a cup of coffee over the table cloth, with the caption ‘Has This Ever Happened To You?’ The ad swiftly sold the 1,000 copies of Holt’s encyclopedia, but they were just as quickly returned, readers finding the tone too old fashioned.
Doubleday hit upon the idea of having this fusty book filled with Victorian social dilemmas, being re-written and modernized. And who better to put a Jazz Age spin, than the copywriting prodigy that had created the ad.
“My mother was asked to rewrite this out of date book to make it more appropriate for the time”, recalls Anita Weinstein, Lillian’s daughter. “She was a very ambitious young woman. She was very proud that she was one of the very few women who would drive over the bridge [from Queens] to work in the city.” Astonishingly for 1922, the young copywriter not only re-wrote the book on etiquette, but dreamt up the ad campaign to sell it as well.
Lillian Eichler's Book of Etiquette was not stuffy, and addressed social manners from the viewpoint of a modern young woman, one like herself, who made her own way in life yet wanted to impress friends and family, bosses, and suitors. The book and several others made her a millionaire. Read the story of Lillian Eichler, and see pages from her books at Messy Messy Chic.

The 16 Best Cooking Tricks I Learned In Culinary School

Jesse Szewczyk graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and now writes for Buzzfeed. He shares some basic tips for making your home-cooked dishes taste more like what you'd get in a top restaurant. If you've been cooking for a long time, you might know some of these things already, but it's always good to have a refresher course. For beginning cooks, it's an eye-opening list.
5. Completely dry your meats before cooking them.
Whether it's roasted chicken or seared scallops, drying them ensures you'll get a crisp, golden skin that won't stick to the pan. Pat them dry with paper towels or let them air-dry in the cooler for a few hours before cooking them.
6. For maximum flavor, toast your nuts and spices.
Toasting nuts and spices brings out their flavors and takes your cooking to a whole new level. For spices, give them a quick toasting in a dry pan over low heat or bloom them in hot oil. For nuts, toast them in a 350° F oven for 10-15 minutes before cooking with them.

I Toke Thee to Be My Wife

Legalize Magic Mushrooms

Tasting Wine Stimulates Your Brain More Than Math