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Sunday, January 1, 2017

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Today in History

The Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral reaches the coast of Brazil and claims the region for Portugal.
Sir Francis Drake launches a surprise attack on the heavily fortified city of Santo Domingo in Hispanola.
The Abenaki Indians and Massachusetts colonists sign a treaty halting hostilities between the two.
The Old Pretender, son of James III, dies.
The Times, London’s oldest running newspaper, publishes its first edition.
A U.S. law banning the import of slaves comes into effect, but is widely ignored.
The Camp Street Theatre opens as the first English-language playhouse in New Orleans.
William Lloyd Garrison publishes the first edition of a journal entitled The Liberator, calling for the complete and immediate emancipation of all slaves in the United States.
Confederate General Braxton Bragg and Union General William Rosecrans readjust their troops as the Battle of Murfreesboro continues.
Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederacy.
Facilities opened on Ellis Island, New York, to cope with the vast flood of immigrants coming into the United States.
The Pure Food and Drug Act becomes law in the United States.
The German submarine U-24 sinks the British battleship Formidable in the English Channel.
The first gasoline pipeline begins operation. Along the 40 miles and three inches of pipe from Salt Creek to Casper, Wyoming.
Sadi Lecointe sets a new aviation speed record flying an average of 208 mph at Istres.
At a party at the Hormel Mansion in Minnesota, a guest wins $100 for naming a new canned meat–Spam.
In Operation Bodenplatte, German planes attack American forward air bases in Europe. This is the last major offensive of the Luftwaffe.
Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba as General Fulgencio Batista flees.
As the United States builds its strength in the Mediterranean, Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi threatens to retaliate if attacked.

Editorial Comment

In blog news ...
We are beginning our second decade.
Thank you to all who have made this blog possible over the years.
Tina, Amber, Crystal, Judy, Brooke, Christy and all the others.
And thank you to our readers for making us a must read.
In other words ...
Better Health and Better Friends - two resolutions.
Health is actually damn good but it can always be better ... one resolution to keep.
Already have the Best Friends so it looks like resolution number two will be a failure ... it might be best to amend it to be MORE friends, that one will be quite easy to keep
Remember, as always ....
Have Fun and Be Happy

"The promise of quasi-infinite and free energy is here"

"Thierry Lepercq, head of research, technology and innovation at the French energy company Engie SA, said in an interview at Bloomberg that he sees a potential for the cost of solar electricity to fall below $10-megawatt hour (1¢/kWh) in the sunniest climates by 2025. Lepercq believes “solar, battery storage, electrical and hydrogen vehicles, and connected devices are in a ‘J’ curve (of upward growth potential).” One consequence of this new energy economy is that, “the price (of oil) could drop to $10 if markets anticipate a significant fall in demand.” “The promise of quasi-infinite and free energy is here.”..
Other forms of energy are requesting economic support (coal & nuclear) while we transition away from them toward cheaper sources...
There will be real world long-term consequences..."

Amazon's Creepiest, Most Militaristic-Sounding Plan Yet

U.S. goods trade deficit widens; labor market near full strength

U.S. goods trade deficit widens; labor market near full strength
A drop in U.S. exports last month pushed the country's trade deficit in goods higher while the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week in a positive sign for the labor market.…

There's Something So Wrong About These Wine And Cheese Shots

In the quest to find new and exciting ways to combine snacking and drinking people have come up with some clever and delicious combos, but these wine and cheese shots are just plain wrong.They were created by Brandi Milloy of PopSugar Foods, but whether she made them as a way to get revenge on her former wine club or simply because gross foods go viral is anybody's guess.
It's also unclear whether she really thinks drinking red wine out of a shot glass made of cheddar cheese is a heavenly experience, but she's really good at acting like she enjoys it!
In case the thought of drinking red wine out of a cheddar cheese tube didn't leave you feeling completely grossed out here's the original video to finish the job.

A Shipment Of "Plastic Rice" Seized In Nigeria

The fake food hustle is still going strong in countries around the world, and the targets of the scam are usually poor people in third world countries who can't afford to do anything about being ripped off.But these fake food scams are typically small operations selling products that aren't necessarily deadly when ingested, and many more fake food incidents are simply urban myths spread to keep people on their toes.
However, a two and a half ton shipment of "Best Tomato Rice" was intercepted in Nigeria and is currently being tested- because the rice may be nothing but grain shaped pieces of plastic:
Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.
He said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled and "only God knows what would have happened" if people ate it.
It is not clear where the seized sacks came from but rice made from plastic pellets was found in China last year.
"Whoever made this fake rice did an exceptionally good job" says the BBC's Martin Patience, "on first impression it would have fooled me. When I ran the grains through my fingers nothing felt out of the ordinary. But when I smelt a handful of the "rice" there was a faint chemical odor."
Customs officials say when they cooked up the rice it was too sticky - and it was then abundantly clear this was no ordinary batch.

Fighting Back Against Anti-Feminist Backlash

How CNN And Fox 'News' Enabled The Worst Sexual Assault Apologism Of 2016

Saudi morality police arrest partygoers over video of men illegally 'mixed' with women

Trouble is "morality" police are never moral, no matter where or what dogma

Trans activist detained in Arizona and threatened with deportation due to bureaucratic catch-22

Miami cops fired for ‘joking’ about cruising black neighborhoods for target practice

Detectives And Police Officers Reveal The Cases They Didn't Want To Solve

Contrary to popular belief police officers and detectives don't want to solve every case they work on, but the reasons why they'd rather leave some cases unsolved would surprise you.
Sometimes they're trying to protect the killer:
I had been alerted to a well known local philanthropist, turned up dead. These were the days where physician assisted euthanasia was illegal in most of the developed world. This man, I had known him quite well and he had been suffering from a very serious terminal illness that was going to kill him before his 40th birthday, shattering his family... Especially his 2 young children. An autopsy had determined that he had been murdered, intentional overdose of morphine. The Health Authority and Department of Justice wanted us to investigate and bring the person who essentially murders him to justice. We chalked it up that there was no way we could ever determine who it was that killed him. Years later, his wife sent our department a letter saying she gave her husband the lethal dose to put him out of his misery. I wish I had never known.
And they'll even turn a blind eye to a killing if the victims were criminals themselves:
Ex cop, NSW - Australia. 7 years. I really never wanted to find the answer to two particular murders in my area. 2 known sexual offenders were killed in the space of 8 weeks. One was a rock spider (pedophile), the other used to drug women. The 2 issues were unrelated. Only one of the alledged offenders was caught (also a scumbag 1%). He was released after a week due to lack of evidence. I know it's bad to wish death on people but these two blokes were just rancid. As a cop it was my job to find the offenders but as a human I had no interest in solving the issue at all. Luckily I was never in charge of the investigations.
This serious topic was discussed on Ask Reddit- Detectives/Police Officers of Reddit, what case did you not care to find the answer? (NSFW)They responded by discussing the cases they hate to deal with, and they all agreed on one thing- the cases involving children and animals are the absolute worst:
Responded to a 4 year old who was unconscious and vomiting. Without getting into the details, it didn't take long after my arrival to realize it was a cover up. My partner and I already knew where this incident was headed, but you keep your head down and try and do the job without getting emotional. Mother and father were both adamantly lying that the child had just eaten some junk food and had gone to sleep before he started vomiting. Without getting into the details, investigation revealed that the father was mad at the child for eating some junk food. So he grabbed the child by the ankles and swung him around the house into furniture all over the home, nearly killing him. It's one of those cases that you don't want to investigate, because you know ahead of time what the outcome is going to be how bad it's going to get.
Read Police Reveal The Cases They Didn't Want To Find The Answer To here (NSFW material)

Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds

You’ve likely heard about being in the right place at the wrong time, but what about having the right genes in the wrong environment? In other words, could a genetic mutation (or allele) that puts … Read more

14 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Paramedics

If you want to see a real life superhero, call a paramedic. No, don't do that, unless you are in a life-threatening medical emergency. Instead, let's hear from some paramedics about the nuts-and-bolts of their stressful but rewarding jobs. For examples, do you know the difference between a paramedic and an EMT?

Paramedics are skilled medical professionals who have undergone many hours of rigorous training—far more than your average emergency medical technician (EMT). “A lot of people call us ambulance drivers,” says Nick, a critical care paramedic in New York. “It aggravates us because driving is such a small part of the job. Emergency medicine is what we’re doing.” Medical tasks paramedics regularly carry out include administering medication, starting IVs, intubating unconscious patients to help them breathe, intraosseous (bone) injections, reading electrocardiograms (EKGs), needle chest decompression (sticking a needle into


Becoming an entry-level EMT (or EMT-B, for Basic) requires between 120 and 150 hours of schooling, but acquiring the skills to become a paramedic requires many more—typically around 1200 to 1800 additional hours. Like a lot of medical training, it is rigorous and the hours long. Nick refers to his own training as “just grueling ... It’s basically a straight year where you’re not going to see your friends, you’re not going to see your family.” Not everyone makes it through on their first try. And, unfortunately, if you drop out, you have to start all over again.
Learn 12 other things about the paramedic profession at mental_floss.

Child asthma emergency visits drop after indoor smoking bans

A new study helps to answer the burning question of whether recently enacted indoor smoking bans in public areas have improved health. The research finds the bans are associated with a 17 percent overall reduction … Read more

Most doctors ignore one of the most potent ways to improve health

Leveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients’ health and encourage new healthy habits and behaviors than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians. In a new … Read more

10 Scientific Studies Showing Marijuana Is Safe and Effective

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