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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Today in History

Guy Fawkes is hanged, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up Parliament.
Virginia colony leaders write to the Virginia Company in England, asking for more orphaned apprentices for employment.
The Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart dies.
A man with two pistols misfires at President Andrew Jackson at the White House.
House of Representatives approves a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery.
The German Reichstag exempts royal families from tax obligations.
Germans use poison gas on the Russians at Bolimov.
German U-boats sink two British steamers in the English Channel.
President Woodrow Wilson refuses the compromise on Lusitania reparations.
Germany resumes unlimited sub warfare, warning that all neutral ships that are in the war zone will be attacked.
The Soviet premier tells Japan to get out of Manchuria.
The Battle of Stalingrad ends as small groups of German soldiers of the Sixth Army surrender to the victorious Red Army forces.
U.S. troops under Vice Adm. Spruance land on Kwajalien atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Paris protests the Soviet recognition of Ho Chi Minh‘s Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
U.S. planes resume bombing of North Vietnam after a 37-day pause.
In Vietnam, the Tet Offensive begins as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attack strategic and civilian locations throughout South Vietnam.
Ernesto Miranda, famous from the Supreme Court ruling on Miranda vs. Arizona is stabbed to death.
Lech Walesa announces an accord in Poland, giving Saturdays off to laborers.

Study explains how western diet leads to overeating and obesity

More than two in three adults in the United States are considered overweight or obese, with substantial biomedical and clinical evidence suggesting that chronic overconsumption of a “western diet” – foods consisting high levels of … Read more

Brain Personality

Do You Have A Sleep Disorder?

Falling asleep
Do You Have A Sleep Disorder? Answer These 5 Questions To Find Out
Don't hit the snooze button on your sleeping problems.

We dislike hypocrites because they deceive us

We’re averse to hypocrites because their disavowal of bad behavior sends a false signal, misleading us into thinking they’re virtuous when they’re not, according to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association … Read more

Apparently it's no longer safe to say the word "yes" on the telephone.

What kind of #*@!# world are we creating for ourselves?
It’s not a Verizon commercial: If you receive a phone call from someone asking “can you hear me,” hang up. You’re a potential victim in the latest scam circulating around the U.S.
Virginia police are now warning about the scheme, which also sparked warnings by Pennsylvania authorities late last year. The “can you hear me” con is actually a variation on earlier scams aimed at getting the victim to say the word “yes” in a phone conversation. That affirmative response is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or on a purloined credit card...
But how can you get charged if you don’t provide a payment method? The con artist already has your phone number, and many phone providers pass through third-party charges.
In addition, the criminal may have already collected some of your personal information -- a credit card number or cable bill, perhaps -- as the result of a data breach. When the victim disputes the charge, the crook can then counter that he or she has your assent on a recorded line.  
More details on what to do if you've been victimized and how to dispute the claims at CBS News.
I believe I received one of these calls this past week.  The caller (to my private cell which is not a publicly known number) started by saying he was calling in response to my job application.  I denied such and he replied "Can you hear me ok?"  My response was "you've either got the wrong number or you are spamming me" and I disconnected.

City Life After the Car

‘Stop doing anything that could be construed as free speech’

Denver police to protesters: ‘Stop doing anything that could be construed as free speech’

The Life-Changing Magic of Decluttering in a Post-Apocalyptic World

When the world collapses around us, how will we continue the everyday housekeeping chores of our normal lives? A sense of normalcy will be important when you're battling giant insects, homicidal robots, sulfurous fire, and/or zombies. Tom Gauld gives us tips on keeping your home decluttered and efficient in various post-apocalyptic scenarios. See the rest of the series at The New Yorker.

Tax-return delay could hurt low-income families

Study: Tax-return delay could hurt low-income families
Millions of low- and moderate-income Americans who claim certain tax credits will have to wait weeks longer than usual this year for their federal income tax refunds because of a new law aimed at reducing … Read more

Dumbass Trump's Appetite for Privatization Threatens Your Drinking Water

Dumbass Trump Hotels Asked For People’s Favorite Travel Memories, And Twitter LIT THEM UP

This REALLY didn’t go very well for Dumbass Trump Hotels.

Corporate America Is Inching Even Closer to a Constitutional Convention

Link Dump

This Sexy Cannibal Mermaid Musical Is Tops

‘The Lure’: Forget ‘La La Land’
This surreal polish fantasy film from director Agnieszka Smoczynska is a total trip.
La La Land may be headed for Academy Awards history next month (thanks to its record-tying 14 Oscar nominations), but come this Wednesday (Feb. 1), it won’t even be the best musical playing in theaters. Instead, that distinction will go to The Lure ...

A Vaudeville Act So Bad it Set Legal Precedent

Before Mrs. Miller and William Hung, and even before Florence Foster Jenkins became famous for singing badly, there were the Cherry Sisters: Ella, Lizzie, Addie, Effie, and Jessie Cherry. While mediocre talent is soon forgotten, the Cherry Sisters were so bad that they found a place in history.
The trope of an angry crowd throwing vegetables at a bad performance may have come from the Cherry Sisters. Previous acts were surely pelted with produce before the Cherrys, but they seem to have been famous for it. When they first performed their show, Something Good, Something Sad, in their hometown of Marion, Iowa, audiences were polite, as it was mainly their friends and neighbors in attendance. But as soon as they took their act on the road, it was clear at least one half of that title was misleading. “Spectators routinely laughed, heckled, catcalled, booed, and threw vegetables,” according to their Wikipedia page. One audience member sprayed a fire extinguisher directly into one of the women’s faces to stop the show. They eventually began performing behind a wire mesh to avoid being hit by projectiles (although they later denied ever doing so).
Strangely the group soldiered on, and was booked for various tours and even a Broadway theater. The A.V. Club found the Cherry Sisters at Wikipedia and did some more research on this unconventional vaudeville act. Read about them, and how their refusal to give up led to a refinement in libel law.

What are "troll-drums" ?

In reading a volume of writings by Nobel prize winners.  The sample used for Eugene O'Neill was his play "The Emperor Jones," in which background drumming is a prominent theatrical feature, as described in this commentary: 
The despot perishes on the flight from his glory, hunted in the dead of night by the troll-drums of his pursuers and by recollections of the past shaping themselves as paralyzing visions. 
Never heard of troll-drums, have difficulty adding a drum to my inner vision of trolls, can't quite derive the word from my understanding of "troll," and can't envision trolls in a Caribbean environment.
Can anyone clarify? May have missed an essential part of the folklore.

A supermassive black hole is really, really big

In the schematic image above, there is a little dot in the center for size compairson.
That's not the earth.   That's our entire solar system.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space."
Discussed at the Space subreddit.

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