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Today in History

1791 Congress passes a resolution authorizing the U.S. Mint; legislation creating the mint will be passed on Apr. 2, 1792.
1803 The first impeachment trial of a U.S. Judge, John Pickering, begins.
1817 The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans is opened.
1845 Florida becomes the 27th U.S. state.
1857 Under pretexts, Britain and France declare war on China.
1861 The serfs of Russia are emancipated by Alexander II as part of a program of westernization.
1863 Lincoln signs the conscription act compelling U.S. citizens to report for duty in the Civil War or pay $300.00.
1877 Rutherford B. Hayes, the republican governor of Ohio is elected president, his election confirmed by an electoral commission after disputed election the previous November.
1878 Russia and the Ottomans sign the Treaty of San Stefano, granting independence to Serbia.
1905 The Russian Czar agrees to create an elected assembly.
1918 The Soviets and Germany sign a peace treaty at Brest-Litovsk depriving the Soviets of White Russia.
1919 Boeing flies the first U.S. international airmail from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington.
1923 The first issue of Time magazine is published. Its editor, Henry R. Luce, is just out of Yale.
1931 Herbert Hoover signs a bill that makes Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner,” the national anthem.
1939 In Bombay, Gandhi begins a fast to protest the state’s autocratic rule.
1940 A Nazi air raid kills 108 on a British liner in the English Channel.
1941 Moscow denounces the Axis rule in Bulgaria.
1942 The RAF raids the industrial suburbs of Paris.
1945 Finland declares war on the Axis.
1952 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds New York’s Feinberg Law banning Communist teachers in the United States.
1969 Sirhan Sirhan testifies in a court in Los Angeles that he killed Robert Kennedy.
1973 Japan discloses its first defense plan since World War II.
1999 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky appears on national television to explain her affair with President Bill Clinton.

The WWII Plan to Mess With the Japanese by Dyeing Mt. Fuji

Psychological warfare can be pretty strange. In devising ideas on how to shake an enemy's confidence, you can take the standard propaganda route or brainstorm to come up with something to give them nightmares -or at least confuse them. Such was the case at the tail end of World War II, when United States’ Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Areas (JICPOA) psy-ops unit came up with an idea to target the revered symbol of Japan, Mt. Fuji.
That Mt. Fuji would then become a physical target of Allied psy-ops is not surprising. As detailed in a declassified 1945 memo from Col. Johnston to JICPOA’s commanding officer, General Joseph Twitty, the proposed operation would “give Fujiyama with some color other than that seasonably endowed by nature.” In other words, the plan called for the marshaling of considerable manpower and equipment to dye Mt. Fuji black.
It's always good to have at least one devil's advocate in the room, to point out the many flaws with this idea. Read about the plan to dye Mt. Fuji at Atlas Obscura.

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You Can Spend Your Retirement Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville

>Parrotheads everywhere rejoice -Jimmy Buffett's famous Margaritaville restaurant chain will soon have a retirement home equivalent. Unsurprisingly, the senior-housing development will be built in Florida -Daytona Beach, to be specific. Known as Latitude Margaritaville, the home's residents will have access to the same amenities as traditional retirement communities, including a gym, pool and recreation programs, but also food from the Margaritaville restaurant chain, a beach shuttle and live music performances which will inevitably include a number of Jimmy Buffett impersonators.The community’s 6900 homes will have access to a gym, a pool, arts and education programs, a beach shuttle, and a 200,000-square-foot shopping center. Model homes will be available in 2018.
I think I know where my mom will be spending the rest of her retirement. If you're like her, you can sign up for updates on the official website.

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Why Are Doctors Missing Early Heart Attack Warning Signs?

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Over 50 big firms sign legal brief in support of transgender boy

by Rishabh Jain
More than 50 major U.S. companies, including tech giants Apple and Microsoft, have signed a legal brief supporting transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose case regarding public bathroom usage is being heard by the Supreme Court, according to a report. The document is scheduled to be filed Thursday by gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, told the New York Times on Thursday: "These companies are sending a powerful message to transgender children and their families that America's leading businesses have their backs."
The case against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia is being fought since 2015. Grimm is currently being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Companies such as Apple, Airbnb, Amazon, eBay, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, Microsoft, PayPal, Salesforce, Twitter, Yahoo, Yelp, MAC Cosmetics, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Warby Parker and Williams-Sonoma have signed the Supreme Court brief, the New York Times reported.
The legal brief supporting the student arrives one week after President Donald Trump withdrew guidelines passed by former President Barack Obama's administration on public bathroom usage by transgender students. Apple had previously condemned the decision in a statement given to Axios last Wednesday.
"Everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections," the tech giant said at the time.
In July 2016, too, more than 60 companies, including Apple, had filed an Amicus Curiae brief against a controversial North Carolina law prohibiting transgender people from entering bathrooms, locker rooms and other such facilities and supporting the Justice Department’s efforts to halt its enforcement.

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Russia Bombs US Allies By Mistake Again
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Seemingly Adorable Dog Behaviors That Can Also Indicate Aggression

Dogs can't use their words to express their displeasure so they resort to visual and auditory clues like snarling, barking and growling to warn people and other animals that they're not okay.And yet people don't seem to be picking up on these signals, so they're constantly getting bitten by dogs who just want to be left alone.
That "smile" on a dog's face when a stranger approaches them and tries to pet them without a proper introduction?
It may mean the dog wants to bite the stranger's hand for being such a pushy jerk, but most socialized dogs who have been raised around people resist the urge to snap.
Their wagging tail can also be misconstrued as a positive reaction to a person:
The tail can send a bunch of different emotional signals, depending on the kind of wag. For instance, look at the height of the tail -- if Spot is holding his tail up high, he's warning you.
If the tail is a little lower, he's more calm. If he's keeping it down near the "between the legs" position, he's scared.
Then you also have to consider the direction of the wag. A dog wagging its tail more to the right has noticed something it is cool with and would like to approach. However, if the wagging is switched to the left, it indicates anxiety. All of these nuances of wagging can convey a wide spectrum of different emotions to other dogs from a safe distance.

All Talk

Looks like the dogs are ready for a fight, defending their territory! Let's see how that plays out.
Animals know when to pick their battles, because otherwise the species would not survive. This video has been likened to arguments on the internet. It's easy to be badass when there's no chance of getting your head bashed in, whereas in real life, people tend to bite their tongues and remember that discretion is the better part of valor.

Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction

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Ninety percent of predatory fish gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to over-fishing

Ninety percent of predatory fish gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to overfishingResearchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that up to 90 percent of predatory fish are gone from Caribbean coral reefs, straining the ocean ecosystem and coastal economy. The good … Read more

The shark population is growing again

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