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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Today in History

Indians attack a group of colonists in the James River area of Virginia, killing 350 residents.
The first legislation prohibiting gambling is enacted in Boston.
Charles II gives large tracts of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York.
Frederick William abolishes serfdom on crown property in Prussia.
The Stamp Act is passed, the first direct British tax on the American colonists.
British statesman Edmund Burke makes a speech in the House of Commons, urging the government to adopt a policy of reconciliation with America.
Thomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S. Secretary of State.
Congress passes laws prohibiting slave trade with foreign countries although slavery remains legal in the United States.
Horace Greeley publishes New Yorker, a weekly literary and news magazine and forerunner of Harold Ross’ more successful The New Yorker.
Japan proclaims that it is determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea.
The first color photograph is published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.
Russians troops complete the evacuation of Manchuria in the face of advancing Japanese forces.
A German Zepplin makes a night raid on Paris railway stations.
The first international airline service is inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine.
Persia is renamed Iran.
First U.S. built rocket to leave the Earth’s atmosphere reaches a 50-mile height.
The United States announces a land reform plan for Korea.
The London gold market reopens for the first time since 1939.
President Lyndon Johnson names General William Westmoreland as Army Chief of Staff.
The U.S. Senate passes the Equal Rights Amendment. The amendment fails to achieve ratification.
The Viet Cong propose a new truce with the United States and South Vietnam, which includes general elections.
A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, finds Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.

The Zeppelin Stamps That Enraged 1930s Collectors

In the 1930s, the Graf Zeppelin made its first airmail delivery to the Americas. It was a spectacular sight, somewhat akin to aliens landing on earth. The German airship company was proud of the world's largest zeppelin, but were confronted from the beginning with what would eventually be the downfall of all such airships: how to make them profitable?
Instead, the Graf’s parent company, German Zeppelin Airship Works, decided to recoup costs by commissioning special stamps from the countries on the tour route. Only letters with these stamps on them would be accepted onto the airship, which would then deliver them to their destinations. This was the only commercial transatlantic air mail option available at the time, and was days faster than sending a letter by boat. Brazil, Bolivia, Germany, and Spain all made the Zeppelin stamps, and 93 percent of the proceeds from each stamp was funneled back into German Zeppelin Airship Works.

After some debate, the U.S. Post Office decided to get in on the game as well, designing and printing a run of Graf Zeppelin stamps in a matter of weeks. They called this a gesture of goodwill toward Germany, and pledged to also contribute 93 percent of the revenue to the Airship Works. Secretly, though, they expected that an enthusiastic population of American collectors would snap up most of the stamps, keeping them out of circulation, and ensuring that the Post Office held onto most of the money.
Well, as we know from the short-lived era of zeppelins, the scheme didn't work out in the long run. Read the story of the zeppelin stamps at Atlas Obscura.

Biggest Lies About Pot

Hushme Lets You Talk On The Phone Privately While Pretending To Be Bane

Don't you hate those people who walk around talking on their phone so loud people a block away can hear their conversation?These rude people talk loud on purpose, so everyone around them will think they're really cool and super important, and they clearly don't care about keeping their phone conversations private.
But for the rest of us who value privacy and don't crave attention there's Hushme- a strange looking wearable device that gives you total privacy while chatting on your phone in public.
Hushme straps around your neck for maximum comfort and features a variety of masking sounds  to drown out your voice, which are controlled via the Hushme app. In fact, you'll have a much harder time controlling the embarrassment felt while using Hushme in public than the device itself!

4 LA County social workers to face trial in death of 8-year-old boy

The Rich Pay Fewer Taxes Than the Poor, and Get More Services

Disney ordered to pay millions to employees

Breitbart and Infowars under investigation for ties to Russia

Russian "bots" primarily linked to stories on wingnut internet sites such as Breitbart 'News' and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News,

Papiere, bitte

California Waiter Demands Latina Women Provide Proof Of Residency Before Serving Them
California Waiter Demands Latina Women Provide Proof Of Residency Before Serving Them
(Oh, and the Post Title is in German ... You figure out the connection.)

Nazi Spencer Tweets Nazi Song From ‘Cabaret’

Nazi Spencer Tweets Nazi Song From ‘Cabaret’ – Only it Was Written by a Jew
"Hey buddy, that song you love was written by my uncle. He's been married to my other uncle for 40 years. And he's a Jew."…
The Stupidity ... It Burns

'Christian' Movement Is Growing Rapidly in the Midst of Religious Decline

Record-breaking climate change affecting earth

Teens suing US over climate change ask for Exxon's 'Wayne Tracker' emails

The Military Believes in Climate Change

Prehistoric climate change caused three mass extinction events in a row

Should We Have 100+ Planets in Our Solar System?

Under a size cutoff of 10,000 kilometers, there are two planets, 18 or 19 moons, 1 or 2 asteroids, and 87 trans-Neptunian objects, most of which do not yet have names. All are shown to scale, keeping in mind that for most of the trans-Neptunian objects, their sizes are only approximately known. Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL, JHUAPL/SwRI, SSI, and UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, Roman Tkachenko, and Emily Lakdawalla.
Remember Pluto?
Ever since it was kicked out of the family of planets of our solar system, it's been trying to get back in. This time, in an effort spearheaded by Kirby Runyon of Johns Hopkins University, Pluto wants itself and its 100 closest pals to be called planets.
Runyon proposed that a planet is redefined to focus on its own geophysics: "A planet is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and that has enough gravitation to be round due to hydrostatic equilibrium regardless of its orbital parameters."
In a scientific poster submitted to the upcoming Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Runyon pointed out that this new definition of planet would emphasize its intrinsic as opposed to extrinsic properties. For school children and lay people, the definition of planets is easy: "Round objects in space that are smaller than stars."
But what about memorizing the names of all those new planets? No need to do that, Runyon said, instead schools should focus on teaching Solar System's zones and why different types of planets formed at their respective distances from the Sun.
Read more about the new effort to reclassify Pluto as a Planet over at Universe Today.

How Dinosaurs Get Their Names

Those who have the honor of naming a new species can put a lot of thought into it, to come up with a wonderfully evocative name like Tyrannosaurus rex. Or they can go the easy route, like whoever named Allosaurus -it means "different lizard." And then there are names that make us want to know the story behind it, like Pantydraco.
For many, naming one of these ancient beasts is serious business. “To me, choosing a name for a new dinosaur species has always been a heavy task,” says North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences paleontologist Lindsay Zanno. Not only are names necessary for scientific communication, but dinosaurs—like planets—have their own pop culture pull that makes naming a new species a way to excite the public. “If wisely chosen, a name can become a vector for connecting nature and humanity through shared culture, for inspiring curiosity, or for awakening a long dead species in our collective imaginations,” Zanno says.
But now that new species are found more often, names get pulled from every corner of society. Read about dinosaur naming conventions and how they have changed at Smithsonian. By the way, the "panty" in Pantydraco is a Welsh word.

Rambo the Ram Playing Tetherball

You might not expect that animals would care much about tetherball, but Rambo the ram can't pass by  any challenge without giving it his best. As this video demonstrates, here's what happens when you give a ram a ball on a string -the end result doesn't leave the ball in great condition, showing why you should never mess with a ram

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