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Today in History

585 BC
A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned in Milan, Italy.
Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
Belgium surrenders to Germany.
Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.

Aly Raisman Had The Best Comeback After Getting Body Shamed At The Airport

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Aly Raisman Had The Best Comeback After Getting Body Shamed At The Airport
Even Olympians aren't safe from BS comments about their bodies.

​A San Diego Women Says She's Married to a Local Train Station

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​A San Diego Women Says She's Married to a Local Train Station
​Carol Sante Fe has been in love with the transit hub since she was 9 years old

Selling Sex: Wonder Woman and the Ancient Fantasy of Hot Lady Warriors

The Bizarre Condition That Could Be Making Your Finger Lock Up

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The Bizarre Condition That Could Be Making Your Finger Lock Up
And you can't do much to prevent it, either.

Our 'Selfish' Genes Contain the Seeds of Our Destruction

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of US citizens

U.S. intelligence agencies conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens over a five-year period, a practice that earned them a sharp rebuke from a secret court that called the matter a "very serious" constitutional issue.
The criticism is in a lengthy secret ruling that lays bare some of the frictions between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and U.S. intelligence agencies obligated to obtain the court's approval for surveillance activities.

The Challenge to the Failed 'War On Drugs'

The Scandalous Life of Nurse and Adventurer Kate Marsden

Kate Marsden was a medical adventurer and advocate. While nursing wounded soldiers in the Russo-Turkish War in 1877, she first encountered the horrors of leprosy and became obsessed with finding a treatment. A doctor in Constantinople told her of an herb that grew in Siberia that was supposed to alleviate the disease, so Marsden became determined to go to Siberia. The problem was that Siberia was a wild and desolate area used for exile (which included leprosy sufferers). There was not yet a Transiberian Railway, so in 1891, she went on horseback and sled.
In many ways, Marsden fits the profile of a daring female explorer of the Victorian age. She went to Siberia to find a particular medicinal herb that she thought could cure leprosy, and to meet sufferers of the disease living in the Russian forest. Her advocacy for leprosy patients has since made her a local hero—there’s even a very large diamond named after her—but in her own time, her adventurousness, coupled with gossip about her personal life and sexual preference, brought her only infamy. After she returned from Siberia, she was vilified as a fabulist and an embezzler who had betrayed people who trusted her. Her critics questioned her motives for going to Sosnovka at all: What was she really after? Or was she just running away from something?
Read about Marsden's 11-month Siberian expedition, and the scandals that followed her afterward, at Atlas Obscura.

The Dramatic Courtroom Demo Designed to Expose Arsenic Murders

Arsenic has been the go-to poison for people wanting to get rid of family members for centuries. It's odorless, tasteless, produces symptoms of illness that can be attributed to natural causes, and for most of history, hard to detect after the fact. When divorce was difficult, arsenic was easy. Tests were eventually developed to detect arsenic in a human body, but they weren't reliable enough to persuade juries in cases without additional evidence. That is, until British chemist James Marsh developed the Marsh test in 1836, which made its dramatic courtroom debut a few years later.  
Perhaps the most famous use of Marsh’s test was in the trial of Marie Lafarge in 1840, in which the defendant stood accused of poisoning her husband. Young Marie had entered an arranged marriage with Charles Lafarge believing him to be a wealthy, cultured businessman, and when she found out he was in fact a boorish clod with a run-down chateau, rough sexual habits and substantial debt, she got to putting arsenic in his food. (Friends mentioned that they’d heard her asking casually about mourning fashions: How long did you have to wear black, again?) By the time Charles came to realize his wife’s devotion to home cooking was not a loving gesture, it was too late.
A back-and-forth festival of forensic testing ensued: local scientists first analyzed the dead man’s beverages, stomach tissue and vomit; and while they claimed to have found arsenic, their glassware broke during testing. Moreover, defense counsel was upset at use of outdated techniques, and called in Mateu Orfila, dean of the Paris Faculty of Medicine and the era’s premier toxicologist, who confirmed that only the Marsh test would be credible in court.
At the time, people were skeptical of forensic scientists, particularly when a defendant's life was at stake. Testimony about test results wasn't enough; they wanted to see the test performed. So what was left of the victim's body was brought into the court for the Marsh test, resulting in trial spectators buying 500 bottles of smelling salts. Read what happened at that trial, and how the results influenced forensic science, at Atlas Obscura.

Texas 'angel of death' nurse charged again after alleged baby killing spree

A former Texas nurse known as the “angel of death” for allegedly having killed up to 60 babies was served a new murder warrant linking her to the death of an infant boy more than 30 years ago, a district attorney said on Friday. Genene Jones, 66, was sentenced to 99 years in prison after being convicted of giving a fatal overdose to 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in 1982. She was suspected by prosecutors of having given fatal injections to between 40 to 60 infants and toddlers.
“She has been suspected in dozens of infant deaths, she has only been held accountable for one,” Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood told reporters on Friday.
LaHood said new evidence has been found to bring the new indictment charging her with the murder of then 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer in 1981.

Two men stabbed to death in Portland after trying to stop bigot’s anti-Muslim rant against two women

Two men were stabbed to death in the U.S. city of Portland on Friday when they tried to stop their attacker from harassing two women because they appeared to be Muslim, police said.

Dumbass Trump's AmeriKKKa brings trickle-down lawlessness to once safer communities

Mexican Lawyer Markets Dumbass 'Trump' Toilet Paper

Mexican Lawyer Markets 'Trump' Toilet Paper

Expect Increased Transmission Activity From The Lunatic Fringe's Parallel Universe

Expect Increased Transmission Activity From The Right's Parallel Universe

Russia is testing dust samples for alien microorganisms

Russia has begun testing samples from the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), believing that they may contain traces of extra-terrestrial life. In a news release Friday, Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, said it believed that comet dust on the surface of the ISS could include alien microorganisms.
Russia is testing dust samples for alien microorganisms

NASA Lunar observation craft hit by meteoroid

Los Angeles has enjoyed the same amazing climate for 50,000 years

Los Angeles is the land of sunshine, warm summers, and mild winters, with only a few dark and cloudy days to darken the relentless California cheerfulness. But what if you traveled back in time 50,000 years? What would California’s climate look like then? Probably about the same.
At least, that’s what the asphalt-encrusted beetles have to say about it.

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