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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Today in History

Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor.
Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.
Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta.
Union forces under General George B. McClellan repulse a Confederate force at Rich Mountain in western Virginia.
Major General Henry W. Halleck finds documents and archives of the Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery will lead to the publication of the official war records.
Charles E. Duryea receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade are assassinated by members of the Serbia army.
British troops take Cameroon in Africa.
Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, receives the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded, for his solo trans-Atlantic flight.
William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, dives to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
The Disarmament Conference in Geneva ends in failure.
The Italian Air Force bombs the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.
The Italian island of Pantelleria surrenders after a heavy air bombardment.
U.S. carrier-based planes attack Japanese airfields on Guam , Rota, Saipan and Tinian islands, preparing for the invasion of Saipan.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
Israel and Syria accept a U. N. cease-fire.
Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister.

The House of David Baseball Team

Okay, what's going on here? These guys have hairstyles from the 1970s, but they're wearing baseball uniforms from the 1910s. Indeed, this photograph was taken around 1915. The players are from the Israelite House of David, a cult founded in 1903 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Members were not allowed to engage in sex, drink alcohol, or cut their hair. But they were allowed to play baseball, and so the House of David baseball team became famous in their day -which lasted into the 1950s.
Famous professional players occasionally donned fake beards and joined the team for games, including Grover Cleveland Alexander, Satchel Paige, and even Babe Ruth.(They considered signing the Sultan of Swat in 1934, but decided his hedonistic lifestyle would be a poor fit for the ascetic team.)
The hirsute athletes also popularized the art of the “pepper game,” a collection of Harlem Globetrotters-esque antics where they juggled and tossed balls, made them vanish only to pull them out of their beards, and even played innings while mounted on donkeys.
Playing as far afield as Hawaii and Mexico, the House of David continued to draw crowds until the 1950s, when the splintering of the scandal-wracked commune and rise of Major League Baseball led to a decline in popularity.
You can see plenty of pictures of the House of David baseball team and their junior league trainees at Retronaut.

Becoming a Stripper

The single most common reason why any woman starts dancing (and continues) is for the money. Dancers in most locations in the United States make on average two hundred dollars a shift, and, on some days, and in certain clubs, they may make much more. 
This means that for women with little formal education and few professional skills dancing is one of the best-paying occupations available.

Earn Minimum Wage?

A person working a full-time minimum-wage job will find it virtually impossible to rent an affordable home anywhere in the US.

The DEA's Top 10 Most Insanely Ridiculous Slang Terms for Weed

Hate crimes on the rise in America

Jeremy Christian was being led out of the court room when he shouted, “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.”
Christian was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempt to aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count of first-degree assault, and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon in the recent Portland stabbings.
The 35 year-old man was hurling hate comments at two young women, one of them wearing a hijab when some men defended them and were stabbed by Christian.
Hate crimes in the country have seen a sharp surge in the past few years.

It’s not just your color printer that could betray you

Hours after The Intercept dropped a leaked report detailing Russian efforts to hack the 2016 election, federal government investigators announced the arrest of the suspected leaker, 25-year-old NSA employee Reality Leigh Winner. According to a Department of Justice affidavit, Winner left a trail of physical and digital evidence identifying her as the leaker.
After reading the affidavit, Ted Han, director of technology at DocumentCloud, became curious about what incriminating information could have been hidden in the document. Zooming in on the PDF, he found what he was looking for — tiny yellow dots on the pages.
“Microdots basically provide a smoking gun,” Han said. “It sure makes it really easy to look up specifically what print job that document came from.” The pattern of dots, when looked up through a guide posted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reveal the exact date, time, and printer of the document
It’s not just your color printer that could betray you -- here are 5 other ways you’re being tracked

The solar energy revolution has arrived

Protecting coal jobs today makes as much sense as protecting typing pool jobs around the time personal computers caught on in the 1980s.
Solar technology will destroy coal and oil as energy sources even if Dumbass Trump stamps his feet, holds his breath and refuses to play with the rest of the world.
Solar is on the same kind of Moore’s law–like path that has made computing power so cheap.
Solar tech isn’t improving at computing’s breakneck pace, but it’s on a predictable, sustainable and impressive trajectory toward cheaper and better.
By about 2030—13 years from now—solar will be able to produce electricity at half the cost of coal and lower than the cost of any carbon source.

Germany, California to tackle climate change together

Germany is teaming up with California to cooperate on tackling climate change following the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement.
Europe’s largest economy and the biggest U.S. state in economic terms will back the work of the “Under 2 Coalition,” which includes cities, regional governments and states, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said on Saturday.

US no longer the ‘global center of science'

Tucked into a corner of physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed’s otherwise very cerebral-looking office is a computer with the '90s TV show, “Twin Peaks,” paused mid-scene.
The cult classic is constantly on in the background as Arkani-Hamed works on physics problems at the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey.
“I find watching it inspiring because, there, they’re trying to figure out some crazy stuff, and we’re trying to figure out some crazy stuff,” says Arkani-Hamed. “So, it’s actually really nice to have it playing in the background.”

A solar eclipse once rallied Americans around science

Science journalist David Baron tells the story of the 1878 total eclipse of the sun, visible over the American Wild West. It drew astronomers, scientists and a famous young inventor to witness the event.
"Thomas Edison, age 31, right after he invented the phonograph and immediately before he invented the incandescent lamp, went to Wyoming to see a total eclipse," says Baron.
And so did thousands of others.
Baron's new book, "American Eclipse," makes the case that, like the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon, the eclipse of July 29, 1878, dominated newspaper headlines and inspired people in the United States to look at science differently.

Roman Libyan Treasure

Archaeologists have unearthed a cache of ancient Roman silver and bronze coins as well as other treasures in the ruins of a 1,700-year-old villa on the coast of Libya.
The team discovered the haul of 553 silver and bronze coins known as sterercii in the remarkably well-preserved 3rd century building in the ancient city of Ptolemais, Haaretz reported.

Modern humans actually started much earlier than previously believed

According to the textbooks, all humans living today descended from a population that lived in east Africa around 200,000 years ago. This is based on reliable evidence, including genetic analyses of people from around the globe and fossil finds from Ethiopia of human-like skeletal remains from 195,000–165,000 years ago.
Now a large scientific team has discovered new fossil bones and stone tools that challenge this view. The new studies, published in Nature, push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years and suggest that early humans likely spanned across most of the African continent at the time.

Most ocean pollution comes from Asian rivers

Not all nations pollute equally — and some of them are responsible for far more of the world’s contamination than others.
According to a study released Wednesday, most of the plastic currently in the ocean came from Asian rivers.
Of the world’s 40,760 ocean-bound rivers, a mere 20 are responsible for two-thirds of the ocean’s pollution, according to the study by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch foundation that develops technology to decontaminate waterways.
Most of those rivers are located in Asia. In the foundation’s study published Wednesday, they found that overwhelming majority of pollution in the ocean came from the Yangtze River in China.

Dominating Nature Has Led to Widespread Devastation That Threatens Our Very Survival

Bird Found Preserved in Amber

Picture a bird hatching from an egg and falling out of the nest in Burma. It landed on a part of the tree that had sap oozing from it and became stuck. More sap fell on the hatchling until it was completely encased in sap. Skip ahead 99 million years, and that bird, now a fossil encased in amber, was found and taken to the Hupoge Amber Museum in Tengchong City, China.
Unlike modern birds, this newborn hatchling is from a now-extinct branch of the family tree called Enantiornithines. Researchers say they would have looked a lot like modern-day avians, with the exception of some added features such as claws on their wing tips and small teeth tucked away in their beaks.
Read the article about this find at BGR and the scientific paper here.

Tigers' First Swim

There aren't many cat species who swim by their own choice. Tigers are one of them. Sydney's Australia Zoo has a pair of tiger cubs named Spot and Stripe. In this video, tiger expert Giles Clark introduces them to the tiger pool for their first swim. They aren't all that sure about the new concept, but once they are in the water, they are quite at home.
This is a clip from the BBC series Tigers About The House, which follows Clark's effort at hand-raising the rare Sumatran tiger clubs. He has to watch Spot and Stripe constantly, lest they stalk the family dog or get into other tiger business.

Diver Approached By Wild Seal Who Wants Belly Rub

Divers learn to steer clear of sharks and other predators who see them as a snack, and they tend to keep dolphins and other inquisitive mammals at bay for safety's sake, but their relationship with seals remains uncertain.That's because seals have been known to attack humans in the water for no apparent reason, and their playful and curious nature can result in injuries for humans they decide to use as a plaything.
But when diver Gary Grayson was approached by a curious seal while diving in the Scilly Isles he wasn't afraid or worried about being attacked- because he was just as curious about the little critter as the critter was about him.
Next thing you know the seal did something totally unexpected- he flipped over and asked Gary to rub his belly!

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