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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Today in History

The Marquis de Lafayette arrives in the American colonies to help in their rebellion against Britain.
Confederate forces on their way to Gettysburg clash with Union troops at the Second Battle of Winchester, Virginia.
The U.S. Post Office Department rules that children may not be sent by parcel post.
The French set a trade barrier between occupied Ruhr and the rest of Germany.
Paris is evacuated as the Germans advance on the city.
German spies land on Long Island, New York, and are soon captured.
The first German V-1 buzz-bomb hits London.
Installed by the French, Bao Dai enters Saigon to rule Vietnam.
The New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers.
Israelis withdraw the last of their invading forces from Lebanon.
Sioux Indians are awarded $105 million in compensation for the 1877 U.S. seizure of the Black Hills in South Dakota.
Pioneer 10, already in space for 11 years, leaves the solar system.

Woman strips naked at the Western Wall

A 23-year-old woman took off her clothes at Jerusalem’s Western Wall holy site and then made a break towards the men’s section, shocking worshipers.
The Times of Israel reported the woman, who is from the Jerusalem area, was stopped by security guards who covered her and and then detained her, a police statement said.
The streaker prompted shouts and screams from people praying at the Western Wall, the most sacred site in Judaism. “People started to scream and cry and when she started moving toward the men’s section, she was stopped by force,” one witness told Israel’s Channel 2.
Eventually the woman was escorted from the Western Wall’s open plaza and questioned. According to witnesses, she entered the area in clothed and then got undressed in the women’s section. The woman appeared to have come determined to “cause a provocation,” one onlooker claimed.
In a YouTube video of the incident that has subsequently been removed, the woman is filmed from behind slowly walking towards the men’s section. Entrances and areas of prayer are segregated at the Western Wall, as is common in Orthodox Jewish synagogues.
One woman can be seen trying to cover the naked woman with a shawl, but she is pushed away by the naked woman who then makes a dash for the men’s section. She made it as far as the entrance to the male section before she is stopped.Two men are seen carrying her to a nearby bathroom area, not far from a small police station.
The detained woman’s family said she has suffered psychological issues, according to Channel 2.
The Western Wall, one of last remaining structures that formed part of the outer wall of Jerusalem’s Second Temple, is the closest point to where the temple itself stood, and is the holiest place for prayer in Judaism.
It lies in Jerusalem’s Old City, which was captured with the rest of east Jerusalem by Israeli forces during the Six Day War in 1967.

Two Polyglots Have A Casual Chat In 21 Different Languages

I've always preferred the honorific "multilingual speaker" to "polyglot" since it sounds a whole lot nicer, but according to definition if a person "learns multiple languages as an avocation" they're a polyglot. And when a polyglot comes across another language enthusiast in the wild their conversation sounds like a trip around the world.
In this video Dutch artist and polyglot Wouter Corduwener chats with a Macedonian hyperpolyglot named Zoran Radiceski, who speaks a staggering 35 different languages, in a conversation only a fellow polyglot could follow!

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How Your Mouse Movement Could Be Used to Stop Identity Theft

You know how instead of typing a squiggly word, Google now has you to just check a box to prove you're not a robot? I did not know how that was supposed to work until tonight. It's all about how you move your mouse! Apparently bots don't move a cursor the same way humans do. But mouse-movement analysis has gone further than that -it may be used to determine identity theft. So I thought, maybe everyone uses a very individual pattern of mouse movement, like fingerprints. No, that's not it. Mouse movement may work more like a lie detector. In an experiment, 40 Italian subjects answered questions by computer. Some were giving straight answers, while others were playing identity thieves, with information they memorized. They were given questions that the identity thieves has rehearsed, and then the subjects were all given unexpected questions. They did not know that the parameters being analyzed were the way they moved their mouses.   
What the researchers found was that the liars had a distinctive average mouse movement that was more circuitous than the truth tellers. Even when the liars were telling the truth, it seems that their overall dishonesty was infecting their movements and they could accurately be identified as lying. The researchers then repeated their full experiment with 20 German-speaking subjects to test for cultural differences and they arrived at the same conclusions.
Read more about the experiment and findings at Gizmodo.

Statehood for Puerto Rico?

On June 11, Puerto Ricans will vote on statehood.
Even if Puerto Rico votes “yes,” Congress must still pass a law in order to change the island’s legal status from that of a commonwealth to a state. Congress, however, seems likely to drag its feet. That’s what happened when Hawaii became a state in the 1950s – an experience that offers some interesting and relevant parallels to the Puerto Rican case.
Like Puerto Rico today, Hawaii was a developed place when its residents applied for statehood. This is in contrast with some earlier states like Ohio and Wyoming that were carved out of sparsely populated territories. Hawaii’s population in the 1950s – just under half a million – was greater than that of several other states, something that is true for Puerto Rico today.
As novelist James Michener observed, “Hawaii is by far the most advanced state culturally that has ever been admitted to the Union.” Michener was referring to the high number of firmly established schools, churches, libraries and museums there – something Puerto Rico can also boast about.
Other parallels between the two include a location outside the continental U.S. and a diverse population in terms of race and ethnicity.

Overriding the Urge to Sleep

Group of neurons helps us stay awake when it matters
Overriding the Urge to Sleep: Group of neurons helps us stay awake when it matters
Caltech researchers have identified a neural circuit in the brain that controls wakefulness. The findings have implications for treating insomnia, oversleeping, and sleep disturbances that accompany other neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depression. The work was … Read more

Is Binge Watching Bad For You?

My brother does not have cable TV, but he has Netflix. I recommended the erstwhile AMC TV show Hell on Wheels to him one day, and two days later he mentioned on social media that he'd seen the whole series. All five seasons in two days! Binge-watching has become quite popular, but could it be harmful?
The folks at AsapSCIENCE look into that question for us.

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As Pride Celebrations Ensue, LGBTQ Communities Still Lack Access to Healthcare

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Two toddlers die after Texas mom leaves them in hot car for 15 hours

19-year-old Amanda Hawkins, a mother of two, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday and faces two counts of child endangerment, according to the Kerr County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said Friday Amanda's toddlers died Thursday after their mother intentionally left them in a hot car for more than 15 hours.

Pakistani man sentenced to death for anti-Islam content on social media

An anti-terrorism court in central Pakistan on Saturday sentenced a man, aged 30, to death for posting blasphemous content on social media. The judge conducted the judicial proceedings in the high-security prison in the city of Bahawalpur, prosecutor Mohammad Shafiq Qureshi told VOA.
The prosecutor explained that the court found Taimoor Raza guilty of using Facebook and WhatsApp to “disseminate" or "upload" hate material, including "offensive pictures and comments” against Prophet Mohammad and his companions. Raza has the right to appeal the verdict.
Qureshi said the Facebook account Raza was running had more than 3,500 friends, or followers.
The defense counsel was not immediately available for comments on the allegations against his client.
Counterterrorism forces arrested Raza about a year ago and police records showed the man had confessed he was working for outlawed Sipah-e-Muhammad, which is a Shi’ite militant group.
The organization has been locked in a deadly rivalry with militants from Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslim population. The years of sectarian conflict has killed thousands of people around the country.
Pakistani authorities have been cracking down on social media activists suspected of disseminating blasphemous content through their accounts.
Dozens of activists have been detained or questioned in recent weeks in Pakistan, prompting harsh criticism from rights defenders.
Opposition parties have alleged the crackdown in the name of religion is mainly aimed at silencing political dissent and deterring critics who are calling for accountability of the country’s powerful military institution, along with its alleged intervention in political matters.
Pakistani officials deny the charges.
Insulting Prophet Mohammad can carry a death penalty in Pakistan.
Earlier this week, the country's Supreme Court exonerated a man sentenced to life imprisonment by a lower court on allegations of desecrating the Holy book of Quran.
The ruling noted that the lower courts "appeared to have not conducted a fair trial of the case" before awarding the punishment.
This does not help the dispelling of stereotypes about islam.
Whether or not he is guilty of terrorist activities the condemnation for 'blasphemy' is a joke and tactic used to repress and control the population.
It was used extensively before in western society during a period we call the Dark Ages by another 'religion' as it has been used by 'religions' from time immemorial and obviously it's use is still being attempted today in lesser societies.
Also this method will have the opposite effect as it has every time throughout the ages - it breeds terrorists not prevent them, so if he was a terrorist or not there will be one (or more) that are because of this.

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