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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Today in History

King Magnus of Norway is defeated by his rival, Sverre.
King John signs the Magna Carta.
The English peasant revolt is crushed in London.
Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo.
Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown.
Benjamin Franklin and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm.
George Washington is named Commander-in-Chief by Congress.
American General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York.
Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state.
Great Britain and the United States agree on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory.
James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, dies.
General J.E.B. Stuart completes his “ride around McClellan.”
The Battle for Petersburg begins.
Prussia attacks Austria.
Henry O. Flipper becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The U.S. House of representatives approves the annexation of Hawaii.
Fire aboard the paddle steamer General Slocum on New York’s East River kills 1,021, mostly German-Americans.
President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
Great Britain pledges the release of all Irish captured during the Easter Rebellion of 1916.
Three African Americans are lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, by a white mob of 5,000.
Wingnuts, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for Pretender.
Gaston Means is sentenced to 15 years for fraud in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
The French fortress of Verdun is captured by Germans.
U.S. Marines begin the invasion of Saipan in the Pacific.
The All India Congress accepts a British plan for the partition of India.
Greece severs military ties to Turkey because of the Cyprus issue.
The last French troops leave Algeria.
The first general election in Spain since 1936 results in victory for the UCD (Union of Democratic Centre).

New York City, Then and Now

The New Yorker put together a side-by-side comparison of New York City in the 1930s and how it looks today. While there are plenty of changes (not to mention New York is now in color), there are a lot of things that remain from 80 years ago.

How to Get to Know Someone

If you are on a college campus, the usual way to learn a lot about someone quickly is to ask, "Where are you from, and what's your major?" Outside of an academic setting, those questions don't quite make sense. It's tough enough making new friends as an adult, much less getting to know a potential romantic partner. In business relations, too, it's essential to learn all you can about the people you deal with. If you ask the right questions, you can spark a conversation that really gets to the heart of what the other person is all about.
Many of these questions are deceptively revelatory, such as “who or where would you haunt if you were a ghost?” It may seem like harmless fun, but this question might reveal if your conversation partner has a sentimental or a vengeful streak, for example. The best part is that asking just one of these questions can open and carry an interesting conversation that will leave you far better acquainted with a new contact than everyday small talk.
One question might work, but in this list at Gentlemen's Gazette, there are 53 to select from, so you can pick and choose what might work in a given situation.

Things Only Poor Teens Understand About Poverty

Growing up poor for me meant having one pair of shoes per school year, eating no frills food made from the same staple ingredients, and earning my own money to buy toys my friends got from their parents for "being good". My family wasn't so poor we went hungry, and we could afford basic electronics and electricity so we weren't bored, but I had a few friends who were so poor their lifestyle seemed bizarre to me.
Which is why I appreciated and enjoyed reading this article revealing 5 Things Only Poor People Understand About Poverty by Cracked's John Cheese, a guy who understands there's broke and then there's BROKE.
John discusses issues only people living in poverty truly understand, like how cleanliness becomes a luxury you sometimes can't afford, haircuts are done at home and fads can make it hard to afford new clothes.

U.S. Women Disproportionately Burdened by College Debt

Et Tu, Bank of America?

Intermittent Fasting Can Improve Your Health

South still has high HIV rates

Minority communities will be hit hardest by soaring rates of Alzheimer's disease

These Parents Suffered an Unfathomable Tragedy

The Dumbass Trumpcare Threat?

What Will It Take For You To Get Angry Again About The Trumpcare Threat?
Multitask. Our lives depend on it.

If You're Serious, America

The Case for Prescription Heroin

The current opioid epidemic can lead people into poverty, jail, or death. The conventional response is to cut off the supply, such as is attempted with the War on Drugs (and rehab programs for a lucky few). Vancouver is trying out a different response. At the Providence Crosstown Clinic, heroin addicts can receive medical-grade heroin, which they inject themselves under the supervision of a nurse. It doesn't cure the addiction, but it reduces the chances of dying of an overdose, contracting an infection, or being poisoned by bad drugs. It also reduces the need for addicts to commit crimes to support their habit.
Crosstown represents an international move toward providing a full spectrum of care for people who are addicted to drugs. It isn’t a first-line defense against opioid addiction, and it’s not going to solve the crisis by itself. But for a fraction of opioid users suffering from addiction (maybe about 10 to 15 percent), other treatments won’t produce good results, almost certainly leading users to relapse — and possibly overdose and die.
To combat this cycle, Crosstown offers these opioid users medical-grade heroin (called “diacetylmorphine”). Under supervision, nurses are at the ready with the overdose antidote naloxone and oxygen tanks in case of an emergency. These patients are the people for whom other treatments have failed. It’s a last resort. And it works.
Since 2011, the clinic has seen about 200 patients. None of them, MacDonald said, have died under the clinic’s supervision. In fact, as far as he can tell, no one has died at any prescription heroin facility due to an overdose — not in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, or the Netherlands.
Read about Vancouver's heroin program at Vox

Delta Airlines let drunk ‘roam freely’ while he exposed himself and groped woman on flight

A Michigan woman is suing Delta Airlines for allegedly allowing a fellow passenger who sexually assaulted her and masturbated next to her to “roam freely” on a flight despite staff’s knowledge of the man’s misconduct.

NUTJOB Missouri Wingnut Beheads Live Chicken On Facebook

NUTJOB Missouri Wingnut Beheads Live Chicken On Facebook Video To Make Point About Abortion
Hopefully, the backlash from this stunt will make Mr. Moon realize that women deserve access to healthcare, regardless of what he likes to do to chicken in the privacy of his own home.

Coral reefs show signs of climate stress, but there's still hope

They show signs of stress, but also resilience.
Coral reefs are home to a vast array of ocean creatures. They provide food, protection against storm damage, sustain tourism and inspire wonder. “If we lose corals, we lose a vital piece of our planet,”

Fox Gets a New Tunnel

Kristen built a new tunnel for her pet fox Riot. Riot loves it! Castiel, the German shepherd, can't even fit into the tunnel, but Riot can zip right through and even turn around inside it. Here, he's having a great time irritating Castiel with his tunnel shenanigans.
Watch Riot play tag and peek-a-boo and hide and seek! See more of Riot and his animals friends at Instagram.

4 facts about ghost sharks

The ghost shark’s name is appropriate in more ways than one — not only does the shark look ghastly, but it is also elusive and hard to spot in its natural habitat.
It’s also known as a chimaera or ratfish.
Scientists released video of the marine animal some months ago, which had been shot a few years earlier, and it was believed to mark the first time candid footage of the creature alive in the wild had been documented.

Animal Pictures