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Today in History

Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.
Peter the Hermit‘s crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary.
The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols.
Former followers murder Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru.
The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
Julia Gardiner and President John Tyler are married in New York City.
General Robert E. Lee attacks George McClellan‘s line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days’ campaign.
Jubal Early and his Confederate forces move into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China.
Russia’s nobility demands drastic measures be taken against revolutionaries.
Shah Muhammad Ali’s forces squelch the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.
Russian General Aleksei Brusilov renews his offensive against the Germans.
General Pershing arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force.
The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, “Big Bertha,” at Paris.
A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France is unveiled at St. Nazaire.
After eight years of occupation, American troops leave the Dominican Republic.
The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter flies for the first time.
The U.N. Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, California.
The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War.
A Kuwaiti vote opposes Iraq’s annexation plans.
President John Kennedy announces “Ich bin ein Berliner” at the Berlin Wall.
The U.S. Justice Department issues a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is convicted of election fraud.
Roy Campanella, legendary catcher for the Negro Leagues and the Los Angeles Dodgers, dies.

Editorial Comment

We have been a source for truth, honesty, mirth and serious subject matter for quite a spell now on events and happenings around the world.
We will continue to be so, but we will try to focus a bit more on North Carolina, we are CAROLINA NATURALLY after all.
Our growing readership likes our positive message and our spotlighting the evils of the lunatic fringe.
We have been awarded many accolades for our unwillingness to be browbeaten by hate and hatemongers and relentlessly exposing them.
Fact is some of the most hateful - as listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) - are completely frustrated at their severe lack of ability to pervert this blog and our excellent record of prosecuting their hatred with a extremely high incarceration rate for those who have attempted to pervert this blog.
With a refocus on things North Carolina we intend to have more 'less severe' post topics while continuing to post topics of great interest and importance.
To celebrate this new focus we have an extended issue of CAROLINA NATURALLY today.

When Did You Know She Was "The One"?

The question was, Married men of Reddit: what moment with your future wife made you think "Yup, I'm asking this girl to marry me."? The thread is full of love stories that show how consideration and self-sacrifice mean so much more than looks, money, or fun. Sully1102's story is touching.
Things were going really well, and I was saying to myself "If this keeps up, I think next summer I'll pop the question."
Then, my mother had a stroke. We were all sitting in the waiting area outside the ICU, because only 2 people were allowed in at a time. It was my now-wife's birthday, and a Wednesday, and she didn't hesitate to take the day off to sit with me and my family.
I went to visit my father at home, and she came with me. Her Italian instincts kicked it, and she brought a load of groceries and a lasagna with her.
My father was a mess at the hospital, and it fell on me and my siblings to speak with the doctors and make plans.
I would get home, and pour myself some bourbon. She made me dinner, and just sat with me while I silently sobbed.
It wasn't about how great we were when things were good, it was about how perfect she was when things were bad.
I bought the ring 2 months later.
Danger0clock had a short but meaningful story.
The day she took off work to help me go through a dumpster. I had accidentally thrown my keys in the trash while cleaning out my car.
Yeah, they found the keys, but it took a couple of hours. There are plenty of other stories in the thread, and also at Metafilter.

A Real Lunch Break

Court rules that 4 million people can sue Huckabee over robocalls promoting 'christian' film

Approximately 4 million people who received robocalls from Huckabee (r-AR) promoting the 'christian' holiday film “Last Ounce of Courage” are eligible to join a class action suit, the Daily Beast reported Saturday night.

As drought looms, could this team of scientists prove cloud seeding works?

THE RESEARCHERS HAD ALREADY DONE FOUR FLIGHTS, earlier in January, before they saw the first hints of what they were looking for. The crew of meteorologists, atmospheric scientists, and students had converged near Idaho’s Snake River Basin, a horseshoe-shaped depression between ranges of the Rocky Mountains that is 125 miles at its widest point. Most of the state’s famous spuds come from this arable land. Each day that the weather was right—clouds containing the perfect amount of super-cooled moisture at the ideal temperature and altitude— the team flew up into the fluff, dropped silver iodide, and watched to see if they were making more snow than there would’ve been if they’d stayed home and hung on to their silver.
It’s called cloud seeding. And people have been planting little chemical seeds into puffy white masses, hoping to change the weather, for some 70 years. But after all that time, no one knows for sure how well it actually works: when or even if the practice makes more snow fall, or how. That’s what the team behind SNOWIE—an acronym for Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime clouds: the Idaho Experiment—had come to find out.

Sustainable Fashion Brands

Make your brain become mentally stronger

I don’t think mental toughness is something you are born with, and I strongly believe it’s something we can all learn along the journey. 

Here’s what nobody ever tells you about Lasik eye surgery

I do wish someone, anyone, warned me of what the first 24 hours after having lasers shot in your eyes feels like.

What happens when the federal government eliminates health coverage?

After much secrecy and no public deliberation, Senate Republicans finalized release their “draft” repeal and replace bill for the Affordable Care Act on June 22. Unquestionably, the released “draft” will not be the final version.

Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods?

The century-long interplay between technology and retail suggests Walmart is screwed. Its efforts to morph into an online retailer by buying Bonobos and Jet.com will end up making the company seem like Michael Jordan playing baseball—what made it great at one thing doesn’t translate to another.
At the same time, Amazon is marching through the retail sector with the ruthlessness of General Sherman taking out Georgia, remaking shopping in its image. When the company said it will buy Whole Foods, we could imagine the combination resulting in futuristic drone-delivered Veganic Sprouted Ancient Maize Flakes, even though Amazon has said almost nothing about what it will do with the high-end grocer. (Please, at least introduce a new meat called Amazon Prime Rib.)
Long before Amazon, tech shaped retail, and that history gives us a hint of what’s to come. Start back at the founding of Sears, in 1893. For its initial 30 years, Sears was solely a mail-order company, relying on the U.S. Postal Service and railroads for delivery. But the automobile was emerging as a new technology that would change society and alter the way people shop. There was now a relatively easy way to go to a store many miles away and bring items home. Sears’s big innovation was to build big stores that catered to customers arriving in cars. It opened its first store in Chicago in 1925 and built stores across the country as the economy boomed in the two decades after World War II, luring shoppers who would drive in from newly built suburbs. By exploiting the tech of automobiles, Sears reigned as the nation’s largest retailer into the 1980s.

Totally Innocent Things That Were Still Censored

When you look at this image, do you see George Washington nobly crossing the Delaware? Or do you see him showing off his erect penis? Well, one superintendent in the Muscogee County school district saw an erect penis and believed that for the good of his students, the painting featured in 2000 of his district's textbooks needed to be censored, so he had an art teacher paint over the offensive area in each of the books.
And that's just one example of absolutely ridiculous examples of censorship featured on this TopTenz article. Also of note is the fact that Hitchcock actually had to fight to keep a toilet flush in the movie Psycho.
So don't miss 10 examples of innocent things being censored here.

ATMs in Cults Across the US?

‘Do you have a pulse?’

‘Do you have a pulse?’: Couple accidentally streamed heroin overdose on Facebook Live

In North Carolina, 'No' During Sex Doesn't Always Mean No

Teenage Boys Wear Skirts to School to Protest Against 'No Shorts' Policy

‘I thought they were going to gun us down’

A group of white supremacists barged into a racial justice training course in south Florida on Saturday, frightening organizers and attendees — who believed they were about to get shot in a Dylann Roof-style assault.

Tired Of Bigotry, California Enacts Travel Ban To Dumbass Trump Country

Tired Of Bigotry, California Enacts Travel Ban To Dumbass Trump Country
The ban is a reaction to past and recent legislation that would allow people to discriminate against LGBTQ people wanting to adopt and foster children among other forms of discrimination.

Suicide bomber planning to attack Mecca's Grand Mosque blew himself up

In what could have been a major attack on the largest mosque in the world, authorities in Saudi Arabia prevented it when security forces surrounded a house where a potential attacker was hiding, officials said. At least 11 people, including five policemen, were wounded when the suspect blew himself up in a nearby neighborhood after the security forces , Saudi interior ministry said, according to reports.  Five people, including one woman who were suspected to be involved in the attack plot were arrested. The attack was planned by three groups — two based in Mecca and one based in Jeddah — the ministry said, according to reports.
Some images were circulated on social media which showed an alley filled with bricks and debris apparently from a blast.

Alabama rape victim committed suicide after being ‘bullied’ by police protecting wealthy attacker

The family of an honors student who was, “mistreated by Tuscaloosa police, the university, and DCH Regional Medical Center” before committing suicide, will be suing the University of Alabama

Nabra Hassanen's murder feeds anti-immigrant rhetoric on the lunatic fringe wingnut internet

The gruesome killing of a 17-year-old girl in Virginia this week has become fuel for political narratives on either side of the US spectrum.
Nabra Hassanen was with friends outside her mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, when a driver rode over the curb and scattered the crowd of teens. He then took Hassanen in his car and beat her to death with a bat.
The girl's family thought from the start that her killing was a hate crime, that she was targeted for wearing a hijab. Plenty of people voiced their agreement online and continue to do so.
But law enforcement handling the case says the killer did not commit a hate crime. Officials say it was an incident of road rage. News has since broken that Darwin Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old Salvadoran immigrant in the country without authorization, is a suspect in the case.
And now people who rejected the hate crime allegations from the start are saying there's no way it was a hate crime, because the suspect isn't a white American. Additionally, there's the largely unsupported claim that undocumented immigrants are a danger to Americans.

Police Say Fire At DC Memorial For Muslim Teen Was ‘Not A Hate Crime’

Police Say Fire At DC Memorial For Muslim Teen Was ‘Not A Hate Crime’
A spokeswoman for U.S. Park Police said that “the memorial does not appear to have been specifically targeted.”

Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

A Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in a hot car where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson and that they didn't lock themselves in, as she initially reported, according to sheriff's officials.
Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, was being held Saturday on two counts of causing serious bodily injury to a child. It wasn't clear if she had an attorney — online jail records didn't list one for her — and she doesn't have a listed phone number.
According to the criminal complaint, Randolph initially told investigators she was inside her rural home west of Fort Worth folding laundry and watching TV on May 26 while the children were playing on the enclosed back porch. She said when she noticed they were no longer there, she went looking for them and found them about a half-hour later locked in the car. The children were unresponsive and Randolph said she broke a window to gain entry. Temperatures that day reached into the mid-90s.
At the time Randolph said the kids were exposed to the extreme temperatures in the car for "no more than an hour." But her account of that day changed over the course of several interviews with investigators until she acknowledged on Friday that she left them in the car intentionally, the Parker County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. She told investigators that she found the kids playing in the car and when the 2-year-old refused to get out, she shut the door to teach her a lesson, thinking her daughter could get herself and her brother out of the vehicle when ready.
Randolph said she went back into the house, smoked marijuana and took a nap for two or three hours, the complaint states. It says that when she woke up and went to check on the children, they were unresponsive, and that she broke the car window to support her initial claim that the children had locked themselves inside.
The children were pronounced dead about a half-hour after authorities were notified.
Authorities declined to discuss the case Saturday.

SeaWorld under multiple federal investigations

“SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the “Blackfish” documentary.

Look Who Caught a Record-Setting Salmon

If you've been wondering what legendary rock guitarist Eric Clapton has been doing lately, you need to look toward Iceland, where he's been doing a bit of fishing.
Clapton, while on a fly-fishing trip to Iceland last week, landed a 28-pound salmon on the Vatnsdalsá River, setting the record for reeling in the biggest salmon of the summer. The massive fish measured 42.5 inches. Working with Vatnsdalsá guide Sturla Birginsson, Clapton had to run over half a mile downriver after hooking the monster, and spent two and a half hours reeling it in. The local fishing association enforces a strict catch-and-release policy on the Vatnsdalsá River, but Clapton was able to snap a picture of his record-setting catch before setting it back into the river.
Clapton has always liked fishing, but after recovering from drug addiction more than 30 years ago, Gary Brooker off Procol Harem got him hooked on fly-fishing as an alternative. Since then, Clapton has even designed his tours around the availability of fly-fishing. He's been traveling to Iceland to Iceland to fish for salmon since 2000. Read about the guitarist's fishing habit at Men's Journal.

World's Ugliest Dog 2017

The Sonoma Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, crowns the World's Ugliest Dog every year. And most years, a Chinese crested has won the title. But not this year! Congratulations to Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff who took the top honor on Friday. Martha is notable for her loose and droopy skin, and her lack of enthusiasm for the contest. Why show off when you can lay down and take a nap?

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The dog, from nearby Sebastopol, was rescued when she was nearly blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where the contest was held. After several surgeries, she can now see again, Zindler said.
The only animal in this year's contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.
Martha won $1500, a trophy, and a trip to New York City. Read more about her at CBS News. Gizmodo disagreed that Martha was the ugliest dog in the contest, so they posted a gallery of their top five picks, in which Martha only placed fourth.

Saigon’s Street Cats and Dogs

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell have a postscript from their 91 day stay in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City). It's a gallery of the many dogs and cats they've photographed during their stay!
We judge a city based on a few critical factors: cuisine, transportation, museums, nightlife… and the cuteness of its street cats and dogs. And that last one is a category in which Saigon scores high. Check out some of the creatures we’ve met during our 91 days in the city. Which would you take home? You can only choose one!
There are more dogs than cats in the collection, with some puppies and kittens thrown in for good measure, at For 91 Days.

35-Pound Cat is Adopted

Symba was surrendered to the Human Rescue Alliance a couple of weeks ago when his owner went to a nursing home. Symba is 6 years old and weighs 35 pounds! The shelter in Washington, DC, put him on a diet and hoped to find a new owner who would continue the program. Publicity helped, and Symba has been adopted by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin.
“He is lovely. He is a really sweet guy,” Berkeley, 31, told ABC News of Symba’s personality.
The engaged couple heard about him like everyone else: on the news.
“There were a bunch of news stories about him,” she said. “We love cats. My fiancé and I had two cats already. I have a particular affinity for very large animals and he obviously was a really sweet, loving guy. Very cute.”   
Read Symba's story at ABC News. Keep up with Symba on his weight loss journey at his Facebook page.

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