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Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Today in History

Vespasian, a Roman army leader, is hailed as a Roman emperor by the Egyptian legions.
England and Scotland sign the Peace of Greenwich.
An English fleet under the Earl of Essex, Lord Howard of Effingham and Francis Vere capture and sack Cadiz, Spain.
Led by Marshall Luxembourg, the French defeat the forces of the Grand Alliance at Fleurus in the Netherlands.
British troops depart from their base at the Bouquet River to head toward Ticonderoga, New York.
Napoleon Bonaparte takes Alexandria, Egypt.
Charles Darwin presents a paper on his theory of evolution to the Linnean Society in London.
Union artillery stops a Confederate attack at Malvern Hill, Virginia.
In the first day’s fighting at Gettysburg, Federal forces retreat through the town and dig in at Cemetery Ridge and Cemetery Hill.
Canada, by the terms of the British North America Act, becomes an independent dominion.
Montenegro declares war on the Turks.
American troops take San Juan Hill and El Caney, Cuba, from the Spaniards.
The Battle of the Somme begins. Approximately 30,000 men are killed on the first day, two-thirds of them British.
Axis troops capture Sevastopol, Crimea, in the Soviet Union.
The New York State Commission Against Discrimination is established–the first such agency in the United States.
American ground troops arrive in South Korea to halt the advancing North Korean army.
British troops land in Kuwait to aid against Iraqi threats.
The U.S. postmaster introduces the ZIP code.
The U.S. Marines launch Operation Holt in an attempt to finish off a Vietcong battalion in Thua Thien Province in Vietnam.

12-Year-Old Helps Deliver Her Baby Brother

It's rare to find a teen or tween who even wants to be at the hospital while their mom gives birth to a new family member, much less hang out in the delivery room.But 12-year-old Jacee Dellapena wanted to attend the birth of her new baby brother Zadyn, so her parents allowed her to be in the delivery room while her mom Dede gave birth.
Then Dede's obstetrician Dr. Walter Wolfe suggested Jacee should suit up and help him deliver Zadyn, a suggestion she was surprisingly excited about.
And with her parents' wholehearted approval Jacee stepped up and helped bring Zadyn into this world, which will forever give her the upper hand in arguments with her little brother!
"... My doctor, Dr Walter Wolfe then suggested, 'Jacee why don't you suit up and come deliver the baby.' I was in shock lol! I told her as long as Zack doesn't care go ahead and he said 'go for it Jacee!' She got suited up for delivery. Although the pain from the contractions and the pushing hurt me so bad... watching Jacee's expressions on her face were like no other. Concentrating on her face while I pushed helped me so much! Dr Wolfe actually put her hands on the inside of his and allowed her to do the entire delivery. We were all very emotional and it was like no feeling I've ever felt. it's not every day your eldest child at 12 years old gets to deliver your last child."
 Hail to everyone involved - the girl, the parents, and the medical team.  More children need to be exposed to the realities of birth and death (and preparing food) (especially if the wingnuts are successful in cutting health care financing).
There are more details and photos are available Here and Here.

Mom's Innocent Photo of Her Toddler Causes Instagram to Shut Down Her Account

by Kaitlin Stanford
Instagram deletes mom's account after posting "inappropriate" photo of her toddler
Mommy blogger Courtney Adamo's Instagram troubles have been making headlines since the weekend, after the admins over at the popular photo app deleted her account — and several years' worth of family photos in the process. Their reason? She had violated the community guidelines and posted "inappropriate" photos containing nudity.
But if you ask Adamo, Instagram has a very different idea of what "inappropriate" is.
Now, the deletion didn't come without some warning. Over the course of a week, the mom of four received five different emails from Instagram, telling her they had received reports from other users about her "inappropriate" images. The only catch? They didn't exactly tell her which photos were reported and deleted, or why they were deemed inappropriate to begin with. So she had to do her own digging.
"After a bit of research I discovered that if you receive too many reports of 'inappropriate' images, it sends a red flag to the Instagram team and their automated service will disable your account entirely, without warning and without notice," the blogger wrote on her website, Babyccino Kids.
Then finally, the night before her account was officially suspended, Adamo posted what she thought was a sweet photo of her young daughter, Marlow. In the photo, she's wearing a pair of bright yellow rain boots, while lifting her dress up over her belly to marvel at her belly button.
"I thought it was such a sweet photo of my baby girl and her gorgeous, round belly (and outie belly button)," Adamo wrote. "And I love that her pride is so evident in the photo — such a sweet and innocent shot of a successful day of potty-training."
In the morning, she awoke to another warning email. The photo, which she thought had been so sweet and innocent, was removed.
But she couldn't understand why. After re-reading Instagram's guidelines online and reviewing the photo, she was adamant that she had not actually violated the rules to begin with.
"Unless a baby's belly is considered 'nudity' … but surely it isn't!" she wrote. "She is a BABY! It's no different than a photo of a baby wearing a nappy, or a little boy in swim trunks, and to entertain the idea that it is even remotely inappropriate is a disgusting thing in itself."
Her next move? To repost the photo.
Needless to say, that was the last straw for Instagram, who then deleted her account all together. As she wrote on Babyccino, she was heartbroken to learn that four years of family photos and memories were gone, just like that.
Luckily for Adamo, her story quickly made the rounds, thanks to Twitter, and by June 23, BuzzFeed reports that her Instagram account was restored. They had made a mistake, they said, and were not above admitting that:
"We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves and having policies to create and protect young children. This is one reason why our guidelines put limitations on nudity, but we recognize that we don't always get it right. In this case, we made a mistake and have since restored the account."
Adamo is, of course, thrilled to be back on Instagram. By the looks of things, she's posting away and glad to put the matter behind her.
At least there's a somewhat happy ending to this, after all.

Professor Caveman

Bill Schindler is an anthropology professor at Washington College in Maryland. In his class Experimental Archaeology and Primitive Technology, students learn the way things were done when you didn't have someone else specializing in doing it for others. Things like butchering animals, making their own clothing and dishes, and cooking -using tools they make themselves.
The skills prehistoric peoples depended on seem exotic to today’s college students, who Schindler says arrive on campus each year with less and less of the sort of practical experience that he emphasizes in his class. He tells of the time he asked some students to crack eggs and separate the yolks from the whites. He returned to the kitchen 10 minutes later to find that not a single egg had been cracked. “I asked them if the problem was that nobody had ever told them how to separate the yolk from the whites, and received blank stares in return,” he recalled. “After a minute of silence, one of them said, ‘I’ve never cracked an egg.’ I was floored—how do you even make it to 19 without cracking an egg?”
Schindler wants us to know that "primitive" people were not less intelligent than we are, they were just focused on different things. In fact, they may have even been smarter. After all, they did not have weapons that could destroy millions, nor did they have factories that polluted the planet. And Schindler lives his life using the ancient skills he teaches in class. Read about Schindler and his views on ancient societies at the Atlantic.

Daily Comic Relief

Las Vegas gets recreational weed this weekend

If there was ever any doubt, Las Vegas is set to further solidify its reputation as a party town this weekend, with one state senator saying it will be like “Amsterdam on steroids” after sales of cannabis for recreational use begin on Saturday.

First US bar with fully robotic bartenders to open in Las Vegas

The first fully robotic U.S. bar opening in Las Vegas this week aims to blend attraction and alcohol — although conversation with the robot bartenders may not be quite as entertaining.

PETA Wants to Know the Best Argument For Eating Bacon

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PETA Wants to Know the Best Argument For Eating Bacon—So, the Internet Told Them
​Too many people just love this crispy breakfast staple

​4 Possible Food Mistakes Your Chef Might Be Making

Guy Cooking Your Food Is Much More Gross Than You Think
​4 Possible Food Mistakes Your Chef Might Be Making
You’ll want to cook your own stuff after reading this

​Eat This Sweet Treat to Boost Your Brain

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​Eat This Sweet Treat to Boost Your Brain
A dose of dessert may be the best memory-keeper

There May Be No Limit to How Long You Can Live

no limit to how long you can live
There May Be No Limit to How Long You Can Live
A new review has determined that scientists have underestimated our lifespans

Masturbating, Breathing, and 23 Other Stupidly Simple Habits Can Make You the Healthiest You've Ever Been

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How Masturbating, Breathing, and 23 Other Stupidly Simple Habits Can Make You the Healthiest You've Ever Been
​We asked 25 top health and wellness experts to spill the one thing that’ll get you there

The Coast-to-Coast Push To End Dumbass Trumpcare Once And For All

The Coast-to-Coast Push To End Trumpcare Once And For All

An economist does the math on single-payer health care

California’s  lawmakers blocked universal health care legislation — the culmination of a successful lobbying campaign to portray the proposal as unrealistic and unaffordable. But days later, advocates of a universal health care system in which the government is the single payer got three boosts. 

How the US empire will devolve into fascism and then collapse

A sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 attacks warns that American global power will collapse under Donald Trump.

The world's nuclear powers are renewing their race to catastrophe

For as long as they have existed, nations have clung to the illusion that their military strength guarantees their security.

Judge halts Indiana abortion law targeting minors

Indiana may appeal a U.S. court ruling that blocked parts of the state’s latest abortion law that critics said would deter girls under 18 who lacked parent approval from getting an abortion, the state attorney general’s office said on Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued a preliminary injunction late on Wednesday against portions of measure.

Oklahoma family sets on-camera trap for neighbor seeking sex with teen

A Del City, OK family set up a sting operation in their own backyard to stop a sexual predator from victimizing their teen daughter.

‘More like #InsecureMenDay’

Every June is LGBT Pride Month — but some warped wingnuts are apparently unhappy that they don’t get their own special day that tells them they should be proud of their own heterosexuality.

'Christian' TV in Russia bribes LGBT to leave the country

Russia’s religious TV channel is offering to send LGBT Russians abroad for good, so they can “submit to their sins” outside Russia.

Dumbass Trump junta to review murders of transgender people

U.S. Attorney General Sessions has ordered his prosecutors to review the case files on murders of transgender people to make sure there’s not a serial killer or hate group carrying out the attacks, he said in a speech Thursday morning. He also said he told his prosecutors to work with the FBI and U.S. attorney offices around the country to figure out how they can help local law enforcement investigating the murders.
There were 22 transgender people killed last year—the most ever recorded—but 2017 is on pace to exceed that figure, with 14 transgender people having been murdered so far this year, according to Human Rights Watch.
This is actually great news if it pans out, but pardon us if we remain skeptical - we remember Sessions track record and this was NOT on his agenda ... pinning medals on the killers would be more in his wheelhouse.

Man Killed By Girlfriend During Tragic YouTube Stunt Gone Wrong

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Man Killed By Girlfriend During Tragic YouTube Stunt Gone Wrong
This isn't the only death that can be blamed on social media, either.

Police Excuse for Infamous Shooting of Black Teenager Is A Lie

Giant iceberg to break off Antarctic ice shelf any day

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded is about to break off an Antarctic ice shelf and float away. The separation of roughly 10 percent of the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf—equivalent in size to the state of Delaware—from the main body is imminent.

The sun is changing everyday

The sun is changing. These changes aren’t visible to the naked eye, but after one good look under a properly filtered telescope you’ll see it: the mini-magnetic explosions that occur continuously on the sun’s surface, otherwise known as sunspots, are diminishing. The reason: the star is on the brink of a period known as a solar minimum, according to NASA, something that occurs every 11 years.


Finally ...

... that elusive tail has been caught!

Dog Joins Orchestra Mid-Performance

The Vienna Chamber Orchestra was performing Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony No. 4 in Izmir, Turkey, when a wandering music fan decided to join them onstage at the amphitheater.
He's a good boy, and so deserves first chair in the violin section, although he'd rather listen than play. He knows his limitations. The conductor was amused. You can imagine what the musicians who couldn't see what was happening thought when the audience started laughing and applauding at an inappropriate time in the music.

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