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Today in History

Jan Hus, a Czech who spoke out against Cult corruption, is burned at the stake as a heretic.
Charles of Spain is elected Holy Roman emperor in Barcelona.
Sir Thomas More is beheaded in England for refusing to swear allegiance to King Henry VIII as head of the Cult.
Jacques Cartier returns to France after discovering the St. Lawrence River in Canada.
James II defeats James, the Duke of Monmouth, at the Battle of Sedgemoor, the last major battle to be fought on English soil.
The entire Ottoman fleet is destroyed by the Russians at the Battle of Chesma.
10,000 troops are called out in Paris as unrest mounts in the poorer districts over poverty and lack of food.
French General Thomas Bugeaud defeats Abd al-Kader’s forces beside the Sikkak River in Algeria.
John Marshall, the third chief justice of the Supreme Court, dies at the age of 79. Two days later, while tolling in his honor in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell cracks.
The wingnut cabal is officially organized in Jackson, Michigan.
Louis Pasteur gives the first successful anti-rabies inoculation.
Lieutenant Jackie Robinson of the U.S. Army, while riding a civilian bus from Camp Hoo, Texas, refuses to give up his seat to a white man.
B-29 Superfortress bombers attack Honshu, Japan, using new fire-bombing techniques.
Operation Overcast begins in Europe–moving Austrian and German scientists and their equipment to the United States.
Reagan agrees to contribute U.S. troops to the peacekeeping unit in Beirut.

Sally Hemings' Room Uncovered at Monticello

When a historic building gets remodeled, the process involves construction workers, historic preservationists, architects, and archaeologists. It was not always so. You never know what you might find, but the professionals working on restoring Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello had an idea of what they might find, and they did -the room where Sally Hemings lived. Hemings, a slave, was the half-sister of Jefferson's wife who became his mistress after Martha Jefferson died -and bore six children. Hemings' windowless room was next to Jefferson's, but was converted into a men's restroom in 1941 and now has been uncovered to reveal the original floor, hearth, and fireplace.
“For the first time at Monticello we have a physical space dedicated to Sally Hemings and her life,” Mia Magruder Dammann, a spokeswoman for Monticello, told NBCBLK. “It’s significant because it connects the entire African American arch at Monticello.”
By the late 1960s, Magruder said, the earlier bathrooms had become too small to accommodate Monticello’s growing number of visitors so local restoration architect Floyd Johnson renovated and enlarged the bathrooms in 1967.
But recently, historians studied a description provided long ago by a grandson of Jefferson who placed Hemings’ room in the home’s South Wing.
The current restoration project is an attempt to bring Monticello back to its original state when Jefferson lived there, including the relics of his slaves that were ignored or covered up previously. Read more about Hemings and the restoration of Monticello at NBC News.

Hunter/Gatherer Life

Mounting evidence suggests that the richer and more diverse the community of microbes in your gut the lower your risk of disease. Diet is key to maintaining diversity and was strikingly demonstrated when an undergrad student went on a McDonald’s diet for ten days and after just four days experienced a significant drop in the number of beneficial microbes.
Similar results have been demonstrated in a number of larger human and animal studies.
Your gut microbiome is a vast community of trillions of bacteria that has a major influence on your metabolism, immune system and mood. These bacteria and fungi inhabit every nook and cranny of your gastrointestinal tract, with most of this 1kg to 2kg “microbe organ” sited in your colon (the main bit of your large intestine).

40 Strangers and 50 Striking, Intimate Questions

Mary Jane Has The Jobs

If you’re an American living in a legal weed state, more than likely you’d have a better chance of finding someone to recommend, grow and sell you an eighth of Granddaddy Purple Kush before you found the perfect dental hygienist to clean your teeth.
That’s because the legal marijuana industry, whether operating in states with recreational or medical-only laws, might actually employ more people than there are dental hygienists, according to MJ Biz Daily’s annual Marijuana Business Factbook report.

Universal, Government-Sponsored Health Care Is What Americans Really Want

Government Can Bring Down Drug Prices

Can a New American Revolution Break Our Nation's Culture of Cruelty?

The Stomach-Turning Numbers Behind America's Police Violence

White House Women Face Bigger Gender Pay Gap Than the National Average

Is Michael Flynn a Modern-Day Benedict Arnold?

Religio-wingnut snowflake 'christians' demand their own emoji from Facebook after LGBT Pride month

Religio-wingnut 'christians' are demanding their own crucifix emoji on Facebook to celebrate their opposition to LGBT pride. June marks International Pride Month each year and is celebrated with parades and LGBT awareness events throughout the world. Facebook celebrated Pride Month adding a rainbow flag to possible reactions friends can give to posts. Religio-wingnt 'christians', who enjoy holidays sprinkled throughout the calendar, are crying for fairness to have their own way of showing their religious pride.
As the Huffington Post reports,  insane evangelist Joshua Feuerstein shared a post demanding the crucifix emoji and has long argued for a “straight pride month.” Feuerstein is most known for demanding a bakery in Florida make him a cake with the slogan “we do not support gay marriage.”
“Remember Dog used the rainbow as a promise never to flood the earth again…but he will burn it with fire…so get ready…you can’t use a symbol that Dog created and pervert it without repercussions,” one user wrote.
Facebook confirmed that there are no plans to put a 'christian' emoji in circulation.
“This reaction is not actually available on Facebook, and is not something we’re working on,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
Facebook users are so numerous, however, that if Facebook was a religion it would surpass christianity as well.

North Carolina sheriff issues condescending lecture

A North Carolina sheriff delivered a condescending lecture on ethics to a reporter who questioned him on a controversial prayer event he promoted in his official capacity.
This is what happens when religio-wingnut perverts are called to task for their perversions - they throw a tantrum.

Man who tore off woman’s niqab veil sentenced to 15-months in prison

A woman was waiting for her husband with her 9-year-old son outside of a jewelry store when 56-year-old Peter Scotter allegedly targeted her because she was wearing a niqab veil as a practicing Muslim.

18-year-old California woman sentenced for pimping teen girls

'These pimps are ruining these kids’ lives'
Two days after turning eighteen, a California woteen was sentenced to 13 years in prison for human trafficking of younger girls.
Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario, 18, of Hanford, CA was tried as an adult on felony charges of human trafficking of a victim under 18-years-old, sending threatening letters with intent to extort and participation in a street gang.
Hanford police Detective Richard Pontecorvo said the child prostitution ring involved four victims, girls between the ages of 14-and-15-years-old, the Fresno Bee reported.
“These people are great at locating kids with low self-esteem and trying to be their friend, and then it obviously changes once they started working for her,” Detective Pontecorvo explained. “We were able to get these girls back home and get them the help they needed, but these pimps are ruining these kids’ lives at an early age.”
Almario allegedly posted pictures of the younger girls online, then took the victims to motels along Highway 99 south of Fresno.
When one of the victim’s mother tried to rescue her daughter, Almario allegedly threatened her via text message.
“It was a huge eye-opener for us,” Detective Pontecorvo admitted. “But we caught her case very early, so we were able to pull those girls out of that.”

Hot air balloon lands in alligator pond

A hot air balloon made an emergency landing Monday in an alligator-infested pond near Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The balloon, which carried 17 people (16 passengers plus a pilot), landed at 8 a.m. along State Road 429 between Flamingo Crossings Boulevard and Flagler Avenue

Scientists find huge ancient croc with T-Rex-like teeth

Scientists have discovered an ancient, giant, crocodile-like creature in Madagascar that had T-Rex-sized teeth it used for crunching bones,. The discovery helps to fill in the evolutionary gaps of a 74 million year long crocodilian “ghost lineage.”
Researchers first discovered fossils of a giant predator on the island over a decade ago. At the time, scientists believed they had discovered a large predator from the Jurassic period and they named the creature Razanandrongobe sakalavae, meaning “giant lizard ancestor from Sakalava region.”

Crocodile Ancestor Was Truly a Nightmare

In the region of Madagascar, 165 million years ago, before it broke off from Africa and India, there were  crocodilians of the species Razanandrongobe sakalavae. The newly-named species left fossils that indicate it was a land predator that ate dinosaurs for breakfast. Bigger than any existent crocodilians, it had a deep skull and relatively long legs. A real monster.
The fragmented fossilized remains of the horror-croc (nicknamed ‘Razana’, as in ‘Razana, Eater of Worlds’) have been described in a new paper in the journal PeerJ by a team of Italian and French paleontologists. The species was first documented in the literature more than a decade ago, but due to limitations of the fossils, its specific classification was unknown. Up until now, it wasn’t clear if Razana was a massive, meat-eating theropod dinosaur, or some other kind of reptile. New fossils of the jaws and teeth, collected from the same region of northwestern Madagascar where the first fossils were found, reveal that Razanandrongobe sakalavae—the “giant lizard ancestor from Sakalava region”—was actually a relative of today’s crocodiles and alligators.
Read what we know about this terrifying prehistoric croc at Gizmodo.

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