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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Today in History

The catholic princes of Germany form the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation.
King Henry VIII of England watches his flagship, Mary Rose, capsize as it leaves to battle the French.
Prices plunge on the Paris stock market.
The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt.
The first Women’s Rights Convention convenes in Seneca Falls, N.Y, organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
France declares war on Prussia.
German U-boats are withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to American anti-submarine countermeasures.
More than 150 B-17 and 112 B-24 bombers attack Rome for the first time.
Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts dock in orbit.

How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop

The invention of cellophane in the early 20th century was a miracle for grocers and grocery shoppers. For the first time, you could actually see the food inside its package! Cellophane (along with shopping carts and parking lots) helped stores evolve from full-service groceries to self-service supermarkets.
Yet there was a notable exception to the adoption of self-service retailing: the meat department. Even in supermarkets, the meat-buying process remained akin to that of a traditional local butcher shop, where an expert cut slabs of beef behind the counter on a per-order basis, after conferring with customers individually. Some grocers did experiment with self-service meat marketing in the 1930s, but soon gave up due to refrigeration and packaging challenges.
Not until after World War II did most grocers adopt self-service meat sections. That happened partly due to advances in refrigeration cases, but largely thanks to innovations in cellophane.
Nowadays, the part of the store most likely to show off food under cellophane is the meat department. In order to accomplish that, food vendors had to make meat look appetizingly fresh and keep it that way under cellophane. The key was color. Ai Hisano wrote a book about cellophane, and is researching a new book on the history of creating the color of foods. She tells us some secrets about how cellophane and the manipulation of color made supermarkets what they are today, at Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge blog.

Chinese man dresses as dead sister to help mother cope with daughter's death

In what can be called as the latest example of "filial piety" in China, a video about a man in his 50s taking care of his mother has gone viral on Chinese social media platforms.
According to the video, the man has been dressing as his dead sister for 20 years to help his mentally unstable mother cope with her daughter's death.

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid Cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery increases risks and recovery time.
But she has adjusted her approach since arriving last year at the 70-bed North Baldwin Infirmary in rural, southern Alabama.
Low patient admissions and high costs mean the hospital does not have doctors on site around-the-clock to administer anesthesia in the case of an unexpected emergency Cesarean.
As a result, Dr. Arthur performs the surgery if there are any signs of complication, rather than waiting and running the risk that comes with the 20 to 30 minutes it takes for an anesthesiologist to arrive in the middle of the night.
“It’s better for me to do a C-section when I suspect that something may happen,” she said of her new strategy. “Getting the baby out healthy and happy outweighs some of the risk.”

The 18 Healthiest Fast Foods You Can Eat

Marijuana Works Better Than Sleeping Pills For Insomnia

The brain and the gut talk to each other ...

It’s widely recognized that emotions can directly affect stomach function. As early as 1915, influential physiologist Walter Cannon noted that stomach functions are changed in animals when frightened. The same is true for humans. Those who stress a lot often report diarrhea or stomach pain.

Women still carry most of the world's water

Imagine going through your day without access to clean, safe water in your home for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing whenever you need it. According to a new report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people around the world face that challenge every day. And the task of providing water for households falls disproportionately to women and girls, especially in rural areas.

Pro female golfers furious over new ‘slut-shaming’ course attire

The LPGA introduced a stricter dress code for players that many of them are calling an example of “body shaming.” Tour members will henceforth not be able to wear shirts with plunging necklines, leggings or short skirts while on the tour.

Indentured Servitude Deep in the American Heartland

DeVos Undermines Civil Rights and Favors Predatory Lenders Over Students

‘You can’t do anything — I am the law’

A former Pennsylvania police officer will be sentenced this week after accepting a plea deal in a child rape case — three years after his father was sentenced for abusing one of the same boys.

Mississippi valedictorian denied solo honor deluged with racist attacks

The teen, who became the school's first black valedictorian in 100 years, is now the target of a hate campaign.

Mocking San Francisco's 'zombie' homeless population

 Heartless Facebooker sets up page to mock San Francisco's 'zombie' homeless population 
Apparently, one San Franciscan Facebook user has found a solution to homelessness: taking their photos and making fun of them.
According to SFist, a resident who lives in the city’s Mission district created a page specifically to document the people they see within a two-mile radius of her apartments. Most of the images are accompanied by long rants against not only the people in the photos, but against city officials the page’s administrator believes contribute to the situation.
Formerly called “Manpiles of SF,” the group is now called “Welcome to Mayor Ed Lee’s Zombie Nation.” While the administrator’s identity hasn’t been confirmed, SFist and others claim that the page is run by someone named Julie Zberg based on an email that identifies the admin as such.
In the page’s “About” section, the administrator claims the purpose of the page is to act as a “pictorial of the daily existence of those of us taken hostage by the dangerous encampment crisis.” In another post, the admin calls a man critical of her  page a “cretin” and a “hater.”
“Ive [sic] been tracking homeless encampments within a 2 block radius of my residence,” one post reads. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jane Kim, SFPD, Ed Lee, Dept of Homelessness and Homeless Outreach Programs especially Jennifer Friedenbach, for allowing this travesty to exist in this city. You are all ineffective wastes, draining the taxpayer wallet.”
The page currently has 137 likes and a 1.2 star rating, compiled from hundreds of negative “reviews” from angry San Franciscans who are more sensitive to the plight of their city’s homeless.

Creationists mock flat earthers

Creationists mock flat earthers by insisting no one ‘really believes the bible’s completely literal’
Anybody else notice the irony here.

Scientists detect mystery radio signal from nearby star

Scientists have discovered mystery signals coming from a star 11 light years away. The “very peculiar” pulses appear to be unique to the red dwarf, scientists say, with observations of similar nearby stars showing no similar behavior.

Hinduism and its complicated history with cows ...

Just this past June, at a national meeting of various Hindu organizations in India, a popular preacher, Sadhvi Saraswati, suggested that those who consumed beef should be publicly hanged. Later, at the same conclave, an animal rights activist, Chetan Sharma, said,
“Cow is also the reason for global warming. When she is slaughtered, something called EPW is released, which is directly responsible for global warming. It’s what is called emotional pain waves.”
These provocative remarks come at a time when vigilante Hindu groups in India are lynching people for eating beef. Such killings have increased since Narendra Modi and his lunatic fringe Bharatiya Janata party came to power in September 2014. In September 2015, a 50-year-old Muslim man, Mohammad Akhlaq, was lynched by a mob in a village near New Delhi on suspicion that he had consumed beef. Since then, many attacks by cow vigilante groups have followed. Modi’s government has also prohibited the slaughter of buffalo, thus destroying the Muslim-dominated buffalo meat industry and causing widespread economic hardship.

Levitating Bird

Watch the weird way this bird flies! The original video from Al Brooks is 21 seconds long, but all the action happens in the first two seconds. What's happening is that the frame rate of the security camera synched up with the bird's flapping rate. You've seen that effect in wagon wheels in movies and helicopter blades in videos. The effect makes the bird seem to just float around eerily.

Animal Pictures