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Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Today in History

Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrender to Edward III of England in hopes of relieving the siege.
Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his voyage to the new world.
French printer Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, is hanged and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.
Mary Tudor, the new Queen of England, enters London.
Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself.
French forces under Marshal Luxembourg defeat the English at the Battle of Steenkerque in the Netherlands.
Muhammad Ali becomes the new ruler of Egypt.
The trial of Aaron Burr begins. He is accused of plotting the secession of New England.
Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning Chinese immigration for ten years.
Allan Allensworth files the site plan for the first African-American town, Allensworth, California.
Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.
Germany declares war on France.
Less than a week after war breaks out in Europe, nervous depositors trigger a run on the German Savings Bank in New York City by lining up outside its entrance at 147 Fourth Avenue. In 1918, with anti-German sentiment running high as World War I still rages in Europe, the bank will change its name to Central Savings Bank.
Sir Roger Casement is hanged for treason in England.
Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.
The first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, passes under the North Pole.
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney announces formation of his new group, Wings.
The Louisiana Superdome is dedicated.
Radio Shack unveils TRS-80 personal computer, which with Apple and Commodore would form the “1977 Trinity.” Its price and Radio Shack’s established retail outlets made it a bestseller for several years.
The US commits naval forces to the Persian Gulf region in the wake of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
Statue of Liberty’s pedestal reopens to visitors after being closed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Tokyo's Genderless Youth

The genderless lifestyle trend isn't about your sexual orientation or gender roles - it's about fashion fluidity, and Tokyo's genderless youth defy convention by dressing in clothes from whichever section of the store they want.
It's not a form of drag, since it's not technically cross dressing, it's more like a change in attitude about what kind of clothing is acceptable for a man or woman to wear.
They believe "men don't have to look like men, and women don't have to look like women" so we should wear whatever makes us feel good, thereby making it the perfect fashion movement for our eclectic future.

Transparent Solar Panels

Solar energy generation has come a long way. Solar panels have become cheaper, easier to install, and more efficient. But what if they were unobtrusive as well? What if we could use transparent solar panels as windows? Minute Earth tells us a new innovation that could change solar collection considerably.
My bedroom is on the side of the house that gets all the afternoon sun, which makes taking an afternoon nap difficult in the summer. I can block the light, but it would be nice if I could store that light and especially the heat and use it for something else later.

Concussions and CTE

For many, American football is a beautiful game that is simple to enjoy but complex to master. Choreographed with a mixture of artistry and brutality, it features the occasional “big hit” or bone-jarring tackle, forcing a fumble and turning the tide of the game. 

If You've Ever Smoked, You Should Load Up on These Foods to Protect Your Lungs

Horrifying Tragedies Behind Everyday Routines

Have you ever wondered why school buses stop and open their doors at railroad crossings? It's to get a better look at whether a train is coming. But as a universal regulation, that action has a tragic story behind it.
On the morning of December 1, 1938, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a tremendous blizzard wracked the countryside. That's when a school bus carrying 39 kids between the ages of 12 and 18 to Jordan High School stopped at a railroad crossing, just as the law required. However, the zero-visibility conditions and fogged-up bus windows ensured that driver Farrold Silcox never saw the hurtling cow-catcher of the Flying Ute, a 50-car freight train, barreling down on him. We'd tell you to close your eyes at this point, but that would be irresponsible since we have no way of knowing if you're currently approaching a railroad crossing.
It was the worst railroad crossing accident in U.S. history -- the Flying Ute plowed into the bus at 60 miles per hour, dragging it for nearly half a mile before it could come to a stop. In all, 25 students, plus the driver, perished in the tragedy.
That accident directly led to the regulation that school bus drivers open the door at railroad crossings to get an unobstructed view of the tracks. You'll also learn why natural gas has that smell, revolving doors have normal companion doors, mail is delivered to homes, and historical movies have a disclaimer, all in a list full of colorful language at Cracked.

The Racist Whammy

Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Linked to Suicidal ThoughtsIf you haven’t heard of the Netflix television series “13 Reasons Why,” just ask the nearest teenager. They most likely will tell you it’s an immensely popular show among their young-adult peers, depicting the anguish … Read more

Confusion, fear and cynicism

It is one of the most striking and curious statistics contained in a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics report on hate crimes in America: 54 percent of the roughly 250,000 people who said they were victimized in recent years chose not to file a formal complaint with the authorities. 

Texas is trying to buy its way out of the absurdly high infant mortality rate

House lawmakers tentatively approved a series of bills Monday aimed at helping Texas curb its unusually high rate of women dying less than a year after childbirth.
The primary measure, House Bill 9, would direct the state’s Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity to continue studying pregnancy complications and maternal deaths until 2023. Last year, a study in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that Texas’ maternal mortality rate had nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. State task force data shows that between 2011 and 2012, 189 Texas mothers died less than a year after giving birth, mostly from heart disease, drug overdoses and high blood pressure.

The Wingnut Lunatic Fringe in America Has Long Tried to Destroy 'Government Schools'

Outrageous Policy That Encourages Citizens to Act Like Anti-Immigrant Snitches Sparks Wave of Protest

Reviving the War on Drugs Will Further Damage Police-Community Relations

Apple supplier Foxconn deal lets company ignore environmental protection laws

Apple supplier Foxconn has in recent years been accused of poisoning waterways near its facilities in China. Now wingnut moron Walker of Wisconsin is not only proposing to give the company a $3 billion taxpayer subsidy, his junta has also quietly slipped language into a bill that would exempt the Taiwanese conglomerate from state environmental protection laws.

Climate change already causing suicides in India as crops fail

Climate change already causing suicides in India as crops fail
Climate change has already caused more than 59,000 suicides in India over the last 30 years, according to estimates in a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that … Read more

Methane-eating bacteria in lake deep beneath Antarctic ice sheet may reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Methane-eating bacteria in lake deep beneath Antarctic ice sheet may reduce greenhouse gas emissionsAn interdisciplinary team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded that bacteria in a lake 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may digest methane, a powerful greenhouse … Read more

An Earth-like atmosphere may not survive Proxima b’s orbit

An Earth-like atmosphere may not survive Proxima b’s orbit
Proxima b, an Earth-size planet right outside our solar system in the habitable zone of its star, may not be able to keep a grip on its atmosphere, leaving the surface exposed to harmful stellar … Read more

NASA Finds Moon of Saturn Has Chemical That Could Form ‘Membranes’

NASA Finds Moon of Saturn Has Chemical That Could Form ‘Membranes’NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life. On Earth, acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl … Read more

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