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Today in History

1265 King Henry III puts down a revolt of English barons lead by Simon de Montfort.
1578 A crusade against the Moors of Morocco is routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir. King Sebastian of Portugal and 8,000 of his soldiers are killed.
1789 The Constituent Assembly in France abolishes the privileges of nobility.
1790 The Revenue Cutter service, the parent service of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, is organized.
1864 Federal troops fail to capture Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, one of the Confederate forts defending Mobile Bay.
1879 A law is passed in Germany making Alsace Lorraine a territory of the empire.
1914 Germany invades Belgium causing Great Britain to declare war on Germany.
1942 The British government charges that Mohandas Gandhi and his All-Indian Congress Party favor “appeasement” with Japan.
1944 RAF pilot T. D. Dean becomes the first pilot to destroy a V-1 buzz bomb when he tips the pilotless craft’s wing, sending it off course.
1952 Helicopters from the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service land in Germany, completing the first transatlantic flight by helicopter in 51 hours and 55 minutes of flight time.
1964 The U.S.S. Maddox and Turner Joy exchange fire with North Vietnamese patrol boats, resulting in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
1971 The U.S. launches the first satellite into lunar orbit from a manned spacecraft (Apollo 15).
1988 The US Senate votes to give each Japanese-American who was interned during WWII $20,000 compensation and an apology.
2007 NASA launches the Phoenix spacecraft on a mission to Mars.

This math puzzle will help you plan your next party

Let’s say you’re planning your next party and agonizing over the guest list. To whom should you send invitations? What combination of friends and strangers is the right mix?
It turns out mathematicians have been working on a version of this problem for nearly a century. Depending on what you want, the answer can be complicated.

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Daughter of a Famous Hollywood Actor Named Sexiest Lady of 2017

Brazilian American supermodel and the descendant of the famous Hollywood dynasty was awarded the top spot on Maxim's Hot 100 of the year 2017

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Pennsylvania school district to let transgender students use bathrooms of choice

A Pennsylvania school district will let students use bathrooms matching their gender identity under a settlement announced on Tuesday that ended a federal lawsuit brought by a group of transgender students.
The lawsuit, which targeted the Pine-Richland School District in suburban Pittsburgh, was filed last year on behalf of three transgender students who claimed that a district policy mandating that students use bathrooms matching their biological gender or use unisex restrooms was discriminatory.

A trans soldier in the ancient Roman army?

In a rather obscure fable thought to be written in early imperial Rome by one of the Emperor Augustus’ freed slaves, Phaedrus. In this tale, a barbarian is threatening the troops of the military leader, Pompey the Great. All are afraid to challenge this fierce opponent until a “cinaedus” steps forward to volunteer for combat.
Although foreign to us moderns, the cinaedus was a familiar figure to ancient Greeks and Romans, whose identity raised concerns about gender.
The cinaedus was frequently mentioned in classical sources due to his brazen effeminacy, untoward sexual behavior (most often a “shocking” desire to be anally penetrated by other men), and the ambiguous status of his genitalia.

A satanist plans to 'make a point' by giving the invocation to a Colorado city council

“The satanist who plans on giving the invocation at Wednesday’s Grand Junction City Council meeting said he’s not looking to ‘make a mockery’ of the invocation and won’t be putting on a show,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “I’m not a theatrical person,” he said via phone. “I own no hooded robes and no small animals will be accompanying me.” The self-identifying satanist, who declined to give his name and said he fears retribution from the community, said he considers himself a private person who wouldn’t normally get up in front of a crowd and give a presentation. But he said he’s willing to do so at the council meeting to make a point — that the policy the city has is all-inclusive, and that means satanists, too, in accordance with the law.”

Racists cry bitter tears over new Amazon show ‘Black America’

On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it was producing a new series called Black America, an alternative history of post-Civil War America in which black Americans were paid reparations in the form of three Southern states.

Private Prison Demands New Mexico and Feds Find 300 More Prisoners in 60 Days or It Will Close

Energy Department Scientists Barred From Attending Nuclear Power Conference

Many US scientists answer France’s call to come ‘make our planet great again’

The rap on Washington and the Dumbass Trump junta these days is that nothing is getting done.
Well, tell that to anyone concerned about the climate crisis.
Sure, most of Dumbass Trump’s legislative initiatives have gone nowhere in Congress.
But Dumbass Trump is delivering big time on his promises to gut the federal government's efforts to fight climate change, from pulling out of the Paris climate agreement to pulling the plug on President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan to proposing massive budget cuts in federal agencies that work on the problem.
So, what's an American who cares about climate change to do?
French President Emmanuel Macron has an answer. The day after  Dumbass Trump's June 1 repudiation of the Paris deal, Macron issued this plea: “To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I call on them: Come and work here, with us.”

NASA hiring planetary protection officer to save earth

NASA is looking for a Planetary Protection Officer to protect the planet from potential alien contamination. The U.S. government’s official employment site posted the job ad open to U.S. citizens and nationals for applications until August 14.
The job comes with a six figure salary—$124,406 to $187,000 per year—and security clearance is listed as "secret." The role involves stopping astronauts and robots from getting contaminated with any organic and biological material during space travel.

NASA wants to know what’s inside a pulsar

Over 2,000 pulsars — first discovered accidentally 50 years ago — are known by scientists today, and while we have learned some facts about these “beacons” in space after studying them for five decades, there is still a lot we don’t know about these collapsed stars. With its recently started NICER mission, NASA hopes to learn a lot more about pulsars, including what’s inside them.

Woman is desperate to get rid of her 'asshole rooster'

Some people are desperate for their teenaged children to flee the nest. But this woman really wants to rid herself of her “asshole rooster.”
Denell McCaul from Clarksville, Michigan, posted a desperate—and hilarious—Facebook plea for anyone to rescue her from her clucking nightmare. In fact, she’s willing to give away the rooster for free.

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