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Today in History

1497 John Cabot returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.
1863 The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope.
1904 The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria.
1942 The Soviet city of Voronezh falls to the German army.
Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender.
1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South.

50 bikers escort bullied Indiana boy to first day of sixth grade

A sixth grader in DeKalb County, IN had a very special ride to his first day of school this week.
WANE Channel 15 reported that Phil Mick rode on the back of a motorcycle to classes flanked by 49 other motorcyclists who were there as a show of force against bullies who have persistently targeted Mick in school.
The boy explained to Channel 15 that for the past two years he has been scared to go to school because he was consistently teased, threatened and attacked. He kept the bullying secret his family, he said, because he didn’t want to worry them.

How the U.S. Developed Such a Scandalous Health System

Norovirus facts

Unfortunately, just sitting far enough away from someone who might have Norovirus isn't sufficient to stave off getting infected with it. This is not only because it's highly contagious but also because of
  • How Norovirus spreads: Not just directly through fecal-oral transmission but also from eating and drinking contaminated food and water, handling contaminated surfaces and objects (fomites) followed by hand-to-mouth contact, and via ingestion of aerosolized particles (1), a Norovirus property unique among GI tract pathogens (2).
    • For example, samples from mantels and light fittings 1.5 meters above the ground during a hotel outbreak in England were positive for Norovirus (3), suggesting source to be aerosolized particles released from vomit.
  • How long Norovirus can stay infectious in the environment (4).
These two factors help explain why it can spread so fast in places where people spend time in close proximity to one another, such as on cruise ships, hospitals and nursing homes.

PrEP may prevent HIV infection even when not used daily

The medication used to prevent HIV infection, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP), can now be taken as needed rather than daily, according to a new study. Researchers found that on-demand use reduced risk of HIV infection by 97 percent. The team also noted that while using the medication, more people opted not to use a condom, rising from 77 percent at the baseline to 86 percent.

Marijuana Perfect for Pain Relief and Better Than Opioids

Hero teacher busts suspected pedophile texting molestation instructions while sitting on plane

A California man and a Washington woman have been taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting two children — aged 5 and 7 — after an alert teacher witnessed the man texting how-to instructions while sitting on a plane. According to the Mercury News, 56-year-old Tacoma resident Michael Kellar and Gail Burnworth, 50, were arrested by sex crimes detectives and FBI agents after they were alerted by the teacher over what she had seen. Police […]

Massachusetts woman gets 2-1/2 year prison sentence in texting manslaughter

A Massachusetts woman was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Thursday for goading her teenage boyfriend into suicide with a series of text messages in 2014.
Michelle Carter, 20, of Plainville was found guilty in June of involuntary manslaughter for urging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, about 60 miles (100 km) south of Boston.

Montreal Opens Olympic Stadium To House Asylum Seekers From The U.S.

White supremacist forums brilliantly hijacked

Some of Reddit’s white supremacist communities have been hijacked by pranksters and turned into forums that discuss laundry, swatches, and Swiss coffee. The Daily Beast reports that subreddits such as /r/WhitePolitics and /r/Whites have been co-opted and transformed into humorous pages where people can discuss all manners of color-related issues — as long as they have nothing to do with racism. “The new topic is the color white and the politics behind it!” the subreddit’s pinned […] 

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be White Supremacists

Lies that are ricocheting around the wingnut media bubble

Spend enough time on the comments sections of the right-wing internet, and the significant number of people who hold beliefs based on completely false premises will become all too apparent. Here are 5 that are....

Turns out HBO's 'Confederate' Is Even Hated by Racists

Don't Travel In Missouri

Climate change is linked to 60,000 suicides in India

Nearly 60,000 people have committed suicide in India because of climate change over the last 30 years, a study released this week said.
Farmers whose harvests fail to take off are left in poverty, leading them to commit suicide, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests.

China offering more than $1 million to hunt aliens

China is offering one lucky, intelligent foreigner more than a million dollars plus benefits to operate the world’s largest radio telescope, but there are a few catches.

When the sun goes dark

Solar eclipses happen when our view of the sun is blocked by the moon. When the moon lines up between the sun and Earth, the moon will cast a shadow onto Earth. This is what we on the ground observe as a solar eclipse.

First massive equatorial storm seen on Neptune

In two firsts, a massive storm system was seen around Neptune’s equator, with the observation being made at dawn. It was the first time a storm of such size was seen at such low latitudes on the solar system’s outermost planet, and it was also the first time that such an observation was made during hours when it wasn’t completely dark outside.

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