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Today in History

1261 Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army.
1598 Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at the Battle of Yellow Ford.
1760 Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz.
1864 The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New England.
1914 The Panama Canal opens to traffic.
1935 American comedian and “cowboy philosopher” Will Rogers dies in an airplane accident, along with American aviation pioneer Wiley Post.
1942 The Japanese submarine I-25 departs Japan with a floatplane in its hold which will be assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the United States, and used to bomb U.S. forests.
1944 American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon.
1945 Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States.
1947 Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.
1950 Two U.S. divisions are badly mauled by the North Korean Army at the Battle of the Bowling Alley in South Korea, which rages on for five more days.
1971 Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation.
1986 Ignoring objections from Reagan‘s junta, the US Senate approves economic sanctions against South Africa to protest that country’s apartheid policies.
1994 The infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal is captured in Khartoum, Sudan.

‘Smurf Village’ Is Being Forced to De-Smurf

Back in 2011, we told you about Júzcar, Spain, the village that was painted blue. It was a publicity stunt by Sony Pictures, who agreed to use 4,200 liters of blue paint to cover every house in the village in order to promote its movie The Smurfs. But after the promotional period, the 250 or so residents of Júzcar voted to keep the blue color scheme. They discovered it to be quite a smurfy tourist attraction. Ever since, the town has been a destination for Smurf fans who travel from all over to see "the Smurf Village." That's about to come to an end. 
But a bitter dispute between the town hall and heirs of the Smurf creator, the Belgian comics artist Pierre Culliford whose pen name was Peyo, resulted in locals agreeing to pay 12 percent in royalties on all Smurf-related income.
However, in a noticed posted on the council website last week, the mayor’s office announced that from August 15th, all smurf related activities must cease – although the village will remain blue.
Labelled “important information for tourists”, the communique stated that Júzcar had “lost the authorization to market itself as a Smurf town” and “from Tuesday August 15th there will be no more statues or references to that brand”.
So if you are determined to see the Smurf Village in all it's smurfiness, you'll have to get to Júzcar in the next four days.

The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads

Before Kotex sanitary napkins came on the scene in the 1920s, women handled menstruation in private, using whatever fabric they had, and only discussing its use with the women in one's family. Then stores started stocking mysterious plain boxes, labeled with only the brand name Kotex. It was a product that would make life easier for millions of women, but how could they be helped if they didn't know what it was for?
Like a number of other products that first came to market in the 1920s, Kotex sanitary pads originated as a wartime invention. Kimberly-Clark, an American paper products company formed in the 1870s, produced bandages from a material called Cellucotton for World War I. Cellucotton, which was made of wood pulp,, was five times as absorbent as cotton bandages but much less expensive.
In 1919, with the war over, Kimberly-Clark executives were looking for ways to use Cellucotton in peacetime. The company got the idea of sanitary pads from the American Fund for the French Wounded, according to historians Thomas Heinrich and Bob Batchelor. The Fund “received letters from Army nurses claiming they used Cellucotton surgical dressings as makeshift sanitary napkins,” the pair write.
Kimberly-Clark employee Walter Luecke, who had been tasked with finding a use for Cellucotton, understood that a product designed to appeal to about half the country’s population could create enough demand to take the place of the wartime demand for bandages. He jumped on the idea.
But Luecke ran into problems almost immediately. The firms he approached to manufacture sanitary napkins from Kimberly-Clark’s Cellucotton refused to do so. “They argued that sanitary napkins were “too personal and could never be advertised,” Heinrich and Batchelor write. Similar doubts plagued Kimberly-Clark executives, but Luecke kept pushing and they agreed to try the idea, making the sanitary napkins themselves.
They found a way to advertise their product, too, although figuring out what the ads were talking about was strictly on a need-to-know basis. Once again, that was discussed only with the women in one's family, for the next 50 years or so, when other brands gave Kotex some competition. Read up on the history of Kotex and its discreet advertising campaigns at Smithsonian.

Air Conditioning Is a Hidden and Major Class Divide in America

Stop Overfunding The Military

Dick Pic Sender, Bolling Of Fox 'News', Sues Journalist For $50 Million

A Working-Class Strategy for Defeating White Supremacy

After Charlottesville, a Surge in Anti-Racism Rallies Across the Country

Fox 'News' Asks This Man For Pictures Of New York Solidarity March

Fox 'News' Asks This Man For Pictures Of New York Solidarity March – His Response Is PRICELESS
He handled Fox 'News' beautifully.

White nationalist website banished by host GoDaddy after vile post about Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer

A white nationalist website was told by hosting company GoDaddy to find a new home after the managing editor posted a vile column about Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.

‘Get the fuck out of here, coward’

The organizer of the white nationalist march in Charlottesville attempted to address the press Sunday afternoon, only to be chased behind city hall for protection as spectators chanted “murderer” and “shame.”

‘They have no proof that I’m a racist’

The president of Washington State University’s chapter of the College wingnuts says that he’s being unfairly maligned after he was photographed participating in the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA.
You mean other than the photos of you goosestepping with other racists?

Charlottesville white supremacist marcher gets ID’d on Twitter and loses job

Another “alt-right” white supremacist marcher photographed in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend has learned why his 19th and 20th century forebears wore hoods to their circle jerks.

Showing Your Face At A Nazi Circle Jerk Will Get You Fired

Showing Your Face At A Nazi Rally May Get You Fired

‘I’m not the angry racist they see’

“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was.”
Yes you are - you just are angry the entire world knows you are ...

American man punched for Nazi salute in Germany

A drunk American man was punched as he gave a Nazi salute in the German city of Dresden, police said. Dresden police said the 41-year-old tourist suffered minor injuries in the assault, which took place at 8am on Saturday, reported Associated Press.
American man punched for Nazi salute in Germany

'You Have Anti-fascists Calling Themselves Anti-fascists But They're Actually Fascists'

More proof of how delusional the wingnuts are.

This is What Millions of Years of Head-Butting Will Do

This animal is Moschops capensis, an ancestor of mammals that lived 250 million years ago. It has a particularly thick skull, according to the fossil evidence, which made it look really weird. What we are learning about Moschops is thanks to some ultra high-tech research in France, where a combined CT and Synchrotron scanner was used to analyze Moschops skull fossils to see how really thick they were, and where the soft tissue would have fit inside. 
With a body weight reaching up to one or two tons and a brain the size of a chicken egg, Moschops‘s brain was probably one of the smallest among its contemporaneous species. However, small brain size is not an issue when you are the largest animal of your time. Unlike mammals and humans, the ability of the Moschops to survive and reproduce was not a matter of how smart it was, but how strong it was, particularly when it came to fierce head-to-head combat.
Their anatomy shows that male Moschops were ramming into each other like giant, overweight goats using their skulls as a weapon.
The very fact that Moschops was practising headbutting testifies to a certain level of social organisation, which is often associated with hierarchical ranking in modern species. So, despite its small brain, the Moschops wasn’t stupid.
Okay, so they weren't stupid. But thanks to natural selection, they were rather ugly. Read more about the new research into Moschops and their skulls at the Conversation.

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