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Today in History

John II, also known as John the Good, succeeds Philip VI as king of France.
Henry Tudor defeats Richard III at Bosworth. This victory establishes the Tudor dynasty in England and ends the Wars of the Roses.
Civil war in England begins as Charles I declares war on Parliament at Nottingham.
The Austrian army forces the Turkish army out of Belgrade, ending the Turkish revival in the Balkans.
With the approach of General Benedict Arnold‘s army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger abandons Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.
The Portuguese governor of Macao, China, is assassinated because of his anti-Chinese policies.
Michael Collins, Irish politician, is killed in an ambush.
Brazil declares war on the Axis powers. She is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe.
Soviet troops land at Port Arthur and Dairen on the Kwantung Peninsula in China.
Conflict in Vietnam begins when a group of Free French parachute into southern Indochina, in response to a successful coup by communist guerilla Ho Chi Minh.
Devil’s Island‘s penal colony is permanently closed.
Incumbent US President Dwight D. Eisenhower & Nixon are renominated by wingnut coven in San Francisco.
OAS (Secret Army Organization) gunmen unsuccessfully attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle; the incident inspires Frederick Forsyth’s novel, The Day of the Jackal.
The world’s first nuclear-powered passenger-cargo ship, NS Savannah, completes its maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va., to Savannah, Ga.
The first papal visit to Latin America takes place; Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota.
Hurricane Camille hits the US Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.421 billion in damages.
A Bolivian military coup is carried out: Col. Hugo Banzer Suarez ousts leftist president, Gen. Juan Jose Torres and assumes power.
The FBI arrests members of The Camden 28, an anti-war group, as the group is raiding a draft office in Camden, NJ.
The International Olympic Committee votes 36–31 with 3 abstentions to ban Rhodesia from the games because of the country’s racist policies.
Benigno Aquino, the only real opposition to Ferdinand Marcos’ reign as president of the Philippines, is gunned down at Manila Airport.
The first complete ring around Neptune is discovered.
During an 11-day siege at at Ruby Ridge, Id., FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi kills Vicki Weaver while shooting at another target.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended for refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court building’s lobby.
In an art heist, a version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
The most runs scored by any team in modern MLB history is recorded as the Texas Rangers thump the Baltimore Orioles 30-3.

Nabisco's X-Rated Toy Scandal Of 1971

Nabisco has maintained a reputation as a wholesome and family friendly company for over a century, and in that time they've had very little to worry about in terms of public backlash or scandal.
But there was one time when Nabisco inadvertently bought themselves a scandal- when they purchased the Aurora Company in 1971, makers of horror movie model kits the National Organization for Women felt were obscene:
That May, Nabisco had attempted to diversify by purchasing Aurora Company, the West Hempstead, New York model kit maker best known for their plastic kits of Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolf Man, and other horror film icons. The cheap plastic toys came in pieces and could be glued together and painted.
Unknown to Nabisco, Aurora had recently branched out and begun offering entire model kit dioramas. Instead of a single figure, consumers could buy detailed “sets” for their monsters to interact with. There was a guillotine, a razor-sharp pendulum, and a laboratory; a female protagonist, referred to in the copy as “the Victim,” was scantily-clad and ready to be dismembered, beheaded, or trapped in a spiked cage. Kids could also opt to have Vampirella, the top-heavy villain licensed from Warren Publishing, operate the winch and pulley while her plastic captive was shackled to a table.
Each kit also contained a comic, which instructed builders on how to assemble the torture scenes for maximum enjoyment. A narrator named Dr. Deadly seemed to opine on the appeal of the Victim once she was fully assembled. “Now that you’ve gotten her all together, I think I like the other way. In pieces … yesssss.”
In addition to Fig Newtons, Nabisco realized it had also been peddling tiny torture racks.

Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell

Once upon a time, the side of a building was as good an advertising medium as any, and many were painted to alert passers-by to the business inside, or for some totally unrelated product. Now they are part of history, sometimes faded and barely readable, sometimes only existing in photographs. Seeing one provokes a sense of whimsy and nostalgia. Should these 'ghost signs' be preserved? Even if you think they should be, the greater question is "How?"
Some cities and towns are restoring ghost signs with fresh paint, but that can be a contentious issue. Winslow says that in the sign painting community, many people believe that for a restoration to be authentic, it must be repainted by the person who originally painted the sign, or a direct apprentice. That’s tough for a 75-year-old sign.
Color and paint choice presents another problem. Ghost signs have lasted so long because the paint contained lead. Modern paints peel, rather than slowly fading away. Many of today’s restorations are painted in bright colors, but old paints were less vibrant, and the available palette was limited.
Preservationists see the question as the kind of trade-off they confront all the time. Tod Swormstedt of the American Sign Museum said,
“It’s kind of a subjective call, like when you restore an old house; are you going to restore it back to not having electric lights and have gas lights and not have a bathroom, not have indoor plumbing like some of the early Victorian houses?” Swormstedt says. “How purist do you want to get?”
But experiential designer Craig Winslow has a totally different method for preserving ghost signs, one that doesn't affect the building at all. Read about his work at City Lab.

There’s No Known Cure For Arthritis, But Marijuana Works Wonders

NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano

Yellowstone National Park's many thermal mineral springs and geysers are features of the volcanic activity underneath the ground. Scientists at NASA are convinced that the threat of a supervolcano erupting from the magma chamber under Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho is greater than the threat of an asteroid or comet hitting the earth.
When Nasa scientists came to consider the problem, they found that the most logical solution could simply be to cool a supervolcano down. A volcano the size of Yellowstone is essentially a gigantic heat generator, equivalent to six industrial power plants. Yellowstone currently leaks about 60-70% of the heat coming up from below into the atmosphere, via water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks. The remainder builds up inside the magma, enabling it to dissolve more and more volatile gases and surrounding rocks. Once this heat reaches a certain threshold, then an explosive eruption is inevitable.
The solution is to vent more heat from the ground. The side benefit would be that the energy released could be harvested for our use. Read about a plan to do just that, at BBC Future.

How to permanently delete files from any device

When you delete a file from your computer, it doesn't simply disappear from existence—at least, not right away. Even if you immediately empty the Recycle Bin or Trash folder, all your deletion does is earmark the space that file takes up on your hard drive as vacant. Until another file or application comes along to make use of that room, the old data will continue to sit there. Which is why specialized programs can often recover deleted files for you.
Thieves stole a semi-trailer full of the hazelnut and chocolate spread Nutella and a variety of other chocolates worth up to $82,000, said the Associated Press on Saturday.
The theft took place in a small town in central Germany called Neustadt in the Hesse province.

Navy Destroyer U.S.S. John McCain collides with merchant vessel off Malaysian coast

U.S. Navy Destroyer the U.S.S. John McCain collided with a merchant vessel on Sunday in the Strait of Malacca, a shipping lane off the Malaysian coast.

USS Indianapolis Found

Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean 72 years ago, a Japanese torpedo tore through the hull of the USS Indianapolis. The ship sank 18,000 feet to the bottom of the sea, and wasn't seen again -until Friday.
The Indianapolis sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible for it to send a distress signal or deploy life-saving equipment. Before the attack, on July 30, 1945, it had just completed a secret mission delivering components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima that brought an end to the war in the Pacific, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington.
Most of the ship's 1,196 sailors and Marines survived the sinking only to succumb to exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks. Only 316 survived, according to the US Navy. Of the survivors, 22 are alive today.
You might remember the story as it was told in the movie Jaws. A civilian expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen spotted the wreckage of the ship using hi-tech equipment capable of diving miles underwater. Read the story of the Indianapolis at CNN.

Big Win! So-Called Right To Work Law Suspended In Missouri

Big Win! So-Called Right To Work Law Suspended In Missouri

How 'Curious George' creators escaped the Nazis

We all think we know Curious George, the rambunctious primate who’s been entertaining children since his first book was published in 1941. He’s been in television shows, blockbuster movies and video games, shaping the lives of countless children. But a new documentary, Monkey Business, tells the story of the iconic children’s character on film for the first time.

'I Hope You're Uncomfortable'

'I Hope You're Uncomfortable': Barkari Sellers Tears Into Santorum After He Tries To Shut Down Racism Debate
Barkari Sellers Tears Into Santorum After He Tries To Shut Down Racism Debate

Despite disavowals, leading tech companies still help extremist sites make money off of hate

Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website Jihadwatch.org is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The views of the site’s director, Robert Spencer, on Islam led the British Home Office to ban him from entering the country in 2013. 

Boston Anti-Racism March Shows Americans Rallying For Peace And Love

Boston Anti-Racism March Shows Americans Rallying For Peace And Love
Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Boston with a clear message: America rejects racism and hate. This has been the consistent message coming from nearly every corner of the country since the racially motivated domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville.…

Mass protests in U.S. cities decry racism, pillory Dumbass Trump

Mass protests in U.S. cities decry racism, pillory Dumbass Trump
A planned far-right circle jerk in California and expected counter-demonstration comes on the heels of massive protests in U.S. cities over the weekend in the wake of Dumbass Trump's response to the violence at a white supremacist circle jerk in Charlottesville, Virginia last week.…

The violent ‘alt-left’ is a wingnut media lie

Jonathan Greenblatt — CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) — told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts on Sunday that the idea of a violent “alt-left” is a wingnut myth.

The Noxious Combination of Racism, the Alt Right and the Upper Class

Nazi gang members arrested after raid on Florida trailer nets meth, guns, veterans' ID cards, more

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by Tiffini Theisen
Authorities found an exhaustive list of weapons, drug paraphernalia and Nazi propaganda when they raided a trailer Tuesday morning in a rural pocket of west central Florida, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Five felons, two of whom authorities described as documented gang members, were arrested after deputies and a SWAT team served a search warrant on the suburban New Port Richey mobile home, WFLA-Channel 8 reported.
Inside the trailer, which is partially obscured by thick vegetation along a wooded street, were four firearms, ammunition, "hundreds of pages" of miscellaneous bank account and personal identification information, credit cards, veterans' ID cards, insurance cards, vehicle titles, "hundreds of pages of American Nazi Family propaganda (rules, hierarchy, oaths, etc)," opiates, meth, and drug paraphernalia including needles and scales, deputies said.
The Tampa Bay Times reported the names and ages of those arrested as: Alexander Nowokunski, 33; Gabrielle Price, 24; Steven Crumbley, 31; Melinda Zalneraitis, 47, and Michael Baun, 28.
The sheriff's office called Nowokunski and Crumbley documented gang members. The Times described these two men as "Nazi gang members," attributing the classification to Pasco deputies.

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