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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Today in History

1721 The Peace of Nystad ends the Second Northern War between Sweden and Russia, giving Russia considerably more power in the Baltic region.
1781 The French fleet arrives in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution.
1813 Creek Indians massacre over 500 whites at Fort Mims, Alabama.
1861 Union General John Fremont declares martial law throughout Missouri and makes his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. Lincoln overrules the general.
1932 Nazi leader Hermann Goering is elected president of the Reichstag.
1944 Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.
1963 A Hot Line communications link is installed between Moscow and Washington, DC.
1967 The US Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice.
1982 Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is forced out of Lebanon after 10 years in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.
1983 Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., becomes the first African-American astronaut to travel in space.
1986 The KGB arrests journalist Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report) on a charge of spying and hold him for 13 days.

Planes, Trains or Automobiles

The Day Van Gogh Cut Off His Ear

Artists Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh had a volatile and somewhat lopsided friendship. Van Gogh was living in Arles in 1888, and wanted Gauguin to come live with him there, where he imagined they would paint together and found an artist's colony. Gauguin had a sense of foreboding about that plan, but finally relented and said he would go to Arles for a temporary stay.
Despite his destitution, Van Gogh spent whatever money he had on two beds, which he set up in the same small bedroom. Seeking to make his modest sleeping quarters “as nice as possible, like a woman’s boudoir, really artistic,” he resolved to paint a set of giant yellow sunflowers onto its white walls. He wrote beseeching letters to Gauguin, and when the French artist sent him a self-portrait as part of their exchange of canvases, Van Gogh excitedly showed it around town as the likeness of a beloved friend who was about to come visit.
Gauguin finally agreed and arrived in Arles in mid-October, where he was to spend about two months, culminating with the dramatic ear incident.
During that time, Gauguin saw Van Gogh descend into his mental illness. Things came to a head two days before Christmas, when Gauguin went to a hotel for the night. Gauguin had escaped being cut by a razor by Van Gogh, who instead went home and cut off his own ear. Read Gauguin's account of that night and the aftermath, from the book Paul Gauguin’s Intimate Journals, at Brain Pickings.

How Men Recover From War

Why Tourists Go to Sites Associated with Death and Suffering

Artificial intelligence cyber attacks are coming

The next major cyberattack could involve artificial intelligence systems. It could even happen soon: At a recent cybersecurity conference, 62 industry professionals, out of the 100 questioned, said they thought the first AI-enhanced cyberattack could come in the next 12 months.

Two-year-old old dies as mom sat high on drugs in car's front seat

A woman who passed out after taking drugs has been charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, who remained unattended for hours Saturday in her car seat and somehow fatally injured herself, authorities said.
Two-year-old old dies as mom sat high on drugs in car's front seat, officials say

Big-name investors pour millions into marijuana

The storied Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital has launched a slew of tech companies: Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, Instagram. Now its search for the next big thing has led it to … pot.

Colorado Adolescents Did Not Increase Marijuana Use ...

Big Pharma secretly funds the fight to keep drug prices high

As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise in the nation that already pays the most in the world for medications, federal legislators and ballot-measure committees are proposing ways to curb those prices. But pharmaceutical companies, worried their profit margins will decline under the pending proposals, are spending millions of dollars against the initiatives — and in one political bellwether state, they are employing a controversial tactic that uses shell companies to let them evade longstanding campaign finance disclosure laws.

Rebuilding Our Country Should Boost Good Jobs, Not Privatization Schemes

Teaching 'Grit' Is Making the US a More Authoritarian Nation

'Confront White Supremacy Head-On'

The NRA's New Television Network Is Completely Deranged

Supernatural thinking empowered the Nazis and helped build the Third Reich

What inspired you to write Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich?
Eric Kurlander: Since I was a kid I’ve been interested in the supernatural: vampires, werewolves, horror films, and classic E.C. comics; Poe, Lovecraft, Anne Rice, and Stephen King; superheroes, like Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, or Indiana Jones, who battled Nazis. As a historian of the Third Reich, it’s hardly surprising that I became curious about the reality behind this popular image of occult-obsessed, Grail-chasing Nazis. When I finished my last book (Living With Hitler: Liberal Democrats in the Third Reich), the supernatural history of Nazism seemed like a logical next project.

Dumbass Trump's Arpaio Pardon Sends a Clear Signal ...

Hindu family attacked by confused racists

A xenophobic attack on a Hindu family from Sri Lanka was spotted in the early morning hours Sunday.

Things You Probably Don't Know About Sloths

Everyone knows that sloths are adorable, but there's a lot more to any creature than its relative level of cuteness and sloths are particularly fascinating critters. For example, did you know that even experts experienced with sloths aren't always able to tell the difference between males and females of the species? Or that they even move faster in water than they do on land/trees? Or that they don't drink water?
Learn a lot more about sloths over at TopTenz

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