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Monday, September 4, 2017

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Today in History

At the Battle of Montaperto in Italy, the Tuscan Ghibellines, who support the emperor, defeat the Florentine Guelfs, who support papal power.
After four years of war, Spain agrees to allow a Portuguese monopoly of trade along Africa’s west coast and Portugal acknowledges Spain’s rights in the Canary Islands.
Los Angeles, first an Indian village called Yangma, is founded by Spanish decree.
Louis XVI of France recalls parliament.
Jacques Necker is forced to resign as finance minister in France.
USS Intrepid explodes while entering Tripoli harbor on a mission to destroy the enemy fleet there during the First Barbary War.
Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.
Robert E. Lee‘s Confederate army invades Maryland, starting the Antietam Campaign.
A republic is proclaimed in Paris and a government of national defense is formed.
The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on.
Elusive Apache leader Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Ariz.
Beatrix Potter sends a note to her governess’ son with the first drawing of Peter Rabbit, Cottontail and others. The Tale of Petter Rabbit is published eight years later.
The U.S. military places Haiti under martial law to quell a rebellion in its capital Port-au-Prince.
The German submarine U-652 fires at the U.S. destroyer Greer off Iceland, beginning an undeclared shooting war.
Soviet planes bomb Budapest in the war’s first air raid on the Hungarian capital.
Allied troops capture Lae-Salamaua, in New Guinea.
British troops liberate Antwerp, Belgium.
The American flag is raised on Wake Island after surrender ceremonies there.
The first transcontinental television broadcast in America is carried by 94 stations.
Arkansas governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to bar African-American students from entering a Little Rock high school.
Operation Swift begins as US Marines engage North Vietnamese Army troops in Que Son Valley.
Mark Spitz becomes the first Olympic competitor to win 7 medals during a single Olympics Games.
The Sinai II Agreement between Egypt and Israel pledges that conflicts between the two countries “shall not be resolved by military force but by peaceful means.”
Google is founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The Lost Film Footage Of 1904 London

It's safe to say any and all film footage from the turn of the 20th century is considered extremely rare and valuable nowadays, and thanks to age degredation it's getting rarer and more valuable by the day.But archivists have been hard at work for decades digitizing old film reels before they burn up or crumble into dust, and thanks to their efforts these historical films will live forever.
This particular reel was shot in London circa 1904 as a 'travelogue' for Australian tourists thinking about visiting "one of the most exciting cities anywhere".

Why Do India And China Have So Many People?

The most populous nations in the world are China, India, the United States, Indonesia, and Pakistan. However, China and India stand way out in front of the pack, with over a billion people each, while the U.S. has just over 325 million. Minute Earth looks into the reasons why. And even though the reasons are speculation, since China and India have always had more people than other countries, together they make perfect sense.
Think about it this way: the largest nations in the world by area have relatively few people: Russia and Canada (and Antarctica if it were a country). What do those nations have in common? You guessed it!

Common Expressions Younger Kids Won't Fully Understand

It's sad to think our kids won't truly understand why we dial or hang up a phone, why cashiers ring up our purchases or why we roll up our windows without doing some homework.
Which means either these expressions are due for an update or those who remember are going to have to teach our young about those days of long ago when we had to manually turn a window crank handle to open a window.
And if you really want to relate to the youth of today you can discuss the origin of the expressions "going on line" and "posting to a message board":


In the early days of computing, when one machine needed to communicate with another, they had to be attached with a physical cord or "line." Processes that could be completed without this communication were "off line."


Before the internet, when people wanted to make an announcement or share information they would put it on a piece of paper and attach it to a board mounted in a public location where many people would see it.

You Can Play With Every Toy From Your Childhood at This Museum

The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, has a half million toys from all eras. Games, dolls, building kits, arcade machines, sports equipment, and more, including fads that soared and flamed out fast. In this video, Great Big Story gives us an overview of what the museum has to offer.

I'm The Voice Of Siri, And Apple Didn't Pay (Or Warn) Me

You'd think the voice of Siri would be rolling in dough after lending her voice to the app, especially considering it's one of the most popular smartphone apps ever and Siri is now BFFs with The Rock.But as Susan Bennett, aka the voice of Siri, will tell you voice over jobs don't gain you much recognition or money, and even though hers is one of the most famous voices in the world she wishes she'd never lent her voice to Siri.
Here's the kicker- she didn't actually agree to be Siri, and nobody told her those excruciatingly long and painfully boring recording sessions were created to give Siri a voice, because the recordings were sold to Apple by a text-to-speech company:
Siri was developed based on recording sessions Susan did with another company. Susan had done a lot of interactive voice response work (the voice on the phone that tells you to press 1 for English) and thought she was just doing more. "The recordings were done for a text-to-speech company starting in 2005. Apple got all their Siri voices from this company, but they came in after the fact. We had no contracts with Apple."
Selling her voice in this way meant Susan had no say in the usage, and guaranteed she didn't see a dime of the millions made by Apple thanks to Siri's presence on iPhones, which seems like shady practice from a company who could buy the moon:
"I had really ambivalent feelings. I was flattered to be chosen to basically be the voice of Apple in North America, but having been chosen without my knowledge was strange. Especially since my voice was on millions and millions of devices."
"There were Siris all over the world because, for instance, I don't speak Thai or Japanese. They had to have native speakers. And all of the original Siris weren't paid for the usage. We were paid for the original recording sessions, but we weren't paid for being on all those phones. Which is a pretty big issue for us. I know there was one person who ended up getting fired from another job because he was working for a company that considered Apple a competitor. His voice was on the iPhone, and he lost a job because of it."

European Cardiologists Find Coffee and Dark Chocolate Are Linked to Longer Lives

Modern Western Diet and Alzheimer's Disease

Plot to smuggle candles made with meth

Authorities in New York say five people took part in a plan to use a factory in New Jersey as the site where they would extract methamphetamine from more than a half-ton of candles that had been laced with the drug.

US judge rules Colorado sex offender register unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled that Colorado’s sex offender registry law is cruel and unusual punishment, an opinion legal analysts said Friday could have wider implications.
U.S. District Court Judge William Matsch ruled on Thursday for three Colorado men who challenged in Denver federal court the law requiring convicted offenders to register with the state.
Their photographs, residences and other identifying information then become accessible on a website maintained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Dumbass Trump Says Hurricane Victims Are Happy And Harvey Was Beautiful For The Country

While visiting a disaster relief shelter in Houston, Dumbass Trump claimed that Harvey victims who lost everything were happy and that the hurricane was a beautiful thing for the country to watch.…

The “Happy” People of Harvey (According To Dumbass Trump)

In Pictures: The “Happy” People of Harvey (According To Dumbass Trump)

Wingnuts attack Women's March co-organizer for posting link to help Harvey victims

Even by the hair-trigger standards of what’s considered offensive on social media, the tweet sent by activist Linda Sarsour on Monday evening was benign, a plea for her 231,000 followers to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

Spotting neo-Nazi websites isn't that easy

White supremacy is woven into the tapestry of American culture, online and off–in both physical monuments and online domain names. A band of tiki-torch-carrying white nationalists gathered first online, and then at the site of a Jim Crow-era Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.
But it is getting easier ...

False Accusations Times Ten

Man chased off train after racist rant attacking Muslims

In video captured by a fellow passenger on a train, a man is caught slurring Muslims while insisting he’s “not racist,” he’s just “quoting the Quran.”

Fake News About Antifa

Free Speech Issue on College Campuses Is a Wingnut Distraction from the Real Threats to Students

Animal Pictures