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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Today in History

In a landmark battle of the Hundred Years’ War, English Prince Edward defeats the French at Poitiers.
Francis, the king of France, and Charles V of Austria sign a peace treaty in Crespy, France, ending a 20-year war.
Giles Corey is pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him. He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment.
American forces under Gen. Horatio Gates meet British troops led by Gen. John Burgoyne at Saratoga Springs, NY.
The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, a rooster, and a duck.
Charles de Barentin becomes lord chancellor of France.
The first railway to span a frontier is completed between Strasbourg and Basel, in Europe.
In Georgia, the two-day Battle of Chickamauga begins as Union troops under George Thomas clash with Confederates under Nathan Bedford Forrest.
New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
President Emile Loubet of France pardons Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, twice court-martialed and wrongly convicted of spying for Germany.
American troops of the Allied North Russia Expeditionary Force receive their baptism of fire near the town of Seltso against Soviet forces.
Moscow announces it will withdraw soldiers from Korea by the end of the year.
Argentina’s President Juan Peron is overthrown by rebels.
The first underground nuclear test takes place in Nevada.
The first Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (originally called the Pilton Festival) is held near Pilton, Somerset, England.
Carl XVI Gustaf is invested as King of Sweden, following the death of his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf.
The first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, are posted on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman.
An earthquake kills thousands in Mexico City.
The Parents Music Resource Center which was formed by Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator Al Gore) and other political wives lobbies for Parental Advisory stickers on music packaging.
German hikers near the Austria-Italy border discover the naturally preserved mummy of a man from about 3,300 BC; Europe’s oldest natural human mummy, he is dubbed Otzi the Iceman because his lower half was encased in ice.
A military coup in Bangkok  revokes Thailand’s constitution and establishes martial law.

California Gold Rush Treasure Lost at Sea

In 1857, the U.S. mail ship SS Central America left California for the East Coast. Aboard were 477 passengers, many of them newly rich from the California Gold Rush. They were returning home with their gold, over $2 million worth (hundreds of millions in today's money). But on the last leg of the trip, between Cuba and New York, the ship encountered a hurricane.
The Central America sprang leaks, the water putting the fire out in the boiler, and the paddlewheel and pumps stopped working. Alarmed, the passengers and crew formed a bucket brigade to bail out the sinking ship, while Captain Herndon ordered the flag flown upside down – a universal distress signal.
By Saturday, September 12, the ship was doomed. That afternoon another ship was spotted, the Marine out of Boston, and Captain Herndon ordered the women and children into the Central America’s lifeboats to make the hazardous transfer to the Marine. Around 150 women and children made it before the weather forced the Marine to leave. The male passengers and crew could not make the transfer. Most of them were still on board when the Central America sank around 8 o’clock that night, settling on the sea floor about 8,000 feet below the surface, 160 miles offshore.
Only 49 men survived, and the loss of the gold to the bottom of the Atlantic caused several banks to collapse. Read the whole story of the sinking of the SS Central America and its aftermath.

In the Field With Yazidi Fighters ...

Marijuana Is Getting So Mainstream ...

Growing Pot At Home

Ohio dad arrested for punishing 6-year-old girl by chasing her through neighborhood in clown mask

An Ohio father was arrested on Saturday for chasing his young daughter through their neighborhood while wearing a clown mask, which he said he was doing to punish her.

The Minimum Wage Must Have Sufficient And Sustainable Purchasing Power

The Minimum Wage Must Have Sufficient And Sustainable Purchasing Power
As the debate over the minimum wage continues, we must consider the purchasing power necessary to afford the basics of life.…

College in the U.S. Is More Expensive Than in Any Other Country in the World

US Signals Softer Stance On Paris Climate Pact: EU Official

Link Dump

8 of the Wingnuts' Favorite Scapegoats That Get Trotted Out When Things Don't Go Their Way

'South Park' Is Perfectly Armed to Fight the Alt-Right

Sinclair forces TV stations to air ‘Terrorism Desk Updates’ even when there’s no 'terrorism' news

Local Sinclair station WJAR was investigated after readers complained about politics being increasingly infused into newscasts.

Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups?

Racists and terrorists, and many other extremists, have used the internet for decades and adapted as technology evolved, shifting from text-only discussion forums to elaborate and interactive websites, custom-built secure messaging systems and even entire social media platforms.
Our research has examined various online communities populated by radical and extremist groups. And two of us were on the team that created the U.S. Extremist Crime Database, an open-source database helping scholars better understand the criminal behaviors of jihadi, far-right and far-left extremists. Analysis of that data demonstrates that having an online presence appears to help hate groups stay active over time. (One of the oldest far-right group forums, Stormfront, has been online in some form since the early 1990s.)
But recent efforts to deny these groups online platforms will not kick hate groups, nor hate speech, off the web. In fact, some scholars theorize that attempts to shut down hate speech online may cause a backlash, worsening the problem and making hate groups more attractive to marginalized and stigmatized people, groups and movements.

‘Put the panic back in Hispanic’

‘Put the panic back in Hispanic’: Alabama high school student says racist sign ‘not meant in racial way’

Cornell student arrested for assault after racist tirade

‘Come fight us, nigger’: Cornell student arrested for assault after racist tirade

Factory Farming Is Driving the Sixth Mass Extinction

Helping a Little Buddy Cross the Street

A hedgehog is trying to cross a road in Tambov, Russia. A gaggle of geese know that the hedgehog is small and pavement-colored and it's likely that drivers won't see him. So they do the right thing and give him an escort! Notice the one goose that holds her wings out to be more visible. It looks like she is holding traffic back!
They make right proper crossing guards, don't you think? Yeah, sure, it's possible the geese aren't paying a bit of attention to the hedgehog, but that's not nearly as cute. The entire group made it to the other side.

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