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Today in History

54 Nero succeeds his great uncle Claudius, who was murdered by his wife, as the new emperor of Rome.
1307 Members of the Knights Templar are arrested throughout France, imprisoned and tortured by the order of King Philip the Fair of France.
1399 Henry IV of England is crowned.
1670 Virginia passes a law that blacks arriving in the colonies as christians cannot be used as slaves.
The Continental Congress orders the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy). The main goal of the navy is to intercept shipments of British matériel and generally disrupt British maritime commercial operations.
1776 Benedict Arnold is defeated at Lake Champlain.
1792 President George Washington lays the cornerstone for the White House.
1812 At the Battle of Queenston Heights, a Canadian and British army defeats the Americans who have tried to invade Canada.
1849 The California state constitution, which prohibits slavery, is signed in Monterey.
1942 In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force.
1943 Italy declares war on Germany.
1944 Troops of the advancing Soviet Army occupy Riga, the capital of Latvia.
1946 The Fourth Republic begins in France; it will continue to 1958.
1972 Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes Mountains, near the Argentina-Chile border; only 16 survivors (out of 45 people aboard) are rescued on Dec. 23.
1983 The Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying seven, the largest crew to date, lands safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
1990 The Lebanese Civil War ends when a Syrian attack removes Gen. Michel Aoun from power.

How US Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful

There are more than 4,600 colleges and universities in the U.S. They are spread across the nation, and many are in small towns. Where did they come from? There was a boom in college founding in the 19th century, mainly of small private institutions along the frontier. As Americans moved west, more schools were planted, and by 1880, while France has 16 colleges, Ohio by itself had 37. They weren't regulated at all, and accepted anyone who would pay the tuition.
The rationale for starting a college in the 19th century usually had less to do with promoting higher learning than with pursuing profit. For most of US history, the primary source of wealth was land, but in a country with a lot more land than buyers, the challenge for speculators was how to convince people to buy their land rather than one of the many other available options. (George Washington, for instance, accumulated some 50,000 acres in the western territories, and spent much of his life unsuccessfully trying to monetize his holdings.) The situation became even more desperate in the mid-19th century, when the federal government started giving away land to homesteaders. One answer to this problem was to show that the land was not just another plot in a dusty agricultural village but prime real estate in an emerging cultural center. And nothing said culture like a college. Speculators would ‘donate’ land for a college, gain a state charter, and then sell the land around it at a premium, much like developers today who build a golf course and then charge a high price for the houses that front on to it.
Of course, chartering a college is not the same as actually creating a functioning institution. So speculators typically sought to affiliate their emergent college with a religious denomination, which offered several advantages. One was that it segmented the market. A Presbyterian college would be more attractive to Presbyterian consumers than the Methodist college in the next town. Another was staffing. Until the late-19th century, nearly all presidents and most faculty at US colleges were clergymen, who were particularly attractive to college founders for two reasons. They were reasonably well-educated, and they were willing to work cheap. A third advantage was that the cult just might be induced to contribute a little money from time to time to support its struggling offspring.
Today, American schools account for 52 of the top 100 universities in the world, and even small colleges draw students from around the world. How did that happen? An article at Aeon explains how the flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

12 Halloween Traditions From Around the World

In the US, Halloween is a fun holiday centered around costumes, horror movies, and candy. Countries around the world celebrate either Halloween or other holidays commemorating the spirits of the dead, because the end of the growing season in autumn reminds us of our own mortality. Some of those traditions are a bit like the American Halloween, such as the Kawasaki Halloween Parade in Japan.   
At the end of every October for the past 21 years, nearly 4000 costumed Halloween enthusiasts from all around the world have gathered in Kawasaki, just outside Tokyo, for the Kawasaki Halloween Parade, which is the biggest parade of its kind in Japan. However, not everyone can simply join in the festivities. The Kawasaki Halloween Parade has strict guidelines and standards, so you have to apply for entry two months before the parade begins.
While the party aspect of Halloween is spreading, many places mark holidays that are more somber, or even religious, as they pay respect to the departed. Read about the widely-varying traditions of Halloween or Halloween-like holidays at Mental Floss.

How the Real Madame Tussaud Built a Business Out of Beheadings

We are familiar with Madame Tussaud's famous, almost-200-year-old wax museum, but who was she, and how did she become a renowned "exhibitionist?" Hard work and talent, for sure, but Marie Grosholtz was also in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the public's fascination with celebrities -beginning with a morbid fascination for dead celebrities. Born in Strasbourg, France, in 1761, Grosholtz's mother worked for an anatomist who sculpted in wax. Young Marie learned his art at the time the French Revolution provided plenty of celebrity executions. The public was keen to see those celebrities, and sculptures made from their actual death masks was the key to authenticity.
The work required equal comfort in palaces and in prisons, and a certain ease with the grotesque: in her memoirs, Tussaud claimed that she sat “on the steps of the exhibition, with the bloody heads on her knees, taking the impressions of their features.”
Success in waxworks involved not only artistic skill and patience, but an ear to the ground and fast feet: when Charlotte Corday murdered the radical Jean-Paul Marat in his bathtub, Marie got to the scene so fast, the killer was still being processed by law enforcement as she started work on Marat’s death mask.
Madame Tussaud eventually moved to England and opened her museum. You can read her story at Atlas Obscura.

FEMA: It’s ‘Not Our Job’ To Deliver Food And Water Relief To Puerto Rico

FEMA: It’s ‘Not Our Job’ To Deliver Food And Water Relief To Puerto Rico
There is little doubt left what is keeping relief from the devastated island
Except that IT IS YOUR JOB to deliver food and water relief - while it may be physically delivered by any other entity - IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to see that it is done.

Madness: In America

Congressional pharmacist reveals lawmakers take Alzheimer’s drugs

Nearly every day for at least two decades pharmaceutical drugs have been brought by the carload to the Capitol - an arrangement so under the radar that even pharmacy lobbyists who regularly pitch Congress on their industry aren't aware of it.

The VA helped Big Pharma get veterans hooked on opioids

The Veterans Administration overprescribed opiates and psychiatric medication for more than a decade, and then swung back dangerously in the other direction about five years ago.

Indiana dentist on why he kept 14-year-old daughter in a cage and molested her

The parents of a 14-year-old Indiana girl are accused of keeping her locked in a cage every night for a month, depriving the girl of food and water and sexually molesting her — even while she was locked in the cage.

9 months for violently raping two boys?!

A former Pennsylvania police officer will serve no more than two years — and possibly less than one — for allegedly raping two boys and threatening to kill them.

Louisiana sheriff rages against releasing ‘good’ prisoners

Steve Prattor, the Sheriff of Caddo Parish in Louisiana, is not a fan of his state’s new criminal justice reforms that will free many prisoners convicted of nonviolent offenses earlier than they had been scheduled to be released.

Police Killings—They're So Much Higher Than We Thought

Out-of-control Utah cop who dragged nurse out of hospital has been fired

The Salt Lake City Police Department in Utah has fired a police detective, who was filmed forcefully handcuffing and roughly detaining a nurse at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City for refusing to allow him to draw blood from a sedated patient, a Salt Lake Police spokesman said Tuesday.

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The 2nd Amendment Says a Lot More Than the 'Right to Bear Arms'

After the Las Vegas Massacre, Guess What Wingnuts Tried to Ban?

Neo-Nazis planning ‘White Lives Matter’ circle jerk in Tennessee

The white supremacist group the Traditionalist Worker Party helped organize the deadly “Unite the Right” circle jerk in Charlottesville, Virginia that claimed the life of anti-fascism protester Heather Heyer.

Wingnuts cry bitter tears over girls joining Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that it would start allowing girls to join some of its programs and to rise through the ranks to become Eagle Scouts.
Even though boys and girls would have separate programs within the overall scouting organization — the organizations board of directors emphasized that all organizations “will be single-gender — all boys or all girls” — the move still angered wingnuts who were incensed to see young women being allowed to join what used to be an all-boys club.

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