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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Today in History

1517 Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the cult at Wittenberg in Germany. Luther’s theories and writings inaugurate Protestantism, shattering the external structure of the medieval cult and at the same time reviving the religious consciousness of Europe.
1803 Congress ratifies the purchase of the entire Louisiana area in North America, adding territory to the U.S. which will eventually become 13 more states.
1941 After 14 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed.
1952 The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb at Enewetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1968 The bombing of North Vietnam is halted by the United States.
1971 Saigon begins the release of 1,938 Hanoi POWs.
1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi by two Sikh members of her bodyguard.
1998 Iraq announces it will no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
1999 EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 217 people on board.
2000 Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station.
2002 Former Enron Corp. CEO Andrew Fastow is convicted on 78 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and wire fraud; the Enron collapse cost investors millions and led to new oversight legislation.

Bible not true ... Tell us something we don't know

The bible and its stories about the first man and the creation of the world are not true because there is no physical evidence to back it up, according to a new lengthy investigation from one of Israel's top newspapers. Spanning roughly 5,000 words the article from left leaning Haaretz compares accounts in the bible, from ancients Jews fleeing Egypt to descriptions of King David, and dismisses them all as fables. 
We've known the bible was a load of hogwash for millennia so this isn't exactly news.
Now, the deluded might not be aware it is a collection of fables advocating, rape, murder, incest, homosexuality, prostitution, bestiality, slavery just to name a few.
OK, so the homosexuality and prostitution are fine and dandy for everyone (except for the deluded) but the rest are most certainly not.

The Vampires of Drawsko, Poland

Belief in the ability of the dead to rise up and vex the living as vampires came to us from Eastern Europe. An archeological excavation of a cemetery in Drawsko, Poland, reveals some of the lengths that the villagers went to to make sure the dead stayed dead when they were buried. Anthropology professor Marek Polcyn from the Lakehead University in Canada tells us about the beliefs that lay behind some of these burial rituals.
Polcyn’s work describes one female body discovered with a sickle across her pelvis, a rock on her neck and a coin in her mouth. Four other bodies were found with sickles strewn across their throats. While Polcyn said in one study that sickles have been discovered in excavations in other countries like Slovakia before, burials with sickles across the throat are rare during this period. He says the practice could corroborate with historical knowledge of folk tales and beliefs about creatures that rise from the dead to commit evil deeds and bring misfortune to the living.
“Throughout the world, people believe that sharp tools, iron—anything that was created by fire, by hammering, had anti-demonic properties,” Polcyn says.
Some of the earliest beliefs surrounding vampires came on the heels of the conversion of Slavic people to Christianity sometime between the 7th and 9th centuries, says Christopher Caes, a lecturer in Polish at Columbia University who has taught classes on Slavic vampires. Before Christianity, Slavs predominantly cremated their dead, in the belief that a person’s soul would only be released with the burning of their body. When missionaries converted them, the new practice of burying the dead would have horrified some.
So then the burial practices had to be adapted to accommodate some of those older beliefs. Not everyone had the potential to rise again as a vampire, and there were some clues in the living to indicate who might. Read more about the excavation and what we've learned from it at Smithsonian.

2-year-old rushed to hospital after denied kidney transplant

2-year-old rushed to hospital after denied kidney transplant due to father’s probation

No, You Probably Don't Have Adult ADHD

Hair Loss Has Been Linked to Late Summer and Early Fall

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Hair Loss Has Been Linked to Late Summer and Early Fall
But experts say the findings could be a little thin

Adults Had Their Very First Kiss on Camera With Complete Strangers

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First kisses are always awkward, but this slow-motion video takes it to the next level

Vermont Has Developed America's Most Comprehensive Food System Plan

Bundy goes on trial

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy goes on trial on Monday for his role in leading a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents that became a rallying point for militia groups challenging U.S. government authority in the American West.

Gavin Grimm Wants To Fix The Education System That Failed Him

Whitefish Energy fired from Puerto Rico power restoration deal

Puerto Rico’s municipal power company the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA) canceled its deal with Montana-based Whitefish Energy after the group’s “shocking” contract with FEMA leaked to the media. 

Who Owns Puerto Rico’s Debt, Exactly?

Racists’ Heads Will Explode When They Find Out White-On-White Crime Is Higher

Racists’ Heads Will Explode When They Find Out White-On-White Crime Is Higher
It’s time that the U.S. government started to report the facts when it comes to the issue of race and crime.

High Schoolers Are Lashing Out in the Increasingly Racist, Anti-Immigrant Atmosphere Dumbass Trump Has Created

The FBI Is Once Again Profiling Black Activists Because of Their Beliefs and Their Race

Outnumbered By Anti-Racist Protesters, Nazis In Murfreesboro Forced To Cancel Hate-Circle Jerk

Elephants vs. Giant Pumpkins

Elephants and giant pumpkins come together in an orgy of destruction during the Oregon Zoo's annual Squishing of the Squash! The crowd was impressed by both the huge elephants and the huge pumpkins. The elephants like the pumpkins as both playthings and a snack. And they know smashing pumpkins is a crowd-pleaser.
The Squishing of the Squash kicks off a series of 'Howloween' events at the Oregon Zoo.

Emotional states discovered in fish

The occurrence of emotions in animals has been under debate. Now, a research team from the Centro de Ci̻ncias do Mar (CCMAR), at the University of Algarve, the ISPA РInstituto Universitario, the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) and the Champalimaud Research (in Portugal), demonstrated for the first time that fish have emotional states triggered by the way they perceive the environmental stimuli. This study, published in Scientific Reports, reveals that the ability to assess emotional stimuli may have a simpler neurological basis than expected that was conserved throughout animal evolution.
The evaluation of an emotional state is not an easy task. Whereas in humans emotions are felt consciously, and can be verbalized, there is no way to check if animals can feel emotions. But an emotional state is more than a feeling. It is characterized by behavioral, physiologic, neurological and genetic changes. Therefore, it is possible to run tests to infer if the response to a certain stimulus is associated with an emotional state. Previous studies suggested that some animals, namely primates and other mammals, show emotional states, without knowing if this process is conscious or not. Now, the team led by Rui Oliveira, researcher at ISPA, IGC and Champalimaud, decided to investigate if fish, “simpler” animals that are more distant from humans in the evolution scale, respond emotionally to stimuli of their environment
Tests were held in sea bream after the fish were trained under favorable or adverse conditions that could trigger an emotional state. Contrarily to what is expected in a non-emotional response, the researchers observed that fish responded differently to the same stimulus depending on the way they were assessing the stimulus. The emotional reactions were monitored through the evaluation of interaction or escape behaviors among fish, measuring the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and assessing the brain areas that were activated and that are known to be associated with positive and negative emotional states.
“This is the first time that is shown that fish can trigger physiologic and neuromolecular responses in the central nervous system in response to emotional stimuli based on the significance that that stimulus has for the fish”, says Rui Oliveira. The researcher explains that “the occurrence of the cognitive assessment of an emotional stimulus in fish means that that this cognitive capacity may have ‘computational’ requirements simpler than what has been considered until now, and may have evolved around 375 million years ago.”

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