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Sunday, December 3, 2017

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Today in History

Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano succeed their father, Piero de Medici, as rulers of Florence, Italy.
France cedes to Spain all lands west of the Mississippi–the territory known as Upper Louisiana.
Illinois is admitted into the Union as the 21st state.
The French defeat the Austrian army at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich.
Frederick Douglass and Martin R. Delaney establish the North Star, an anti-slavery paper.
Confederate raiders attack a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn.
Confederate General James Longstreet moves his army east and north toward Greeneville. This withdrawal marks the end of the Fall Campaign in Tennessee.
Major General William Tecumseh Sherman meets with slight resistance from Confederate troops at Thomas Station on his march to the sea.
The U.S. Supreme Court orders Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
The United States expels German attaches on spy charges.
French commander Joseph Joffre is dismissed after his failure at the Somme. General Robert Nivelle is the new French commander-in-chief.
The Allied Conference ends in London where they decide that Germany must pay for the war.
The League of Nations orders Greece to pay an indemnity for the October invasion of Bulgaria.
British reports claim that German soldiers are being trained in the Soviet Union.
The Chinese close in on Pyongyang, Korea, and UN forces withdraw southward.
The National Council of Churches asks the United States to halt the massive bombings in North Vietnam.
The State Department proposes the admission of 10,000 more Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
Eleven are dead and eight injured in a mad rush to see a rock band (The Who) at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Toxic gas leaks from a Union Carbide plant and results in the deaths of thousands in Bhopal, India.
George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev announce the official end to the Cold War at a meeting in Malta.
A test engineer for Sema Group sends the world’s first text message, using a personal computer and the Vodafone network.
Representatives of 121 nations sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting the manufacture or deployment of antipersonnel landmines; the People’s Republic of China, the US and the USSR do not sign.
The first manned rocket-powered aircraft delivery of US Mail takes place in Mojave, Cal.
A suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, kills 25 people, including three ministers of the Transitional Federal Government.

Supermoon 2017: Everything you need to know

You have probably heard that tonight’s full moon will bring the biggest and brightest of the year so far. This is because December 3’s Full Cold Moon will be the only supermoon of 2017.

The Coming of (Old) Age

In the good old days, it wasn’t so good to be old. Granted, some ancient traditions urge us to venerate the  elderly. The bible, for instance, commands us to “stand up before the gray-headed,” which is good news for Anderson Cooper and Lady Gaga.
But in practice, disdain for senior citizens was more common than respect. The Greek philosopher Aristotle was a notorious  elder  basher. According to the book Old Age in the Roman World, Aristotle  described senior citizens as “overly pessimistic, distrustful, malicious, suspicious, and small-minded.” (Aristotle lived to be 62, so he presumably was only mildly malicious at the end of his life.)
An old man was bad enough, but a woman of a certain age? Her very existence was dangerous. According to the cutting-edge science of the medieval times, women’s menstrual fluid was poisonous. Which meant that menopausal women -who supposedly retained their flow in their bodies- were walking Chernobyls. Just by existing, they could “cause grass to dry up, fruit to wither on the vine, and trees to die. ... Dogs would become rabid and mirrors would crack by her mere presence,” according to A History of Old Age, edited by Pat Thane. Old age was not a time of relaxation and canasta. In 19th-century England, old people didn’t get to retire (well, at least old folks who weren’t aristocrats). Many were put in workhouses, where they labored for no pay. Old people in ill-fitting striped clothing were made to crush horse bones for fertilizer or unravel old rope to recover the threads. You were essentially put in jail for outstaying your welcome.
That’s slightly preferable to the treatment the elderly got in other cultures. They were -how to put this gently?- relieved of the burden of living. The practice even has a name: senicide. In ancient Sardinia, sons sacrificed fathers over the age of 70 to the god Cronus. In parts of India, elderly people were forced to take part in a ritual called thalaikoothal. They were given an oil bath, then encouraged to drink an excess of coconut water, which can cause kidney failure and eventual death.
So it’s understandable that our ancestors did what they could to prevent aging. There was plenty of advice here. The Greek physician Galen, for instance, suggested that old people drink donkey milk, or even human breast milk. He also recommended they go horseback riding, avoid eating cheese and snails, and take regular baths.
Knowing the old were endangered, some lawmakers tried to protect them. In ancient Delphi, for instance, if you didn’t care well for your parents, you were put in irons and imprisoned.
Occasionally, being old did come with perks, some even better than half-price movie tickets. In Venice, priests over 60 were not required to whip themselves any longer. In medieval England, men of a certain age were exempt from military service, paying taxes, and—best of all—jury duty. Even today, younger adults of a tribe in Fiji pre-chew food for old people who have lost their teeth. That’s the life! 

The Remains Of Chinese Laborers Found In Peruvian Pyramid

Archaeologists have discovered one strange fact regarding slavery that's rewriting many history books- Chinese slaves and indentured laborers appear to have more of an impression on the world than anyone thought.
We know Chinese laborers helped build the railroads that connected America, and they helped construct many of the major cities in the United States and Canada, but it appears North America was not their last stop in the West.
New evidence suggests around 100,000 Chinese laborers sailed to South America in the mid-19th century as the slave trade began to decline in England and America, and so many of them landed in Peru they soon accounted for ten percent of the population:
The landowners of Peru, though, still wanted cheap labor for their sugar and cotton plantations, for rich guano mines, and for the expansion of the railroad. The government eased the way for former slaveholders with financial grants and subsidies for bringing new indentured laborers to the country. Many of those new contracted workers came from China, where political unrest had created a population of displaced people in need of work. Between 1849 and 1874 around 100,000 Chinese contract laborers, mostly from the province of Guangdong, sailed to Peru under restrictive labor contracts that tied them to landowners from years.
By 1876, the Chinese community in the city had grown so much that it accounted for about 10 percent of total population. In the city, they worked as servants, artisans, or small business people, running stores and restaurants in what would become Lima’s Chinatown. A select few Chinese immigrants became planters and merchants themselves.
So why were the remains of Chinese laborers discovered in an ancient Peruvian pyramid?:
The remains discovered on the Lima pyramid reflect both the improving conditions for Chinese laborers and their exclusion from parts of Peruvian society. As their economic conditions improved, Chinese families were able to afford more than simple shrouds for their dead. But authorities would not have Chinese people buried in Catholic graveyards, and the ancient pyramids “had a sacred association that might have made them attractive places for burial by Chinese laborers,” Roxana Gomez, who led the archaeological team, told Reuters.

Wingnut tax bill will hurt U.S. military say top generals

America’s fiscal strength is inextricably linked to its military power, and the Senate tax bill, which passed at two in the morning on Saturday, will diminish the United States’ fiscal stability by adding between $1 trillion and $1.4 trillion to the Federal debt over the next decade, according to the non-partisan Coalition for Fiscal and National Security.

Company Wants to Measure Your Kid's Brainwaves

What Should Your Normal Resting Heart Rate Really Be?

What Should Your Normal Resting Heart Rate Really Be?
And what can happen if your ticker's not beating up to par.

Colin Kaepernick wins SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Football player Colin Kaepernick was announced as the 2017 recipient of the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Thursday.
The Legacy Award is given to sports figures who uses their platform to initiate change.
Colin Kaepernick wins SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Millennials are more charitable than ever despite student debt

The millennial generation is feeling more generous than ever. According to a November 2017 Bankrate survey, 97 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 36 say they made or will make a charitable donation by the end of 2017. Of those who already donated, 26 percent indicated that they gave even more than they did in 2016.
Millennials are more charitable than ever despite student debt

‘Dead’ baby wakes up on way to funeral

A baby on the way to his own funeral was discovered to be alive, despite doctors at the hospital pronouncing him dead shortly after birth.
The BBC reported that the incident happened in a private facility called Max Hospital in Delhi, India. The baby’s twin was stillborn and some hours later doctors pronounced him dead too, and the pair was put into a plastic bag. But on the way to the funeral, the parents saw the living twin squirming around and rushed him to another hospital.
‘Dead’ baby wakes up on way to funeral

Digisexuality Likely To Rise As Sex Robots Become More Popular

'When Should I Tell A New Guy About My Boob Job?'

Breast implants and dating
We Asked 3 Dudes: 'When Should I Tell A New Guy About My Boob Job?'
Is there a right time to tell him your girls aren't au natural?

Why You Get Hiccups—and How to Stop Them

cure hiccups with these tips
Why You Get Hiccups—and How to Stop Them
Nope, you can't get "scared" out of them

Boost Your Serotonin Levels If You're Down In The Dumps

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State Courts Slap Down Cops on Outrageous Over-the-Top Pot Raids

Medical marijuana can now be used to treat autism and sleep apnea

Health department officials released a statement Thursday that autism and sleep apnea were added to the list of conditions qualified for use of medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana can now be used to treat autism and sleep apnea

Mysterious, rare illness linked to smoking weed

For many marijuana users, the drug delivers a soothing, therapeutic effect. But for a small number of people, smoking results in a unpleasant aftermath of serious vomiting and stomach pain.
The mysterious illness—called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)—was discovered in 2004, NPR reports. However, it didn’t receive much attention until recently, when doctors began to identify more cases of the syndrome.

Vermont woman charged with making deadly poison ricin in retirement home

A Vermont woman who planned to poison herself manufactured the deadly ricin substance in the retirement home where she lived and tested it on her fellow residents, federal officials said in court papers.
Vermont woman charged with making deadly poison ricin in retirement home
“The study shows a strong correlation between Dumbass Trump’s rise in popularity and an increase in offensiveness.”

Wingnuts will cut Social Security and Medicare next

Rubio admits that the wingnut tax cut plan to aid corporations and the wealthy will require cuts to Social Security and Medicare to pay for it.

Texas teacher calls police on 6-year-old Muslim with Down syndrome after accusing him of terrorism

A substitute teacher in Pearland, Texas, called the police this week because she feared a 6-year-old Muslim boy with Down syndrome was a terrorist.
Texas teacher calls police on 6-year-old Muslim with Down syndrome after accusing him of terrorism
This is one sick individual. She needs to be locked away so she cannot harm anyone, else. Her deluded state is a clear and present threat to all around her.

Fox 'News' hypes cop's prison rape joke about 19-year-old convict

Fox 'News' on Friday reported on a story about a 19-year-old man being sentenced to jail for attempted murder by highlighting the fact that a police officer taunted him with the prospect that he’d be raped in prison.

Review faults police response to Charlottesville far-right circle jerk

Authorities in Charlottesville failed to protect both public safety and free speech during a white nationalist circle jerk over Confederate statues that turned deadly in the Virginia college town in August, an independent review said on Friday.

British Fascist Who Dumbass Trump Retweeted Is Now Threatening New York Times Reporters

Alt-righter insists his 'Pepe the Frog' hot sauce isn't racist

A Florida man has been ordered to stop using the character “Pepe the Frog” to sell his brand of hot sauce in a cease and desist letter from Matt Furie, the cartoonist who created the frog.

Brock Turner appeals conviction in notorious sexual assault case

The former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party is now appealing his conviction.
The 172-page brief filed by Brock Turner’s lawyers on Friday described the initial trial as “a detailed and lengthy set of lies,” and requested a new trial. They hope this will overturn his mandatory lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.

Scottie Nell Hughes vows to fight Fox 'News' until commentator she accuses of rape is fired

Scottie Nell Hughes came to most Americans’ attention as a “say anything” surrogate for Dumbass Trump during the 2016 election, but the Nashville, TN-based shrieking head is currently fighting a pitched battle against Fox 'News'.

Not all men are pigs

But the ones who are, are swine. And let’s stop pretending that we didn’t know.
So let’s lose the hypocrisy and face up to facts: It’s fine to be rational. Not everything is criminal; a friendly compliment is no reason to call HR. And a dopey joke about bikini-clad athletes is not an assault.

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