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Today in History

With the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire.
The U.S. Senate, voting 36 to 0, expels Senator John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky because of his joining the Confederate Army.
Queen Victoria of Britain forbids the export of gunpowder, firearms and all materials for their production.
Winchester, Va., falls into Union hands, resulting in the capture of 145 Southern soldiers.
Seven solid days of bombardment ends at Charleston, S.C. The Union fires some 1,307 rounds.
The U.S. brigantine Marie Celeste is found adrift and deserted with its cargo intact, in the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Portugal.
The French National Assembly, successor to the States-General, rejects Nationalist General Mercier’s proposal to plan an invasion of England.
The first Seaplane Unit formed by the German Navy officially comes into existence and begins operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.
France cancels trade treaties in order to compete in the postwar economic battles.
Operation Taifun (Typhoon), which was launched by the German armies on October 2, 1941 as a prelude to taking Moscow, is halted because of freezing temperatures and a lack of serviceable aircraft.
U.S. planes make the first raids on Naples, Italy.
Tennessee William’s play A Streetcar Named Desire premieres on Broadway starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.
The University of Tennessee defies court rulings by rejecting five Negro applicants.
The Grumman XS2F-1 makes its first flight.
Peking pardons Pu Yi, ex-emperor of China and of the Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo.
Reagan broadens the power of the CIA by allowing spying in the United States.
Robert McFarland resigns as National Security Advisor. Admiral John Poindexter is named to succeed him.
The last American hostages held in Lebanon are released.
George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 troops to Somalia during the Somali Civil War.

How Long Will the Gävle Goat Last in 2017?

Every year, the residents fo Gävle, Sweden, erect a giant Yule goat made of straw for Xmas. And almost every year, the goat becomes the victim of arson. The first goat, erected in 1966, was burned on New Years Day. Last year, the goat didn't even last one full day. You can look back at the fate of all the Gävle Goats here. And now the 2017 Gävle Goat has risen, 13 meters tall and 7 meters long, in the Gävle town square. You can keep up with the Gävle Goat at the Gävlebocken‏ Twitter feed.

There Is A Massive Movement of Refugees Globally

The Rohingya tragedy shows human solidarity is a lie

Nobody argues any more about what is happening in Myanmar. The United Nations, international human rights organizations and world capitals all agree that the war being waged on the Rohingya Muslims is a clear example of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
According to international reports, the number of people who have fled Myanmar military operations in Rakhine state have reached approximately 600,000 refugees by October.
The crisis continues to get worse, fanned on one hand, by the Myanmar government's intolerance and insistence on continuing their racist exclusionary policies, and on the other hand, by the fact that the world's interest in what is happening in Myanmar is just not deep enough.

Relationships With 'Know-It-Alls' May Not Be Good for Your Mental Health

More states hatch plans to recycle drugs being wasted in nursing homes

Inspired by a ProPublica story in April that described how nursing homes and their pharmacies nationwide throw away hundreds of tons of valuable medicines — and how one Iowa nonprofit successfully recycles them — two states are working to create similar programs.

Waffle House customer finds staff sleeping, cooks for himself

A hungry, slightly inebriated man knew just what to do when he stopped by a South Carolina Waffle House early Thursday only to find the restaurant’s staff snoozing: He cooked up his own meal, snapping selfies along the way.

That Time When a City and a Bishop Went to War Over Beer

Beer was a big part of life in Europe in 1380. In the city of Wrocław, which is now in Poland, beer was so important that it sparked a war. Building and maintaining a brewery was quite expensive, and the only entities that could afford to do it were the government and the church. Wrocław had its municipal brewery, right underneath the Town Hall. The city government, called the Rata, sold beer and taxed it, too. But the monks on the nearby island of Ostrów Tumski made beer as well, and it was a better quality brew. The Rata didn't have control over the island or its monasteries, but they didn't want to cede their beer profits. 
The Rata tried diplomacy first. The council sent representatives to the island to explain their disappointment, but also, Van Reed writes, threatened confiscations and sanctions if things did not change.
The Bishop responded to the provocation with a bunker-buster: He placed the entire city under interdict, which meant that no religious service could be conducted within it. Basically, he cut Wrocław off from God so he could keep selling beer.
Wrocław's Rata responded by calling up an army. However, that army was made up of citizens who already preferred the monastic beer, and continued to drink during the war. Read about the Wrocław Beer War at Atlas Obscura.

Could This Be the Solution to Homelessness We So Desperately Need?

Could the ERA Pass in the #MeToo Era?

Has Dumbass Trump's Junta Triggered the Movement Against Sexual Harassment?

First uterus-transplant baby born in US

A woman gave birth today via a donated uterus for the first time ever in the U.S., according to Time magazine.
The birth took place as a result of a clinical trial at Baylor University Medical Center in Texas, in which 10 women, aged 20 to 35,  received wombs donated by women between the ages of 35 and 60. The first birth via transplanted uterus took place in 2014 in Sweden, where several more children have resulted from the procedure.
First uterus-transplant baby born in US

DNR Tattoo Put to the Test

A 70-year-old man was taken to an emergency room in Florida, unconscious, alone, with no ID. When his condition worsened, the staff found a tattoo on his chest that said DO NOT RESUSCITATE, with a signature. With no other information about the man, besides his numerous and obvious physical problems, the emergency room staff gave him emergency treatment anyway. They did call the hospital's ethics team, who discussed the matter and decided that the tattoo should be honored.
While the DNR tattoo may seem extreme, the request to not be resuscitated during end-of-life care is most certainly not. Roughly 80 percent of US Medicare patients say “they wish to avoid hospitalization and intensive care during the terminal phase of illness.” Revealingly, a 2014 survey showed that the vast majority of physicians would prefer to skip high-intensity interventions for themselves. Of the 1,081 doctors polled, over 88 percent opted for do-not-resuscitate status. Indeed, measures to keep a patient alive are often invasive, painful, and costly. DNRs, which hospital staff refer to as “no-codes,” are an explicit request to forego high-intensity interventions like CPR, electric shock, and intubation tubes. More implicitly, it’s a request to not be hooked up to a machine.

Typically, DNRs are formal, notarized documents that a patient gives to their doctor and family members. Tattoos, needless to say, are a highly unorthodox—but arguably direct—means of conveying one’s end-of-life wishes. That said, this patient’s tattoo presented some undeniable complications for the hospital staff. Is a tattoo a legal document? Was it a regretful thing the patient did while he was drunk or high? Did he get the tattoo, but later change his opinion? On this last point, a prior case does exist in which a patient’s DNR tattoo did not reflect their wishes (as the authors wrote in this 2012 report: “...he did not think anyone would take his tattoo seriously...”).
There's always someone in the bunch who will ruin it for everyone. The patient in Florida died later, as extraordinary lifesaving measures were discontinued per the decision of the ethics team. But should the staff have honored the request when they first found it? Read more on the incident at Gizmodo.

High-Tech Suicide Machine Makes Death a Painless, Peaceful, Optimal Way to Go

Tax bill's attack on higher education undermines America's economic vitality

With the Senate’s passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Dumbass Trump seems close to notching his first legislative disaster – a huge tax cut for the 1 percent. All that remains is the need to reconcile the Senate bill with the version passed earlier by the House of Representatives.

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Parole Violations Are Driving Prison’s Revolving Door

Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings: Why Existing Laws Fail

Wingnut Senator Heller has stage 4 cancer victim booted from town hall

Wingnut Senator Heller has stage 4 cancer victim booted from town hall after she asks about health care

Sherin Mathews’ abuse reported by doctor before missing Texas toddler’s death

Months before missing Texas toddler Sherin Mathews was found dead, a pediatrician reported signs of abuse to Child Protective Services. Testimony Wednesday revealed the child was seen for broken bones, possible joint and muscle infections and other injuries over the course of a few months.
Sherin Mathews’ abuse reported by doctor before missing Texas toddler’s death

AirBnB And Russia: Corporate Crime Built Into The Business Model

Police Use of Drones Is Guaranteed to Have Costly Consequences

Man charged as FBI says missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

A man has been arrested and charged in North Carolina in connection with the disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Woods who went missing from her bedroom five days ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local sheriff said on Saturday.
Man charged as FBI says missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group's 'Legal Army'

Daily Stormer asks to dismiss trolling lawsuit, says neo-Nazi memes posed 'no true threat' to Jewish woman

A neo-Nazi web site facing a harassment lawsuit for targeting a Montana Jewish woman has asked a federal judge to throw out her complaint, arguing that neo-Nazi memes and anti-Jewish slurs are protected free speech and pose "no true threat" to Jewish people.
Daily Stormer asks to dismiss trolling lawsuit, says neo-Nazi memes posed 'no true threat' to Jewish woman

Ex-cop said he 'loved' seeing neo-Nazi kill people – and police union is fighting to get him back on the force

A Springfield, Massachusetts police officer took to social media to praise the murder of Heather Heyer at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as Raw Story reported in August. Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri announced Friday that Conrad Lariviere has been fired, Mass Live reports.

Dumbass Trump is a one-man hate group.

Dumbass Trump is a one-man hate group.
If the Dumbass were an organization instead of an individual, it would not be a stretch to define him as a "hate group" under the FBI's simple definition: “an organization whose primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons of or with a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity which differs from that of the members or the organization.”

Tortoise Chases Cat Around Yard

This tortoise must really love his buddy the cat. He's learned to put it in high gear to keep up with the feline as she travels all over the backyard.

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