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Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Today in History

Henry VI of England is crowned King of France.
Oliver Cromwell takes on dictatorial powers with the title of “Lord Protector.”
To protest the tax on tea from England, a group of young Americans, disguised as Indians, throws chests of tea from British ships in the Boston Harbor.
A fire in New York City destroys property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. It lasts two days, ravages 17 blocks, and destroys 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, the Merchants’ Exchange, the Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.
Confederate General Joseph Johnston takes command of the Army of Tennessee.
Union forces under General George H. Thomas win the Battle at Nashville, smashing an entire Confederate army.
In Spain, a general strike is called in support of the revolution.
The National Women’s Party urges immediate congressional action on equal rights.
British troops carry out an air raid on Italian Somalia.
Germany mounts a major offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. As the center of the Allied line falls back, it creates a bulge, leading to the name–the Battle of the Bulge.
Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung is received at the Kremlin in Moscow.
President Harry Truman declares a state of National Emergency as Chinese communists invade deeper into South Korea.
President Jimmy Carter appoints Andrew Young as Ambassador to the United Nations.
Cleveland becomes the first U.S. city to default since the depression.
The United States launches a missile attack on Iraq for failing to comply with United Nations weapons inspectors.
The shrub signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which establishes the United States’ first national standards regarding email and gives the Federal Trade Commission authority to enforce the act.

Three-Player Chess

If you believe that a game of chess is just too simple, imagine the fun of keeping up with the strategy of two opponents at once! This 3 Man Chess board is circular, so you're all starting at the same disadvantage. From the product description:
Play chess with 3 people at the same time with this three player chess game. Without compromising any of the rules, strategy, or fun of Chess, this variant board has been developed that accommodates three players. The only changes from conventional chess are some protocol issues that must be followed to maintain order where the teams border each other, which is simple and necessary. The complexities of the third player are infinite. Your threatened piece may be allowed to maintain occupancy as your position is beneficial to the threatening player. But how long can it last? This scenario may exist all over the board. There are multiple trust and doubt situations among all players.
This board and 48 playing pieces (in ivory, black, and gray) is available at Amazon. Although I could see myself having a lot of problems with it, my first problem would be finding two other people who know how to play chess and who are willing to try it.

The Man Who Killed Santa Claus

John McPhee was newspaper editor in Mesa, Arizona, in 1932. That year's Xmas parade was important for the small town's businesses as a way to draw in both residents and out-of-towners for Xmas shopping. But the populace didn't seem to be all that excited about Xmas shopping or the parade, either, since the Great Depression was affecting everyone's ability to celebrate as usual. But McPhee had an idea: a spectacular entrance for Santa Claus that would grab everyone's interest. Santa Claus would arrive in an airplane, an unusual site in 1932, and join the parade by parachute! What could possibly go wrong? Um, the stunt man playing Santa could get killed. But that didn't happen. The real story was a comedy of errors that's quite funny if you weren't a young child in Arizona waiting for the arrival of Santa.  
The day of the scheduled take-off, McPhee found the performer at a bar, too inebriated to participate. Faced with the possibility of storekeepers and children being crushed with disappointment, McPhee immediately set another plan into motion. He convinced a clothing store to let him borrow a mannequin, which he dressed in the Santa suit. He then instructed the pilot to make his scheduled run. At the climax, a pilot would push the Santa-dressed dummy out of the plane and into the field. From a distance, the townspeople would be unable to discern the plastic body from a real one—they’d simply see a red-and-white payload drift gently to the ground below. McPhee would be posted to meet the dummy, disrobe it, don the beard, and drive into town as Santa.
A large crowd had gathered to watch Santa arrive. But as you might guess, the scheme cobbled together at the last minute didn't quite go as McPhee had envisioned it. Let's just say that children were traumatized for life. You can read an account of the Christmas parade debacle at Mental Floss.

Charter School Teachers Are Organizing

UPS loses family’s $846K inheritance

A Canadian man says he’s broke after the United Parcel Service lost track of his inheritance. The intended $846,000 delivery was a bank draft from TD Canada Trust, which hasn’t refunded the lost fortune 10 months later.

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours

A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA's Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the US space agency said Thursday.
"Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star," NASA said in a statement.
Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours

Wingnut Media Totally Distorted Positive News on Climate Change

The 3 States Best Positioned to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

Legal pot decreased drug use in young teens

Drug use by young teenagers went down, but increased among older teens, in states that have legalized medical marijuana, a new study shows.

Former sharecropper spent most of Election Day in Alabama driving voters to the polls

Perman Hardy was one of thousands of African-Americans who toiled on white men’s land in Alabama over the years. She picked cotton after school as a child. In the years since, she finished her education and has worked as an in-home care nurse. However, her most lasting legacy is the time she has spent getting voters to the polls.
Former sharecropper spent most of Election Day in Alabama driving voters to the polls -- and has for the past 25 years

Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to roll back net neutrality rules will galvanize young voters, a move Democrats hope will send millennials to the polls in greater numbers and bolster their chances in next year’s elections.

New York state AG to sue over net neutrality reversal

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday he would lead a multi-state legal challenge to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse landmark the 2015 net neutrality rules.

Anonymous threatens cyber attack against FCC over net neutrality vote

Online hacktivist organization Anonymous has threatened to carry out cyber attacks directed at the United States Federal Communications Commission in response to the agency’s expected vote to repeal net neutrality protections Thursday.
Anonymous threatens cyber attack against FCC over net neutrality vote

Masturbation will make you gay, Mormon document warns

OK, after you've stopped laughing because of the post title be prepared to laugh even more when you read the story ...
The Mormon cult hates self-love.
Masturbation should be strictly banned because it can turn young people into homosexuals and criminals, the cult of jesus christ of latter-day saints believes, according to a leaked guidebook issued to members.

Inquiry launched into harassment allegations against US appeals judge

The chief judge of a federal appeals court on Thursday initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations involving another judge that were reported by The Washington Post, a court filing showed.

DeRay McKesson Is Suing Fox 'News' and Jeanine Pirro for Defamation

Salma Hayek Claims Harvey Weinstein Coerced Her Into Sex Scene in Harrowing Personal Essay

Sexual Harassment Trainings Aren't Protecting Women at Work the Way They Should

A woman fearing her boyfriend’s suicide went too far to stop him

In a tragic tale of love gone wrong, a 23-year-old woman accidentally killed herself while attempting to stop her boyfriend’s suicide.
Corinne Nicole Hayes of Manchester, U.K. feared Brian Marshall, 33, was about to kill himself when she sent him a text message saying, “If you are going to do it, so am I. Meet you on the other side.”

Texas cops let handcuffed man on LSD pound his head 50 times before dying

Police officers watched an 18-year-old Texas man undergoing a bad trip on LSD bang his head repeatedly but did nothing to stop him before he died — and then tried to prevent the man’s parents from finding out what happened. 
Texas cops let handcuffed man on LSD pound his head 50 times before dying — then tried to cover up negligence

Police Shoot a Lot More People Than Previously Known

Russian Hackers ReRouted Google And Apple Cloud Traffic For 2 Hours Thursday

While Dumbass Trump insists Russia is a nothing-burger and ends Net Neutrality, the Russians actually re-routed the cloud Thursday. For hours.

Heather Heyer's mom: I've had to hide my daughter's grave from neo-Nazis

Susan Bro — the mother of Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed in Charlottesville, VA by a white supremacist — told The Daily Beast that she has been forced to conceal her daughter’s grave site because of ongoing violent threats against her and her family. 
Heather Heyer's mom: I've had to hide my daughter's grave from neo-Nazis

The Myanmar Army Is Slaughtering Rohingya by the Thousands

Man filmed killing a Muslim worker to raise money

A Hindu man got his 12-year-old nephew to film him killing a Muslim laborer in India, in an attempt to raise funds for his anti-Islam campaign, according to police in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

Bat-wielding racist caught screaming about ISIS in viral video outed as rich lawyer from influential family

Just a week after video of a man threatening a non-Muslim man with a bat and calling him “ISIS” went viral, the bat-wielding Islamophobe’s identity has been revealed — and his dad is pissed.

Racist woman booted out of Starbucks for ranting about Korean student speaking ‘Oriental’

An unidentified woman was kicked out of a Starbucks in Walnut Creek, California, earlier this week after she angrily told two students who were sitting near her to stop speaking “Oriental.”

White nationalist charged with first-degree murder in Virginia car killing

A white nationalist accused of killing a 32-year old woman when he plowed his car into a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, local media reported. 
White nationalist charged with first-degree murder in Virginia car killing: media

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