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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Net Neutrality

 

 

 

     We’ve run this video before but now that the FCC’s attempt to regulate the internet have been brought back to the public’s attention we thought that Mr Oliver’s take on the cronyism and statism that is represented by the Obama administration’s plans to make the internet a “public utility” deserve further prominence . 

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Researchers Uncover Government Spy Tool Used To Hack Telecoms And Belgian Cryptographer

 

 

Regin-Architecture

 

 

” It was the spring of 2011 when the European Commission discovered it had been hacked. The intrusion into the EU’s legislative body was sophisticated and widespread and used a zero-day exploit to get in. Once the attackers established a stronghold on the network, they were in for the long haul. They scouted the network architecture for additional victims and covered their tracks well. Eventually, they infected numerous systems belonging to the European Commission and the European Council before being discovered.

  Two years later another big target was hacked. This time it was Belgacom, the partly state-owned Belgian telecom. In this case, too, the attack was sophisticated and complex. According to published news reports and documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the attackers targeted system administrators working for Belgacom and used their credentials to gain access to routers controlling the telecom’s cellular network. Belgacom publicly acknowledged the hack, but has never provided details about the breach.

  Then five months after that announcement, news of another high-profile breach emerged—this one another sophisticated hack targeting prominent Belgian cryptographer Jean-Jacques Quisquater. “

 

 

 

 

 

” Now it appears that security researchers have found the massive digital spy tool used in all three attacks. Dubbed “Regin” by Microsoft, more than a hundred victims have been found to date, but there are likely many others still unknown. That’s because the espionage tool—a malicious platform capable of taking over entire networks and infrastructures—has been around since at least 2008, possibly even earlier, and is built to remain stealth on a system for years.

  The threat has been known since at least 2011, around the time the EU was hacked and some of the attack files made their way to Microsoft, who added detection for the component to its security software. Researchers with Kaspersky Lab only began tracking the threat in 2012, collecting bits and pieces of the massive threat. Symantec began investigating it in 2013 after some of its customers were infected. Putting together information from each, it’s clear the platform is highly complex and modulated and can be customized with a wide range of capabilities depending on the target and the attackers’ needs. Researchers have found 50 payloads so far for stealing files and other data, but have evidence that still more exist.

“ It’s a threat that everyone has detected for some time, but no one has exposed [until now],” says Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response division.

  The researchers have no doubt that Regin is a nation-state tool and are calling it the most sophisticated espionage machine uncovered to date—more complex even than the massive Flame platform, uncovered by Kaspersky and Symantec in 2012 and crafted by the same team who created Stuxnet. “

 

The whole story may be read at Wired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,500 New Documents ID’d In White House-IRS Taxpayer Harassment Cases

 

 

” In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.

  The discovery was revealed to the group Cause of Action, which has sued for access to any of the documents. It charges that the IRS and White House have harassed taxpayers.

  In an email from the Justice Department’s tax office, an official revealed the high number of documents, suggesting that the White House was hip deep in probes of taxpayers, likely including conservatives and Tea Party groups associated with the IRS scandal.

  In requesting a delay in the delivery date of the documents, Justice told Cause of Action, “The agency [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] has located 2,500 potentially responsive documents and anticipates being able to finish processing 2,000 of these pages by the December 1 date. It needs the additional two weeks to deal with the last 500 pages to determine if they are responsive and make any necessary withholdings.”

 

Thanks to Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferguson Woman Slams Protesters: They’ve Ruined The Community, It Will Now Be A ‘Ghost Town’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Following the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted by a Missouri grand jury, riots broke out in the city of Ferguson, MO.

  Sara Sidner of CNN interviewed one local resident, who expressed her concern for Ferguson’s future.

“ I mean, this is crazy,” the resident said.  “I mean, the business didn’t do anything. If they were going to do something, get the right people, if they have to do it.

  When asked what she thought would happen to her community, the resident was pessimistic.

“ They’re not going to rebuild,” the resident said. “It’s going to be like a ghost town pretty soon.” “

 

Thanks to Washington Free Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Of The Most Disturbing Pictures And Videos From The Ferguson Rioting Last Night

 

 

Looting Selfie

 

 

 

 

” * Some idiot doing a “Looting selfie,” courtesy of Twitchy. “

 

 

Right Wing News has the rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Employee Fired After Posting Pictures Of DHS Vehicles Parked In Hotel Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

” What happens in public isn’t afforded an expectation of privacy — unless you’re the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS is all about shutting down people taking photos in, around or of public structures. According to the many piles of useless paperwork compiled by the many useless Fusion Centers, the most effective terrorist weapon is any device that captures still images or video.

  The nation is loaded with phone-wielding terrorists. But thanks to the swift corrective action applied by a former Secret Service agent and the multi-billion dollar agency, guests at the Drury Park Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri, are safe from the terrorist activity of 28-year-old US Navy veteran (and now, former hotel Houseman) Mark Paffrath.

  Mark says that on Thursday after work he snapped 2 photographs and a short video of several dozen Homeland Security vehicles in the parking garage. He then uploaded them to his Facebook page. In his post he writes “why are all the cop cars here…I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson”, he also included the hashtags #Ferguson #NoJusticeNoPeace.

Hooray for the First Amendment! … oh, wait.

  On Friday, shortly after arriving to work at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Mark stated that he was called to the office of Jeff Baker, the General Manager. Upon arriving Mr. Baker advised Mark that he needed to remove the photos and video from Facebook. Mark immediately complied and removed the post. Mark then continued and finished his shift.

  A private company decides to insert itself into a situation where no one — not even the DHS — needed to step in. Having achieved its goal of suppression, one would think the story ends here. But it doesn’t.”

 

TechDirt has the scoop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Fired Is Mission: Impossible For Federal Bureaucrats In The Obama Era

 

 

 

 

” Federal managers have fired fewer bad employees each year since President Obama took office.

  Fewer than 4,900 career civil servants were fired in fiscal year 2013 out of 1.4 million — about one out of every every 300 employees — according to Office of Personnel Management data.

  The figures were 5,700 in 2010, 5,500 in 2011, and 5,200 in 2012. Only partial data was available for fiscal 2014, but it was on track for 4,800, the lowest in recent memory.

  There are also about 7,700 senior executives in the federal government, who are held to a higher standard than those in the General Schedule rank and file.

  But only five in the Senior Executive Service were fired in 2012, seven in 2013 and none in the first half of 2014.

  Both of Congress’ new top bureaucracy watchers — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. — have identified the inability to get rid of bad federal employees as a top reform target.”

 

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Poll: Latino Voters Want More, More, More

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A new poll of Latino voters finds that most want President Obama to issue more executive orders to cover all illegal immigrants and protect them from deportation if Congress doesn’t agree to comprehensive immigration reform.

  The Latino Decisions survey found that 73 percent of the 405 registered voters polled want “additional executive orders” to protect immigrant workers not impacted by Obama’s decision last week targeted at four to five million parents facing deportation.

“ We would prefer much more,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities.

  He added that 2016 presidential candidates should be welcoming to immigrants or face a voter backlash. “We will make sure that it is a central issue in the coming election,” he said.

  The poll, conducted on behalf of Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, also found that 64 percent of the Latino voters know “somebody who is an undocumented immigrant.” Some 42 percent said that they were both a friend and a family member.

  Obama’s move won overwhelming support from those polled, with 89 percent supporting it strongly or somewhat strongly.

“ This 89 percent is the highest and most unified we have ever found,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions.

  Republicans took a big hit in the poll, with most, 64 percent, blaming Republicans for inaction on immigration reform. “

 

 

    Given the oft-stated fact that we all came from immigrants at one time or another , which is true , we still cannot recall any of our immigrant fore-bearers either expecting or receiving the kind of special treatment now deemed to be deserved by the latest influx of foreigners . Since when is everyone “entitled” to citizenship ?

More on the Latino Bloc’s ever-growing demands at the Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fiscal Cost Of Unlawful Immigrants And Amnesty To The U.S. Taxpayer

 

 

Immigration Costs 2013 - Table 4

 

” Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:

  • Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
  • Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
  • Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.

  The cost of these governmental services is far larger than many people imagine. For example, in 2010, the average U.S. household received $31,584 in government benefits and services in these four categories.

  The governmental system is highly redistributive. Well-educated households tend to be net tax contributors: The taxes they pay exceed the direct and means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services they receive. For example, in 2010, in the whole U.S. population, households with college-educated heads, on average, received $24,839 in government benefits while paying $54,089 in taxes. The average college-educated household thus generated a fiscal surplus of $29,250 that government used to finance benefits for other households.

  Other households are net tax consumers: The benefits they receive exceed the taxes they pay. These households generate a “fiscal deficit” that must be financed by taxes from other households or by government borrowing. For example, in 2010, in the U.S. population as a whole, households headed by persons without a high school degree, on average, received $46,582 in government benefits while paying only $11,469 in taxes. This generated an average fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of $35,113.

  The high deficits of poorly educated households are important in the amnesty debate because the typical unlawful immigrant has only a 10th-grade education. Half of unlawful immigrant households are headed by an individual with less than a high school degree, and another 25 percent of household heads have only a high school degree.

  Some argue that the deficit figures for poorly educated households in the general population are not relevant for immigrants. Many believe, for example, that lawful immigrants use little welfare. In reality, lawful immigrant households receive significantly more welfare, on average, than U.S.-born households. Overall, the fiscal deficits or surpluses for lawful immigrant households are the same as or higher than those for U.S.-born households with the same education level. Poorly educated households, whether immigrant or U.S.-born, receive far more in government benefits than they pay in taxes. “

 

Read the entire study at Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Leads Democrats Back To The Wilderness

 

 

 

” For all of the hysteria leading to President Obama’s immigration executive order, it turned out to be much ado about little. Except that Obama just dispersed the remaining asset so desperately needed by the Democrats in 2016, perhaps beyond.

  Of course the hysteria was justified when reckoning Obama’s constitutional by-pass. Yet at the same time overwrought, when his action is seen as mere feather-puffing exhibitionism in his habitual pattern of statutory abuse throughout his entire presidency.

  Obama’s willful refusal to enforce boarder security, five years pre-dating this EO, deliberately nullifying our nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, is ground enough for Republicans to formally charge the president with failing to uphold the Constitution. What’s new this time around?

  Nothing in this EO affects the reality on the ground.  More fouette than grand jete, and the timing for its narrow spin gives Republicans ample time for a proper grand pas….

  Obama’s EO is tepid impotent dishwater, hardly worth interrupting the Republicans’ early trek over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.  Jumping up and down in protest might burn off a few stuffing and apple tart calories; but don’t tear an ACL doing it.

Border security couldn’t get much worse, absent constructing multiple EZpass fast lanes. Genuine deportations (as opposed to turning back people at the border) are already laughably low as interior enforcement actions are fewer than arrests from border patrol interdictions — as rare as even they seem to be — barely exceeding the number of tailgaters at a couple of SEC college football games this past Saturday.

  And as we see from the DOJ prioritization of targeting illegals for deportation, Obama’s decree merely restates his status quo de facto amnesty style pardon of drug dealers, sex abusers, gun offenders, and drunk drivers.

  They weren’t getting deported before now anyhow…as the Center for Immigration Studies reported a year ago:

  • ICE is carrying a case load of 1.8 million aliens who are either in removal proceedings or have already been ordered removed. Less than two percent are in detention, which is the only proven way to ensure departure.
  • As of the end of July 2013 there were 872,000 aliens – nearly half of ICE’s total docket – who had been ordered removed but who had not left the country.
  • The State Department continues to issue tens of thousands of visas annually to citizens of countries that refuse to take back their countrymen who are ordered removed from the United States. Many of these are violent criminals. “

 

Read more at American Thinker

Illustration by Glenn Foden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Case You Haven’t Heard A Oklahoma Teen Boy Bragged About Raping Someone And No One Is Doing Anything About It

 

 

 

 

” The teenage boy in question is named Tristen Cole Killman. From the reports on other blogging sites, this is basically what happened. 

  Tristen Cole Killman has allgedly raped 3 girls at Norman High School in Oklahoma. Since this issue has been taken to social media, these girls have since been bullied by classmates and even have been kicked out of school.

  The victims are between 14 and 16 years old. The first victim is a 16 year old girl and was raped in January but did not come out until after. The second victim was allegedly raped on September 19th and is 16 years old. This rape is the one in which there is a video of and he admits to it in another video. The third victim is a 14 year old girl and was raped 4 days after the second.

  The school’s reasoning for kicking these girls out? “Disseminating a video of Tristen penetrating one of the alleged rape victims.” YEA, you read that correctly, THERE IS A VIDEO OF HIM RAPING THE GIRL!

  Though the local law enforcement says that it is “actively” investigating these chargers, Tristen continues to walk free. 

  This small-town issue has been brought to the forefront of feminist bloggers because of the actions of the Norman feminist knitting club. According to them, the teenage girls have been attacked through social media by classmates for speaking out. Like many other schools, Norman High School has a “strict” anti-bullying policy that includes cyberbullying. So, why did they kick the girls out for shaming their rapist and nothing has been done to those who have been bullying them and actually breaking a school code of conduct. The bullying of the first victim, started roughly after the assault. Tristen, who had shot the video of him raping the first victim in September, traveled fast through the school.

  Now, from my understanding, this video was even marketed as rape. A student, after seeing the video, went up to the victim and said “I hear you love being raped in the ass.” Like WHAT?! This is how bad our rape culture is, that students have seen a video that is even shown as rape and decide to harass the victim and not the rapist!! “

 

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Originally posted on Rare:

GQ magazine recently put together a list of the least influential people for 2014. Names like Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Texas Governor Rick Perry pepper the list. Yet they don’t finish as high as President Barack Obama.

President Obama checks in at number two this year, just below Bono and rock band U2 who released a critically panned album for free to millions of iTunes users.

Of Obama, GQ criticized his long vacation to Martha’s Vineyard while the country dealt with Ferguson, Missouri and the Islamic State, and his many trips to the golf course.

“Why are you still on Martha’s Vineyard?! Missouri is BURNING. Putin is conquering Europe. The CDC is playing nude Twister with Ebola patients. U2 is forcing bad songs on everyone. The NSA won’t stop watching me masturbate. I need you ON THIS,” the magazine joked.

“Are you even president anymore? When Obama got blasted…

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-21-14

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

 

” Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 21, 2014:

  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: The attorney general’s office said a now-former police officer has been indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury. ly/EH2dS
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: A police officer is under investigation by the county District Attorney’s office for a “systemic abuse of authority.” A range of examples was cited; the DA believes the officer did not act properly, from issuing unlawful traffic citations to failing to investigate a stabbing, a DUI and other cases. ly/EGQ0P
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from the police lodge where he was treasurer has been charged with grand theft. ly/EGD4Z
  • Buffalo, New York: A police officer has been charged with taking $130 from a woman’s pocketbook while on duty. ly/EGhDL
  • New York, New York: Two police officers were entering pitch-black stairwell of a building one of them with his sidearm drawn. The investigation’s leading theory described an instance of clumsiness on the part of the officer; officials say he accidentally shot his gun, killing an unarmed man in the stairwell. The officer was relieved of his gun and his badge. ly/EGdIb
  • Garden City, Idaho: A Garden City police officer has resigned from his department after a second DUI arrest. ly/EG3cW
  • Oconee County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was charged with the assault and battery of a young child. “No one is above the law,” said the sheriff in a written statement. “Officers will not be treated any differently than any other resident of Oconee County and if allegations surface and are proven to be true, appropriate action will be taken.”ly/EFEPJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A Memphis police officer charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting her wife has pled not guilty. She was also charged with attempted murder because she tried to shoot the woman’s 12-year-old son. ly/EFuJE “

 

 

 

Cato Institute

Thunder Snow Insanity Captured By GoPro South Buffalo, NY!

 

 

 

Published on Nov 22, 2014

” Rare video of thunder snow video from Cheektowaga, NY during the peak of the lake effect snow emergency on November 18, 2014 captured by GoPro camera! This storm brought 7-9 FEET of snow to the south side of Buffalo. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buddy Guy Live From Red Rocks 2013

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 8, 2013

” Genre : Blues
Duration : 1:23:27
Year : 2013

Description : “Live From Red Rocks” Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO 08/28/2013 (Double-Bill with George Thorogood & The Destroyers ~ Buddy Guy Played first)

Tracklist:
1.Who Do You Love?
2.I Drink Alone
3.Get A Haircut
4.Twenty Dollar Gig
5.Bad to the Bone
…and more “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Robertson – “Don’t Trick Or Treat Without The Right Costume”

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 23, 2014

” Jeanne is on SiriusXM Radio this clip is from Jeanne’s DVD Looking for Humor
Jeanne’s official website http://www.jeannerobertson.com
SEE Jeanne Live http://jeannerobertson.com/OpenToTheP… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinkers Who Challenged The State – David Gordon

 

 

 

 

Published on Nov 21, 2014

” David Gordon discusses some important thinkers and books that challenge the state. Recorded at the Mises Circle in Costa Mesa, California, 8 November 2014. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Gibbon

 

” The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is dominated by the executive. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nate Beeler

 

 

 

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1034 – King Malcolm II of Scotland (Máel Coluim mac Cináeda), King of Scots dies (b. 980). Donnchad, the son of his second daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherits the throne.

1165 – RC German emperor Frederik I Barbarossa visits Utrecht

1177 – Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeat Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.

1185 – Pope Lucius III (Ubaldo Allucingoli) reigned 1181-85, dies and is replaced by Umberto Crivelli (Pope Urban III)

1277 – Giovanni Gaetano Orsini elected as Pope Nicolas III

1357 – Charles IV issues letter of protection of Jews of Strasbourg Alsace

 

 

 

1491 – The siege of Granadalast Moorish stronghold in Spainbegins.

 

 

 

 

 

1500 – Governor De Bobadilla of Santo Domingo captures Columbus

1667 – A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha, in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people perish in the mighty gale.

1715 – 1st English patent granted to an American, for processing corn

1744 – Austrian forces pillage & kill Jews of Prague

1758 – Britain capture Ft Duquesne (later Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh) from French 

1783 – Britain evacuates NYC, their last military position in US

1792 – Farmer’s Almanac 1st published

1817 – 1st sword swallower in US performs (NYC)

1834 – Delmonico’s, one of NY’s finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents

1839 – A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.

1841 – 35 Amistad survivors return to Africa

 

 

 

1863 – Battle of Missionary RidgeTennessee

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Confederate plot to burn NYC, fails

1864 – Confederate retreat at Sandersville, Georgia

1867 – Alfred Nobel patents dynamite

1867 – US Congress commission looks into “impeachment” of President Andrew Johnson

1874 – The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873.

1876 – Indian Wars: In retaliation for the American defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, United States Army troops sack Chief Dull Knife’s sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.

1884 – John B Meyenberg of St Louis patents evaporated milk

1897 – Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy

 

 

 

1899 – Battle at GraspanCape colonyGeneral Methuen beats Farmers

 

 

 

 

 

1912 – American College of Surgeons incorporates in Springield, Ill

1920 – 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Phila)

1922 – Archaeologist Howard Carter enters King Tut’s tomb

1930 – 690 earthquake shocks recorded in 1 day (Ito Japan)

1933 – 1st Soviet liquid fuel rocket attains altitude of 261′ (80m)

1937 – World’s fair of Paris closes (31.2 million visitors)

1940 – Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die

1940 – U of Mich retires Tom Harmon’s #98

 

 

 

1940 – Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock

 

Knock Knock

 

 

 

 

1940 – First flight of the deHavilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.

1941 – German Jews in Netherlands declared stateless (lose of nationality)

1944 – World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth’s store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.

 

 

 

1948 – Ft Funston’s 16-inch coastal guns removed

 

 

 

 

 

1949 – “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appears on music charts

1949 – Ted Williams, wins AL MVP

1950 – UN gives Eritrea to Ethiopia

1951 – 17 die in a train crash in Woodstock Alabama, America

1951 – Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears

1952 – George Meany appointed as chairman of AFL

1953 – Earthquake/tsnunami strike Honshu Japan

1955 – Race segregation forbidden on trains & buses between US states

1957 – Pres Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech

1960 – “Amos ‘n’ Andy” made its last broadcast on CBS radio

1960 – 1st atomic reactor for research & development, Richland Wa

1960 – CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series

 

 

 

1960 – The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic are assassinated.

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – NBA’s Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

1966 – Jimi Hendrix Experience makes its London debut at Bag O’ Nails Club

1966 – Pirate Radio Station 390 (Radio Invicta) closes down (reopen 12/31)

1970 – Yankees catcher Thurman Munson wins AL Rookie of Year

1970 – In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt.

 

 

 

1971 – 37th Heisman Trophy AwardPat SullivanAuburn (QB)

 

 

 

 

 

1973 – 3 Palestinians hijack KLM B747 above Iraq, to Dubai

1973 – Bloodless military coup ousts Greek Pres George Papadopoulos

1973 – Maximum speed limit cut to 55 MPH as an energy conservation measure

1974 – Irish Republican Army is outlawed in Britain following deaths of 21

1976 – OJ Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

1976 – The Band’s farewell concert at SF’s Winterland Ballroom

1976 – Viking 1 radio signal from Mars help prove genl theory of relativity

1977 – David Steed balanced stationary on a bike for 9 hrs 15 mins

1977 – Thomas Hearns KOs Jerome Hill in 2 rounds in his 1st pro fight

1979 – Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt

1979 – Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30

1980 – Imran Khan scores his 1st Test Cricket ton, 123 v WI Lahore

1980 – Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Duran regains WBC welterweight championship

1981 – Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles

1981 – Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP

1982 – The Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire destroys an entire city block, including the Northwestern National Bank building and the recently closed Donaldson’s Department Store.

1983 – Larry Holmes TKOs Marvis Frazier in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1983 – Soyuz T-9 returns to Earth, 149 days after take-off

1983 – Syria & Saudi Arabia announce cease-fire in PLO civil war in Tripoli

 

 

 

1983 – World’s greatest robbery 25,000,000 pounds of goldHeathrowEngland ( Nov 26 )

 

 

 

1984 – William Schroeder, is 2nd to receive Jarvik-7 artificial heart

1986 – Iran-Contra affair erupts, Pres Reagan reveals secret arm deal

1987 – Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths attributed to the storm.

1988 – Chuck Berry pays $250 fine to resolve NYC assault charges

1988 – US & Soviet chess grand masters Donaldson & Akhmilovskaya wed

1990 – Lech Walesa wins in Poland’s 1st popular election

1993 – Failed bomb attack on Egyptian premier Atef Sedki, 1 dead

1996 – After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends

1997 – US telephone tech Richard Bliss, arrested for spying in Russia

2005 – Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released.

2008 – A car bomb in St. Petersburg, Russia, kills three people and injures one.

2009 – Powerful storm brings 3 years worth of rain in 4 hours to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sparking terrible floods known as the 2009 Jeddah Floods, which kill over 150 people and sweep thousands of cars away right in the middle of Hajj in the second largest city of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah.

 

 

 

Births

1454 – Catherine Cornaro, queen of Cyprus (d. 1510)

1501 – Yi Hwang, Confucian scholar (d. 1570)

1577 – Piet Hein, Dutch naval commander and folk hero (d. 1629)

1703 – Jean-François Séguier, French astronomer and botanist (d. 1784)

1714 – Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (d. 1783)

1721 – Willem Crul, admiral (West-Indies)

1814 – Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (d. 1878)

1823 – Joseph Alexander Cooper, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1910

1825 – Edward Augustus Wild, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1891

 

 

 

1835 – Andrew CarnegieScottish/US industrialist/philanthropist

 

 

 

 

 

 

1841 – Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (d. 1902)

1843 – Henry Ware Eliot American industrialist, philanthropist and the father of T. S. Eliot (d. 1919)

1844 – Karl F Benz, German designer/auto manufacturer (4-taktmotor)

 

 

 

1846 – Carrie NationAmerican temperance advocate (d. 1911)

 

 

 

 

 

1852 – Johan N Salvator, [Johann Orth], archduke of Austria

1874 – Joe Gans, American boxer (d. 1910)

1880 – Leonard S Woolf, English author/husband of Virginia Woolf

1887 – Nikolai Vavilov, Russian geneticist (d. 1943)

1890 – Isaac Rosenberg, English war poet and artist (d. 1918)

1903 – Martin Soames, traveller

1903 – William Dehart Hubbard, Cin Ohio, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1924)

1904 – Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1932)

1907 – John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (d. 1938)

1909 – Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer

1913 – Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist (d. 1993)

1914 – “Joltin'” Joe DiMaggio, Yankee Clipper (56 game hitting streak), (d. 1999)

 

 

 

1914 – Eddie Boydblues vocal/pianist (Mississippi)

 

 

Five Long Years

Too Bad with Peter Green

Night Time Is The Right Time

The Blues Is Here To Stay

 

 

 

 

1915 – Augusto Pinochet, general/president (Chile)

1919 – Ricardo Montalban, Mx, actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun)

1924 – Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist

1924 – Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.

1925 – Jeffrey Hunter, Orleans La, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage)

1926 – Murray Schisgal, playwright (Luv)

1926 – Poul [William] Anderson, US, sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Mirkheim)

 

 

 

1928 – James “Jimmy” JohnsonUS gospel/blues singer/guitarist

 

As The Years Go Passing By

Take Five

One Room Country Shack with Buddy Guy

Sky is Crying

 

 

 

 

1933 – Lenny Moore, NFL back (Baltimore Colts)

1938 – John “Jack” Baines, mountaineering publisher

1939 – Martin Feldstein, economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal)

1940 – Percy Sledge, soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman)

1940 – Richard Furrer, Worgl Germany, astronaut (STS 22)

1940 – Joe Gibbs, American football coach

1943 – Roy Lynes, rocker (Status Quo)

1944 – Ben Stein, American actor

 

 

 

1947 – John LarroquetteNew Orleans LAactor (Dan Fielding-Night Court)

 

Night Court

Winners Circle

John Larroquette Show

CSI: NY

 

 

 

 

1948 – Storm Field, [Elliot], NY, weatherman (WABC TV, WCBS TV)

1949 – Rita Jenrette, San Antonio Tx, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC)

1949 – [Boris] Alexander Godunov, Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard)

1951 – Bucky Dent, all star shortstop (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees)

1953 – Jeffrey Skilling, American former CEO of Enron

1956 – Liana Vicens, Puerto Rico, 100m breaststroke (Olympics 1968)

1960 – Amy Grant, Augusta, Georgia, American gospel/rock singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby)

1960 – Mary Ostergren, St Paul Minn, biathelete (Olympics-1994)

1963 – Bernie Kosar, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns)

1963 – Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer

1964 – Wendy Wyland, Jackson Mich, platform diver (Olympic-bronze-1984)

1965 – Mike Gebhardt, Columbus Ohio, mistral yachter (Olympics-6th-1996)

1965 – Yasmin “Yaz” Farooq, Waupun Wisc, rower (Olympics-4th-92, 96)

1967 – Anthony Nesty, swimmer (won Suriname’s 1st gold olympic medal)

1967 – Gregg Turkington, American comedian (as Neil Hamburger) and musician

1971 – Christina Applegate, Hollywood, actress (Kelly-Married With Children)

1976 – Donovan McNabb, American football player

1977 – Marcus Marshall, Australian racing driver

1978 – Lauren Hewitt, Australian 100m/200m runner (Olympics-96)

1978 – Ringo Shiina, Japanese musician

1981 – Barbara and Jenna Bush (twin daughters of U.S. president George W. Bush)

1981 – Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist

1983 – Joey Chestnut, American champion competitive eater

1986 – Amber Hagerman, American kidnapping and murder victim, basis of the Amber Alert system (d. 1996)

1990 – Yasmin van der Meer, 15 millionth Netherlander

 

 

 

Deaths

311 – Peter of Alexandria, Christian martyr

992 – Mieszko I, Polish advisor to Pope John XV, dies

1120 – William Adelin, son and heir of Henry I of England (b. 1104) dies in White Ship tragedy trying to save his illegitimate half-sister Countess of Perche while crossing the English Channel

 

 

 

1326 – Prince KoreyasuJapanese shogun (b. 1264)

 

 

 

 

 

1374 – Philip II of Taranto, Titular emperor of Costantinople (b. 1329)

1456 – Jacques Coeur, French merchant/banker, dies in battle

1560 – Andrea Doria, Italian naval leader (b. 1466)

1686 – Nicolas Steno, Danish geologist (b. 1638)

1694 – Ismael Bullialdus, French astronomer (b. 1605)

1700 – Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (b. 1643)

1748 – Isaac Watts, British hymnwriter (b. 1674)

1865 – Heinrich Barth, German historian/geographer (Central Africa), dies

1881 – Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (b. 1794)

1885 – Thomas A Hendricks, 21st VP, dies at 66, 8 months after taking office

1913 – Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer (Ball Screw), dies

1920 – Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)

1923 – Ernst Debes, German cartographer (Moon Atlas), dies at 83

1948 – Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)

 

 

 

1949 – Luther “Bill” Robinson, “Bojangles” famed tap dancerdies at 71

 

Bill Bojangles Robinson and Shirley Temple

The Sand Dance

Great Tap Dancing

Let’s Scuffle

 

 

 

 

1958 – Charles F Kettering, invented auto self-starter, dies at 82

1968 – Upton Beall Sinclair, US author (Jungle), dies at 90

1968 – Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)

1971 – Hank Mann, actor (Keystone Kops), dies at 84

1972 – Hans H B Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79

1972 – Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer (b. 1886)

1973 – Laurence Harvey, actor (Of Human Bondage), dies of cancer at 45

1973 – Albert DeSalvo, Boston strangler, stabbed to death in prison

1974 – Nick Drake, rocker, dies of a drug overdose at 26

1974 – [Sithu] U Thant, UN Sec-General (1961-72), dies in NY of cancer at 65

1981 – Jack Albertson, actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 74

1989 – Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)

1990 – Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27

1993 – Anthony Burgess, novelist (Clockwork Orange), dies of cancer at 76

 

 

 

1995 – Ambrose Thibodeauxcajun accordionistdies at 92

 

Grand Mamou

Elton Waltz

Lafayette Two Step

Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés

 

 

 

 

1997 – Fenton RobinsonUS blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62

 

Somebody Loan Me A Dime

Slick and Greasy

The Sky Is Crying

Don’t Start Me To Talkin’

 

 

 

 

1998 – Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)

 

 

 

1998 – Flip WilsonAmerican actor and comedian (b. 1933)

 

The Church Of What’s Happening Now

Early Standup

                                                           Geraldine with Ray Charles                                                           

Flip Wilson Show with Lucille Ball

 

 

 

 

2005 – George Best, former footballer dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures (Manchester United, Northern Ireland)

2006 – Sean Bell, American shooting victim (b. 1983)

2006 – Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist (b. 1931)

2006 – Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (b. 1919)

2010 – C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1933)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Of Space Exploration

 

 

Photo: The clearest picture of Mercury ever taken.

 

 

  This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission. These colors are not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but rather the colors enhance the chemical, mineralogical, and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury’s surface. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Turkeys From Giada De Laurentiis

 

 

Candy Turkeys

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
30 candy corn candies, plus 6 white tips of candy corn
6 chocolate sandwich cookies
6 mini peanut butter cups
6 malt balls
1 cup Red Frosting, recipe follows
6 chocolate sandwich cookies with top cookies removed

Red Frosting

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
Red food coloring, as needed

Directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Survival Life Hacks That Could Save Your Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 31, 2013

” Here are some AMAZING quick and simple life hacks in this survival edition. Enjoy!
Check out AUDIBLE! http://audible.com/household

1. Need some light in a pinch and a candle alone won’t cut it? Grab a soda can and cut open the sides, fold them out and place the candle in. This will reflect your light and give you some decent protection from the elements.

2. If you ever find yourself without a clean water source grab a piece of cloth and 2 containers. Put the dirty water in one container and run the cloth from it to the empty glass. After a short while you will have filtered, muck free water. Remember to boil..

3. Need to get a cooking fire going with minimal effort? Grab an empty egg carton and place charcoal into the slots. Seal it up, light a corner and enjoy.

4. If the mosquitoes are getting bad you can repel them easily using common household herbs. Since you already have that little cooking fire going, sprinkle some basil or drop some rosemary on the coals. The bugs can’t stand it and will stay far away.

5. How about a solar microwave? Grab a small food box and cut out a fold. Wrap the top in aluminum foil and line the inner box with it as well. Place your food inside and give it some time. You now have a solar charged grilled cheese sandwich.

6. Need to find the right direction home? Get a small sliver of metal such as a needle and rub it against your clothing several times. Place the needle on a leaf and float it in some water. The needle will point you North.

7. And finally, the emergency oil lamp. Grab some old cloth and bundle it up. Take a soda can and fill it about half way with olive oil. Place the cloth into the can and light. You have yourself a makeshift oil lamp that will last hours. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Boy Found Alive At Bottom Of Drain

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A newborn baby has been found 2.5 metres down a drain in Sydney after cyclists passing by heard crying.

  After pulling away the concrete drain cover they found the baby, thought to be two or three days old, lying at the bottom wrapped in a hospital blanket.

  The child’s mother, aged 30, has now been identified following hospital record checks and house-to-house enquiries in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill.

 Police say she is assisting them with their investigation.

  The alarm was raised by a group of cyclists riding along the bike track beside the M7 highway. They heard cries from the drain at around 7.30am on Sunday.

”  It was disturbing (to see) how the child was placed in the drain,” Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.

”  We all thought the worst but the baby was still alive.” “

 

The baby’s mother has been charged with attempted murder . Read more at Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Human Man Immune To Tasers

 

 

 

   This video was just published on Youtube but it relates to an event that transpired back in April in which Edward Michael Caruth resisted arrest in a West Valley , Arizona fast food restaurant . Mr Caruth received four taser shots and was still able to flee the building , only to die later in police custody . Read the whole story here at The Blaze .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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