Saturday, June 10, 2017



June 10 is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 204 days remaining until the end of the year.

1967: Israel ends six-day war
Israeli forces stop their advance into Syria and comply with a UN ceasefire bringing to an end six days of fighting on three fronts.

1999: Nato calls off air war on Kosovo
Nato suspends its 11-week aerial war on Kosovo as Serb troops begin to withdraw.

2000: Swaying Millennium Bridge closed
London's newest bridge is closed for safety checks after large crowds cause it to sway violently.

1977: Killer perch outwitted by electric rod
An elusive goldfish-eating perch with a prodigious appetite is finally netted after two years on the rampage in a Kent pond.

On This Date
1801 The North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean.
1922 Singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.
1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.
1940 Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.
1942 The Gestapo massacred 173 male residents of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in retaliation for the killing of a Nazi official.
1946 Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic.
1964 The U.S. Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern lawmakers.
1977 James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others. (He was recaptured three days later.)
1978 Affirmed won horse racing's Triple Crown by taking the Belmont Stakes.
1985 Socialite Claus von Bulow was acquitted by a jury in Providence, R.I., on charges he'd tried to murder his heiress wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow.
1991 Jaycee Dugard, 11, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was abducted by Phillip and Nancy Garrido; Jaycee was held by the couple for 18 years before she was found by authorities.
1999 Yugoslav troops departed Kosovo, prompting NATO to suspend its punishing 78-day air war.
2000 Syrian President Hafez Assad died at age 69.
2003 ImClone chief Sam Waksal was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in connection with a stock-trading scandal.
2007 The final episode of "The Sopranos" aired on HBO.



Marches against Islamic law were planned Saturday in more than two dozen cities across the United States, but scholars and others say the protesters are stoking unfounded fears and promoting a distorted and prejudiced view of the religion.
The group organizing the rallies, ACT for America, claims Shariah "is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords."
But most Muslims don't want to replace U.S. law with Islamic law, known as Shariah, and only "radical extremist groups" would call for that, said Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic studies at McMaster University in the Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario.
Shariah, Takim said, refers to guidelines or principles — how Muslims should live. "Fiqh" refers to jurisprudence, or specific laws. The values embedded in Shariah do not change and are shared among Muslims, he said, while fiqh is open to interpretation and change, and in fact differs among Islamic sects and communities.


There is no doubting the impressive eight-minute response to the London Bridge attacks but outside our large cities the response time would be significantly longer. For obvious reasons, I’m not going to reveal what the time would be to a market, seaside or rural town in my force, but it would shock you. There are simply insufficient officers carrying guns to turn out quickly to these places.
'My police service is living hand to mouth' -Anonymous
But that is not the only problem. The first officers at London Bridge arrived within two minutes. These brave officers tackled the terrorists armed with only batons and chairs. It is amazing that they were not killed. But they were overpowered and the terrorists moved on and continued to stab other people.
This is not an unusual scenario: in 2010 during his rampage through Cumbria, Derrick Bird was quickly confronted by unarmed officers but aimed his gun at them. They were unable to return fire and despite their bravery, Bird got away and killed a further nine people and injured one.

When I joined the police, I resolved never to carry a gun. But I've changed my mind.  -Anonymous

Theresa May has proved an apt pupil of the David Cameron school of political incompetence. Lacking principle, she is not even good at being unprincipled: a Machiavellian, it turns out, minus the cunning.

In the 1942 film Bells of Capistrano, Gene Autry sings a song where he says, “If you don’t like your Uncle Sammy then go back to your home over the sea, to the land from where you came, whatever be its name, but don’t be ungrateful to me!”

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Lake Erie's water levels are the highest they've been since 1998, and will remain 4 to 9 inches above normal through November.
The latest reading measured just 7.32 inches below the all-time record high set in 1986. Within the next week, the level could increase to just 6 inches below that record.
The high water is due to the recent heavy rain and months of snow melt surging into the lake. In May, Lake Erie received 150 percent of its typical rainfall, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. Some locals have complained about the rising tides along beaches and piers, but no physical damage has been reported along the Erie coastline.
The rest of the Great Lakes are also higher than normal.


Arguably, the most interesting part of the testimony of James Comey, the cowardly lion of the criminal justice system, before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday is not that President Trump was cleared of even a smidgeon of corruption and obstruction of justice but that President Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, is up to her eyeballs in both. As the Daily Caller reports:
Loretta Lynch, the former attorney general under Barack Obama, pressured former FBI Director James Comey to downplay the Clinton email server investigation and only refer to it as a “matter,” Comey testified............




A judge sentenced three Muslim refugee boys in the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in Idaho, but nobody knows the length or terms of the sentence because the judge has barred everyone in the courtroom, including the victim’s own parents, from speaking about the case. The three boys — two from Iraq ages 7 and 10, and one from Sudan aged 14 — pleaded guilty in juvenile court in April to multiple counts of sex crimes in an incident that occurred last June in Twin Falls. The assault occurred at Fawnbrook Apartments, when 5-year-old Jayla, who is developmentally disabled, was lured into a laundry room, stripped of her clothing and sexually assaulted while the oldest boy filmed the entire incident.


One of the first important reactions to Trump's decision to leave the Paris agreement came from city and state governments. If they had thrown their hands up and given up on meeting carbon reduction goals, it could mean they might back off on renewable energy standards and policies meant to increase efficiency of devices, like CAFE vehicle standards or the Energy Star program. But within a few hours of that decision, local governments started to fight back. The U.S. Climate Alliance was created as an informal organization of states that would pursue similar policies to address climate change. The governors of California, Washington state, and New York were the first to jump into the fold, and at last count 13 governors (including the governor of Puerto Rico) have joined the alliance to uphold the Paris agreement. On top of that, 279 mayors across the country have signed on to "Climate Mayors" to uphold the Paris agreement, and over 1,400 businesses, institutions, states, and cities have added their names to the open letter "We Are Still In."


DARPA’s new arithmetic-processing-unit (APU) optimized for graph analytics plus the new memory architecture chips are specified to use 1,000-times less power than using today’s supercomputers. The participants, especially Intel and Qualcomm, will also have the rights to commercialize the processor and memory architectures they invent to create a HIVE.


“The mayor and council have no desire to make Ocean City a topless beach,” said Jessica Waters, a spokeswoman for the city. “We have no plans for becoming a topless beach.” Maryland law is not entirely clear when it comes to the question of whether women are expressly prohibited from baring their breasts in public. Beach patrol employees in Ocean City have been directed to document complaints about topless bathers by filling out “minor incident” forms, but were specifically told not to “approach the topless woman, even if requested to do so by the complainant or other beach patrons.”



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