The U.S. has given nuclear weapons to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Italy but since all U.S. nukes have special protections, they are not easily armed without first getting authorization codes from the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Disney has the legal authorization to build a nuclear power plant to power their theme park(s). citylab.com/environment/2…
Today I learned of Butcher of Cesena, a military commander acting on papal authorization, who ordered the massacre of 3,000 - 8,000 civilians in town of Cesena in 1377, only to be elected pope at Fondi on 20 September 1378 by the French cardinals in opposition to Urban VI, thus becoming Antipope Clement VII. peoplepill.com/people/ant…
Today I learned of Dr. Frances Kelsey a female Canadian/American pharmacologist working for the FDA in the 1960s who stopped authorization of Thalidomide (a drug that caused the deformation in fetuses) saving countless children and also helping reform standards in the FDA/U.S against pharmaceutical companies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
An FDA official saved the US from a generation of children with birth defects such as flipper-like arms and feet by repeatedly blocking the authorization of a drug, already approved in Europe, known as Thalidomide. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Sanz Briz, a Spanish diplomat stationed in Hungary in 1944 prevented more than 5000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz. He was given authorization to protect 200 Sephardic Jews by Spain and he falsified documents by changing 200 units into 200 families which then multiplied themselves further. raoulwallenberg.net/savio…
The British Secret Service (James Bond's employer) really can issue a "license to kill". It's called a Class Seven authorization, and must be approved by the MI6 agent's superiors all the way up to the Foreign Minister. reuters.com/article/us-br…
Gail Halvorsen bombed Berlin without authorizationβ€”but with candy instead of explosives. He earned the nickname "Candy Bomber" and the praise and love of many West Berlin children. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The crew of Apollo 15 sneaked over 398 postage stamps to the moon without authorization, planning to sell them as souveneirs upon their return, the stamps were confiscated and massive embarrassment ensued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
In 1971, John Draper used a whistle found in a Cap'n Crunch cereal box to hack AT&T. This gave him authorization into the phone companies system, essentially giving him operator like control, with the ability to place free long distance calls around the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The United States hasn't formally "declared war" since World War II. Since then, the U.S. has used the term "authorization to use military force". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
USAF pilot Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen AKA "candy bomber" is responsible for dropping 23 tons of candy for Berlin children from 1948 to 1949. He started this operation without authorization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gai…
T.I.L. that a system called "Perimeter" aka. "Dead Hand" has been online in Russia since 1985. It's designed to launch an all-out nuclear missile retaliatory attack, if it senses that Russia's command systems have been attacked and/or shut down without proper authorization. wired.com/politics/securi…
Chuck Norris sued the original author of the original "Chuck Norris facts" book, claiming, "Defendants have misappropriated and exploited Mr. Norris's name and likeness without authorization for their own commercial profit." reuters.com/article/us-no…
People from 38 countries (including France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, and more), can travel to the U.S.A. without a visa, requiring only an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) that can be obtained online within 72 hours. cbp.gov/travel/internatio…
George H W Bush used Bobby McFerrin's "Don't worry be happy" as his campaign song without authorization. McFerring then declared he would not vote for Bush and stopped singing the song as retaliation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Scientologists warn that reading the Xenu story without proper authorization could cause pneumonia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen…
In the last moments of WWI, the German Imperial Navy, without government authorization, planned to sail out to the English channel and engage in a suicide battle which no ship should return from. The sailors refused and revolted, sparking the German Revolution of 1919. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kie…
The launch code for US nukes was "00000000" for 20 years to ensure that the missiles were ready for use regardless of whether the president was available to give authorization arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
The entire country of Israel, as well as the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, is shown pixelated in all US-based mapping services. This is a result of the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Rudolph Hess the Deputy to Adolf Hitler and 1st in line to be his successor flew to England in 1941 without Nazi authorization to broker peace with England. He was arrested and was imprisoned, during which time he started getting increasingly paranoid and had faux amnesia. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The Aztec city of TenochtitlΓ‘n took conservation so seriously a person could be sentenced to death for cutting down a living tree without proper authorization. ourworld.unu.edu/en/the-a…
At the time the film Dr. Strangelove was made it actually was possible for a high ranking military commander to launch an all out nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without presidential authorization. And, in some submarines it is still possible to launch without presidential authorization. newyorker.com/news/news-d…
If your health insurance contract is written in New Jersey, your insurer must honor prior authorizations from previous insurers. state.nj.us/dobi/chap352/…
In Australia, it is a criminal offense to call an institution a university, or issue univ degrees, without federal/state authorization. In the US, there is no federal law that would unambiguously prohibit diploma mills - the term "university" is not legally protected on a national level. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
Until 2003, the Chinese needed authorization from one's work unit before they could marry or divorce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The UK only has 6 Water Cannon, and to use them on the 'public' requires an authorization of Parliament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Congresswoman Barbara Lee was the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks (Authorization for Use of Military Force) radiolab.org/story/60-wor…
On 9/14/2001, a single Congresswoman voted against the United States' authorization of force because she felt the language was too broad democracynow.org/blog/200…
National Defense Authorization Act of 1997 (Sec 1064) prevents Google Earth from showing civilian parts of Israel, but US military installations are OK. blog.thejerusalemfund.org…
Companies can get your current debit card numbers WITHOUT your authorization chasepaymentech.com/accou…
If they felt it was necessary, British nuclear sub commanders could launch their Trident warheads without the authorization from the Prime Minister en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/N…
Without authorization from his superiors a spanish diplomat gave more than 30 000 transit visas to Jews in France so they could escape the Nazis through Spain and Portugal, and he is Helena Bonham Carter's grandfather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
Today I learned of the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" which allows the President to declare a state of emergency and take control of any State-based National Guard without consent of local and State governments. Interesting... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
American aircraft began increased bombings of Iraqi targets FOUR months before Congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…

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