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  • Treasury Secretary hopes to jump-start help for Puerto Rico (Balls in Ryan's court)

    05/09/2016 3:17:20 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 26 replies
    AP ^ | May 9, 2016 | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew got a first-hand look at the humanitarian impact of Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt crisis, touring an elementary school struggling with limited electricity and a hospital unable to provide some basic services to infants....... Garcia said that Puerto Rico is not asking for a bailout and has not been offered one...... "If Congress does not act then we will need a bailout, and it will be very expensive to U.S. taxpayers," he said.
  • NFL files appeal brief, says Brady “participated in a scheme to deflate game balls”

    10/27/2015 6:39:35 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 39 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 10/26/2015 | Mike Florio
    If the #DeflateGate controversy has placed a chip on the shoulder of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the chip has just gotten a lot bigger. On the first page of the first written brief submitted by the NFL to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the NFL states that Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady for four games “after finding that Brady had participated in a scheme to deflate game balls to be used in a conference championship game.” “The scheme was aimed at gaining an unfair competitive advantage on the field,” the NFL contends, “and it was devised...
  • Carly Fiorina: Not Clear Trump is Republican

    08/16/2015 7:35:09 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 76 replies ^ | August 16, 2015 | Greg Richter
    Carly Fiorina is the only woman in the GOP presidential campaign field, and said she doesn't spend much time thinking about front-runner Donald Trump's comments about her, though she does wonder about his own Republican credentials. "It's not clear to me that Donald Trump is a Republican, first of all, based on his willingness to run a third-party bid," Fiorina said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." Trump is known to counter-attack anyone who criticizes him, and the former Hewlett-Packard CEO hasn't shied away from that. She likely boosted herself from the second-tier debate this month into the first tier in...
  • Kid Rock To Confederate Flag Protesters 'Kiss My A**' -

    07/09/2015 11:07:15 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 126 replies
    Kid Rock, who has been under fire for his use of the Confederate flag, sent Megyn Kelly a message to those protesting against him. His message was "Please tell the people who are protesting to "kiss my ass."
  • Why ‘Manspreading’ Is Definitely a Serious Issue, as Explained by the Feminist Internet

    01/07/2015 10:46:39 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 59 replies
    The National Review ^ | 1/6/2015 | Katherine Timpf
    You might not think that it’s appropriate for the government to launch a campaign telling men how to sit on the subway. Well guess what? You’re wrong. If you “manspread” on the subway (which, by the way, means to sit with your legs apart, in case you are a fixture of the patriarchy who doesn’t educate himself on important women’s issues), you are doing so much more than taking up space. Here’s what’s really going on with manspreading, as explained by some of the bright, forward-thinking minds on the Feminist Internet: 1. Manspreading is saying, “Who gives a f*** if...
  • Pakistan to Produce World Cup Soccer Balls

    05/23/2014 11:37:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, May 23, 2014
    When FIFA World Cup's Chinese supplier Adidas failed to keep up with the demand of soccer balls in Rio de Janeiro, a Sialkot ball manufacturing company in Pakistan then stepped in and got the contract. The 159th-ranked football nation and a country known as a cricketing nation - Pakistan will be exporting the soccer balls for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It was when he felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Pakistani factory owner Khawaja Akhtar first dreamt up a goal of his own: to manufacture the ball for the...
  • Japan baseball officials under fire for secretly introducing new balls

    06/12/2013 6:39:54 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    AP ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jim Armstrong
    TOKYO – Japanese baseball officials are being criticized for secretly switching balls for this season without notifying players. With close to 60 games already played, Nippon Professional Baseball admitted this week for the first time that a new ball was being used. The new, livelier ball has resulted in more home runs.
  • Allen West to FAU Students: This Is Your Final Warning

    04/17/2013 6:31:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Former congressman Allen West (R., Fla.) posted a message on Facebook Wednesday warning a group of students from Florida Atlantic University that if they continue to harass his wife “you will face me.”“The students from Florida Atlantic University who have gone to my wife’s office, stalked her at the FAU Board of Trustee meetings, and sent letters to her company headquarters, end it now,” West wrote in his message, posted at 11:21 a.m. “This is not a threat, it is a promise that if Angela calls and tells me of one more incident, you will face me, the side of...
  • Case Study: Pro-active Log Review Might Be A Good Idea

    01/15/2013 6:43:14 PM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 24 replies
    Verizon ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Andrew Valentine
    Such a case came about in 2012. The scenario was as follows. We received a request from a US-based company asking for our help in understanding some anomalous activity that they were witnessing in their VPN logs. This organization had been slowly moving toward a more telecommuting oriented workforce, and they had therefore started to allow their developers to work from home on certain days. In order to accomplish this, they’d set up a fairly standard VPN concentrator approximately two years prior to our receiving their call. In early May 2012, after reading the 2012 DBIR, their IT security department...
  • Florida's giant eyeball mystery solved

    10/15/2012 11:04:05 AM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies ^ | October 15, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    The mystery surrounding an enormous eyeball that was discovered on a Florida beach last Wednesday, prompting many wild theories and educated guesses as to what kind of creature it had belonged to, has been solved. Scientists who examined the colossal blue orb say it most likely came from a swordfish.
  • Allen West Tells Reporter ‘I Don’t Want Your Endorsement’

    09/02/2012 7:18:42 AM PDT · by bramps · 42 replies
    front porch politics ^ | 9/1/12 | none
    You gotta love Allen West. He shoots straight from the hip and tells a reporter from a particular paper that endorses his opposition and tells him he doesn’t want their endorsement. In fact, he tells them to keep endorsing the guys that lose. This is the entire article. He also has a video.
  • They’re Coming for Our Balls

    11/20/2011 8:02:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | November 20, 2011 | Doug Giles
    A public school in Toronto has put a ban on most balls their kiddos toss around during recess because school administrators have deemed such projectiles dangerous. Well hello, wittle wussies. Hey, I’ve got an idea: Maybe we could get the overzealous Canadian ball-banner to take Holder’s job at the DOJ. Think about it. Given this Canuck’s proclivity toward protection I bet he’d make certain that thousands of AK-47s would not be purposefully given to Mexican drug cartels (which they could later use to kill our border agents). What’s that, you say? Dudley Do-Right can’t serve in the DOJ because he’s...
  • Toronto school bans students from playing with 'hard balls'

    11/16/2011 12:54:54 PM PST · by Loyalist · 27 replies
    Global Toronto ^ | November 16, 2011
    TORONTO – A Toronto school is no longer allowing children to play with most balls during recess. Earl Beatty Public School sent a letter to student’s homes on Monday informing them of the decision to ban most balls from use on school grounds. According to the letter, over the past few weeks, there have been “a few serious incidents of parents, staff and students being hit by a hard ball or nearly being hit by a hard ball” in the schoolyard. There was no information as to injuries of people hit by hard balls. The students are still allowed to...
  • Looking for work- comparisons

    09/13/2011 4:53:20 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 8 replies
    Email from a relative | A Relative
    A doctor from Israel says: "In Israel the medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man's testicles; we put them into another man, and in 6 weeks he is looking for work." The German doctor comments: "That's nothing, in Germany we take part of the brain out of a person; we put it into another person's head, and in 4 weeks he is looking for work." A Russian doctor says: "That's nothing either. In Russia we take out half of the heart from a person; we put it into another person's chest, and in 2 weeks he is...
  • When you think about Rick Perry, The New Yorker would like you to think about squeezed testicles

    08/23/2011 11:47:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Althouse ^ | August 23, 2011 | Ann Althouse
    From "comment" in The New Yorker by Lawrence Wright: "Perry is the first graduate of Texas A & M to govern Texas. When he was a freshman, in 1968, the student body looked much like him: white, male, determinedly rural.... At A & M, Perry ran the winning campaign of his friend John Sharp for student-body president. In response, Sharp got his friend elected one of the campus’s five “yell leaders”—male cheerleaders. Perry considered being a yeller the higher office. A typical yell is: “Squads left! Squads right! / Farmers, farmers, we’re all right! / Load, ready, aim, fire, boom!”...
  • The unelectable appeal of Rick Perry

    08/21/2011 2:26:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 149 replies
    Financial Times ^ | August 21, 2011 | Clive Crook
    Some months ago, I speculated that the US election of 2012 could match a failed incumbent against an unelectable challenger. The odds on this scenario have shortened. The US economy is getting worse and confidence in Barack Obama is collapsing. Meanwhile Rick Perry, governor of Texas, who scares swing voters as much as he thrills his party’s conservative base, has vaulted to the front of the Republican nomination race. ....So much for the failed incumbent. Enter Mr Perry. The Texan has more charisma than the rest of the GOP field together – too much for his own good. Eager and...
  • Cain Breaks From GOP Script, Praises Ryan Plan

    05/27/2011 9:45:24 AM PDT · by justsaynomore · 62 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 5/26/11 | Eric Kleefield
    Herman Cain appeared Thursday on Fox & Friends, and spoke strongly in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) controversial proposal to privatize Medicare. And Cain quite proudly called the proposal a "voucher" program -- a word that Republicans are trying to avoid. Fox host Gretchen Carlson asked Cain what he thought of the fact that none of the various budgets in Congress can pass. "Well what's going on is, they're not being honest with the American people," said Cain. "The fact of the matter is, Ryan's plan represents giving people a choice -- but if you're 55 years of age...
  • Man With Ball-Slashing Fetish Arrested Again

    05/10/2011 3:22:54 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies ^ | 5/10/11 | Staff
    A man whose self-professed fetish for slashing exercise balls with a knife — which has gotten him in trouble with the law at least twice previously — has been arrested again. Duluth Police said Christopher Neil Bjerkness, of Duluth, Minn., was arrested on Sunday afternoon after he broke into Chester Creek Academy, a school connected with Northwood Children’s Services. The room he was in was meant for physical therapy, and contained a number of inflatable exercise balls. When the alarm rang and staffers arrived, none of the balls had been damaged. He was arrested soon thereafter. Police said Bjerkness damaged...
  • Ft Wayne, IN Supermajority Doesn't Rule [Harry Baals Alert]

    03/15/2011 3:00:33 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 15, 2011 | Tribune STAFF
    The majority didn't rule when it came to naming the new city and county government center in Fort Wayne. Mayor Tom Henry announced Monday the center's name will be Citizens Square. The most popular choice for the building in an online poll was the Harry Baals (balls) Government Center, with 23,817 votes.
  • The TSA Versus American Manhood

    11/26/2010 11:38:30 AM PST · by DARCPRYNCE · 25 replies
    Renew America ^ | Edward L. Daley
    I'm not a politician, although some of my friends have told me I should consider running for public office. That will never happen though, primarily because I'm not wealthy, and secondarily because I'm not mentally impaired. Of course, if I should ever win the lottery and then sustain a blunt force head trauma, Senator Susan Collins just might have an electoral fight on her hands.

    08/01/2010 10:56:39 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 130 replies · 15+ views
    WebToday ^ | 8-1-10 | WebToday
    I'm not sure if we can believe anything in The Washington Post but this one needs mentioning even if they fabricated the story since it has to do with actually making Sarah Palin look good. What's wrong with this picture? Since when would the WaPo want to make a conservative like Palin look good under any circumstances? Nonetheless, Matt DeLong of the Washington Post quoted Sarah Palin as saying Barack Obama lacks 'the cojones' to tackle immigration. Here's the exact quote, copied and pasted from the WaPo story: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Sunday that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer...
  • FReeper Eye Witness Account - Tar Balls 3.5 miles from Navarre Beach (Vanity)

    06/05/2010 11:43:48 AM PDT · by highimpact · 113 replies · 1,124+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 6/5/10 | highimpact
    Just got back from exploring the beach. I stopped at 3 locations, the main Navarre Beach parking lot (no tar balls found). 3.5 miles west of the main beach parking lot (scattered tar balls, no more than 1 every 10-15 feet, and very larger than a dime). 7.0 miles west of Navarre Beach has been hit hard. Tar balls are everywhere, and up to the size of the sole on my 10M shoe. They are sticky and slimy, with roughly the consistency of petroleum jelly. They stick to the bottom of your shoes when you walk. Surprisingly, when I...
  • UK Government Education Guidelines: Don't use terms "Mom" and "Dad"

    01/30/2008 4:14:45 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 85+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/30/08 | Hilary White
    LONDON, January 30, 2008 ( - Government guidelines for training school officials to be more sensitive to homosexuality, instruct teachers not to use the terms "mum and dad" when referring to students' parents, and to treat "even casual" use of terms like "gay" as equal to racism. The guidedance was commissioned by the Labour government directly from the homosexual lobby group Stonewall. The document was launched today at a Stonewall conference by Schools Secretary Ed Balls. Ed Balls said, "Homophobic insults should be viewed as seriously as racism.""Even casual use of homophobic language in schools can create an atmosphere...
  • Downturn worst for 100 years, says Ed Balls (Brits gvining up on spin)

    02/12/2009 5:31:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,862+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/10/09 | Elizabeth Judge
    Downturn worst for 100 years, says Ed Balls Ed Balls is a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and was even tipped as a possible Chancellor Elizabeth Judge The economic downturn is so severe that it would surpass even the Great Depression of the 1930s, Ed Balls said yesterday. In an extradorinary admission about the extent of the financial crisis, the Schools Secretary and a close ally of the Prime Minister, declared that the downturn was the most serious global recession for "over 100 years". He said: "The reality is that this is becoming the most serious global recession for,...
  • Prince Charles at odds with Ed Balls over axing of traditional subjects (Nu Labour "1984" Policy)

    11/19/2009 8:34:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies · 621+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | November 19, 2009 | Staff
    Prince Charles was at odds with ministers today over plans to abolish history and geography lessons in schools. The Prince of Wales is said to be 'passionate' about protecting traditional lessons in British history and English literature in the classroom. Bernice McCabe, a leading headteacher and one of the Prince's closest advisers, has criticised education reforms which she says will leave schools as 'globalised theme
  • Golf balls: 'Humanity's signature litter' (Now Golf Is Going to Kill Us All)

    11/10/2009 8:44:58 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 42 replies · 1,828+ views ^ | 11/10/09 | Christina Macfarlane
    London, England (CNN) -- Research teams at the Danish Golf Union have discovered it takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a golf ball to decompose naturally. A startling fact when it is also estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States alone, every year. It seems the simple plastic golf ball is increasingly becoming a major litter problem. The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists -- who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster -- were surprised to find hundreds...
  • Duluth Man Charged for Slashing Exercise Balls [Obama voter?]

    07/22/2009 9:23:01 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,089+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-07-20
    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A Duluth man wanted for allegedly breaking into a medical clinic and slashing rubber exercise balls has turned himself in. Christopher Neil Bjerkness, 31, was arraigned Monday. He turned himself in early Saturday after calling police and was taken into custody without incident. Bjerkness has a history of burglary to satisfy a self-professed sexual fetish for slashing large rubber exercise balls. He is accused of breaking into the St. Marys/Duluth Clinic West building last May, where he allegedly slashed exercise balls.
  • Canada vindicated at Durban II

    04/28/2009 5:02:58 AM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 477+ views
    National Post ^ | 2009-04-28 | Pierre Poilievre
    We Canadians are often too polite to say, “I told you so.” But 16 months after we told the world that the Durban “anti-racism” conference was anything but, we have been vindicated. Canada was the first nation to pull out of the Durban II conference and to cut off funds for NGO participation. Countries like Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Israel and the United States of America followed us. Many other nations later walked out of the conference when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad poured verbal acid all over Israel, the United States and Europe. As Ahmadinejad was...
  • Cello scrotum exposed!

    01/30/2009 9:15:37 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 43 replies · 1,309+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan. 28, 2009 | Unknown
    LONDON, England (CNN) -- A medical ailment that has worried male members of string sections across the music world for over 30 years has been exposed as a hoax.
  • Are We Having A Ball Yet?: The Inaugural Party Bubble Bursts (Memphis Gold fill in for Foxx, Slash)

    01/20/2009 3:34:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1,245+ views
    Are We Having A Ball Yet?: The Inaugural Party Bubble Bursts Don't you hate it when you pop a bottle of champagne and it's flat? So, too, with some of these inaugural balls. If you nabbed a ticket to one of the official balls sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee tonight, you're fine. But some of the other high-profile parties have been canceled or are still scrambling to cut costs and sell last-minute tickets, leaving ballgoers disappointed or out in the cold. The People's Ball at the Grand Hyatt announced a blue-light special yesterday: Tickets slashed $100 -- to $250!...
  • Baby saved from Four Story Fall by Bouncy Balls in Backyard

    12/02/2008 11:29:14 AM PST · by Oyarsa · 7 replies · 590+ views
    A 1-year-old girl fell four stories from her Queens apartment last night - and miraculously survived when she bounced off two balls left in a backyard stairwell. Cindy Riveros tumbled at 6:03 p.m. from the third-story bedroom window of 134-36 57th St. in Flushing. There were no guards on the window, police said. A neighbor told The Post the child fell one story below ground level, onto a landing in the back yard that leads to the basement - and where a couple of big, soft rubber balls had been left. The balls appeared to have broken or cushioned little...
  • 'Battered' Testicles On the Menu in Nutty E-Cookbook

    10/01/2008 8:34:05 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 36 replies · 820+ views
    Yahooooo AFP ^ | 10/01/2008 | AFP Staff
    LONDON (AFP) - Squeamish men look away now: a Serbian chef is bringing out Thursday a no-holds-barred guide to cuisine with a twist: "The Testicle Cookbook: Cooking With Balls." Hailed as the world's first testicle recipe collection by e-book publishers YUDU, the cookbook includes author Ljubomir Erovic's favourite dishes, like testicle pizza, battered testicles and and barbecued testicles and giblets. The e-book, available for download from the Internet, comes with handy video guides showing the Serb peeling the skin off testicles and slicing them up into bite-size chunks. + + +

    07/04/2007 7:09:32 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 46 replies · 2,085+ views
    Daily Record ^ | 7/4/2007
    BATTLING taxi driver Alex McIlveen faced down the Glasgow Airport terror suspects ... and his courage cost him his favourite pair of trainers and a Ł30 parking fine. Dad-of-two Alex punched and kicked the two men after they crashed a Jeep Cherokee loaded with gas canisters into the door of Terminal One. The 45-year-old booted one of the suspects, whose body was covered in flames, as hard as he could between the legs. But the man didn't appear to feel the blow, and a police doctor told Alex later that he'd damaged a tendon in his foot. After the drama,...
  • Government mulls issuing Islamic bonds (U.K.)

    04/23/2007 12:06:08 AM PDT · by jdm · 14 replies · 645+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 23, 2007
    LONDON (Reuters) - The government will conduct a feasibility study into issuing Islamic bonds in a bid to bolster London's standing as a centre for Islamic finance, Treasury minister Ed Balls will say in a speech on Monday. In a step towards issuing the first sharia-compliant UK government bond, the Treasury and the Debt Management Office will look into the cost and potential benefits of the government issuing Islamic financial instruments in the sterling market, Balls will tell a Financial Services Authority conference. The results of the study will be published in the Autumn of this year. "I believe there...
  • Indonesia tries concrete balls to plug mud volcano

    03/10/2007 5:53:52 PM PST · by melt · 20 replies · 461+ views
    AP via ^ | 3/10/07 | Robin McDowell
    PORONG, Indonesia -- For nine months, a gaping hole in the ground has spit out a torrent of hot, black mud, swallowing thousands of houses outside Indonesia's second-largest city and attracting amazed geologists from around the world. Most say the flow is unstoppable, but Indonesian specialists refuse to listen, and they have recently begun carrying out a scheme straight from a Hollywood movie: dropping nearly 1,500 concrete balls into the mouth of the mud volcano. "We know lots of people think this is a crazy idea," said Satria Bijaksana, a professor and one of three geologists behind the $130 million...
  • Senator joins banned menorah lighting

    12/17/2006 2:07:14 PM PST · by familyop · 18 replies · 913+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 12DEC06 | Ynetnews
    Wayne Allard's participation considered a huge slap in face to city council which is allowing a Christmas tree display but not a menorah The Ft. Collins city council in Colorado has voted against inclusion of Hanukkah menorahs in municipality holiday displays throughout the city but will include Christmas trees as they are considered a secular symbol. The council has decided to only incorporate non-denominational décor for the holiday festivities. Although the US Supreme Court has ruled the Hanukkah menorah can be used as a secular object in such settings, Chabad's unofficial website Shturem reported that the city council insists that...
  • Muslim Leaders Assail Pope’s Speech on Islam

    09/14/2006 1:05:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 160 replies · 3,560+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 14, 2006 | IAN FISHER
    ROME, Sept. 14 — As Pope Benedict XVI arrived back home from Germany, Muslim leaders strongly criticized a speech he gave on his trip that used unflattering language about Islam and violence. Some of the strongest words came from Turkey, possibly putting in jeopardy Benedict’s scheduled visit there in November. “I do not think any good will come from the visit to the Muslim world of a person who has such ideas about Islam’s prophet,” Ali Bardakoglu, a cleric who is head of the Turkish government’s directorate of religious affairs, said in a television interview there. “He should first of...
  • Soccer balls and rice gain big smiles

    08/08/2006 6:14:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 425+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Erin Dorrance
    8/8/2006 - KARADJE, Niger (AFPN) -- Niger villagers were smiling ear-to-ear when 14 Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, handed out soccer balls and rice in July. The 787th Air Expeditionary Squadron, made up of Airmen from the 24th Intelligence Squadron and 1st Combat Communications Squadron, is deployed to Niger for Eagle Vision. The focus of the deployment is to collect satellite imagery for mapmaking purposes. "Whenever we deploy on Eagle Vision missions, we help out host nations," said Capt. Ben Powell, 787th AES commander. The squadron collected 30 soccer balls donated by people in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. "Usually...
  • Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Hasselbeck are Worried about Using the New Balls (Superbowl)

    02/05/2006 3:30:39 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 126 replies · 1,296+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | 2/05/06 | John Czarnecki
    Super Bowl quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Hasselbeck are worried about using the new balls that will be used for every play in the first half of Sunday's Super Bowl XL per the NFL. The main headache for passers is that the league never did a competent job of rubbing off the slick surface covering every football, ones they plan to donate to charity and give to the Hall of Fame and to the coaches and players in the game as souvenirs. Unlike baseball, the league's officials have never been diligent in rubbing off the slippery surface covering every football....
  • Bats and balls: Bigger testes mean smaller brains

    12/09/2005 7:01:03 AM PST · by billorites · 40 replies · 1,199+ views ^ | December 8, 2005
    MEN are often accused by women of, to put it bluntly, having their brains in their balls. A joke, of course. But perhaps not as much of one as people might like to think. For a study of bats carried out by Scott Pitnick, of Syracuse University in New York State, and his colleagues, suggests that there really is a trade-off between the two organs. With about 1,000 species, bats are the second-largest group of mammals (rodents are top), so there is plenty of material for interspecies studies. Dr Pitnick's project, published in this week's Proceedings of the Royal Society,...
  • Big Brain Means Small Testes, Finds Bat Study

    12/07/2005 10:17:23 AM PST · by blam · 99 replies · 1,935+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-7-2005 | Gaia Vince
    Big brain means small testes, finds bat study 12:16 07 December 2005 news service Gaia Vince Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences The brainier male bats are, the smaller their testicles, according to a new study. Researchers suggest the correlation exists because both organs require a lot of energy to grow and maintain, leading individual species to find the optimum balance. The analysis of 334 species of bat found that in species where the females were promiscuous, the males had evolved larger testes but had relatively small brains. In species, where the females were monogamous, the situation...
  • Students look to deploy army of teddy bears, soccer balls for Iraqi children (MEGA Tissue warning!)

    10/21/2005 5:55:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 609+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Rich Mattingly
    KAILUA, Hawaii (Oct. 21, 2005) -- The classroom is a surprising beehive of activity. Students hurry this way and that, busily preparing flyers and making phone calls to local businesses, sneaking just one or two more in before the final bell signals the end of their day. If the typical scene in Kathleen Nullet’s eighth grade gifted and talented classroom at Kailua Intermediate School looks less like a classroom and more like a productive office environment, one would not be far from deducing the essence of the situation. The students are wrapping up their service learning project: Operation e malama...
  • AFP: Radical Muslims told to leave Australia

    08/25/2005 7:23:59 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 23 replies · 852+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 August 05 | AFP
    Wed Aug 24, 2:29 AM ET SYDNEY (AFP) - Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law have been told to get out of Australia. A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state and its laws were made by parliament....
  • Rocky Mountain Recipes

    07/23/2005 1:00:53 AM PDT · by MaxMax · 15 replies · 2,818+ views
    It doesn't matter what you call them, cooked right, testicles are a treat! If you have any family jewel recipes I've missed, send me a mail.
  • Mount Sterling prepares for testicle festival

    06/21/2005 12:00:56 PM PDT · by byset · 311 replies · 7,127+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 6/16/05 | Rick Pierce
    Euphemisms abound for the, uh, delicacy that will be the focus of a festival Saturday in Mount Sterling, Ill., about 90 miles north of St. Louis. Kevin Huston, who owns the Sportsman's Club bar, which is hosting the festival, has heard 'em all: cowboy caviar, swinging beef, mountain oysters, lamb fries. But folks in Mount Sterling (population 2,077) don't mince words, so the festival is known simply as the Sportsman's Club Testicle Festival. "They're not really like chicken or a beef steak," Huston says. "They're in a class of their own." The festival, which will feature beef, pork, lamb and...
  • Centrifugal weapon could deliver stealth firepower

    05/11/2005 1:07:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 186 replies · 5,551+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5/11/05 | Will Knight
    A gun that spits out ball bearings after spinning them to extreme speeds is being developed by a US inventor. The novel design has already caught the imagination of some defence industry experts. The weapon, called DREAD, was invented by Charles St George, a veteran of the US firearms industry who founded the company Leader Propulsion Systems to promote the idea. He claims a major US defence company has shown an interested in developing it further and has produced a promotional video showing a prototype in action, which can be seen here (Quicktime). He says a new prototype will be...
  • A Few Points Along the Line Between News and Opinion (NY Times with chutzpah)

    03/27/2005 6:12:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 756+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 27, 2005 | DANIEL OKRENT
    THE PUBLIC EDITOR ONE of the more persistent criticisms of The Times comes from those who believe the news pages are the designated disseminator of views passed down from the Olympus that is the editorial page. If there's anyone among the 1,200 newsroom employees of The Times who believes this to be true, I've failed as a reporter: in 16 months, I haven't found a soul here who has ever experienced any pressure, or even endured a suggestion, to conform to the opinions expressed on the editorial page.Hold your hoots. There may be perfectly sensible reasons why some readers believe...
  • 3-Billion Year Old Manufactured Spheroids? Even NASA is baffled)

    03/04/2005 6:47:53 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 221 replies · 11,775+ views
    At least 200 have been found, and extracted out of deep rock at the Wonderstone Silver Mine in South Africa, averaging 1-4 inches in dia. and composed of a nickel-steel alloy that doesn't occur naturally. Some have a thin shell about a quarter inch thick, when broken open are filled with a strange spongy material that disintegrates into dust upon contact with air. A complete mystery according to Roelf Marx curator of the South African Klerksdorp Museum, as the one he has on exibit rotates on its own, locked in a display case, free of outside vibrations. The manufactured metallic...
  • Do cows and tennis balls boost global warming? (Any and ALL gasses cause trouble alert!)

    02/20/2005 9:45:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1,669+ views
    The Standard ^ | 2/21/05
    Do cows and tennis balls boost global warming? February 21, 2005 Cows and sheep grazing in fields, joggers' shoes or even refrigerators could all be targeted under a new United Nations pact meant to rein in global warming. The Kyoto protocol, which came into force last week, is an attempt to put the brakes on a build-up of heat-trapping gases that many scientists fear will trigger more heat waves, droughts and floods and could raise global sea levels by almost a meter by 2100. And tennis balls may be an infinitesimal part of the problem. Kyoto focuses on cutting carbon...
  • Howard Dean, grab life by the balls...(Movie poster, Humor)

    02/13/2005 8:41:46 PM PST · by Echo Talon · 10 replies · 1,217+ views