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  • Finnish bakery Sells 'World's First Insect Bread' Made From Crickets

    11/24/2017 7:45:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 11/24 | Harriet Pavey
    It's said to be richer in protein than regular loavesA Finnish bakery has launched what it claims to be the world’s first insect-based bread, made from crushed crickets. Helsinki-based bakery Fazer made the bread using flour ground from dried crickets. Each loaf contains about 70 of the insects, combined with wheat flour and other seeds. At £3.55 (€3.99) a loaf, it is slightly more expensive than a regular wheat loaf which usually sells for about £2 (€2.24). Due to a limited supply of crickets, the insect-bread will initially only be sold in 11 Fazer bakery stores in Helsinki, but the...
  • Santa Cruz Deputies Using Decoy Holiday Packages to Catch Thieves

    11/24/2017 6:42:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KSBW ^ | Nov 22, 2017 | Amy Larson
    This holiday season, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies will place decoy holiday gift packages in front of homes to nab thieves. The boxes contain GPS devices, and whoever steals them will be arrested. Advertisement "You steal a package, you're going to go to jail," Sgt. Chris Clark said. "Don't be a Grinch." Decoy packages will be planted in front of houses owned by residents who agree to participate in the sting. The Sheriff's Office put together a funny Facebook video to announce their unique plan. Watch it in the video players above or below.
  • How Does Hollywood influence our culture?

    11/24/2017 3:56:19 PM PST · by spintreebob · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/21/2017 | Dani Di Placido ,
    Compare Coco to Roman J Israel. Pixar is back - the bold, creative Coco ... manages to tell a family-friendly story centered entirely around death, one that reflects on the legacy we leave behind. Coco proves to be a pleasant surprise - an emotional, philosophical story of life and death, that despite the gorgeous visuals, doesn’t sugar-coat anything. Right away, both the importance and the potential danger of respecting one’s heritage is highlighted, and proves to be a poignant theme. Our young protagonist Miguel yearns to play the guitar, but his artistic urges are severely repressed by his family, who...
  • How Communism Almost Ruined The First Thanksgiving

    11/24/2017 7:41:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FEE ^ | 11/24/2017 | by Richard M. Ebeling
    This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving is also a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America.They wanted to erect a New Jerusalem, built on a foundation of communal sharing and social altruism.The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in...
  • Trumpy Bear, Stuffed With an American Flag Blanket, Is an Actual Thing (Video)

    11/24/2017 2:53:04 AM PST · by Daffynition · 16 replies
    TheWrap ^ | November 17, 2017 | Reid Nakamura
    Ads for a teddy bear modeled after Donald Trump have began airing on TV, once again raising the question of who is behind the Trumpy Bear
  • How Thanksgiving Celebrates The Birth Of American Free Enterprise

    11/23/2017 9:09:43 AM PST · by sloop3
    This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving also is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America.
  • Trump Organization backing out of Trump SoHo hotel

    11/22/2017 7:13:18 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 22, 2017 | By Ruth Brown
    The Trump family real estate company is paying to sever its management contract with the luxury lodging’s owner at the end of the month — as tourists and businesses flee from the president’s namesake property, the New York Times reports. Traffic dropped at the hotel by between 17 and 24 percent last year during the presidential race, according to data from Foursquare — while the building’s swanky sushi restaurant closed earlier this year amid a slump in diners. The five-star hotel — where the penthouse suite rents for more than $10,000 a night — has had to cut its rates...
  • Wince or laugh at another year of American absurdity

    11/22/2017 4:03:59 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 22, 2017 | By George F. Will
    A company curried favor with advanced thinkers by commissioning for Manhattan’s Financial District the “Fearless Girl” bronze statue, which exalts female intrepidity in the face of a rampant bull (representing (1) a surging stock market or (2) toxic masculinity). Then the company paid a $5 million settlement, mostly for paying 305 female executives less than men in comparable positions.
  • Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

    11/22/2017 1:44:20 PM PST · by dayglored · 41 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | Thomas Claburn
    Bugs can be exploited to extract info, potentially insert rootkits Intel today admitted its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS), and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) are vulnerable to multiple worrying security flaws, based on the findings of external security experts.The firmware-level bugs allow logged-in administrators, and malicious or hijacked high-privilege processes, to run code beneath the operating system to spy on or meddle with the computer completely out of sight of other users and admins. The holes can also be exploited by network administrators, or people masquerading as admins, to remotely infect machines with spyware and invisible rootkits, potentially.Meanwhile,...
  • We Must Encourage Failure in Order to Create Success | Karen Dennison | TEDxLATI

    11/22/2017 11:53:59 AM PST · by rbbeachkid · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/22/17 | Karen Dennison
    This is a total vanity. I recently gave a TEDx Talk to college students. I had a great time, and I truly hope they listened.
  • Type of alcohol determines whether you become merry or maudlin – study

    11/22/2017 9:37:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 11/22/2017 | Staff
    Spirits are associated with confidence and red wine is linked to relaxation – and researchers hope findings will help people consider alcohol’s emotional effects While indulging in booze can inspire cheerful merrymaking in some, for others it can lead to a tearful journey to the bottom of the glass. Now researchers say the emotions people feel when drinking could be linked to their tipple of choice. An international survey has revealed that spirits are often associated with feelings of energy, confidence and sexiness – but on the flip-side anger and tearfulness – while red wine is the drink most commonly...
  • Private Property and Economic Freedom Saved the Pilgrims: A Thanksgiving Reflection

    11/22/2017 8:09:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/22/2017 | Andrew Wilson
    Americans readily accept two opposing ideas about the first Thanksgiving — one bright and highly idealized, the other gray and somber, but closer to the truth. Jean Leon Gerome Ferris captured the first idea in a painting completed in 1915, some three centuries after the actual event. In his First Thanksgiving 1621, we see prosperous, black-clad Pilgrims in the company of new-found friends — bare-chested Indians in feathered war bonnets (one of several historical inaccuracies). The “thanks” here are for a bountiful harvest and the early realization of America as a land of milk and honey.But how could it have...
  • Teen Vogue columnist ‘not at all concerned’ about innocent men and false harassment allegations

    11/22/2017 5:12:16 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 43 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | Nov 21, 2017 | Emily Linden
    16h Emily Lindin ✔ @EmilyLindin Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. Emily Lindin ✔ @EmilyLindin First, false allegations VERY rarely happen, so even bringing it up borders on a derailment tactic. It's a microscopic risk in comparison to the issue at hand (worldwide, systemic oppression of half the population). 2:46 PM - Nov 21, 2017 1,196 1,196 Replies 165 165 Retweets 735 735 likes
  • Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes?

    11/21/2017 10:54:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Scientists have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content, and they are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oilhe aviation industry produces 2 percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small – for perspective, electricity generation and home heating account for more than 40 percent – but aviation is one of the world’s fastest-growing greenhouse gas sources. Demand for air travel is projected to double in the next 20 years. Airlines are under pressure to reduce their carbon emissions, and are highly vulnerable to global oil price fluctuations. These challenges have spurred strong interest...
  • Temptress Gets Slap on the Wrist for Swiping Watches From Wealthy Men

    11/21/2017 8:34:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 21, 2017 | Rebecca Rosenberg
    A blond femme fatale charged with stealing pricey watches from a string of wealthy men was sentenced ​Tuesday to five years’ probation for targeting a restaurateur. Alexandra Martinez, 21, dodged jail time as part of the sweetheart deal she struck with prosecutors in September. She pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny in Manhattan Supreme Court in exchange for probation and was ordered to pay $9,000 in restitution to numerous victims.
  • Family comes home to find their furniture and belongings in dumpsters

    11/21/2017 8:18:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | SCOTT HINES
    Brandy Mason couldn’t believe what she was witnessing. She said, “I came home Saturday, November 11th to find our lives in a dumpster, everything gone. Everything, including the family’s couch, chairs, beds, their clothes, and brandy’s son’s backpack, which someone emptied out and took all of the Halloween candy from inside of it. “Grant it, it’s just candy, but the fact I had that bag in a closet zipped up and they went into my home without my knowledge, without any eviction notice, without any legal action on me and took our whole life and threw it away.” We know...
  • Thanksgiving travelers to stuff I-15 with up to 45-minute delays

    11/21/2017 7:15:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | November 20, 2017 | Lee Davidson
    Early Thanksgiving travelers are expected to stuff Interstate 15 with heavy traffic and delays this week. The Utah Department of Transportation is predicting heavy delays — of up to 45 minutes — on Interstate 15 along the Wasatch Front during the evening commute on Wednesday, as many people head out of town or escape from work a bit early for the holiday. UDOT said its engineers expect a 25 percent increase in traffic on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, compared to a typical weekday commute of about 200,000 cars per day. It expects heavier than normal traffic on Tuesday from...
  • LaVar and LaMelo Ball cause bedlam in Hong Kong as LiAngelo touches down in LA (snip)

    11/21/2017 5:46:36 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 37 replies
    south china morning post ^ | Nov. 15, 2017 | Nicolas Atkin
    The eccentric basketball family bring their Big Baller Brand to Tsim Sha Tsui as hundreds line up to hand over their cash – but questions about LiAngelo’s detainment in China are ignored. [snip] LaVar eventually turned up 20 minutes late, flanked by his burly security guards and choosing not to respond to questions about his other son, LiAngelo ball – the UCLA basketball star who was detained on suspicion of shoplifting with two teammates in Hangzhou last week. “What do you think about Donald Trump helping with LiAngelo?” one reporter asked Big Baller Brand manager and Lavar associate Alan Foster,...
  • Woman says she found needle tucked in blanket at Putnam County (W.Va)Family Dollar

    11/21/2017 4:21:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    WOWK 13 NEWS ^ | Nov. 21, 2017 | WOWK
    ELEANOR, WV (WOWK) - One woman found something she didn't expect during her trip to a local store — a syringe. Carrie Lambert says she stopped by Family Dollar in Eleanor this morning to pick up a blanket. She says when she unfolded the blanket, she saw a syringe in the folds. Lambert says that, in shock, she quickly returned the blanket to the store.
  • Private Spacesuit Undergoes Zero-G Testing to Prepare for Commercial Flights

    11/21/2017 11:00:33 AM PST · by BenLurkin
    Space.com ^ | Elizabeth Howell,
    Between Oct. 2 and 5, the company flew its 3G Intra-Vehicular Activity suit on three flights over Ottawa on Falcon 20 jets; each flight had 18 parabolas to simulate microgravity for a few seconds. For the first time, testing was "visor down" on the suit — meaning that the subjects were fully sealed inside.  It was an important challenge for Final Frontier to meet, co-founder Ted Southern told Space.com. During previous Canadian flights in 2015 and 2016, the suit's visor was up. "One of the biggest risks of microgravity is vomit. If you vomit inside a closed spacesuit in microgravity,...