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  • Famous ‘Flintstone House’ gets yabba dabba doo makeover

    03/18/2018 9:11:56 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 16 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/18/18 | Marissa Kendall
    Faced with the sweeping backyard of her newly purchased $2.8 million home, Florence Fang considered her landscaping options. Should she plant some dainty cherry trees or perhaps a picturesque vineyard? Then inspiration struck: She needed a herd of 15-foot-tall dinosaurs. This wasn’t just any multi-million-dollar Hillsborough home — it was the “Flintstone House,” the iconic orange and purple domes that have become a loved (and hated) Bay Area landmark along the northbound commute up Interstate 280. Cherry blossoms weren’t going to cut it. The prehistoric critters are among the first new signs of life at the home that languished on...
  • Mtn. View continues outreach to RV dwellers (California)

    03/16/2018 10:24:09 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 21 replies
    Los Altos Town Crier ^ | 3/14/18 | Bruce Barton
    Mountain View will not ban people from living in parked vehicles, despite rising pressure to do so. Instead, the city council last week granted police greater discretion in issuing fines and ordering vehicles towed. Mountain View is home to an estimated 250-300 vehicles parked on city streets. City code calls for moving parked vehicles at least 1,000 feet every 72 hours. But seeking a balance between enforcement and compassion, council members also reviewed $230,000 in services, including a waste dump program, biohazard cleanup, a “rapid rehousing” program in partnership with Santa Clara County and funding for a safe-parking pilot program....
  • SEC accuses Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes of ‘massive fraud’

    03/14/2018 1:00:56 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/14/18 | Kevin Dugan
    Elizabeth Holmes — the Silicon Valley wunderkind whose blood-testing startup Theranos has collapsed in a slew of scandals — has been charged with “massive fraud” by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC on Wednesday accused Theranos CEO Holmes and a top lieutenant of defrauding investors of more than $700 million through false claims about its blood-testing technology. Theranos and 34-year-old Holmes ran “an elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance,” according to the SEC. While Theranos had said it was on track to make $100 million by...
  • Just a Bun

    03/11/2018 1:49:09 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 62 replies
    The Northwest Inlander ^ | 3/8/18 | Mitch Ryals (as told by his bun)
    We're standing in line for coffee when out of nowhere, I get honked. The lady behind us reached up, wrapped me up in her grubby paw and squeezed. "Your man bun is so soft," she says to the man to whose head I'm affixed with a black elastic hair tie. "I've never touched one before." An innocent compliment to most, but to me this violent assault is just another example of the indignities of my existence. I'm just a bun, after all. I didn't choose to be tied to a man. Women gawk and stare. Sometimes they'll shout: "Nice man...
  • Who wants to be a ‘Millionaire’? 51 percent of students at a Lenox [Mass.] school.

    03/02/2018 8:16:59 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/1/18 | Anon
    Students at a Massachusetts school want to remain millionaires. The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School student council on Wednesday announced that a school-wide poll found a majority of students want to keep the sometimes contentious Millionaires mascot. About 96 percent of the school’s 438 students voted last month. Fifty-one percent voted to keep the nickname, 32 percent wanted to change it, and 17 percent had no opinion. Students last spring voted to change it because it is divisive, leads to taunts from opposing schools, and doesn’t accurately reflect the picturesque town’s economics. Superintendent Timothy Lee tells The Berkshire Eagle...
  • Gold Harvey Weinstein Casting Couch Appears Near Oscars Venue

    03/01/2018 7:08:03 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 23 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3/1/18 | Emmet McDermott
    A robe-swaddled Harvey Weinstein statue, sitting arms spread on a golden chaise lounge urging pedestrians to sit beside him, appeared in Hollywood on Thursday days before the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. The sculpture, located on Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, is a collaboration between street artists Plastic Jesus, best known for his annual Oscar season installations that take aim at the dark side of show business, and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, the artist behind the infamous naked Donald Trump statues. The piece was intentionally crafted to allow passers-by to sit beside Weinstein and take photos with him. Clenched in Weinstein's...
  • How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health

    02/26/2018 12:23:02 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/25/18 | Erika Janik
    Your digital footprint — how often you post on social media, how quickly you scroll through your contacts, how frequently you check your phone late at night — could hold clues to your physical and mental health. That is the theory behind an emerging field, digital phenotyping, that is trying to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices. Researchers and technology companies are tracking users’ social media posts and clicks in search of behavior changes that could correlate with disease symptoms. Some of these services are opt-in. At least one is not. People typically touch their phones...
  • Woman Finds Childhood Friend On Streets Addicted To Drugs, Transforms Him So Much (Kenya)

    02/26/2018 9:01:52 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 9 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | 2/22/18 | James
    Kenyans have been moved by the story of Patrick Hinga, a man who was completely lost, homeless and drug-addicted, until a chance meeting with a former classmate, Wanja Mwaura, kicked off a major transformation... Patrick had endured problems with addiction for years ...and...began a downward spiral, with his mother at her wits end trying to help him, eventually taking him to a mental hospital in an attempt to curb his habit. He ran away and was re-admitted several times. “He complained a lot and said all they did was give him medication and treat him like a mental patient and...
  • Michelle Obama Announces A New Memoir Her Publisher Calls 'Unusually Intimate' (Triple Bagger!)

    02/25/2018 11:54:57 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 101 replies
    People Magazine ^ | 2/25/18 | Sam Gillette and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
    Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced the title of her hotly anticipated first memoir, Becoming, and it’s Nov. 13 release date—when it will be simultaneously published in 24 languages worldwide—in a statement to PEOPLE on Sunday. “Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,” Obama says. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life … how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others.” The yet-unreleased book jacket portrait of the author, whose...
  • CPAC Recap

    02/25/2018 11:44:51 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 5 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | 2/25/18 | John Hinderaker all-star panel [was held] on the topic “#TrumpedUp: Unmasking the Deep State.” It was moderated by Andy McCarthy and included Byron York, Sara Carter and Chuck Ross. The discussion was excellent, although most was familiar to obsessive followers of the news. McCarthy posed the question, why is it so hard to get to the bottom of the Obama scandals, with both Congress and the Department of Justice ostensibly in Republican hands? The answer, Andy thinks, is that bureaucratic imperatives appear to trump everything else, even with Trump’s appointees. There is hope, however: the DOJ Inspector General’s report, which will...
  • Vanity: Why No More Releases About Democrat Election Corruption This Week?

    02/22/2018 3:52:43 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 12 replies
    Self ^ | 2/22/18 | Self
    Things have gone awfully quiet after the memo was released. The little that has come out continues to point to horrendous Democrat corruption to steal the election and deny Trump the ability to govern. Why have things gone quiet the last week or ten days? I was hoping for a full-court press to bring the criminals to justice. Are people waiting for the DOJ IG report? Waiting for the mid-term election season to ramp up before dumping more info?
  • Vermont [electric utility] CEO wants to become nation’s first trans governor

    02/21/2018 7:06:07 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 36 replies ^ | 2/19/18 | Anon
    The chief executive officer of a Vermont energy company wants to become the first transgender governor in American history. WPTZ-TV reports Vermont Electric Cooperative CEO Christine Hallquist is formally entering the race for governor of her state. Vermonters are due to vote on a governor this year, with Republican Gov. Phil Scott as incumbent. Hallquist says she plans to leave her post at the electric utility company, which is the second largest in Vermont. She plans to resign after a Tuesday board meeting. Hallquist said last month she was thinking about seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. The 61 year...
  • German War Planes Grounded By Eco-Gas

    02/20/2018 12:22:29 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 37 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/20/18 | Adam Kredo
    Germany's air fleet was grounded this week after "too much biodiesel" fuel found its ways into the gas tanks, according to German reports saying the Luftwaffe cannot safely fly with such a mixture. Germany's Tornado fleet of war planes was reportedly grounded after an unsafe mixture including too much biodiesel was used to fuel the planes, requiring the fleet to be grounded and their fuel tanks flushed. "The tolerance values are minimally exceeded," Colonel Kristof Conrath of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 51 was quoted as saying in media reports. "It's not that the aircraft would fall from the sky....
  • How Nunes attacks the Constitution when he tries to smear Mueller’s Russia probe

    02/11/2018 8:47:23 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 105 replies
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | February 11, 2018 | Erwin Chemerinsky
    It is increasingly clear that President Donald Trump and the Republicans are engaging in a campaign to smear and discredit special prosecutor Robert Mueller. All of this is an effort to undermine an investigation into whether serious federal crimes occurred that potentially implicate individuals at the highest levels of the government, including Trump and members of his family. The need for an independent criminal investigation is clear. Was there illegal collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russians? Has there been a cover-up that constitutes obstruction of justice? If so, who is responsible? Contrary to the president’s assertion, this is not...
  • So you want to visit a East Bay Regional Park? (San Fran Bay Area)

    02/06/2018 5:29:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 22 replies
    East Bay Regional Park District ^ | February 6, 2018 | ProtectOurFreedom
    The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a special district operating in Alameda County and Contra Costa County, California, within the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area. It maintains and operates a system of regional parks which is the largest urban regional park district in the United States. The administrative office is located in Oakland. The EBRPD spans 120,000 acres with 65 parks and over 1,200 miles of trails. Some of these parks are wilderness areas; others include a variety of visitor attractions, with opportunities for swimming, boating and camping. EBRPD: "We acquire, manage, and preserve...
  • Nikki Haley thinks Hillary’s cameo ruined the Grammys

    01/29/2018 3:02:45 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/29/18 | Mark Moore
    United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley showed some of her own fire and fury after Hillary Clinton and a number of celebrities read portions of a tell-all book critical of the Trump administration at the Grammy Awards. “I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it,” Haley wrote on Twitter late Sunday during the show. “Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.”
  • DWR could have lost control of Oroville spillway gates during crisis

    01/24/2018 11:12:17 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 4 replies
    Chico Enterprise-Record ^ | 1/24/18 | Risa Johnson
    The state Department of Water Resources could have lost control of the spillway radial gates for days during the Oroville Dam crisis if crucial power lines had gone down, according to department officials. DWR leaders Cindy Messer and Joel Ledesma stated this Jan. 10 during a legislative oversight hearing on the dam at the State Capitol. This has since led some local groups to wonder why there was no backup power supply. Representatives of Friends of the River, the Sierra Club, South Yuba River Citizens League, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and American Whitewater filed a letter with the Federal Energy...
  • California Coast Big Waves Hike

    01/20/2018 1:40:51 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 63 replies
    Self ^ | January 20, 2018 | ProtectOurFreedom
    I haven't posted any "Hiking California" threads in a while. I joined a couple of local MeetUp hiking groups and these folks move at a good clip, so not much time for photography. But it's great fun getting out with others with similar interests and very motivational. When I went to bed on Thursday (Jan 18, 2018), the local news said that there were 55 to 60 foot waves at Mavericks north of Half Moon Bay (this is not far south of San Francisco). So, when I woke yesterday morning and saw we had a glorious morning, I decided I...
  • New Year, New Energy: Let’s Talk About Climate (Cupertino, California)

    01/17/2018 2:24:18 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies
    350 Silicon Valley ^ | 1/17/18 | Anon
    Do you wish you could talk directly to your representative about climate? Share your concerns about the future? Now's your chance to have that conversation and ask your questions. Bring the kids/teens along, it's their future! Kids will ask their questions first, so they can get home early. Please RSVP on this page. Assembly Members Evan Low and Marc Berman Join us for a dynamic conversation about how CA can lead on climate legislation with CA Assembly Members Evan Low and Marc Berman. With special guest Jason Barbose, Union of Concerned Scientists. Late arrivals welcome! Please help us spread the...
  • Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri Family

    01/16/2018 5:21:17 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 48 replies
    Yahoo! / HuffPo ^ | 1/15/18 | David Moye
    It’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis recently discovered. Pam and Dave Zaring hired a photographer to take what they assumed would be lovely family photos. When they received the final prints, they were shocked because the images had been retouched to the point where the family looked more like Legos or robots rather than their usual selves. Their 8-year-old son, Connor, couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “I was thinking, like, ‘What the heck is this?’” he told “Inside Edition.” Pam Zaring was also shocked ― especially after she...