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  • Remember the time we bombed Mexico with German rockets?

    05/11/2012 11:16:16 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    rector seal to DogByte6RER

    Lost to history are my father’s old black and white photos of V2 rockets in the Southwest US from 1945-46. Standing next to each other in a launch area were three V2 rockets. The 1st had a german swastika on it. The 2nd had a partial paint job 1/2 German & 1/2 US army and the third was painted 100% american.
    He wasn’t a scientist, just a colorblind civilian electrician lucky enough to work on newly developed airplane radars during WW2, V2 rockets after WW2, and Nuke sub wiring during the Korean War.

  • NO CHICKS ALLOWED! (…and no cocks either!)

    05/14/2011 3:58:02 PM PDT · 40 of 67
    rector seal to Fitzy_888

    There is a farm within 1000 yards of Jenning’s office that not only has chickens but also goats ( all wink-wink, nod-nod )! Other home schooling families in Albany are reputed to raise chickens indoors but I wouldn’t know about that.

  • Supporters of Liberty Are Always Attacked

    02/25/2011 9:19:45 PM PST · 12 of 17
    rector seal to MichaelNewton

    I lately have gained the impression that Athens did not lose power in Greece until the nearby silver deposits were exhausted.

  • Origins of Syphilis [It was waiting for Columbus and his crew~~~NEW WORLD]

    10/06/2007 8:37:47 PM PDT · 38 of 96
    rector seal to shield
    There seem to have been two great epidemics in England: one about 1600, and another in the late nineteenth century. The 2nd led to the inhibitions of the victorian era.

  • Inflicting white neuroses on nonwhite women

    09/21/2007 10:23:51 PM PDT · 31 of 82
    rector seal to jwalburg

    “The fundamental strategy of the war on fat is to universalize the attitudes of middle- and upper-class white American women toward weight, food, dieting and exercise. Such women are taught from a very early age to hate their bodies.”

    “That must be it. If you want to diet and keep healthy, it’s got to be that you hate your body.”

    I think of it less as hating one’s body and more of liking denial or even loving pain. Nothing is so instructive to the mind and body as running repetition 1/2 miles at race pace at age 53 years with a former heart condition failure and recent blood clot. But I’d rather be dead than a couch ‘tato. Interesting that more women than men run races these days.

  • The (over)exercise of power

    07/22/2005 10:04:56 AM PDT · 32 of 47
    rector seal to guitarist

    Sometimes he runs to keep his promises.

  • Some state tax refunds held back

    03/23/2005 4:40:34 PM PST · 12 of 20
    rector seal to alisasny

    I filed NY state and fed 2 days earlier than last year, fed comes back early and state 3 weeks later. All direct deposit.

  • CNN PLANS SHAKEUP AT HEADLINE (response to dumpster ratings)

    02/20/2005 10:43:06 AM PST · 57 of 83
    rector seal to Mad Mammoth

    New format is clock that runs backwards. Right four times a day!

  • FROM THE CDC -Simian Virus 40 (SV40), Polio Vaccine, and Cancer -- there is a link

    02/20/2005 7:14:49 AM PST · 30 of 34
    rector seal to SnoopyDog

    Speaking of lawsuits, if SV40 is responsible for the majority of asbestos cancer cases, does that mean the asbestos companies will get a refund from the lawyers for that portion of damages they have already paid?

  • Explicit Photos Fan U.N. Sex Scandal

    02/14/2005 6:42:32 AM PST · 119 of 128
    rector seal to maine-iac7

    I don't expect the UN to punish their employees - they all seem to have diplomatic immunity. Even some of their ex or retired employees like Scott Ritter up here in Delmar, NY can engage in teenage sex recruitment and the local DA will refuse to prosecute for fear of UN immunity considerations.

  • Panel Wants Flu Shots for Age 50 and Up

    12/18/2004 10:28:58 AM PST · 15 of 18
    rector seal to BenLurkin

    Speaking of memory holes **tin foil hat alert* There appears to be a link between frequent flu shots sourced from foreign countries containing mercury and aluminim in group doses and multiples of Alzheimer's risk.

    "According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals): If an individual has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is 10 times higher than if he/she had one, 2 or no shots."

    The use of mercury and other metals to preserve or enhance immune system reactions to vaccines continues despite US govt. lip service to the contrary. Foreign companies are exempt as are group vs. individual doses.

    I'm not antivaccine, but some of them are plainly bad and I think this might be one of the bads. I would rather die from my existing heart disease and aging and risk the flu, than take the flu vaccine repeatedly and die from Alzheimer's.

  • Marines in Falluja Find Rebel Leader's Arsenal, in a Mosque [massive supply dwarves 100s others]

    11/24/2004 4:35:51 PM PST · 38 of 99
    rector seal to Mike Fieschko

    (There were also more than 500 letters from the families of insurgents who had been killed or wounded, asking for compensation from Mr. Janabi, said a military translator on the scene. They included the families of fighters from Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Syria, Algeria, and about "100 native Fallujans.")

    Perhaps a few Israeli type bulldozings by the US military might get the message across to the families and future murderers.

  • Silver’s Call to Override Pataki on Budget Vetoes Collapses

    09/21/2004 3:02:33 PM PDT · 7 of 15
    rector seal to zbigreddogz

    Careful what you wish for. The New York socialists disguised as democrat and republican leaders fight over whether the annual state budget will have a 5% or a 10% increase this year and no dissent is allowed by either faction.

  • Audience left numb as Osama comes alive (movie of women under the Taliban)

    09/10/2004 8:01:34 AM PDT · 20 of 21
    rector seal to 2banana

    The hopelessness of the main character who is a girl disguised as a boy to avoid starvation for her family - all women. She is caught when she menstrates for the 1st time. Instead of the normal stoning to death, she is saved by a crony iman of the judge and packed off to a poor harem for raping / baby production. The sadness is that the iman is elderly and the whole harem may be without a means of survival when he dies. Poignant due to the recuring theme of the girl jump roping even in jail.

  • President Bush kept promise to run with injured vet.

    08/06/2004 7:08:20 PM PDT · 1 of 10
    rector seal
    This president keeps his promises.
  • Federal agents raid mosque in Albany

    08/05/2004 12:57:56 PM PDT · 102 of 120
    rector seal to Calpernia

    Never hurts to have a good cover story. The early local online updates by Albany Times Union had pictures of militant looking men wearing Fear Allah shirts but now change agents or the local progressives have morphed the emphasis onto what will happen to the wife and the children.

  • Local Scientists Develop Key To Lyme Disease Prevention

    08/02/2004 7:48:45 AM PDT · 16 of 34
    rector seal to rector seal


  • Local Scientists Develop Key To Lyme Disease Prevention

    08/02/2004 6:41:14 AM PDT · 6 of 34
    rector seal to laotzu

    Albany NY

    Tiny menace undermines Pine Bush's beauty
    Albany -- Danger of ticks, Lyme disease mar pristine nature of preserve

    By CAROL DeMARE, Staff writer
    First published: Sunday, August 1, 2004

    For nearly three decades, a day didn't go by without Don Rittner hiking into his beloved Pine Bush Preserve.
    Considered a resident expert on the ecologically sensitive wilderness, Rittner had up-close familiarity with the pitch pines, scrub oaks, hog-nosed snakes, spade-foot toads and, of course, the Karner blue butterfly. ...

    He guided groups of school kids and seniors, impressing upon them the habitat's uniqueness and his own 30-year fight to stave off development from chipping away the preserve, acre by acre. ...

    He led moonlight horseback rides that meandered along rugged paths of the barrens, which once spanned 30,000 contiguous acres and now cover 6,000 acres -- of which about 3,000 are protected, bordering on Albany, Guilderland and Colonie.

    But all that has changed.

    Two summers ago, he hiked in to check on the population of the Karner blue -- the symbol of the Pine Bush preservation movement Rittner started in 1972 while a student at the University at Albany.

    "I was in there half an hour and walked out, got into my car, and as I looked down to put the key in, I noticed that my pants were literally covered with ticks," he said.

    "I had bare arms, a short-sleeved shirt, and there were ticks on my arms and ticks on my shirt. I literally jumped out of the car."

    He frantically brushed them off, sprayed the car and himself and drove home, believing he had gotten them all. That night he found himself itching his inner thigh and felt a lump.

    "Sure enough there was a big tick sucking my blood," he said. ...

    Rittner's experience was unsettling. "For 25 years, I went out every single day and the only thing I ever found on me was an occasional grasshopper, and I was literally walking through every inch," he said. "And, then, I'm out a half-hour and I'm covered with deer ticks from head to toe."

    Three of his friends have Lyme disease, named in 1977, when children in Lyme, Conn., got sick. Last year, there were 269 cases of Lyme disease in the four-county region. Additionally, almost 1,000 cases were reported in Columbia County. ...

    Since the incident, Rittner, who was the city archaeologist under Albany Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd and Pine Bush preserve manager under Mayor Thomas Whalen, has gone in occasionally but covers up and sprays himself. He won't take his three young sons with him. The author of 22 books, mainly on local history, feels the preserve is lost to the casual nature lover.

    "You had this unique natural area ... so that in two to five minutes you could leave the urban congestion of a downtown and be standing in between sand dunes listening to sounds of warblers and watching butterflies," said Rittner, who holds degrees in anthropology, environmental science and environmental planning.

    In the 1970s when there were 100,000 Karner blues, "one would land on my finger and stay there as I walked around on the tour," he said. "Now if you can see one, it's a good day."

    "We have this preserve that we spent millions of dollars to protect and if you want to go out there you have to wear a space suit doused with insecticide. That's not why we saved the Pine Bush."

    (Like the Rittner above, I used to go into the pine bush with my son but no more after we were ticked off two years ago. I've done some cross country races there since, but being 50+ years am not afraid of ticks as I am a middle of the pack runner and all the ticks are on the younger or better runners ahead of me.)

  • Director Moore denies Blair film

    06/13/2004 12:41:18 PM PDT · 6 of 15
    rector seal to Pokey78

    "Controversial film-maker Michael Moore" There is not much controversial in attacking safe targets. If this guy wanted to be mildly controversial he could attack liberal culture. If he wanted to be cutting edge controversial, he would attack islamic culture. He looks too gluttonous to be beheadingly controversial.

  • Australian government:have babies as a service to your country

    05/12/2004 9:55:26 PM PDT · 2 of 3
    rector seal to AskStPhilomena
    Sweden tried this. The more they jacked up birth incentives, the higher the taxes, the lower the marriages, the lower the birth rates.

    Maybe in desperation they can order the population to reproduce like in Nazi Germany or Communist Romania.