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  • Ericsson seeks US sales ban of Apple iPhone, iPad in patent lawsuit barrage

    02/27/2015 6:16:55 AM PST · by Citizen Zed
    pc world ^ | 2-27-2015
    Some Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way after filing a barrage of patent lawsuits. The Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor filed nine lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, seven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and two in the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of a total of 41 of its patents, it said Friday. Apple is no stranger to the courts when it comes to patent disputes. Previous cases have often focused on the “look and feel” of its products, turning on the curvature of a...
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! February 27, 2015

    02/27/2015 3:05:26 AM PST · by sneakers · 9 replies
    Formerly the "Quinn and Rose Morning Show" thread, our friendly group continues to meet to start the day as we await the return of our favorite morning talk show - which looks like sometime in March! So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • About 61,000 Ohioans poised to lose Medicaid health benefits

    02/26/2015 11:47:10 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    wkbn.com / ap ^ | 2-26-2015
    Roughly 61,000 Ohioans in Medicaid are expected to lose their coverage this weekend after failing to take steps to renew their health benefits as required, the state’s Medicaid director said Thursday. Those recipients who did not update their household income or other eligibility information as requested are poised to be terminated from the program Saturday. Federal law requires states to “redetermine” annually whether recipients remain eligible for Medicaid. The federal-state program for the poor and disabled provides coverage to nearly one out of every four Ohioans. The process was on hold in Ohio for a year as the federal health...
  • Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations

    02/26/2015 11:24:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    kentucky.com / AP ^ | 2-27-2015 | BILL SIZEMORE
    Lewis Reynolds didn't understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg man discovered he couldn't father children. The reason: He had been sterilized by the state. Reynolds was among more than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each. It's welcome news, Reynolds said. "I think they done me wrong," he said. "I couldn't have a family like...
  • Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns

    02/26/2015 11:07:30 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | 2-27-2015 | JENI O'MALLEY
    On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. Indiana could be the first state to allow use of the baby boxes on a broad scale to prevent dangerous abandonments of infants if the bill, which unanimously passed the House this week, clears the state...
  • Hollywood conservatives, Duck Commander fight the PC police - and win

    02/26/2015 8:51:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    The liberal hold on Hollywood is loosening. A persistent conservative mindset is emerging in the entertainment industry, replacing glitter with some red, white and blue as studios discover that Americans like America, and they pine for fare that uplifts the nation. Money talks. Consider that “American Sniper” has made $428 million at the box office since it opened six weeks ago, largely credited to a devoted heartland audience. A new breed of stars has claimed some turf. Plainspoken “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was candid about his belief in traditional values and stood firm in the aftermath, despite a media...
  • (Fox WTH?) "Fiorina is only Female Potential Candidate in Emerging GOP Field"

    02/26/2015 4:50:12 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 94 replies
    Hello Fox: Wake the heck up. Stop campaigning for GOP people who nobody actually wants.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    02/26/2015 2:58:16 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 56 replies
    This week's thread is about Cooking With Kids. When I was in elementary school in the early 1960s, every year the school would hold a book fair; students could look at new books and pick some out to buy. One year I bought 'Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls', originally published in the late 1950s. I loved looking at this book, and learned a lot using the recipes. For a children's book, it's a surprisingly comprehensive guide to basic cooking, with a lot of interesting presentation ideas, and even some decorative crafts. AND it includes campfire cooking! I wanted...
  • Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

    02/26/2015 2:41:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
  • LIVE CNN !! (Osama Bin) Llama and crew loose in streets in Sun City, AZ!!

    02/26/2015 12:23:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/25/15
    Hugh and Developing!! Loose Llamas in Sun City!!
  • Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why

    02/26/2015 12:18:13 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 51 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2-26-2015
    A handful of billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast. Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods. Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced its overall stake in “consumer product stocks” by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold...
  • Bill Maher Accuses Jeb Bush of Converting to Catholism for Political Gain

    02/26/2015 12:07:14 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2-24-2015 | Matt Wilstein
    “Did you know Jeb Bush is Catholic? Neither did I,” Maher wrote, before pointing out that Bush “converted to Catholicism in 1996 — 22 years after marrying his Mexican-born wife, Columba, — and conveniently between the first time he ran for governor (and lost) and the second time he ran, and won.” “The Bushes play election hardball, but they also play the margins. They look for every little edge,” he added. As Maher put it, George W. Bush became an Evangelical Christian before running for governor of Texas, a state where 34% of voters fall in that category. Similarly, Jeb...
  • UAE regulator allows airlines to resume flights to Baghdad

    02/26/2015 11:24:00 AM PST · by Citizen Zed
    The Express Tribune / NY Times ^ | 2-27-2015 | Reuters
    Two passengers were slightly injured when three or four bullets hit the body of a plane operated by budget carrier FlyDubai, damaging the fuselage, but officials were unable to identify the source of the gunfire. “Based on the assessment of the information provided by all stakeholders…which reported that the incident was an accident…GCAA’s approach is to allow operators of aircrafts registered in the UAE to resume flights to Baghdad,” the General Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday.
  • Death toll from Afghan avalanches over 200

    02/26/2015 10:17:56 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    News Talk ZB ^ | 2-27-2015
    The death toll from a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in Afghanistan has risen above 200. The bulk of the deaths came in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, where at least 168 people were killed, acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri said on Thursday. The avalanches came after days of heavy snow, which destroyed more than 100 homes in the province and blocked main roads, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages. "Our death toll has risen to 168 people killed in avalanches in Panjshir province," Kabiri said, warning that the figure may rise...
  • Ireland passes EU's first tobacco plain packaging law

    02/26/2015 9:23:30 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Ireland on Thursday became the first European Union member state to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, prompting the tobacco industry to threaten legal action. Under the new rules all forms of branding, including logos and colours will be banned and all products will have have a uniform packaging with graphic health warnings. "We are creating legislation which will be historic and will be of real importance to the area of public health," the minister for children James Reilly told parliament Thursday. It follows Australia's introduction of similar plain packaging legislation in 2012. "We are on...
  • Graphene shows anticancer potential

    02/26/2015 6:42:47 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Scientists have discovered that the nanomaterial graphene can target and neutralize cancer stem cells and is not toxic to healthy cells, suggesting it may have potential to treat a range of cancers with fewer side-effects than many current treatments. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy that wipe out the bulk of cancer cells don't always kill cancer stem cells - a residue can survive and grow. Residual cancer stem cells drive tumor recurrence and metastasis - where cancer spreads to other parts of the body. Metastasis is responsible for 90% of cancer deaths, so any treatment that prevents it will make a huge...
  • Police Dog Receives Final Guard Of Honour From Officers On His Way To Be Put Down

    02/26/2015 6:34:15 AM PST · by Doogle · 9 replies
    BUZZFEED news ^ | 02/23/15 | Richard James
    Judge the German shepherd helped make over 150 arrests during his long and distinguished career. Corporal Michael Franks took the heartbreaking decision to put the 9-year-old German shepherd down after watching his health deteriorate.
  • DC Legalizes Pot in Capital, Despite Threats From Congress

    02/26/2015 6:06:53 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    abc news / ap ^ | 2-26-2015 | BEN NUCKOLS
    The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m. Bowser, a Democrat, said the city's plans haven't changed despite a letter from two leading House Republicans warning of repercussions if the city moves forward with legalization. "This is a major milestone on the road to ending marijuana prohibition...
  • CB NETWORK

    02/26/2015 4:48:33 AM PST · by knarf · 31 replies
    self | February 26, 2015 | knarf
    So ... if everybody is weirded out by net neutrality ...
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! February 26, 2015

    02/26/2015 3:02:25 AM PST · by sneakers · 14 replies
    Formerly the "Quinn and Rose Morning Show" thread, our friendly group continues to meet to start the day as we await the return of our favorite morning talk show - which looks like sometime in March! So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • Let My People Live (aka "Hold Your Noses) ... To The Tune of "Go Down Moses"

    02/26/2015 12:49:22 AM PST · by zencycler · 3 replies
    self | 2/26/2015 | self
    To the tune of "Go Down Moses" When Israel was in America’s land Watch the Democrats go The president this he could not stand Watch the Democrats go Hold your noses It stinks here in America’s land Obama told them to follow So watch the Democrats go The faithful will stay to hear the news Let my people speak The leader of Israel, respect his views Let my people speak Hold your noses It stinks here in Democrat land Obama told them to follow So watch the radicals freak As Israel stood at the partisan divide Let my people live...
  • Lenovo website breached, hacker group Lizard Squad claims responsibility

    02/25/2015 9:28:45 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    fortune.com / Reuters ^ | 2-25-2015 | Bobby Yip
    Chinese computer and smartphone firm Lenovo Group said its website was hacked on Wednesday, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting internal company emails. Lizard Squad posted an email exchange between Lenovo employees discussing Superfish. The software was at the centre of public uproar in the United States last week when security...
  • China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. admiral

    02/25/2015 6:53:21 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/15 | (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Gunna Dickson)
    U.S. military officials in recent months have grown increasingly vocal about China's military buildup and launched a major push to ensure that U.S. military technology stays ahead of rapid advances by China and Russia.
  • Vanity - Anthony Horowitz Yet to be Titled Bond Novel to published September 8th

    02/25/2015 6:48:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    02.25.2015
    Anthony Horowitz Authorized Bond novel is to be published on September 8th. The book is supposed incorporate unpublished Ian Fleming material. My guess is the material from Fleming's scrapbook. The Hardcopy and the Trade LP Paperback is already for sale on Amazon.
  • The Truth About 'Net Neutrality'

    02/25/2015 6:17:08 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 21 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 2/2515 | Prisonplanetlive
    The federal government is about to seize control of the Internet and most Americans don't even know about it. Send your complaints to the FCC via this link: http://www.fcc.gov/comments
  • Tree tapping season officially underway

    02/25/2015 4:42:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    WNDU.com (South Bend, IN) ^ | 02/25/2015 | Kate Chappell
    NEW CARLISLE Tree tapping season is officially underway in St. Joseph County. Staff at Bendix Woods County Park has already welcomed dozens for the first seasonal event. While tapping has started, sap isn't flowing quite yet. The substance needs above freezing temperatures to flow."This is the only time of year you can actually tap trees, so that's what makes this time of year so unique for making maple syrup," said Interpretive Services Manager, Leslie Witkowski.The season is short. It takes place between mid-February and March, but during that time, staff will see dozens of school groups. Parks staff says the...
  • What Amadeus gets wrong

    02/24/2015 2:31:28 PM PST · by Borges · 76 replies
    BBC Culture ^ | 2/24/2015 | Clemency Burton-Hill
    It is 30 years since Amadeus swept the board at the Academy Awards. Miloš Forman’s 1984 film of Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play, took home eight statuettes that night, including best film, best director, best actor and best adapted screenplay. Arguably the finest movie ever made about the process of artistic creation and the unbridgeable gap between human genius and mediocrity, it has taken its place in motion picture history and is invariably described as a masterpiece. All this is despite the fact the film plays shamelessly fast and loose with historical fact, taking as its basis a supposedly bitter rivalry...
  • The "Frozen" masses?

    02/25/2015 4:18:16 PM PST · by NYAmerican · 38 replies
    So, here we are. The enemy is in the White House, and in charge of most State and many Local Governments. The purge of the Military and the Pentagon is complete. They own the Mainstream Media, and virtually all of Academia. A populace consumed and mesmerized by their mobile electronic devices, Dancing with the Stars, and Justin Beiber, is no threat to them whatsoever, but rather a useful tool. As we speak, we are guaranteeing a psychotic enemy Nuclear Weapons, and fomenting/supporting Islamic fanaticism worldwide, while we also actively engineer class and racial unrest domestically. I feel like one of...
  • Citing Stigma, The University Of Minnesota Removes Race Descriptions In Crime Alerts

    02/25/2015 4:16:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 67 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Facing backlash for allegedly stigmatizing minorities — particularly black men — the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities announced on Tuesday that it will no longer include racial descriptors in crime alerts issued to students and faculty. “This change supports our public safety goals while recognizing the harm that the use of race in crime alerts causes for some members of our community,” the university, which has nearly 50,000 students and is located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, said in a statement. “Moving forward, the University will use descriptions only when there is sufficient detail that would reasonably help identify specific...
  • Saudi Arabia to bar women from 'showing off their beauty' on television

    Female members of Saudi Arabia's advisory Shura Council attend a session (AFP) Saudi Arabia’s consultative assembly has passed a law requiring female television to wear “modest dress”, according to local media reports. Arab News, which is part of a group of companies owned by King Salman's son Prince Turki, said the law passed in the Shura Council, an advisory body, will make it mandatory for women not to “show off their beauty” while on air. The law will come into force once approved by the country's cabinet and will apply to “women media workers in the Kingdom” including on the...
  • Man shoveling snow in Lexington, Kentucky

  • How the bin Laden Raid Put Vaccinators Under the Gun in Pakistan

    02/25/2015 2:09:31 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 2-25-2015 | Tim McGirk
    After the U.S. used a health program to track down the al Qaeda leader, volunteers fighting polio became the hunted. When Navy SEALs raided a high-walled compound in Pakistan in May 2011 and killed the world's most wanted terrorist, another long-standing source of terror also was facing elimination: polio. After nearly half a century of vaccinating children and adults around the globe, international health workers finally had cornered the polio virus in a few remaining pockets in northern Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Although polio may lack the panic-inducing effect of Ebola—usually crippling its victims rather than killing them—Americans and Europeans...
  • Surviving an Islamic State Massacre (Video from ‘Shia Militias Vs. The Islamic State')

    02/25/2015 1:41:21 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Vice News ^ | 2-25-2015
    Last summer, the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept from Syria into northern Iraq, routing Iraqi security forces and seizing the city of Mosul. Soon afterward, the group declared the establishment of a dubious "caliphate" in the area it controls and rebranded itself the Islamic State. With Iraq's army weakened and radical militants advancing on Baghdad, the country's Iran-backed Shia militias — which have their own history of sectarian abuses — fought back, halting the Islamic State's advance. The militias have successfully combated Islamic State fighters on the ground with the assistance of air...
  • Ohio anchor taken off the air after using racial slur

    02/25/2015 1:24:12 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 124 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 2-25-2015 | Ben Axelson
    Cleveland TV anchor Kristi Capel has been temporarily taken off the air in the wake of using a racial slur during a live broadcast on Monday. Cleveland.com reported that Capel did not appear on the Fox 8 morning show on Wednesday, and would not appear on Thursday or Friday of this week either. She will return to the broadcast on Monday, March 2. While praising Lady Gaga's performance of a "Sound of Music" medley at the 2015 Oscars on Sunday, Capel said during the Monday broadcast, "It's hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music... She has...
  • AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

    02/25/2015 12:56:15 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 58 replies
    Monroe News / AP ^ | 2-25-2015
    <p>The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.</p> <p>Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son's death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder.</p>
  • Al-Jazeera journalists arrested for flying drone in Paris

    02/25/2015 12:44:00 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2-25-2015
    The journalists -- all foreign nationals -- were taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon after police saw a drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris, Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said. It was unclear what the trio was trying to accomplish, she said. Officials with Qatar-based Al-Jazeera did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The journalists can be held for a maximum of 24 hours under French law. Flying drones without a license in France is illegal and carries a maximum one-year prison sentence and a 75,000 euro fine. Wednesday’s incident comes on the...
  • I am a filthy woman - and proud of it: ...Being grubby is part of a British woman's heritage

    02/25/2015 12:21:22 PM PST · by beaversmom · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 24, 2015 | Rowan Pelling
    If cleanliness is next to godliness (which I doubt), then the following should also be true: the more you boast about it, the more suspect you are. I’m amazed by the number of people who insist on telling me they take two showers a day, as if they’re the Mother Teresa of personal hygiene. What manner of grime are they washing away? It’s hard not to think of Lady Macbeth’s frenzied attempts to scrub the blood from her hands. So when I read of a survey that stated 4 out of 5 British women don’t shower every day, I applauded...
  • Apple Must Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement, Judge Says

    02/25/2015 11:52:36 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 69 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 2-25-2015 | KORY GROW
    A federal jury has ruled that Apple willfully infringed on patents when developing iTunes' data storage systems, following eight hours of deliberation. The Tyler, Texas–based judge presiding over the case has ordered the company to pay $532.9 million in damages, according to Reuters. The plaintiff, Smartflash LLC — which is based on the British Virgin Island of Tortola but also has a Texas address — filed the suit (viewable as a PDF) in May 2013, seeking $852 million in damages and citing six patents that related to the storing and accessing of songs, videos and games. The company does not make...
  • Exposed: what fracking really does to you, your family, pets and food

    02/25/2015 10:38:18 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    The Ecologist ^ | 2-25-2015 | Allison Wilson
    The first researchers to systematically document ill health in livestock, pets, and people living near fracking drill sites were Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald. Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University, used a case study approach-looking at individual households-to search for possible effects (Bamberger and Oswald 2012). Many fracking chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or other classes of toxins (Colborn et al. 2011). Bamberger and Oswald's studies, carried out during the ongoing fracking boom, uncovered serious adverse effects including respiratory, reproductive, and growth-related problems in animals and a spectrum of symptoms in humans...
  • MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND OBAMA'S PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 13 replies
    americancommitment.org ^ | 2/25/15 | americancommitment
    MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND OBAMA'S PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET In the Wall Street Journal's stunning expose of how political operatives at the White House overruled the FCC's own experts to pave the way for this week's upcoming vote to regulate the Internet, we learned that the key link between a small group of liberal tech executives and President Obama was David Karp, the president of Tumblr. Specifically, the Journal reported:
  • Starbucks's Failed Music Revolution

    02/25/2015 5:57:23 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 02/25/2015 | Spencer Kornhaber
    Once upon a time, the coffee chain represented hope that record-buying could remain a physical experience for most people. What happens when it stops selling CDs? Starbucks will stop selling CDs at the end of the month, and it isn't hip to cry about it. Last week's news that the coffee chain would do away with its register-side racks was met on Twitter with many a condolence to Norah Jones's career; at Vulture, Lindsey Weber mock-mourned, “Oh no, how will we know what adult contemporary stations are playing without having to listen to the radio?”
  • Is Hillary Clinton Stealing Speech Lines From Carly Fiorina?

    02/25/2015 4:12:04 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/24/15 | Al Weaver
    Well ok. It seems a bit vague to me from what is written, but makes an interesting headline. Maybe readers, have more details.
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! February 25, 2015

    02/25/2015 2:55:31 AM PST · by sneakers · 12 replies
    Formerly the "Quinn and Rose Morning Show" thread, our friendly group continues to meet to start the day as we await the return of our favorite morning talk show - which looks like sometime in March! So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • 'Pink Tax': Why Are Women's Products More Expensive than Mens?

    02/25/2015 12:27:57 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 64 replies
    abc 22 ^ | 2-24-2015
    DAYTON-- Identical women's and men's products are being sold at different price points in Ohio. The phenomenon is known as "pink tax," and we put some products to the test. One-a-day "Pro Edge" vitamins, 50 count, are packed in the same sized box just different colors; the women's vitamins cost $9.49, while the men's cost $7.99. Up&Up women's shave gel for dry skin relief costs $2.39, while the identical product for men, packaged in a blue cartridge rather than pink, costs $1.87. The Gillette Fusion men's razor with five blades and packaged with two extra cartridges costs $10.79, while the...
  • Metrolink Crash Passengers Describe Moment Of Impact

    02/24/2015 10:17:18 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    cbs Los Angeles ^ | 2-24-2015
    OXNARD (CBSLA.com) — While a number of victims of the Oxnard Metrolink crash on Tuesday morning remained in the hospital through the evening, the lucky ones who suffered no serious injuries spoke out about what the fateful moment was like. Passengers suffered scrapes, cuts and bruises, but said they were beyond grateful just to be alive. “I feel blessed, I am lucky,” victim Kent Groeneveld said. “It could have been a lot worse.” Groevenveld was riding on the top deck of the second car of Metrolink train 102, on his way to work in Monterey Park, when the train collided...
  • Is the Star Trek Economy a Welfare State?

    02/24/2015 9:34:40 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 89 replies
    Slate ^ | 2-12-2015 | Ara Ogle, Quora
    As an example, Sisko's father runs a restaurant. Seats at that restaurant have to be a finite resource (because they require labor), so they would not be “free” to everyone—the owners get to choose whom they give it to. (That brings up the interesting question of whether the Federation would have anti-discrimination laws, but I digress.) Let's say Sisko chooses to feed people in his neighborhood; choosing to live in that neighborhood is the “price” his customers pay for his food. Similarly, Picard's brother makes real wine; since that requires real grapes and, again, labor, that would also be a...
  • Mayor Emanuel To Face Chuy Garcia In Runoff Election

    02/24/2015 8:00:21 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/24/2015
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take on Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in a runoff election on April 7. With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45 percent, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff. Garcia had 34 percent of the vote, separating him from the rest of Emanuel’s challengers and putting him in position for the runoff. Trailing Garcia is businessman Willie Wilson in third with 10 percent, Alderman Robert Fioretti in fourth with 7 percent and William “Dock” Walls was in last with 3 percent.
  • Mayoral Election Edges Closer To Runoff Between Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia

    02/24/2015 6:35:11 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    cbs chicago ^ | 2-24-2015
    It appears likely Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face off against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy Garcia in a runoff election for Chicago Mayor on April 7. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 46 percent, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid the runoff. Garcia had 34 of the vote, separating him from the rest of Emanuel’s challengers and putting him in position for the April runoff. Trailing Garcia is businessman Willie Wilson in third with 10 percent, Alderman Robert Fioretti in fourth with 7 percent and William “Dock” Walls was in last with 3...
  • This week in jihad

    02/24/2015 5:07:54 PM PST · by 9thLife · 3 replies
    CERC via National Post, (Canada) ^ | February 19, 2015. | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    The news often numbs. Not always. I was shaken by the scene from the Libyan beach on Sunday. The Islamic State's local branch beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians. Christians have known beheadings; there have been martyrs aplenty from St. Paul to St. Thomas More. Then the 20th century produced more Christian martyrs than the previous 19 centuries combined, as the totalitarian regimes of left and right agreed that the Christian Church needed to be eliminated. Still, it remains shaking that the martyrs continue in our century. The Islamic State, in brutally murdering 21 adherents of the Coptic Orthodox Church, spoke of...
  • Freep a poll! (Do you think that Barack Obama loves America? - huffpoo poll)

    02/24/2015 2:43:55 PM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    huffingtonpost ^ | 2-24-15 | Huffpo
    Do you think that Barack Obama loves America? Yes No Not sure