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  • Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

    07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    bbc ^ | july 29, 2014
    According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts. In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children were presented with three types of stories - realistic, religious and fantastical. The researchers then queried the children on whether they thought the main character in the story was real or fictional. While nearly all children found the figures in the realistic narratives to be real, secular and religious children were split on religious stories. Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as...
  • Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

    07/30/2014 9:15:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    wfmj ^ | 7-30-2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia. Action would ease a Senate backlog currently keeping more than 50 diplomatic nominees in limbo. The State Department and White House have bemoaned the delays. Democratic and Republican aides said Wednesday that much remained uncertain as Congress deals with a congested schedule. Lawmakers leave Thursday. Confirmation of John Tefft as ambassador to Russia would be remarkably fast given he only cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday. The Russia and Ireland posts are considered high priorities.
  • Teen Sets Himself on Fire for Online 'Challenge' (LOL!)

    07/30/2014 8:55:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 40 replies
    Newser ^ | July 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    If pouring rubbing alcohol on your chest and lighting it on fire sounds like a bad idea, you're on the right track. A 15-year-old boy in Kentucky had to learn the hard way, however, after he attempted a stunt called the "fire challenge" that's been popping up on sites like Facebook and YouTube. "I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and burst," the teenager, who suffered second-degree burns, tells WKYT-TV. (snip) "Unbearable," the teen says. "Literally after it got put out it was already blistering."
  • 300 Guests Brawl in Giant Wedding Fight

    07/30/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 52 replies
    Newser ^ | July 30, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    "A huge fight erupted at a New Jersey wedding this weekend, with 300 guests involved in the tussle as police struggled to control the situation. The wedding-hall brawl, which, unsurprisingly, involved booze"
  • Bi-Weekly Thread Thread #5 July 30, 2014

    07/30/2014 8:39:00 AM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 3 replies
    July 30, 2014 | RG
    Welcome everyone to the bi-weekly Thread Thread, a once every other week post of all things sewing. Join us to discuss, ask questions and learn everything you've ever wanted to talk about, ask or discover about sewing. We include anything you can make with fabric, needle and thread. Share with us some or you designs and ideas on how to become more self-sufficient by making your own clothing, home decor or anything else
  • Singapore Govt to spend S$100m on efficient energy initiatives

    07/30/2014 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed
    Channel Newsasia ^ | 7-30-2014 | Monica Kotwan
    The money will fund research on green data centres and initiatives that encourage the efficient use of energy in buildings. The authorities are studying the possibility of capturing the emissions from Singapore's power plants, refineries and petrochemical industries instead of releasing them into the air. Carbon dioxide from these emissions can then be separated and stored thousands of metres underground. Experts say the carbon dioxide can also be used to make products like formic acid and urea. “It can provide an interesting revenue stream, for instance in oil recovery,” said Cecilia Tam from the International Energy Agency. “In countries like Singapore...
  • Satanists Invoke Hobby Lobby, Say Pro-Life Laws Violate Their Religious Beliefs

    07/30/2014 7:33:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    life news ^ | Carole Novielli
    Following the Hail Satan chant in during laws that would restrict late term abortions in the state of Texas, a new effort is underway by the Satanic Temple to interject “religious protection for women with health needs that are being complicated by unreasonable laws.” In a statement released Monday, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material. MSNBC which drank the Koolaid reports that,”in other words, the Satanic Temple wanted a conscience clause from laws...
  • SHARKNADO 2 The Second One Premiers Tonight!

    07/30/2014 7:17:01 AM PDT · by null and void · 27 replies
    The distorted and warped minds of nully and the writers at the Syfy Channel | 7/30/14 | nully
    Tonight's the night of The Second Coming! New York City. I hope the sharks bring their own picante sauce...
  • Make the Switch (Barf but Interesting)

    07/30/2014 6:34:37 AM PDT · by Hostage · 4 replies
    Credo Mobile ^ | July 30, 2014 | Credo Mobile
    Is your phone company ... Helping lead the fight against Big Oil's Keystone XL pipeline? Celebrating the victories of the Take Down the Tea Party Ten campaign? Fighting to save Net Neutrality? The largest corporate donor to Planned Parenthood?
  • Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone

    07/30/2014 6:13:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 75 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7-29-2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    "I honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. I was letting him go play,” she told the station. As Dominic was passing by a public pool, lifeguards asked him where his mother was. “They asked me a couple questions, and I got scared so I ran off to the park and then they called the cops,” Dominic said. Police found the boy in the park playground playing with other children. He had a cellphone around his neck that was given to him by his mother, a police affidavit said. Police took the boy home and the mother was arrested...
  • Israeli Shells Said to Hit School in Gaza, Killing at Least 20

    07/30/2014 6:03:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-30-2014 | BEN HUBBARD and JODI RUDOREN
    “What we’ve seen in our shelters is indicative of what we’ve seen more generally,” Mr. Turner said. “When they started naval bombardment, artillery and tank fire, that’s just not as accurate as airstrikes. They can’t see what they’re shooting at, so we’ve seen more destruction, more damage, more death.” Mr. Turner of the United Nations said his agency had provided the GPS coordinates of the school to the Israel Defense Forces 17 times, starting July 16 and most recently Tuesday at 8:48 p.m., to ensure it would be spared. Ziad Yousef, who also works for the agency, said the doors...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    07/30/2014 2:54:31 AM PDT · by sneakers · 10 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • 2 Babies Get Herpes After Jewish Circumcision Ritual

    07/29/2014 10:40:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    2 Babies Get Herpes After Jewish Circumcision Ritual ANCIENT RITUAL INVOLVES SUCKING BLOOD FROM WOUND, SPITTING IT ASIDE By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff Posted Jul 29, 2014 (NEWSER) – An ancient and now rare type of circumcision called metzitzah b'peh, which is sometimes performed by Orthodox Jews on newborn boys, appears to be behind the spread of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) to two newborns in New York this month. Both boys were born to mothers who carried full-term and had normal deliveries, reports WNBC-TV. During the ritual, however, the person doing the circumcision uses direct oral suction...
  • Mining the rest of California's uninsured

    07/29/2014 10:17:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-30-2014
    Hispanics make up 62 percent of the uninsured, and that demographic group presents a particular challenge for insurance-expansion advocates. Nearly half of the uninsured Hispanics are ineligible for either Medi-Cal or Obamacare plans because they are undocumented immigrants. A total of 37 percent of those eligible, documented Hispanics told researchers that they were "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that if they signed up for health insurance it "will draw attention" to their own or a family member's immigration status.
  • High risk offender decides against move to Gage Park

    07/29/2014 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    thespec ^ | Matthew Van Dongen
    A high-risk sex offender is on the move again as public outrage mounts over a warning from police that he would be living in the city's east end. Hamilton police issued a rare community safety notification Friday for Keith Theodore Constantin, who was released from custody last week after serving a five-year sentence for sexually assaulting a young woman in the basement of his parents' Hamilton home.
  • What the Robot Apocalypse Will Mean for IT, Jobs and Work

    07/29/2014 10:00:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    CIO ^ | 7-11-2014 | Rob Enderle
    The general consensus is that the jobs most affected will be menial, low-paying ones – but this may not be the low-hanging fruit at all. Folks will work less and have far more time to spend on wonderful things because they'll share jobs. (they'll also make far less money, likely falling under the threshold where their employers pay for medical coverage.)
  • Russia hit with strongest sanctions since Cold War

    07/29/2014 9:36:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    abc.au ^ | 7-30-2014 | JANE COWAN
    The European Union and the United States are imposing the strongest sanctions against Russia since the Cold War in an attempt to prevent further destabilisation of Ukraine. The sanctions will now hit Russian banks and its energy and defence sectors. US president Barak Obama says Russia must pay an economic price for meddling in Ukraine and should brace for an even bigger hit if it continues to support the rebels.
  • Where Does Ebola Come From?

    07/29/2014 9:17:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7-29-2014 | OLGA KHAZAN
    There are no gorillas in West Africa, so specialists think this outbreak is linked to fruit bats. In 2007 in Uganda, an Ebola outbreak was traced to “a couple of kids playing with fruit bats in a cave. They came home with two dead fruit bats and the mothers cooked them,” said Dr. Estrella Lasry, a tropical medicine advisor to Doctors Without Borders. Researchers still don’t know the exact cause of this particular outbreak, but it might have to do with the local practice of eating bats for food, according to Jonathan Epstein, an epidemiologist at EcoHealth Alliance. “It's unclear...
  • Ebola Outbreak: NC Missionaries Evacuating 60 People

    07/29/2014 9:05:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    wfmy news 2 ^ | 7-29-2014 | Emily Spain
    The organizations are planning to move the 60 people out of Liberia to another area of Africa in the next couple of days. That group will stay in Africa for a 21-day fever watch to make sure they do not have the Ebola virus. Johnson said, the two groups are working with the CDC and state department to make sure the 60 people are cleared before coming back to the states. Right now, none of them are showing signs of the disease. "It's a safety precaution for some of the children that we have there and some of the spouses....
  • USA TODAY COLUMN: BILL GATES’ TECH WORKER LIE

    07/29/2014 8:50:46 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-28-2014
    Business executives and politicians endlessly complain that there is a "shortage" of qualified Americans and that the U.S. must admit more high-skilled guest workers to fill jobs in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Yet within the past month, two odd things occurred: Census reported that only one in four STEM degree holders is in a STEM job, and Microsoft announced plans to downsize its workforce by 18,000 jobs.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton gets early start at book signing

    07/29/2014 8:08:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    timesunion ^ | 7-29-2014
    Patrons had to buy the potential presidential candidate's new book, "Hard Choices," from the store in advance. A total of 1,000 people did. Clinton was to dash off her signature only, so no personal requests would be allowed and no other memorabilia signed, according to the bookstore's website. Children over age 6 were required to have their own book and ticket, and patrons were not allowed to bring bags or personal items into the store.
  • Why does job loss increase mortality risk, but a recession reduce it?

    07/29/2014 7:20:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    While some studies have associated unemployment with increased risk of death, others claim that recessions reduce mortality. Results of the study revealed that losing a job is associated with a 73% higher risk of death, which the team says is the equivalent of adding 10 years to a person's age. Every percentage-point increase in a person's state unemployment rates was a linked to a 9% reduction in the risk of death - the equivalent of reducing a person's age by 1 year.
  • Meghan McCain: No more Sarah Palin

    07/29/2014 7:11:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 29, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meghan McCain won’t be tuning into the Sarah Palin Channel any time soon. “I am not going to subscribe to Sarah Palin’s $9.95 per month,” McCain said on Monday during her Pivot show TakePart Live. “I got all the Sarah Palin I need for one lifetime.” Palin, the 2008 running mate of McCain’s father Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), announced Sunday that she will be starting her own Internet television news channel, the Sarah Palin Channel. “This is a news channel that really is a lot more than news,” Palin said in a video posted to Facebook on Sunday. “This is...
  • Paul Singer: This threat is 'head-and-shoulders' above all others

    07/29/2014 6:23:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/29/14 | Lawrence Delevingne
    "(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences," Singer wrote. "Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think." Carrington refers to a solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph systems to fail around the world. Singer warned that a man-made EMP attack would be even worse.
  • Ravens fans give Ray Rice standing ovation during practice

    07/29/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 29 July 2014 | http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/07/29/baltimore-ravens-fans-ray-rice-standing-ovation?xid=nl_siextra
    Baltimore Ravens fans gave running back Ray Rice a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field during training camp practice on Monday, according to the team's website. Rice acknowledged the cheering fans by pointing to the crowd. Rice was seen on video in February dragging his then-fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. He was charged with third-degree aggravated assault after Janay Palmer, whom he later married, was left unconscious following the incident. Rice agreed to enter into a diversion program to avoid a jail sentence. More: Lenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities...
  • Tech advice? Best tools to make a commercial-grade online instruction series

    07/29/2014 1:55:06 PM PDT · by Maceman · 5 replies
    7-29-14 | Maceman
    I am planning to develop an online music instruction course which I intend to make available online to paying subscribers. The content will be a combination of text, narration, videos/visual images with and without animation, and music audio tracks which will synch with the video/visual imagery. I will not be using videos of myself in the course material. When I first got the idea for this series of lessons, I was thinking in terms of making and selling it as a DVD, but now I think that idea is obsolete. Ideally, a user should only need a laptop or tablet...
  • Liberal Policies = "Feel Good Fascism” ~ Vanity

    07/29/2014 9:34:28 AM PDT · by GraceG · 12 replies
    I was in another thread and somehow my brain decided to come up with a new apt term to describe liberal control freak policies... The 3lbs of grey matter between my ears came up with the term "Feel Good Fascism". I think it encapsulates their ideology quite well. Fat People are bad and drink too much soda, so ban people from buying soda = Feel Good Fascism. Poor People Exist, so you Steal using government power to give help to people who are unable to or unwilling to work = Feel Good Fascism. Liberal policies have two components, One is...
  • Total Apollo Moon Program Expense Spent in 70 Days of Welfare Payments

    07/29/2014 9:04:09 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Means-tested welfare payments have reached one trillion dollars annually, per the National Review. That got me making a calculation. In 2014 dollars, the entire Apollo Moon Project, from 1963 - 1969, cost $119.1 billion. That means that the entire Moon Program up to the Apollo 11 landing cost as much as 70 days of welfare payments, or, from January 1 until the second week of March, 2014.
  • 'Clear evidence' of a weakening in housing: Shiller

    07/29/2014 8:20:32 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-29-2014 | reuters
    U.S. single-family home prices fell in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, falling short of expectations calling for a slight gain, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.3 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis. A Reuters poll of economists forecast a gain of 0.2 percent. Non-seasonally adjusted prices rose 1.1 percent in the 20 cities, compared to an expectation of a 1.5 percent rise. "What I find particularly interesting is that on a seasonally-adjusted basis, nationally, home prices are falling only a smidgen—three-tenths of one percent—but the...
  • Mexican Prison Ordeal Saps Marine's Life Savings

    07/29/2014 7:16:03 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 18 replies
    military.com ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Fox news
    Mexican Prison Ordeal Saps Marine's Life Savings While Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was living on a base and eating MREs in Afghanistan and earning a battlefield promotion, his paychecks from Uncle Sam were piling up in the bank. He dreamed of returning to Weston, Fla., when his second tour of duty ended and buying a new truck, maybe getting a place of his own. At 26, and with a modest nest egg waiting, he had a future back home. Now Tahmooressi languishes in a Mexican prison, plagued by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. And the $65,000 he saved in the service of...
  • And the buyer of the Kurdish crude oil is...

    07/29/2014 7:06:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-29-2014
    Talmay may never get custody of the oil because a Texas judge has ordered U.S. marshals to seize the cargo at the request of the Iraqi government. The crude is controversial because the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq drilled and shipped the oil in defiance of the Iraqi central government, who says the shipment is a violation of the Iraqi constitution. In a court filing on Monday, Iraq laid claim to the cargo that it says was sold by the regional government of Kurdistan without permission from Baghdad, which has said such deals amount to smuggling.
  • The Senate Race That Couldn’t Be Lost—And Was A lesson in political humility. Read more:

    07/29/2014 4:07:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-29-14 | Larry Sabato
    If there is one nightmare common to all U.S. senators, it’s the possibility of an unexpected upset by an underdog challenger come Election Day. Not only do they lose their seat, but the shock of defeat becomes one of the most notable parts of their biography. This November, no one wants to be the Senate’s Eric Cantor. For my money, one of the most jaw-dropping Senate results in modern history occurred exactly 50 years ago. It’s barely remembered even by the political community, but it shouldn’t be forgotten. This old race teaches enduring lessons about politics, and in 2014 we’ll...
  • Happy Birthday, ‘Lord Of The Rings’

    07/29/2014 3:38:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 56 replies
    Sixty years ago today, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” part one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork, “The Lord of the Rings,” was published in the United Kingdom. Tolkien conceived of the novel as one book, not three. He would have preferred for its approximately 1,200 to 1,500 pages (depending on the edition) to appear between just one set of covers. But his publisher, George Allen & Unwin, decided to mete out the fantasy narrative and release it as a trilogy over 15 months. “The Two Towers” came out in November, 1954, and “The Return of the King” hit bookstore shelves the...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    07/29/2014 2:47:53 AM PDT · by sneakers · 20 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • As the tech money flows in, how can Oaklanders optimize it for good?

    07/28/2014 11:21:40 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    Vator TV ^ | 7-28-2014 | Karen Wertman
    Learning from what has happened in neighboring cities like San Francisco (sky-high rents displacing residents as the nouveau riche move in), Oakland can be smarter about managing growth that's sustainable and equitable. To that end, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, in partnership with 2.Oakland and Live Work Oakland sponsored a 90-minute discussion at Vator Splash Oakland. The session was entitled  “Envisioning a Vibrant and Inclusive Oakland Tech Ecosystem.” “This is a great chance for us to start an important and defining conversation,” said moderator Cedric Brown, managing partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, which moved to Oakland to work on...
  • Mary Poppins Quits (The Video Rebuttal w/ Remy)

    07/28/2014 10:57:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Reason ^ | 7-25-2014 | Remy & Todd Krainin
    Just 3 pages of Econ, And perhaps your mind will change. When free people arrange, Voluntary exchange. Just 3 pages of Econ, With this talk of "living wage"... Tell me, what do you folks pay?
  • Voters to decide on youth nonprofit tax status

    07/28/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    The Register Herald ^ | 7-29-2014 | Pamela Pritt
    Legislation passed late in the session in March will put one issue on the November ballot for voters — whether Boy Scouts’ Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be able to rent its property and facilities to other organizations, and not pay property taxes on its 10,600 acres in Fayette County. Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh, said he thinks the continued promoting of the area is a good idea. “I think anything we can do to promote this area of the state and that facility is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we have to offer,” Green said. “But we...
  • Two Former McDonald's Executives Are Leading A Fast-Food Revolution

    07/28/2014 9:29:53 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | 7-29-2014 | HAYLEY PETERSON
    Two former McDonald’s executives are trying to bring kale, quinoa, and other upscale foods to the masses with a health-conscious restaurant chain called LYFE Kitchen. Mike Roberts, the former global president of McDonald’s, teamed up with Stephen Sidwell, who helped found the meat substitute Gardein, and Mike Donahue, McDonald’s USA’s former chief of corporate communications, to launch LYFE Kitchen three years ago. The chain, which calls itself “fresh casual,” now has 10 locations and ambitious plans to open 250 more within the next five years. Current locations include California, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, and Nevada.
  • Michelle Obama releases video saying 2014 election is more serious than 2008, 2012

    07/28/2014 9:07:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-28-2014 | Daniel Miller
    Michelle Obama has made a passionate video appeal claiming the 2014 mid-term elections are more serious than both her husband's presidential wins. With a beleaguered Barack Obama suffering from some of his lowest ever approval ratings, the First Lady is increasingly being seen as the Democrats' secret weapon in their desperate fight for Congress. In the new video recorded to launch the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's 1millionvotesfor2014.com website, Mrs Obama tells party activists the mid-terms will be even closer than both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Mrs Obama raises several key issues including equal pay for women, immigration reform, raising...
  • Quinn Says He Can Live On Minimum Wage

    07/28/2014 8:51:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    wics abc 20 ^ | 7-28-2014
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure. On Sunday, Quinn and other Democrats spoke at a campaign event in Chicago about the non-binding measure on the November 4 ballot. It asked if the minimum wage should be raised from $8.25 /hour to $10 /hour. One congress woman, who's lived on minimum wage, asked the Governor if he could do the same, and he answered yes.
  • Rob Ford On A Teeter Totter Is The Reason The Internet Exists

    07/28/2014 8:23:26 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Sports Grid ^ | 7-28-2014 | Rick Chandler
    Toronto mayor Rob Ford has just spent two months in rehab, so naturally when he got out and returned to his duties, the teeter totter at the park was his first stop. Wheee! That’s Rob on the ground and older brother Doug in mid-air, because physics.
  • Cuyama Solar Farm Powers Ahead

    07/28/2014 8:11:36 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    KEYT ^ | 7-23-2014 | Keith Carls
    First Solar says the power generated will help prevent brownouts in the Cuyama Valley and be put on the grid with PG&E. "So we have an affordable, sustainable energy source to power about 16,000 homes", Legg says, "that is the equivalent of displacing 30,000 metric tons of carbon and greenhouse gases per year, which is the equivalent of taking about 6,000 cars off the road every year." First Solar says the Cuyama Solar Facility project will create as many as 200 construction jobs. "There will be between 8 and 14 months of employment", Legg says, "that will be a combination...
  • Remote Desktop won't work on one computer

    07/28/2014 7:24:07 PM PDT · by chuckles · 48 replies
    vanity | 7/28/2014 | chuckles
    I'm trying to get Remote Desktop on my home network to work. I have 2 desktops and 2 laptops. One desktop is my main box and I have 4 screens and use it to serve media to my TV over a web box. I have 6 drives on it and it needs lots of maintenance. I can remote each laptop and the other desktop from each other, but I can't access my main box from anywhere. I've done all the help fixes, but no joy yet. I can even access the laptops and other box from my main desktop, but...
  • Remember How Happy We Were 20&30 Years Ago.Did Anyone See This World Crisis Coming?

    07/28/2014 4:24:15 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 43 replies
    Think back to 1984 and 1994.You got to admit they were some of the best days of our lives.In 1984,we had President Reagan,the dawn of wonderful 80's,for many who are now in their 40's,50's&60's.It was their happiest times.And the good times just kept on coming with the Bush/Clinton years.The 90's were a never ending party,great economy,great music&memorable Presidential Scandals.Who wouldn't give up Pizza&Burgers to go back to either decade and Stay There!And here we are 20/30 years later and who would of ever thought they would see the day when we had a {Fill In The Blank}As President of the...
  • SWAT Sniper Paid The Price For Fantasizing About Killing Bundy Ranch Protesters

    07/28/2014 4:18:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 57 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Jul 28, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    Following April’s standoff between federal agents and civilian protesters at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, tensions on both sides of the issue remained high. What one law enforcement professional posted on social media regarding the incident, however, went far beyond the bounds of policy disagreement. After publicly fantasizing about blowing a protester’s head off with his sniper rifle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that [Officer Laws] was soon called out by fellow Facebook user J.L. Bourne. According to sources within the department, he was transferred out of the SWAT team and placed on patrol duty.
  • Police: Toddler smashes Jeep into house, dashes home to watch cartoons

    07/28/2014 4:01:31 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    wtv4 ^ | 7-28-2014
    A diaper-clad toddler crashed a Jeep Wrangler into a neighbor’s house in Oregon — then scampered home, sat on the couch and watched cartoons, authorities said. The 3-year-old boy was under his mother’s watch in Myrtle Creek when the incident happened last week, Police Officer Kevin Taggart said. She was not paying attention to him and he found the keys, got inside the car and knocked it out of gear, according to Taggart. A witness called 911 after seeing the child rolling by in the Jeep and past an intersection before hitting the house. Sensing he was in trouble, the...
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]

    07/28/2014 3:24:01 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | 07.28.14
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]
  • Israel protesters conduct 'die-in' outside Boeing

    07/28/2014 12:59:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    KING 5 ^ | 7-28-2014
    Activists blocked the entrance to Boeing’s office in Tukwila to protest what they call the company’s support for Israel in its war on Gaza. A spokesperson for the group Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) said some 50 Jewish and Palestinian activists were taking part in a non-violent protest. A handful blocked the entrance to the offices at 9725 East Marginal Way S. Another 40 were conducting a “die-in” at a nearby intersection by lying down in a crosswalk.
  • Libya oil-tanker fire blazes out of control

    07/28/2014 12:52:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    A fire from fuel tanks near Tripoli's international airport that has been ignited by rocket attacks is out of control as clashes between rival militias have resumed in the area, the National Oil Company says. Six million litres of fuel were set ablaze by a rocket late on Sunday, with the second depot hit on Monday. "It is out of control. The second tank has been hit and the firefighters have withdrawn from the site as the fighting has resumed in the area", National Oil Company spokesman Mohamed Al-Harrai told Reuters on Monday. "The situation is very dangerous after a...
  • Why Sarah Palin launched her own online TV network

    07/28/2014 12:46:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 48 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7-28-2014 | Linda Feldmann
    Sarah Palin hasn’t held office for five years, but the former Alaska governor’s reach only seems to grow. The one-time GOP vice presidential nominee has launched her own Internet TV network, named – drumroll, please – The Sarah Palin Channel. It’s a subscription-based service, and she’s charging $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year. “I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms – and no need to please the powers that be,” Ms. Palin says in a video on the site, which went live Sunday. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through...