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  • Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

    07/29/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Dastin
    Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and PepsiCo (PEP.N) have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them...
  • An Interview with Cheikh Malek el-Khazen

    07/29/2014 6:26:53 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 28 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Cheikh Malek el-Khazen is heir to the House of Khazen, of the Lebanese nobility. He is also the founder of the Khazen Foundation and Khazen.org. He was kind enough to grant me an interview. Could you tell us a little bit about your family's history?The Khazen can trace back their lineage to the 9th century, when they were mainly located in the Levant. They started acquiring lands from the Muslim Shi'a Tribes in Mount Lebanon during the 1400s and mainly focused their exodus in the Keserwan district. This caused the Shi'a to leave Keserwan and migrate to the South of...
  • Welcome to Vietnam

    07/29/2014 6:21:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    World Affairs ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michael J. Totten
    Ho Chi Minh would be appalled if he could see Vietnam now. Share submit to reddit inShare EmailEmail PrintPrint Well, perhaps not appalled—he was less doctrinaire than the likes of Vladimir Lenin and Fidel Castro, and even hard-line ideologues can become more flexible over time—but he certainly wouldn’t recognize it. The Doi Moi market reforms that began in 1986 (a mere eleven years after the fall of Saigon and national unification under the Communist Party) and a general slackening of state micromanagement have transformed the country out of all recognition.
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 29, 2014

    07/29/2014 5:07:48 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 8 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 29, 2014 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". gibbosity [gi-BOS-i-tee] -n 1. a protuberance or swelling. 2. the state of being gibbous..[00; Middle English < Middle French gibbosite < Medieval Latin gibbōsitāt- (stem of gibbōsitās ). See gibbous, -ity]
  • 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 · 31 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 · 18 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!
  • The King of Bryan College

    07/29/2014 2:17:30 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 7-29-2014 | Mike Adams
    In my columns, I often write about the swift moral decline within our nation's secular universities. That usually involves writing about corrupt university administrators. But I would be a hypocrite were I to ignore corruption by administrators at Christian colleges and universities. Right now, there is a controversy brewing at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee with moral ramifications that are simply too important to ignore. At the center of the controversy is Bryan's president Dr. Stephen Livesay. His conduct as Bryan's president has been so far outside the realm of normal professional conduct as to nearly defy description. Nonetheless, I...
  • Today's Toons 7/29/14

    07/29/2014 1:30:31 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 9 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 7/29/14 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • TCM Movie today "The Mortal Storm" with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan

    07/29/2014 1:14:45 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 11 replies
    Turner Classic Movies | July 29, 2014 | TCM Movie
    Great movie on today, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9 AM central time. "The Mortal Storm" with Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullivan, and Robert Young. Takes place in pre WWII Europe. An Austrian farmer (Jimmy Stewart) and a professor's daughter (Margaret Sullivan) flee Nazi Germany on skis. Shows what can happen when political correctness takes over a society. Great movie. Set you DVR before you go to work.
  • Another Serpent Impersonates NC's Most Enigmatic Venomous Snake, in its Absence

    07/28/2014 11:46:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    A new study by a UNC-Chapel Hill biology professor and a graduate student has raised questions about the nature of evolution and whether North Carolina's rarest venomous snake is now almost gone. The study by David Pfennig, who specializes in evolution, and student Chris Akcali appears in the June edition of the online journal Biology Letters. Among other things, it asserts that the eastern coral snake is now either extinct or "functionally extinct" in the Sandhills region of the state, where many science books have long shown the snake to live. This was the farthest north that heat-loving eastern coral...
  • Muslims Are All Set to Argue Which Day Eid Is…Right About Now

    07/28/2014 11:40:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Muslims are set to argue which day Eid is…right about now. The annual argument has already begun in some parts of the world and in the UK neighbours will be debating which day Eid should and should not be. Religious leaders and clerics will be trying their best to justify which day the moon was and was not sighted. And things are about to get all technical. A new survey also released today says that the Eid argument is now ranks top as the most talked about ‘Muslim front room debate’. It is followed about ‘Is Coke Haram?’ and ‘How...
  • 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...
  • Man Survives 103 Hours Trapped in Freezer… by Licking the Ice

    07/28/2014 11:12:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 28 Jul 2014
    A fish factory worker survived spending more than four days trapped inside an industrial freezer, licking ice to keep himself alive. Mai Thanh Sang feared he was going to die when he was buried under bags of fish fillets after shelving units collapsed as he and three colleagues cleaned the -22C storeroom. Thoughts of his wife and baby helped the 23-year-old keep his spirits up while rescue workers spent 103 hours trying to find him. When they reached him, Mr Sang was suffering from the worst case of frostbite doctors at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,...
  • The Black Panel at Comic-Con: 'African American culture is American culture'

    07/28/2014 11:03:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Of the hundreds of panels available at Comic-Con, which drew to a close on Sunday, none are more respected than the long-running Black Panel, hosted by the comic book creator and Milestone Media co-founder Michael Davis. Unlike most of the other panels at Comic-Con, the Black Panel has nothing to sell, and features guests who also have nothing to promote. Instead, it is a discussion between audience and panel members about black culture, a way for prominent figures in African American entertainment to reach out to those who hope to emulate their paths to success. Davis started the panel in...
  • Mary Poppins Quits (The Video Rebuttal w/ Remy)

    07/28/2014 10:57:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 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?
  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

    07/28/2014 10:40:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 8:59 PM EDT | Leanne Italie
    As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives. The lingerie shop is known for one-on-one fittings, but Jack was denied access to the area where professionals work privately with customers after being asked if she was an anatomical female. […] A gender binary exists in fashion, and that’s a challenge for those who don’t conform. Masculine-presenting women are often destined for boys’ departments or bad fits, while people...
  • Boy, age 4, has mark of the DEVIL on his chest

    07/28/2014 10:38:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    malaysia-chronicle ^ | 29 July 2014 | Thesun.co.uk
    THE parents of a boy aged four were horrified when a “mark of the Devil” appeared on his chest. Sharon Lewis and Robby Jones spotted the cross-hair imprint as they got son Samuel ready for bed. The sinister sign is proving a devil to explain. The imprint has baffled his parents, teachers and even the family's GP. Shocked Sharon, 37, of Market Drayton, Shrops, said yesterday: “It’s a nightmare. Some people have said it’s the Symbol of Mammon — the sign of the Devil’s first born — which has been very upsetting.
  • Germany’s students fail to graduate in time

    07/28/2014 10:25:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jul 2014 14:32 GMT+02:00
    Leaked figures show the average student in Germany still takes around four years to complete a bachelor’s degree, suggesting controversial reforms to higher education have so far failed to cut down the number of Germany’s perpetual students. Reforms to reduce degree times have not yet cut down on numbers of so-called “Dauerstudenten”—eternal students who can take up to six years for their undergraduate degree before embarking on a lengthy master's course. Under the old German system, students were allowed to take semesters off to work, earn cash, travel, do work experience placements or study abroad. This led to lengthy degrees...
  • Germany’s green tech forces 400x increase in power rates

    07/28/2014 10:00:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 28, 2014July 28, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    The price of a stabilized green power grid is very steep, one could say it is like a “hockey stick”Story submitted by Eric Worrall  (h/t John Droz)Coal and gas electricity companies are being paid up to 400x times the wholesale price of power, in return for helping to stabilize the German electricity grid.According to Bloomberg, “Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country’s electricity grid.” “At the beginning, this market counted for only a small portion of...
  • 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...
  • Chilling Fact: Jews were welcomed in more countries in 1939 then they are today

    07/28/2014 9:41:21 PM PDT · by keat · 22 replies
    July 28, 2014 | self
    Talk amongst yourselves.
  • Two Former McDonald's Executives Are Leading A Fast-Food Revolution

    07/28/2014 9:29:53 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 42 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.
  • Gina McCarthy, EPA: carbon reduction is not about pollution – it’s about money

    07/28/2014 9:20:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | July 28th, 2014 | Joanne
    I don’t think Gina McCarthy had thought this through. McCarthy to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: “And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants…It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units,” “This is an investment strategy that will really not just reduce carbon pollution but will position the United States to continue to grow economically in every state, based...
  • 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.
  • Dog Owner Wants Cops' Protection if Pet Removed

    07/28/2014 8:33:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014
    American complains of barking dog, crowing cockerelAn engineer from the US, who had been residing in Jaffna has lodged a complaint with the police that his neighbour’s dog and the cockerel are creating a nuisance, barking and crowing and disturbing him. The engineer who lives in Navalar Road Jaffna has said that he has been disturbed by the noises around his house. When the owner was called in, he said he cannot control his animals from making noise. However, the police asked him to remove the dog from the premises, to which the owner said that if the dog is...
  • 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.
  • Video: Lioness Attacks Saudi TV Star Lujain Omran During Show (Ramadan Show)

    07/28/2014 8:13:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014
    Was presenting programme on Sama Dubai TV when incident occuredA Ramadan TV programme nearly turned into a tragedy after a lioness featured on the programme attacked the host. Well known Saudi MBC TV presenter Lujain Omran was presenting a programme on Sama Dubai TV when the incident occured. The lioness leaps onto the host and drops her to the floor before other TV crew come to the terrified host’s rescue, Emarat Al Youm, who carried the video, reported.
  • Teacher accused of child endangerment to resign, superintendent says

    07/28/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    WLWT ^ | staff
    OUNT BLANCHARD, Ohio —The teacher that was accused of push and grabbing one of her students is expected to resign, according to the school’s superintendent. Barbara Williams has pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge.
  • 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...
  • Albino Cobra Fetches Two Million

    07/28/2014 8:03:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014
    The disappearance of an albino cobra, couple of weeks ago, and later dumped near the zoo of the Dehiwala Zoo (Sri Lanka) has caused the officials there to suspect that ten such snakes might have been stolen and sold to buyers in the recent past, though it was claimed that the reptiles had died. Meanwhile, an employee of the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens is alleged to have inquired about the albino snake before it went missing, and claimed that he had got an offer of two million rupees for it. Insiders said that their investigations have revealed that the same employee...
  • Worried Wife Triggers Coast Guard Search For Missing Hubby....Who Wasn't Missing

    07/28/2014 7:40:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Mon, Jul 28, 2014 | Dennis Romero
    A woman worried because her husband didn't return home to Long Beach Saturday night after embarking on a fishing trip phoned the U.S. Coast Guard, which launched an epic search for the man and his four pals. They were just fine, spending some quality bro time docked at Avalon Harbor, the USGS says. The woman isn't facing any possible charges, but the agency said this case illustrates how important it is to have a plan, stick to it, and communicate when you hit the high seas: The guys said afterward that they had planned to return Sunday afternoon instead of...
  • Clarkstown High School teacher Kip Bonsignore accused of public lewdness while driving upstate

    07/28/2014 7:34:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    news12 ^ | staff
    CLARKSTOWN - A Clarkstown South High School teacher was arrested for allegedly exposing himself while driving on an upstate highway.
  • Remote Desktop won't work on one computer

    07/28/2014 7:24:07 PM PDT · by chuckles · 41 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...
  • Son 'did what had to be done,' kills man attacking mother in their N. Minn. home

    07/28/2014 6:41:38 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 40 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Paul Walsh
    A Twin Cities man, already bloodied from one home invasion in far northern Minnesota, repeated the crime down the highway minutes later and attacked a 72-year-old woman before the victim’s son stepped in — saying he “did what had to be done” — and fatally shot the suspect, authorities said Monday. The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. Saturday outside the house along Hwy. 53, roughly 4 miles east of Ray, Minn., according to the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m the son who did what had to be done,” said Brad Himes, 48, who came to the rescue of his mother,...
  • Waterloo Teacher Accused of Sex with Student

    07/28/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WHOTV ^ | staff
    WATERLOO, Iowa — A former Waterloo teacher, and coach, has been accused of sexually abusing a student. Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Ankrum is charged with one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee.
  • Mt. Morris CSD teacher arrested under "Leandra's Law"

    07/28/2014 6:12:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    WHEC ^ | Berkeley Brean
    A teacher, who is also a championship track and field coach, is charged with driving drunk with her young children in the car. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested Carolyn Garger after she hit a car and then crashed into a ditch. The children in her car were under 15-years-old. Because of that, she is charged with a felony under Leandra’s Law. The sheriff’s office says Garger hit another car on Route 20A, just outside the village of Geneseo and then ended up in the ditch a little further east. The three kids in her car were her...
  • No. Smithfield teacher arrested, charged with stealing $6,866

    07/28/2014 6:05:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    NORTH SMITHFIELD – A North Smithfield Middle School teacher was arrested on Thursday, July 24 and has been accused of stealing nearly $7,000 from the School Department. Brian Chuey, 29, of Cranston has been charged with two counts of felony larceny after allegedly stealing $6,866, according to a release from the North Smithfield Police Department. He is being held pending an appearance before a Justice of the Peace.
  • Rutherford County School Teacher arrested for the second time on "Public Intoxication"......

    07/28/2014 5:59:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WGNS ^ | staff
    FULL TITLE: Rutherford County School Teacher arrested for the second time on "Public Intoxication" charge in Murfreesboro A Rutherford County School teacher has been rearrested for a second time on similar charges. April Littlepage, age 40, was arrested at the Paddock Club Apartments swimming pool around 4:30 this past Friday afternoon.
  • Meet Shoko the Pirate Cat, the Sweetest Little Peg-Leg Kitten [w/pix, videos]

    07/28/2014 5:38:07 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 13 replies
    Catster ^ | Jul 28th 2014 | Phillip Mlynar
    She has only 3 fully formed legs because of a birth defect, she's named after an "Adventure Time" character -- and she's a terror on tissue rolls. --- Today's Monday Miracle is Shoko the Pirate, a peg-legged kitten who was scooped up from a foster situation after a pet store in Connecticut deemed her damaged goods. Despite her dinky fourth paw, Shoko still manages to hop and skip around with a playful verve -- and also seems to be cultivating a burgeoning portfolio of wrecked toilet rolls. Asked about the backstory to Shoko's shortened leg, her owner Lux Alptraum says,...
  • Heads Up! James Garner Tribute on TCM Tonight 7/28/14

    07/28/2014 5:13:31 PM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    TCM ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014
    Times: EDT 8:00 PM comedy Thrill Of It All, The (1963) 10:00 PM war Americanization of Emily, The (1964) 12:00 AM drama Children's Hour, The (1961) 2:00 AM musical Victor Victoria (1982 4:30 AM suspense Marlowe (1969) James Garner (1928-2014) An enormously likable and well-respected star since the early 1950s, James Garner was an OscarŽ-nominated American actor with a knack for playing lovable rogues in scores of films and television series. Though his rugged good looks made him a capable leading man in features like "The Great Escape" (1963), "The Americanization of Emily" (1964), and "Grand Prix" (1969), Garner found...
  • State Department: Christian presence in Middle East becoming ‘shadow of its former self’

    07/28/2014 5:06:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2014 | (With AP)
    The State Department issued a dire report Monday on the state of religious freedom around the world, with an alarming warning that the Christian presence in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East is becoming a “shadow of its former self.” The analysis was included as part of a comprehensive report on religious freedom around the world in 2013. The report cited a flood of examples of governments and militant groups cracking down on religious minorities, everywhere from Pakistan to Egypt to China. The victims included Christians, but also Hindus, Muslims and others. The report offered a pointed warning about...
  • Obama Thanks Muslims for ‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’

    07/28/2014 4:50:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 28, 2014 - 4:40 PM | Barbara Boland
    A statement put out today by President Barack Obama on the occasion of a religious holiday is raising some eyebrows. […]In the United States, Eid (al-Fitr) also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. […]The word choice here, that anyone built “the very fabric of our nation” would usually sound hackneyed and overplayed—but, in this particular instance, given that the U.S. didn’t even have its first Muslim-American congressman until 2007, the peculiar word choice has left some scratching their heads. …
  • Windows 8 Died at Launch, Microsoft Moves on to Windows 9

    07/28/2014 4:25:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 120 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/2014 | Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft attempted something different and daring with Windows 8. It introduced a whole new interface and means of interaction with your PC that was identical to a smartphone or tablet. It threw out the “Start” menu and mouse-driven interface people had used for decades in favor of a touch-driven interface with tiles, some of which received active information updates. And people hated it. “They tried to get their entire audience to jump from a UI [user interface] they were comfortable with to a brand new one with a serious learning curve,” California-based Creative Strategies tech analyst and president Tim Bajarin...
  • 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 · 41 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 · 48 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...
  • Judge rules against Donald Sterling, OKs Clippers' record-setting $2 billion sale

    07/28/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 7/28/2014 | AP
    LOS ANGELES -- A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. "I can't believe it's over. I feel good," she said. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks. She sought approval from a probate judge...
  • How Your Cereal Causes Climate Change

    07/28/2014 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 28, 20:31 GMT | Clare Foran
    One of the world's largest food companies says it's about to take a big bite out of global warming. General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Wheaties, said Monday that it will set a target to limit air pollution throughout its entire supply chain next summer. This marks the first time the food giant has pledged to measurably rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from its agricultural suppliers of ingredients like soy and sugarcane. Environmental watchdogs say the effort is significant. According to Oxfam, air pollution created by the agricultural industry makes up a quarter of total greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide....