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  • Oprah loses millions in ad sales for 'O' magazine

    04/14/2012 7:46:36 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 56 replies
    The Grio ^ | April 13, 2012 | Chris Witherspoon
    Just when we thought things were beginning to look up for Oprah Winfrey, her highly successful magazine takes a fall. According to a new report, O, The Oprah Magazine is down millions of dollars in advertising sales in comparison to last year. The Association of Magazine Media reports that ad sale revenue for O, The Oprah Magazine was $48.8 million in 2011. However, this year ad sales are at a low of $34.2 million, which translates to a decrease of 24.1 percent. The magazine's newsstand sales have also been declining as of late. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations,...
  • The Short-Lived Joy of Indoor Exercise Equipment

    04/14/2012 7:42:21 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 13 replies
    Time definitely goes by slower in a dentist’s chair. I visit the dentist only about once every six months but the time seems to fly in between so it seems like I’m always having to go to the dentist. Yet once I’m there and getting my teeth scraped and cleaned by the dental hygienist, it seems like hours go by before I’m finally out of there. Yet when I look at the clock on my way out, only about a half hour has gone by. I’m thinking that if I get a dentist chair for my living room, I’ll probably...
  • BIG JAPANESE FLEET IN BAY OF BENGAL; CORREGIDOR GUNS BLAST SHIPS, TANKS (4/14/42)

    04/14/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/14/42 | Robert P. Post, David Anderson C.P. Trussell, Byron Darnton, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Staff Sgt. Eisenhauer thought he was shooting at Afghan insurgents during standoff with police

    04/14/2012 6:58:03 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 22 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | 4/14/2012 | Greg Barnes
    The father of a Fort Bragg soldier charged with shooting at Fayetteville police and firefighters from his apartment in January says his son suffered from war-induced mental problems and thought he was firing at Afghan insurgents. Staff Sgt. Joshua "Ike" Eisenhauer, 30, was wounded by police, who returned fire in the four-hour standoff at Austin Creek apartments. His father, Mark Eisenhauer, says that although he and his wife are uncertain of the events of Jan. 13, their son told them he was alone in his apartment about 10 p.m. when he awoke to the sound of people running up the...
  • Conservative Hypocrisy - Romney's candidacy could destroy Conservative movement

    04/14/2012 6:26:09 AM PDT · by mitchell001 · 39 replies
    April 14, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    One by one, conservatives have endorsed Romney over Santorum and now Gingrich. This has exposed a dangerous hypocrisy. Whereas liberals thrive on hypocrisy, conservatives thrive on principle and ideas. When today's conservatives ignore principle and ideas and continue to do small talk about stay at home moms and GSA convention waste, instead of talking about Gingrich's big ideas of American Energy Independence and how to get there, they risk losing to the incumbent, Obama.
  • Insane Motor Race

    04/14/2012 6:09:08 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 30 replies
    The Isle of Man TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world. Between 1907 and 2009 there have been 237 deaths during official practices or races on the Snaefell Mountain Course.
  • Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works

    04/14/2012 5:52:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/2012 | Paul Casciato
    The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online. The libraries said the digitized collections will centre on three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. The areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields... The initiative has been made possible by a 2 million pound ($3.17 million) award from the Polonsky Foundation. "The service...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (April 14, 2012)

    04/14/2012 4:12:40 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 46 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | April 14, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 19th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or seven- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Steamboats cruise the Mississippi again

    04/14/2012 4:05:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    WWL Radio, New Orleans ^ | 04/13/2012 | Don Ames
    Steamboat cruises are back on the Mississippi River as of today. The Great American Steamboat Co. heads out of New Orleans today. "They'll be offering three-, to seven- to fourteen-day cruises all up and down the Mississippi River," says Robert Jumonville, director of cruise and tourism at the Port of New Orleans. They're steaming on the American Queen, which has been totally refurbished since it last sailed out of New Orleans in 2008. "It's about 420 passengers and top-of-the line. They've done a really nice job of reconditioning it after it's been laid up for a couple of years," says...
  • Baltimore police arrest suspect in man's beating, stripping

    04/14/2012 3:40:17 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/14/12 | CNN Wire Staff
    Baltimore (CNN) -- Baltimore police say they made an arrest in a violent robbery in March that left a man battered and stripped of his clothes on a street while onlookers laughed and did nothing to help. Police arrested Aaron Parsons, 20, Friday evening for his alleged involvement in the March 18 incident captured by cell phone videos that went viral nationwide. He faces multiple counts of robbery, theft and reckless endangerment, police said. The victim was headed to his hotel from a downtown Baltimore club when he was attacked, according to a police report. The man, who had been...
  • Life on Mars found... and we’ve, er, killed it

    04/14/2012 2:44:07 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 14, 2012 | GARY O’SHEA
    BUNGLING Nasa chiefs are believed to have found tiny Martians — but KILLED them by boiling them alive. Two spacecraft that landed on the Red Planet in 1976 are now thought to have detected live microbes in Martian soil. Scientists at the time failed to spot the signs of life — and COOKED the bugs at 160°C during experiments. Now an international team has used modern techniques to re-examine data collected by the two unmanned Viking probes. And biologist Joseph Miller, of the University of Southern California, said: “I’m 99 per cent sure there’s life there. “To paraphrase an old...
  • Astronauts condemn NASA’s global warming endorsement

    04/14/2012 12:14:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    In an unprecedented slap at NASA’s endorsement of global warming science, nearly 50 former astronauts and scientists—including the ex-boss of the Johnson Space Center—claim the agency is on the wrong side of science and must change course or ruin the reputation of the world’s top space agency. Challenging statements from NASA that man is causing climate change, the former NASA executives demanded in a letter to Administrator Charles Bolden that he and the agency “refrain from including unproven remarks” supporting global warming in the media. “We feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of...
  • Microsoft sets end of Windows XP support (for 2014)

    04/14/2012 12:00:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    United Press International ^ | April 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM
    Microsoft says Windows XP users have two years to remain with the older operating system before it ends all support and updates for the software. While users can continue to use Windows XP after the end of Microsoft support, the lack of such support and updates, especially security patches, will make the operating system less and less secure as time passes, Microsoft's Stella Chernyak wrote in a blog post. "Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted," she wrote. Support for Office 2003 will end at the same time as...
  • Wife's last words: 'Why don't you just shoot me?'

    04/13/2012 11:01:38 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 68 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Apr 13, 2012
    LAKE CUSHMAN, Wash. - A woman who was shot dead in her Lake Cushman home on Thursday told her husband, "Why don't you just shoot me?" before he opened fire at her with a shotgun, according to the Mason County Sheriff's Office.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Six Moons of Saturn

    04/13/2012 10:46:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | April 14, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How many moons does Saturn have? So far 62 have been discovered, the smallest only a fraction of a kilometer across. Six of its largest satellites can be seen here, though, in a sharp Saturnian family portrait taken on March 9. Larger than Earth's Moon and even slightly larger than Mercury, Titan has a diameter of 5,150 kilometers and starts the line-up at the lower left. Continuing to the right across the frame are Mimas, Tethys, [Saturn], Enceladus, Dione, and Rhea at far right. Saturn's first known natural satellite, Titan was discovered in 1655 by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens,...
  • Have I been banned!

    04/13/2012 8:44:13 PM PDT · by goodtomato · 106 replies
    4/13/12 | Good Tomato
    Have I been banned?
  • At Sharpton Event, Girls Grill Hip-Hop Radio CEO: You ‘Play Music That Degrades Us’…

    04/13/2012 8:39:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News ^ | April 13, 2012 | Penny Star
    Two young ladies who are leaders in youth groups for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) grilled a radio executive about his lucrative hip hop music programming, asking whether it was any different than drug dealers making money and why would the executive promote material that “degrades us and dumbs our African American people down just to make money?” At the NAN convention in Washington, D.C., a panel discussion was held entitled “Media Race” that was led by MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton, who founded NAN, and included Alfred C. Liggins III, the CEO of Radio One, the seventh largest...
  • Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes

    04/13/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | April 13, 2012 | Ulf Hanke
    The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation. But, 15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium's 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt. Unable to bring the fire under control, the employee called the fire department. Firemen determined that the smoking chimney...
  • African Queen Reigns Again in Key Largo

    04/13/2012 8:30:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Apr 13, 2012 | Fiorella Alvarez
    Iconic vessel is back on the waterThe historic vessel from the 1951 classic film "The African Queen" is back on the waters of Key Largo after some major restoration work. The vessel received almost $70,000 in restorations, including cosmetic and mechanical repairs to make sure the boat will be able to carry passengers, according to the Florida Keys News Bureau. The African Queen was built in 1912 at England's Lytham shipbuilding yard and was originally named the Livingstone. It served the British East Africa Rail Company shuttling cargo in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo until 1968. The vessel was...
  • 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

    04/13/2012 8:29:43 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/13/2012 | John Hawkins
    Saul Alinsky was a brilliant man. Evil, but brilliant. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, everyone on the Left from the President on down is playing by his rules in the political arena. Not all liberals have read his book or know his name, but his tactics have become universal. Sadly for conservatives, when two evenly matched forces go head-to-head outside of a fairy tale, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. So, don't lie or become an evil person like Alinsky, but learn from what he wrote and give...