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  • Pittsburgh Post Office employee, 19 others charged in marijuana trafficking ring

    04/24/2012 6:34:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 24, 2012
    PITTSBURGH — A federal grand jury indicted 20 people accused of being involved in a drug trafficking ring operating out of Western Pennsylvania and California. Authorities said 11 residents of Pennsylvania and nine residents of California were indicted. According to the indictment, from October 2010 to March 2012, the defendants conspired to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. Distribution of 1,000 kilograms is the highest level offense. The group operated through the United States Postal Service using Express Mail packages, police said. According to authorities, at least one of the suspects, Tom Chieu, worked for the post office on...
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare for first anniversary with string of public engagements

    04/24/2012 5:47:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    In stark contrast to April 29 2011, when their wedding at Westminster Abbey was watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world, the couple are planning to spend the date itself together privately this year. After their high-profile tour of the United States and Canada last summer, the couple have carried out only a limited number of public engagements together in Britain
  • Phuket Governor takes action against rumourmongers (Thailand)

    04/24/2012 5:43:51 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 20 replies
    Thai Visa . com ^ | 2012-04-20 | attributed at site, to The Nation
    Tri said he was ready to give up his post if Phuket were to really disappear from the world by April 28. (evidently, some quake predictions running amok?)
  • N. Korea' Propaganda Masterpiece

    04/24/2012 5:17:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    New Focus ^ | 04/23/12
    Left: now famous photo of a very short NK soldier escorted back to his land by large U.S. and SK soldiers Right: N. Korea's photoshopped version
  • Word for the Day, April 24, 2012

    04/24/2012 5:07:53 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 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". beek [beek] -vt, vi 1. to bask or warm in the sunshine or before a fireplace, stove, or bonfire.2. (of wood) to season by exposure to heat. -n3. Obsolete the act of basking or warming by a fire. [1200–50; Middle English beken, akin to bake (perhaps < Germanic *bōkjan ) ]

    04/24/2012 4:42:22 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/24/42 | Robert P. Post, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Are We Sliding Backward on Teaching Evolution?

    04/24/2012 4:21:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/24/2012 | Adam Cohen
    Tennessee was the center of the national debate when it prosecuted John Thomas Scopes for the crime of teaching evolution. Now, 87 years after the Scopes “monkey trial,” Tennessee is once again a battleground over the origins of man. This month, it enacted a controversial new law — dubbed the “monkey bill” — giving schoolteachers broad new rights to question the validity of evolution and to teach students creationism. The Tennessee legislature has been on a determined campaign to impose an ideological agenda on the state’s schools. Last week, the house education committee passed the so-called “Don’t say gay” bill,...
  • Pentagon gets new spy service

    04/24/2012 4:11:06 AM PDT · by Makana · 8 replies
    Wall STreet Journal ^ | April 23, 2012 | Adam Entous
    The U.S. is getting a new spy service. The Defense Clandestine Service is being created through a Pentagon reorganization, using existing personnel and funds, to increase the Defense Department's role in the collection of sensitive intelligence about threats to the U.S. Those areas of spycraft have long been associated with the clandestine service at the Central Intelligence Agency. A senior defense official said the work of the new service would complement, rather than compete with, the CIA.
  • Today's Toons 4/24/12

    04/24/2012 3:34:06 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 15 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 4/24/12 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Japanese kayaker hopes to show Kennewick Man could have traveled by boat

    04/23/2012 9:44:02 PM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 10 April 2012 | John Trumbo
    By week's end, Ryota Yamada hopes to slip his sea kayak gently into the Columbia River at Clover Island, embarking on the first leg of a 10,000-mile adventure to Japan. The retired scientist who did nanotechnological research intends to paddle downriver to the ocean, then via the Inland Passage north to Alaska, and eventually across the Bering Strait to the Asian continent. It will take him four summers, but if he succeeds in reaching his homeland, Yamada said, he will have shown that Kennewick Man could have made his way by boat 9,300 years ago from Japan to North America....
  • Mexicans Living in U.S. Illegally Drops for First Time: Study

    04/23/2012 9:15:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monday, Apr 23, 2012
    Apprehensions of Mexicans trying to cross the border illegally have plummeted by more than 70% in recent years The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades a new study suggests. The figures represent a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, are returning to Mexico. The analysis of census data from the U.S. and Mexican governments finds that roughly 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the U.S. last year. That's down from a peak of nearly 7 million in...
  • See You Later, Pizza, This Dough Is for Calzones

    04/23/2012 9:12:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 13, 2012 | Melissa Clark
    MAYBE it’s the suggestive power of the name, but rarely do I use pizza dough for anything else, even though it’s perfectly suitable for savory tarts, flatbreads and rolls. Once I get pizza on the brain, it’s hard to redirect. Then I got reacquainted with an old friend also made from that same dough: the calzone. Though it was a childhood staple at my corner pizzeria, I hadn’t eaten a calzone in years. But at a dinner at Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, I saw one emerge from the oven, a burnished, puffy crescent oozing ricotta at the seams. On...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Evaporating Blobs of the Carina Nebula

    04/23/2012 8:40:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | April 23, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: No, they are not alive -- but they are dying. The unusual blobs found in the Carina nebula, some of which are seen floating on the upper right, might best be described as evaporating. Energetic light and winds from nearby stars are breaking apart the dark dust grains that make the iconic forms opaque. Ironically the blobs, otherwise known as dark molecular clouds, frequently create in their midst the very stars that later destroy them. The floating space mountains pictured above by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope span a few light months. The Great Nebula in Carina itself spans...
  • Father meets his newborn daughter [Video: FUNNY!]

    04/23/2012 8:39:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/19/12 | tlund
    Title changed so as not to spoil the surprise. Please click the link!
  • 56 Episodes of Star Trek All At The Same Time With Sound (HD video)

    04/23/2012 8:19:45 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/31/2012 | Twilight1138
    Linky here
  • If Scott Walker Pulls Off A 55/45 Victory In Wisconsin,A Warning Shot For Obama Come November?

    04/23/2012 7:14:14 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 28 replies
    Two upcoming elections may be a pre-curser of things to come. Tomorrow we have the Pennsylvania Primary, We can only hope a massive turnout for all the candidates, hopefully over 50% of registered voters. In June we have the Wisconsin Recall. If Scott Walker wins decisively,we can only hope it's a sign that Romney will take the state. Romney doesn't have to win the tri-fector states to beat Obama, he will likely flip a number of other states Obama won in 2008. And this is assuming we have No Voter Fraud this time around.
  • Obama Tweets: Meet Me and Clooney, Make Your Life Complete

    04/23/2012 7:03:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | April 23, 2012 | William Bigelow
    Excitement! Thrills! Hobnobbing with the crčme de la crčme of American society! All of these can be yours if you toss Barack Obama some cash. That, at least, is the message of President Obama’s latest campaign to raise money: he’s emailed his supporters asking for donations, which enter them into a lottery to attend a fundraiser at George Clooney’s home.
  • Dog Saves Family Before Dying in House Fire

    04/23/2012 7:02:26 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 37 replies ^ | 04/23/2012 | Unattributed
    A Hillsborough, New Hampshire family lost everything in a fire, including the dog that saved their lives. “I’m not crying for the mess. I’m crying for the dogs,” said Paul Sousa, Sr. as he looked at the charred heap that used to be his trailer home. When fire tore through the home Thursday night, he and his son escaped with just minutes to spare thanks to their five year old beagle, Dupa.
  • Did various incarnations of the starship Enterprise make space travel look too easy?

    04/23/2012 5:42:46 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 47 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 04/23/12 | Andre Bormanis
    In an interview with a reporter from the Associated Press, Scott Pace, the current director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University and a former NASA associate administrator, was asked to comment on the April 12th failure of the North Korean rocket launch. He noted that sending a vehicle into space is still a significant technical challenge, and added, “In many ways, the worst enemy of NASA is Star Trek… Captain Picard says ‘engage’ and the ship moves. And people think ‘How hard can this be?’” Filmmaker James Cameron supposedly made a similar comment about Star Trek’s...
  • Warbird Community Rises to Meet Threat ..Bill from Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)

    04/23/2012 5:34:39 PM PDT · by tophat9000 · 19 replies
    Warbird Community Rises to Meet Threat 'Title 10 Amendment' could devastate historic aircraft fleet April 18, 2012 - EAA and the Warbirds of America are joining with the Commemorative Air Force, Collings Foundation, and other warbird groups in opposition of a proposed amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) that could have a devastating effect on the fleet of civilian-operated historic military aircraft. The amendment introduced by Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) would bar the Department of Defense from loaning or gifting any U.S. military aircraft or parts to any entity except those that would put the aircraft...