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  • Alexander Dale Oen, gold medal swimming favorite, found dead in Arizona

    05/01/2012 9:50:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, the defending world champion in the 100 breaststroke and a top contender for a gold medal at the London Olympics, was found dead in his bathroom late Monday night. The 26-year-old, who was training with the Norwegian national team in Arizona, died of cardiac arrest. The country's swimming federation said he was found sprawled on the bathtub. Teammates became worried when repeated knocks on the door went unanswered. A team doctor performed CPR before an ambulance arrived, but the young swimmer was never resuscitated and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
  • French organization says Google search engine's auto-complete is anti-Semitic.

    05/01/2012 9:05:55 AM PDT · by trotskylvalia · 5 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4/30/2012 | Eriq Gardner
    Google has been hit with a lawsuit in France for suggesting that certain celebrities, including News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and Mad Men star Jon Hamm, are "Jewish." French organization that fights discrimination, say that by connecting persons with an often persecuted religious minority, the web giant is overseeing “the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history.”
  • Mom accused of putting bleach into toddler's eyes

    05/01/2012 8:58:05 AM PDT · by ducttape45 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/1/2012
    Authorities say a Washington mother repeatedly put bleach into her toddler daughter's eyes, causing permanent vision loss in child's right eye, Q13 Fox reports. 29-year-old Jennifer Mothershead pled not guilty to charges of first-degree child assault Monday. Authorities say Mothershead was given antibiotics and eye drops in March 2011 for her toddler daughter after the child came to a local hospital with an eye issue. Mothershead told doctors her daughter had scratched her eye while playing in a barn, according to Q13 Fox.
  • Jukebox Time Machine

    It's sort of a "Jukebox Time Machine" of music. Each of the years connects to the best 20 hits of that year via a Jukebox. Click on a year, wait a few seconds, and a Jukebox will appear showing you 20 hits from that year to select from.
  • Not a day goes by

    05/01/2012 8:02:12 AM PDT · by whiteclockinthetrees · 5 replies
    Not a day goes bythat we do not hear dreadful news. Even'no news is good news'hardly applies. For our hearts tell us the world wags on in an ever more sped up downhill trend. Each day that goes by more loved ones are lost in the noisy raucus crowd as it edges its way into the fibers of our once simple,trusting life -oftimes via evil schemes we can scarcely imagine.(The devil he wears a slippery shoe and if you don't watch out he will slip it on you). But it helps to know there are freepers and friends out there...
  • Duran Duran to headline outdoor Olympic concert

    05/01/2012 7:55:55 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT | unattributed
    LONDON (AP) -- There will be a retro feel at a concert to mark the start of the 2012 London Olympics, with 1980s heartthrobs Duran Duran among the headliners. Organizers said Tuesday that the band, which had hits three decades ago with songs including "Rio" and "The Reflex," will represent England at the July 27 concert in London's Hyde Park, which features acts from each of the...
  • Occupy squatters finally flushed from B’klyn home

    05/01/2012 7:20:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    NYP ^ | 5/1/2012 | CANDICE M. GIOVE
    It’s finally un-Occupied. Police arrested six Occupy Wall Street members squatting inside a Brooklyn home five months after the movement seized the property amid grand promises to “renovate” it and move in “a homeless family.” Instead, the group moved itself in, wrecked the place, and made a hard situation even worse for a single father who actually owned the East New York home and was trying to save it from foreclosure. Cops cuffed the occupiers after they allegedly smashed a window to get into 702 Vermont St. on April 1.
  • NY Tabloids Responded To Amar'e Stoudemire Punching A Fire Extinguisher With Some Epic Headlines

    05/01/2012 6:58:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2012 | Tony Manfred
    <p>Amar'e Stoudemire went and attacked a fire extinguisher last night after the losing to the Heat, and now he'll possibly be out for the season with a lacerated hand.</p> <p>This morning, as you can imagine, the New York tabloids responded with some solid headlines.</p>
  • Upcoming annular eclipse - May 20

    05/01/2012 6:44:31 AM PDT · by djf · 12 replies
    Good time to ping people about the upcoming annular (almost total) eclipse of the Sun on May 20th. The eclipse starts in Russia/China, sweeps across the Pacific, and goes into North America. A limited number of places in America (Reno, Albuquerque), will see the actual ring of fire! Site above has simulations for your local area.
  • America's Useful Idiots

    05/01/2012 6:43:55 AM PDT · by RoadTest · 5 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 1, 2012 | Steve McCann
    Many years ago, a phrase was coined by the leaders of the Soviet Union to describe those in the West who naively promoted the cause of Russian Communism when in reality they were held in contempt and were being cynically used by the Soviet hierarchy. The term "useful idiot" more than ever applies to a vast swath of citizens in the United States who have been cynically used by the hardcore left for a cause they are unwilling to understand.
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday May 1, 2012

    05/01/2012 6:27:18 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 54 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, May 1, 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". ullage [uhl-ij] -n 1. the amount by which the contents fall short of filling a container, as a cask or bottle. 2. the quantity of wine, liquor, or the like, remaining in a container that has lost part of its contents by evaporation, leakage, or use. 3. Rocketry the volume of a loaded tank of liquid propellant in excess of the volume of the propellant; the...
  • How Elite Colleges Still Feed Wall St.’s Recruiting Machine

    05/01/2012 6:21:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/01/2012 | Laura Newland
    Three and a half years have passed since the onset of the financial crisis, and the public hasn’t changed the way it talks about Wall Street and its future. Journalists, politicians and even the Occupy movement have shaped our discussion by analyzing — and often attacking — the bankers at the helm. Again and again we read about the forces driving the industry today, when we should be looking to the people who will lead Wall Street tomorrow. Though recent media reports suggest that elite students are growing disillusioned by Wall Street, the numbers are unconvincing. Among the class of...
  • Roses: Old is New Again

    05/01/2012 4:58:35 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 8 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 30, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Many “Old Garden” “Heritage” or “Antique” roses are being rediscovered. They are prized for their beauty, ease of growth, heat and drought tolerance, and adaptability to a wide variety of soils...
  • Sarcastic May Day poster?

    05/01/2012 4:38:27 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    May 1 | ctdonath2
    Looking for office-suitable poster/picture retorts to May Day. If anyplace has 'em it'll be FR!
  • LASHIO FALLS, FIGHTING RAGES NEAR BY; STALIN SAYS HE SEEKS NO FOREIGN SOIL (5/1/42)

    05/01/2012 4:28:27 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 14 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/1/42 | Craig Thompson, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Today's Toons 5/1/12

    05/01/2012 1:43:17 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 13 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 5/1/12 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Tea Party-Friendly Talk Radio Arrives in Philly With WWIQ

    05/01/2012 1:04:22 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 1 replies
    Philly Post ^ | 4/30/12 | Victor Fiorillo
    Can hosts like Sean Hannity, Larry Mendte and Al Gardner sink KYW and 1210 AM? For years, 106.9FM WKDN Family Radio served as the local soapbox for zealot Harold Camping, who memorably predicted that the world would end in May 2011. Disgraced, Camping has sold the station to 59-year-old Midwestern radio mogul Randy Michaels, who’s ditching Jesus but retaining the Far Right with WWIQ, his just-debuted station that has launched one year after the Apocalypse didn’t happen. Former TV anchor (and Philly Post contributor) Larry Mendte and Philadelphia native and radio veteran Al Gardner will helm mornings from 6 to...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... May, 2012

    04/30/2012 10:02:37 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 1,222 replies
    5-1-2012 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie; Meg33, Friends
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • That's Going To Hurt In The Morning: Brutal Knockout Blow Turns Boxer's Face Turns To Jelly

    04/30/2012 10:01:26 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 4/30/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    This brutal knockout blow turned a boxer's face to mush - making him look more like jelly than a prized jouster. Tony Pietrantonio came crashing to the canvas in the 31st second of the third round following the devastating right-hander from fellow U.S. light heavyweight Lavarn Harvell. Harvell, 23 - dubbed Baby Bowe because of his resemblance to former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe - said: 'I felt that punch all the way up my shoulder and back, so I knew he wasn’t getting up.
  • Farmer refuses to sell rude-shaped plant

    04/30/2012 9:36:58 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 27th April, 2012
    A Chinese farmer who pulled a bizarrely shaped root out of the ground has said he will not part with his plant. The root, from the He Shou Wu plant, was unearthed in southern China by local farmer Lu Chen. No doubt he was shocked when he pulled the root from the ground due to its resemblance to a human being, albeit with an overgrown appendage. The root is often used in Chinese medicine to rejuvenate virility and strength and Lu Chen believes the obscene shaping of the root is a sign his farm will produce a good harvest next...
  • Dull woman pushes for Boring partnership: Oregon town teams up with Scottish village

    04/30/2012 9:30:57 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | April 25, 2012 | Nicole Dungca
    When Elizabeth Leighton discovered Boring, she couldn't wait to tell all her Dull friends. Leighton was making her way from Flagstaff, Ariz., to Seattle earlier this year when the Scotland resident stopped in Oregon to tour energy-efficient homes. When she arrived in the rural Clackamas County community named after homesteader William H. Boring, Leighton whipped out her phone to send a message to a friend in Dull, a tiny village in Scotland. "Obviously, this is an opportunity for a twinning with Dull and Boring," wrote Leighton, who lives in a neighboring village called Grandtully. Her friend Emma Burtles took the...
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery

    04/30/2012 9:02:36 PM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 48 replies
    Vanity | 4/30/2012 | Randy Larsen
    Are there any freepers out there withe experience with Gastric Bypass Surgery?
  • Bobby Vee Announces He Has Alzheimer's

    04/30/2012 8:00:18 PM PDT · by smalltownslick · 8 replies
    Bobby Vee website ^ | 04-30-2012 | Bobby Vee website
    OK - you want something to scare you to death, put things into perspective? BOBBY VEE? Everything about him SCREAMS teenager.
  • SEALs slam Obama for using them as 'ammunition' in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing

    04/30/2012 7:34:02 PM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 30APR2012 | Toby Harnden
    Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign. The SEALs spoke out to MailOnline after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’. In it President Bill Clinton is featured saying that Mr Obama took ‘the harder and the more honourable path’ in ordering that bin Laden be killed. The words ‘Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?’ are then displayed. Besides the ad, the White House is marking the first anniversary of...
  • A Poll That Should Be Taken;Why Not Ask The 50 Million Food Stampers?,Romney Or Obama?

    04/30/2012 7:33:36 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 6 replies
    When it comes to taking polls,who are they asking?Working Americans,Unemployed Americans?,Financially Suffering Americans?.It would be interesting for Gallup and Raz to take sample polls from the 47/50 Million adults on food stamps/government suppliment,etc. who they will vote for. Do you think 70% of them are so happy with their newer lower standard of living that they will giddy to vote for Obama? Especially when they have found out about the millions he and Moochele have spent on vacations?
  • Who will pay $80 million (or so) for Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'?

    04/30/2012 7:17:44 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    LAT ^ | April 30, 2012 | Christopher Knight
    Edvard Munch's 1895 pastel "The Scream" hits the auction block in New York on Wednesday. No official estimate for its monetary value is printed in Sotheby's catalog, but officials have not been shy about disclosing that they expect at least $80 million for the picture, still in the original frame annotated by the artist. When one of the world's most recognizable images is paired with the highest price any auction house has ever tagged on a work of art, the temptation for snark is nearly irresistible. As in: $80 million? No wonder the guy's screaming.
  • Frank Serpico at NYC Tour Stop Today

    04/30/2012 7:15:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    The Whistleblogger ^ | Hannah Johnson
    Here's the pitch: A tough, yet honorable Army vet joins the NYPD, where he is suddenly thrust into the underbelly of rampant police corruption, and, in the dramatic climax, is shot – and nearly killed – exposing the truth. Sounds like it would be an awesome movie, right? Lucky for you, it is. Even luckier? It's a true story. This afternoon (April 24), GAP's American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability comes to John Jay College with NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico (i.e. the "tough, yet honorable" cop). This Tour stop is highlighted by a discussion with Serpico about his experience...
  • Bride and Groom Married in 'Redneck' Wedding

    04/30/2012 7:07:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | April 29, 2012 | ANTHONY DeMATTEO
    Camo-clad couple exchange vowsLove and mud were in the air Saturday afternoon in Putnam County. St. Johns County resident Kodie Umphenour, 24, and Interlachen native Carina Pasco, 31, were married just after 1 p.m. in the same Hog Waller Mud Bog & ATV mud pit where he proposed to her one year ago. The county-crossed lovers met on a dating site a little more than a year ago, finding they shared a common passion: mud-bogging. “He’ll do anything for anybody,” Umphenour’s best man, Stephan Doty, said before the wedding, with the groom’s sister, Autumn Umphenour, with him on a four-wheeler...
  • SpaceX test fires rocket ahead of ISS cargo launch

    04/30/2012 6:24:20 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/30/12
    SpaceX on Monday successfully test-fired its Falcon 9 rocket in a dress rehearsal for the May 7 launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a cargo-bearing mission to the International Space Station. The test, known as a static fire of the rocket's nine main engines, lasted just two seconds, but allowed engineers to "run through all countdown processes as though it were launch day," SpaceX said on its website.
  • Hugo Chávez’s agony

    04/30/2012 5:52:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2012 | CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
    President Hugo Chávez’s Cuban doctors have already told him that he will most likely not be alive by October’s elections. It’s not a certainty but a statistical estimate. People his age who are affected by the aggressive cancer that afflicts him, complicated by the generalized metastasis that has spread, usually have only a few months to live. It is only a macabre average. One of Chávez’s first reactions was to phone a friendly chief of state to tell him about it. Hereafter, he will do increasingly stranger things. Like any other moribund person, he needs encouragement, compassion, loving pats on...
  • A Tale of Two Altitudes: how stratospheric temperature is de-coupled from the surface temperatures

    04/30/2012 5:48:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | April 30, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    On the battle between Arrhenius and Ångström.Story submitted by John Kehr, The Inconvenient SkepticAny serious discussion about the Theory of Global Warming will eventually include the absorption band argument that started more than 100 years ago between Arrhenius and Ångström. One of the arguments presented by Ångström was that the main CO2 absorption band is between 14-16 micron and that band is also absorbed by water vapor (which is correct). The counter to this by Arrhenius was that it didn’t matter in the upper atmosphere where there was no water vapor. Of course none of this matters because radiative heat...
  • When did the umps start NOT to require the 2nd baseman to touch the bag on a double play?

    04/30/2012 5:41:51 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 169 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 4-30-12 | Me
    I have noticed this for a LONG time, but I have never asked about it, nor have I ever seen it discussed. I am watching my Mets against Houston, and the Astros have a man on first. Sharp grounder to third, and Wright backhands it and throws to Murphy at second, and Murphy is AT LEAST 1.5 feet off the bag when he catches it, wheels and throws to first; BUT the ump calls the Astro OUT at second.When did this start??
  • Who’s up for lunch? A Gull-eating Octopus in Victoria, BC

    04/30/2012 5:14:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    BirdFellow ^ | 27 April 2012 | Ann Nightingale
    One of the great things about being a nature lover is that your powers of observation seem to improve. While others are walking by, oblivious to the activities going on all around them, naturalists notice the creatures and the behaviors, especially if they are out of the ordinary.   The Ogden Point Breakwater is a popular spot with folks out for a weekend stroll. (Photo by Craig Spence, sourced online at Flickr.com) Such was the case on March 24, 2012, a sunny Saturday morning, when Ginger Morneau, her husband Ken, and brother Lou Baker were walking along the Ogden Point...
  • 'Your' Car Won't Be After 2015

    04/30/2012 5:10:46 PM PDT · by Twotone · 59 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 25, 2012 | Eric Peters
    Mandatory "Event Data Recorders" will even know you're speeding in reverse. After a certain point, it's not paranoia. The latest brick in the wall is the predictably named "Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act," also known as Senate Bill 1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant section is 31406.) This legislation -- already passed by the Senate and likely to be passed by the House -- will impose a legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015 models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These are...
  • President Mini-Me and the 2012 Election

    04/30/2012 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 30, 2012 | Andrew B. Wilson
    Mitt Romney is running against a different man than the Pied Piper of "transformational change" who danced and floated to victory against John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Romney's opponent is that man's clone -- scaled down to one-eighth the size. He's a much smaller and distinctly meaner version of the Barack Obama of four years ago, and he knows how to fight in only one way -- small and dirty.
  • Romney’s Record on Judicial and Legal Appointments: Can he be trusted to appoint conservatives?

    04/30/2012 4:44:28 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    MassResistance.com ^ | December 9, 2011 | Amy Contrada
    Summary: Mitt Romney’s record as Governor does not indicate a commitment to a conservative judicial philosophy. His judge appointees revealed at best “no philosophical or partisan pattern” (Boston Globe), or at worst a liberal and even radical tilt. He sought out feminists and radical homosexual groups in his judicial selection process. He was inconsistent in his pronouncements on judicial activism, allowing it to occur under his watch (with “gay marriage”) while simultaneously urging others to fight it. How then could we expect him to keep his recent promises to appoint constitutional conservatives to the bench if he is elected President?...
  • Virgil Goode wins the nomination for Constitution Party!

    04/30/2012 4:43:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    4/30/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Go to the Constitution Party website. I don't know too much about Mr. Goode, but I will be now be seeking to find out more about him. But I do know that as with Ronald Reagan, he too was once a Democrat, switched to the Republican Party - but then went beyond that to the Constitution Party in the end. Despite not knowing too much about Goode, he can't possibly get the Cons. Party nom, and yet be worse than Romney or Obama. Given what we have seen today, with the Romney campaign saying that Romney advised the Obama administration...
  • If not Romney, then .. who?

    04/30/2012 3:44:52 PM PDT · by knarf · 422 replies
    self ^ | April 30, 2012 | knarf
    ..and do we have the numbers and the clout to pull it off?
  • Former Village of Alorton and E.St.Louis Police Chief M Baxton, Sentenced for Theft

    04/30/2012 3:08:31 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 19 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | April 27, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Illinois
    The former police chief for the village of Alorton and the city of East St. Louis was sentenced in United States District Court on April 27, 2012 for stealing evidence and making false statements to federal investigators, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Michael Baxton, Sr., 49, was sentenced to federal prison for one year; was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment and a $2,000 fine; and was ordered to serve a two-year term of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence. Baxton, Sr. pled guilty to the charges...
  • Etch a sketch Romney: Just like Obama

    04/30/2012 2:46:41 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 87 replies
    TeaPartyNation.com ^ | Judson Phillips | March 22, 2012
    Mitt Romney’s campaign manager did not simply make a gaffe when he said the campaign would reset, like an etch a sketch. He hit a meme that defines Romney. Romney will erase anything he has said in the past as long as it will get him votes today. While Romney has been all for drilling and lowering prices as a candidate, what he did as governor was far different. From TNR.COM: He is calling for Obama to fire his Energy secretary, EPA administrator, and Interior secretary, saying they are to blame for high prices at the pump. “No question in...
  • Delta reaches deal to buy oil refinery

    04/30/2012 2:40:40 PM PDT · by rawhide · 20 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 4-30-12 | Kelly Yamanouchi
    Delta Air Lines has reached a deal to buy an oil refinery, after weeks of speculation about such a deal. In the unusual deal, a Delta subsidiary called Monroe Energy LLC reached an agreement with Phillips 66 to buy the Trainer refinery south of Philadelphia. Monroe, a wholly-owned subsidiary, will receive $30 million in state government assistance from Pennsylvania for job creation and infrastructure improvement. Beyond that, Monroe will invest $150 million to buy the refinery and an additional $100 million to convert the facility to produce as much jet fuel as possible. That production, along with deals to exchange...
  • 'Forward' is Nearly Perfect Campaign Slogan for President Obama

    04/30/2012 2:01:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 30, 2012 | L. Vincent Poupard
    COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama's campaign staff has released the president's new campaign slogan, according to the Associated Press. "Forward" will be the simple statement President Obama will wrap his campaign around. As someone who studies politics, I see it very fitting that the president would use this word as his slogan. The goal of the new "Forward" slogan is twofold in that the president believes he will move the country forward and that there is still more work to do in the future. Oddly, he might not have had so much work to do in the future if he...
  • Nick Young boosts Clippers' comeback from beyond arc ( Oustandin game --27 point comeback )

    04/30/2012 1:53:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 30, 2012, 5:00 a.m | Baxter Holmes
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Disbelieving eyes followed the arc of the first three-point shot, and as it splashed into the net, they became wider. By the second consecutive make, jaws began to fall. By the third, which seemed to float and then fall through in slow motion, there was only silence. PHOTOS: Clippers vs. Grizzlies, Game 1 Said Clippers forward Kenyon Martin: "It got quiet." By then, with 1 minute 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 99-98 win at FedEx Forum on Sunday, many in the sellout crowd of 18,119 could only look around in disbelief, trying...
  • Atheist Student Gets Scholarship... For Dressing Up like Jesus Christ

    04/30/2012 1:49:31 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 12 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 4-30-12 | cakid1
    Atheist Student Gets Scholarship... For Dressing Up like Jesus Christ Yes, you can get a scholarship for making fun of Jesus as part of "Fictional Character Day." In Tennessee, 17-year old sophomore was awarded with a $1,000 scholarship "by an atheist organization for dressing up as Jesus Christ during Fictional Character Day at his school."
  • Lonely life of the techno-addict as thousands go up to 48 hours without speaking to another human

    04/30/2012 1:46:33 PM PDT · by traumer · 17 replies
    Technology-addicts regularly go 48 hours without speaking to anyone in person, a study has found. A significant three per cent of adults fall into a so-called ‘digitally dominant’ group which will mainly communicate via text, email or video calls. It suggests technology – from smartphones to iPads – is helping to kill off physical and social interaction among those obsessed with the devices. According to researchers for digital marketing agency dnx, adults in the digitally dominant group are four times less likely to go to a shop than average. Most Britons use digital technology but a majority do so in...
  • Boston Occupods Plan Mass “Annoy Bostonians With Actual Jobs” Rally

    04/30/2012 1:40:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 9 replies
    http://michaelgraham.com ^ | 04/30/2012 | michaelgraham
    Oh, goody: On May 1st, Occupy Boston calls on the 99% to strike, skip work, walk out of school, and refrain from shopping, banking, and business for a day without the 99%. No work. Take the day off. Strike. Call out sick. Small businesses are encouraged to close for the day and join the rest of the 99% in the streets. If you must work – don’t worry – we have actions planned from 7:00am to 8:00pm. No school. Walk out of class. Occupy the universities. Kick out the administration. Participate in student strike actions or plan your own. It’s...
  • U.S. April 2012 Monthly Unemployment Report Could Be The Most Significant Data Point This Year

    04/30/2012 1:38:00 PM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies
    toryCapital.com ^ | 4/29/2012 | torycapital.com staff
    This Friday, May 4 2012 may be one of the most important days for economic data so far this year. The unemployment data for the month of April 2012 will be released and it will set the tone for the rest of the summer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will unveil the latest unemployment figures at 8:30 ET and based on the initial jobless claims numbers for the month of April, we believe it’s possible the lower range of 100,000 to 120,000 is more likely than some of the mid-range economic data predictions we’ve seen at 200,000 or more. Jobs...
  • Dealing with "No Weapons on Allowed on Property" (Vanity)

    04/30/2012 1:22:04 PM PDT · by Sopater · 83 replies
    Relying on the anonymity of FR, I'm hoping for some candid discussion on how members deal with the "No Weapons on Property" prohibitions if they carry concealed. In WI, the fine is up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail for carrying on a property where it posted that weapons are prohibited.
  • Mom, son die in accidents hours apart in Wisconsin

    04/30/2012 1:16:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2012 | GRETCHEN EHLKE
    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman and her adult son were killed in separate traffic crashes just hours apart in a Milwaukee suburb, police said Monday. Mary J. Moore, 45, died after she was struck by a vehicle on a street in West Allis. A friend was speeding her son, Thomas M. Olson, 22, to the hospital to see her when he struck three parked cars and overturned, West Allis Deputy Chief Charles Padgett said.
  • New Poll Finds the Majority of American Voters Support Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law

    04/30/2012 1:15:51 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 4 replies
    numbersusa.com ^ | numbersusa.com
    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will listen to arguments in the Obama administration's lawsuit against Arizona's immigration-enforcement law. In advance of the hearing, public opinion polls are showing that by more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support Arizona's efforts and don't want the high court to overturn it. The recent poll about the Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, SB 1070 shows: 65% of voters favor the law, while 31% oppose it. 84% of Republicans favor Arizona’s law, while 46% of Democrats do. 51% majority of Democrats opposes the law. Independents favor the law by a 40...