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  • Pokemon Go Has Lost Over Twenty Percent Of Its US Userbase

    08/19/2016 3:25:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Comic ^ | 8/18/16 | Christian Hoffer
    Although it's been out for just a month, Pokemon Go is already bleeding users. A new SurveyMonkey Intelligence report indicates that the game's user base has dropped by over 20% since its peak usage last month. The analytics company estimates that the game peaked at just under 40 million weekly average
  • The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

    07/02/2016 2:10:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 26, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and firearms. Amid the current din over assault weapons and body armor, consider one domestic organization’s fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment. In the space of eight years, the group amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are...
  • The Armageddon Code: A Must-Read for All Those Looking for a Fuller Understanding of Christianity

    05/24/2016 8:39:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 24, 2016 | Douglas MacKinnon
    Like most people, the list of books I have read over the years is in the hundreds. The ones still to be read also in the hundreds. That said, of all the books I’ve read or planned to read, a book about “The End Times” had never made either list. Until now. While never a “Bible thumper,” I have always been a person of deep faith, and as outlined in the past, my personal relationship with Jesus Christ started when I was five years old, when a little plastic Baby Jesus became my sole comforter during a fairly violent eviction...
  • The Not-so-Obvious Design Feature of Apple Watch That Everyone is Missing

    07/11/2015 6:00:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | July 10, 2015 | by John Martellaro
    When a revolutionary new product is launched, the first instinct is to understand it by relating its most obvious features to what we already know. In time, it becomes apparent that the analogies we formed, to understand the device, failed to properly inform us of the new way of doing things invited by the product._______________________Source: Apple _______________________ Nowhere is this more obvious than with the Apple Watch. To understand it as a wristwatch that has some fancy features is to miss the relationship it has with the iPhone. The proper, elegant partitioning of tasks is one key area that is...
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge [Governor Nikki Haley, R-SC takes it!]

    08/14/2014 2:55:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/14/14
    Nikki Haley and her kids...
  • I gave up gluten and here's what happened

    11/18/2013 5:17:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 143 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-12-13 | Douglas Brown
    Remember the days, not that long ago, when you never encountered the word “gluten”? Unless you were an ambitious baker, it was a rare word, like threnody, or anchorite. No more. Gluten today is nearly up there with yoga and latte, and way more common than twerk. I know people who do not have celiac disease — if you are one of the 1 percent of Americans who suffer from celiac disease, letting gluten pass between your lips is not an option — who banished gluten from their diets just because, and so do you. They report feeling “so much...
  • And You Thought the Japanese Were Weird: from Ukraine, Behold the 'Barbie Doll' Look-

    03/15/2013 10:58:26 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 93 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    The bizarre craze was started by a (blonde) Ukrainian model in her early 20s named Valeria Lukyanova, when -although already a great-looking gal- she went and got various plastic surgeries in order to appear more like a human Barbie Doll, while starving herself skinny and wearing elaborately-constructed makeup to enlarge the appearance of her eyes, etc. (apparently she already had the legs for it). For some time Lukyanova was publicizing herself with a like-minded, 19-y.o. friend, (redhead) Anastasiya Shpagina, but since they reportedly had a doll-fight over who-was-getting-how-much-attention on a Japanese TV interview, the two parted ways. The strange fantasy...
  • Prison Ball Fad

    09/17/2010 6:51:20 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 17, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    In a safety-obsessed society that bans dodge ball and tag for elementary school kids, perhaps it’s predictable that one of the newest fads on college campuses is something called Prison Ball, according to the Student Free Press Association. Described as “fast-paced” and “crazy” by University of Kansas student player Mike Pitt, the game resembles basic dodge ball, but with a difference. If a player gets hit, he’s not out of the game. Instead he goes to a “jail” near the opponent’s goal. “The way to get out of jail is to catch a ball thrown from the far side of...
  • Save the planet? Darling, that’s so last season

    02/05/2010 5:40:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 358+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/06/10 | Janice Turner
    February 6, 2010 Save the planet? Darling, that’s so last season Ring-pull handbags and frocks made of milk? Celebrity fashionistas aren’t helping ecology, they are glorifying themselves Janice Turner Although I celebrate the Oscar nomination for Colin Firth, undisputed king of simmering internal conflict, I’m concerned about his wife Livia. I’m not sure she will cope, not after the Screen Actors Guild Awards when, “just hours” before the ceremony, her dress woven from milk — yes, milk — didn’t fit, and her clutch bag encrusted in ring-pulls clashed with her gold vegetarian shoes. Undeniably, as her Vogue blog put it,...
  • Giving money to Haiti is just another popular fad

    01/29/2010 10:31:26 AM PST · by RGirard · 10 replies · 376+ views ^ | Jan. 29, 2009 | Réne Girard
    It seems virtually everyone has jumped on the "Give to Haiti" bandwagon. From little kids to super-celebrities, giving to Haiti has become the popular thing to do - the fad d'jour. Celebrities like Olivia Wilde met in California yesterday to raise money for Haiti at the Artists for Peace and Justice event. "Hope for Haiti Now" was reminiscent of the 1980's when Live Aid and We Are The World took the country and the world by storm ... Now whether you realize it or not, you have already made a financial contribution to Haiti ... Because the United States Government...
  • Candidate-related art taking off (Obama fad spreads to arts)

    07/20/2008 5:35:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 143+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 07/20/08 | CHRISTINA S.N. LEWIS
    Candidate-related art taking off July 20, 2008Recommend BY CHRISTINA S.N. LEWIS Last week's New Yorker magazine cover, an illustration depicting Sen. Barack Obama and his wife as fist-bumping terrorists, has been all over the news. But that isn't the only Obama-related artwork attracting attention these days. Collectors, investors and fund-raisers -- many of them looking to cash in on the candidate's popularity and place in history -- are snapping up campaign posters and other works depicting Obama.
  • 'The Emergent Church': A dangerous counterfeit

    04/12/2008 6:43:54 AM PDT · by kindred · 18 replies · 186+ views ^ | 4/12/2008 | Greg Laurie
    As a 17-year-old boy, I had looked for truth and answers in this world and found none. Then, to my own amazement, I found myself completely won over by the bold, unashamed witness of a group of committed Christians on my high school campus. People could have tried to be cool and win me over, but it would have never worked. I'd had enough of "cool" in the crazy home I was raised in to make me choke. I had pretty much seen it all, and nothing to me was lamer than people trying too hard to be cool. The...
  • Ben & Jerry's founders endorse Obama

    02/19/2008 12:27:24 AM PST · by sagmanagain · 59 replies · 1,750+ views
    AP ^ | 2/18/2008 | Lisa Rathke
    BURLINGTON, Vt. - The founders of Ben & Jerry's endorsed Barack Obama on Monday, and lent his Vermont campaign two "ObamaMobiles" that will tour the state and give away scoops of "Cherries for Change" ice cream. "If there was ever a need for real change, and if there ever was a candidate to inspire us and make that happen, it's now," said Ben Cohen.
  • The Latest Fad In Public Schools [Choose a Major]

    08/28/2007 9:09:24 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 24 replies · 323+ views
    CWN ^ | August 29, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Every few years a new fad sweeps across the public schools. We've had self-esteem, new math, whole language, New Age, outcome-based education, school-to-work, mental health screening, school-based clinics, global education, diversity, multiculturalism, and early childhood education. The newest public school fad was announced last week on the front page of the New York Times, so educators must be taking it seriously. If it hasn't come to your town yet, no doubt it will come soon. Freshmen at Dwight Morrow High School in New Jersey, starting this fall, must declare a major, and they must take at least one course in...
  • New Fitness Craze: Pole Dancing

    08/24/2007 5:09:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 880+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/23/07 | Adam Tanner
    Shawn Frances Lee (L), owner of Urban Fertility Dancer, teaches a pole dancing class in Las Vegas, Nevada August 9, 2007. Once confined to strip clubs, thin metal poles are popping up in kitchens, bedrooms and exercise studios across the United States with gym fanatics, moms and even grandmothers using them to get fit. (Adam Tanner/Reuters)
  • By Executive Order, Crocs Aren't Chic

    06/22/2007 8:27:26 AM PDT · by Millee · 33 replies · 506+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/22/07 | Robin Givhan
    Crocs have been given the presidential seal of approval but this is not necessarily a good thing. George W. Bush was photographed recently in a pair of black Crocs -- Cayman style, $29.99 -- as he was heading out from the White House to ride his bike. He wore the clunky resin clogs -- which have ventilation holes and a heel strap -- with a pair of black shorts, a white camp shirt, a baseball cap with the image of an unidentified Scottish terrier and black bike socks imprinted with the presidential seal. He had the backstraps of his Crocs...
  • The Real Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming: Skeptics Have Valid Arguments

    12/20/2006 7:46:46 PM PST · by ancient_geezer · 118 replies · 3,091+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | December 19, 2006 | Tom DeWeese
    The Real Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming: Skeptics Have Valid Arguments by Tom DeWeese  (December 19, 2006) Imagine living in a world where no one is allowed to think or act independently--only state-approved human responses are acceptable. To break the rule and engage in forbidden thought would result in terrible retribution, perhaps leading literally to ones destruction.   That’s the kind of world apparently desired by the global warming Chicken Littles. It seems they are prepared to do anything to achieve it. Case in point is an outrageous letter to ExxonMobil Chairman Rex Tillerson on October 27, 2006. The letter was sent...

    06/30/2006 4:35:51 PM PDT · by paulat · 60 replies · 1,054+ views
    SFGate/The Associated Press ^ | 6/30/06 | JoANNE VIVIANO
    Crocs Shoes Making Great Strides [SNIP] The bulky clog with a strap along the heel and holes across the top and around the toes is winning consumers over with its versatility and comfort. Food service and factory workers, hair stylists and hospital personnel buy them for comfort. Boaters and swimmers buy them for function. And some just think they're fun. [SNIP] Crocs, which got its name because the shoes are water-friendly and tough, now lends its cartoon crocodile logo to more than a dozen styles. There are flip flops, slides, a calf-high boot, a hiking shoe and a Mary Jane...
  • As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer?

    05/18/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 913+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    CHICAGO - Buying organic milk these days - or organic apples, eggs, or beef - no longer has to mean an extra trip to a Whole Foods supermarket or the local co-op. Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart - already the nation's largest organic-milk seller - says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too. Still, while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the...
  • Controversy over "Stop Snitching" T-shirt doesn't fade

    11/25/2005 10:53:05 AM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 2,429+ views ^ | November 18, 2005 | TOM MEAGHER
    The teenagers all know what the "stop-snitching" T-shirts mean - even if their parents don't. Waiting outside John F. Kennedy High School after class Thursday, 10th grader Victor Arellano said that even though he doesn't own one, his classmates are still wearing the shirts that were a hot summertime fad. "That means stop telling on other people what goes on the streets - hustling," Arellano said. Some adults, including 1st Ward Councilman Anthony Davis, have voiced concern about the fashion that they say promotes drug dealing and discourages people from cooperating with the police. "It's not a positive thing to...