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  • Sorry, liberals, Scandinavian countries aren’t utopias

    01/12/2015 8:28:28 AM PST · by Baynative · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    In the American liberal compass, the needle is always pointing to places like Denmark. Everything they most fervently hope for here has already happened there. So: Why does no one seem particularly interested in visiting Denmark? (“Honey, on our European trip, I want to see Tuscany, Paris, Berlin and . . . Jutland!”) Visitors say Danes are joyless to be around. Denmark suffers from high rates of alcoholism. In its use of antidepressants it ranks fourth in the world. (Its fellow Nordics the Icelanders are in front by a wide margin.) Some 5% of Danish men have had sex with...
  • President and Mrs. Obama wish a Happy Kwanzaa

    12/26/2014 4:24:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 136 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 12/26/14 | Greta Van Susteren
    THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 26, 2014 Statement from the President and the First Lady on Kwanzaa Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today begins a celebration highlighting the rich African American heritage and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa—unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. During this season, families come together to reflect on blessings of the past year and look forward to the promises in the year ahead. As we remain committed to building a country that...
  • Study finds what conservatives already knew...they're happier than liberals

    10/27/2014 3:17:47 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 28 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-27-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Over the years I've seen other articles like this before... Conservatives don’t normally pay much attention to fancy psychobabble, but this is a worthy exception. Some nerdlinger social scientists in America have discovered that people with Right-wing views tend to be happier than those with Left-wing views – even if the party that best represents them is out of power...Why are conservatives happier? The research found that Right-wingers tend not to blame their problems on other people – so they refuse to be depressed by victimhood. This makes a lot of sense. When you accept that you are your own master, then...
  • These Young Iranians Arrested for Recording Tehran Version of Pharrell Williams's "Happy

    09/19/2014 8:40:12 AM PDT · by Ex-Pat in Mex · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 20, 2014 | POOYA JAHANDAR
    Young Iranians Arrested For Dancing In 'Happy' Pharrell Video Crime: Happiness
  • More Arbitrary Repression in Iran

    09/19/2014 8:37:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 16, 2014 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    -excerpt- On September 9, as reported by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), seven young Iranians went on trial. Their supposed crime? Producing a dance video of the Pharrell Williams’s pop hit “Happy” and uploading it to YouTube. You might think Iran’s rulers would be pleased at expressions of felicity by their citizens. In Tehran, however, cheerful enthusiasm outside a narrow religious context is illegal. -excerpt- ...(they) were detained on May 19 of this year and held for two days at the Vozara Complex of the Tehran Morality Police, until they posted bail of $10,000-$16,600 each. "While...
  • Constitution Day and My Birthday- Concurrent

    09/17/2014 8:37:36 AM PDT · by Vendome · 10 replies
    Vanity | Vendome
    So I’m at an observance of Constitution Day last week and in a contest, testing our knowledge of the constitution. Now, I’m gonna win and I’m one question away. The moderator asks: “Besides Constitution Day, what other day is celebrated concurrently? “. “My Birthday!” I yelled. “Wrong Answer” replied the Mod. “You call my Mom on Wednesday and tell her that!” I protested. The Mod says “Anyone know the answer?”. So I’m looking around and . . . Nothing. No one answered. I turned to the gal behind me and whispered “Citizenship Day” and she yelled out the same. Afterward,...
  • 15 Things Truly Happy People Don’t Care For

    08/28/2014 2:11:57 PM PDT · by Vendome · 113 replies
    Interesting observation about happy people live. Me? I pretty much could care less what most people say about me. It's a Great Life if you Don't Weaken. Don't Take Life so Seriously, No is Getting Out of This Thing Alive. To be sure, there are serious moments in the course kf a day but, so what? Deal with it and be greatful for the rest of the day and find gratitude for the smallest of things. Some people see rain and go "Ugh! ". I see rain and imagine greener pastures, flower and if it's winter I definitely think "Rain?...
  • Study says Richmond is America's most contented area - with New York its unhappiest

    07/23/2014 6:43:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Prigg
    New York is America's most unhappy region, a new study has found - while Richmond tops the table as American's most contented place. The study from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research relies on a large survey that asks respondents about their satisfaction with life.
  • Weird Al Yankovic Gets Tacky with Pharrells Happy

    07/14/2014 4:49:38 PM PDT · by Excellence · 12 replies
    Nerdist ^ | July 14, 2014 | Weird Al Yankovic
    http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/weird-al-yankovic-gets-tacky-with-pharrells-happy/ It was only a matter of time.
  • He' back! Weird Al Yankovic Parodies Pharrell's "Happy" With "Tacky" —Watch the Hilarious Video!

    07/14/2014 1:05:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    EONLINE ^ | 07/14/2014 | ALYSSA TOOMEY
    We wonder if Pharrell Williams has gotten wind of this... "Weird Al" Yankovic debuted the music video for his first single from his upcoming album, Mandatory Fun, on Monday, and, in anticipation of the record's release, the 54-year-old celeb will be sharing eight new videos over the next eight days. The first of which is a parody of the Pharrell's hit jam "Happy" and has been cleverly renamed "Tacky" in an effort to poke fun at the tackiest folks in our society with a little help from Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, who are...
  • Obama 'Happy to Consider' Deploying National Guard to Border

    07/09/2014 9:13:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/9/14 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, President Barack said that he was "happy to consider" deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help local law enforcement officials stem the tide of illegal immigrant children flooding across it. After meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry in Dallas, Texas, Obama said sending National Guard troops, though, would be a "temporary solution." Obama said if Republicans wanted some National Guard troops to be sent to the border as a condition for approving the $3.7 billion in funding Obama requested, he "would be happy to consider it."
  • Woman Dies In Car Wreck Moments After Posting About 'Happy Song' On Facebook

    04/27/2014 3:10:05 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 46 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | 4/27/14 | John Mariani
    A North Carolina woman died Thursday in a car wreck, apparently moments after posting on Facebook how much she liked "the happy song." Courney Ann Sanford, 32, of Clemmons, N.C. was driving on Business Route 85 in High Point, N.C., when her car crossed the median and hit a truck, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Sanford's car ran off the road and caught fire. She died at the scene. The truck also went off the road and hit a tree but its driver was unhurt. Sanford had been wearing a seat belt but it wasn't on properly, police said. Investigators ruled...
  • April 1st: Woman Named "Gay" Was Found and Rescued; GAY Will NOT Be Used to Promote Sex Perversion

    04/01/2014 10:27:10 PM PDT · by Golden Gate · 11 replies
    April 1, 2014 | Golden Gate
    Best Full Title: FR Exclusive / Breaking: April 1st Good News!: The Woman Named "Gay" Was Found and Rescued; Her Name Will No Longer Be Used To Promote Sexual Perversion! How many years, how many generations has it been, that the woman named "Gay" was kidnapped? And all of these years that she has been held hostage, and has had her name abused, and used as a euphemism, and as a political and sexual buzzword / codeword for sex perversion. The exact details of her rescue have not yet been released. Gay will naturally need some time for recovery and...
  • How Many American Men Are Gay?

    12/09/2013 12:28:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 217 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 7, 2013 | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
    WHAT percent of American men are gay? This question is notoriously difficult to answer. Historical estimates range from about 2 percent to 10 percent. But somewhere in the exabytes of data that human beings create every day are answers to even the most challenging questions. Using surveys, social networks, pornographic searches and dating sites, I recently studied evidence on the number of gay men. The data used in this analysis is available in highly aggregated form only and can be downloaded from publicly accessible sites. While none of these data sources are ideal, they combine to tell a consistent story....
  • Venezuela government creates happiness agency

    10/26/2013 1:47:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 25, 2013 | JORGE RUEDA
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Americans may insist on the right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it. President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness will coordinate all the "mission" programs created by the late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty. Wags had a field day Friday, waxing sarcastic on Twitter about how happy they felt less than 24 hours after the announcement.
  • Fight over speeding car ends with Virginia man shooting self in groin, police say

    08/07/2013 3:55:24 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 07, 2013 | Edmund DeMarche
    A man apparently speeding in Norfolk, Va., accidentally shot himself in the groin after he waved a firearm at bystanders who told him to slow down, police told FoxNews.com Rhonney Jacobs was speeding through the neighborhood when he was flagged down by two men, Norfolk police said. He made a U-turn and confronted one of the men, police said. There was a struggle and Jacobs pulled out his .45-caliber gun and it accidentally discharged into his groin, police said. One witness told WTKR.com that he pulled his gun out “trying to shoot one of them but he shot himself." She...
  • Good News Thread (Vanity)

    08/06/2013 7:55:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 73 replies
    self | 8-6-13 | vanity
    I apologize in advance for the vanity. After perusing the various news sites this morning, I can find very little good, inspirational, or optimistic news. I'm starving for such stories. So, I offer this thread for other members of FRee Republic to post links to "good news" stories for early August. The regular news stories (from children being strangled by pythons in their sleep to Yemenese being offed by our unmanned drones and Americans being forced to flee the country in terror) is so darned depressing that I hunger for stories of kindness and hope. Let's see how long we...
  • Just How Did we Come to Enumerate The Bill of Rights?

    07/04/2013 7:45:20 PM PDT · by Vendome · 27 replies
    Vanity | 7/04/2013 | Vendome
    The founding fathers knew that a government that was all powerful and not under the authority of its people would be a tyrannical government. They threw one off and formed a new country with all the rights and benefits they believed a free people should have and agreed to what the rules were.
  • Gratitude on this Fourth of July: Undauntable Pursuit of Happiness

    07/04/2013 9:02:42 AM PDT · by pax_et_bonum · 31 replies
    God and Our Founding Fathers | July 4, 2013 | Self
    Despite the obstacles to liberty which we face today, I choose happiness and joy. Of these three - life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness - the pursuit of happiness is the one which can never be stolen from me. I choose to hold tightly to life and liberty, all the while being strengthened by the pursuit of happiness. This pursuit, no matter the opposition, is available directly from God and within myself, and can never be taken from me without my consent.
  • Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby (Roe vs. Wade)

    01/22/2013 6:29:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/22/13 | ReproductiveRight100·
    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade we didn't buy a ruby. Instead, the Center for Reproductive Rights asked Mehcad Brooks of the USA Network's "Necessary Roughness" and HBO's "True Blood" to prepare a special video message just for you. To learn more and to sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights visit DrawTheLine.org.
  • Happy New Year, Everyone!! (vanity poll with a serious question)

    01/01/2013 9:23:51 AM PST · by Baynative · 27 replies
    observation and curiosity ^ | 1/1/13 | Baynative
    It's a two part question: How was 2012? Do you expect 2013 to be different?
  • Helen Thomas BirthDay

    08/04/2012 6:51:47 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 37 replies
    Bio True Story ^ | Aug 4 2012 | Anon
    .Born in Kentucky in 1920, Helen Thomas is a former U.S. journalist known for her coverage of presidents. She was the first female member of the National Press Club and first female UPI White House bureau chief, gaining a reputation for asking irreverent questions during presidential press conferences. Thomas covered Nixon's trip to China, and famously signed off with, "Thank you, Mr. President."
  • 'Happy kid' kills himself over bullying at two NYC schools

    06/03/2012 9:01:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 92 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/3/12 | NBC New York
    NEW YORK CITY -- A 12-year-old boy harassed by school bullies about his intelligence, his height and his deceased father killed himself in the New York City apartment he shared with his mother, according to relatives and those who knew him, NBCNewYork.com reported. "I want to remember him as a happy kid," his anguished sister told NBC 4 New York on Thursday. Joel Morales, of East Harlem, moved to a different school after enduring incessant taunting for months, but the bullying persisted, the fifth-grader’s family said. Advertise | AdChoices Kids chased Morales, threw sticks and pipes at him and teased...
  • Local Child Molester Slain in L.A. Prison (Convict Code of Justice)

    06/01/2012 7:15:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | May 31, 2012 | Kristina Davis
    Local child molester slain in L.A. prison An inmate serving a life sentence stemming from the sexual assault of a child in Oceanside was killed Tuesday in his prison cell in Los Angeles County. Francisco Javier Aguilar, 36, was found dead in his cell at the California State Prison in Lancaster after 1 a.m., authorities said. He had a cable wrapped around his neck, The Los Angeles Times reported. The cause of death has not been released. An autopsy was set for Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Aguilar’s cellmate, Aaron Alvarez, 42, has been arrested in...
  • Yes, you can actually live sin free and happy as a child!

    04/02/2012 8:58:12 PM PDT · by fabian · 32 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 04/02/12 | fabian
    Here is a very simple and real explaination of how you can return to your former happy state and deal with the insanity of a socialist takeover of our once free nation. And a very effective mental exercise to get you onto that yellow brick road now!
  • Unappy Muslims?

    12/20/2011 6:38:15 PM PST · by Bernard Marx · 31 replies
    Email | 12-20-11 | unknown
    UNHAPPY MUSLIMS ! The Muslims are not happy! They're not happy in Gaza . They're not happy in Egypt . They're not happy in Libya . They're not happy in Morocco . They're not happy in Iran . They're not happy in Iraq . They're not happy in Yemen . They're not happy in Afghanistan . They're not happy in Pakistan . They're not happy in Syria . They're not happy in Lebanon . So, where are they happy? They're happy in Australia. They're happy in England. They're happy in France. They're happy in Italy. They're happy in Germany. They're...
  • Alfie the grinning cockapoo is officially crowned Britain's Happiest Dog

    12/09/2011 1:54:16 PM PST · by algernonpj · 15 replies
    DailyMail ^ | December 9, 2011 | Emily Allen
    He's always got a smile on his face and now he's certainly got something to grin about after he was named Britain's Happiest Dog. Alfie, the nine-month-old Cockapoo from Bristol, won over the judges with his broad grin and furiously wagging tale. He beat dozens of other dogs to win the competition, which was organised by Penguin Books. ...
  • Idaho police tell man to stop wearing bunny suit

    08/03/2011 8:52:05 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2011 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Police in Idaho Falls said on Tuesday they have told a 34-year-old man to stop wearing a bunny suit in public after residents complained that he has been frightening children. Police warned Idaho Falls resident William Falkingham after a woman said she saw him dressed in the costume, peeking at her young son from behind a tree and pointing his finger like a gun, according to a police report. An investigation of the sighting led officers to question other neighbors, "who expressed that they were greatly disturbed by Falkingham and his bunny suit," the report said....
  • Creation is Dramatic

    07/12/2011 8:48:56 AM PDT · by Revski · 6 replies
    Revski's Classic what ever! ^ | 7-12-2011 | Revski
    Animated to inspire faith in our creator, His Son Jesus and His Word! Hebrews 4: 12 Good News Version For the word of God is alive and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where the soul and spirit meet, to where the joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of men’s hearts. Video voices are from o7jimmy and his grandchildren!
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIKINI: 65 Years In The Life Of The Two-Piece

    07/07/2011 2:59:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/05/11 | Simone Foxman
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIKINI: 65 Years In The Life Of The Two-PieceSimone Foxman | Jul. 5, 2011, 5:31 PM From ridicule to ubiquity, the bikini has come a long way over the past 65 years. It was on this date in 1946 that French fashion designer Louis Réard hired a nude dancer to sport his two-piece creation after the runway models he approached refused to wear it. But despite provoking controversy -- centering around everything from morality to skin cancer to liposuction -- it is clear that the teenie weenie suit is here to stay. Click here to see the most...
  • The most effective cure for ptsd or any issues. Free for all veterans!

    05/30/2011 7:41:52 AM PDT · by fabian · 42 replies
    http://patriotoutreach.com/ ^ | 05/30/11 | Fabian
    This thread is in gratitude for all you veterans who put your lives at risk to fight the forces of darkness working through unwitting dupes all over the world. Colonel Monaco has put together the patriot outreach site and their Be Still exercise is simply a miracle in helping to save the lives of so many soldiers. It has actually been used in civilian version for about 50 years and now it is taking off like wildfire in the military; because it works! And no charge for you all! God bless.
  • a little lol

    01/05/2011 6:52:03 AM PST · by Revski
    Revski's Classic youtube ^ | 1-5-11 | Revski
    Animated to inspire faith in our creator and His Son Jesus!
  • Sarah Palin: "Happy Hanukkah"

    12/02/2010 9:58:22 PM PST · by onyx · 43 replies · 1+ views
    SARAH PALIN FACEBOOK ^ | Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 11:34pm | SARAH PALIN
    As Jewish families all over the country and the world come together to celebrate the festival of lights – the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting for eight – we are reminded that this holiday is also about the miracle of taking a stand against impossible odds, surviving existential threats, and staying true to one’s values and beliefs through it all. More than two thousand years after the Maccabees rebelled against their oppressors and reconsecrated their Holy Temple, the Jewish people continue to face threats to their existence, and they continue to persevere and overcome great odds....
  • This is just too funny, so I'm posting it again

    11/05/2010 12:52:57 PM PDT · by paterfamilias · 30 replies
    The Hope for America ^ | Nov 3, 2010 | Glenn Beck
    This is the full 8-minute video of "Happy Days Are Here Again" from the Glenn Beck radio show on November 3rd, the day after the election. It is so funny that I'm still watching it!
  • Banning Happy Meals: Good idea for Philadelphia area? (Will Obama t-shirts be next?)

    11/04/2010 10:50:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 11/04/10 | Peter Mucha
    Banning Happy Meals: Good idea for Phila. area?By Peter Mucha Inquirer Staff Writer Posted on Thu, Nov. 4, 2010 It's all about the children. Gotta protect them ... from Happy Meals. At least in San Francisco. The Board of Supervisors there is basically telling fast food restaurants, no fair using toys to sell cheeseburgers and fries to girls and boys. Hello Kitty makes kids fat? Megamind controls their minds? A first-of-its-kind ordinance plans to ban, starting at the end of 2011, free playthings being included with meals loaded with calories, sugar and fat. "We're part of a movement that is...
  • Glenn Beck's Happy Warriors

    08/31/2010 10:56:51 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | James Freeman
    Pundits will debate whether the crowd at Glenn Beck's Saturday rally in Washington was the largest in recent political history, but it was certainly among the most impressive. Mr. Beck is a television host and radio broadcaster with a checkered past and a penchant for incendiary remarks. But if he's judged by the quality of people of all colors that he attracted to the Lincoln Memorial, his stock can't help but rise. One would not be able to find a more polite crowd at a political convention, certainly not at a professional sporting event, probably not even at an opera....
  • Is “Happy Birthday” Song Insensitive?

    08/24/2010 6:24:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/24/10 | Todd Starnes
    A ban on singing “Happy Birthday” lasted all of four days at Chesterfield Elementary School in Missouri after angry parents bombarded the school with complaints. “Singing is not permitted due to the sensitivity of all student beliefs,” wrote Principal Jodi Davidson in a letter to parents dated August 13. On August 23 Davidson sent another letter reversing the policy noting that students “are permitted and encouraged to sing the happy birthday song in the classroom.” However, students will not be permitted to sing the traditional song in the cafeteria and all birthday treats must be individually
  • I’m Home

    05/16/2010 8:38:53 AM PDT · by Revski · 170+ views
    o7jimmy youtube ^ | 5/16/2010 | Revski
    Inspirational animation of a Galapagos tortoise going home! The video’s short and cut instrumental is the hymn, “Lord I’m Coming Home“ by William J Kirkpatrick!
  • Welcome to Happytown: Holland, Michigan

    02/18/2010 3:45:51 PM PST · by MsLady · 51 replies · 1,280+ views
    ABC news ^ | 2/18/2010 | ABC news
    Holland, Michigan was named happiest place in America. This was really interesting. Watch the video and see why.
  • Religion

    12/20/2009 9:06:01 PM PST · by stolinsky · 3 replies · 281+ views
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 12-21-09 | stolinsky
    Polls reveal that 96% of Americans celebrate Christmas. How is it “inclusive” to exclude this vast majority? And 90% believe it is the birthday of Jesus. How is it “tolerant” not to tolerate expression of this widely held belief? Liberals claim that our Founders were deists or agnostics who wrote the Constitution to prevent any influence of religion on our public life. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Doesn't God Want Me To Be Happy?

    12/16/2009 5:55:24 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 22 replies · 751+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 12/16/2009 | Ray Powell
    "It can't be wrong when it feels so right." When Christian singer Debbie Boone crossed over onto the pop music charts in 1977 with "You Light Up My Life", it was these lyrics that made Christians really sit up and take notice. Does "feeling so right" really mean something must be right? Happiness. We all want it. In fact, we demand it. Now. On our terms. We're just claiming what is ours by right, because the Bible promises it ... doesn't it? After all, "happy is that people, whose God is the LORD."....
  • Was your ancestor a cannibal? And were their victims HAPPY to be eaten?

    12/13/2009 2:22:39 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 88 replies · 1,996+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/12/09 | William Napier
    It's a spine-chilling discovery - hundreds of expertly-butchered human bones that suggest cannibalism was rife among early man.What's even more shocking is that the victims may have been HAPPY to be eaten ...The birds are singing and the forest floor is dappled with sunlight. You can hear the sound of a babbling stream, running into the great river not far off to the east. Sharp ears might hear the drumming of a woodpecker or, high above, the cry of a sparrowhawk.
  • The Well-Being of 50 U.S. States

    11/11/2009 7:51:45 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies · 1,194+ views
    A survey called the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reveals which states are happiest. The index includes questions about six types of well-being, including overall evaluation of their lives, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors (such as whether a person smokes or exercises), and job satisfaction.
  • TaxVox: the Tax Policy Center blog :: The HAPPY Act

    10/05/2009 4:52:38 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 2 replies · 230+ views
    Tax Vox ^ | August 7th | Howard Gleckman
    Representative Thaddeus McCotter, a fourth-term Republican from Livonia MI, has introduced the HAPPY Act—the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years Act. It is HR 3501, and it was introduced on July 31. You could look it up. The HAPPY Act would allow taxpayers to deduct up to $3,500-a-year in pet care expenses, including vet care.
  • Flying surveillance robots coming soon from Aeryon

    07/31/2009 6:41:22 PM PDT · by Flavius · 26 replies · 1,060+ views
    cnet ^ | July 29, 2009 | Rafe Needleman
    Your local police may soon be packing flying surveillance bots. At the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, Aeryon Labs President Dave Kroetsch gave a compelling pitch on his company, which makes a two-pound robot helicopter that has enough on-board intelligence and stability control to allow it to be flown by people who just point to locations on a Google Map-based interface.
  • GM opens auto battery research plant

    06/10/2009 8:39:30 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 524+ views
    cnet ^ | June 8, 2009 | by Martin LaMonica
    General Motors opened the doors to a battery research and development plant in Michigan on Monday, a facility the company says will accelerate its move to electric vehicles.
  • Happy Birthday Greetings for Silent Jonny!!!!! :)

    06/05/2009 12:01:07 AM PDT · by Majie Purple · 91 replies · 3,517+ views
    Friday.June.5th.2009 | Majie Purple (and Other Freepers) to honor Silent Jonny!!!!! :)
  • Analysis: Pakistan, Taliban and nuclear arms

    04/26/2009 4:34:39 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 339+ views
    cnn ^ | 4/25/09 | CNN
    Taliban militants made their deepest incursion into Pakistan this week, seizing control of areas that are a short drive from the capital city. http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/24/nuclear.pakistan/?iref=mpstoryview
  • Fluffy Bunny Stories (Vanity)

    03/20/2009 11:31:11 AM PDT · by super7man · 125 replies · 7,413+ views
    Self | 3/20/09 | Super7man
    This is my first posting and I aplogize that it is a vanity. But every morning I get up at 5:30 and check into what is happening on FR. My wife appears at about 6:30 and asks what's going on. After a few minutes of me railing, she always asks if there are any "fluffy bunny" stories. Normally, I would consider a perp getting shot, a fluffy bunny story, she is looking for something different. Stories about baby pink elephants are good. Srories about an old WW2 vet getting his H/S diploma are good. So could the FR team help...
  • Spirituality, Not Religion, Makes Kids Happy

    01/10/2009 10:18:14 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 41 replies · 941+ views
    Live Science ^ | 09 January 2009 09:09 am ET | LiveScience Staff
    The link between spirituality and happiness is pretty well-established for teens and adults. More spirituality brings more happiness. Now a study has reached into the younger set, finding the same link in "tweens" and in kids in middle childhood. Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships — both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim — are happier. Personal aspects of spirituality (meaning and value in one's own life) and communal aspects (quality and depth of inter-personal relationships) were both strong predictors of children's happiness, said study...