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  • Incredible Moment fishermen Rescue Two Kittens From a River | Gone Cat-Fishing on The Warrior River

    08/31/2015 5:14:56 PM PDT · by windcliff · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8-31-15
    Alabama fishermen haul in the catch of a lifetime: 2 cute kittens "Catfishing" on the Warrior River | They were stunned to see two tiny kittens swimming towards their boat. Warning: your heart may not be able to handle this.Alabama fishermen rescue kittens from Warrior River

    08/30/2015 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 114 replies
    Aug 30, 2015
    I want to know what is best to use for a long hike, the I-Phone or the I-pad. I have NOT owned or used either. I want to be able to make and receive phone calls, access the internet, shoot video, edit video, and load video. I'd prefer the larger screen in the I-Pad Mini over the I-Phone, but I also need to be able to make and receive calls, and I'm not sure if the I-Pad Mini can receive calls. If you have experience with both, please let me know the advantages and disadvantages of each. I also...
  • HOME>U.S. Shark Takes Big Bite Out of California Surfer's Board

    08/30/2015 10:39:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    Dempsey was later reunited with her board, which had a 14-by-8 inch piece chomped out of it.
  • As Hikers Celebrate on Appalachian Trail, Some Ask: Where Will It End?

    08/30/2015 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Katharine Q. Seelye
    The storied Appalachian Trail, which begins 2,190 miles away in Georgia, ends here, with a final scramble up Maine’s highest peak — some of it nearly vertical, much of it blocked by boulders. For those who have trekked five or six months, Katahdin’s iconic summit is an exhausting challenge with a rewarding end.“It takes your breath away,” said Chuck Wood, 64, a hiker from Norristown, Pa. “Just to be there, it’s like an audience with the Lord.”But that experience is now in jeopardy. Faced with increasing crowds and partylike behavior by a few — including an ultramarathon runner who celebrated...
  • American Pharoah makes 2nd start after taking Triple Crown in today's Travers at Saratoga

    08/29/2015 7:31:46 AM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | Aug 29, 2015 | Self
    The now $1.6 million, GI Travers Stakes, for 3yos, at 1 1/4 mile (Dirt) Race #11, Post Time 5:46 pm local, this Saturday at Saratoga and will be broadcast on NBC as part of a two-hour live broadcast beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday! American Pharoah – will be a prohibitive 1/5 M/L Favorite for Saturday’s GI Travers Stakes at Saratoga!American Pharoah, drew the #2 hole and was made the prohibitive 1/5 M/L favorite.Frosted, at 6/1 drew the mid-pack #6 gate with Texas Red, at 8/1 breaking from the #4 post in this 10 horse field of 3yos.
  • What are your top 3 favorite episodes of the original Twilight Zone series?

    08/28/2015 8:41:10 PM PDT · by ETL · 117 replies
    Aug 28, 2015 | Self
    I don't know if the following TZ episode list is 100% accurate, in terms of air dates, etc. In any case, my top 3 favorites in the western category are: The Grave, The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms, and Mr. Garrity and the Graves. Other 'western' episodes are: Mr. Denton on Doomsday, (The) Execution, Dust, A Hundred Yards Over the Rim, and Still Valley. Of the 'Space' episodes, my top 3 are: People Are Alike All Over, The Lonely, and The Little People. To Serve Man was a great one too, IMHO. Other assorted favorites (in order of listed...
  • Feds approve paper airplane drone flights

    08/28/2015 6:54:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/15 | Keith Laing
    Feds approve paper airplane drone flights By Keith Laing - 08/27/15 05:40 PM EDT The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of a paper airplane that is a drone. The agency issued the approval for flights of a drone that is described as a "smartphone-controlled paper airplane." In doing so, it waived requirements for FAA approval of drone flights that are operated outside of restricted airspace and below 200 feet. The agency said the flights were approved for "aerial photography and videography" purposes. The makers of the paper airplane drone, Connecticut-based Tailor Toys PowerUp, tout the paper airplane...
  • Data Suggests That the Men of Ashley Madison Were Chatting With Fake Women

    08/27/2015 10:33:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 27, 2015 | Dayna Evans
    The Ashley Madison leak, which has since revealed hacked information on everyone from marriage evangelist Josh Duggar, to family evangelist Sam Rader, to athletes, universities, and media companies had another interesting detail come to the surface yesterday. Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz published a long survey on the women of Ashley Madison that suggests very few of the female accounts on the site were held by real women. Newitz discovered that the second-most-popular IP address in the leak looped back to a "home" IP address that likely originated at Ashley Madison. This corroborated her discovery that many of the female test...
  • CPU Cooler Contact Pad

    08/27/2015 9:25:51 AM PDT · by Bob434 · 62 replies
    Just a quick question to all computer gurus- I have an old Pentium 4 2200, and have to replace the cpu cooler/fan, so I ordered one that is supposed to work with socket 478, but the contact pad that came with it is much smaller than the one that came with the computer's cpu cooler which needs replacing- Can I simply grease the new pad and install it? or will I need to purchase new larger pad?
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/26/2015 6:33:56 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 94 replies
    My Grandmother, who largely raised me, was born in 1890. She lost her mother when she was only ten years old, and at that young age became largely responsible for her younger brother, while their father plied his trade as a small sailing ship captain in the Tidewater, transporting freight. She married the first time at a very young age - and actually lied a little to do it, because she wasn't quite sixteen. She died at the ripe old age of 94; and until the last six months of her life she was completely running her own household, doing...
  • How to Properly Celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day

    08/25/2015 5:05:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    AOL News ^ | 8/25
    The Whiskey Sour doesn't really have an intriguing origin story like some of its counterparts, but it's still a favorite amongst cocktail connoisseurs. The first documented reference to the popular mix was in an 1870 Wisconsin newspaper. Almost a century later, Universidad del Cuyo published a story crediting Elliott Stubb for creating the Whiskey Sour. The Peruvian newspaper that published the news solved one of the greatest mysteries i
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsoft’s digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Google’s popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistant’s functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • Windows 95 turns 20 (Tomorrow Aug 24)

    08/23/2015 8:32:43 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    Tech Central ^ | Aug 23, 2015 | Jonathan Roberts
    The arrival of Microsoft Windows 95 on 24 August 1995 brought about a desktop PC boom. With an easier and more intuitive graphical user interface than previous versions, it appealed to more than just business, and Bill Gates’s stated aim of one PC per person per desk was set in motion. This was a time of 320MB hard drives, 8MB of RAM and 15-inch CRT monitors. For most home users, the Internet had only just arrived. Windows 95 introduced the Start menu, powered by a button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. This gives a central point of entry...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/20/2015 4:32:15 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 36 replies
    About 25 years ago, a neighbor gave me a jar of ruby-red syrup-y stuff, and a recipe. She called the cakes I could make from these "Amish Friendship Cakes". My friend and I baked many of these wonderful cakes, rolling the starter over again and again, until finally we stopped. Years later I wanted to make the cake again, but didn't know how to 'start the starter'. Fortunately, by then we had the Internet and 'Altavista', which came through. I found two ways of doing it: one using brandy to get it going, and one using yeast. So far, I...
  • 1913 hometown photo [vanity]

    08/20/2015 2:35:25 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 82 replies
    free republic ^ | 8/20/15 | cripplecreek
    Photo of my hometown of Hanover Michigan taken by my great grandfather in 1913.
  • Windows 10 Upgrade? Try A MacBook (Good reasons to run Win10 on Apple hardware)

    08/19/2015 10:26:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Information Week ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Pablo Valerio
    Subtitle: There are a number of reasons why Macs are worth considering as you migrate to Windows 10. Microsoft's Windows 10 has finally been released and many users are looking for a new computer to take advantage of its new features. While it has been advertised that Windows 10 will perform properly on most laptops currently running Windows 7 or 8, we all know that to get the most of the many features and performance enhancements, you'll want the latest high-end laptops designed for the new OS. As you consider your next PC purchase, here's something else to think about:...
  • $50K vintage Jaguar burned in Cajon Pass fire delivered to upbeat buyer

    08/19/2015 12:35:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    Malcolm Croxton couldn’t wait to get his hands on the 1962 E-Type Jaguar he had purchased for $50,000 from someone in Oklahoma. On Tuesday, the vintage Jag was finally delivered, albeit not in the condition the car restoration hobbyist from Torrance had bargained for. The Jaguar was badly charred in a fast-moving wildfire as a rig transported it on I-15 to the South Bay. The car was one of several dozen vehicles abandoned on the congested freeway as the North Fire approached, forcing the occupants to flee in a scene captured on live TV. Still, Croxton was surprisingly upbeat when...
  • DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

    08/18/2015 11:31:17 AM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 Aug 2015 | Laura Sydell
    The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software. Now, farmers are hitting up against an obscure provision of copyright law that makes it illegal to repair machinery run by software. Take Dave Alford. He fits that image of the iconic farmer. "I do farming on the family ranch," says Alford, standing on a piece of grassy earth with a white barn behind him. "I've been farming for the...
  • See the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise in 271 357 photos

    08/14/2015 7:08:41 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Autoweek ^ | 8/14/15 | Andrew Stoy
    Our man on Woodward Avenue is shooting everything, and we'll be updating all weekend In past years, we've broken our Woodward Dream Cruise photos into chunks, showing you imports, Fords, Chevys, Mopars and just plain weird stuff in individual galleries. This year, we're covering the "world's largest one-day car show" a little differently: Call it the "shotgun approach." We'll put up as many huge galleries as our servers will handle, and you can sort through the insanity any way you like. As for captions that specifically identify each car ... maybe we'll get to that after the event. There's also...
  • Pontoons Are The New Ultimate Party Boats

    08/14/2015 9:29:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 14, 2014 | Aimee Blanchette
    Minnesotans are putting a tidal wave of imagination into their pontoons — from luxe water slides to pirate planks. “Pontoons Gone Wild.” “Pontoon Hunters.” “Pimp My Pontoon.” If a TV producer stumbled on the gems floating on our lakes, there’d be a reality show waiting. These aren’t the kitschy putt-putters with plastic chairs and artificial turf, either. Pontoons, while still floating platforms, are larger, more powerful, more luxurious and sometimes even outrageous. “The pontoon used to be grandpa and grandma’s boat,” said Brent Wiczek, manager of Nisswa Marine. “We’re selling pontoons to a much younger generation than we ever have....
  • Asian Movie Weekend #3

    08/13/2015 6:44:22 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 21 replies
    None | 2015 | Fai Mao
    If you'd like to see the previous post in this series FR search using the key words Asian Movies There are two movies this week. Both are free to view. I have gotten probably 15 request to put Kung Fu Hustle in one of these so here it is Kung Fu Hustle 2004 Stephen Chow et al Comedy Violence, nudity some strong language Also available on Netflix Notes about the film. If you dig around in academic databases you can find that couple of academic papers were written about the use and abuse of Chinese religious tradition. Notice the...
  • A Congressman Goes to DEF CON

    08/13/2015 4:10:02 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies ^ | 13 aug 2015 | PATRICK TUCKER
    What is Will Hurd, Republican Congressman from Texas, doing here? “The best way to defend digital networks is to have an attacker’s mentality,” Hurd told Defense One. Hurd, who spent nearly a decade as an undercover CIA operative in places like Afghanistan, doesn’t freak out easily. ... For one thing, he ran a cybersecurity firm for four years. Naturally, he’s made cybersecurity a cornerstone of his legislative efforts.
  • 1.5 million people expected at Woodward Dream Cruise, world's largest one-day auto event

    08/13/2015 10:00:20 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 21 replies ^ | August 13, 2015 | David Muller
    DETROIT, MI - Engines are roaring, cool cars are cruising and people from Ortonville to Sterling Heights and beyond are already lining Woodward Avenue for Saturday's 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise, billed as the world's largest one-day auto event. Some people are coming just for a few hours at a time to see the sights and sounds, others are even selling their own cruisers. Vinnie Garafalo has his 1967 Ford Galaxie convertible parked along Woodward near a gas station in Royal Oak, where he and a group of others known as the "No Name Car Club" are taking in the scene....
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/12/2015 4:56:02 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 46 replies
    I've been wanting to do a thread on favorite dishes of the American States, so I'll start us off with Maryland where, despite being born in Washington, D.C., I've lived all the rest of my life. Since 2008, the official dessert of Maryland has been the Smith Island cake:'s a little difficult to parse the sentence on the website which declares Smith as "Maryland's last inhabited island, reachable only by boat". What it really means is that Smith is the last inhabited Maryland island with no land-bridge to it - one can only get there by boat. We have...
  • Fisherman Pulls 200-Year-Old Flintlock Rifle Out of Lake Winnebago [VIDEO]

    08/12/2015 10:02:23 AM PDT · by Rio · 38 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | 8/8/2015 | Eric Nestor
    While fishing at Lake Winnebago, the Fond du Lac resident pulled up anchor and found a 47-inch-long, rusted rifle encrusted with zebra mussels. Experts believe the flintlock rifle rested at the bottom of the lake for at least 200 years. The rifle might be rusted, and the stock mostly missing, but it is a priceless piece of American history. The history of the rifle remains unknown, but it makes a great story, and Groff will proudly display it in his home. How’s that for a fish tale?
  • Iconic Whistler's Mother On Display At The Clark [MA]

    08/12/2015 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    WAMC ^ | Jul 3, 2015 | Jim Levulis
    An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works will be on view July 4th at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. James McNeill Whistler’s most famous painting known today as Whistler’s Mother is an 1871 portrait of the woman born as Anna Matilda McNeill. Curator Jay Clarke says the image became an American icon while on a cross-country tour during the 1930s.
  • 'haunted puppet' said to have choked its previous owner starts moving on its own (tr)

    08/12/2015 9:49:30 AM PDT · by dware · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08.12.2015 | Euan McLelland
    FULL TITLE: Creepy moment 'haunted puppet' said to have choked its previous owner starts moving on its own inside a sealed glass container in the middle of the night A creepy puppet said to have choked its former owner has been filmed moving inside a sealed glass container in the dead of night. Paranormal Investigator Jayne Harris, 32, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, recorded the puppet every night for three months - after its previous owner claimed it tried to choke him to death. And last month she was left dumbfounded, when her cameras caught the chilling moment the wooden doll...
  • Microsoft Issues Fix for Windows 10 Endless Reboot Problem (Mandatory automatic updates)

    08/11/2015 8:53:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    Mashable ^ | Aug 11, 2015 | Ronald Chavez
    Microsoft has just released a fix for a Windows 10 software update said to be causing machines to enter a restart loop. A patch for a patch? Yes, this is patchception. The troublesome update, titled KB3081424 was released last week, and it didn't take long for users to voice their issues with it on a Microsoft support forum. Many users reported the update was causing their machines to restart over and over again. But the company is now pointing to a newer update that fixes the bug, a Microsoft spokesperson told Mashable in an email. The update is initially downloaded...
  • Garage sale, major score!!

    08/11/2015 6:40:28 PM PDT · by djf · 44 replies
    OK I went to a couple garage sales last weekend. Didn't get off my duff on Saturday, so went on Sunday. At one I saw a laptop - wasn't exactly sure what it was. It had a Windows XP sticker on it so I figured it must be at least marginal. Asked the lady if the battery worked and she said "well it's old so it might only give you an hour or two..." Asked her if the machine actually works and she said "yeah, but it's old and slow..." Anyways bought it and brought it home thinking I can...
  • It's 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage (It's Patch Tuesday again!)

    08/11/2015 6:11:17 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | August 11, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Update Windows, Office, IE, Edge and Adobe Flash now – plus OpenSSH Patch Tuesday - Microsoft has released 14 sets of software patches to address critical security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Yes, even Edge: Microsoft's supposedly whizzbang super-secure web browser. Users and sysadmins should apply August's Patch Tuesday fixes as soon as possible: the bugs can be exploited to remotely execute code on vulnerable systems, allowing miscreants to hijack computers and install malware by tricking people into opening documents and webpages. Plugging in a malicious USB device can grant an attacker administrator privileges on Windows PCs....
  • Need help identifying fish... Florida freshwater.

    08/10/2015 12:44:43 PM PDT · by paul544 · 75 replies
    Me | 8/15/2015 | Me
    I know Freepers are a big help in these hobby areas so I thought this would be a good place to ask. I've been fishing here in central Florida lately. Mostly in the smaller lakes and ponds that dot the landscape. I've been catching some decent fish but for the life of me can't figure out what I've caught. First I thought a small bass but the more I look online the less that seems to be the case. Is there anyone here I could email a couple of pictures to and get their input? I don't have anywhere online...
  • Tesla Loses More Than $4,000 on Every Car Sold

    08/09/2015 5:41:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    It's crunch time for Tesla Motors.The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles. The company on Wednesday cut its production targets for this year and next. Chief Executive Elon Musk said he's considering options to raise more capital, and didn't rule out selling more stock. Musk has taken investors on a thrill ride since taking Tesla public in 2010. Now he's given himself a deadline, promising that by...
  • The ‘Berenstein Bears’ Internet Conspiracy Might Rock Your Childhood

    08/07/2015 9:36:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 6, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    A new conspiracy theory has taken the Internet and childhood nostalgia by storm. A popular kids book series known to most of the population as “The Berenstein Bears,” is actually called “The Berenstain Bears.” For those who grew up reading the books and have the word “Berenstein” ingrained in their minds, the fact that the title really is “Berenstain” is quite a shock to the system. A quick Internet search of the book covers and the official PBS website reveals that “The Berenstain Bears” have been there all along. The shock of this revelation has led some to believe in...
  • South Florida Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink

    08/06/2015 10:49:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Florida officials are warning people about contaminated tattoo ink made and distributed in South Florida. They said the ink made by A Thousand Virgins Ink contains harmful bacteria. Shades G1, G2 and G3 have been recalled. Officials said anyone receiving a tattoo is at risk for infection, but people with heart trouble, diabetes or have compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible. If you have recently been tattooed, you're urged to seek medical care if you notice uncommon redness, swelling, itching, bumps or blemishes.
  • Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8 (Family Features gone)

    08/05/2015 10:32:36 PM PDT · by dayglored · 58 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 5, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Are you a Windows 10 convert responsible for young computer users? Be on your guard. Child-friendly Family Features from Windows 7 and 8 won’t be recognised or accepted in the new operating system. Rather, children using Windows 10 PCs are seen as standard users; no dedicated child-user account exists. That means any existing age-related website controls, app and game restrictions, PC time limits, plus your ability to view recent activity, won’t work on Windows 10. Adults must now create a completely new set of family settings through a long-winded procedure in Windows 10 that requires the child’s participation. Microsoft had...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/05/2015 4:10:08 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 44 replies
    A couple of threads ago, several Freepers posted some interesting mixed drinks; so I thought we'd do our thread this week on Beverages. I'm not much of a hard-liquor drinker - my favorite alcohol is beer, and my brand is pretty plebeian (they do make some excellent Superbowl commercial ads, though ;-). But I do have one punch recipe that I used to make for Christmas parties, and people liked it as much without alcohol, as with it. When I've made this, I usually made an extra amount without the bourbon, and froze it in some pretty molds; that way...
  • Windows 10 is taking days to activate due to server strains (Microsoft site overloaded)

    08/03/2015 2:28:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | Chris Merriman
    Microsoft advises you to sweat it out MICROSOFT is warning customers that their free upgrade to Windows 10 may complete but not be activated for several days. A statement on the company website advises customers to "wait a few days and try again or just leave it and let it activate on its own. The activation servers might be overwhelmed." The advice is hollow succour for those who, perhaps less tech-savvy, want the reassurance of knowing that they definitely have a working Windows. Microsoft revealed just a day after the launch of Windows 10 that the OS has already been...
  • Ontario man spending $300,000 on iconic sports car axed by Chrysler

    08/03/2015 10:26:26 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 43 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | August 3, 2015 | Dan Proudfoot
    Al Boughton paid $135,000 for his 1970 Plymouth Superbird seven years ago and what a kick it was, driving the most high-winged, cone-nosed, eye-popping, breath-stealing muscle car ever fashioned in Detroit, with its 450-horsepower V-8 and beep-beep Road Runner horn. In fact, last September, he realized it was so good, he had to make it perfect, and perfection meant returning it exactly to original form, just as it had left the Lynch Road, Mich., assembly line in 1969. With the stripped chassis trussed to a rotisserie at Davies Autobody in Etobicoke, he pointed to the firewall as an example of...
  • Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or ransomware? (CTB-Locker masquerading as Win10 upgrade!)

    07/31/2015 7:14:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | July 31, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    People aren't good at waiting for stuff, and with, computer users queueing up to download Windows 10, ransomware purveyors have started to move in. Cisco's security team has noticed a new spamming campaign attempting to spread the CTB-Locker ransomware using emails purporting to come from Microsoft, telling people they are ready to download Windows 10. The emails mimic the actual Windows 10 messages Redmond is sending out (with some minor text mistakes) and have spoofed the originating address to read as, although the sender's IP address can be traced back to Thailand. There's also a Microsoft disclaimer, and a...
  • MN firm reveals 110mph electric motorcycle – and will beat Harley to market

    07/31/2015 2:08:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Adam Uren
    (Photo: Victory Motorcycles, website) A Minnesota company appears to have beaten Harley-Davidson to the punch by unveiling its first electric street motorcycle. Medina-based Polaris Industries, makers of Indian and Victory motorcycles, has this week revealed its “Empulse TT” high-performance sport bike, which runs without gas and has a top speed of 110mph. The Pioneer Press reports that with the Empulse appearing in Victory dealerships by the end of the year, Polaris has secured a key advantage over competitors Harley, whose Project LiveWire motorcycle won’t be brought to market until battery technology has improved enough to allow for longer driving distances....
  • Shot Fired At State Police Cruiser, Rifle Found, But No Suspect

    07/31/2015 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 15 replies
    CBS Boston WBZ ^ | July 23, 2015 | Staff
    MANSFIELD (CBS) — Massachusetts State Police are looking for the person who fired a gunshot at a trooper’s cruiser early Thursday morning. The trooper was in a marked state police cruiser on patrol near Forbes Road and Route 140 in Foxboro near the Mansfield line around 2:20 a.m. when he heard a loud noise from behind. He saw a “large amount of white smoke” in the area where the noise came from, according to police, “just several feet from the cruiser.” He was not hurt and his car was not damaged. “The Trooper reversed direction and observed a white male...
  • 79-Year-Old Norwegian Swims to Own Wedding

    07/30/2015 3:36:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2015
    A 79-year-old Norwegian has swum across a fjord in the pouring rain dressed only in swimming trunks and a bow tie to wed his 65-year-old bride-to-be on the rocks.Trygve Bernhardsen was accompanied by his two grandchildren as he swam the 800 meters in 14C (57F) water. Before his exploit, Bernhardsen joked with reporters that they were with him mostly to make sure that he didn’t swim off in the wrong direction. “If I decide to say yes, I will swim straight over. If it’s a no, I’ll swim off to sea, and I think the wife wanted some assurances,” he...
  • Some Facts on Cecil the Lion Hunt

    07/30/2015 9:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies ^ | 7/30/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I found this on the popular site It adds facts, texture and nuance to the emotion floating about out there. Remember that Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. From Zimbabwe Wildlife Conservation: We have been following these threads with great interest. we emphasize we are advocates of "sustainable utilization " as a conservation tool , some Basic facts that have been verified by several reliable and credible sources :- The operator / professional hunters in question had a valid TR2 form stamped by the Zimbabwe parks & wildlife authority. This form once stamped allows...
  • Man Buys Guitar at Garage Sale for $175, Turns Out It's Worth $800,000

    07/29/2015 7:28:49 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 39 replies ^ | 7-21-15 | Ultimate Guitar website
    John McCaw is a building contractor from San Diego who struck jackpot way back in 1969 without even knowing it. The story actually began in 1962, when John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles got themselves a pair of matching Gibson J-160E guitars. About a year later, John's six-string was stolen after the band's pre-Christmas show in London. A few years later Mr. McCaw's friend had unknowingly bought Lennon’s Gibson in a local music shop. In 1969, that friend sold it to McCaw for about $175, or about $1,100 when inflation-adjusted for 2014. 45 years later, after using the...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/29/2015 2:39:42 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 83 replies
    I've had several requests to do a thread on bread baking. I've hesitated, because it's been quite a while since I baked bread; I'm by no means expert at it; and I don't like to post recipes that I haven't tried and proven recently. But, due to popular demand, here we go! My first experience with baking bread was back in the 1970s when so many of us young folks were bitten by the 'back-to-nature' bug. I was also experimenting with various levels of vegetarianism, and was very interested in cooking with whole grains. The first bread I made was...
  • VICTORY RACING AT ISLE OF MAN TT ZERO - Victory Motorcycles(electric bike)

    07/28/2015 9:06:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Victory Motorcycles
    Watch #VictoryRacing compete at the infamous Isle of Man TT Zero. Lee Johnston piloted the way to claim the first podium for Victory in 2015.
  • Safari tourist suspected in killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe

    07/28/2015 11:31:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 28 july 15 | Don Melvin, Khushbu Shah and Elaine Ly
    Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe, authorities allege, by a foreign hunter or hunters who paid about $55,000 for the privilege.
  • Dangerous PCP Polymer Cased Ammo (Update)

    07/28/2015 5:15:53 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies
    TFB ^ | June 23, 2015 | TFB
    If you shoot centerfire you need to see this video.
  • This is for all you N/E Free Republicers...

    07/27/2015 11:31:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 51 replies
    27 July 2015 | US Navy Vet
    I would like to take my wife to the N/E United States to do some Falltime "Leak Peepin"
  • No, 'Super Mario Maker' Is Not Racist

    07/25/2015 4:11:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/22/2015 | Erik Kain
    Super Mario Maker is a game we’ve all been waiting for: Finally, we can create our own classic Mario levels using the Wii U’s touch-screen gamepad. (I’d sure like to have a mouse and keyboard, but the touchscreen is far superior for this kind of thing than a traditional gamepad.) Ben Gilbert of Business Insider recently demoed the game and was mostly just really disturbed by the big, white, feminine hand that appeared onscreen as a stand-in for his own. This one: Here’s Gilbert’s reaction: During a meeting with Nintendo on Thursday in New York City, I tried the game...