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  • Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against Planned Parenthood Whistleblower David Daleiden

    07/26/2016 2:04:05 PM PDT · by GilGil · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/26/2016 | Staff
    Houston prosecutors dropped all charges against Planned Parenthood whistleblower David Daleiden and his partner on Tuesday. Daleiden was the force behind a series of undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives conspiring to traffic body parts harvested from aborted babies.
  • Swedish man shows people the right way to escape a bear attack

    05/21/2015 8:43:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2015 | AMEENA SCHELLING
    To thwart a bear attack, make yourself look bigger and scarier.This is how you escape from a bear attack. Ralph Perrson was walking with his wife and dog in the woods when he noticed his dog was barking differently, the Swedish outlet The Local reported. Suddenly a large Eurasian brown bear ran out of the woods and charged at him.Fortunately for Perrson, he knew bears are much more scared of us than we are of them. Standing his ground, he raised his arms and let out a primal yell. The very startled bear spun right around and ran back into...
  • Andrew Luck: The NFL’s Most Perplexing Trash Talker

    12/16/2014 8:28:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kevin Clark
    Andrew Luck’s legend is growing. Sure, there’s buzz about how he has thrown for more yards in his first three seasons than anyone in NFL history. Or the fact he’s led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in each of his NFL seasons, after clinching a spot this year with Sunday’s win. But among NFL players, the gossip around Luck concerns a peculiar brand of on-field chatter so confusing and brilliant that no one knows quite what to make of it. “In all the years I’ve played football I have never heard anything like it,” said Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan...
  • Hannity Warns Americans Who Voted for Obama: ‘You Get the Government You Deserve… Good Luck With

    11/07/2012 6:52:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/7/12 | Jason Howerton
    Reacting to the American people’s decision to grant President Barack Obama another four years in the White House, Sean Hannity, during his syndicated radio show on Wednesday, warned Americans: “You get the government you deserve.” The conservative thought leader also urged his audience to stop moping and carry on the fight for conservative ideas and principles in an impassioned monologue. “We lost a tough election,” he said. “And it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time. But the country will come calling, at some point, for conservatism” either on the issue of national security or economic...
  • I'll Have Another Won't Run in Belmont Stakes, Erases Hopes of First Triple Crown Since 1978

    06/08/2012 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies ^ | 6/8/2012 | Mike Cole
    Horse racing was dealt a devastating blow on Friday morning. Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed that his horse, I'll Have Another, won't run in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon. O'Neill confirmed that news on The Dan Patrick Show. O'Neill cited injury as the reason the horse won't run in the race. "It's his left front leg," O'Neill told the show. "This morning, he looked perfect. I took him and did a little something with him and after training, the swelling came back." O'Neill also said that the horse looked like it was suffering from tendinitis. I'll Have Another was looking...
  • Romney is lucky his rival was Santorum, not Palin

    04/10/2012 11:48:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2012 | Philip Klein, Senior Editorial Writer
    As he approaches the task of uniting the Republican party ahead of his all but official general election campaign, Mitt Romney will benefit from the same reality that's worked to his favor the entire race -- the composition of the Republican field. Specifically, Romney is fortunate that he had to beat out Rick Santorum to claim the nomination rather than Sarah Palin. When Romney decided to seek the presidency for the second time, his moderate to liberal record in Massachusetts was bound to trigger a challenge from the right and set up a showdown, framed in shorthand, as the establishment...
  • When tech goes wrong: Man who wins $57m on slot machine told it's a software error, offered $100

    12/13/2011 10:32:40 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 53 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/11/11 | Trevor Mogg
    It wouldn’t matter whether it was at the gambling mecca of Vegas, or, as in the case of Behar Merlaku, at a little-known casino in the tiny Austrian town of Bregenz – if the bells and lights on the slot machine I’m on start ringing and flashing, telling me I’ve won $57 million, then of course I’ll be planning my retirement. But when Swiss national Merlaku went to claim his jackpot, owners of the casino simply said there’d been a “software error” and that the 26-year-old was therefore not entitled to the big money prize. Instead they offered him $100...
  • Heisman Projection: It's Griffin, with 71% of a perfect score

    12/09/2011 9:50:17 AM PST · by re_nortex · 24 replies
    Stiff Arm Trophy ^ | December 8, 2011 | Kari Chisholm
    By now, this won't be a surprise to anyone: Baylor's Robert Griffin III is going to win the Heisman Trophy. By our reckoning, he's going to get approximately 2000 points - 71% of a perfect unanimous #1 vote. (This year, 2781 points is perfect.) That total would rank Griffin among the top 15 all-time biggest winners of the Heisman Trophy - roughly on par with Tim Tebow (70.5%) and Doug Flutie (71.1%).
  • Heisman Projection: 141 ballots (so far)

    12/06/2011 11:28:49 PM PST · by re_nortex · 10 replies
    Stiff Arm Trophy ^ | December 6, 2011 | Kari Chisholm
    In this second update, we're up to 141 ballots - with 359 first-second-third votes on those ballots. For the tenth year in a row, we're going to attempt to project the outcome of the greatest individual award in sports, the Heisman Trophy. We've been right nine out of nine years.
  • The Texas Jobs Machine: Miracle, Mirage, or Lucky Duck?

    07/21/2011 6:57:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/21/2011 | Derek Thompson
    Gov. Rick Perry's presidential bid would thrust the Texas economy and all of its glorious complications into the national media spotlight. The record is gloriously complicated, indeed. From the right, you should expect to hear that Texas accounted for a third of national job creation between May 2010 and 2011; that more Fortune 500 companies call Texas home than any other state; and that Texas consistently wins every "top state for business" award out there. From the left, you should expect to hear about how the state has one of the country's worst records for children with health insurance, teen...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 — Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • Bin Laden Was Found at Luxurious Pakistan Compound

    05/02/2011 3:14:56 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 92 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | May 02, 2011 | Reuters
    U.S. forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan's border, but in a million-dollar compound in an upscale suburb of Pakistan's capital, with his youngest wife, U.S. officials said early on Monday. They were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years tracking one of bin Laden's most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "Detainees also identified this man as one of the few al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin Laden. They indicated he might be living with...
  • The Perils of Constitutional Ignorance (The Food Safety Bill Appears to be DEAD!!!)

    12/17/2010 12:43:12 PM PST · by Uncledave · 22 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/17/2010
    The food safety bill is almost certainly dead. Why? Don’t blame it on GOP obstructionism — while Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) robustly opposed the bill, citing its unpaid-for $1.4 billion price tag, and its new (and ineffective, he argued) regulations, that didn’t stop plenty of Republican senators from backing it. Instead, it’s because Senate majority leader Harry Reid forgot about that pesky constitutional requirement that all taxes originate in the House. Here’s the background: The Food Safety bill passed the House in 2009. It had stalled in the Senate, to many Democrats’ dismay, and so Reid spent valuable days...
  • Respectable Conservatives Still Don't Get Obama

    11/22/2010 1:59:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 34 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 22, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    If United States Senator Al Franken -- it hurts to say that -- ever had a redeeming moment, it was in the role of Stuart Smalley, a character he created for "Saturday Night Live." In the most memorable of Smalley's "Daily Affirmations," the lisping, wildly insecure psycho-babbler hosts Michael Jordan. After explaining to his audience that Jordan is "a basketball player for a professional basketball team," Smalley says to him, "You should be very proud of yourself." "Well, thank you, Stuart," says Jordan, "I am." Stunned by Jordan's self-assurance, Smalley blunders on: "I can imagine that the night before a...
  • President Obama turns a N.J. man into a 'Celebrity Magnet'

    09/23/2010 2:28:03 PM PDT · by newjerseynewsroom · 46 replies ^ | 9/19/10 | Willimam Lamb
    FRANKLIN LAKES — The way Tom Murro tells it, a chance encounter with President Obama on a Martha's Vineyard golf course last summer had a transformative effect on him. Among Tom Murro's high-profile run-ins: President Obama, Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman and Kathie Lee Gifford. Suddenly, the Franklin Lakes father of two became the "Celebrity Magnet," known for an uncanny ability to attract, rub elbows and be photographed with some of the world's most famous people. Last April, Murro folded the mortgage company he had run for two decades and took to chronicling his exploits and conquests online at "Some...
  • ~*~*~ThE oFfIcIaL fRiDaY sIlLiNeSs ThReAd~*~*~

    03/12/2010 4:22:46 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 58 replies · 2,857+ views
    Fáilte O’BamaIt’s President Barack Obama! And a green toilet plunger! On Saint Patrick’s Day! Obama, a Tea Partier, and an Irishman, are out walking along the beach together one day. They come across a lantern and a Genie pops out of it. "I will give you each one wish, that's three wishes in total", says the Genie. The Irishman says, "I am a fisherman, my Dad's a fisherman, his Dad was a fisherman and my son will be one too. I want all the oceans full of fish for all eternity." So, with a blink of the Genie's eye...
  • DHS Decided It's OK to Allow Some Terrorists to Board Planes

    01/06/2010 8:42:40 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 16 replies · 975+ views ^ | January 06, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Even if Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab had never boarded that Christmas flight from Amsterdam to Detroit wearing explosive underpants, a passage on page 17 of a report published in July by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security would still be eye-popping. “Not all known or reasonably suspected terrorists are prohibited from boarding an aircraft, or are subject to additional security screening prior to boarding an aircraft,” says the passage. More than eight years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, people boarding commercial flights in the United States—and sometimes those boarding international flights bound for the United States—are...
  • "Luck"

    09/17/2009 8:26:17 AM PDT · by cpurick · 20 replies · 714+ views
    Who is John Galt ^ | 09/17/2009 | "John Galt"
    Suppose Bill Gates had an identical twin brother, Walter. And suppose that Bill and Walter had identical interests, shared identical experiences. Suppose they were even identically driven. Now suppose that one day many years ago, something split the brothers. Perhaps they were waiting together at a bus stop, and a nearly-full bus pulled up. Only one brother can get on the bus, and the other must wait for the next bus. And let's suppose that this moment of separation had occurred at a key point in time, and that as a result it was Walter, instead of Bill, who went...
  • Australia must boost military to deal with China

    04/18/2009 4:12:54 AM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 550+ views
    afp ^ | 4/18/09 | afp
    MELBOURNE (AFP) – Australia must boost defence spending to give its military the hardware to deal with strategic challenges presented by China's rise as a global superpower, an influential think tank has warned. China's growth meant the US, Australia's main military ally, would lose its dominant position in Asia in coming decades, creating uncertainty and a higher risk of conflict, the Lowy Institute for International Policy said.
  • Some visit Pol Pot's grave looking for luck

    03/28/2009 6:56:58 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 8 replies · 370+ views
    NLONG VENG, Cambodia – He was one of the greatest mass killers of the 20th century, but that doesn't stop the hopeful from praying at Pol Pot's hillside grave for lucky lottery numbers, job promotions and beautiful brides. Nor does it stop tourists from picking clean the bones and ashes from the Khmer Rouge leader's burial ground in this remote town in northwestern Cambodia. The grave is among a slew of Khmer Rouge landmarks in Anlong Veng, where the movement's guerrillas made their last stand in 1998 just as Pol Pot lay dying. A $1 million tourism master plan is...
  • Cell phone blocks stray bullet, saves man's life

    11/22/2008 5:11:25 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 59 replies · 2,174+ views
    St. Tammany News ^ | 11/19/08 | Matthew Penix
    Driving his John Deere tractor Saturday, Richard was suddenly thumped with a pain “like a hard punch jumped up” and bit him in the heart. He bent over and grasped his sweater. Then he took it off to get a closer look. A .45-caliber bullet casing tumbled out, clattered onto the tractor and fell on the ground. He’d just been shot. It was a stray bullet, and it tore through his sweater, leaving a 1/2-inch hole, where it entered into the top center pocket of his coveralls and hit his cell phone. The bullet, coming in at a 45-degree angle,...
  • In Poker, Psychologists Place Bets On Skill

    03/25/2008 10:55:04 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 810+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-25-2008 | Case Western Reserve University
    In Poker, Psychologists Place Bets On SkillIs it luck of the draw in poker? No, says Michael DeDonno, a doctoral student from Case Western Reserve University. (Credit: Image courtesy of Case Western Reserve University) ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2008) — Is it luck of the draw in poker? No, says Michael DeDonno, a doctoral student from Case Western Reserve University. He suggests putting your bets on skills over luck when playing the card game. DeDonno's findings from two poker-related studies with college students have implications for the gaming industry, and possibly even legal cases that challenge the theory of luck over...
  • Man awake, talking after 47-floor fall

    01/03/2008 6:21:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies · 854+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/3/08 | David B. Caruso - ap
    NEW YORK - Doctors say they have never seen anything like it: A window washer who fell 47 stories from the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper is now awake, talking to his family and expected to walk again. Alcides Moreno, 37, plummeted almost 500 feet in a Dec. 7 scaffolding collapse that killed his brother. Somehow, Moreno lived, and doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center announced Thursday that his recovery has been astonishing. He has movement in all his limbs. He is breathing on his own. And on Christmas Day, he opened his mouth and spoke for the...
  • We're All Lucky to be Alive -- That's a Good Thing! (Shameless Vanity)

    01/03/2008 2:32:02 PM PST · by cdbull23 · 7 replies · 89+ views
    My Brain ^ | 1/3/2007 | cdbull23
    Not only am I feeling lucky, I'm feeling optimistic. It feels good to be alive. I am grateful to God. I don't think it's impossible for you to win the lottery. It could happen. But if you think about it, we've all already won some sort of lottery. Let me get scientific with you for a bit. Ok, so here's the deal. So we all know (a) how babies are made and (b) where babies come from... case you don't know: the answers are (a) extreme heat and excessive pressure and (b) imported from China. Seriously, though, after intercourse,...
  • $161M Up For Grabs In Powerball Jackpot

    08/09/2007 12:37:51 PM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 32 replies · 436+ views
    NBC 10 ^ | August 9, 2007 | Money
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Powerball prize goes to an estimated $161 million Saturday. None of the tickets sold for Wednesday night's night drawing matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 9-16-21-30-52 and Powerball 9. The Power Play number was 2. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $140.6 million jackpot. Click here to find out more! One ticket that matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball was sold in Pennsylvania. That ticket holder will win $200,000. Eight other similar tickets were also sold, two each were sold in North Carolina...
  • The Illusion of Success through Luck

    04/05/2007 6:27:27 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 6 replies · 353+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 5, 2007 | G. Stolyarov II
    Luck exists. Success through luck does not exist. A coin can be tossed; money can depend on the outcome; you can bet, and it can come up your side. That is luck. If you follow that as a systematic strategy, however, probability theory states quite clearly that you can expect to end up approximately where you started. Real-world outlets that sustain themselves on their customers’ expectations of success through luck will not give you such generous odds. No lasting and permanent good comes to man through luck. It might seem at first that money could. After all, some inherit enormous...
  • Luck Of The Irish Pays Off Big Time (Among World's Richest)

    01/21/2007 5:41:34 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 734+ views
    Luck of the Irish pays off big time Last Updated: 12:36am GMT 22/01/2007 The Big Issue seller standing outside a newsagent in a seaside celebrity hideaway was singularly unimpressed by Europe's most spectacular economic success story. His reaction to the news that the Irish were now officially among the world's richest people was unprintable. As a purveyor of the homeless magazine in affluent Dalkey, the Dublin suburb where Bono, Enya and the film-maker Neil Jordan live, he was only too aware that the Celtic Tiger has yet to bestow its largesse on him. Others have been much luckier, as the...
  • Gambling duo prove there's no tax on luck[Canada]

    12/28/2006 6:23:10 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 16 replies · 2,483+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 28 Dec 2006 | PAUL WALDIE
    Brian and Terry Leblanc were once a couple of average guys, spending their days washing windows and their nights drinking beer and watching sports on TV. In the late 1980s, the brothers won about $90,000 at Toronto's Woodbine race track and decided to put that money toward more sports betting. Within a few years, the Leblancs were managing a full-time betting operation from their home in Aylmer, Que., wagering up to $300,000 a week mostly on games such as Pro-Line. Their strategy was simple: bet huge amounts on events with incredibly long odds. Naturally, they lost most of the time,...
  • In Science-Based Medicine, Where Does Luck Fit In?

    09/19/2006 8:29:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 627+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | BARRON H. LERNER, M.D.
    Essay Several years ago, an obese, diabetic patient of mine insisted on knee-replacement surgery against the wishes of her doctors, who believed that it would be too dangerous. She came through with flying colors. While everyone rightly praised the efforts of her surgeon and physical therapist, another factor in her recovery was ignored: luck. Why are doctors and patients so reluctant to discuss a phenomenon that permeates medicine every day? The likeliest reason that luck — good or bad — is so often disregarded is that at first glance, it appears contrary to the scientific basis of medicine. That is,...
  • Rare white buffalo birth

    09/17/2006 11:12:32 PM PDT · by Alex1977 · 43 replies · 3,393+ views
    AP ^ | Thu Sep 14 | EMILY FREDRIX
    MILWAUKEE - A farm in Wisconsin is quickly becoming hallowed ground for American Indians with the birth of its third white buffalo, an animal considered sacred by many tribes for its potential to bring good fortune and peace. "We took one look at it and I can't repeat what I thought but I thought, 'Here we go again,'" said owner Dave Heider. Thousands of people stopped by Heider's Janesville farm after the birth of the first white buffalo, a female named Miracle who died in 2004 at the age of 10. The second was born in 1996 but died after...
  • Officials Attribute 13th Month of Recruiting Success to More than Luck

    07/10/2006 4:30:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 394+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 10, 2006 – Defense officials are attributing the 13th consecutive month in which every military service met or exceeded its active-duty recruiting goal to more than just good luck. Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, cited the high priority every service has placed on recruiting, including the resources to back up that commitment, with successes measured both in numbers and quality of recruits. Active-duty recruiting numbers, both for June and for the first nine months of fiscal 2006, continued to exceed 100 percent of goal across the board, Whitman told reporters today. At the...
  • Soldiers Have ‘Luck’ On Their Side

    06/13/2006 4:20:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 439+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer
    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class “Lucky” sniffs for weapons and explosives while manning a traffic control point at the Sadr al Yusufiyah water treatment facility May 14, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer Soldiers Have ‘Luck’ On Their Side Sgt. 1st Class Lucky is a two-year-old white lab that specializes in locating weapons caches by scent. By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Doug Pfeffer2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, June 13, 2006 — While deployed to Iraq, soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have gained assistance in the searching of...
  • For love and money, Koreans turn to facial tucks (cosmetic surgery to change your luck)

    05/14/2006 7:31:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 3,842+ views
    IHT ^ | 05/14/06 | Su Hyun Lee
    For love and money, Koreans turn to facial tucks By Su Hyun Lee The New York Times SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2006 SEOUL Fat is something that most people would want to remove from their cheeks. Kim Eun Young, however, had her cheekbones plumped up by a cosmetic surgeon in the hope that her husband's business would blossom. "People say that the fortunes of a husband and a wife go hand in hand," said Kim, 36, a housewife. "But I've never had plump cheeks and two fortune-tellers told me that this meant that money would slip away." In South Korea, where...
  • Churches won't put kibosh on corned beef

    03/17/2006 12:59:07 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 261+ views ^ | 03.17.06 | CRISTIAN SALAZAR
    To eat or not to eat corned beef and cabbage is a question worth chewing on. It is a culinary decision facing many area Irish Roman Catholics celebrating St. Patrick's Day today who debated the issue this week, given that the holiday falls on a Lenten Friday. But, as the luck of the Irish would have it, they don't have to feel guilty. Area Catholic bishops have given their parishioners a dispensation, meaning they won't have to avoid meat today.  However, just in case people don't want to eat meat, the owners of Fitzgerald's Harp'n Bard in Clifton say the...
  • Grandson Wants Stalin’s Death Probed (But You Know The New York Slimes...)

    03/13/2006 11:50:54 PM PST · by Bender2 · 20 replies · 1,008+ views ^ | 3/2/06 and 3/14/06 | & Bender2
    Site requires membership to pull up story but here is excerpt... Grandson Wants Russian Authorities to Investigate Stalin’s Death Joseph Stalin’s great-grandson has appealed to the Russian authorities with a request to investigate the circumstances of his great-grandfather’s death, news agencies reported Thursday. “When Stalin was disposed of, Khrushchev, who imagined himself to be a statesman, was able to come to power. His so called activities were nothing but a betrayal of the interests of the state that he headed,” Jacob Jugashvili said in a statement. The betrayal committed in the Kremlin should be judged in the Kremlin, too, he...
  • Clooney film faces censorship (But You Know The New York Slimes...)

    03/09/2006 3:38:57 PM PST · by Bender2 · 45 replies · 1,773+ views
    BBC World Service ^ | 3-8-06 | Julia Wheeler & Bender2
    Clooney film faces censorship (But You Know The New York Slimes...) by Julia Wheeler The film which won George Clooney an Oscar may be banned in one of the countries where it was shot because of political sensitivities. Syriana was partly filmed in the United Arab Emirates. The authorities there are still deciding whether the film, which is a political thriller, will be shown.
  • Attack on Iran Bettin Pool

    12/10/2005 7:53:48 PM PST · by FEARED MUTATION · 59 replies · 1,655+ views
    12/10/2005 | FEARED MUTATION
    It seems like an attack on Iran is coming soon. Place your bet as to when the attack will begin. Whoever gets closest to the date and time wins. Attack time must be specified in Month, Day, Year, Hour, and Minute For the hour, don't forget to specify what time zone you are referring to. There is no decision on a prize to be awarded yet except for bragging rights.
  • Pilot survived fall from pitching plane (Aggie)

    07/31/2005 1:33:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies · 1,553+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2005 | CHRIS VAUGHN
    FORT WORTH - On a bone-chilling, miserably windy day in 1952, Capt. Fred C. Seals Jr. fell out of his airplane. Right out the side of the C-46 Commando. Four hundred feet above the snow-covered ground in the middle of the Korean War. Improbably, Seals lived to tell the tale. The story has been retold on Ripley's Believe It or Not, and to this day, old men stop him and ask if it is true. Seals lived because he fell right back into the plane. "There's many a time I've thought, 'Why in the Sam Hill am I here?' "...
  • Luck or Providence (D)

    04/01/2005 5:41:45 PM PST · by terrydashner · 197+ views
    April 1, 2005 | Terry Dashner
    Luck or Providence? (D) Terry Dashner…………………..Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013 May I share several more significant historical events that didn’t just happen by luck. I believe that the hand of Providence was behind them to serve God’s purpose. Let me start with Charles Martel the grandfather of Charlemagne. Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer) defeated the Spanish Muslims at the Battle of Tours in 732-733 AD. His grandson, Charlemagne would later be crowned “Emperor of the Romans” by Pope Leo III (751-816 AD) on Christmas Day 800 AD. Thus, the Western Roman Empire, which had not...
  • Luck or Providence? (C)

    03/31/2005 12:12:30 PM PST · by terrydashner · 1 replies · 207+ views
    March 31, 2005 | Terry Dashner
    Luck or Providence? (C) Terry Dashner…………………..Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013 One gentile ruler down and here comes another one. Just like God allowed it, no doubt. Here comes Daniel’s leopard to pounce on the world. (The leopard is one of four gentile powers to rule over Israel throughout world history as stated in the Book of Daniel.) His name was Alexander. Let me tell you a little bit about him. His father was Philip of Macedonia. He brought all of Greece under his rule just before he was assassinated in 336 BC. The great philosopher...
  • Even chimps could play the stock market

    03/31/2005 11:34:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 899+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/16/05 | Roger Highfield
    Assume that City slickers are dumb and their effects on markets can be reproduced, according to complexity theory. Roger Highfield reportsYou might be forgiven for wondering if the best way to invest in stock markets is to consult a chimpanzee first - it has long been suspected that City hotshots are just lucky, overpaid fools who work in an industry where chance rules. Aping it: buying and selling shares is as much a matter of luck as rational thought Now science is beginning to support the idea that randomness, not rationality, exerts surprising sway over the markets. The insights have...
  • Luck or Providence? (B)

    03/31/2005 10:43:57 AM PST · by terrydashner · 150+ views
    March 31, 2005 | Terry Dashner
    Luck or Providence? (B) Terry Dashner……………….Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013 Evening services have concluded. Let me get back to what I was arguing earlier. The events of history didn’t happen by luck. They were guided along by the hand of Providence. God is bringing all things into the swallow of His Glorious Kingdom. After all, we’ve been asking God to bring forth His Kingdom on earth “…as it is in Heaven…” for 2000 years. He does hear and answer prayers you know; therefore, He’s over riding events of humankind for His Sovereign purpose and will...
  • Luck or Providence?

    03/30/2005 4:36:37 PM PST · by terrydashner · 160+ views
    March 30, 2005 | Terry Dashner
    Luck of Providence? Terry Dashner……………..Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013 Think of dominoes falling and not luck happening. What am I saying? Consider this. The milestones of human history are not free-standing monoliths, occurring by luck. They are, however, like dominoes—one event of time affecting another until milestones arise and provide a signature by which we identify human history. Does that make sense? Listen to this. Author Bill Yenne in his book entitled, 100 Events That Shaped World History (Bluewood Books 1993), “…the Battles of Salamis and Plataea were significant because they prevented the annihilation of...
  • Campaign waning, Kerry looks to luck

    11/02/2004 9:32:46 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 17 replies · 117+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | November 2, 2004 | Patrick Healy
    MILWAUKEE -- Call it the Tangle on the Tarmac. For 20 minutes in a slow, steady rain yesterday, George W. Bush kept John F. Kerry cooling his heels at Milwaukee's airport as the presidential motorcade wended through the city toward Air Force One. Once Kerry learned of the delay, he leapt from his black SUV and hustled back up the stairs of his parked plane to look for his Red Sox cap to wear at a City Hall rally a short while later. Waiting on Bush and remembering his Sox hat were just two new signs that, according to an...
  • Potlucks get lucky break from gov (Potluck police defeated)

    09/25/2004 6:10:38 PM PDT · by formercalifornian · 5 replies · 329+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 25, 2004 | JANET RAUSA FULLER
    You can bring that chicken casserole to your church's potluck dinner and eat it in peace, after all. Gov. Blagojevich on Friday signed legislation exempting potlucks, a staple of church basements and community centers, from inspection by state and local health officials. "Potluck meals are a long-standing tradition that do not warrant government intrusion," he said. The law applies to free potlucks on private property sponsored by individuals or nonprofits. Events that charge a fee or are on public property are subject to inspection. Until now, the question of how potlucks should be regulated was open to interpretation by local...
  • Boy crushed by suicide jumper

    08/09/2004 5:26:51 AM PDT · by thegreatbeast · 46 replies · 2,158+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2004 | UPI
    Nishinomiya, Japan, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old student died Sunday in Japan when a man who leaped from the top of a high-rise building landed on top of him.
  • Random Observations: What looks like skill is often plain old luck.

    06/23/2004 6:31:09 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 26 replies · 252+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 23, 2004 | James K. Glassman
    Heard the one about the monkey and the typewriter? “If one puts an infinite number of monkeys in front of (strongly built) typewriters and lets them clap away, there is a certainty that one of them [will] come out with an exact version of the ‘Iliad,’” writes Nassim Nicholas Taleb in a recent book, Fooled by Randomness. The monkey typist story is an old one, and the key word is “infinite.” But Taleb takes this hoary tale a step further. “Now that we have found that hero among monkeys, would any reader invest his life’s savings on a bet...
  • The Science of Luck

    05/14/2004 8:34:12 AM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 2,206+ views
    SKEPTICAL INQUIRER ^ | May/June 2003 | Richard Wiseman
    Here is an article on the "science of luck," based on a ten-year study. It provides some very interesting reading. Apparently the author found consistent patterns of behavior between people who would be considered lucky in life and those considered unlucky. Over the years I have interviewed these volunteers, asked them to complete diaries, personality ques-tionnaires, and intelligence tests, and invited them to my laboratory to participate in experiments. The findings have revealed that luck is not a magical ability or the result of random chance. Nor are peo-ple born lucky or unlucky. Instead, although lucky and unlucky people have...
  • Bank Robber didn't bank on exploding dye pack

    04/29/2004 5:24:49 AM PDT · by GeronL · 21 replies · 281+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (StartleGram) ^ | April 29, 2004 | Deanna Boyd
    Robbery suspect didn't bank on exploding dye pack By Deanna Boyd Star-Telegram Staff Writer FORT WORTH - Police say it was not lady Luck's lucky day. Sharon Ann Luck, 43, was arrested by police and FBI agents Wednesday morning after she robbed a Fort Worth bank, police say, and then went to her Burleson bank to deposit the stolen money. Bad luck. A dye pack in her purse exploded. Robbery Detective Mike Baggott said that shortly after 9 a.m. a woman walked into the Bank One, 6351 Camp Bowie Blvd., and handed a teller a note demanding money. After the...
  • Scientists Investigate 'Luck'

    04/11/2004 2:38:17 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 147+ views
    Ananova ^ | 4-11-2004
    Scientists investigate 'luck' Scientists have begun an investigation into whether people really can be "born lucky". The study will match personality profiles with birth dates to see if there is a link. Generally, studies have shown that "lucky" people tend to be optimistic and willing to take chances. Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, who is leading the University of Hertfordshire team, said: "People are being asked to give us their birth date and complete a short personality questionnaire designed to find out if they are extrovert, optimistic and resilient in the face of setbacks. "We will be looking to see if...