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  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 105 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • Hamas warns foreign airlines: Avoid Israel starting 6 A.M. Thursday

    08/20/2014 10:48:35 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 08/20/2014 | Haaretz
    22 Palestinians killed in last day; 140 rockets and mortars fired at Israel; Israeli strike reportedly targets Hamas military chief. Hamas says in an official statement that Israel "failed" to kill the group's military wing's commander Mohammed Deif, and that he will continue to lead the Palestinian struggle. Earlier, Fox News reported that an Israeli intelligence source said Deif was killed in an Israel airstrike on Tuesday. "The leaders of the enemy were behind their offices looking at the screens and their intelligence and apparatuses made them believe that the moment of celebration was imminent," the Hamas spokesman said. "You...
  • Motorcyclist Slams Into Back of a Car, But a Dazzling Act of Acrobatics Leads to an Amazing Landing

    08/20/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    ijreview ^ | August 20, 2014 | Reid
    This is one of those moments that if you saw it in a movie, you would say, “This could never happen in real life.” But it did. Yesterday, a Russian dash cam caught a motorcyclist flying through the streets as they smashed into the back of a moving car, and just like a scene out of Mission Impossible, the biker does a front flip and safely lands standing on top of the car he hit. Amazingly, the motorcyclist survived – by flipping onto the top of a car and landing on both feet. No sweat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vd_OuqUAaI
  • Vanity: Question about GooglePlus/YouTube

    08/20/2014 10:00:32 AM PDT · by ru4liberty · 5 replies
    What does it mean when someone on YouTube adds you to their circle? I'm not familiar with this person. I don't participate in circles and am unclear how they work. Social media is creepy to me, so I don't participate in any of it. I hate GooglePlus, but I had to sign onto it in order to continue to participate on YouTube. Now I'm creeped out when some stranger puts me in their circle. Am I justified in my paranoia or is it harmless when someone does that? Does my YouTube name show up somewhere where I have no control...
  • Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings

    08/20/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    MediaTrackers ^ | 08/20/2014 | Brian Sikma
    Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings. Chalmers’ active participation in Democratic state politics is important because she claimed yesterday to the Houston Chronicle that her decision to indict Perry, a Republican, was not based on politics. “For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers told the newspaper. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 20, 2014

    08/20/2014 3:05:25 AM PDT · by sneakers · 14 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - and it looks like something is in the works - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • What would federal prosecutors have to prove in the Michael Brown shooting?

    08/20/2014 2:38:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 28 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | August 19, 2014 | Paul Cassell
    On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson, Mo. to assess the progress being made in the FBI’s investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown. With that visit in mind, it may be useful to consider what federal prosecutors would have to prove to obtain a federal civil rights conviction. It wouldn’t be easy. The elements required to prove a federal criminal civil rights violation are quite demanding. Here are jury instructions describing the elements of a federal civil right offense, taken from the leading federal jury instruction form book: First: That the defendant deprived the victim...
  • Cops cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides

    08/20/2014 1:05:46 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn’t specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person’s death. The FBI said Tuesday that it doesn’t keep statistics on specific prosecutions of law enforcement officers because it doesn’t track crimes by profession, though it does track justified homicide rulings. In 2012, the last year available for full statistics, law enforcement ruled a total of 410 deaths as justified homicides, the FBI said. The annual number has been steady for much of the...
  • Nascar SCS IRWIN Tools at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday August 23 on ABC at 7:30 PM ET

    08/19/2014 7:08:58 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 23 replies
  • Key Observation of Michael Brown's Aggressive Behavior

    08/19/2014 6:58:17 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 19, 2014 | CivilWarBrewing
    At 1:14 in the video at link, notice how Brown approaches the store owner then pushes him hard. Brown then moves to exit the store then turns around to approach the store owner a SECOND time. According to some witnesses, this 're-approach' is the same technique used against Officer Wilson. Allegedly, Brown approached Wilson attempting to push him back into his patrol car then punching him in the face, then walks away only to approach Wilson a SECOND time.
  • 5 Omani Women Held for Jewellery Theft

    08/19/2014 12:58:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014
    Kuwaiti police arrested five Omani women after security cameras showed they have robbed several gold shops in the oil-rich Gulf emirate. The five used to go into jewellery shops with a little boy and pretend to try some items to detract the attention of workers before leaving the shop with their loot. Police had been baffled by the camera’s failure to identify their faces before they decided to trick the women into falling in a trap. “Police published fake attractive offers for jewelry and cosmetics on an Instagram account they set up for this purpose. They then installed several cameras...
  • Female lawyer comments on the high rate of abortion among lawyers

    08/19/2014 12:10:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    ClinicQuotes ^ | Sarah Terzo
    One female lawyer made an interesting comment back in 1990. Commenting on how many of the female lawyers in the American Bar Association have had abortions: “I’m practically the only one of my friends who hasn’t had an abortion. We’re talking about lots of women in this room…” Sandra J P Dennis Richmond Times – Dispatch August 11, 1990 It’s true that this quote is dated, but it makes one wonder. how has the high abortion rate affected the way these lawyers argued about cases relating to abortion? Are the statistics similar in 2014?
  • Police Officer: 'if you don’t want to get shot...just do what I tell you.'

    08/19/2014 11:37:57 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 95 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 08/19/2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    "If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground," warns Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department, "just do what I tell you." The thing is, Officer Dutta (pictured) is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Colorado Technical University. And he uttered those words not in the heat of the moment, but in an opinion piece in the Washington Post responding to widespread criticism of police attitudes and tactics currently on display in Ferguson, Missouri, but increasingly common nationwide. Dutta continues: Don't argue with...
  • Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest

    08/19/2014 9:04:14 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/19/2014 | Maggie Fick
    Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year. It is unusual for Egypt to criticize such a major donor, and it was not immediately clear why the government would have taken such a step. Ties between Washington and Cairo were strained after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the army's ousting of freely elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry's statement on the unrest in...
  • Militias complicate situation on Texas border

    08/19/2014 7:04:40 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 08/19/2014 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    MISSION, Texas (AP) — On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues. Agents assumed the camouflaged crew that joined in pulling the immigrants from the canal's milky green waters was a tactical unit from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Only later did they learn that the men belonged to the Texas Militia, a group that dresses like a SWAT team and carries weapons but has...
  • Sebastopol Climber Dies From Fall In Yosemite After Proposing To Girlfriend

    08/19/2014 6:43:24 AM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 33 replies
    CBS Channel 5 SF Bay Area ^ | 4/18/14 | Unattributed
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS SF) — A Bay Area man died while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park shortly after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal. 36-year old Brad Parker, a veteran rock climber and Sebastopol resident was killed after falling from a climb along Matthes Crest according to the Press Democrat. Parker had completed a climb to the summit of Cathedral Peak where he proposed to his girlfriend Jainee Dial. She accepted his proposal, but the couple separated as Parker went to climb along Matthes Crest by himself. Yosemite Park Ranger Kari Cobb told the Press Democrat that Parker...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 19, 2014

    08/19/2014 3:04:10 AM PDT · by sneakers · 26 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - and it looks like something is in the works - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Why Rick Perry’s indictment could be a political blessing in disguise

    08/18/2014 9:17:09 PM PDT · by DRey · 45 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/18/2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Less than a week after Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was indicted by a grand jury on two felony counts, he may be in an even stronger political position than he was before the charges hit. Several prominent Republicans have spoken out on Perry's behalf. Conservative activists in Iowa and New Hampshire aren't shying away. Even a well-known Democratic strategist has suggested the case against him may be flimsy. For a politician who is openly weighing another run for president, it's a welcome turn of events: While politicians embroiled in legal fights of this magnitude typically find few public allies,...
  • Support Darren Wilson

    08/18/2014 7:20:25 PM PDT · by kanawa · 5 replies
  • Jonathan Gentry Ferguson Missouri [youtube video telling it like it is]

    08/18/2014 4:46:50 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 9 replies
    youtube ^ | 8-14-14 | Jonathan Gentry
    Jonathan tells it like it is
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • What’s wrong with the ALS bucket challenge?—UPDATED

    08/18/2014 7:42:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 14, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Catholics who are endorsing this should know where the money is going. Fr. Michael Duffy explains: We’ve all seen it, and many of you have probably done it. Many celebrities, politicians and even priests have done it. There is a great amount of good that comes about from furthering awareness of such a terrible disease. Since July 29th, $5.5 million has been raised for ALS research. The problem that I have the with ALS Ice Bucket challenge is that the ALS Association is a supporter of embryonic stem cell research. The American Life League website has done the leg work...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 18, 2014

    08/18/2014 3:12:15 AM PDT · by sneakers · 17 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - and it looks like something is in the works - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • California woman cited for climbing into zoo's giraffe pen

    08/17/2014 10:58:37 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The State ^ | August 17 2014 | AP
    Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally gave Hall a lick, then turned and kicked her in the face.
  • Sleep Hack: Keep Your Feet Outside Your Covers

    08/17/2014 10:56:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Introducing a slightly odd but potentially very useful sleep hack: Keep one foot, or both feet, outside of your blanket. It could help you both sleep better and fall asleep faster, a sleep researcher explained to Science of Us. I started thinking about this recently when I was idly chatting with a buddy about how (relatively) nice and cool it had been recently in New York, and how much nicer it is to sleep when it’s cooler outside. He replied with what is apparently his formula for a perfect night’s sleep: “One foot out from under the blanket and a...
  • Death Wish? Media Draws Map To Home Of Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Mike Brown

    08/17/2014 11:05:59 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 45 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Guest post by Kristinn Taylor cnn darren wilson Is the media trying to get Ferguson police office Darren Wilson lynched? CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning. Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance. Yahoo News named the community Wilson where...
  • Oakland Protestors Try to Block Israeli Shipping; Union Not Interested

    08/17/2014 9:47:59 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/17/2014 | by Joel B. Pollak
    Anti-Israel activists claimed that their protest Saturday at the Port of Oakland successfully blocked an Israeli ship from the Zim cargo company from docking. However, the ship was still far away from the port at the time of the protest, and the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen Unions (ILWU), which has supported such protests before, is less inclined to participate in boycotts of Israeli shipping this time, Al Jazeera reports. "Let the world register that on 16, August 2014, we prevented the apartheid Zim liner for the second time from docking and unloading anywhere on the West Coast," declared activists from...
  • Potential ‘16 rivals defend Rick Perry

    08/16/2014 11:13:02 PM PDT · by DRey · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/16/2014 | Burgess Everett
    Rick Perry’s potential 2016 GOP rivals on Saturday rushed to the Texas governor’s defense in the wake of his indictment on allegations of abusing his office. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush all came out in strong defense of Perry, who on Saturday said he would fight the “farce” indictment. Cruz, who previously served as a top lawyer for the Lone Star state, blasted the prosecution as “politically motivated” and lit into what he deemed as the “sad history” of the prosecutors, a reference to previous legal efforts aimed at Texas Republicans.
  • (Youtube)Dfu Polimerick Minute: Michael Brown, Ferguson, And The Race Baiters

    08/16/2014 8:19:09 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 1 replies
    MICHAEL BROWN, FERGUSON, AND THE RACE BAITERS in graphics and limerick
  • NY Farm Fined $13,000 for Declining Lesbian ‘Wedding,’ Ordered to Prove Staff Training

    08/16/2014 6:26:39 PM PDT · by massmike · 60 replies
    http://christiannews.net/ ^ | 08/16/2008 | Heather Clark
    A New York farm has been fined $13,000 by the state Division of Human Rights for declining to host a same-sex ‘wedding’ on their property two years ago, and has been ordered to train their employees to accommodate homosexual ceremonies despite their Christian beliefs. Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Peres fined Liberty Ridge Farms in Schaghticoke $10,000 and Liberty Ridge Farms was also ordered to provide proof that they have trained their employees not to refuse requests from homosexuals. A poster noting that the business is subject to human rights law must additionally be displayed prominently at the business. Jason McGuire,...
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro calls for Gov. Rick Perry’s resignation ‘for the sake of Texas’

    08/16/2014 9:45:27 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 105 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 08/15/2014 | Twitchy Staff
    Joaquin Castro ✔ @JoaquinCastrotx Follow For the sake of Texas, Governor Perry should resign following his indictment on two criminal felony counts involving abuse of office. 5:58 PM - 15 Aug 2014 That didn’t take long. Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro on Friday night called for Gov. Rick Perry to resign “for the sake of Texas” just hours following the announcement of Perry’s indictment on two criminal felony counts involving abuse of office.
  • 2014 FReeper Pick'em Fantasy Football League

    08/16/2014 9:16:32 AM PDT · by texas booster · 18 replies
    pure vanity ^ | 08/16/2014 | Texas Booster
    InvisibleChurch has hosted a league for FReepers for the past decade. His schedule has changed and I volunteered to help out. "FINO FOOTBALL IN NAMEONLY" Please join our group 18177, and use the password "donate". Same rules as for many years - just pick the team you think will win, and assign points based on how confident you are that the team will win. This year I am trying out tie breakers. Yahoo! gives us two, game scores and most/fewest points. We'll see if we like it. So for week 1, I may pick Dallas to beat San Fran in...
  • Morsi’s wife threatens to publish letters from Hillary Clinton, exposing... Obama Administration

    08/16/2014 8:55:28 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 46 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 08/16/2014 | Pamela Galler
    The wife of former Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi is the latest Muslim Brotherhood “insider” to threaten to expose the special relationship between Morsi and the Obama administration—a relationship the latter insists never existed. Nagla Mahmoud, Morsi’s wife, is reportedly angry at some statements recently made by Hillary Clinton, including that Morsi was “naďve” and “unfit for Egypt’s presidency,” as reported by Arabic media. In the words of El-Mogaz News, Morsi’s wife “is threatening to expose the special relationship between her husband and Hillary Clinton, after the latter attacked the ousted [president], calling him a simpleton who was unfit for the...
  • Illegal Minors Have A Field Day in Dallas Immigration Court

    08/16/2014 8:29:45 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 08/15/2014 | Merrill Hope
    ...the Earl Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas was the most compassionate place on earth, Monday, August 11, for minors who were in the various stages of the legal process for "Hearings on Removal Procedures" ... The loving arm of the law reached out most notably to Jordan, the 11 year-old Honduran boy, whose mother left him behind at the age of 2 months old. Mom entered the United States illegally over a decade ago. Her status remained "immigrante." The court recorded her as illegal. She told Baird that the elderly great grandmother who cared for him had eye surgeries...
  • Report: Giffords, Kelly's Gun Control Group Now Pushing Temporary Gun Confiscation

    08/16/2014 6:45:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/15/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Americans for Responsible Solutions--the group formed by gun control proponents former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly--has issued a new report listing five ideas "to reduce gun violence." Four of the five revolve around temporary gun confiscation or gun bans. The report begins with the fairly innocuous idea of to removing "loopholes" where they exist between states and the federal government regarding information on the mentally ill. But after that, the focus turns to confiscation: Idea Two: "Authorize law enforcement to remove access to guns, with court oversight and plenty of protections to prevent abuse of this...
  • Oakland protests in support of Ferguson heating up, significant police presence

    08/15/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/15/2014
    Tweeps are reporting that the Oakland protest going on now is beginning to get a little tense. Mario Sevilla ‏@mariosevilla 6m LIVE http://news.kron4.com/?p=75006 -- Heavy police presence in #Oakland as protesters take over downtown streets. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/7f1JvKrZ3X ѕyndιcalιѕт ‏@syndicalisms 21m Helicopters above in #Oakland at #Ferguson solidarity march. Via @OccupyOakland pic.twitter.com/wPsLCKycQy
  • Humans need not apply.

    08/15/2014 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | NA | NA
    Humans have spent centuries advancing technology to the point where some jobs have been completely taken over by less expensive robots. In the future, technology will take over more and more sectors until there's nothing left. What will humans do then?
  • (YouTube)DFU POLIMERICK MINUTE: Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera

    08/15/2014 2:57:17 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 8-15-14 | dfu
    BWAHAHAHAHA - Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera
  • Here's a North Korean Video I Would Like to Share:

    N.Korean Concentration Camps on Par With Nazi Germany. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mEKjlip9ECk
  • Proper response to Michael Brown incident

    08/15/2014 4:47:40 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 22 replies
    News | 15 August 2014 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    The proper response to someone being killed is to go through our establish legal system. If a student my son knows were to be killed by the police in the town where they attend school (the police there are VERY rough), we would NOT allow our son to hit the streets in protest no matter what. And, we would not join him in that protest. We would not allow him to tear up someone else's property because he was angry about the death and neither would we as parents. So, what is wrong with this picture? The people involved in...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 15, 2014

    08/15/2014 3:07:45 AM PDT · by sneakers · 15 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - and it looks like something is in the works - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Wind Power Requires 700 Times As Much Land As Fracking

    08/15/2014 1:34:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 72 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | August 14, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    One of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas site uses less land and “creates the least visual intrusion”, compared with a wind farm or solar farm capable of producing the equivalent amount of energy over 25 years. This...
  • 'Cray,' 'YOLO,' 'Amazeballs' Added to Oxford Dictionary

    08/14/2014 10:53:30 AM PDT · by don-o · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | August 14, 2014
    Pop culture and Internet slang are becoming more official, as confirmed by Oxford's editors this week. Oxford Dictionaries, the arm of the Oxford family that focuses on current English, announced their latest batch of words Wednesday to be officially added to the ranks. And really, it's amazeballs. Among the new words: acquihire, amazeballs, binge-watch, bro hug, clickbait, cray (as in cray cray), douchebaggery, FML, hot mess, humblebrag, mansplain, side boob, side-eye, SMH, subtweet, vape, YOLO and zonkey. Now before you throw your hands up in the air or threaten a bro hug, recognize that this is not the official Oxford...
  • Japan's creepy sex doll industry 'reaches next level' (shortened)

    08/14/2014 9:59:42 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 69 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 12 August 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    A Japanese company claims to have reached the next level in developing the most genuine looking sex doll which comes complete with realistic feeling skin and authentic looking eyes. Orient Industry say their new range of dolls, made from high quality silicon, are so realistic there is very little to distinguish them from a real girlfriend at first glance. The dolls, which are non inflatable, are sold under the name 'Dutch Wives', a Japanese term for a sex doll, and adverts in the media boast that anyone who buys one will never want a real girlfriend again.
  • The Top Ten Differences Between Israel and The Palestinians (so-called)

    08/14/2014 5:34:50 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 08/14/2014 | Don Feder
    While we're waiting for the latest cease-fire to unravel, consider the following – news you won't get from the Hamas Ministry of Disinformation – The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN etc. 1. Israel is a country. Palestine is a lie. Israel was reestablished in 1948. It became a country 3,300 years ago. There has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land for the entire time. Even the modern State of Israel is older than half of the nations on earth. The term "Palestinian" is a creation of Arab propagandists. In the past two millennia, there has never been...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 14, 2014

    08/14/2014 2:45:40 AM PDT · by sneakers · 16 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - and it looks like something is in the works - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Legends- Book vs TV show

    08/13/2014 8:51:45 PM PDT · by RginTN · 4 replies
    Follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job.
  • Nascar SCS Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan Intl Speedway Sunday August 17 on ESPN at 1:00 PM ET

    08/13/2014 8:05:35 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 114 replies
  • New Bill Would Open Air Force to Deaf

    08/13/2014 4:32:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 46 replies
    www.military.com/ ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Bryant Jordan
    Deaf and severely hearing impaired individuals could soon serve in the Air Force if legislation introduced in July by a California lawmaker is passed. An Air Force captain convinced U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, to introduce a bill that would allow deaf and hearing impaired people to serve in the Air Force as part of a pilot or demonstration program. Current Defense Department hearing requirements bar the deaf from serving, as well as individuals who currently require or previously used a hearing aid, or have a cochlear ear implant.
  • Murder Suspect Asks Siri Where to Dump His Dead Roommate's Body

    08/13/2014 3:54:26 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 23 replies
    Betabeat ^ | 8/13/14 | Jordan Valinsky
    Who says Siri is useless? A Florida man accused of killing his roommate found a novel use for Siri. Police say 20-year-old Pedro Bravo allegedly kidnapped and strangled his friend in 2012, but didn’t know where to dispose of the body — that was, until Siri helped him out. According to his iPhone’s records, Mr. Bravo allegedly asked Siri “I need to hide my roommate.” The personal assistant app kindly responded by asking “What kind of place are you looking for?” and then offered him four ideal places, including metal foundries, dumps, swamps and reservoirs.