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  • Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch dead at 47

    05/04/2012 11:30:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/4/12
    Adam Yauch of the hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys has died, according to hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. He was 47. "Our prayers go out to the family of Adam and the entire Beastie Boys crew," Simmons' site, the Global Grind, wrote. Yauch, who was known as MCA in the group, had been in treatment for cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in his parotid gland and lymph node in 2009.
  • CHANGE

    05/04/2012 11:46:27 AM PDT · by tankrlm · 5 replies
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    VERY INTERESTING Wondering why there’s little or nothing left in the bank before next payday? It is because of the hopeless change! PRESIDENCY SOME WILL APPRECIATE THIS AND SOME WILL NOT. HOWEVER, ALL OF IT IS TRUE. After three years of Obama ...Here's your change! 3-31-12 gas here is (reg) $4.13 January 2009 TODAY % chg Source Avg. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S. $1.83 $3.44 84% 1 Crude oil, European Brent (barrel) $43.48 $99..02 127.7% 2 Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel) $38.74 $91.38 135.9% 2 Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL $3.56 $6.33 78.1% 2 Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL...
  • Teen points out inaccurate map to NYC's Met museum

    05/04/2012 11:11:45 AM PDT · by Puppage · 12 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 05/04/2012
    <p>WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut seventh-grader says workers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City didn't believe him when he pointed out an inaccuracy with a map that was on exhibit. The map purported to show the Byzantine Empire at its largest size in the 6th century, but he noticed that Spain and part of Africa were missing from the depiction.</p>
  • Film Reveals Beetle from the Inside

    05/04/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT · by null and void · 12 replies
    Frame from the award-winning film, an anatomical study of a female aquatic beetle A biofilm that shows, from the inside, the anatomy of a small aquatic insect called Dryops has received the Best Film of the Year Award at the SkyScan Micro CT User Meeting 2012, an international conference of computed microtomography that took place in Brussels, Belgium, from April 3 to 5, 2012. Professor Javier Alba Tercedor, of the University of Granada’s Department of Zoology, was presented the award for his film titled “Micro-CT anatomical study of a female aquatic beetle (Insect: Coleoptera) of the genus Dryops”. The video...
  • Large, Mysterious Monster Fossil Puzzles Experts

    05/04/2012 10:07:30 AM PDT · by null and void · 21 replies
    UC Paleontologist David Meyer, left and Carlton Brett, right, flank Ron Fine, who discovered the large fossil spread out on the table. Around 450 million years ago, shallow seas covered the Cincinnati region and harbored one very large and now very mysterious organism. Despite its size, no one has ever found a fossil of this “monster” until its discovery by an amateur paleontologist last year. The fossilized specimen, a roughly elliptical shape with multiple lobes, totaling almost seven feet in length, was unveiled at the North-Central Section 46th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Dayton, OH....
  • 'Unleash Hell': New Al Qaeda magazine describes how to start huge forest fires across the U.S.

    05/04/2012 9:12:31 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 28 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Al Qaeda has called upon its followers to unleash massive forest fires upon the United States this summer. Published in the latest edition of the notorious terror magazine, 'Inspire', are graphic instructions for the creation and ignition of 'ember bombs' Detailed in the memorably titled, 'It is of your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb', the magazine encourages any would-be terrorist to target Montana, because of the rapid population growth in its wooded areas. 'In America, there are more houses built in the countryside than in the cities,' explained the writer known as The AQ Chef according to ABC News. Reveling...
  • [MN] GOP leaders scrap roofless stadium plan, set end-of-session path

    05/04/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by topher · 31 replies
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | May 3, 2012 | by Briana Bierschbach
    An 11th-hour Republican Vikings stadium plan that would have paid for the state’s share with general obligation bonds was declared dead late Thursday morning, and in its wake House GOP leaders pledged to hold a long-awaited floor vote next Monday on the stadium bill authored by Rep. Morrie Lanning and Sen. Julie Rosen. House leaders said they also hope to vote on their 2012 bonding bill Monday. GOP leaders said that serious questions about using general obligation bonds to pay for the state’s portion of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings have forced them to drop the plan, which...
  • AP apologizes for firing reporter over WWII scoop (Barf alert)

    05/04/2012 8:22:24 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2012 7:45 AM (ET) | DAVID B. CARUSO
    In World War II's final moments in Europe, Associated Press correspondent Edward Kennedy gave his news agency perhaps the biggest scoop in its history. He reported, a full day ahead of the competition, that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally at a former schoolhouse in Reims, France. For this, he was publicly rebuked by the AP, and then quietly fired. snip "Once the war is over, you can't hold back information like that. The world needed to know," he said in an interview. ( president and CEO Tom Curley.)
  • Best Buy Employee Wrongly 'Outed' Denver Man

    05/04/2012 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05-03-2012 | Susanna Kim
    A heterosexual man in Denver claims that a Best Buy employee wrongly "outed" him on Facebook after he left his phone for repair. Rich Dewberry said he brought in his mobile device to get fixed and was given a new phone. Shortly afterward, his Facebook status read, "I am gay, I'm coming out." "The phone just started ringing constantly after that from [an] ex-spouse to friends," he told ABC's Denver affiliate, KMGH. Dewberry said he was logged into his Facebook account on the phone he left with the store. "I feel I have been humiliated. My reputation has been tarnished,"...
  • Argentina Politicizes the Olympics with Commercial shot stealthily on the Falklands

    05/03/2012 6:35:52 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 7 replies
    Argentina has riled the Falkland Islands by broadcasting a political advert filmed on the territory without authorisation. The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July. It ends with the slogan: "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil." Falklands legislator Ian Hansen dismissed it as a piece of "cheap and disrespectful propaganda". The advert - broadcast in Argentina on Wednesday night - is the latest measure by Argentina to reassert its claim to the British overseas territory it calls the Malvinas.
  • OK I(actually my Daughter) got on of those "Red Light Camera" "Tickets". Any Advice...

    05/03/2012 8:48:26 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 124 replies
    03 May 2012 | US Navy Vet
    ...on how to fight it?
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron's 499 at Talladega - Sunday 5/6/12 @ 1200 ET on FoX

    05/03/2012 11:36:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 152 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 5/3/12
    Talladega. 2.66 miles of what some call some mighty mean track.. See Ya There! This thread dedicated to our armed forces and coalition forces. God Blessings on our nation and allies and prayers of comfort to the families of our fallen patriots.
  • Post Poll: Obama leads Romney as campaigns converge on Virginia

    05/03/2012 3:56:14 PM PDT · by muawiyah · 94 replies
    The Washington post ^ | May 3, 2012 | Ben Pershing and Jon Cohen
    Obama is ahead of Romney, the presumed Republican nominee, 51 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. And Romney does no better against Obama than he did a year ago, despite his emergence as the GOP standard-bearer.
  • Suggested Liz Warren campaign song: I'm An Indian Too

    05/03/2012 1:29:16 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 28 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 5/3/12 | raccoonradio
    From Annie Get Your Gun...a good song for Liz Warren to use. Written by Irving Berlin. Use link above Like a Seminole, Navajo, Kickapoo, like those Indians I'm an Indian too, a Sioux, a Sioux... Some Indians someone say, without a sound I may hide away with Big Chief Hole in the Ground And I'll have Totem pole, tomahawk, pipes of peace Which will go to prove, I'm an Indian too ...Looking like a flour sack with two papooses on my back and three papooses on the way
  • Mom Stumbles Onto Meteorite Worth About $20,000

    05/03/2012 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 01 MAY 2012 | Staff
    LOTUS (CBS13) – People from all over the world are in the tiny town of Lotus in El Dorado County looking for something that’s out of this world, but leave it to a stay-at-home mom walking her dog to find a precious meteorite. The rock Brenda Salveson found is 17 grams, equal to just over a tablespoon of sugar. But when it comes in the form of an asteroid, its weight has no boundaries. “I was lucky, blessed, good karma,” Brenda said. “It was sitting there at my toes like an Easter egg.” An egg? More like a diamond in...
  • Bird's flying high, you know how I feel: Cat's cunning plan to ambush feathered foe end in tears

    05/03/2012 12:28:20 PM PDT · by khelus · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 2, 2012 | Simon Tomlinson
    With the bird cornered, it seemed like guaranteed lunch. But this patient puss was ultimately left disappointed after trying to catch his feathered foe as it flew out of a nesting box. The pet cat was spotted sitting next to the box, which was attached to a fence at a farm in Roseburg, Oregon, U.S. ...
  • Supermoon This Weekend!

    05/03/2012 11:22:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.universetoday.com ^ | 02 MAY 2012 | by Nancy Atkinson
    This weekend will provide the full Moon’s closest approach of the year to Earth. On Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Moon could appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to some calculations. Will you notice it? Not if you haven’t really been paying attention, or have a reference point to compare it to other full Moons. And it certainly won’t have any adverse effects on Earth, as this closest approach happens every year — just a fact of orbital mechanics. But perhaps a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is...
  • Unemployed African refugees turning Tel Aviv beaches into high crime spots

    05/03/2012 10:03:03 AM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5-2-12 | Yaniv Kubovich
    Police say small groups composed of up to five refugees roam the beach looking for easy pickings. Young lovers or teens in the water are the preferred targets, but the main goal is to find a bag or something else lying around that is easy to grab and then sell at the city's Central Bus Station. Police describe the gangs' activities as follows: they begin by surveying the beach. The moment one of the thieves spots a likely item, he signals his buddies. Then the group strolls toward the promenade to plan the theft.
  • Yalta summit divides Europe, again

    05/02/2012 11:38:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02 May 2012
    A summit of the presidents of Central European countries due in Yalta, Ukraine, on 11-12 May, will be attended by some EU leaders and boycotted by others, EurActiv has learned. Ironically, Yalta is a symbol of the division of Europe during the Cold War, following the February 1945 meeting there between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. At least four EU countries will boycott the Black Sea resort meeting. German media reported on 26 April that the country's new President Joachim Gauck canceled a trip to Ukraine this month amid worries about the health of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Then Czech...
  • Brussels to push for EU-wide minimum wage

    05/02/2012 11:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17 April 2012
    The European Commission will propose tomorrow (18 April) introducing a minimum salary in countries like Germany where it does not exist yet, and raise wages where they are considered too low, according to a draft seen by EurActiv. Having a job is not a recipe against poverty in Europe. Indeed, more than 8% of European workers live with salaries that keep them below the poverty threshold, EU figures show. “The risk of in-work poverty is high, particularly in countries with uneven earnings distribution and low minimum wages, among people with temporary contracts and in low work intensity and single parent...