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  • N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets

    10/05/2016 11:44:46 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 17 replies
    new york times ^ | OCT 5 , 2016 | J. BECKER, A. GOLDMAN, M. S. SCHMIDT M. APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. secretly arrested a National Security Agency contractor in recent weeks and is investigating whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments, according to several senior law enforcement and intelligence officials. The theft raises the embarrassing prospect that for the second time in three years, an insider has managed to steal highly damaging secret information from the N.S.A. In 2013, Edward J. Snowden, who was also a contractor for the agency, took a vast trove of documents that were later passed to journalists, exposing N.S.A. surveillance programs...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/31/2016 4:32:52 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 161 replies
    A while back, someone asked if we had ever done a thread on kitchen gadgets; and I got to thinking that maybe it was time to do another one. First, one of the most useful items I've ever found for slicing home-made loaves of bread in nice, even slices: the Mountain Woods Fiddle Bow Bread Knife. I found mine at the thrift store, but you can still get them on Amazon. The blade remains very sharp, and my husband also likes it for getting thick slices from big tomatoes. Note that they come in right- or left-handed styles, and choose...
  • NSA's Hacking Group Hacked! Bunch of Private Hacking Tools Leaked Online

    08/15/2016 3:13:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    The Hacker News ^ | 08/15/16 | Mohit Kumar
    It seems like the NSA has been HACKED! An unknown hacker or a group of hackers just claimed to have hacked into "Equation Group" -- a cyber-attack group allegedly associated with the United States intelligence organization NSA -- and dumped a bunch of its hacking tools (malware, private exploits, and hacking tools) online. I know, it is really hard to believe, but some cybersecurity experts who have been examining the leak data, exploits and hacking tools, believe it to be legitimate. The files mostly contained installation scripts, configurations for command-and-control (C&C) servers, and exploits allegedly designed to target routers and...
  • 16 Photos of White Allies Protesting Alongside Black Lives Matter

    07/11/2016 8:05:21 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 11, 2016 | Zeba Blay
    In the days since the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille and the five police officers in Dallas, there’s been a sense that America is a country divided, in the midst of a budding civil war between black and white. While there are many white people who oppose the Black Lives Matter protests that have sprung up across the nation over the past week, there are also many who have joined the demonstrations against the treatment and killings of black people across the U.S. Below are pictures that offer up a little hope, featuring white protestors standing in solidarity...
  • McCain Follows Romney In Urging Voters To Think Twice About Trump

    03/03/2016 9:46:40 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 233 replies ^ | March 4
    John McCain followed Mitt Romney on Thursday in blistering Donald Trump, warning that voters should think "long and hard" before making him commander in chief. “I share the concerns about Donald Trump that my friend and former Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, described in his speech today,” said the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican nominee.
  • With Bush Out Of the Race, A Massive War Chest Is Up For Grabs

    02/23/2016 6:28:19 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | February 23, 2016 | Steve Inskeep
    Steve Inskeep talks to Bush fundraiser James Wareham, who is one of those who has to decide whether he is going to put his money behind another candidate.Steve Inskeep:...who if anyone are you and your colleagues gonna support now?James Wareham: : For me it's more a process of elimination. There are six candidates left, four are incompetent, and not gonna get support from me or Jeb people... certainly the two folks on the Democrat side, I like to kid, are avowed or defacto socialists...You have a right wing radical guy in Ted Cruz, who probably isn't even eligible under the...
  • World's Oldest Stone Tools Found, Predate Homo Genus By 500,000 Years

    04/16/2015 12:03:51 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 30 replies
    io9 ^ | 15 April 2015 | Robbie Gonzalez
    Researchers working in Kenya's archaeologically prolific Lake Turkana region claim to have uncovered a set of 3.3-million-year-old stone tools. That's 700,000 years older than the previous record, and predates evidence for the evolutionary origins of the genus Homo by half a million years. Above: A satellite image of Lake Turkana, where the stone tools – and many other artifacts and fossils of human ancestors – have been recovered NPR's Chris Joyce reports on the findings of Stony Brook University archaeologist Sonia Harmand and her colleagues, which were announced Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society in San Francisco:...
  • Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Evangeline Lilly to come out for People's Climate March in New York

    09/20/2014 6:58:58 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 58 replies ^ | 9/20/14 | BY NANCY DILLON
    Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Evangeline Lilly to come out for People's Climate March in New York A-list actors, including DiCaprio, Lilly and Mark Ruffalo, are set to walk in the massive People’s Climate March this Sunday in Manhattan, which is expected to be the largest march for climate action in history. Lilly told the Daily News she was marching for 'my child, my family, and for everyone who has the great privilege of living on this beautiful planet of ours.' The stars are coming out in a bid to save the planet. A-list actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo,...
  • what's your favorite tool in your toolbox?

    08/08/2014 6:48:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 165 replies
    me ^ | 8-8-14 | TZ
    what's your favorite tool? mine is a ratchet drive screwdriver with all the bits inside the driver head.
  • Ancient Mariners: Did Neanderthals Sail to Mediterranean?

    11/24/2012 8:17:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Charles Choi
    Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This prehistoric seafaring could shed light on the mental capabilities of these lost relatives of modern humans, researchers say. Scientists had thought the Mediterranean islands were first settled about 9,000 years ago by Neolithic or New Stone Age farmers and shepherds... For instance, obsidian from the Aegean island of Melos was uncovered at the mainland Greek coastal site of Franchthi cave in layers that were about 11,000 years old, while excavations on the southern coast of Cyprus...
  • Neanderthals were ancient mariners

    03/02/2012 10:22:47 AM PST · by presidio9 · 18 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 29 February 2012 | Michael Marshall
    IT LOOKS like Neanderthals may have beaten modern humans to the seas. Growing evidence suggests our extinct cousins criss-crossed the Mediterranean in boats from 100,000 years ago - though not everyone is convinced they weren't just good swimmers. Neanderthals lived around the Mediterranean from 300,000 years ago. Their distinctive "Mousterian" stone tools are found on the Greek mainland and, intriguingly, have also been found on the Greek islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. That could be explained in two ways: either the islands weren't islands at the time, or our distant cousins crossed the water somehow. Now, George Ferentinos of...
  • Ancient hominids may have been seafarers

    01/14/2010 4:18:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 636+ views
    Science News ^ | Friday, January 8th, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    Human ancestors that left Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago to see the rest of the world were no landlubbers. Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species -- perhaps Homo erectus -- had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some of the larger islands in between, says archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College in Rhode Island. Several hundred double-edged cutting implements discovered at nine sites in southwestern Crete date to at least 130,000 years ago and probably much earlier, Strasser...
  • ‘Incredible night’ as Obama meets Cuban dissidents in Miami [Cubans Flock to Commie BO]

    11/09/2013 4:41:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/8/13 | JUAN O. TAMAYO
    ... Obama told two of Cuba’s leading dissidents in South Florida Friday that he admires their sacrifices, a rare White House recognition of the peaceful opposition on the communist-ruled island. “The most important thing here was the recognition by the president of the United States, the most powerful democracy in the world,” dissident Guillermo Farinas said minutes after the meeting. Farinas, spokesman for the Cuban Patriotic Union of Cuba, and Ladies in White leader Berta Soler met with Obama during a fund-raiser at the Pinecrest home of Jorge Mas Santos, chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF).
  • At the White House: Obamacare success stories that aren't

    10/21/2013 11:10:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 21, 2013 | Byron York
    President Obama invited a number of people to stand behind him as he delivered his speech on the state of Obamacare at the White House Monday morning. One of them, Janice Baker, a small business owner from Delaware, introduced the president, and Obama spoke of Baker and the others gathered there as people who have benefited from Obamacare. But after reading the White House-provided descriptions of each of those behind the president, it's clear the administration was stretching to present people who, beyond supporting Obamacare, have actually gained from it in any tangible way. For example, a Pennsylvania man named...
  • Group behind Obama at Rose Garden speech includes only 3 Obamacare registrants

    10/21/2013 2:12:38 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-21-2013 | Caroline May
    October 21, 2013 Group behind Obama at Rose Garden speech includes only 3 Obamacare registrants Caroline May Of the 13 people who flanked President Obama during his speech defending Obamacare in the Rose Garden Monday, just three had successfully registered for the new Obamacare exchanges.A list of the people who joined Obama on stage provided by the White House included people who have or “will” benefit from Obamacare, small business owners, representatives from “partner organizations,” and new registrants.The three people who were able to register included: Janice Baker, who introduced the president and as of last week was the only...
  • Just THREE of the 13 ... in Monday's Rose Garden Obamacare photo-op have actually signed up

    10/22/2013 5:23:39 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | October 22, 2013 | DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
    When President Barack Obama defended his foundering health insurance overhaul Monday in a carefully staged and scripted White House pep rally, thirteen people stood behind him as examples of Americans whom the 'Obamacare' law would help. But according to their biographies, just three have actually enrolled in the plans offered in their states. They include the state of Delaware's first Obamacare insurance participant – and, so far, its only one – along with a Tennessee woman who enrolled less than a day before the press event, and a Washington, D.C. man that the Obama White House has used on two...
  • Obamacare: Faint on Cue, Obama to the Rescue

    10/22/2013 9:04:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-22-2013 | MOTUS
    I know what you’re thinking: it’s the perfect allegory, right? Woman falls ill, “Big Healthcare.Gov” is there to catch her as she’s falling. Oh, and BTW, her name is “Karmel” – how perfect is that!! Not too dark, not too light: just right! A little too perfect, say the usual critics (Tea Party Anarchists). They’re off, spinning their usual, unfounded, conspiracy theories. You know how they plot their little scenarios by now: they’ll claim that BO’s Big Brains and otherwise useful idiots advisors wrote the fake faint right into the script so Barry can come to her aid. As they...
  • A Cheap Spying Tool With a High Creepy Factor

    08/03/2013 5:12:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies ^ | 8/2/13 | Somini Sengupta
    With a handful of plastic boxes and over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters and a USB hub, Brendan O’Connor, a security researcher, was able to monitor all the wireless traffic emitted by nearby wireless devices.Brendan O’Connor With a handful of plastic boxes and over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters and a USB hub, Brendan O’Connor, a security researcher, was able to monitor all the wireless traffic emitted by nearby wireless devices. Brendan O’Connor is a security researcher. How easy would it be, he recently wondered, to monitor the movement of everyone on the street – not by a government intelligence agency, but...
  • “Hercules” Monkeys Lift Stones to Crack Nuts

    12/07/2012 9:55:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 7, 2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    This holiday season I’m featuring a nutcracker of another sort—the bearded capuchin of Brazil. Native to open woodlands called the Cerrado, these monkeys are nicknamed Hercules with a tail, and for good reason—they can lift a stone heavier than themselves to break open tough palm nuts. (Watch a video of the nutcracking monkeys.) A monkey with a missing foot can still crack just as well. Photograph courtesy Dorothy Fragaszy National Geographic grantee Dorothy Fragaszy has been studying these charismatic little critters in the field, and last week she stopped by headquarters to update us on her research. She passed out...
  • Sign outside of business causing a boom in customers

    11/17/2012 8:23:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 109 replies
    msnbc ^ | 11.17.2012 | wboy
    Riley Gunnoe says business is booming at his tool store in St. Albans. He says it's because of a sign outside. Gunnoe told me he didn't know what was going to happen when he put this phrase on it, "If you are for Obama's policies, please keep your dumba$$ out of this store." Gunnoe says he didn't know what was going to happen when he put the sign up. "I didn't care. But it really has doubled my business since I put it up so I'm glad I did now!" Some people in the community say it makes them question...
  • ITW Consumer warns of 73 layoffs in Riviera Beach (Florida)

    11/15/2012 2:34:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    South Florida Business Journal ^ | November 15, 2012 | Shaun Bevan
    ITW Consumer has warned the state of Florida of 73 layoffs and the closure of their Riviera Beach facility earlier this year. Illinois Tool Works, ITW's parent company, announced a change in strategies and its decision to phase out operations in Florida earlier this year, according to the Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification notice filed with the state on Wednesday. ITW's functions will be relocated to Ohio and Connecticut. The company stated that it plans to cease ITW Consumer operations by the end of February. The first run of separations were effective at the end of August and October. Additional...
  • Will Republicans Ever Win Again? Yes, but with new tools.

    11/12/2012 5:14:01 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 63 replies
    11-12-12 | Self
    Have you ever been a fly on the wall? How about right out in the open, undercover? Well I have and the RNC should pay me for it on retainer. New tools, new tactics, and firing Rove and the pantywaist consultants is the only way to win again. Yesterday - and quite often I'll add - my wife and I are the only conservative ones in large settings with staunchly democrat blacks - you know the type, 0bama is king, is perfect, and only bigots would not vote for him. But to sit there, watch how smart phones get passed...
  • Prepper tools

    09/29/2012 5:08:42 PM PDT · by outofsalt · 93 replies
    Vanity (hey, it's not a blog!) | 9/29/2012 | Outofsalt
    I have been pondering emergency preparations for some time and enjoy the prepper threads from which I've learned a lot and have applied much. I was trying to find some good articles on essential tools for "a really bad day" scenario or, TEOTWAWKI. Many articles include things like cash and shelter and first aid. Even post it notes and looms have made some lists. I am looking for ideas for hand operated essentials and have my own list...Please help flesh out these ideas.
  • Tools released at Defcon can crack widely used PPTP encryption in under a day

    07/29/2012 12:52:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    CSO ^ | July 29, 2012 | Lucian Constantin
    New tool and service can decrypt any PPTP and WPA2 wireless sessions using MS-CHAPv2 authenticationSecurity researchers released two tools at the Defcon security conference that can be used to crack the encryption of any PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) and WPA2-Enterprise (Wireless Protected Access) sessions that use MS-CHAPv2 for authentication. MS-CHAPv2 is an authentication protocol created by Microsoft and introduced in Windows NT 4.0 SP4. Despite its age, it is still used as the primary authentication mechanism by most PPTP virtual private network (VPN) clients. MS-CHAPv2 has been known to be vulnerable to dictionary-based brute force attacks since 1999, when a...
  • Tools May Have Been First Money

    03/14/2012 7:30:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    Hand axes, small handheld stone tools used by ancient humans, could have served as the first commodity in the human world thanks to their durability and utility. The axes may have been traded between human groups and would have served as a social cue to others, Mimi Lam, a researcher from the University of British Columbia, suggested in her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting here on Feb. 18. "The Acheulean hand ax was standardized and shaped, became exchanged in social networks and took on a symbolic meaning," Lam said. "My suggestion was that...
  • On Crete, New Evidence of Very Ancient Mariners

    02/17/2010 7:15:26 AM PST · by Palter · 27 replies · 531+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Feb 2010 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    <p>Early humans, possibly even prehuman ancestors, appear to have been going to sea much longer than anyone had ever suspected.</p> <p>That is the startling implication of discoveries made the last two summers on the Greek island of Crete. Stone tools found there, archaeologists say, are at least 130,000 years old, which is considered strong evidence for the earliest known seafaring in the Mediterranean and cause for rethinking the maritime capabilities of prehuman cultures.</p>
  • Neandertals' mammoth building project: Extinct hominids may have been first to build with bones

    12/07/2011 8:13:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Science News ^ | Friday, December 2nd, 2011 | Bruce Bower
    Neandertals... constructed a large, ring-shaped enclosure out of 116 mammoth bones and tusks at least 44,000 years ago in West Asia, say archaeologist Laëtitia Demay of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and her colleagues. The bone edifice, which encircles a 40-square-meter area in which mammoths and other animals were butchered, cooked and eaten, served either to keep out cold winds or as a base for a wooden building... Mammoth-bone huts previously discovered at Homo sapiens sites in West Asia date to between 27,500 and 15,000 years ago. The new discovery comes from Molodova, a Ukrainian site first...
  • 15,000-year-old campsite in Texas challenges conventional story of American settlement

    03/25/2011 3:49:13 PM PDT · by Renfield · 42 replies · 1+ views
    I09 ^ | 3-24-2011 | Annalee Newitz
    15,000 years ago, humans camped in a lush Texas valley, leaving thousands of artifacts behind, from tools to face paint. This could be definitive proof that ancient people arrived in America by boat, not by walking the Bering Strait. Anthropologist Michael Waters and colleagues announced their findings today, detailing the almost 16,000 artifacts they found near Buttermilk Creek, outside the Austin area. Their discovery will change everything you thought you knew about how people arrived in the Americas. Meet the Buttermilk Creek people What's remarkable is that this places human occupation of America over 2,000 years earlier than previously believed....
  • Cretan tools point to 130,000-year-old sea travel

    01/03/2011 1:35:19 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 19 replies
    AP via Google ^ | 3 January 2011
    Archaeologists on the island of Crete have discovered what may be evidence of one of the world's first sea voyages by human ancestors, the Greek Culture Ministry said Monday A ministry statement said experts from Greece and the U.S. have found rough axes and other tools thought to be between 130,000 and 700,000 years old close to shelters on the island's south coast. Crete has been separated from the mainland for about five million years, so whoever made the tools must have traveled there by sea (a distance of at least 40 miles). That would upset the current view that...
  • Archaeologists Excited By 500,000-Year-Old Axe Find In Quarry

    12/17/2004 11:37:14 AM PST · by blam · 150 replies · 3,199+ views ^ | 12-16-2004 | David Prudames
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS EXCITED BY 500,000-YEAR-OLD AXE FIND IN QUARRY By David Prudames 16/12/2004 This image shows the axe head from different angles. Photo: Graham Norrie, University of Birmingham Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity. A Stone Age hand axe dating back 500,000 years has been discovered at a quarry in Warwickshire. The tool was found at the Smiths Concrete Bubbenhall Quarry at Waverley Wood Farm, near Coventry, which has already produced evidence of some of the earliest known human occupants of the UK. It was uncovered in gravel by quarry manager John Green who took it to be identified by archaeologists at...
  • 'First Americans' May Be Johnnies-Come-Lately (Topper Site)

    08/22/2004 8:17:24 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 2,036+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 8-20-2004 | Mike Toner
    'First Americans' may be Johnnies-come-lately By MIKE TONER The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 08/20/04 Human history is being written —and rewritten — a shovelful at a time on a shaded hillside along the Savannah River. Each summer Al Goodyear's team of archaeologists digs deeper into the riverbank in South Carolina's Allendale County. Each summer the story of the first Americans, the primitive hunters who first populated the continent, grows longer. And more complex. And more controversial. David Tulis/AJC (ENLARGE) Archaeologist Al Goodyear holds a hand-made 'microblade,' one of the hundreds of artifacts unearthed during his team's seven years of excavations...
  • Kenosha Dig Points to Europe as Origin of First Americans

    03/04/2002 12:05:29 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 91 replies · 5,281+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3-4-02 | John Fauber
    A contentious theory that the first Americans came here from Europe - not Asia - is challenging a century-old consensus among archaeologists, and a dig in Kenosha County is part of the evidence. The two leading proponents of the Europe theory admit that many scientists reject their contention, instead holding fast to the long-established belief that the first Americans arrived from Siberia via a now-submerged land bridge across the Bering Sea to Alaska. The first of the Europe-to-North America treks probably took place at the height of the last Ice Age more than 18,000 years ago, said Dennis Stanford, ...
  • Weird Rock Carvings Puzzle Archaeologists

    10/09/2003 11:44:15 AM PDT · by blam · 40 replies · 1,116+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-9-2003
    Weird rock carvings puzzle archaeologists 17:34 09 October 03 news service The concave spherical shapes, about 20cm across, may have been cut with metal tools (Image: North News and Pictures) Mysterious rock carvings engraved into strange shapes are baffling UK archaeologists. One resembles a heart, another a human footprint. Aron Mazel and Stan Beckensall, who stumbled across the unusual carvings close to England's border with Scotland, believe they are the first such designs to have been discovered in the UK. "We have absolutely no idea what they are," says Mazel, an archaeologist at the University of Newcastle. "They are...

    03/11/2011 4:57:51 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 76 replies
    Today is Worship of Tools DayNo....not this tool.... There are few things that the male population worships more than his tools. To some, a tool is a natural extension of their arm. So, Worship of Tools Day is a logical day of celebration. And, it's definitely a guy thing. Please note however, there are more than a few ladies who love to work with their hands, and find today to be an important holiday. Song of the Day: If I Had a Hammer The Real Uses of your Tools HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays...
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says She Has 'No Regrets'

    11/03/2010 5:39:05 PM PDT · by Fred · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 110310 | Ray Sanchez
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today she has "no regrets" one day after a Republican landslide stripped her of the power that defined her historic tenure as the first female speaker of the House. The California Democrat, who won a new two-year term in Tuesday's election, said she has yet to consider what she will do now. "I'll have a conversation with my caucus, I'll have a conversation with my family, and pray over it, and decide how to go forward," she said in an exclusive ABC News interview with "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer. "But today isn't that day."
  • 11 Tools to Get for Your Kids

    09/02/2010 8:16:26 AM PDT · by Immerito · 27 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 15, 2008 | Mark Clement
    As a tyke I remember clamping a hunk of wood into my grandfather's bench vise and cutting blocks. Later, it was fixing and building bikes in my mom's garage. The bench vise and broken bikes led to my career as a building contractor, where I make my living using the tools I first picked up as a kid. I believe the lessons learned at the business end of a wrench are confidence, determination and success. That matters to me, because today, I'm the dad. While my boy is an infant--his tool life awaits--my daughter, 7, has already had some practice....
  • Tools Everyone Should Own ... #16? Measuring tape

    09/02/2010 7:25:29 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 24 replies ^ | 9.2.10
    Man is "weak in himself, and of small stature," wrote 19th-century essayist Thomas Carlyle. Yet, with tools, "the granite mountain melts into light dust before him, seas are his smooth highway, winds and fire his un wearying steeds." And this from a guy who never felt a 5800-rpm circular saw scream to life in his hand. While much has changed since Carlyle's day, one thing hasn't: We need tools to build, repair and maintain the mechanical world in which we live. With these tools, you'll be ready for just about any project--whether it's melting mountains or swapping out the kitchen...
  • Fire damages Kurt Browning’s Toronto mansion (Burns down mansion with leaf blower)

    08/19/2010 6:40:02 PM PDT · by tlb · 10 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | Aug. 19, 2010 | Ciara Byrne
    What may have started as an attempt to dry out car with a leaf blower ends in a three-alarm blaze in Forest Hill. A fire that ripped through figure skater Kurt Browning's mansion Wednesday and destroyed part of the roof may have caused up to $1-million in damage, officials said. Dozens of firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze that broke out at the home in the upscale Forest Hill neighbourhood just before 11 a.m. It was deemed under control around 2 p.m., but left behind serious damage to the house and a partially collapsed roof. It's not known what caused the...
  • The Ultimate Ramset Hole Punch Tool (Boom Goes the Hole Gun!)

    06/01/2010 5:44:43 PM PDT · by Copernicus · 14 replies · 701+ views
    JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary ^ | 06/01/10 | JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary
    What kind of holes you ask? Boy howdy, try holes in really thick steel, such as, um, railroad track. No kidding, see for yourself. I know not what size cartridge they use to do this, but I doubt it is a .22!
  • Caption the tools in WA reforming our country

    12/11/2009 3:42:54 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 26 replies · 770+ views
    From left, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., share in a laugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 11,2009, during a news conference following the House Passage for Wall Street Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Caption McCain, Graham at the Citadel Town Hall Today

    09/14/2009 2:16:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,946+ views
  • Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher I Pledge Video

    09/05/2009 9:08:18 AM PDT · by EmilyGeiger · 37 replies · 1,661+ views
    Youtube ^ | january 19,2009
    I pledge my allegiance to God, my country, the flag of the USA and not to one person!!!!
  • Thoughts On Tools

    08/30/2009 6:21:04 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 23 replies · 520+ views ^ | 08/27/2009 | Griff Martin
    Over the past few years I have collected a lot of tools. With each move, my dad brings tools just in case things need to be fixed around the house. When he leaves, the tools stay behind, so I end up with a new saw, screwdriver or wrench. Then there are the tools that fix the sprinkler system, the tools that come with ‘some assembly required’ furniture, bolts that hang heavy pictures, bolts to hang light fixtures, and then just plain old regular bolts. Oh, and don’t forget the nails… tiny nails all the way up to the amazingly huge...
  • CoolTools - Various Odds & Ends

    08/29/2009 6:26:49 AM PDT · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 7 replies · 857+ views
    CoolTools ^ | various | Kevin Kelly
    Cool tools really work. A cool tool can be any book, gadget, software, video, map, hardware, material, or website that is tried and true. All reviews on this site are written by readers who have actually used the tool and others like it. Items can be either old or new as long as they are wonderful. We only post things we like and ignore the rest. Suggestions for tools much better than what is recommended here are always wanted. I found this website a few months ago and figured I'd share it. Some cool odds and ends. I am not...
  • Early Human Lessons: Hot Rocks Make Sharper Tools

    08/13/2009 6:28:59 PM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 894+ views
    NPR ^ | 14 Aug 2009 | Christopher Joyce
    So, it's the southern tip of Africa, about 70,000 years ago, and some humans have built a fire. Maybe it's to keep warm, or to cook up some gazelle steaks. To kill time, they do a little flint knapping — whacking one rock with another to chip off razor-sharp flakes. They use the flakes to cut meat or make spear points. After the fire dies down, someone drags a big stone out of the embers and tries whacking that, and discovers that it makes really good flakes: it chips predictably and the flakes are symmetrical and sharp. Eureka — pyroengineering...
  • White House: US has tools needed to protect nation

    04/19/2009 9:52:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 749+ views
    breitbart ^ | 4/19/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Sunday pushed back aggressively against criticism that national security has been undermined by releasing classified Bush-era interrogation memos over the objections of some former CIA chiefs. "We are absolutely confident that we have the tools necessary to get the information we need to keep this country safe," senior presidential adviser David Axelrod said. "And we don't believe and the president of the United States does not believe that this is a contest between our values and our security. He thinks we can honor both and execute both. And that's what he's going to...
  • Meghan McCain warns of looming civil war in the GOP [says conservatives "obsolete," should give up]

    04/18/2009 9:37:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 222 replies · 6,500+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Meghan McCain warned a group of gay Republicans Saturday that there was "a war brewing in the Republican Party" – a war between the past and the future. "Most of the old school Republicans are scared s***less of that future," she told a gathering of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay and lesbian party members. The 24-year-old daughter of former GOP presidential candidate John McCain pushed back against critics upset over her comments to CNN that she wanted President Obama to succeed, and played down her recent headline-grabbing feuds with conservative commentators Ann Coulter and...
  • Fed searches for new tools to lift economy (Like to donate a 'tool'? Call Ben Bernanke ASAP)

    03/17/2009 2:56:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 331+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | Rob Lever
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Deprived of its main weapon to revive economic activity, the Federal Reserve opened a two-day meeting Tuesday to consider new tools to open up credit markets and tackle the worst crisis since the 1930s. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which began deliberations at 1800 GMT Tuesday, was expected to leave unchanged its base lending rates at zero to 0.25 percent as it mulls further moves to tackle the credit crunch and economic slump. An announcement by the FOMC is expected around 1815 GMT Wednesday. With the traditional tool of interest rate policy now exhausted, the central...
  • Caption others at Fiscal Responsibility Summit

    02/23/2009 1:51:58 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 44 replies · 1,119+ views
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens during remarks of the Fiscal Responsibility Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama, not pictured, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Henry Waxman (R) speak to reporters during the Fiscal Responsibility Summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington February 23, 2009. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second fromleft, accompanied by, from left, Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. gestures...
  • Obama lets CIA keep controversial renditions tool

    01/31/2009 3:28:44 PM PST · by csvset · 21 replies · 1,004+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/31/2009 | Greg Miller
    Chicago Tribune  WASHINGTON -- The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba. But even while dismantling these discredited programs, President Barack Obama left an equally controversial counterterrorism tool intact. Under executive orders issued by Obama last week, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, or the secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the U.S. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said the rendition program is poised...