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  • Hardy Fox, of the Avant-Garde Band the Residents (Maybe), Dies at 73

    11/17/2018 9:46:03 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/3/18 | Daniel E. Slotnik
    Hardy Fox, a driving force behind the Residents, an avant-garde band that playfully subverted the conventions of rock music for decades while insisting on anonymity, which the group maintained by performing in outlandish costumes, died on Oct. 30 at his home in San Anselmo, Calif. He was 73.
  • Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what’s a mineral

    11/16/2018 2:04:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Amy Beth Hanson
    About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of “mineral.” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the “Dueling Dinosaurs” located on private land are minerals both scientifically and under mineral rights laws. The fossils belong both to the owners of the property where they were found and two brothers who kept two-thirds of the mineral rights to the land once owned by their father, a...
  • 5ft 2in company boss sues British Airways over back injuries after he was 'wedged in' next [tr]

    11/15/2018 3:26:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2018 | James Fielding
    A company director is taking British Airways to court after claiming he suffered a pelvic injury from being wedged in next to an obese passenger on a 13-hour flight. Stephen Prosser, who is only 5ft 2in, is suing the airline after claiming that he was forced to sit crushed against the side of the plane by a 6ft 5in man weighing 23-stone who was sat in the middle. Mr Prosser, 51, claims BA staff refused to intervene and ask the man to move seats, during the flight from Bangkok to London Heathrow.
  • Burlington County woman had 44 dead dogs wrapped in plastic in freezers, State Police say

    11/14/2018 7:55:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | 11.14.18 | NICOLE LEONARD
    A woman in Shamong Township, Burlington County, was found living with 44 dead dogs and 130 living dogs in "deplorable" conditions, State Police said. Donna Roberts, 65, was charged with animal cruelty Tuesday after State Police from the Red Lion Station inspected her home on Oakshade Road. With the Burlington County Health Department, authorities discovered "evidence of animal cruelty inflicted upon various breeds of dogs on the property," State Police said in a statement. The odor of animal feces and ammonia permeated the inside of the residence, which caused several responders to feel dizzy and nauseous, State Police said. The...
  • Grandfather, 57, is left fighting for his life after 'developing sepsis from biting his NAILS'

    11/14/2018 12:51:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | Updated: 10:18 EST, 23 October 2018 | By Stephen Matthews Assistant Health Editor For Mailonline
    Ricky Kennedy, from Dumbarton in Scotland, believes he is lucky to be alive He was given slim odds of surviving the terrifying ordeal with the 'silent killer' Sepsis strikes when an infection sparks a violent immune response in the body It is the leading cause of avoidable death in the UK, killing at least 44,000 a year A grandfather was left fighting for his life after developing sepsis from biting his nails. Ricky Kennedy says he is lucky to be alive after contracting the silent killer from nibbling his thumbnail down. The 57-year-old was given slim odds of surviving the...
  • Intoxicated, masked bandit caught in Milton

    11/14/2018 10:21:35 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    WSAZ ^ | 11/14/2018
    MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police took an intoxicated masked bandit into custody Tuesday, but he’s not quite what you might expect. His name is Dallas, and he’s a raccoon. Milton Police say they've had recent calls about suspected rabid raccoons. As it turns out, officers say they’re actually getting drunk on fermented crabapples. Police say neighbors helped them capture Dallas who, along with another raccoon caught Monday, were released unharmed near the woods. Officers offer this advice: if you see a disoriented raccoon, do not approach it. It could be sick – or if it’s like Dallas, just high on...
  • I wouldn't even be surprised.

    11/13/2018 6:37:48 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 44 replies
    My stuff | 11/13/2018
    At this point, I wouldn't even be surprised to wake up and read this headline.
  • "Candidate Hinkle Removed From Area Where Uncounted Ballots Held"

    11/12/2018 8:11:14 AM PST · by givemWatts · 1 replies
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2018 | F. Monares
    Charlotte Mills, the county’s election administrator, says Republican state Sen. Jedediah Hinkle was removed from the area where election officials were tallying votes Wednesday afternoon. Hinkle was vying for reelection of Senate District 32 against Democratic challenger Pat Flowers, and candidates aren’t allowed in the area where ballots are being counted. According to unofficial results posted Thursday, Hinkle was defeated by challenger Pat Flowers, a Democrat, by 338 votes. A photo in Thursday’s Chronicle shows Hinkle hunched over a stack of ballots. The caption incorrectly states that Hinkle is an election official and was searching through the uncounted ballots. Mills...
  • 115,000-Year-Old Bones Found In Poland Reveal Neanderthal Child Eaten By Gigantic Prehistoric Bird

    11/12/2018 8:17:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Hasan Jasmin ^ | 11/9/2018
    A few years ago, a team of researchers in Poland came across a pair of Neanderthal bones that held a grisly secret: Their owner had been eaten by a giant bird. The two finger bones belonged to a Neanderthal child who had died roughly 115,000 years before, making those bones the oldest known human remains from Poland, according to Science In Poland. Once the bones were analyzed, the scientists concluded that the hand bones were porous because they had passed through the digestive system of a large bird. It is unclear if the bird killed the child and then ate...
  • Axl Rose rips President Trump’s take on California wildfires

    11/11/2018 8:33:20 PM PST · by conservative98 · 88 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/11/18 | BRIAN NIEMIETZ
    Rose, whose band played Sunday in the Philippines, fired back at Trump on Twitter. “’s a lack of federal funding that’s at the ‘root’ of the purported forest mismanagement. Only a demented n’ truly pathetic individual would twist that around n’ use a tragedy to once again misrepresent facts for attempted public/political gain at other’s expense,” the 56-year-old singer wrote. This isn’t the first time Rose has taken issue with Trump. Days before last week’s midterm elections, Rose tweeted that he’d formally asked the President to refrain from using Guns N' Roses songs at political rallies. “Just so ya know…...
  • Naturopath who treated child with rabies-infected saliva surrenders licence

    11/11/2018 10:14:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Times Colonist ^ | November 10, 2018 12:01 AM | Katie DeRosa /
    A Victoria naturopath who controversially used rabies-infected saliva to treat a child has surrendered her licence with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. However, Anke Zimmermann will continue to work as an unregulated homeopath. The college investigated whether Zimmermann “met the standard of care in her treatment of the young boy with lyssinum,” Howard Greenstein, the college’s registrar and CEO, said in a statement. The college also conducted an investigation into Zimmermann’s use of CEASE therapy, an acronym for “complete elimination of autism spectrum expression.” Advocates of the therapy claim that homeopathy can be used to eliminate autism, based...
  • Fahrenheit 451: A Book Review

    11/10/2018 4:29:22 PM PST · by pcottraux · 40 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | November 10, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Fahrenheit 451: A Book Review By Philip Cottraux I’ve written two reviews of dystopian future novels, 1984 and Brave New World (click the links to read). This week I decided to tackle Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The story behind its authorship is almost as fascinating as the book itself; it took years for Bradbury to complete, working feverishly in garages and library basements during his spare time (he admitted in the book’s epilogue that he never quite completed a final story). Although written during the backdrop of the Cold War, it proved to be one of the most prophetic...
  • The men in love with $7,000 sex dolls: Subculture of 'iDollators' who marry and develop [tr]

    11/09/2018 10:26:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Sheila Flynn
    The staff at John & Tony’s Steakhouse in West Chicago know the couple well: There’s 54-year-old John – a genial man with a big, partially toothless smile who works in truck deliveries – and his wife, Jackie, a petite, dark-haired beauty in a wheelchair whose favorite dish is bacon-wrapped dates. The inseparable pair are staples at John & Tony’s, and it’s their annual dining spot for celebrating Valentine’s Day – but the wait staff are accustomed to taking other reservation calls, too, from people who simply want to sit near them to observe John’s doting love. Because Jackie is no...
  • Sickening moment a transgender girl gang and their mother-of-four friend, 22, batter [tr]

    11/09/2018 6:23:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Sebastian Murphy-Bates
    This is the horrifying moment a drunken gang of transgender women battered a man, stamping on him in the street in an act of 'severe violence'. The trio can be seen stamping on their victim after 'minor provocation' at Leicester Square tube station in London at 2.15am after a night out. Despite attempts to hold them back, one woman in a white dress rushes back in repeatedly to stamp on the man on the floor. Their victim was sent to hospital with cuts as well as a black eye following the 'heinous attack'. Tylah-Jo Bryan, Amarnih Lewis-Daniel and Michael O'Doherty...
  • Size 28 lingerie model who was urged to KILL HERSELF by cruel trolls insists 'most men want [tr]

    11/09/2018 6:16:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Amber Ascroft
    A size 28 lingerie model from New York is embracing her fuller figure after receiving nasty jibes from internet trolls. Leah Stanley, 29, started her Instagram account, that now has over 92,000 followers, in a bid to encourage other women to enjoy their curves after she grew up without a strong plus-sized influence. 'I've received countless comments and messages regarding my health, lifestyle and life overall. I've been told I should kill myself, that I should learn to stop eating or that I'm unhealthy and only promoting an unhealthy lifestyle,' says Leah.
  • Dutch man, 69, sues to lower his age

    11/08/2018 11:10:37 PM PST · by blueplum · 26 replies
    BBC via msn ^ | 07 Nov 2018 | staff
    A Dutch pensioner has started a legal battle to legally change his age and boost his dating prospects. Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender. "You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?" he told Dutch paper De Telegraaf.
  • McSally Falls Behind

    11/08/2018 4:26:47 PM PST · by RedMonqey · 492 replies
    State of Arizona ^ | Secretary of State Arizona
    McSally tallies fall behind Sinema according to the official state source.
  • Black woman argues with black man on a flight to LAX, uses homophobic slurs [tr]

    11/08/2018 9:40:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 8, 2017 | Claire Anderson
    A shocking scene was filmed on a flight arriving at LAX as a black woman yelled an onslaught of homophobic slurs at another black passenger. The Friday clip shows the woman shouting a plethora of offensive marks at the man, who can occasionally be heard retorting his own dig. It is currently unknown where the flight had been coming from. The woman repeatedly tells the man to 'shut the f**k up,' growing louder as other passengers laugh in the background.
  • Michelle Obama event ticket touted for £70k on Viagogo

    11/08/2018 8:09:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | November 8, 2018 | Rob Davies
    Dozens of tickets to see Michelle Obama speak at London’s Royal Festival Hall have been snapped up by touts and are already on sale for more than £70,000 on the controversial ticket resale website Viagogo. Minutes after the phone lines opened for seats at a talk by the former first lady, Viagogo – based in Switzerland – was already offering seats for more than 570 times face value. While the South Bank Centre has set a price for the event of between £30 and £125, the most expensive ticket listed on Viagogo at time of writing was £72,181 for a...
  • Bizarre spider looks like it has a dog's head

    11/08/2018 4:38:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Known as the Known as the bunny harvestman, the peculiar-looking spider was photographed and filmed by natural scientist Andreas Kay during a recent trip to the depths of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. At first glance, it's easy to dismiss the arachnid - which features a dog-like snout and ears - as a hoax, however it turns out that this is in fact a genuine species and yes - it does actually look like that., the peculiar-looking spider was photographed and filmed by natural scientist Andreas Kay during a recent trip to the depths of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador....