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  • A Christmas Fire that wasn't

    12/25/2014 2:55:28 AM PST · by Battle Axe · 12 replies
    12-25-2014 | Marcia
    I smelled one whiff of smoke as I walked through the house at 2:19 a.m. No smoke detectors went off and I did not smell it again. Searching the house I finally found one Lux thermostat that was not working. It runs the # 2 furnace in this big house. After finally figuring out how to get the cover off (I'm an older lady living with 2 cats), I discovered the batteries ....dated 2011...were moderately corroded. It takes two batteries and of that size I had only one new one. I finally robbed one out of the wireless computer mice...
  • Report: Dennis Rodman Threatens to Sue 'Glorious Leader' Makers

    12/25/2014 12:55:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    GamePolitics ^ | December 23, 2014
    Report: Dennis Rodman Threatens to Sue 'Glorious Leader' Makers December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff TMZ reports that former bestie to North Korean leader Kim Jung Un Dennis Rodman says that his friendship is over and doesn't want to be associated with him - even in a video game. The video game he doesn't want to be part of is Glorious Leader, a side-scrolling action game featuring the infamous North Korean leader. In fact, the former basketball star and on-again off-again wrestler and reality TV star says that he will sue the makers of the game if they include him...
  • A visit from St. Nick?

    12/24/2014 8:38:00 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    12/24/14 | kartographer
    Well this has been on my mind for a few days now and I like to see if anyone else has had such an experience. I was listening to the radio late on our annual drive home for Christmas last Thursday. The talk show subject was is Santa Claus real. One of the callers describe and experience in which as a child he and his family were driving home late one night and they heard the sound of jingle-bells and they saw something moving fast across the sky in the moon light. The story reminded me of my own experience...
  • The Interview (vanity, I just watched it)

    12/24/2014 4:18:11 PM PST · by eastforker · 47 replies
    me ^ | 12/24/2014 | eastforker
    I just had to watch it. I thought it was funny, sophomoric, ok to watch at home but wouldn't go to the big screen to see it.Mostly a slapstick comedy with no redeeming social value.
  • Officials order man to take down zombie Nativity scene

    12/24/2014 8:31:03 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 29 replies
    reviewjournal ^ | December 23, 2014 | STEVE BITTENBENDER
    Nativity scene has caused quite a stir in his neighborhood, with some considering it a holiday treat. But others see a nightmare before Christmas. Responding to two anonymous complaints, officials in Ohio’s Sycamore Township said on Tuesday they have ordered Jasen Dixon to take down his display by Friday because it violates local property maintenance codes. Dixon, who manages a haunted attraction in Indiana, faces a $1,000 fine if he does not remove the 10-foot by 10-foot structure he built three weeks ago. He said he made the models for the zombie Mary and three wise men and borrowed props...
  • In fossilized fish eye, rods and cones preserved for 300 million years

    12/23/2014 5:11:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    LATimes ^ | Deborah Netburn
    Scientists have discovered a fossilized fish so well preserved that the rods and cones in its 300-million-year-old [sic]eyeballs are still visible under a scanning electron microscope..
  • 20+ Cats That Look Like Other Things

    12/23/2014 4:19:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | November 10, 2014 | Julija K.
    Remember when we wrote about dogs that look like something else? Now it's the cat's turn to shine. Here is a list of cats that got bored of looking like cats and decided to look like something else instead. Cats are the biggest divas on the internet, so there's no way we've got all the shape-shifting felines in the world in this list. We'd love for you to submit more pictures of cats that look like other things and vote for your favorite lookalikes!
  • Documentary confirms Michael Rockefeller was eaten by cannibals

    12/23/2014 12:39:52 PM PST · by bkopto · 174 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/23/2014 | Richard Johnson
    The public will finally get to see “The Search for Michael Rockefeller” Feb. 1 when Netflix releases the documentary on one of the most compelling unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. The film confirms what The Post reported in 1968: Cannibals devoured the son of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.
  • How We'd Feed Ourselves After The Apocalypse

    12/23/2014 8:34:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | 18 December 2014 2:45 PM | Matt Novak
    The authors of the book, Joshua Pearce at Michigan Technological University and David Denkenberger at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, were tired of people imagining apocalyptic scenarios without offering solutions for how we might plausibly feed ourselves after global devastation.
  • Planned Parenthood sending out a ‘Custom S’more Kit’ to raise funds? [pics] (BARF)

    12/23/2014 8:18:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 23, 2014 | Twitchy staff
    Writer Jamilah Lemieux posted this pic to her feed yesterday of what she says was a “cute gift” from her friends at Planned Parenthood: A customized s’more kit with the Planned Parenthood logo on the marshmallow. Ummm … thank you? According to the graphic above, the company who made the s’more kit says it will donate $5 to Planned Parenthood for each “unique hash tagged photo” using #PPsmoresupport, but as of this post, there is only one photo for this hashtag and it’s the one we’ve posted above. Although we were able to find a few more pics on social...
  • This Is How Fast Texas Wildfires Can Move (video)

    12/23/2014 4:19:15 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    dump.com ^ | 12-23-2014 | Texas Park and Wildlife Department
    The engulfing flames of a Texas wildfire quickly shifted directions and burned two-thirds of the 6,000-acre park at Bastrop State Park. This clip from the Texas Park and Wildlife Department shows the intensity of the flames in real time.
  • Why rape is so intrinsic to religion (Mary Got Raped:Salon Click Bait)

    12/22/2014 12:01:18 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | December 21, 2014 | Valerie Tarico
    Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey. Zeus comes to Danae in the form of a golden shower, cutting “the knot of intact virginity” and leaving her pregnant with the Greek hero, Perseus. Jupiter forcibly overcomes Europa by transforming himself into a white bull and abducting her. He imprisons her on the Isle of Crete, over time fathering three children. Pan copulates with a shepherdess to produce Hermes. The legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus are conceived when the Roman god Mars impregnates Rea...
  • Madonna says leaking of new album is “artistic rape” and “form of terrorism”

    12/22/2014 8:30:54 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 62 replies
    Consequence of Sound ^ | December 17, 2014, 10:47am | Alex Young
    A 13-track album of new music from Madonna has reportedly leaked onto the web. Oh No They Didn’t theorizes that the release could be the entirety of Madonna’s as-yet-unannounced thirteenth studio album, rumored to be titled either Unapologetic B**** or Iconic. Madonna’s camp has experienced a fury of unauthorized leaks in recent weeks, leading to the singer’s manager, Guy Oseary, to enlist the public’s help. “I would be grateful to any Madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak,” Oseary tweeted after a song called “Rebel Heart” hit the web late last month. “We appreciate...
  • BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs

    12/22/2014 7:34:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 15 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Dec 19, 2014
    BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) is working with Boeing Co (BA.N) on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with.
  • Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation

    12/22/2014 6:25:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2014 | Maggie Hiufu Wong
    Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation By Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN December 19, 2014 -- Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) (CNN) -- Deja vu? Yesterday's news? Nope, it's just another series of air dramas involving disruptive Chinese air travelers. It hasn't been the most peaceful fortnight in the aviation industry -- we've seen the aftermath of a Korean Air exec's "nut rage" and R&B singer Jeremih arrested for attempting to force open a closed airplane door after missing the last call for boarding. In the midst of this unruly behavior have come no fewer than...
  • Top 10 stupid quotes from pro-choice activists

    12/21/2014 8:01:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 21, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Sometimes pro-choice activists say things that show they are completely out of touch with reality. On my website Clinicquotes I have a collection of quotes from pro-choicers that show a stunning lack of logic or an almost delusional set of opinions. Here are ten statements made by pro-choicers that might make you shake your head: “The majority of women who abort do so because they know that the unwelcome child, born of constraint or misfortune, will be wounded in some unacceptable way. As Artemis [Greek goddess of hunting] might kill a wounded animal rather than allow it to limp along...
  • Hardly a slap on the wrist for Femen nude invasion of famous Cathedral

    12/21/2014 7:22:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent
    The topless “Femen” activist who desecrated the Parisian church of the Madeleine days before Christmas last year was given a one-month suspended prison sentence for “sexual exhibitionism” on Wednesday by a penal tribunal in Paris. Eloise Bouton, 31, made the headlines on December 20, 2013, when she burst into the choir of the church half-naked, shouting “Christmas is cancelled,” bearing the same inscription on her back and the words “344e salope” (344th b****) on her chest. These words refer to a famous manifesto published in 1971 by 343 women, mostly intellectuals, actresses and political activists, in the left-wing magazine Nouvel...
  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules

    12/21/2014 2:00:42 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 21, 2014 | Richard Lough
    An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person's detention or imprisonment - in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo.
  • The next Bond could be...Idris Elba????

    12/20/2014 9:49:13 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 90 replies
    FOX.com Entertainment ^ | 12/20/14 | New York Post
    British actor Idris Elba could be the first black James Bond, according to more leaked e-mails from Sony Pictures. “Idris should be the next Bond,” Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal wrote nearly a year ago in an e-mail to Elizabeth Cantillon, a former executive vice president at Columbia Pictures. The leaked e-mail, reported by the Daily Beast, is from a trove of private e-mails, salary reports and bits of script and rough footage swiped and released by hackers believed to be from North Korea. Current Bond actor Daniel Craig is signed on to one more “James Bond” installment, “Spectre,” due...
  • Tie me kangaroo drone sport: Incredible moment marsupial punches flying camera out of the sky

    12/19/2014 5:36:11 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ollie Gillman
    While drones may be a must-have present for thousands of people this Christmas, it appears they are far less popular with kangaroos. This video shows the incredible moment a kangaroo punched a drone that was getting too up close and personal out of the sky.
  • Eat your heart out, Bill: Obama becomes first President since JFK to savor Cuban cigar...

    12/19/2014 8:59:44 AM PST · by W. · 43 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | Matthew Blake
    Barack Obama's historic peace-deal with Cuba after 50 years of cold war hostility was a breakthrough not to be sniffed at. But that didn't stop the US president having a try, when he got close and personal to a Cuban on Wednesday ... not a citizen, but a cigar. Significantly, it was the first time in 52 years that a US president has officially savoured the Cuban delicacy since John F. Kennedy stockpiled a secret stash of his favourite Havanas in the hours before he imposed a trade embargo on the Communist state in 1962. This, of course, doesn't include...
  • Miss World is hanging up her bikini! Pageant reveals famous swimsuit round will be removed

    12/19/2014 7:03:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Margot Peppers
    The owners of the Miss World pageant have announced that there will be no swimsuit round in next year's competition. In an interview with Elle, chairwoman Julia Morley explained: 'I really... don't need to see women just walking up and down in bikinis. It doesn't do anything for the woman. And it doesn't do anything for any of us.' She added: 'I don't care if someone has a bottom two inches bigger than someone else's. We are really not looking at her bottom. We are really listening to her speak.'
  • Women arrested for 'using attractive girls to lure men into alleyways… where female bodybuilder

    12/19/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Daniel Miller
    A ruthless Mexican girl gang is accused of using their prettiest member to lure men to secluded spots where a female body builder would put him in a headlock so the others could beat him up and rob him. Mexican police arrested the gang of six women who they suspect targeted dozens of men, many of whom were thought to have been too ashamed to report the matter to police. The gang, operating in the popular tourist city Cancun in the southeast Mexican state of Quintana Roo, used attractive Maria Sierra, 20, who targeted single men or at the most...
  • Shrinking ship bubbles ‘could counteract climate change’

    12/19/2014 6:05:52 AM PST · by moose07 · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 December 2014 | Rebecca Morelle
    Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests. Scientists from University of Leeds, UK, say this would create a brighter wake behind a vessel and reflect more sunlight back into space. However, it could also increase rainfall in some areas. The findings were presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. This is the latest idea from the hotly debated field of geoengineering - manmade global fixes to climate change. Suggestions for reducing the amount of solar radiation absorbed by the Earth range...
  • Birds 'heard tornadoes coming' and fled one day ahead

    12/19/2014 2:32:01 AM PST · by moose07 · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 December 2014 | Jonathan Webb
    US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers "evacuated" their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed the birds left the Appalachians and flew 700km (400 miles) south to the Gulf of Mexico. The next day, devastating storms swept across the south and central US. Writing in the journal Current Biology, ecologists suggest these birds - and others - may sense such extreme events with their keen low-frequency hearing. Remarkably, the warblers had completed their seasonal migration just days earlier, settling down to nest after a 5,000km (3,100 mile) journey from Colombia. Dr...
  • Carbon dioxide satellite mission returns first global maps

    12/19/2014 2:26:42 AM PST · by moose07 · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 | Jonathan Amos
    Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) has returned its first global maps of the greenhouse gas CO2. The satellite was sent up in July to help pinpoint the key locations on the Earth's surface where carbon dioxide is being emitted and absorbed. This should help scientists better understand how human activities are influencing the climate. The new maps contain only a few weeks of data in October and November, but demonstrate the promise of the mission. Clearly evident within the charts is the banding effect that describes how emitted gases are mixed by winds along latitudes rather than across them. Also...
  • Abortionist Says He’s a “God Loving Christian” But Does Abortions at 28 Weeks

    12/18/2014 6:22:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Sarah Terzo
    James Pendergraft is a late term abortionist, who performs abortions up to 28 weeks. He works in Florida. From an article about him: “Pendergraft also isn’t bashful about making money in his line of work. He says he went into a profession he believes in, and it happens to be profitable… He will not reveal annual revenues, but he says his clinics are “very economically viable.” “His in-your-face salesmanship leaves many – including other clinic operators – uncomfortable. They wonder how much of his professed altruism is just a marketing pitch. Maggie Gifford, a spokeswoman for the Florida coalition of...
  • One of the Funniest Commercials Ever

    12/18/2014 6:17:40 PM PST · by PA Engineer · 33 replies
    Poo Pourri ^ | Unknow | Unknown
    LOL.
  • 'Bullet-looking missile thing' turns heads along highway south of Boulder

    12/18/2014 8:39:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    dailycamera.com ^ | Joe Rubino
    It's fair to assume that question was on the minds of many people who traveled along Colo. 128 south of Boulder this week if they happened to catch a glimpse of what appeared to be a large, silver projectile perched alongside the highway and pointed north toward town.
  • When Youtube captioning goes horribly wrong

    12/18/2014 4:36:26 AM PST · by Norm Lenhart · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/18/14 | Norm Lenhart
    Sometimes Youtube comes up with very "All your base belong to us" quips via their captioning function. Being a hobbyist musician I often watch videos on new equipment. This one made me wake the dog up laughing. He is SUPPOSED TO be saying "Now I'm gonna show you a cool feature". Didn't quite work out that way though... https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3hSWl3kaHA8#t=487
  • Landlord's Deathbed Confession Sends Siblings on Hunt for Hidden Silver

    12/17/2014 9:38:04 PM PST · by Theoria · 43 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | James Fanelli
    Shortly before his death in 2007, Manhattan landlord and lawyer Edward Giaimo Jr. revealed to his two siblings a secret — he had hidden a stash of silver and gold worth millions. While being treated for cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital, Giaimo allegedly told his brother and sister that he had stowed away a large amount of precious metals and they would need a truck to move it. The lifelong bachelor added that the metals, believed to be silver bullion and South African gold coins known as Krugerrands, were safe, but they needed to be removed from their hiding spot...
  • There Was No Way a P-51 Could Replace the A-10

    12/17/2014 8:16:56 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 72 replies
    The U.S. Air Force has a complicated relationship with its low- and slow-flying A-10 Warthog attack jet. And that's putting it mildly. The flying branch has tried more than once to retire the ungainly A-10 in favor of speedier planes, only for ...
  • Killing but not murder, says pro-choice writer

    12/17/2014 8:07:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | November 25, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice writer Molly Coddle: “Abortion is killing, but not murder. Americans would like to think that death is avoidable, and for that reason liberals have tried to sugarcoat a women’s right to choose with an “it’s-not-about-the-fetus” argument that disregards the emotional intensity that everyone I know has experienced when choosing to abort. When we recognize that something is dying—if only a possibility of life—then it’s possible to grieve and move forward.” Molly Coddle Herbal Abortion is not D.I.Y Slingshot
  • ‘Correction: $1 Trillion bill’? Prediction: Obama will be on the $20 bill in 50 years (Mega Hurl)

    12/17/2014 10:59:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 17, 2014 | Staff
    President Obama still has two years left as president, but that’s not stopping some of his biggest fans from thinking about his legacy. Here’s Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic: 10 years world will long for "pragmatic" Obama. 25 years--will be considered one of America's "greatest presidents." 50 yrs on the $20 bill.
  • Climate change: Beavers boost emissions with 800 million kg of methane every year

    12/17/2014 10:27:19 AM PST · by Abathar · 38 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Hannah Osborne
    Beavers are contributing to climate change, adding an estimated 800 million kg of methane to the atmosphere every year, scientists have found. Over the last century, there has been a worldwide conservation effort to save beavers from extinction. The fur trade between the 16th and 19th century almost led to the annihilation of beavers across the globe. After trapping was limited and the creatures were reintroduced to their natural ranges, their numbers grew significantly, with scientists now estimating their population to have reached over 10 million worldwide. Beavers build dams in rivers to create standing ponds,However, the consequence of this...
  • Joe Biden’s photo-op with nuns no match for pic of Bill Clinton and his new ‘walker’ (Slick Willie)

    12/17/2014 9:42:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 16, 2014 | Staff
    Sure, Joe, Bill Clinton might have that reputation, but he’s settled down quite a bit now that he’s a grandfather and very possibly in line to become the first male FLOTUS (or whatever we’re calling that). In fact, check out this photo of Clinton in a diner respectfully discussing economic justice with a group of nuns. Oh, wait. Sorry, Joe, that’s you again. Well, what is Bill Clinton up to?
  • Did a plumber's pick-up truck from Texas end up carrying an anti-aircraft gun for Islamic

    12/17/2014 8:10:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Staff
    Mark Oberholtzer isn't an Islamic fighter in Syria. He's never been to Syria. And the plumber from Texas City, Texas, says he certainly would never willingly aid fundamentalist rebels. So it's hard for him to understand how his Ford F-250 pickup truck - including his logo for Mark-1 Plumbing and his phone number - wound up being in a photo posted on Twitter by the extremist Ansar al-Deen Front from the front lines of the war in Syria. Mr Oberholtzer says he's been getting hundreds of phone calls and faxes since the Ansar al-Deen Front tweeted a picture of what...
  • Russell Brand in new storm as he accuses US of terrorism on day that 132 Pakistani children are

    12/17/2014 8:07:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Darren Boyle
    Controversial comedian Russell Brand has landed in the middle of his latest controversy accusing the United States of terrorism just hours after 132 Pakistani children were murdered by the Taliban. Brand was interviewing Moazzam Begg, a Briton who was detained at Guantanamo Bay when he wrote: 'The people who do "terror" best are the people who decide what "terror" is.' The nine minute interview was posted on YouTube and said it would 'lift the lid' on Guantanamo Bay torture.
  • MH370 conspiracy theories: So, what happened to the missing plane?

    12/17/2014 7:48:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec. 4, 2014
    Was Flight MH370 captured by aliens? Stolen by Israeli agents? Or did it crash in Ukraine? A round-up of the best conspiracy theories LAST UPDATED AT 12:06 ON Thu 4 Dec 2014 See related:  Flight MH17: new footage shows aftermath of crash – video MH370: search for missing plane could be over by May The mystery of flight MH370: 7 other planes that vanished In the ongoing absence of firm evidence about the fate of missing flight MH370, the world's conspiracy theorists have weighed in with explanations of their own for the disappearance of the Malaysia Airways plane.The susbsequent...
  • Obamas say they're no strangers to racism (Barf or Laugh Alert)

    12/17/2014 5:44:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justin Sink
    December 17, 2014, 08:15 am Obamas say they're no strangers to racism By Justin Sink The president and the first lady chronicled a series experiences in People magazine that they say demonstrated some of the latent racism that blacks in America continue to face. "There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys," the president said. The first lady said someone had asked her husband to get them coffee because he was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner,...
  • Arctic ground squirrels unlock permafrost carbon

    12/17/2014 12:22:02 AM PST · by moose07 · 67 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 December 2014 | Rebecca Morelle
    Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought. Scientists have found that the animals are hastening the release of greenhouse gases from the permafrost - a vast, frozen store of carbon. The researchers say it suggests the impact of wildlife on this area has been underplayed. The findings are being presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Dr Sue Natali, from Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, US, said: "We know wildlife impacts vegetation, and we know vegetation impacts thaw and soil carbon. "It certainly has a bigger impact...
  • Durst pleads 'no contest' in CVS urination incident

    12/16/2014 10:35:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    chron.com ^ | 12-16-14 | Brian Rogers
    Blaming a "medical mishap," New York millionaire Robert Durst pleaded "no contest" Tuesday to the charge of criminal mischief, a class C misdemeanor, after being accused of exposing himself and urinating inside a CVS store on Kirby in July. "Mr. Durst expressed his apologies to CVS for this unfortunate medical mishap," attorney Chip Lewis said in a prepared statement handed to reporters in court Tuesday. "He compensated them for the damage done and appreciates their understanding." Lewis said neither he nor Durst would comment further on the case. The real estate mogul did not attend the scheduled appearance in County...
  • What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Something like this [IF they were into cool jazz]

    12/16/2014 11:47:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    newsweek ^ | 14 Dec 2014 at 10:33 ET
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  • Democrats demand better protections for transgender illegal immigrant children

    12/16/2014 9:49:42 AM PST · by dennisw · 23 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Monday, December 15, 2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    Dozens of congressional Democrats asked federal health officials Monday to take extra steps to protect gay illegal immigrant children from abuse while they’re in custody, including ensuring that transgender children are housed with the sex they identify as. Saying reports of mistreatment “continue to emerge” from federal facilities, the lawmakers asked the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement to improve care for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children who streamed across the border over the last year, and who are still coming, though in smaller numbers. “We request ORR to work with providers to ensure...
  • Fabiola Santiago: As tolls rise, Florida shorts Miami

    12/16/2014 7:44:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Florida News ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fabiola Santiago
    While Miami-Dade residents were strike recently with new, rare fee hikes on vital east-west arteries, Gov. Rick Scott was rewarding his farming regressive supporters with $9 million to build and urge their toll-free roads. So while down south we compensate a way, a folks adult north who minister reduction to state revenues get a giveaway ride. Poor timing? Irony? A giggle to go with a slap to a pockets of Miami-Dade’s toll-payers? The governor’s proclamation from Tallahassee was all those things — and came by approach of press releases finished with difference of regard from a prolonged register of who’s...
  • ISIS using bombs containing live SCORPIONS in effort to spread panic

    12/16/2014 6:50:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | Annabel Grossman
    Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have unveiled their latest terror tactic - bombs containing hundreds of live scorpions designed to spread fear among their enemies. Canisters packed with poisonous varieties of scorpion are being blasted into towns and villages, which explode on impact - scattering the scorpions and causing panic among the innocent local population.
  • EXCLUSIVE: New York Mag’s Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up

    12/15/2014 7:11:08 PM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    New York Observer ^ | December 15, 2014
    In an exclusive Observer interview, Mohammed Islam, said to have investment returns of $72 million as a hs senior, admits he invented the whole story
  • Sydney Siege Gunman Posed as Holy Sheikh In Order to Grope Women-Had 50 Sexual Assault Charges

    12/15/2014 2:40:37 PM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | thegatewaypundit
    The hostage taker in Sidney is Sheik Haron Monis – A man who previously sent hate mail to Australian war widows. Sheikh Haron faced up to 14 years for taunting war widows. Sheik Haron Monis took several hosages today at the Lyndt Cafe in Sydney. Two hostages were killed along with the evil sheikh during the 16 hour ordeal. The holy sheikh was also charged in connection to his former wife’s gruesome murder. The Daily Mail reported: Sheikh Haron Monis was on bail on a charge of colluding with his girlfriend to murder his ex-wife, who was stabbed 18 times...
  • Too big to be a shark and too fast for a whale. So what is the mystery creature captured by Google

    12/15/2014 7:39:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | Sarah Dean
    A giant mystery sea creature is thought to have been spotted in the turquoise waters of one of New Zealand’s most idyllic bays. A huge unexplained wake can be seen in a Google Earth image of Oke Bay, in the Bay of Islands, an area on the east coast of the Far North District of the country's North Island, captured by satellite at about 11.30am on January 30. Engineer Pita Witehira, who spotted the wake while on Google Earth researching for his holiday home, told Daily Mail Australia the wake could have been left by a creature around 12 metres...
  • German WWII belt buckle weapon--.22RF oddity

    12/13/2014 10:13:46 AM PST · by W. · 29 replies
    Sasisa.ru ^ | 13 December 2014 | A. Russian?
    Spotted this while chasing another link. Seems I've seen one of these before, but not as a cased piece. Many detailed pictures, worth a peek but texts are in Russian. Interesting...