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  • Mom of man who died in fireworks accident says rules too lax(Big Mother Govt.)

    07/06/2015 5:50:28 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 90 replies
    AP ^ | July 6, 2015 | Pat Whittle
    The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives. Devon Staples, 22, and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in a backyard in Staples' eastern Maine hometown, Calais, when the accident happened with a reloadable fireworks mortar tube, police have said.
  • CPS pension woes made me fall out of love with Mayor Daley

    07/06/2015 4:08:01 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 14 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 6 july 2015 | Heidi Stevens
    Chicago Public Schools went an entire decade without making a pension contribution under Daley. It was part of a "pension holiday," according to the report. And like a lot of holidays, it left a hangover.
  • How many iPhones does it take to stop a bullet?

    07/06/2015 3:52:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    C-Net ^ | 5 July 2015 6:38 pm BST | by Michael Franco
    Can a stack of iPhones protect a Samsung Galaxy S6 from a blast fired from a Russian assault rifle? You'll just have to watch and see. See the video here. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, there are lots of questions about its screen resolution, its battery life, the quality of its camera... You know, normal questions. A YouTube user known as EverythingApplePro recently had another kind of question about the shiny slabs of tech -- just how many of them it would take to stop a bullet shot at close range from an AK-74. No, that's not a typo;...
  • Russia's Vladimir Putin set to unveil new warship 'lighter than AIR'

    07/06/2015 11:46:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    Work is already underway on the hi-tech 130-metre-long Atlant, which is to be created by merging technology from planes, hovercraft and airships. Capable of taking off and landing without a runway it will be able to carry 200 military personnel at speeds of up to 105mph. The futuristic craft is equipped with sophisticated high-precision computer technology, with Russian officials claiming that the $15million (£9.5million) aircraft will be used by the Defence Ministry. The company behind the 21st century model, Augur RosAeroSystems, say Putin's new toy will be ready for use by the army as early as 2018, according to The...
  • Drudge has photo of enraged open-mouthed Greeks - What does it all mean?

    07/05/2015 1:25:08 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 113 replies
    Apparently there was a "referendum" in Greece and the results are surprising. The Greeks rejected some sort of measure to impose "austerity" in exchange for EU bailout. It is being seen as a "shocking rebuff" to the European leaders and the Euro is taking a tumble on the markets. Drudge says "EU on brink." Others say Greece is a "beleaguered country." Is this what happens when socialism runs out of "other people's money." I must regret to say I have not been following this story as much as I should have on account of the summer routine. So I'm hoping...
  • Hillary Clinton tells gay boy: 'Your future is going to be amazing'

    07/05/2015 10:41:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | July 4, 2015 | Emanuella Grinberg
    CNN)—The creator of popular photo blog Humans of New York posted a picture Friday that has proven exceptional even for a Facebook page with 13 million followers. "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me," reads the caption of a photo of a tearful boy. As of Saturday, the Facebook post earned more than 500,000 likes, 45,000 shares and a response from none other than presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state offered words of comfort in a comment signed "H" bearing the verified avatar of her campaign...
  • BOFFIN: Will I soon be able to CLONE a MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? NO

    07/04/2015 1:40:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | ,3 Jul 2015 at 09:28, | Lewis Page
    It will definitely be possible within the foreseeable future to bring back the long-extinct woolly mammoth, a top geneticist has said. However, in his regretful opinion such a resurrection should not be carried out. The assertion comes in the wake of a new study of mammoth genetics as compared to their cousins the Asian and African elephants, which live in warm habitats very different from the icy northern realms of the woolly giant. The new study offers boffins many revelations as to the differences which let the elephants and mammoths survive in such different conditions. “This is by far the...
  • Racist Professor Blames Whites For Her Menstrual Problems

    07/04/2015 12:17:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 71 replies
    Zandria Robinson, the recently-departed University of Memphis professor who described “whiteness” as synonymous with “terror,” had even more old tweets resurface Thursday, in which she blames whites for every lethal riot in U.S. history, blasts Dick and Jane stories for being “heteropatriarchal,” and even attributes her menstrual disorder to (RELATED: Professor: ‘Whiteness’ Is ‘Terror,’ Confederate Flag Represents ‘Capitalism’) Robinson’s blistering anti-white statements first drew widespread attention thanks to reporting by the website Campus Reform. On Tuesday, Memphis distanced itself from Robinson, saying she was no long employed there and deleting her profile page. Initially there were rumors Memphis had fired...
  • Five Connecticut Bros Put Their Minds Together to Revolutionize Beer Pong

    07/04/2015 12:35:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Eater ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Khushbu Shah
    Never play with dirty ping pong balls again. Leave it to a group of Connecticut bros to solve the world's biggest problem: The unhygienic nature of beer pong. If a player misses their shot — which well, happens more frequently the drunker someone gets — the ping pong ball will most likely hit the dirty floor. And no matter how much one tries to clean it off with their shirt, it's still kind of gross that someone must eventually drink the beer in which it lands. To combat this, the bros created the "Slip Cup" which "provides a way to...
  • Confederate Flag Kills 7 At Alabama Shopping Mall (do I really need to tag this as satire?)

    07/03/2015 8:08:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Daily Currant ^ | 6/29/15
    Seven people were killed this morning when a Confederate flag walked into an Alabama shopping mall and started shooting. According to local reports, the flag entered Cherrywood Mall outside Huntsville armed with two AK-47 assault rifles, a P 228 handgun and several grenades. It immediately proceeded to unload its ordinance on unsuspecting shoppers. In addition to those killed, 23 people were injured and are currently being treated in area emergency rooms. Several are in critical condition and not expected to survive. The flag’s motivations are uncertain at the moment. However, according to witnesses the flag did specifically target White people...
  • Owner of Maine inn made $900,000 through essay contest

    07/03/2015 6:34:34 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    DailyJournalOnline ^ | July 3, 2015 | staff reporter
    CENTER LOVELL, Maine (AP) — State police say the owner of a Maine inn who held an essay contest to give away her business made more than $900,000 through the endeavor. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1Ugn5dO ) reports that state police said in their investigation that Janice Sage, owner of the Center Lovell Inn, charged a $125 entry fee per essay and got 7,255 entries. Sage won the 210-year-old inn in a similar essay contest in 1993
  • 270 Reasons Women Choose Not To Have Children (BARF)

    07/03/2015 2:31:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    Huffpo ^ | July 1, 2015 | Rebecca Adams, Hilary Fung, Alissa Scheller and Shane Shifflett
    Far too often, women who choose to be childfree are asked to defend their “immature,” “selfish” lifestyles. They’re told that motherhood is the “most important job in the world” and face accusations of living “meaningless” lives. The number of childfree women is at a record high: 48 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 44 don’t have kids, according to 2014 Census numbers. The Huffington Post and YouGov asked 124 women why they choose to be childfree. Their motivations ranged from preferring their current lifestyles (64 percent) to prioritizing their careers (9 percent) — a.k.a. fairly universal things...
  • Woman asks for $1 million, or she will abort her 7-week baby

    06/26/2015 10:30:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 64 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | June 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Her abortion is allegedly scheduled for July 10, but one anonymous mother is demanding that pro-lifers give her $1 million to keep her from killing her preborn baby through an abortion. The woman, who says she will do her “best to remain anonymous in this process as what I aim to prove has nothing to do with me personally,” claims that pro-lifers don’t actually care about the life of a child. She writes: “On July 7th I will start accepting donations on this page. I will accept donations for 72 hours, the same amount of time this state currently requires...
  • Cops hate this gun-shaped iPhone case

    07/03/2015 6:34:36 AM PDT · by ToxicMich · 47 replies
    "Most kids carry their cell phone in their back pocket, and if someone reaches for it, in my mind they're reaching for a gun," said Al Della Fave, a retired New Jersey state trooper and firearms instructor. Dellla Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, shared a Facebook (FB, Tech30) photo of the iPhone case that he found on a closed social media site for cops. A model poses with her phone tucked into her back pocket, and the protruding case looks like the handle of a semiautomatic compact pistol.
  • Stairway to heaven: Artist creates stunning 1,650ft ladder in the sky with FIREWORKS

    07/03/2015 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Daily ^ | 06/17/15 | Edward Chow
    A Chinese artist has found a unique way to express his love to his grandmother: a gigantic staircase in the air. These stunning photographs show the 1,650ft ladder, which was made with fireworks, stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China, on Monday. This is the work of Cai Guoqiang, an artist who is originally from the city and now based in New York, reported the People's Daily Online.
  • ‘Holistic’ cardiologist in Santa Fe accused of fraud

    07/02/2015 5:16:52 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – Dr. Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a self-described “holistic” cardiologist in Santa Fe, has been charged with health care fraud and wire fraud in a 24-count federal indictment. The indictment, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs from January 2010 to May 2011 by submitting false and fraudulent claims. Heilbron entered a not-guilty plea in federal court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. His medical license had been suspended by the New Mexico Medical Board for three months last...
  • GoPro: Wingsuit Flight Through 2 Meter Cave - Uli Emanuele

    07/02/2015 5:01:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Go-Pro ^ | Published on Jul 1, 2015
    Uli Emanuele pilots what is possibly the most technical and difficult BASE jump ever. For the past 3 years Uli has been dreaming about and preparing for what could be a world record jump. With just his wingsuit and hiking poles, he climbs to his exit point and realizes there is no turning back.
  • Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor

    07/02/2015 1:10:43 PM PDT · by familyop · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2015 | Rachel Zoll, Thomas Beaumont
    The vocal pivot from such traditional social issues marks the first time U.S. Catholic bishops have publicly asked those seeking the White House to heed the admonitions of Francis' June encyclical, said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines. In Francis' major teaching document, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics called for a "sweeping revolution" to correct a "structurally perverse" economic system that allows the rich to exploit the poor and has turned the Earth into an "immense pile of filth."
  • Google apologises for Photos app's racist blunder

    07/02/2015 2:08:41 AM PDT · by W. · 29 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 7/1/2015 | BBC Technology
    Google says it is "appalled" that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled a black couple as being "gorillas". Its product automatically tags uploaded pictures using its own artificial intelligence software. The error was brought to its attention by a New York-based software developer who was one of the people pictured in the photos involved. Google was later criticised on social media because of the label's racist connotations. "This is 100% not OK," acknowledged Google executive Yonatan Zunger after being contacted by Jacky Alcine via Twitter. "[It was] high on my list of bugs you 'never' want to see happen."
  • Man, 35, Marries Six-Year-Old Child in Name of Tradition

    07/01/2015 8:19:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, 2 July 2015
    Girl married off to man 29 years her senior in exchange for moneyChild marriage is rampant in some parts of India till date. However, a recent image that showed a 35-year-old man marrying a six-year-old girl in the Indian state of Rajasthan has created fresh furore over this notorious tradition. According to the UK daily Metro, Ratan Lal Jat, 35, a counciller married the child in a secret ceremony. The wedding was arranged by a local marriage broker who dealt with such shady marriages in return for fees. Ratan Lal Jat, if the police officials are to be believed, got...
  • What This Arizona Teen Pulled From His Ear Is Frig­htening

    07/01/2015 7:50:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/1
    A Saline County teenager woke up Tuesday morning with excruciating pain in one of his ears. Grant Botti, 14, says he felt something strange in his ear and decided to grab hold of it. What he pulled out, would shock everyone. It was a 4-inch long centipede. Grant's mom, Angela Botti, put the still-alive centipede in a plastic bag and took Grant to the emergency room because he was still in pain. A doctor at Saline Memorial examined Grant's ear, finding some small abrasions in his ear drum. He was treated and released. Grant's mom says they don't know where...
  • Racist ISIS: “You Are Safe N**** We’ve Got It Only for White People” [ed]

    07/01/2015 10:45:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    A black supporter sent a racist message and plea to ISIS. ISIS responded.
  • Iron Age warrior lived with arrowhead in spine

    07/01/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Live Science via Fox News ^ | 07.01.2015 | Laura Geggel
    A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds. "This found individual was extremely lucky to survive," said study researcher Svetlana Svyatko, a research fellow in the school of geography, archaeology and paleoecology at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. "It's hard to get a vertebral wound without damaging the main blood vessels, which would have resulted in an immediate death."
  • Robert Mugabe ‘proposes to Barack Obama’: Zimbabwe’s leader says he will travel to the White House…

    06/30/2015 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 04:35 EST, 30 June 2015 | John Hall
    Robert Mugabe has mocked America’s decision to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states by vowing to travel to the White House and proposing to Barack Obama. […] Mugabe, who is known for his brutal crusades against homosexuality, was responding in bizarre fashion to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees gays and lesbians the same right to marry as heterosexuals. […] Speaking on on Saturday, Mugabe said: “I’ve just concluded—since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance—thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to...
  • Many Options, No Single Solution to Nation's Traffic Snarls

    06/30/2015 10:47:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 27, 2015 | Joan Lowy
    The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. Build more roads. Build more public transit. Rely on new technology. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. A few ways to ease the nation's gridlock: ——— PUBLIC TRANSIT RENAISSANCE Ridership on public buses, trains and subways has reached its highest level nationally since the 1950s, and transit boosters cite this as evidence that expanded service and routes is a good investment. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment...
  • Asteroid Day Takes Aim at Our Cosmic Blind Spot: Threats From Above

    06/30/2015 5:08:46 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 8 replies
    NBC ^ | 29 JUN 2015 | Alan Boyle
    Scientists and spacefliers will be focusing attention on near-Earth objects when the first-ever Asteroid Day plays out on Tuesday — not so much to raise money, but to raise awareness about the potential threat from above and what to do about it. That last part is the hard part, says Tom Jones, a planetary scientist and former NASA astronaut who's an adviser for Asteroid Day. He told NBC News that the biggest consciousness-raiser hit us two years ago, in the form of a nuclear-scale meteor blast that shook the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. "That was a crystallizing event for people...
  • Melbourne prison riot: 300 inmates demonstrating at maximum security facility in Ravenhall

    06/29/2015 11:56:00 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 6 replies
    abcnews ^ | June 29, 2015 | unknown
    Heavily armed police carrying shields have been called in to help quell a riot at Melbourne's maximum security prison, the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall. Police at the scene said about 300 prisoners were involved in a demonstration which began at 12:20pm inside the prison. Images from inside the prison show inmates with their faces covered, carrying sticks and bashing doors at the prison.
  • Greece threatens top court action to block Grexit

    06/29/2015 6:34:55 PM PDT · by familyop · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greece has threatened to seek a court injunction against the EU institutions, both to block the country's expulsion from the euro and to halt asphyxiation of the banking system. “The Greek government will make use of all our legal rights,” said the finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. “We are taking advice and will certainly consider an injunction at the European Court of Justice. The EU treaties make no provision for euro exit and we refuse to accept it. Our membership is not negotiable,“ he told the Telegraph.
  • Did Kim Jong-un have the architect behind North Korea's new airport executed because he did not [tr]

    06/29/2015 12:25:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2015 | Staff
    It has been claimed the chief architect of Pyongyang Airport was executed by North Korea's totalitarian leader Kim Jong-un because he disliked his designs. Ma Won-chun, who was North Korea's director of the Designing Department of the National Defence Commission, vanished last year and was allegedly executed in November. This coincided with a report the same month explaining how the fearsome ruler was dissatisfied with the construction of Terminal 2 at the country's capital city.
  • WATCH: NASA cuts live video transmission as THREE UFOs fly past Earth

    06/29/2015 9:58:23 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 110 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | Mon, Jun 29, 2015 | Aaron Brown
    This shocking footage is causing quite a stir online. Some have already branded the clip definitive PROOF of alien lifeforms. The video – which is reportedly shot from the International Space Station – shows three unidentified flying objects blast out of Earth’s atmosphere. The lights leave our planet seconds before the live video feed is cut by NASA due to a reported “loss of signal”.
  • Clocks to read 11:59:60 as time lords add leap second

    06/29/2015 5:51:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    When the last leap second was added in 2012 Mozilla, Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon all reported crashes and there were problems with the Linux operating system and programmes written in Java. In Australia, more than 400 flights were grounded as the Qantas check-in system crashed. Experts at Britain’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) who will officially add the second to UK time, warned that markets which are already jittery from Greece could suffer transaction delays if their software was not prepared. “There are consequences of tinkering with time,” said Peter Whibberley, Senior Research Scientist in the Time and Frequency...
  • Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

    06/29/2015 5:41:52 AM PDT · by wbill · 23 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Holyoke
    In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that coffee exists as its own food group …. and that after waiting for six hours for a single callback from a source, that source will finally phone you while you’re in the men’s room. And today, I’ve learned this: Don’t chase bears. Especially with a dull hatchet. Super-duper especially if...
  • This Man Owns the Largest Collection of Nazi Artifacts

    06/28/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 27, 2015 | Alex Preston
    When he was 5 years old, Kevin Wheatcroft received an unusual birthday present from his parents: a bullet-pocked SS stormtrooper’s helmet, lightning bolts on the ear-flaps. He had requested it especially. The next year, at a car auction in Monte Carlo, he asked his multimillionaire father for a Mercedes: the G4 that Hitler rode into the Sudetenland in 1938. Tom Wheatcroft refused to buy it and his son cried all the way home. When Wheatcroft was 15, he spent birthday money from his grandmother on three WWII Jeeps recovered from the Shetlands, which he restored himself and sold for a...
  • This ‘camera ball’ is the cops’ latest tool for home invasions [includes amusing typo]

    06/28/2015 10:59:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    MorningTicker | ^ | , June 28, 2015 | Dan Taylor
    It’s a small sphere, about the size of a softball, making it easy for cops to throw them into a room. It is encased in a hard rubber shell that protects the sex camera lenses positioned inside. The camera is capable of snapping photos from each lens several times a second, and then stitching together those images and uploading them to a mobile device instantly. And the applications go beyond law enforcement situations. These balls could also be used by first responders, such as in cases where a building has collapsed and there are survivors trapped in spaces that are...
  • Vox 'Voxsplains' CNN's Dildo Flag Blunder

    06/28/2015 10:28:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 28, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    I am sure that when John Cameron Swayze began anchoring the Camel News Caravan at NBC in 1949 he never in his wildest imagination would have thought that there ever could be a day when a flag covered with dildos and butt plugs at a gay pride parade would become the focus of a television news broadcast. However such was the case on Saturday when a CNN reporter confused a parody ISIS flag with the real deal at a London gay pride parade and "treated" the audience to a detailed analysis, including an interview with a national security analyst, for over six minutes....
  • State Department Officially Calls Iran’s Forced Sex Change Surgeries ‘Confirmation’

    06/27/2015 8:22:56 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 06/27/2015 | Ivan Plis
    A report issued Thursday by the Department of State repeatedly refers to sex reassignment surgery in Iran as “gender-confirmation surgery.” Iran has a well-documented record of coercing gay and lesbian people into having the gender reassignment surgery, that is, disrupting rather than “confirming” the gender identity of hundreds per year. Since homosexuality can be punishable by death in Iran, known homosexual men tend to accept the government-subsidized surgery to become women, and vice versa. By referring to the surgeries as “gender confirmation,” rather than the much more widespread and morally neutral “sex reassignment surgery,” the State Department seems to be...
  • Looking for a forum to ask i.r.s. / ssa questions

    06/27/2015 7:59:27 PM PDT · by George from New England · 7 replies
    self
    Been looking for an internet forum to ask a few questions and interface with others in the know. My wife has an employee/employer job. I am self employed. I am on her employer's health insurance. They deduct premiums every two weeks from her paycheck. Example: 800-200, net 600 There has been lawful pre-tax med calculations being done meaning ss tax is paid on the 600 not 800. Now we find this is directly impacting her benefits when she retires, 3 years hence. Can this be changed going back a few years and tax returns amended to reflect this? Has the...
  • Oregon men hospitalized - recovering after rare beaver attack

    06/27/2015 7:02:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 83 replies
    NewsDaily ^ | 6-26-15 | Courtney Sherwood
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Two Oregon hikers who were assaulted by a beaver after they climbed onto its dam have been hospitalized for injuries incurred during the rare attack, law enforcement officials said on Friday. Clayton Mitchell, 23, told the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office that he and a friend had been hiking along a river near his central Oregon home..
  • US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

    06/27/2015 10:51:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2015 12:18 PM EDT | Gregory Katz
    The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause. In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay rights advocates think the U.S. ruling may help change attitudes, just as American activists—and judges, educators and legislators—had earlier been influenced by the easy acceptance of same-sex marriage in some European countries, where the laws were changed smoothly without much fuss.In today’s wired world, political movements cross national boundaries in the blink of...
  • The Remains of a 200,000 Year Old Advanced Civilization...

    06/27/2015 5:55:11 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 49 replies
    Earth We Are One ^ | May 22, 2015 | Earth We Are One
    The incredible discovery was made in South Africa, around 150 km west of port Maputo. There, we find the remains of a huge metropolis that measures, according to tests, around 1500 square kilometers. This ancient city is, according to researchers, part of an even larger community with about 10,000 square kilometers and is believed to have been constructed 160,000 to 200,000 years before Christ. The region is somewhat remote and the "circles" have often been encountered by local farmers who assumed they were made by some indigenous people in the past. But, oddly, no one ever bothered to inquire about...
  • Check out Venus and Jupiter, now unbelievably close in the night sky! (easily naked eye visible)

    06/26/2015 7:06:32 PM PDT · by ETL · 27 replies
    June 26, 2015 | self
    Look up, and somewhere in the western portion of the sky right now, or anytime in the next several weeks, an hour or so after sunset, and you'll see two very bright "star-like" objects. The brighter of the two (by a lot) is Venus, the other Jupiter. Venus, slightly smaller than Earth is currently about 51 million miles away. Jupiter, roughly 12 Earth diameters across, 560 million.
  • Jersey City man accidentally sets himself on fire -- while trying to burn ants, police say

    06/26/2015 6:25:06 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | June 26, 2015
    A Jersey City man accidentally set himself on fire on Thursday when he was trying to burn ants, police said. The 46-year-old victim was igniting gas in an alleyway on Bayview Avenue near Martin Luther King Drive at around 5 p.m. when the gas caused a flashback, police said. The man suffered second degree burns to his lower arms, according to authorities.
  • Michael Jackson sighted moonwalking in the clouds over Goochland County, Va.

    06/26/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-26-2015 | Kevin Ambrose
    The likeness of Michael Jackson was spotted in the clouds over central Virginia earlier this week, moon-walking through a thunderstorm. The photo went viral in the local news circuit and on social media — or at least as viral as a cloud story can go. You can see him in the top center of the photo above, taken in Goochland County, Va., on Tuesday by John Plashal. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I suppose it’s feasible that the King of Pop, with his quintessential black pants + white shirt combo is visible without much of a head or left...
  • Fisherman Catches Shark in Hudson River

    06/26/2015 9:31:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 2015
    You’re definitely NOT gonna need a bigger boat for this shark. A mini Jaws was captured in the Hudson River on Thursday by amateur fisherman Wu Zhen, who got a reel surprise when he pulled in the creature.
  • Hobson's Choice

    06/26/2015 6:22:23 AM PDT · by Don Corleone · 9 replies
    Senator McCain | 6/26/15 | Senator McCain
    My Friend, Today, the Supreme Court just upheld Obamacare yet again. This is the direct result of President Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress. They forced ObamaCare on the American people with false promises and a totally partisan vote. My new Democrat opponent, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, is one of the strongest ObamaCare supporters in Washington. She even said her vote for ObamaCare was the one she "was most proud about." We all know ObamaCare has been a disaster, resulting in rising costs, lost jobs, and reduced health care choices for the people of our state. If you agree with...
  • Wi-Fi router's 'pregnant women' setting sparks vendor rivalry in China

    06/25/2015 4:54:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Network World ^ | 6/25/15 | Colin Neagle
    When one Chinese technology vendor, Qihoo, launched a new Wi-Fi router with a safety setting for "pregnant women," a rival vendor took offense to the implication that their routers might be dangerous.The Guardian reports that Xiamo took to its page on Chinese social media site Weibo to denounce Qihoo's pregnant women mode as a "marketing tactic," and clarify that "Wi-Fi usage is safe.""We firmly oppose, and feel ashamed of, those who create rumors and arouse instability for business purposes," Qihoo wrote in its post, according to the Guardian.The World Health Organization says that exposure to electromagnetic fields from consumer technology...
  • There’s a giant hole that’s draining a lake on the border of Oklahoma and Texas like it’s a bathtub

    06/25/2015 2:04:24 PM PDT · by Smittie · 50 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | June 24, 2015 | Tanya Lewis
    Like something straight out of "The Twilight Zone", a swirling vortex has opened up in a giant lake on the border of Oklahoma and Texas. The gaping hole — which appeared recently in Lake Texoma — alarmed everyone from Twitter users to the Tulsa District US Army Corps of Engineers, who posted a YouTube video of the vortex. Below the video, they describe the hole as being "8 feet in diameter and capable of sucking in a full-sized boat."
  • Blind dog and his 'guide dog' seek new home

    06/25/2015 1:03:05 PM PDT · by gorush · 15 replies
    Channel 3000, Madistan, WI ^ | Jun 25 2015 09:47:58 AM CDT | anon
    The two elderly dogs were rescued from a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, England, in May and taken to a Stray Aid animal shelter. Glenn is blind in both eyes and gets around with the help of Buzz, a 9-year-old Staffordshire Bull terrier. The two are leashed together with Buzz leading the way anywhere the go. But it goes beyond that. "Buzz helps Glenn find his bed and food, even pushing him toward the right bowl if he's eating from the wrong one," according to Stray Aid supervisor Diane Humphrey. "Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz, and if they were separated...
  • TEH BRILLIANT!! Companies Quickly Respond to Confederate Flag Ethnic Cleansing.

    06/25/2015 9:55:49 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 112 replies
    The source? America's "Salem Moment" | By Laz
    Quickly responding to the Confederate Flag dustup that was caused by accused mass-murder Dylan Root's affinity for the banner, companies have swiftly responded, removing offensive merchandise and anything that might link them to the American Civil War. Walmart, Amazon, Sears, eBay stopped selling Confederate flag merchandise.Apple corporation removed all Civil War themed games from it's "App" store. Sensing that the time was right, the History Channel has announced that it is pulling itself from the cable lineup because they produced a series called "Civil War: A Nation Divided." Honda has announced a recall of all Civics, because of the similarity...
  • Couple flees $1.3M dream house over creepy letters signed, 'The Watcher'

    06/25/2015 9:15:42 AM PDT · by Sopater · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015
    A New Jersey couple is suing the couple that sold them their $1.3 million dream house, along with the realtor and an unidentified alleged stalker dubbed "The Watcher," who they say forced them to flee by sending creepy letters. The couple, whose names are being withheld out of concern for their safety, received the first of many messages just three days after they plunked down $1.3 million for their new home in the tony New Jersey borough of Westfield, according to their lawsuit, first reported by NJ.com. "Why are you here? I will find out," read part of the first...