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  • Donors want Mitt to jump in again???? ~ Vanity

    08/31/2015 7:46:15 PM PDT · by GraceG · 46 replies
    I mean it sounds like Jeb has fizzled and the GOPe are looking to hedge their bets by trying to woo Mittens McRomomom the wonder kitten to take the Jebsters place as the establishment pick... Talk about "Throwing Good money after Bad"....
  • Trek to Discover Truth About Yeti Foiled by Taliban

    08/31/2015 6:25:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Nick Squires
    Reinhold Messner, an Italian mountaineer, aimed to test Oxford University scientist theory that yeti is ancient hybrid of a brown bear and a polar bearAn expedition led by one of the world’s most acclaimed mountaineers to find out once and for all whether the yeti really exists has been thwarted by the Taliban. The trip to the remote mountains of northern Pakistan was to have been led by Reinhold Messner, an Italian mountaineer who was the first person to climb Everest without additional oxygen and also to scale each of the world's tallest 14 peaks. He was hoping to...
  • Man Wins $1 Million After Playing Lottery With $20 Found on the Street

    08/31/2015 3:11:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 31, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    Hubert Tang is a very lucky man. As he was walking along the street outside San Francisco International Airport, Tang found a $20 bill. While most people would consider that find to be lucky enough, Tang says something compelled him to buy a lottery ticket. Tang told KPIX that he hadn’t played the lottery in more than 10 years, but decided to use his find to buy two “$1 Million Jackpot! Scratchers.” “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend whom I was with that I didn’t know if it was real, but I think I...
  • This Robot Chef Will Skillfully Flip Your Pancakes by , 1:33p @BrennaHouck

    08/31/2015 1:23:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Eater ^ | Aug 30, 2015 | Brenna Houck
    Plus, a robot bartender is slingin' cocktails in Germany. The human race's pancake flipping days could soon be over. MIT Technology Review reports that RobotHow — a European robotics research project focused on teaching robots to understand language — has developed a robot chef capable of using instructions to complete complex tasks like flipping pancakes and making pizza. While things like flipping a pancake might seem simple, for robots it's a challenge to determine how much force and what exact motion is required to complete the action, writes Quartz. The robot called PR2 learns tasks by following instructions on wikiHow....
  • Not A Joke: President Obama To Appear On NBC Reality Show

    08/31/2015 12:07:50 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-31-2015 | Derek Hunter
    Not A Joke: President Obama To Appear On NBC Reality Show He’s appeared between two ferns with a comedian, he’s been interviewed by a woman known for swimming in a bathtub full of milk and Fruit Loops, but there is one area of pop culture President Barack Obama has yet to crack: reality TV. That is about to change. As he hops on Air Force One to head up to Alaska to draw attention to his climate change agenda, the president will make a side trip to appear on the NBC reality show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”Entertainment Weekly reports:...
  • A Few JibJab Videos for the Trump Supporters

    08/31/2015 6:18:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 12 replies
    JibJab ^ | 8-31-2015 | me
    A Few JibJab Videos for the Trump Supporters Unnecessary Force (The Donald takes matters in his own hands and knocks out his nemesis) Trump, Trump Baby (Trump shows off his moves with a little help from his friends) Night of the Living Democrats (Donald and Carly narrowly escape the Democrat zombies) You've been Trump Rolled! (David Grohl did it – now it’s Trump’s turn) DISCLAIMER: I am a Ted Cruz/Ben Carson supporter but I made these for my friends who can’t seem to get enough Trump…
  • WALMART EMPLOYEE WITH HIS TROUSERS HANGING TOO LOW

    08/30/2015 5:15:34 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 115 replies
    self | 08/30/15 | RaceBannon
    I skipped the church dinner to buy something to repair my clothes. I went to the deli to buy some dinner. People often mock people who shop at WALMART, but tonight, it was an employee who got my attention. The teenager who was cleaning up and served me my meal, had his trousers hanging below his butt, below the curve of his butt, with his skivvies exposed full bore. Serving food. I spoke to 3 managers, I told the first one, she got a bigger manager, she came over, I told her, her first words out of her mouth were,...
  • What Is Wrong With This Image Taken in UAE?

    08/30/2015 3:07:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Replacing tires in the middle of the road is against safety requirements and endangers the life of the driver and of other road users.
  • Owner of Swimming, Hiking Cat: 'We Think He Might Be Part Dog'

    08/30/2015 12:36:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    KBOI2 ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Michelle Esteban
    A Renton house cat seems to think he's a dog, and his exploits on local hiking trails is earning him celebrity status online. Move over birds and hikers; there's a new cat in town, and he walks the backcountry trails like any hiking dog would -- like he was born to hike. "We think he might be part dog," said Anna Wilson. His name is Paddington. His parents, Bryan and Anna Wilson, got him at the Seattle Humane Society as a kitten last summer, where they instantly detected his courageous spirit and their connection. "Kittens can be cute and cuddly...
  • New Documentary Reveals the Strange Life of Korla Pandit

    08/29/2015 7:21:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Joe Rosato Jr.
    In the category of unusual entertainers, there are few who could hold a candle to Korla Pandit. There was the jeweled turban. The hypnotizing gaze into the TV camera. And the exotic organ playing that earned him the moniker “the godfather of exotica. ” For 15 minutes every afternoon between 1949 and 1951 on Los Angeles’ KTLA, Pandit would hold court on his own live TV broadcast — drawing in viewers with his alluring expressions and his unusual organ playing. He would go on to appear in more than 900 broadcasts during his career, which included cameos in Hollywood films....
  • Marine Asks Ronda Rousey to Marine Corps Ball: Watch Now!

    08/29/2015 2:13:35 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 60 replies
    eonline ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | JULIA HAYS
    Jarrod Haschert, a member of the United States Marine Corps, has shared a Facebook video asking the 28-year-old UFC bantamweight champion to be his date to a USMC Ball in December. In the video, which has racked up over 3.7M views so far, the soldier, who is stationed in North Carolina, says Rousey is his "celebrity crush."
  • Bra Stops Bullet in Hunting Mishap Miracle

    08/29/2015 10:53:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    A woman in Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania survived being accidentally shot in a hunting accident, Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung reported on Friday – because her bra somehow stopped the bullet. The 41-year-old tourist from North Rhine-Westphalia was on a bike ride with her husband when the incident happened. The pair were crossing a field near the town of Gadebusch when they unknowingly entered the path of a boar hunt. Suddenly, the woman felt a pain in her chest. Looking down, she saw that she had been hit by a rebounded shot – but the underwire of her bra had deflected the blow. The woman...
  • Firefighters Respond to Cow With Chair on its Head

    08/28/2015 10:48:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 28
    Firefighters in Britain said two crews responded to a report of a cow with its head stuck in a garden chair. Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue tweeted a picture showing the cow with its head trapped in a plastic lawn chair about 7:50 a.m. Thursday. The tweet said crews from Mounts and Wellingborough responded to the address in Boughton, England, to attempt to assist the boggled bovine. The fire department said the cow managed to "self-release" from its predicament, but not before firefighters snapped a picture of the cow wearing its unusual headgear.
  • Frank Sinatra, Giant Bubbles, and Dancing: Yep, This Proposal Rivals the Movies

    08/28/2015 4:06:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Today ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | Rebekah Lowin
    Before she said "yes" to wedded life, Amanda Phillips agreed to a different sort of proposal. Her boyfriend and former classmate, Joshua Dela Cruz, had asked her to help him make a professional dance demo reel. And according to the caption posted beneath the below video on YouTube, this wasn't the first time he'd asked her the very same thing: "Five years ago Amanda and Josh got together to film a dance reel. They never finished it, instead they started dating." With the help of choreographer Donald Jones Jr. and videographer Angelo Soriano, they were finally able to film the...
  • Feds approve paper airplane drone flights

    08/28/2015 6:54:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/15 | Keith Laing
    Feds approve paper airplane drone flights By Keith Laing - 08/27/15 05:40 PM EDT The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of a paper airplane that is a drone. The agency issued the approval for flights of a drone that is described as a "smartphone-controlled paper airplane." In doing so, it waived requirements for FAA approval of drone flights that are operated outside of restricted airspace and below 200 feet. The agency said the flights were approved for "aerial photography and videography" purposes. The makers of the paper airplane drone, Connecticut-based Tailor Toys PowerUp, tout the paper airplane...
  • Chinese 'Unicorn Woman' Grows Gigantic Horn In Middle Of Her Head

    08/28/2015 5:51:37 AM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 27, 2015
    An elderly Chinese villager has been dubbed “the unicorn woman” due to an abnormal growth on her head that looks like a large horn, it’s reported. Liang Xiuzhen started growing something that resembled a “black mole” on her head around eight years ago, according to her son Wang Chaojun. The 87-year-old, from Guiyan village in Ziyang City, Sichuan Province, was left stunned when two years ago it gave way to a finger-sized horn-like mass. Xiuzhen accidentally “broke” that small horn in February - and her current, much larger, horn - which is currently 13cm [5-1/8 in] long -began growing rapidly...
  • Police: Woman Wanted Daughter's Homeless Boyfriend Killed (Over Lice)

    08/27/2015 8:59:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | Monday, August 24, 2015 | Patricio Balona
    A New Smyrna Beach woman wanted the homeless man her daughter was dating killed because the daughter's children came home with lice, police said. Pamela Vanorsdale, 50, was charged with criminal solicitation to commit murder after police said she tried to hire her former son-in-law to “pop” the proposed victim, Dylan Loveless, 22, “in the head and chest,” New Smyrna Beach police said. Vanorsdale is out of jail on $25,000 bail, court records show. New Smyrna Beach police learned of the murder-for-hire plot after the ex-son-in-law, Daniel Dionne, 33, of Daytona Beach, approached a Daytona Beach police detective, reports show....
  • Who Are You Calling a Honky? Gaffe-Prone Fuji TV Stumbles Again

    08/26/2015 6:38:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | Tomohiro Osaki
    July 29—Internet users were snorting in derision after participants on a Fuji TV entertainment show wore T-shirts with a bizarre English slogan incorporating a word that some Caucasians might find offensive. The shirts read: “No Fun No TV Do Honky.” The overall phrase left viewers baffled, while the word “honky” has racial connotations. The T-shirts were worn by individuals such as comedians and presenters taking part in a marathon entertainment show that aired Saturday through Sunday.
  • 3D-Printed Microfish May Soon Inject Themselves In Your Body

    08/26/2015 5:23:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | John Biggs
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to “swim” in various liquids. They also contain nanoparticles that can be used to inject chemicals into cells and organs. These are better than the traditional nano-scale robots in that they are actually shaped like swimming things. By combining Chen’s 3D printing technology with Wang’s expertise in microrobots, the team was able to custom-build microfish that can do more than simply swim around when placed in a solution containing hydrogen peroxide. Nanoengineers were able to easily add...
  • *[SATIRE]* The Probable MSNBC Response To The WDBJ Live-Air Shooting

    08/26/2015 12:13:08 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 34 replies
    By Laz A. Mataz
    Melissa Perry-Harris: "The thing we have to remember, is we can't just judge Vester Flanagan. We can't. He's a black man who faced a lot of stereotyping, a lot of racism. He had a lot of justified anger. And, seriously, what is the death of two white people when we look at all the millions of black people killed every hour? We should pull together. We should honor Vester's struggles. We should scorn the culture of whiteness that has driven our proud young men to extremes." Al Sharpton: "This is true, Perry Melissa-Harris, we cannot blame the shooter. We...
  • Face of Donald Trump appears in woman's tub of organic butter

    08/25/2015 5:58:00 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 51 replies
    www.wisconsingazette.com ^ | 25 Aug 2015 | WiG
  • Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume blasted for being transphobic

    08/24/2015 8:15:06 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    National Post ^ | August 24, 2015 | Catherine McIntyre
    While it’s probably too early to be dreaming up your next Halloween costume, the people behind the seemingly unlimited supply of All Hallow’s Eve garb are well underway making a new batch of offensive, trashy and just plain stupid disguises. Among this year’s “trendy” costumes is one depicting Caitlyn Jenner in her iconic Vanity Fair cover. “You probably won’t break any Twitter records when you wear this outfit like Caitlyn did,” the costume description reads, “but you’ll be sure to get a few laughs out of your friends and the other guests at the get together.” The “I Am Cait”...
  • Man Divorces Wife For Not Preparing Food Fast Enough Wife Refutes Charges

    08/23/2015 7:27:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 22, 2015
    A-57-year old Nigerian man divorced his wife on the grounds that she was preparing his food very late at night, Emarat Al Youm reports, quoting news websites. The report names the man as Oolovada Adikoaa and he told a court in Lagos that his wife failed to fulfil her marriage duties. She did not prepare the food on time, although he warned her many times. “There is no reason for pushing me to continue in a relationship with a woman who makes me starve, I can no longer tolerate it," he is quoted as saying. The 25-year-old wife refuted the...
  • Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Coming To Retailers Near You

    08/23/2015 12:39:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Spirit Halloween has confirmed that they will be offering a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume this year at their pop-up stores across America. However, not everyone likes the idea of the costume noting that it is disrespectful to the real-life struggles faced by the transgender community. Despite concerns from transgender equality groups, the Halloween retailer says that they will be releasing the controversial costume to “celebrate” Caitlyn Jenner’s accomplishments as a “real life superhero.” The Huffington Post reports that Spirit Halloween will be stocking their shelves with a new item this year that has many shaking their heads. The store has...
  • Do You Trust The liberal CNN/ORC polling outfit? How about Rasmussen, ABC News/WaPo or NBC News/WSJ?

    08/22/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 77 replies
    8/22/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was wondering why a polling outfit (CNN/ORC) is now all of a sudden trusted by conservatives? If not, then say so. If it is all of a sudden now trusted by conservatives...I thought that CNN is a liberal outfit and not to be trusted? Limbaugh seems to be going after CNN for their Morten Downey Jr. documentary on TV as somehow being used to juxtapose against Trump, and for their interviews of Trump supporters, and wondering if they are going to hand-pick the worst of the worst in those interviews to somehow paint all Trump supporters in a negative...
  • Booze Sent to Space to Explore 'Mellow' Mechanism

    08/22/2015 12:05:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Elizabeth Howell
    Tokyo-based Suntory Global Innovation Center, which has a division called Suntory Whiskey, launched a set of alcoholic beverages toward the International Space Station on Wednesday (Aug. 19) aboard Japan's fifth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5). The booze includes five different types of distilled spirits, Suntory representatives said. The robotic HTV-5 is scheduled to reach the orbiting lab on Monday (Aug. 24). But astronauts will not crack open a bottle to celebrate the freighter's arrival; the liquor is flying for purely scientific purposes. Suntory plans to conduct future experiments to see how the "mellowness" of sprits is affected by microgravity and a...
  • Ellen Page (actress) confronts Ted Cruz on LGBT issues

    08/21/2015 8:14:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/21/2015 | KATIE GLUECK
    DES MOINES — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and actress Ellen Page, of “Juno” fame, got into a testy and free-wheeling discussion Friday over gay rights here at the Iowa State Fair. “I’m happy to answer your question but not to have a back-and-forth debate,” Cruz told Page, as she pressed him about discrimination against LGBT citizens, approaching him as he flipped pork chops over an open grill. But the two then proceeded to have a spirited exchange over gay rights and whether private businesses — florist companies, for example —can refuse to cater gay weddings in the name of their...
  • Irish Tourist Takes Dubai Cabbie for Ferrari World Joyride... Goes Viral

    08/21/2015 6:47:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2015 | Bindu Rai
    Takes the Indian taxi driver on the world’s fastest roller coaster They call it the luck of the Irish, and it appears, Liam Murphy’s cup runneth over as the man from Cork spread some good cheer when he cut a ticket for his taxi driver on a joyride to Ferrari World. The kind-hearted test engineer, who was in Dubai on a business trip, decided to invite his driver on a whim to join him in the Yas Island theme park when he learned the Indian national had never been inside the park despite making countless trips to drop off customers...
  • London's sky pool will let the super-rich swim through the air

    08/21/2015 6:06:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    Developers in London are building what they claim is the world's first "sky pool" — a 25-meter-long swimming pool suspended 10 stories in the air between two blocks of luxury flats. The transparent pool at Embassy Gardens will be three meters deep with a water depth of 1.2 meters, and will be constructed with the help of aquarium designers using 20-cm-thick glass. The pool will allow residents to swim between the development's roof-top bar, spa, and orangery (a walkway will be available as well), with prices for apartments and penthouses in the complex starting at Ł602,000 ($942,572). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "It will...
  • Anything significant in it being 3.5 years into Obama's 2nd term?

    08/21/2015 6:06:16 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 28 replies
    And the Sept. End of work prophecies? Just kidding... Sorta...
  • SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE PHOTOS (lightning-related phenomenon)

    08/20/2015 6:27:15 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | Aug 20, 2015
    SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE: We all know what comes out of the bottom of thunderclouds: lightning. But rarely do we see what comes out of the top. On August 10th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station were perfectly positioned to observe red sprites dancing atop a cluster of storms in Mexico. They snapped this incredible photo: This shows just how high sprites can go. The photo shows their red forms reaching all the way from the thunderstorm below to a layer of green airglow some 100 km above Earth's surface. This means sprites touch the edge...
  • Asian Movie Weekend #4 & #5

    08/20/2015 4:44:31 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 7 replies
    You Tube | 1977 | Various
    I will be in Saipan doing disaster relief next week so this is the list for the next two weeks. Please keep Saipan in in your prayers as they still have no running water, sewage or electricity two weeks after super typhoon Soulidor pounded the island earlier this month. This was a once 25 to 50 year strength typhoon. 80%R of the houses lost their roof and the island has another typhoon heading its way before they can recover from the last one. Question: Do you know why there is no cheese in Hong Kong cuisine? Answer: Because they put...
  • Hillary is showing the wear and tear and mental strain from her email controversy (vanity)

    08/20/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by dennisw · 57 replies
    vanity | 8 20 2015 | vanity
    <p>She is showing the agony of (impending) defeat and humiliation as Bernie gains on her and she is running on empty. How soon before this sloppy (e-mails), inarticulate, press conference dodging, babbling boob gets the hook or throws in the towel to run the Clintoon crime family foundation. The constant lying and spinning is putting a strain on her psyche and it shows.</p>
  • Bad Lip Reading does the first Republican debate! (video at link)

    08/19/2015 2:47:46 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 8/19/15 | The Right Scoop
    Must see video at link it is hilarious a break in the intensity of politics...
  • You Can Now Buy Shotgun Shells Designed Specifically For Shooting Down Drones

    08/19/2015 1:13:56 PM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 64 replies
    Popular Photography ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Popular Photography
    I’ll say this right here at the beginning: Shooting a drone out of the sky is probably a bad idea. But, if you’re dead set on taking down one of those unmanned flying camera copters, Snake River Shooting Products makes a shotgun shell made for that specific purpose. The packaging says, “Prepare for the drone apocalypse!” which is either a joke or a really alarmist thing to make people feel paranoid. The shells are full of #2 steel shot, which is rather big, meaning that hitting a drone from a reasonable range with one of these would likely reduce it...
  • Artist Draws All 100,000 Objects in Grandpa’s Shed

    08/19/2015 7:50:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 42 replies
    MakeZine ^ | July 29, 2015 | Donald Bell
    As we all know, a well-stocked workshop is a beautiful thing. It’s the place that keeps and collects all the tools and hardware you may someday need to fix something you love or make something new. When Lee John Phillips’ grandfather passed away, he left behind a tool shed packed with a lifetime of old tools, hardware, and odds and ends. As an artist by training, Lee took inspiration from the dense, seemingly limitless stash of unique artifacts and began organizing and drawing collections of them in his sketchbook.
  • Hilarious Dog Hoards Tater Tots From His Human Like A Giant Squirrel

    08/19/2015 3:06:40 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Aug. 18, 2015, | Ali Velez
    VIEW w/ earphones
  • Five crazy devices showcased at Intel's developer conference

    08/18/2015 8:08:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    fortune ^ | Jonathan Vanian
    Connected gloves for manufacturing One of the most time-consuming tasks for auto workers is scanning barcodes, explained Sebastian Petruch of the Munich-based startup ProGlove. As workers piece cars, they have to scan barcodes on each part to help keep track of inventory. ... Wear this connected wristband and belt and save your back New York-based Kinetic aims to help workers lift boxes better with a connected wristband and belt armed with sensors and algorithms that can track a human’s movement when lifting an object. People who fail to bend their knees or who twist instead of turn hear a buzz...
  • First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

    08/18/2015 4:20:38 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 21 replies
    the Guardian ^ | August 18 | Helen Thomson
    An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease. Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, could potentially be useful for scientists who want to study the progression of developmental diseases. It could also be used to test drugs for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since the regions they affect are in place during an early stage of brain developmen
  • Hillary's More Recent Crowds.Paid Actors And "Hired Cheerers"? Beyond Obvious?

    08/18/2015 4:14:15 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 16 replies
    By now all or most of us watched that cheering Hillary crowd, either laughing,applauding or cheering over any statements she made. Now, comon, does Hillary really think that average Americans were to believe that her more recent crowds are made up of anyone who wanted to attend and watch the show? Or was is a select group of paid actors? And who was holding the "Cheer And Applause" signs? Huma?
  • KKK member built death-ray machine to kill Muslims and Obama, prosecutors say

    08/18/2015 11:26:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    reuters ^ | Aug. 18, 2015
    ALBANY, N.Y. —A Ku Klux Klan member conspired to use a remote-controlled X-ray device hidden in a truck, which he called “Hiroshima on a light switch,” as a weapon of mass destruction to harm Muslims and President Barack Obama, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday. But a lawyer for Glendon Scott Crawford at the start of his trial said that government undercover agents dragged him further into the plot to build what media dubbed the “death ray” machine after he tried to pull away in the initial stages, when he had no more than “a piece of paper” sketching out...
  • Dogs React to California Earthquake Rattling the Bay Area

    08/18/2015 11:23:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies
    accuweather.com ^ | Aug 18, 2015
    Aug 18, 2015; 8:00 AM ET: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled the San Francisco area Monday, Aug. 17, briefly halting train services while workers inspected the tracks. No injuries or serious damage were reported but these dogs knew something was up.
  • World's first portable islands will let super-rich create eco-friendly getaways anywhere on Earth

    08/18/2015 8:02:57 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    Mirror ^ | 8/18/15 | Jack Williams
    Trending Bangkok explosion Next Labour leader Andy Burnham UK weather Alexander Pacteau Sport Technology Money Travel Fashion Home News World news Holidays World's first portable islands will let super-rich create eco-friendly getaways anywhere on Earth 12:11, 18 August 2015 By Jack Williams Amillarah Private Islands have released artists' impressions of luxury getaways in the Maldives, Miami and Dubai, where work is already is already planned Share Share Tweet +1 Pinterest Want to own your own island but can't find one in your desired location? Such issues could soon be consigned to history - for the super-wealthy, at least - after...
  • How to preserve fleeting digital information with DNA for future generations

    08/17/2015 4:40:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    One team has demonstrated that DNA they encapsulated can preserve information for at least 2,000 years, and they're now working on a filing system to make it easier to navigate. ... "A little after the discovery of the double helix architecture of DNA, people figured out that the coding language of nature is very similar to the binary language we use in computers," says Grass, who is with ETH Zurich. "On a hard drive, we use 0s and 1s to represent data, and in DNA, we have four nucleotides A, C, T and G." But DNA has two major advantages...
  • Revolt over Times Square's topless ladies: Parents' anger over 'inappropriate' behavior [tr]

    08/17/2015 7:00:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Staff
    Complaints have been made over the influx of topless women prancing around Times Square and charging tourists to be in photos, deeming it inappropriate and offensive. The women, who cover their bodies in paint and and typically wear nothing but a thong, are not in trouble for being topless - which is legal in New York City - but for posing with underage children. The number of women at the tourist mecca have doubled in the last year, with about 40 walking around Times Square on the weekends, according to The New York Daily News.
  • Home > U.S. Bear Pokes Its Head Through Cat Door in Latest Break-In at Idaho Home

    08/16/2015 6:43:06 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 101 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Bears have become frequent uninvited guests at Doug Harder's Sandpoint, Idaho, home. In May, these three bears set up shop on the second-floor deck outside his condo. Harder found teeth marks in empty soda cans and scratches on the side of the building.
  • Internet sees Vladimir Putin's face in flock of birds over New York City

    08/16/2015 5:26:11 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 57 replies
    CBC News ^ | 14 August 2015 | CBC News
    There is something fishy about this swarm of birds Is Big Brother Vladimir Putin watching us from above? We've seen the Russian president shirtless on a horse, calmly stroking a leopard and flooring a Judo black belt. Has Russia's king of masculine poses found a way to get a swarm of flying birds to soar into a formation of his face?
  • Stop What You're Doing & Watch Canadian Candidate's Truly Bizarre Ad

    08/15/2015 8:09:03 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 14, 2015
    <p>A Canadian candidate for parliament has released an ad that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.</p> <p>In the strange video, Wyatt Scott flies on a Canadian goose as he declares, “I’m an independent candidate, and I’m here to fight for Canada!”</p>
  • NYC pizzeria accused of racism for ingredients, name of pizza slice

    08/15/2015 2:35:07 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 93 replies
    examiner ^ | 14/08/2015
    One man's rations is another's racism. That's what a Manhattan pizzeria named Pizza by Certé discovered when passersby noticed the sign for a summertime specialty — and promptly uploaded a snapshot of the same to Instagram. The sign advertised a pizza slice with the curious name “Pic-a-nika” and even more curious toppings, among them Southern-fried chicken and watermelon. The owner of the restaurant maintains that the name of the creation comes from the lilting manner in which his father, who emigrated here from Italy, pronounces the word picnic. And what foods are more common picnic fare than fried chicken and...
  • Pontoons Are The New Ultimate Party Boats

    08/14/2015 9:29:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 14, 2014 | Aimee Blanchette
    Minnesotans are putting a tidal wave of imagination into their pontoons — from luxe water slides to pirate planks. “Pontoons Gone Wild.” “Pontoon Hunters.” “Pimp My Pontoon.” If a TV producer stumbled on the gems floating on our lakes, there’d be a reality show waiting. These aren’t the kitschy putt-putters with plastic chairs and artificial turf, either. Pontoons, while still floating platforms, are larger, more powerful, more luxurious and sometimes even outrageous. “The pontoon used to be grandpa and grandma’s boat,” said Brent Wiczek, manager of Nisswa Marine. “We’re selling pontoons to a much younger generation than we ever have....