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  • Big Bang, Big Claim: Why This Bold Idea Is Right

    04/24/2018 10:57:04 AM PDT · by ETL · 65 replies
    Space.com ^ | Apr 21, 2018 | Paul Sutter, Astrophysicis | LiveScience
    At 13.8 billion years ago, our entire observable universe was the size of a peach and had a temperature of over a trillion degrees. That's a pretty simple, but very bold statement to make, and it's not a statement that's made lightly or easily. Indeed, even a hundred years ago, it would've sounded downright preposterous, but here we are, saying it like it's no big deal. But as with anything in science, simple statements like this are built from mountains of multiple independent lines of evidence that all point toward the same conclusion — in this case, the Big Bang,...
  • Planet Fitness evacuated after WiFi network named 'remote detonator' causes scare

    04/16/2018 2:27:52 PM PDT · by Enchante · 68 replies
    AP via Windsor Star ^ | April 16, 2016 | Staff
    SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan gym patron looking for a WiFi connection found one named “remote detonator,” prompting an evacuation and precautionary search of the facility by a bomb-sniffing dog. The Saginaw News reports nothing was found in the search Sunday at Planet Fitness in Saginaw Township, about 85 miles (140 kilometres) northwest of Detroit.
  • VANITY: American Airlines Flight DFW to LA. Ran low on Gas while taxing?

    04/05/2018 6:44:01 AM PDT · by vespa300 · 79 replies
    Me | April 5, 2018 | Vespa300
    Sorry for the Vanity. Just had to ask. Had a weird flight a couple of days ago. DFW to L.A. American Airlines. We taxied out as usual, didn't seem that long, no more than usual...and then we turned and headed back to the gate.
  • Friends, family, public flock to funeral of physicist Stephen Hawking

    03/31/2018 8:42:40 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 14 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 03/31/18 | Reuters
    (Jane Hawking and her son Timothy arrive at Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held) Well-wishers filled the streets of Cambridge on Saturday for the funeral of British physicist Stephen Hawking, hailed by another leading scientist as "an imprisoned mind roaming the cosmos". Hawking, crippled since a young man by a degenerative disease, beat the odds stacked against him to became the most celebrated scientist of his era. His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through time travel and probing black holes in space. He achieved international...
  • Miami Beach revokes club’s business license after horse brought onto dance floor

    03/10/2018 11:50:57 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    WSVN ^ | March 9, 2018 | Rosh Lowe and Jessica Holly
    Miami Beach city officials have revoked the business license for a nightclub after a woman brought a horse onto a crowded dance floor, Wednesday. Video posted on social media by Miami Beach Police Friday morning shows a scantily clad woman riding a white horse inside the Mokai Lounge, located at 235 23rd St. People were standing around before the horse became startled. The horse bucked, causing the woman to fall off. This was supposed to be the night’s entertainment, but speaking with reporters on Friday, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber had a less flattering take on the spectacle. “Insane stupidity,”...
  • Bill Goat Tavern Owner Faces Off Against Ex-Playboy Model in Judicial Race

    03/02/2018 1:41:27 PM PST · by PBRCat · 27 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 23, 2018 | Steve Schmadeke
    Scion to a cheeseburger empire, former prosecutor, Tom Sianis... won Democratic Party backing despite having few years of experience... (he also handles legal affairs for Billy Goat Tavern). Divorce attorney Corri Fetman, 54, and public defender Tim Leeming... remain in a race that would have been perfect material for the late Mike Royko, a nationally syndicated columnist. Fetman made headlines a decade ago after commissioning a billboard featuring a scantily clad woman — Fetman herself — “Life’s Short. Get A Divorce” before an alderman ordered it taken down. It drew torrents of publicity for Fetman and an offer to pose...
  • American Spies Paid $100,000 to Russian Who Wanted to Sell Material on Trump

    02/09/2018 4:20:17 PM PST · by springwater13 · 107 replies
    After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials. The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was...
  • Donald Trump Did Not Die for My Sins

    01/28/2018 7:05:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2018 | Michael Brown
    I was scheduled to be on CNN this week to debate another commentator about evangelicals and President Trump, but due to breaking news, the debate was cancelled. Had I been on the air, I planned to make this point: With all respect to our president, and with my appreciation for the good things he has done, he did not die for my sins, and I have not staked my soul’s salvation on his reputation. That distinction belongs to Jesus the Messiah, and to Jesus alone. Why the need to state something that is so totally self-evident? It’s because evangelicals are...
  • Why snow, colder weather conditions don't debunk climate change

    01/05/2018 10:12:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | January 5, 2018 | By Ashley Williams
    With a seeming rise in the occurrence of snow days, blizzards and icy travel, the common belief that climate change isn’t happening comes as no surprise. Scientists stress that locally wintry weather conditions are not indicators of changes in climate, and weather conditions in one part of the world are not representative of what’s occurring globally. “It’s like saying, 'if everyone around me is wealthy, then poverty is not a problem,'” Peter Frumhoff, the Union of Concerned Scientists science and policy director and chief climate scientist, told CNN. Scientists point to hard data, including temperature measurements on land and water...
  • The Fairy Investigation Society

    12/28/2017 10:25:16 PM PST · by vannrox · 29 replies
    Fortean Times Magazine ^ | 29DEC17 | Simon Young
    The Fairy Investigation Society, dedicated to tracking down modern accounts of the Little People, must rank as one of the strangest British organisations ever to come into being. SIMON YOUNG tells the story of this curious enterprise through five key episodes – from a Fairy Census to a tabloid scandal – in its eccentric and largely forgotten history.1. SLEIGH AND CRAUFURD MEET (1927)It was the kind of moment over which flies queue up for wall space. Two of the most eccentric men in Britain in one room – and they had come to talk about fairies. On the one...
  • Why You Should Give Money Directly and Unconditionally to Homeless People

    12/23/2017 2:19:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 107 replies
    The New Statesman ^ | Matt Broomfield
    Who are you to judge what they do with that cash?Don’t just buy them a sandwich from Pret. They’re not four. They have the right to spend their money as they choose – and it is their money, once given. Don’t just give to people performing, singing, or accompanied by a cute dog. Buskers deserve a wage too, of course. But homeless people are not your dancing monkey and they shouldn’t have to perform to earn your pity. Don’t second-guess whether people are “really” homeless. Those who think begging is a shortcut to easy money should try humiliating themselves daily...
  • Good Riddance, Evangelicalism Incorporated

    12/22/2017 9:25:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | December 22, 2017 | Robert Oscar Roberts
    Trump's base in 2016 was defined not by race or class, but by belief in God. Evangelical Christians and Catholics came together and pushed Trump to the win, in defiance of the media, academia, Hollywood, the professional class, elite Republicans, the Democrat masses, libertarians, and self-professed moralists. Both the pope and many prominent Protestant leaders expressed antagonism toward Trump, so this mass of religious voters defied their church elders as well. This was nothing less than stunning. It was perhaps one of the great revolutions in America's religious history. Rather than a serious study of this event, we have had...
  • BIZARRE festive portraits show people posing alongside their pets

    12/15/2017 9:34:47 AM PST · by mairdie · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 December 2017 | Olivia Elgart
    Just in time for the holidays, some pet owners shared the most festive photos of their pets dressed up in adorable Christmas costumes, while others decided to dress up themselves and pose with their pets for festive portraits.
  • Russian citizens share photos of the WEIRDEST things they have spotted in public

    12/03/2017 1:52:52 PM PST · by mairdie · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 December 2017 | Molly Rose Pike
    It's the largest country in the world, and these bizarre new snaps reveal some of Russia's stranger goings on. People from all over the country have spotted the weirdest things they've seen in Russia in a hilarious online gallery.
  • PUERTO RICO: THE PERFECT PENAL COLONY

    12/03/2017 4:41:58 AM PST · by DIRTYSECRET · 27 replies
    The perfect storm-more ways than one. Destroyed island. Room for 3 million people. Close local jails in the CONUS-think Rykers island. Puerto Ricans will stay home to run the system, including their troublemakers. Pay everyone the going SOUTH American wage. Think of the $$ saved. Get rid of the Prison Industrial Complex. You know it's out there. Trump the dealmaker. Laid off prison guards become cops. FBI gets downsized. Working vacations in San Juan. Vanity?
  • Waffle House customer cooks his own meal after finding staff sleeping

    12/01/2017 1:26:24 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 63 replies
    atlanta journal constitution ^ | 1 Dec 2017 | Theresa Seiger
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. A hungry, slightly inebriated man knew just what to do when he stopped by a South Carolina Waffle House early Thursday only to find the restaurant’s staff snoozing: He cooked up his own meal, snapping selfies along the way. He told WIS that he wouldn’t normally have gotten behind the grill. "I give all the credit to my old friend vodka," Bowen said.
  • The Pro-Islamic West: Born 500 Years Ago

    11/01/2017 5:41:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 1, 2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Revisiting one of the unintended consequences of the Protestant Reformation. Five-hundred years ago yesterday, on October 31, 1517, a Catholic monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a German church, thereby launching what would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation.  Whatever else can be said of him, Luther unwittingly initiated something else that is often overlooked.  “The Reformation produced one logical if unexpected result,” explains European historian Franco Cardini: “a definite boost to the positive evaluation of Islam, and therefore to the birth and development of an often conventional and mannered pro-Islamic stance”...
  • I swear, it was possessed

    10/20/2017 6:23:43 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 87 replies
    20 Oct. 2017 | Y'all
    Calling all Freeper Motorheads! Have y'all ever owned a vehicle that you could just swear was possessed on some level? Was there some puzzling quirk that vexed you, and seemed to defeat every attempt to remedy? Let's talk vehicles that seemed to be possessed.
  • LORETTA LYNCH Makes Disturbing VIDEO

    06/04/2017 7:44:40 PM PDT · by TLI · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 4, 2017 | LORETTA LYNCH
    This is kind of strange and I really don't know what to make of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yYm3yNrxT4 It does not appear to be fake or just a part of a longer video but I'm not ruling that out. I can't even tell what the point of the video is really supposed to be, she never says in the video what she is actually talking about or why she made it. Did I miss something? .
  • Extreme weather linked to greenhouse gases, global warming, Stanford study says

    04/30/2017 8:54:23 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 60 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/24/17 | LISA M. KRIEGER
    Weird weather and climate warming are two separate things, but a Stanford team is linking them. Using math, powerful computers and historical records, research led by Noah Diffenbaugh found that climate change has boosted the odds of extreme heat, drought, punishing rainstorms and retreating sea ice. “The odds of hitting record-setting level of extremes have been made greater by climate warming,” caused by human emission of greenhouse gases, said Diffenbaugh, a professor of Earth system science at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. In the past, scientists typically avoided conflating individual weather events and climate change, citing the...