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  • The Landlady's Tale — a true ghostly story, a FreeRepublic Halloween Tradition

    10/20/2018 6:38:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Vanity | Sometime ago. . . in 2000 | Swordmaker
    The Landlady's Tale By SWORDMAKER copyright 2000 Preface The following story was told to me by the woman who rented my parents their first home in California when they moved to Sacramento in 1939. A devout Catholic (so much so that although she had been divorced by her husband, she did not consider the divorce valid and did not remarry until her husband died many years later) the landlady swore on her Bible, in front of my sister and me after she told us the story, that it was absolutely true. She was quite serious about it. In the 1970s,...
  • Chris Wallace calls Trump ‘preposterous’ for suggesting Democrats are behind border surge

    10/20/2018 10:09:35 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 68 replies
    bizpac review ^ | Oct. 20, 2018 | Nick Givas
    “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said it was “preposterous” of President Donald Trump to suggest Democrats were somehow responsible for the surge of illegal immigrants at the U.S. southern border, on “America’s Newsroom” Friday. Wallace was discussing the escalation of Trump’s rhetoric leading up to the November midterm elections and said he has no evidence to back up his claims. “Let me say first of all that the idea that the Democrats were somehow behind this caravan coming from Honduras of these women and children is preposterous,” Wallace said. Wallace also said there’s no evidence to support the claim...
  • Amritsar: Scores dead as train mows down crowd

    10/19/2018 11:49:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    bbc ^ | 10/18/2018
    The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi. They did not hear the train approach as they watched a firecracker-filled effigy of the demon king Ravana burn. Officials said the priority now was to take the injured to local hospitals. Footage posted to social media showed the fast-travelling train hitting the crowd. The incident happened at about 18:30 local time (13:00 GMT), said local journalist Ravinder Singh Robin. Just moments before, crowds watching the firecrackers show were asked by organisers to move back - towards the railway tracks,...
  • Transgender rights lie in the hands of a state’s electorate [MA]

    10/19/2018 4:52:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 7:37 AM EDT | Bob Salsberg
    Nicole Talbot isn’t quite old enough to vote next month, but she isn’t shy about urging Massachusetts residents who are to keep a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination, including the right to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. It makes her feel safe, Talbot said, which wasn’t always the case for the teenager, an accomplished singer with dreams of a Broadway career. For as long as she can remember, she felt she was a girl — like the time she insisted upon being a princess at a preschool Halloween party — even when...
  • 50 YEARS WITH BIGFOOT: Tennessee Chronicles of Co-Existence (part 1 of 8)

    10/18/2018 9:13:09 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | Sasquatch Central
    I'm not going to voice an opinion on this other than to say it makes a good break from politics and is an interesting story. If it is fake it is at least fairly well told and entertaining in a ghost story around the campfire sort of way. The only thing I'd say is this sort of creeped me out. Use the link above. The subsequent parts do no load automatically so you'll need to do a search for the others.
  • South Carolina officials warn about 'flushable' wipes after sending divers into 'raw sewage'

    10/18/2018 12:13:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    FOX ^ | October 18, 2018 | Madeline Farber | Fox News
    Officials with the Charleston Water System in South Carolina were caught in a smelly situation last week. They had to send scuba divers roughly 80 to 90 feet down into “raw sewage” Thursday to clear heaping piles of wipes that clogged the system. The Charleston Water System shared pictures of blackened masses on Twitter, warning residents wipes don't really disintegrate, though the packaging may claim they're “flushable." “You know wipes clog pipes, right? If not, baby wipes clogged a series of large pumps at our Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant on Thursday afternoon,” the Charleston Water System wrote on Twitter,...
  • Electrons Are Perfectly Spherical, New Measurements Confirm

    10/18/2018 11:17:05 AM PDT · by ETL · 25 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Oct 18, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    The Standard Model describes most of the fundamental forces and particles in the Universe. -snip- “The Standard Model as it stands cannot possibly be right because it cannot predict why the Universe exists. That’s a pretty big loophole,” said Northwestern University’s Professor Gerald Gabrielse, a member of the ACME Collaboration.Attempting to ‘fix’ the Standard Model, many alternative models predict that an electron’s seemingly uniform sphere is actually asymmetrically squished.One such model, called the Supersymmetric Model, posits that unknown, heavy subatomic particles influence the electron to alter its perfectly spherical shape — an unproven phenomenon called the ‘electric dipole moment.’These undiscovered,...
  • Child sneaks into X-ray machine at China train station. Watch bizarre video

    10/17/2018 6:37:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Updated: Oct 17, 2018 18:37 IST
    The incident took place at Xiaolan Railway Station on October 9 when the child was at the station with his father. The video, posted by CGTN on Twitter, shows a man going through security check and suddenly looking around him as if he were looking for someone. As he continues to look around for a few seconds you suddenly see a child emerging out of the X-ray machine. Turns out, the child had managed to sneak into the machine. The video also goes on to show the silhouette of the child inside the machine while he sat next to luggage....
  • Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

    10/17/2018 12:16:09 PM PDT · by RedMonqey · 32 replies
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area. The robotic protectors can see what you’re doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy concerns, CBS2’s Clark Fouraker reported Tuesday. One of the models, named “Rosie,” uses the same technology as a self-driving car to patrol the sidewalks at the Lefrak City Apartments in Queens.
  • Roasted Pig Head Sniffed Out By Customs Beagle At Airport

    10/17/2018 9:09:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    cbs2la ^ | October 17, 2018 at 7:02 am
    Hardy is a highly-trained U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Detector dog and he sniffed out the roasted pig’s head in the luggage of a passenger traveling from Ecuador at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. [P]ork and pork products from other continents are not allowed into the United States in an effort to avoid introducing foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and other animal diseases. CBP Area Port Director Carey Davis hailed Hardy’s work as illustrating “the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States.” Hardy has worked at Atlanta’s airport since 2015,...
  • How FINGER LENGTH could reveal your sexuality: Study finds women with more 'male' hands

    10/17/2018 6:38:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 04:52 EDT, 17 October 2018 | Updated: 06:36 EDT, 17 October 2018 | By Tim Stickings
    Researchers looked at pairs of identical twins where one of each set was straight The homosexual twin tended to have a more 'male' hand with differing fingers Essex University scientists said the differences may be determined in the womb _____________________________________________________________________ The length of a person's fingers could provide a clue to their sexuality, with women whose ring fingers are longer than their index digits more likely to be lesbian, a study has suggested. Researchers at Essex University looked at sets of identical twins where one of the siblings was heterosexual. They found that the homosexual twin tended to have a...
  • The Eugenics Crusade(video)

    10/16/2018 11:47:13 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 10 replies
    PBS ^ | 10-16-18 | American Experience
    A hybrid derived from the Greek words meaning “well” and “born,” the term eugenics was coined in 1883 by Sir Francis Galton, a British cousin to Charles Darwin, to name a new “science” through which human beings might take charge of their own evolution. The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely –– and largely unknown –– movement that turned the fledgling scientific theory of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control. Perhaps more surprising still, American eugenics was neither the work of fanatics, nor the product of fringe science. The goal of the movement was simple and,...
  • Televangelist Healed Plane Corrosion By “Laying Hands On It”

    10/16/2018 2:12:16 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 63 replies
    Televangelist Kenneth Copeland is quite a guy. He preaches a message of prosperity and abundance, and boasts about being a billionaire. Earlier this year his ministry took possession of a debt-free Gulfstream V. Worry not — “The Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for [him].” Furthermore, all the people who donated towards the ministry acquiring the plane are going to “new places in the Kingdom” for their generosity. But getting the Gulfstream V wasn’t enough, they also wanted a further $17 million to upgrade the avionics, interior,...
  • Notorious Nevada Brothel Owner, Dennis Hoff Dies at 72

    10/16/2018 12:18:32 PM PDT · by ExSoldier · 83 replies
    LAS VEGAS NOW ^ | OCT 16TH 2018 | Caroline Bleakley
    Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof dies at 72  LAS VEGAS - Nevada brothel owner, TV show star, and candidate for the state legislature, Dennis Hof, has died, according to his campaign manager. Chuck Muth announced the death Tuesday morning. He says he passed away at his Love Ranch South brothel. Nye County officials haven't confirmed his passing yet. He was known nationwide for his role in the HBO series "Cathouse," which documented the lives of the workers in his half-a-dozen Nevada brothels. His brothel empire started with his purchase of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in 1992. He was well-known...
  • Chirlane McCray’s traveling is costing taxpayers thousands October 15, 2018

    10/16/2018 9:26:25 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 15, 2018 | Rich Calder, Ruth Weissmann and Ruth Brown
    It’s a big country, and Chirlane McCray is intent on seeing it — on the taxpayers’ dime. Records show McCray, who was a stay-at-home first lady during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 16 months, has been making up for lost time.
  • It's time to end women's sports

    10/16/2018 9:01:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 16, 2018 | Selwyn Duke
    It's time to end women's sports – especially since they're not just "women's" sports anymore. A case in point is "Rachel" McKinnon, Ph.D., a man masquerading as a woman (MMW), or a "transgender," as the enlighteners say, who just won a women's masters cycling event. As The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft (almost) put it, he "whooped them little girls." McKinnon isn't alone, as many MMW have won women's sporting events during the last decade. To name just a few, a 55-year-old MMW won a women's long-drive competition (golf) in 2008. Last year, a 39-year-old MMW won a women's weightlifting event....
  • Ex-UN leader helps launch climate ‘adaptation’ initiative

    10/16/2018 8:46:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associatied Press ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 11:35 AM EDT | Mike Corder
    Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for a sense of urgency Tuesday as he launched a new commission that aims to accelerate and expand ways the world can prepare for climate change. “Without urgent adaptation action, we risk undermining food, energy and water security for decades to come,” Ban told guests as the Global Commission on Adaptation got underway in The Hague. The commission’s mandate is to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment. Ban is leading the group with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and World Bank CEO Kristalina...
  • Old-Growth Forests May Help Songbirds Cope With Warming Climate [your tax dollars at "work"]

    10/14/2018 4:57:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | October 14, 20189:44 AM ET
    Research by Oregon State's Betts and Sarah Frey found warblers declined in areas with young forests, including those replanted after clear-cut logging. But hermit warblers are doing better in other areas. "In landscapes that had more older forest, their population declines were lowered, or even reversed, even though the climate has been warming," Frey says. The Pacific Northwest has had a decades-long push to preserve its old-growth forests, and the warblers thrived in them. That suggests these forests somehow shielded them from the ill effects of rising temperatures. The question is why, and that is where this new study comes...
  • Boston Dynamics hands Atlas a parkour repertoire

    10/14/2018 7:51:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    techxplore.com ^ | October 13, 2018 | Nancy Owano
    What is parkour? It has its roots in military obstacle course training, No assistive equipment. Plenty of reasons to fall over and give up. This is a training discipline that sets a complex environment where requirements include such movements as running, climbing, vaulting, jumping and crawling. Atlas in the video is wonderful in jumping, showing excellent control. How Atlas achieves such balance: computer vision serves to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach, hitting terrain accurately. The team said that "The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and...
  • 'Gay penguins' to raise first chick; given foster egg at Sydney aquarium

    10/14/2018 7:23:04 AM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies
    The Sun ^ | Oct 13, 2018 | Patrick Knox
    A gay penguin couple have started a family after it was decided to let them have an egg to nurture. Sphen and Magic have become so inseparable they have been allowed to start a nest with each other in Sea Life, in Sydney, Australia. The same-sex couple - collectively known as Sphengic - began forging an intense relationship with each other just before breeding season got underway. The Gento penguins could be seen waddling in tandem and swimming alongside and were so close it was decided to let them adopt.But before this they were given antenatal classes.This entailed the flightless birds...