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  • Debate: Should Santa Clause be Female or Gender Neutral?

    12/14/2018 5:41:50 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/14/18
    When we say ‘Santa’, you probably think of an old fat guy with a bushy beard - but what if they were a woman, or non-binary? Isn't everyone capable of spreading Christmas cheer? This is the debate that's heating up right now after a councillor in Newton Aycliffe (near Durham) complained last month about a woman being cast in the role of Santa in the town’s Christmas parade. Arun Chandran, the Newton Aycliffe councillor who was against the idea of a female Santa, told The Times that the role is only appropriate for men. “My understanding is that Santa Claus,...
  • Did my children die because I married my cousin?

    12/14/2018 5:23:00 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/14/18
    Ruba and Saqib both carry a gene for an incurable condition, which means their children have a one-in-four chance of dying in early childhood. They've already lost three. Ruba now wants IVF, to select a healthy embryo. Saqib is putting his trust in Allah. And some relatives want them to separate and remarry. Ruba Bibi had not wanted to marry so young. She had planned to do A-levels and go to university, but before she had finished her GCSEs her parents arranged for her to marry Saqib Mehmood, her cousin, in Pakistan. Born and brought up in Bradford, Ruba had...
  • Dixie Freepers - I need your help!!!!!

    12/13/2018 9:58:06 PM PST · by wgmalabama · 15 replies
    Vanity ^ | Vanity post (sorry Humble but it’s not a blog) | Me myself and not so humble ;)
    So this FR fundraiser is dragging out. I am asking southern freepers to do a rebell yell, be proud of God, the USA, The Southern culture, Robert E Lee, SEC football and sweet tea. Eat some Grits, then donate 5 or 10 dollars to get this one FR donation cycle put to bed. Just to be clear - Florida is part of the south. So don’t be a putz. Go Gators! Florida Gators are special to me and honestly, I think Miami got a good man as head coach. During 2019, I want to take over a future FR fundraiser...
  • An Israeli startup ... made the world's first lab-grown steak — a holy grail for the industry

    12/13/2018 10:17:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | 12/12/2018 | erin-brodwin
    The Israeli company Aleph Farms aims to make cuts of environmentally friendly meat that resemble the real thing using animal cells, also called "lab-grown" or "clean" meat. Aleph has now created a prototype steak, the first produced publicly in the world, the company said on Wednesday. While several companies have made prototypes of lab-grown meats, none are available in restaurants or grocery stores. Aleph got its start with help from an Israeli research institute and an incubator that is part of the food giant that owns Sabra — the most popular hummus in America. For the first time in its...
  • SKEWERED ALIVE Factory robot impales worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes after horror malfunction

    12/13/2018 7:42:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 13th December 2018, 12:08 pm Updated: 13th December 2018, 1:47 pm | By Tariq Tahir
    The 49-year-old was on the night shift at a porcelain factory in China when the accident happened A CHINESE factory worker has survived being skewered with TEN metal spikes when a machine malfunctioned. The 49-year-old, named as Mr Zhou, was working on the night shift at a porcelain factory in Hunan province when he was struck by a falling mechanical arm. The accident resulted in him being impaled with foot long, half-inch thick metal rods, the People’s Daily reported. He was first taken to a local hospital before he was transferred to the Xiangya Hospital of Central South University due...
  • Baby It's Cold Outside

    12/12/2018 8:58:12 AM PST · by New Jersey Realist · 6 replies
    You'll love watching Hillary and Donald singing this song.
  • Radar Mystery Hasn't Been Solved Yet

    12/12/2018 8:18:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Courier & Press ^ | 12/11/18 | Jon Webb
    When large, storm-like blips flashed across radar in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, the National Weather Service was stunned – because it wasn’t raining a drop. All kinds of guesses flared up on social media: a flock of birds; aliens; residue the government uses to control the weather, etc. But a tweet from Eyewitness News meteorologist Wayne Hart on Tuesday morning seemingly cleared the fog. Citing an unnamed pilot, he said Evansville air traffic control claimed a military C-130 released a stream of chaff – radar-jamming material sometimes used during training exercises – a few miles northwest of Evansville. A...
  • Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill

    12/11/2018 4:20:51 PM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    reuters uk ^ | December 11, 2018
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Firefighters in the town of Werl in western Germany tackled an unusual emergency late on Monday when a tank at a local firm making liquid chocolate overflowed and poured out onto a street. “About a ton of chocolate ran out into the yard and from there onto the street,” a spokesman for the Werl fire department said in a statement. “Despite this heartbreaking incident, it is unlikely that a chocolate-free Christmas is imminent in Werl,” the fire department said
  • From Grass-Fed to Lab-Grown: How Meat Is Evolving

    12/11/2018 9:35:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/11/2018 | Matt McDonald and Biography @MattMcDReports Matt.McDonald@WSJ.com Jason Bellini
    Israeli-based Aleph Farms says it’s figured out how to create the structure of real beef from animal cells in a petri dish — so that it actually feels like you’re biting into a piece of meat, rather than just tasting it. WSJ’s Jason Bellini visited the company’s headquarters in a technology park on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, for a taste of what Aleph Farms says is the first lab-grown steak in the world. Aleph Farms is among several companies in a race to grow meat in a lab using clusters of cells from animals, without actually killing them. egulators...
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas Confusion

    12/10/2018 10:02:58 PM PST · by Pelham · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Angel City Chorale
    inspired by Straight No Chaser
  • European Cross-Country Champion Face-Plants Across Finish Line

    12/10/2018 9:10:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Runner's World ^ | December 10, 2018 | Jacob Meschke
    Jimmy Gressier wanted to finish in style. And while he did cross the line in a memorable fashion, it was probably not quite in the way he intended. The French runner had an eight second lead on his nearest challenger, Germany’s Samuel Fitwi, as he headed toward the finish line of the European Cross-Country Championships men’s U-23 race, according to European Athletics, the organization that hosts the event. After grabbing two French flags from the sidelines, Gressier, the defending champion, powered toward a final patch of mud just before the tape. Attempting to slide along the mud and across the...
  • 85-Year-Old Beats Cancer, Finishes Fifth Marathon—and Cross-Trains With Some Zumba

    12/10/2018 8:03:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | December 9, 2018 | McGee Nall
    Moon Fahel from San Antonio, Texas, had just gotten home from a martial arts class that he’s been taking for the last 15 years when he answered the phone call from Runner’s World. It wasn’t an anomaly—he stays busy with other classes during rest of the week, too: kickboxing, Zumba, athletic dancing, and BODYPUMP, among others. Plus, he just ran his fifth marathon this past Sunday at the San Antonio Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. Oh, and he’s 85 years of age. (The word “old” doesn’t have a place in his vocabulary.) “I don’t know what old is,” Fahel said. “If...
  • Mark Dice: Science Proves It (Science proves liberal brains are different)

    12/10/2018 2:08:09 PM PST · by ImaGraftedBranch · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/3/2018 | Mark Dice
    Michael Savage was right after all - Liberalism IS a mental disorder. Their brains have now been proven to be completely lacking reactions of disgust in processing images that make conservatives reel with disgust.
  • Transgender male boxer Patricio Manuel makes history with a win in his pro debut

    12/09/2018 4:26:30 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 8, 2018
    An emotional six-year journey proved worth every step for Patricio Manuel on Saturday when he climbed into the ring at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio to become the first transgender male boxer in U.S. history. Twelve minutes later he climbed out with a win in his professional debut, pounding out a unanimous decision over Mexican super-featherweight Hugo Aguilar. “I wouldn’t trade any of it. It was worth everything I went through to get to this point,” Manuel said. “I’m a professional boxer now.” He added: “The best part of tonight — once I got to the arena and...
  • “Sun in a box” [in theory] Stores Renewable Energy & Delivers It on Demand

    12/09/2018 8:30:45 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power a small city not just when the sun is up or the wind is high, but around the clock. The new design stores heat generated by excess electricity from solar or wind power in large tanks of white-hot molten silicon......
  • 'Christmas Vacation' inspired holiday decor prompts calls to 911

    12/09/2018 7:32:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    The family put up the display for a contest, purchasing a dummy online and positioning a ladder beneath it to look like it’s tipping over. It’s a recreation of the scene from the movie "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation," where Clark Griswold hangs from the roof while putting up Christmas lights. The display was too realistic for some. The Heerleins said someone rushed to help, thinking the dummy was a real person in distress. They called 911, along with about a dozen others.
  • Prince Harry went 'mental' and 'accused William of trying to wreck his relationship with [tr]

    12/09/2018 4:52:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 108 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 8, 2018 | Connor Boyd
    The real reason Harry and Meghan are moving to Windsor is because of tensions between the two brothers, it's claimed. Initially it was thought that a frosty relationship between Meghan and Kate was to blame for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's move from Kensington Palace. But the driving force behind the divide is actually friction between Harry and William, according to The Sun.
  • WATCH: ISS Live Feed Cuts Out Again After Mystery Orb Appears

    12/08/2018 4:49:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    SPutnik News ^ | 21:58 07.12.2018(updated 22:06 07.12.2018)
    In a video posted to YouTube on November 4, one of the cameras on the side of the ISS recorded what appears to be a large object of a bright blue hue appearing behind one of the space station's solar panels. The video feed follows the object for a few seconds, even zooming in, but then cuts off promptly, asking viewers to "Please stand by."
  • Woman Launches ‘Feminist Bird Club’ to Promote ‘Intersectionality’ in Bird-Watching

    12/08/2018 5:42:28 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Nov. 7, 2018 | Toni Airaksinen
    NYC birder Molly Adams, 26, is leading the nation’s first-ever network of Feminist Bird Clubs to provide a “safe opportunity” for womxn, LGBTQ, and gender-nonbinary folks to practice bird-watching free from the constraints of the patriarchal world. Founded in 2016, the first Feminist Bird Club was launched in Manhattan by Molly Adams, who graduated from Stony Brook University with a master’s in marine science and who now works for the Wildlife Conservation Society in NYC. Since the NYC club’s inception, Adams boasts of active chapters in NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Buenos Aires, all of which host monthly or weekly bird-watching...
  • Report: Mueller To Release Results Of Investigation Day Before 2020 Election

    12/06/2018 7:25:44 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 15 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | December 4th, 2018
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, it was announced that Robert Mueller’s report regarding possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia will be made available the day before the 2020 presidential election. "My team has spoken with every person of interest, reviewed all the relevant information, and we will be finalizing the report over the next 699 days," Mueller stated during a televised interview with NBC’s Todd Foley following the announcement. When asked why the finalization process would take so long, Mueller’s eyes took on a distant look. He then began to smear white makeup across his face, and draw a crimson...