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  • Prolife Women, ProChoice Women in Google Images. Your observations?

    07/31/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by MNDude · 6 replies
    I was curious and did a search on Google Images for Pro life women, and Pro Choice women to see if there was anything visually different about them. What observations do you make?
  • To the Christians who think 50 Shades is all sorts of awesome: Please, stop and THINK

    07/31/2014 1:54:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Jonathon van Maren
    It’s pretty depressing when you realize that, in 2014, many people seem to think that destruction of human dignity is a small price to pay for an orgasm. I suppose when I write a column about a book that just sold its 100 millionth copy I shouldn’t be surprised when I get a bit of a kickback. But I have to say—I wasn’t expecting hundreds of commenters, many saying they were Christian, to come out loudly defending the porn novel 50 Shades of Grey, often tastelessly interspersed with details from their own sex lives. People squawked that we “shouldn’t judge”...
  • Refuting the Ridiculous Pro-Abortion Claim: The Pro-Life Movement is Anti-Sex

    07/31/2014 1:29:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Kelsey Hazzard
    The pro-abortion claim that pro-lifers are anti-sex is nothing new. From Canadian abortion advocates’ recent attempt to make some kind of point by dressing up as penises and vaginas, to Amanda Marcotte’s bizarre assertion that pro-lifers’ motive in protesting outside abortion facilities is “to gawk and yell at women whose soon-to-be-terminated pregnancies constitute solid proof they’ve recently touched a penis” (I guess we’ll be protesting outside maternity wards next), nothing really surprises me anymore. As ridiculous as this claim is, we have to address it, because it’s powerful propaganda. Nobody wants to be part of an uncool, prudish, anti-sex movement,...
  • "Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - my first country song [mega-vanity]

    07/31/2014 1:05:12 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 117 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 7/31/14 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    After a great deal of hard work and numerous cuss words I've finally recorded my first song. The song is titled "Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely," and I don't think that I can add much to that. If you like country music, or even if you don't, I'd appreciate if you'd give it a listen and give me your honest opinion. (Yes, I know what I'm in for by saying that, and no, no Butthurt Report Form will be necessary.) A few quick notes: 1) When I registered with ASCAP "Slings and Arrows" was taken, so...
  • prayer request for my brother

    07/31/2014 12:09:49 PM PDT · by heartwood · 34 replies
    July 31, 2014 | self
    He is suffering from a dreadful flare-up of mental illness now. Please pray for healing for him and strength and wisdom for the rest of us.
  • ‘Oops, got caught lying. Again': Sheila Jackson Lee makes ‘a BIG speak-o’ about Bush impeachment

    07/31/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by Excellence · 55 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 30, 2014 | Twitchy
    While speaking out on the House floor yesterday against the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama, Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said the move is a “veil for impeachment.” Jackson Lee also took the opportunity to point out that “We [Democrats] did not seek an impeachment of President Bush” when he was in office. Really? Not only did some Democrats seek an impeachment of President Bush, but Rep. Jackson Lee co-sponsored the bill? Classic!
  • McDonald’s Ordered To Pay $27 Million For Teens’ Deaths

    07/31/2014 5:51:30 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 55 replies
    cbs ^ | 7-30-2014
    College students Denton Ward, 18, from Flower Mound, and Lauren Crisp, 19, of Dripping Springs, were killed shortly after stopping at a College Station McDonald’s in the early morning hours of February 18, 2012. Ward and another male friend were attacked in the McDonald’s parking lot by a mob of 15 to 20 people. When Ward’s friends, including Crisp, loaded into a car to rush him to the hospital, the driver ran a red light and they were involved in a crash with a pickup truck.  Crisp was killed in the crash. The teens’ families sued McDonald’s, claiming that the...
  • Groundwater Depletion in Colorado River Basin Poses Big Risk to Water Security

    07/31/2014 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7-30-2014 | Sandra Postel
    In 2000, Lake Mead was just about full. Then a drought hit that has more or less continued to this day. As a result, the level of Lake Mead has steadily dropped. At full capacity, the lake’s level is 1,221.4 feet above mean sea level. Today its level is at 1,080.9 feet, the lowest it has been since 1937, just after the completion of Hoover Dam. Even more striking, 77 percent of that loss – some 41 million acre-feet – was water stored underground. That’s enough to meet the home water use of the entire US population for eight years.
  • Nearly a year after collapse, repairs to begin on southern Illinois bridge

    07/31/2014 5:19:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    st louis today ^ | 7-31-2014 | AP
    <p>Repairs to a southern Illinois bridge that collapsed nearly a year ago soon may begin.</p> <p>Jefferson County Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons says the project will be let out for bid on Friday, with construction anticipated to begin within about 45 days from when the bid is awarded.</p>
  • Greenspan: Stocks to see 'significant correction

    07/31/2014 5:02:30 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-31-2014 | reuters
    Equity markets will see a decline at some point after rising for the past several years, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Read More Putting millions where his mouth is, trader bets on S&P "The stock market has recovered so sharply for so long, you have to assume somewhere along the line we will get a significant correction ," Greenspan said on Wednesday. Greenspan's comments come amid growing concern that interest rates near record lows are creating asset-price bubbles
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Thursday, July 31, 2014

    07/31/2014 12:37:39 AM PDT · by sneakers · 25 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Angry black woman eloquently smacks down Students for Justice in Palestine

    07/30/2014 10:27:18 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 4 replies ^ | July 30, 2014 | Allen West
    They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that’s the case, the American black community should be highly flattered that everybody wants to lay claim to a “civil rights struggle” just like the black civil rights movement. We see that coming from the radical gay agenda, and some in the black community provide credibility in attributing the “civil rights” mantra to that push. You even have folks here in America illegally claiming they have “civil rights.” One thing missing from all these other struggles is the central root of the black civil rights movement, the black church....
  • Shanghai Disneyland to Benefit From High Speed Train Line

    07/30/2014 9:54:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7-30-2014 | Abid Rahman
    Shanghai Disneyland opens at the end of 2015. The $5.5 billion theme park and holiday resort project will be integrated into city's transport system with proposals for a "Disney Express" train services also likely to get the go-ahead. A high speed rail line connecting Shanghai Disney Resort with the city is increasingly likely to be built reported the Shanghai Daily last Saturday. The paper says that blueprints issues by the Shanghai Railway Bureau show plans to build a new station in the Pudong New Area, a site close to the construction site of the prospective Disneyland theme park and Disney...
  • White House threatens to veto $659M House border bill

    07/30/2014 9:08:51 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-30-2014 | Peter Schroeder
    The White House threatened Wednesday to veto the $659 million border bill crafted by House Republicans, calling it an insufficient bill that places “arbitrary and unrealistic demands” on the nation’s immigration system. In a statement of administration policy, the White House said advisers would recommend President Obama veto the bill if it reached his desk. The administration slammed the GOP bill as “patchwork legislation,” saying it provides insufficient resources and forces harmful policy changes, according to the statement. “H.R. 5230 could make the situation worse, not better,” the administration said. The White House used the veto threat to blast House...
  • Naomi Shure - I Am Telling You

    07/30/2014 6:44:13 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 7 replies ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Jaqob Jackson
    Naomi Shure - I Am Telling You From the 2010 Arkansas Miss America Pageant
  • After Action Report Dinesh D'Souza's AMERICA at Costco

    07/30/2014 6:36:37 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 34 replies
    FR ^ | July 30, 2014 | RQSR
    Follow up to book sales Dinesh D'Souza AMERICA discussion of earlier this month.
  • Close call: axe through windshield!

    07/30/2014 3:52:22 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Chinook Observer ^ | 7-30-2014 | KELLY SPRUNGER
    Topsfield, Mass. --- (NECN) A motorist traveling on I-95 South in Topsfield, Massachusetts, endured a frightening moment Wednesday morning when an axe struck their vehicle. A landscaper driving a dump truck had failed to properly secure an axe in its rear cargo area. The axe came loose, flew off the truck and became lodged in the windshield of a car traveling behind it, nearly striking a passenger. The female passenger sat terrified in her seat after it all happened, with an axe lodged in the glass just inches from her face. She was covered in glass. "She was very shaken...
  • Obamacare Dividends Pile Up for Hospitals as Patients Pay

    07/30/2014 3:42:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 7/30/2014 | Alex Wayne and Shannon Pettypiece
    Even as Obamacare continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using ERs are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower growth in its health-care spending. HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital chain, yesterday raised its forecast and reported a 6.6 percent drop in uninsured patients at its 165 hospitals, a reduction that grows to 48 percent in four states that expanded Medicaid, a top initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. WellPoint Inc. (WLP), which made the...
  • A Brief History Of Mental Illness

    07/30/2014 12:40:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies ^ | 7-30-2014 | Bill Whittle
    In this searing and personal Firewall, Bill Whittle talks about his Brief History of Mental Illness, how he managed to avoid going Full Progressive, the famous author who helped bring him back to sanity, and asks the fundamental question: "What if I'm wrong?"
  • Suspected Child Molester Recently Featured on CNN Crime Show Killed in NYC Shootout

    07/30/2014 2:22:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    hollywood reporter ^ | hillary lewis
    A suspected child molester whose case was recently featured on CNN's The Hunt With John Walsh was killed in a New York City shootout on Monday. Sexual-assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir exchanged fire with a fugitive task force Monday in Greenwich Village, leaving the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police detective wounded, authorities said. Mozdir was arrested in California after the now-7-year-old son of two close friends told his parents that Mozdir touched his private parts while the suspect was taking care of him, CNN reported. A $1 million warrant was issued for Mozdir’s arrest after he...
  • Pandemic Masks

    07/30/2014 1:49:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    Doom and Bloom ^ | 7/7/14 | Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones the Disaster Doctor
    Your Strategy doctor and patient with masks You’ll need both standard and N95 masks as part of your medical supplies. I would recommend a significant number of each as the masks will be contaminated once worn and should be discarded. A simple truth regarding medical supplies in a pandemic: You can never have too many. Any “extras” you might have will be incredibly valuable barter items in times of trouble. There are no absolute standards with regards to who wears what in the sick room. I would recommend using the standard surgical masks for those who are ill, to prevent...
  • Study: Quarantines Work Against Pandemics

    07/30/2014 11:37:21 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Time ^ | 8/7/2007 | Coco Masters
    The context of the 21st century, however, is very different from that of 1918. Individual rights are guarded a lot more fiercely today than in the past, and people may not submit easily to compulsory quarantine or isolation. It is critical that if we were to implement such public health measures that we have adequate medical and psychological support, says Markel. "If you come down with the force of the law very hard, you have to ask if the public health edict helps public health or endangers it," he says. "The onus is on us as physicians, public health experts,...
  • US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

    07/30/2014 11:01:21 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    8 news now ^ | 7-30-2014
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba. The department announced Wednesday it was imposing sanctions on the Chongchongang Shipping Company, which owned the ship. It also sanctioned Ocean Maritime Management Company, which allegedly provided the ship's captain and crew with instructions to conceal the weapons and provide false documentation. Panamanian authorities stopped the ship, Chong Chon Gang, in July 2013, as it tried to enter the Panama Canal. They found two Cuban fighter jets, missiles and live...
  • Stowaway in Air Force C-130 at Ramstein likely suffocated

    07/30/2014 10:46:44 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7-30-2014 | Steven Beardsley and Marcus Kloeckner
    A teenage boy found dead inside a hidden compartment of an Air Force plane after its return to Ramstein Air Base in Germany from a mission across northern Africa likely suffocated because of a lack of oxygen at high altitude, according to an autopsy performed Wednesday. German investigators said the unidentified youth, believed to be from Africa, most likely boarded the plane in Bamako, the capital of Mali, one of several stops made by the Ramstein-based C-130J Super Hercules during an eight-day mission. Prosecutor Eberhard Bayer could not say what led investigators to that conclusion but said his clothing could...
  • Nigeria arrests explosive-laden child

    07/30/2014 10:38:21 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    sbs news ^ | 7-31-2014
    On Sunday, a young woman injured five police officers as she blew herself up at a another campus in the city. The next day, two young women believed to be in their late teens or early 20s separately attacked a petrol station and a shopping centre, suicide blasts that killed at least three people and injured 13 others. Omeri said security forces on Tuesday stopped a car in Kano's neighbouring state of Katsina and arrested three suspected Boko Haram members. The group included one male and two girls, aged 18 and 10. The older two tried to flee, according to...
  • Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

    07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 65 replies
    bbc ^ | july 29, 2014
    According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts. In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children were presented with three types of stories - realistic, religious and fantastical. The researchers then queried the children on whether they thought the main character in the story was real or fictional. While nearly all children found the figures in the realistic narratives to be real, secular and religious children were split on religious stories. Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as...
  • Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

    07/30/2014 9:15:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    wfmj ^ | 7-30-2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia.</p> <p>Action would ease a Senate backlog currently keeping more than 50 diplomatic nominees in limbo. The State Department and White House have bemoaned the delays.</p>
  • Teen Sets Himself on Fire for Online 'Challenge' (LOL!)

    07/30/2014 8:55:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 53 replies
    Newser ^ | July 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    If pouring rubbing alcohol on your chest and lighting it on fire sounds like a bad idea, you're on the right track. A 15-year-old boy in Kentucky had to learn the hard way, however, after he attempted a stunt called the "fire challenge" that's been popping up on sites like Facebook and YouTube. "I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and burst," the teenager, who suffered second-degree burns, tells WKYT-TV. (snip) "Unbearable," the teen says. "Literally after it got put out it was already blistering."
  • 300 Guests Brawl in Giant Wedding Fight

    07/30/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 65 replies
    Newser ^ | July 30, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    "A huge fight erupted at a New Jersey wedding this weekend, with 300 guests involved in the tussle as police struggled to control the situation. The wedding-hall brawl, which, unsurprisingly, involved booze"
  • Bi-Weekly Thread Thread #5 July 30, 2014

    07/30/2014 8:39:00 AM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 5 replies
    July 30, 2014 | RG
    Welcome everyone to the bi-weekly Thread Thread, a once every other week post of all things sewing. Join us to discuss, ask questions and learn everything you've ever wanted to talk about, ask or discover about sewing. We include anything you can make with fabric, needle and thread. Share with us some or you designs and ideas on how to become more self-sufficient by making your own clothing, home decor or anything else
  • Singapore Govt to spend S$100m on efficient energy initiatives

    07/30/2014 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed
    Channel Newsasia ^ | 7-30-2014 | Monica Kotwan
    The money will fund research on green data centres and initiatives that encourage the efficient use of energy in buildings. The authorities are studying the possibility of capturing the emissions from Singapore's power plants, refineries and petrochemical industries instead of releasing them into the air. Carbon dioxide from these emissions can then be separated and stored thousands of metres underground. Experts say the carbon dioxide can also be used to make products like formic acid and urea. “It can provide an interesting revenue stream, for instance in oil recovery,” said Cecilia Tam from the International Energy Agency. “In countries like Singapore...
  • Satanists Invoke Hobby Lobby, Say Pro-Life Laws Violate Their Religious Beliefs

    07/30/2014 7:33:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    life news ^ | Carole Novielli
    Following the Hail Satan chant in during laws that would restrict late term abortions in the state of Texas, a new effort is underway by the Satanic Temple to interject “religious protection for women with health needs that are being complicated by unreasonable laws.” In a statement released Monday, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material. MSNBC which drank the Koolaid reports that,”in other words, the Satanic Temple wanted a conscience clause from laws...
  • SHARKNADO 2 The Second One Premiers Tonight!

    07/30/2014 7:17:01 AM PDT · by null and void · 35 replies
    The distorted and warped minds of nully and the writers at the Syfy Channel | 7/30/14 | nully
    Tonight's the night of The Second Coming! New York City. I hope the sharks bring their own picante sauce...
  • Make the Switch (Barf but Interesting)

    07/30/2014 6:34:37 AM PDT · by Hostage · 4 replies
    Credo Mobile ^ | July 30, 2014 | Credo Mobile
    Is your phone company ... Helping lead the fight against Big Oil's Keystone XL pipeline? Celebrating the victories of the Take Down the Tea Party Ten campaign? Fighting to save Net Neutrality? The largest corporate donor to Planned Parenthood?
  • Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone

    07/30/2014 6:13:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 77 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7-29-2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    "I honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. I was letting him go play,” she told the station. As Dominic was passing by a public pool, lifeguards asked him where his mother was. “They asked me a couple questions, and I got scared so I ran off to the park and then they called the cops,” Dominic said. Police found the boy in the park playground playing with other children. He had a cellphone around his neck that was given to him by his mother, a police affidavit said. Police took the boy home and the mother was arrested...
  • Israeli Shells Said to Hit School in Gaza, Killing at Least 20

    07/30/2014 6:03:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-30-2014 | BEN HUBBARD and JODI RUDOREN
    “What we’ve seen in our shelters is indicative of what we’ve seen more generally,” Mr. Turner said. “When they started naval bombardment, artillery and tank fire, that’s just not as accurate as airstrikes. They can’t see what they’re shooting at, so we’ve seen more destruction, more damage, more death.” Mr. Turner of the United Nations said his agency had provided the GPS coordinates of the school to the Israel Defense Forces 17 times, starting July 16 and most recently Tuesday at 8:48 p.m., to ensure it would be spared. Ziad Yousef, who also works for the agency, said the doors...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    07/30/2014 2:54:31 AM PDT · by sneakers · 10 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • 2 Babies Get Herpes After Jewish Circumcision Ritual

    07/29/2014 10:40:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    2 Babies Get Herpes After Jewish Circumcision Ritual ANCIENT RITUAL INVOLVES SUCKING BLOOD FROM WOUND, SPITTING IT ASIDE By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff Posted Jul 29, 2014 (NEWSER) – An ancient and now rare type of circumcision called metzitzah b'peh, which is sometimes performed by Orthodox Jews on newborn boys, appears to be behind the spread of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) to two newborns in New York this month. Both boys were born to mothers who carried full-term and had normal deliveries, reports WNBC-TV. During the ritual, however, the person doing the circumcision uses direct oral suction...
  • Mining the rest of California's uninsured

    07/29/2014 10:17:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-30-2014
    Hispanics make up 62 percent of the uninsured, and that demographic group presents a particular challenge for insurance-expansion advocates. Nearly half of the uninsured Hispanics are ineligible for either Medi-Cal or Obamacare plans because they are undocumented immigrants. A total of 37 percent of those eligible, documented Hispanics told researchers that they were "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that if they signed up for health insurance it "will draw attention" to their own or a family member's immigration status.
  • High risk offender decides against move to Gage Park

    07/29/2014 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    thespec ^ | Matthew Van Dongen
    A high-risk sex offender is on the move again as public outrage mounts over a warning from police that he would be living in the city's east end. Hamilton police issued a rare community safety notification Friday for Keith Theodore Constantin, who was released from custody last week after serving a five-year sentence for sexually assaulting a young woman in the basement of his parents' Hamilton home.
  • What the Robot Apocalypse Will Mean for IT, Jobs and Work

    07/29/2014 10:00:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    CIO ^ | 7-11-2014 | Rob Enderle
    The general consensus is that the jobs most affected will be menial, low-paying ones – but this may not be the low-hanging fruit at all. Folks will work less and have far more time to spend on wonderful things because they'll share jobs. (they'll also make far less money, likely falling under the threshold where their employers pay for medical coverage.)
  • Russia hit with strongest sanctions since Cold War

    07/29/2014 9:36:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies ^ | 7-30-2014 | JANE COWAN
    The European Union and the United States are imposing the strongest sanctions against Russia since the Cold War in an attempt to prevent further destabilisation of Ukraine. The sanctions will now hit Russian banks and its energy and defence sectors. US president Barak Obama says Russia must pay an economic price for meddling in Ukraine and should brace for an even bigger hit if it continues to support the rebels.
  • Where Does Ebola Come From?

    07/29/2014 9:17:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7-29-2014 | OLGA KHAZAN
    There are no gorillas in West Africa, so specialists think this outbreak is linked to fruit bats. In 2007 in Uganda, an Ebola outbreak was traced to “a couple of kids playing with fruit bats in a cave. They came home with two dead fruit bats and the mothers cooked them,” said Dr. Estrella Lasry, a tropical medicine advisor to Doctors Without Borders. Researchers still don’t know the exact cause of this particular outbreak, but it might have to do with the local practice of eating bats for food, according to Jonathan Epstein, an epidemiologist at EcoHealth Alliance. “It's unclear...
  • Ebola Outbreak: NC Missionaries Evacuating 60 People

    07/29/2014 9:05:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    wfmy news 2 ^ | 7-29-2014 | Emily Spain
    The organizations are planning to move the 60 people out of Liberia to another area of Africa in the next couple of days. That group will stay in Africa for a 21-day fever watch to make sure they do not have the Ebola virus. Johnson said, the two groups are working with the CDC and state department to make sure the 60 people are cleared before coming back to the states. Right now, none of them are showing signs of the disease. "It's a safety precaution for some of the children that we have there and some of the spouses....

    07/29/2014 8:50:46 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-28-2014
    Business executives and politicians endlessly complain that there is a "shortage" of qualified Americans and that the U.S. must admit more high-skilled guest workers to fill jobs in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Yet within the past month, two odd things occurred: Census reported that only one in four STEM degree holders is in a STEM job, and Microsoft announced plans to downsize its workforce by 18,000 jobs.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton gets early start at book signing

    07/29/2014 8:08:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    timesunion ^ | 7-29-2014
    Patrons had to buy the potential presidential candidate's new book, "Hard Choices," from the store in advance. A total of 1,000 people did. Clinton was to dash off her signature only, so no personal requests would be allowed and no other memorabilia signed, according to the bookstore's website. Children over age 6 were required to have their own book and ticket, and patrons were not allowed to bring bags or personal items into the store.
  • Why does job loss increase mortality risk, but a recession reduce it?

    07/29/2014 7:20:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    While some studies have associated unemployment with increased risk of death, others claim that recessions reduce mortality. Results of the study revealed that losing a job is associated with a 73% higher risk of death, which the team says is the equivalent of adding 10 years to a person's age. Every percentage-point increase in a person's state unemployment rates was a linked to a 9% reduction in the risk of death - the equivalent of reducing a person's age by 1 year.
  • Meghan McCain: No more Sarah Palin

    07/29/2014 7:11:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 29, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meghan McCain won’t be tuning into the Sarah Palin Channel any time soon. “I am not going to subscribe to Sarah Palin’s $9.95 per month,” McCain said on Monday during her Pivot show TakePart Live. “I got all the Sarah Palin I need for one lifetime.” Palin, the 2008 running mate of McCain’s father Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), announced Sunday that she will be starting her own Internet television news channel, the Sarah Palin Channel. “This is a news channel that really is a lot more than news,” Palin said in a video posted to Facebook on Sunday. “This is...
  • Paul Singer: This threat is 'head-and-shoulders' above all others

    07/29/2014 6:23:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/29/14 | Lawrence Delevingne
    "(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences," Singer wrote. "Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think." Carrington refers to a solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph systems to fail around the world. Singer warned that a man-made EMP attack would be even worse.
  • Ravens fans give Ray Rice standing ovation during practice

    07/29/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 29 July 2014 |
    Baltimore Ravens fans gave running back Ray Rice a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field during training camp practice on Monday, according to the team's website. Rice acknowledged the cheering fans by pointing to the crowd. Rice was seen on video in February dragging his then-fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. He was charged with third-degree aggravated assault after Janay Palmer, whom he later married, was left unconscious following the incident. Rice agreed to enter into a diversion program to avoid a jail sentence. More: Lenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities...