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  • A Deep, Dark Mystery [Helium leakage from Earth's mantle in Los Angeles Basin]

    06/29/2015 4:25:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    UC Santa Barbara ^ | 6/29/15 | Julie Cohen
    UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles has found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. Using samples of casing gas from two dozen oil wells ranging from LA’s Westside to Newport Beach in Orange County, Boles discovered that more than one-third of the sites — some of the deepest ones — show evidence of high levels of helium-3 (3He).Considered primordial, 3He is a vestige of the Big Bang. Its only terrestrial source is the mantle. Leakage of 3He suggests that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper...
  • Farewell, Station Master Tama [Station Master Kitty RIP; w/pix]

    06/29/2015 4:02:10 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 6 replies
    This dapper calico named Tama had a very important role as the station master of an electric railway station in Japan. After eight years on the job, she was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony which 3,000 co-workers, admirers and friends attended. As you can see, she took her job very seriously. The Kishi Railway Station where Tama worked was nearly shut down, leading to her adoptive owner, a local grocer, to be named station master in 2006 to cut costs. A year later Tama took over the role. Her popularity as station master is credited for saving the...
  • Reportedly Mimicking Stunt, Man Dies After Putting Firework to Head

    06/29/2015 3:45:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Patch.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Beth Dalbey
    The “horrific” accident is a tragic reminder of the consequences of mixing alcohol and fireworks, police said. A 47-year-old Oakland County man reportedly imitating a stunt he’d seen on a YouTube video is dead after the large mortar firework he held to his head exploded, police said.The “horrific event,” which occurred about 9:14 p.m. Sunday at a pre-Fourth of July party in the 1500 block of Quinif Drive, “is a reminder that alcohol and fireworks don’t mix,” Walled Lake Police Chief Paul Shakinas told The Oakland Press.The man, identified as Scott Jeffers, thought the firecracker was unlit when he held...
  • U.S. Supreme Court lets Oracle press case that Google copied Java in rush to make Android

    06/29/2015 3:36:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac Daily Newsws ^ | Jun 29, 2015 6:32 AM PDT
  • [Vanity]Request Input on Dealing with Difficulty Returning a Purchase To Home Depot

    06/29/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 29 replies
    me | 6/29/2015 | me
    So we bought a shed from Home Depot. I really despise Home Depot, but the price was right (next shed size up with a door wide enough to meet our needs is 30% more expensive at any shed supply store we looked at) and it was locally available and had a 10 year warranty. The shed we bought was advertised on the HD website as having a 64" wide door opening, which we knew would be tight, but would work for our mower. We bought the shed and material for the foundation with cash. My husband worked for 2 days...
  • 'Mysterious’ fireball lights up Atlanta sky

    06/29/2015 3:18:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    According to the American Meteor Society fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation. A spokesperson for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the fireball which was seen over Walker County (Alabama) was a meteor as neither FAA nor local authorities have any confirmed information about a plane crash or any other accident,...
  • NBC wants to play hardball? EVERYONE do NOT turn to any channel with NBC on it.

    06/29/2015 3:18:07 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 65 replies
    29 June 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Quit watching NBC, period. Everyone. Have some backbone and self discipline. Quit watching that network. Permanently, no matter what. I do not watch nor will I ever watch it again.
  • COPAS AMERICAS SEMIS: Chile v Peru 06/29 (630pm EDT) and Argentina v Paraguay 06/30 (630pm EDT)

    06/29/2015 3:09:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Chile vs Peru - June 29th 6:30pm EDT Argentina vs Paraguay - June 30th 6:30pm EDT
  • Girl, 13, Arrested For Vicious Videotaped Attack On Classmate, Young Boy

    06/29/2015 3:00:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    smokinggun.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | smokinggun
    Texas cops last night arrested a 13-year-old girl in connection with a viral video showing her attacking a classmate who was holding a small child in her lap. The teenager surrendered to police and was booked into the Dallas County Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center on assault and injury to a child charges. Video of the attack can be seen below. Investigators--who did not identify the defendant due to her age--began probing the girl after video of the June 19 assault was posted online. The attack occurred outside an elementary school in Rowlett, a Dallas suburb, and was the result...
  • Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits

    06/29/2015 2:51:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/29/15 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer. The military panel at Fort Bragg reached the finding late Sunday concerning Maj. Mathew Golsteyn. Army Special Forces Command spokeswoman Maj. Allison Aguilar said Monday that if the decision is upheld by a review board Golsteyn would be discharged under honorable conditions allowing him to keep nearly all veteran's benefits.
  • Cameron tells BBC to stop calling barbaric terror group Islamic State because name is offensive

    06/29/2015 2:51:10 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2015 | Matt Chorley
    David Cameron today called on the BBC not to use the phrase 'Islamic State' when referring to the terror group operating in Iraq and Syria. The Prime Minister - who calls the group 'ISIL' - said Muslims would 'recoil' at the phrase being used to justify the 'perversion of a great religion'. He insisted that the battle against extremists targeting Britons around the world can be won but will require 'extraordinary resolve and patience'. Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui targeted tourists at the Tunisian beach resort of El Kantaoui near Sousse on Friday morning, killing 38 people including up to 30 British...
  • SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

    06/29/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    L A Times ^ | Christine Mai-Duc
    As of early Monday morning, founder Elon Musk tweeted, no cause had been determined after ”several thousand engineering-hours” of review, meaning more than 100 engineers were working to investigate the problem. Investigators were using software to recover the "final milliseconds" before the explosion, he tweeted. Officials have said that all nine of the rocket’s engines had fired normally and that the rocket's trajectory was “right on target.” The Dragon capsule, which contained the cargo, was “healthy” and sending data back for “some time” after the incident, officials said. The rocket was about 28 miles above Earth when it broke up....
  • South Texas Farmer Dies From Bee Attack

    06/29/2015 1:52:31 PM PDT · by bkopto · 13 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | June 29, 2015 | staff
    A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo. The San Benito Fire Department on Monday identified the victim as 53-year-old Rogelio Zuniga. Fire Chief Raul Zuniga Jr., who's a cousin of the victim, says the attack happened Sunday afternoon. Rogelio Zuniga was using a disk on the field when the tractor hit an old concrete pipe meant for irrigation. The fire chief says the bees came from an opening in the pipe. The victim was dead at the scene. The fire chief says an exterminator...
  • Court clears way for birth control access

    06/29/2015 1:49:52 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    ScotusBlog.com ^ | 6-29-2015 | Lyle Denniston
    Continuing to make sure that female employees and students have access to birth control, but that religious non-profit organizations where those women work or study do not have to provide it, the Supreme Court took action Monday on a case that is developing for next Term. In a two-page order, the Court turned aside requests by Roman Catholic colleges, charities, and other non-profits in Pennsylvania to keep on hold a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, rejecting those groups’ challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.   Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., had temporarily put that...
  • So since they no longer require proof of citizenship to vote, can I vote multiple? ~ Vanity

    06/29/2015 1:44:00 PM PDT · by GraceG · 27 replies
    GraceG
    Since the SCOTUS just decided to throw the last mechanism of actual democratic elections down the tubes, can my many multiple personalities now vote?
  • Confederate flag cake, no. ISIS flag cake, yes. Wal-Mart apologizes after YouTube flap(worked there)

    06/29/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/29/15 | Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A Wal-Mart store in Slidell refused a request to decorate a cake with a design featuring a Confederate flag, but agreed to decorate a cake featuring the flag of the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIS, a man says in a video posted to YouTube. Wal-Mart has apologized for selling the cake, explaining that the employee who handled the order did not recognize it as the ISIS flag. The corporation, a spokesman said, does not support ISIS. The YouTube video, posted Friday (June 26) by a man identified as Chuck Netzhammer, shows a man sitting on a motorcycle unfurl a...
  • Nearly four of 10 U.S. kids exposed to violence

    06/29/2015 1:39:22 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/29/2015 | news.yahoo.com
    I would expect that most of the violence is from teen-on-teen. Here's some FBI violent crime stats for under 18. I did not find much of that in the article. My reply below contains FBI UCR under 18 violent crime data.
  • New York bans fracking after years of "exhaustive research"

    06/29/2015 1:28:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Oneida Dispatch ^ | 6-29-2015 | AP
    <p>New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas after a seven-year environmental and health review.</p> <p>Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the "only reasonable alternative" after "years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts."</p>
  • The Trump Card

    06/29/2015 1:19:55 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 34 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Peter Roff
    Those who think Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination is little more than an ego trip, super-sized, should probably reconsider. The bombastic billionaire from the five boroughs ranks just behind the little man from the Monopoly game when it comes to conspicuous displays of wealth. He lacks anything close to a natural political constituency. He’s been a major donor to candidates and causes on both sides of the aisle and does not, it seems, have anything close to a consistent political ideology. And that, for most political professionals and commentators, is reason enough not to take him seriously....
  • iOS 8.4 to be released 8 AM PT on Tuesday, iTunes Match song limit will increase to 100,000 in iOS 9

    06/29/2015 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 28, 2015 | by Benjamin Mayo
    Apple directors have been somewhat talkative over the weekend about the imminent release of Apple Music. Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, who now works as a Senior Director of Apple Music, blogged about the product’s launch. He reminisces on the history of digital music and radio saying that seeing Apple Music on stage at WWDC ‘it was hard not to feel like the last 20+ years was leading to this day’.Interestingly, Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8 AM on June 30th which includes the newly revamped Music app to support Apple Music. This is slightly earlier than the usual 10...
  • Donald Trump's statement about NBC hits 'lying' Brian Williams

    06/29/2015 12:57:49 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 78 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 29 2015 | Brian Stelter
    After NBCUniversal severed its relationships with Donald Trump on Monday, the billionaire businessman and presidential candidate responded by invoking suspended NBC anchorman Brian Williams and threatening to meet NBC in court. Here is Trump's statement: "As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC. Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct--- that is why our country is in serious trouble. (continued at) http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/29/media/donald-trump-statement-nbc-brian-williams/index.html
  • Did Kim Jong-un have the architect behind North Korea's new airport executed because he did not [tr]

    06/29/2015 12:25:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2015 | Staff
    It has been claimed the chief architect of Pyongyang Airport was executed by North Korea's totalitarian leader Kim Jong-un because he disliked his designs. Ma Won-chun, who was North Korea's director of the Designing Department of the National Defence Commission, vanished last year and was allegedly executed in November. This coincided with a report the same month explaining how the fearsome ruler was dissatisfied with the construction of Terminal 2 at the country's capital city.
  • Australian School Phone Message

    06/29/2015 12:24:32 PM PDT · by econjack · 7 replies
    video ^ | June 29, 2015 | unknown
    While there's no way I can verify this, I like the message regardless. The Aussies have it right on most issues. Listen at: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwghabw4N80?rel=0
  • NBC Finally Dumps Donald Trump

    06/29/2015 11:43:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 54 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 6-29-2015 | Inae Oh
    On Monday, NBC released a statement announcing it was severing its business ties with Donald Trump following his recent remarks stating Mexican immigrants were "rapists" who carry drugs into the United States. The network will no longer be airing the real estate mogul's Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump, who earlier this month descended from an escalator and announced he was making a bid for the White House, stepped down as host from the reality show in order to run for president. Just last week, the Spanish-language television network Univision also announced it was cutting ties with Trump due...
  • Cruz on Hannity Tonight

    06/29/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 18 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | Fox News
    Just saw on Fox that Ted Cruz will be on Hannity tonight for an exclusive interview. 8.P.M. Central
  • Market Tanking - Any Correlation With the Judgement We Can Now Expect? [Vanity]

    06/29/2015 11:35:44 AM PDT · by fwdude · 53 replies
    self-published | 06/29/15 | fwdude
    At last check the market (DJI) was down 254 points after a steady decline throughout the day. US Treasury yields down 14 basis points. I know, the Greek crisis. But Who orchestrates these events beyond our understanding?
  • Memphis Mayor Wants to Literally Dig Up Confederate General and Move Him

    06/29/2015 11:07:05 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 49 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 6/29/15 | by Alex Griswold
    Memphis Mayor Wants to Literally Dig Up Confederate General and Move Him by Alex Griswold Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has called for the removal of the grave of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park, along with an attached memorial. “These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” Wharton said in a press conference Thursday. Most historians believe that Forrest was also the first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, although he later distanced himself from the group as they became more violent. “This is...
  • "Welcome to The Crazy Years" - a conservative hard-rock protest song, by Yours Truly [vanity]

    06/29/2015 10:58:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 6/29/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    I wrote this song about the events of the past few days. I could have been less polite. (With greatest respect, Robert A. Heinlein didn't know the half of it.) I write and record my music under the stage name "Hopalong Ginsberg." I considered using "Caitlynn Jenner," but I got a cease-and-desist letter from some geriatric tranny. For a free MP3 download of "Welcome to The Crazy Years," click here or click here.
  • Americans exude joy on Gay Pride Day after court ruling

    06/29/2015 10:49:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-29-2015 | Sebastien Malo
    Americans marked Gay Pride Day this year with an extra measure of gusto, turning out en masse at Sunday's festivities in New York and other cities to celebrate the Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. Two days after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the New York City celebration by officiating at the marriage of two men outside of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar that is considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement. "I want you to...
  • Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

    06/29/2015 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1:56 pm ET Jun 26, 2015 | By Amir Mizroch
    Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know...
  • 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

    06/29/2015 10:31:49 AM PDT · by proust · 39 replies
    Right WIng News ^ | April 2012 | John Hawkins
    When conservatives stop playing defense...
  • Obama sheds cool style for 'fearless' final lap in office

    06/29/2015 10:30:22 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-29-2015 | Roberta Rampton, Richard Cowan and Steve Holland
    Barack Obama has reached the stage of his presidency where if he wants to break out in song publicly, as he did with “Amazing Grace” in a eulogy on Friday, then he’s going to do it. With a year-and-a-half left in office, Obama is shedding some of his trademark “no drama” style for a looser approach, admitting that he feels more fearless and liberated. It may also be in recognition that he has few big-ticket policy achievements left to enjoy in polarized Washington as the end of his two-term presidency approaches. In a remarkable week for the president, a victory...
  • WATCH: NASA cuts live video transmission as THREE UFOs fly past Earth

    06/29/2015 9:58:23 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 102 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | Mon, Jun 29, 2015 | Aaron Brown
    This shocking footage is causing quite a stir online. Some have already branded the clip definitive PROOF of alien lifeforms. The video – which is reportedly shot from the International Space Station – shows three unidentified flying objects blast out of Earth’s atmosphere. The lights leave our planet seconds before the live video feed is cut by NASA due to a reported “loss of signal”.
  • Evidence Of A Holocene Meteorite Impact Event Near Nalbach (Saarland, Germany)

    06/29/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Academia ^ | 2015 | Kord Ernstson
    The widespread occurrence of peculiar samples in the Nalbach area covering many square kilometers and exhibiting convincing indications of high temperatures and high pressures, in particular the mineralogical evidence of strong shock, establishes a meteorite impact event in the Holocene as a matter of fact according to the generally accepted opinion that shock metamorphism in rocks proves a meteorite impact. The young Holocene age is concluded from the concentration of the peculiar finds in the upper soil layers, the very fresh status of the impact glasses and the young appearance of the now discovered probable impact crater. Using impact scaling...
  • First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants

    06/29/2015 9:14:37 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 55 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/29/15 | By Dr. Paul L. Williams
    First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants By Dr. Paul L. Williams "In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service,”— Michelle Obama. We were wrong. Michelle Obama, as we reported on July 7, is not served by twenty-two attendants who stand by to cater to her every whim. She is served by twenty-six attendants, including a hair dresser and make-up artist. The annual cost to...
  • Confederate flag hung from Boston memorial for black soldiers

    06/29/2015 9:01:59 AM PDT · by Andy'smom · 36 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 06/29/2015 | Emack-Bazelais and Jennifer Smith
    A Confederate battle flag was attached Sunday night to a Boston memorial that commemorates one of the first all-black regiments to fight for the union during the Civil War, hanging there for over an hour before a woman removed it. Melissa Carino, 37, of Lowell said she saw the flag hanging from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across the street from the State House at about 8 p.m. Carino said she left and returned to the location later, angered that it had not been removed.
  • Has anyone seen the "Max the Dog" movie yet and if so what did you think?

    06/29/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    29 June 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Just wondering if it worth my time/money to go see it?
  • 19-year-old US track phenom becomes the fastest teenager ever, takes over US Championships

    06/29/2015 8:40:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/29/2015 | Tony Manfred
    American sprinter Trayvon Bromell, a 19-year-old who goes to Baylor, had a historic weekend at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. In the prelims he ran the 100 meters in 9.84 seconds. It's the fastest time ever for a teenager and ties for the 2nd-fastest time of 2015. At age 19 Bromell is the 10th-fastest man of all time, and the 4th-fastest American. He went on to finish second to Tyson Gay in the 100m finals at the US Championships, which earned him a spot on the US team at the World Championships in Beijing in August. "I started...
  • (V) Be A Test Case For Your Church

    06/29/2015 8:24:16 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 32 replies
    na | 06-29-2015 | OrangeHoof
    If you are a member of a Bible-believing church that considers homosexuality to be sin, last week's SCOTUS decision making gay marriage a federal right has to be disturbing. Soon, as they have with wedding bakers, florists and photographers, gays are likely to show up to be test cases asking to get married in your church. If you are a church elder, what is your response going to be when it is your church they want to marry in? There's a good chance your answer is going to be like this: "The Bible declares in Deuteronomy and Romans and elsewhere...
  • Girl, 13, Arrested For Vicious Videotaped Attack On Classmate, Small Boy

    06/29/2015 8:11:40 AM PDT · by Signalman · 51 replies
    the smoking gun ^ | 6/29/2015 | smoking gun
    The teenager surrendered to police and was booked into the Dallas County Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center on assault and injury to a child charges. Investigators--who did not identify the defendant due to her age--began probing the girl after video of the June 19 assault was posted online. The attack occurred outside an elementary school in Rowlett, a Dallas suburb, and was the result of a prior disagreement between the assailant and the 14-year-old victim. As seen in the video, the victim was sitting at a table holding her three-year-old cousin when she was approached by the attacker and another...
  • Enemies

    06/29/2015 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Leto · 5 replies
    Fourmilab Blog ^ | 4-15-2011 | John Walker
    Opponents or Enemies? In any conflict, it is a deadly error to mistake or underestimate the adversary's capabilities, will to employ them, or ultimate goals. Around the globe, what was once confidently deemed “Western civilisation” is in an end-stage battle with champions of a collectivist and statist ideology which, over the last century, has enacted programs of redistributive taxation, borrowing, and spending whose unsustainability has now become self-evident and which, unless the present course is altered, will collapse in at most ten years. Further, the second- and higher-order effects of these policies have led to demographic collapse in the societies...
  • Computer problem

    06/29/2015 7:34:03 AM PDT · by ontap · 106 replies
    06/29/2015 | Ontap
    I am trying to restore my computer to a previous date but it does not give me a restore date option...help anyone!!!
  • SCOTUS upholds the use of Death Penalty drugs

    06/29/2015 7:18:40 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    5-4.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sunspot Group AR 2339 Crosses the Sun

    06/29/2015 7:18:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | June 29, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How do sunspots evolve? Large dark sunspots -- and the active regions that contain them -- may last for weeks, but all during that time they are constantly changing. Such variations were particularly apparent a few weeks ago as the active region AR 2339 came around the limb of the Sun and was tracked for the next 12 days by NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory. In the featured time lapse video, some sunspots drift apart, while others merge. All the while, the dark central umbral regions shift internally and their surrounding lighter penumbras shimmer and wave. The surrounding Sun appears...
  • Hill fort said to be where King Arthur's Guinevere was born has lasted 3,000 years... under siege

    06/29/2015 7:09:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Saturday, June 27, 2015 | Robin Stummer
    A powerful group of senior archaeologists are sharpening their trowels to fight "ethically unacceptable" plans they say will destroy one of the nation's greatest Iron Age treasures. Old Oswestry Hill Fort, an imposing ancient feature that dominates the skyline on the fringe of the Shropshire market town, is on the frontline of an increasingly bitter struggle pitting historians and residents against the local authority and central government. At stake is the ancient rural surroundings of the hill fort, an elaborate, 3,000-year-old earthwork dubbed "the Stonehenge of the Iron Age". It is said to have been the birthplace of Queen Ganhumara...
  • Is It Just Me, Or Did Judge Janine Really Coward Out this Weekend?

    06/29/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Vanity ^ | 29 Jun 15 | Xzins
    I've always been struck, even though I didn't always agree, with the fierceness with which the Judge presented her weekly diatribe against her cause of the week. She was to the point, sarcastic when necessary, and absolutely brutal with her honesty, taking no prisoners. So, I was really surprised when her entire hour, unless I missed it on a 'necessary run', did not mention the Scotus decision on homosexual marriage. Ignoring one of the most momentous decisions by the court that seeks to transform our nation and human history, Janine was silent as a lamb. We heard about the bogus...
  • Donald Trump is better at social media than any other 2016 candidate

    06/29/2015 6:05:54 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    The Week ^ | June 29, 2015 | Marc Ambinder
    A friend challenged me the other day to write something nice about Donald Trump. Easy to do, actually. Donald Trump understands social media better than any other presidential candidate. He uses it more effectively than any other presidential candidate. Why? His id matches the id of the fora he chooses. There are two of them, actually: He uses Twitter and online videos. He ignores everything else, because he has no organic reason to be there. He is authentic. He tweets as he thinks, which is precisely the way that Twitter is supposed to work. (excerpt, please read the full article...
  • Clocks to read 11:59:60 as time lords add leap second

    06/29/2015 5:51:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    When the last leap second was added in 2012 Mozilla, Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon all reported crashes and there were problems with the Linux operating system and programmes written in Java. In Australia, more than 400 flights were grounded as the Qantas check-in system crashed. Experts at Britain’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) who will officially add the second to UK time, warned that markets which are already jittery from Greece could suffer transaction delays if their software was not prepared. “There are consequences of tinkering with time,” said Peter Whibberley, Senior Research Scientist in the Time and Frequency...
  • Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

    06/29/2015 5:41:52 AM PDT · by wbill · 23 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 14, 2015&#62209; | John Holyoke
    In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that coffee exists as its own food group …. and that after waiting for six hours for a single callback from a source, that source will finally phone you while you’re in the men’s room. And today, I’ve learned this: Don’t chase bears. Especially with a dull hatchet. Super-duper especially if...
  • 45 Goals of Communisms in the US

    06/29/2015 5:32:16 AM PDT · by CriticalJ · 6 replies
    Here's a list for the Communist Party in America from the book "The Naked Communist" by Cleon Skousen, published in 1958. 1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war. 2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war. 3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength. 4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. 5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites. 6. Provide American aid...