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  • Pregnant Chilean women broadcast their babies’ heartbeats to the world

    09/22/2018 3:08:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    Live Action ^ | Sep 14, 2018 | Kristi Burton Brown
    On September 8, 2018, Chilean women stood outside in a peaceful protest, letting the world listen in as they broadcasted the heartbeats of their preborn children. When Colectivo Por Las Dos Vidas: Ola Celeste Chile posted the women’s video, it was paired with these words: “The voice of the heart does not need explanation. Children for birth speak for themselves, we must only hear them. Chile is #porlas2vidas (for two lives) .” The square where these women met was quickly filled up with excited people, waving and wearing blue scarves. Each one was proclaiming that it is absolutely possible —...
  • Accused emu killer Jacob MacDonald says running down emus ‘funny at the time’

    09/22/2018 3:02:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Adelaide Now ^ | 9/22/18
    A VICTORIAN man who deliberately ran down emus in his ute on a country road near the South Australian border has said his actions were the “biggest stuff up” of his life. Jacob MacDonald, 20, was charged with numerous animal cruelty and traffic offences on Friday after the video he filmed of himself running over the emus went viral on social media. MacDonald, pictured, is from Cowangie, a small town only kilometres from the South Australian border. Yesterday, speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, he said that while running down the emus as they crossed Pallarang Rd...
  • Russia is a Fake Partner against Terrorism

    09/22/2018 2:48:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Europe's Edge ^ | June 2017 | Janusz Bugajski
    Connections between the Kremlin and international terrorism extend back for decades. The KGB helped develop modern terrorism. It provided weapons to terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, helped devise aircraft hijackings during the 1960s, and promoted the concept of suicide bombings against both military and civilian targets. According to KGB defectors, the FSB successor has continued to sponsor terrorists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri, who trained in Russia in the 1990s before joining Osama bin Laden. During its proxy attack on Ukraine, Moscow supplied the missile system to separatists who shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet, killing nearly 300 civilians. The West has...
  • Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados ("Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary")

    09/22/2018 1:32:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies ^ | 9/22/18 | BBC
    Singer Rihanna has said she "couldn't be more proud" after being given a new ambassadorial role by the government of Barbados. The artist, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" for her home country on Thursday. The role involves promoting education, tourism and investment. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she was honoured to confer the title.
  • VIDEO: Raccoon scales Ocean City building before jumping down, running off

    09/22/2018 1:27:51 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 16 replies
    Fox 29 ^ | September 22, 2018
    A man on vacation in Ocean City, New Jersey captured incredible video of a raccoon scaling the side of a building and climbing several stories. Micha Rea, a South Carolina resident, was walking the boardwalk with friends when he says they spotted the raccoon roughly nine stories up on the side of a building. Rea broke out his camera and started recording. He films the raccoon holding onto the wall of an apartment complex, before showing the group of people who had gathered, including animal control. By the time the camera turns back to the raccoon, the critter has decided...
  • UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders, Live Thread

    09/22/2018 1:24:49 PM PDT · by Impy · 1 replies
    Main Card on Fox Sports One at 10:30 PM Eastern, Prelims on Fox Sports 2 at 8:30 Eastern. Thiago Santos VS. Eryk Anders in the main event. It was originally gonna be Glover Teixeira VS. Jimi Manuwa but both got injured.
  • Survivor Rescued From Inside Capsized Tanzanian Ferry

    09/22/2018 12:46:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | September 22, 20181:47 PM ET | Gabriela Salvdivia
    A survivor was rescued from inside a Tanzanian ferry two days after it capsized on Lake Victoria, killing at least 207 people. The condition of the survivor was not immediately clear. Citing the state-run Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation, the AP reported the man was an engineer and had locked himself in the engine room. The BBC reported he survived because of an air pocket inside the vessel. Divers resumed their rescue efforts on Saturday after hearing knocking noises that suggested signs of life, according to the BBC. The overcrowded ferry was reportedly traveling between the islands of Ukara and Ukerewe on...
  • They Made It! Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

    09/22/2018 11:59:23 AM PDT · by ETL · 10 replies ^ | Sept 22, 2018 | Meghan Bartels, Senior Writer
    The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they've even sent back some wild postcards from their new home. The tiny rovers are part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 asteroid sample-return mission. Engineers with the agency deployed the robots early Friday (Sept. 21), but JAXA waited until today (Sept. 22) to confirm the operation was successful and both rovers made the landing safely. The rovers are part of the MINERVA-II1 program, and are designed to hop along the asteroid's surface, taking photographs and gathering data. In fact, one of the...
  • Brightline Goes West, Plans LA-Las Vegas High Speed Rail

    09/22/2018 11:52:38 AM PDT · by Publius · 25 replies
    Railway Age ^ | 18 September 2018 | Stuart Chirls
    With its funding plans clearer, South Florida passenger start-up Brightline is looking west for its next venture into private high speed rail.Brightline on Tuesday said it had acquired XpressWest, a high-speed passenger rail project with rights to develop a federally approved corridor connecting Southern California and Las Vegas. he project would be only the second privately funded intercity passenger rail in the United States after Brightline. No terms were disclosed. “Brightline is changing transportation in our country by connecting heavily trafficked corridors that are too long to drive and too short to fly,” said Wes Edens, co-founder and co-chief executive...
  • Some Questions for the Accuser and the Accused

    09/22/2018 9:59:35 AM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 17 replies
    vanity | 09/22/2018 | Brian Griffin
    For the Accuser: PLACE Was the place of the attack west of Wisconsin Avenue? [if no or unsure] Was the place of the attack in the vicinity of Connecticut Avenue? Was the place of attack near a bus line? TYPE of PLACE Were you attacked in a private residence? [if yes] Was it a modest house or a very large house? Was the exterior mainly brick? Was the type of residence a split-level house? [if no] Was the type of residence a two-story house? Was this a place that you had been in before? Was the place generally neat and...
  • Wingsuit flyers BASE jump into a plane in mid-air

    French wingsuit flyers recently completed an unbelievable stunt following a B.A.S.E. jump from the top of the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland.
  • How the octopus got its smarts

    09/22/2018 9:37:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 39 replies
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | September 17, 2018
    Did the octopus evolve its unique intelligence by playing fast and free with the genetic code? Elizabeth Finkel investigates -BIG snip- How did the octopus get so smart? Some 400 million years ago, cephalopods – creatures named for the fact that their heads are joined to their feet – ruled the oceans. They feasted on shrimp and starfish, grew to enormous sizes like the six-metre long Nautiloid, Cameroceras, and used their spiral-shaped shells for protection and flotation. Then the age of fishes dawned, dethroning cephalopods as the top predators. Most of the spiral-shelled species became extinct; modern nautilus was one...
  • Ghost-hunting shrink turned urban explorer charged in bizarre break-in of N.J. submarine

    09/22/2018 9:37:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 09/20/2018
    Laura B. Palmese, 38, and Jon P. Stevens, 48, both of Connecticut, swam to the USS Ling, which is moored in the Hackensack River, after leaving their car at a nearby diner, city police said in a statement Thursday. The duo allegedly stole a lantern and a medical corps lieutenant's shoulder lapel from the historic former Navy vessel on Aug. 11. Palmese has worked as a member of Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations, a Connecticut-based team of ghost hunters who seek out the supernatural around the region. "Our mission is to research, investigate, educate and provide assistance to those who...
  • Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9' And 'Life Itself' Bomb At Friday Box Office

    09/22/2018 8:38:00 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 22, 2018 | Scott Mendelson
    [Snip] So, in that sense, it’s no surprise that Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 tanked in its whopping 1,719 theater wide release debut. [Snip] folks are even less likely to flock to an openly political documentary, and frankly even those on the left don’t necessarily want to pay to see a 125-minute crash course of the current horrors of the day. I’d gladly pay triple the ticket price to see a version of the movie without you-know-who babbling incoherently. I’d argue that Moore’s motives in making the movie were less about spreading the word through its contents than in using the...
  • These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world — and there's a clear winner

    09/22/2018 8:03:46 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 43 replies
    Top 20: US Russia ChiComs India France UK South Korea Japan Turkey Germany Italy Egypt Iran Brazil Indonesia Israel Pakistan North Korea Spain Vietnam
  • An Informal Poll - Women Only (sorry guys!)

    09/22/2018 7:41:05 AM PDT · by blu · 51 replies
    This is an formal survey. Gents, you'll see why it's women only. Ladies, it doesn't matter if you believe Dr. Ford or not. Do you think she is asking for extra special handling because she is a woman? Do you think she is being treated differently because she is a woman? You can say if you believe her or not, but the real questions are above.
  • This ice-covered Icelandic volcano may emit more CO2 than all Iceland volcanoes combined

    09/22/2018 7:32:31 AM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Sept 21, 2018 | Sid Perkins
    Actual title: "This ice-covered Icelandic volcano may emit more carbon dioxide than all of the country’s other volcanoes combined" Despite being mostly smothered by a glacier averaging 200 meters thick, one of Iceland’s largest and most active volcanoes still manages to belch surprisingly large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, new research reveals. To help lift the veil on Katla (center right, above), which lies near the southernmost tip of Iceland, researchers flew a sensor-laden aircraft around the peak at low altitude three times in 2016 and 2017. At some points near the volcano, CO2 levels were about...
  • Wipeout

    09/22/2018 7:22:58 AM PDT · by thepatriot1 · 46 replies
    If you agree like me you are very frustrated with the GOP senators. Say what you want, if this was the Democrats, he would have been confirmed already. Whether you agree with them or not, they stick to their convictions. The GOP wants to bend over backwards to show they are pro-woman when they already are. The Democrats accuse them of these things and they take the bait. IF Kavanaugh is NOT confirmed, we are going to face a wipeout in Nov like we have never seen. They are being played like fiddle and they seem to be the only...
  • British Citizens To Be Trained To Deal With Terror Attacks Amid Police Shortage

    09/22/2018 6:05:39 AM PDT · by McQ444 · 48 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-09-22 14:00 | Paul Whitehead
    The British public will be given the training to deal with terror attacks in cities like London amid the shortage of police to counter the growing threat of homegrown terrorism in the country.
  • It's tapped: Beer flows as Oktoberfest opens in Munich

    09/22/2018 6:00:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | September 22, 2018 | Staff
    The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg on Saturday with two blows of a hammer and the cry of "O'zapft is" - "it's tapped." As tradition demands, he handed the first mug to Bavarian governor Markus Soeder, who declared that "the Oktoberfest is perhaps Bavaria's biggest and best calling card in the world." Around 6 million visitors are expected at the festival grounds in Munich before the Oktoberfest ends on Oct. 7. As in previous years, backpacks and...