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  • Grim reality of life in ancient Rome revealed: Average worker was DEAD by 30 [tr]

    05/28/2016 5:01:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2016 | Ekin Karasin
    The average ancient Roman worker was riddled with arthritis, suffered broken bones and was dead by 30 thanks to a diet of rotting grains and a lifetime of hard labour. The grim realities of the Eternal City were revealed in a study carried out by an Italian team of specialists that used modern-scanning techniques to analyse 2,000 ancient skeletons. The majority of the skeletons from the first and third century AD, found in the suburbs of the ancient city, had broken collar bones, noses and hand bones.
  • Surveillance Video Shows Bank Robber Shot By Cop

    05/28/2016 4:57:18 AM PDT · by fella · 12 replies
    Surveillance Video Shows Bank Robber Shot By Cop Madisonville, OH - Charges will not be filed against an off-duty Cincinnati Police officer who shot and killed a bank robbery suspect in Madisonville Wednesday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Friday. Deters released internal surveillance video from inside the Fifth Third Bank on Madison Road. It shows officer Kevin Hankerson pull his service weapon as 20-year-old Terry Frost jumps over the teller’s counter. Watch the bank surveillance video at this link.  Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac says Frost pointed a gun, covered by a plastic grocery bag, at the teller...
  • Long-Acting Opioid Treatment Could Be Available In A Month

    05/28/2016 1:21:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | May 27, 2016
    Labels for the first long-acting opioid addiction treatment device are rolling off printing machines Friday. Trainings begin Saturday for doctors who want to learn to insert four matchstick-size rods under the skin. They contain the drug buprenorphine, which staves off opioid cravings. The implant, called Probuphine, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, and is expected to be available to patients by the end of June. "This is just the starting point for us to continue to fight for the cause of patients with opioid addiction," said Behshad Sheldon, CEO of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures Probuphine. But...
  • Email 'Arachnophobes love them': Sydney scientist's 'adorable' spider discovery

    05/27/2016 11:46:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies
    A Sydney scientist has discovered seven new species of peacock spiders — a tiny and colourful arachnid that lurks in scrub and bushland across southern Australia. Key points: The spectacular creatures are found all over Australia Scientist believes there are now 48 confirmed species of spider Their movements and colours help attract females The man who made the discovery, Jurgen Otto, said he believed even the most extreme arachnophobes would be enchanted by the beauty of the creatures, which are just a few millimetres in length. Audio: Listen to Jake Sturmer's story on AM (AM) "They're just absolutely incredible. People...
  • Young Man Dies After Being Stung by 1,000 Bees While Hiking Arizona Trail: Sheriff’s Office

    05/27/2016 10:37:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    A 23-year-old man died Thursday after being swarmed by bees and stung 1,000 times while hiking in Usery Mountain Park in Arizona, authorities said. Alex Bestler and a friend were on the Merkle Trail when a large swarm of bees descended on them “without provocation or warning” shortly before 9 a.m., according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The victim’s friend — identified only as Sonya — managed to escape by seeking shelter in a restroom, but Bestler was overcome by the swarm, the release stated. He was lying on the ground covered in bees when Sonya returned...
  • Angry Birds review: Spoilers!

    05/27/2016 8:13:33 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 8 replies
    May 37, 2016 | Self
    Have you seen it? If so, did it remind you of Election 2016 and the Trump campaign? It did me!
  • You Don’t Have to Be a Criminal for the IRS to Seize Your Bank Account

    05/27/2016 8:03:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 26 May, 2916 | The Editors
    Congress is considering a bill that would prohibit the federal government from punishing people who haven’t committed any crime. This will take some clarification. Like many other police agencies, the IRS has extensive and easily abused civil-forfeiture powers. The idea behind civil forfeiture is that criminals should not be allowed to profit from their crimes, and that their ill-gotten loot — cash, cars, real estate — should find its way to the public fisc. In practice, that does happen, but forfeiture also provides a sweet stream of lightly overseen revenue for police agencies, hence the temptation to abuse.
  • Extremely Rare Shipwreck Unearthed Beneath Boston Streets

    05/27/2016 7:54:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 27, 2016 | Michael Sebastian
    A construction crew in Boston stumbled upon an "incredibly rare" find beneath the city's street: a 19th-century shipwreck. "Nothing like this has been found in Boston, in filled-in ground, before," City of Boston archeologist Joe Bagley said. "This is incredibly rare and incredibly amazing." The ship is a wooden sloop that's at least 50 feet long, according to CBS News, dating to the mid-to-late 1800s. It was discovered last week about 25 feet below grade during construction on a new office building. But Bagley, according to the Boston Globe, said the ship could be even older.
  • LOVE STORY A Story In Pictures You Wont Forget Easily

    05/27/2016 7:22:38 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 16 replies
    Pictures in the life of a Hero and an Angel
  • What's in a name? An accent mark, check. What about a Latino manager?

    05/27/2016 7:16:03 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 27, 2016 | Julio Ricardo Varela
    Adrián González went on social media earlier this month and challenged his Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Kike Hernández to add an accent mark to the "a" on Hernández's jersey. And a tiny corner of the Latino digital world cheered. Some observers concluded that Latino ballplayers were finally demanding respect from their clubs and Major League Baseball by speaking out for their heritage.
  • Massive, Violent Landslide Created Zion National Park, Study Says

    05/27/2016 6:34:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Every year, millions of people travel to Utah to take in the beautiful and peaceful scenery in Zion National Park. According to a new study, however, the geographic stunner was formed by a massive prehistoric landslide that was far from tranquil. The study, published Thursday in the Geological Society of America, said the park’s flat valley floor owes its creation to the collapse of a wall of Navajo Sandstone that was almost 900 miles high. Weak layers in the underlying Kayenta Formation sent debris shooting across the canyon at speeds that likely reached 90 miles per second. It's believed that...
  • Jamie Bell in Talks to Be the Next James Bond

    05/27/2016 5:25:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 64 replies
    MovieFone ^ | May 27, 2016 | Katie Roberts
    While rumors have swirled for months about just who will be taking over the James Bond franchise from current 007 Daniel Craig, one surprising new name is apparently on the top of the list.
  • Vanity. Airport wait lines.

    05/27/2016 5:04:05 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 45 replies
    05.27.2016 | Moi
    You know, I fly commercial two times per month to see my father. He's 85 and a veteran. I'm 50 and a veteran. I now have the indistinct pleasure of standing in line up to 4 hours for a three hour flight. I did not have to do this before 9-11. Okay, there was a little incident 4 years ago when I asked a TSA agent what made him get a job where he got to touch other men all day... Nonetheless, before the current administration, the airports did not suck half as bad. Something has been lost. Something needs...
  • Your very own 'Queen of the Skies': Boeing 747, sale on eBay with a starting bid of $300,000

    05/27/2016 4:25:17 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    daily mail ^ | 27 may 2016 | CHRIS KITCHING
    Virgin's first-ever Boeing 747, called Lady Penelope, was retired last year Lady Penelope had its first commercial flight in 1994 and served the Crawley-based airline, which was co-founded by Sir Richard Branson, for 21 years until its final flight from New York to London last September. ‘Based on the buyer's needs. We have all of the capabilities to disassemble and transport the plane in sections. ‘It is also possible to section out the plane out if you only require the fuselage, cockpit or the wings.’
  • Feds expect more Atlantic tropical storms than last 3 years

    05/27/2016 4:09:42 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 27, 5:12 PM (ET) | JENNIFER KAY
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's outlook Friday called for a near-normal season with 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and one to four "major" ones with winds reaching 111 mph and up. The long-term season averages are 12 named storms, with six hurricanes and three major ones.
  • Greg Gutfield Finally Makes a GREAT JOKE!!

    05/27/2016 3:17:15 PM PDT · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 24 replies
    The Five
    Geraldo Rivera (AKA WHOREALDO) was doing his typical skreed: "Bernie Sanders is the most annoying person on the national stage..." Gutfield: "Don't sell yourself short Whorealdo..."

    05/27/2016 3:05:01 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 32 replies
    freerepublic | May 27, 2016 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won't be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn't asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Two-headed calf brings tourists to Indian village

    05/27/2016 3:04:35 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    upi ^ | May 27, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    PRATAPPUR, India, - A two-headed calf born this month in India is doing well and repeatedly bringing a flood of tourists to the town where it was born. The calf, born May 7 in Pratappur, Rajashthan state, has two heads, four eyes and two tongues and its owner said it has been feeding well from its mother. The farmer said the calf's heads are currently too large for it to lift without assistance. Curious tourists have been flocking to the town since the unusual birth to take a look at the dual-headed animal.

    05/27/2016 2:41:57 PM PDT · by Chode · 6 replies
    5/27/2016 | Chode
    Circuit de Monaco First Grand Prix 1950 Number of Laps 78 Circuit Length 3.337KM Race Distance 260.286KM Lap Record 1:18.063 by Daniel Ricciardo (2015)
  • Postpone or move Olympics, doctors urge

    05/27/2016 2:18:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    The letter shows a growing gap within the medical field on what to do about the Games. On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "There is no public health reason to cancel or delay the Olympics." The CDC's current recommendation is that pregnant women should not travel to areas where the virus is spreading and that men with the virus who have pregnant partners should use condoms when having sex for the duration of the pregnancy. "We're working closely with the USOC and Brazilian health authorities, and will update our guidance...
  • Pocohontas comment re:Elizabeth Warren

    05/27/2016 2:05:28 PM PDT · by Rustybucket · 105 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 26, 1016 | Hunter Walker
    Donald Trump repeatedly mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as “Pocahontas” at a press conference in North Dakota on Thursday, even as a Native American woman present at the event interrupted to call his comments “offensive.” “That’s very offensive. Sorry,” the woman said. “Is that offensive? You tell me,” Trump asked. The woman replied that she was offended, and Trump quickly repeated the phrase. “Oh, oh really — oh, I’m sorry about that,“ Trump said before turning to a reporter who had asked about Warren, immediately using the term again. “Pocahontas. Is that what you said?” Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential...
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in San Diego, CA (5-27-16)

    05/27/2016 2:03:22 PM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/27/2016 | RSB
    Friday, May 27, 2016: Live stream of the Donald Trump for President rally in San Diego, CA at the ​San Diego Convention Center Corporation. The event is scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM PDT.
  • Sharks to Face Off Against Penguins for Stanley Cup

    05/27/2016 1:29:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 26, 2016 | Kevin Kurz
    The Pittsburgh Penguins are the only ones standing between the Sharks and their first-ever Stanley Cup championship. The Penguins advanced to the NHL’s final round with a Game 7 win over the Lightning on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, 2-1. They will have home ice advantage, beginning with Game 1 in the Steel City on Monday. The full schedule is as follows: GAME 1: Monday, Pittsburgh GAME 2: Wednesday, Pittsburgh Thieves Steal 'Numerous' Guns in San Carlos GAME 3: June 4, San Jose GAME 4: June 6, San Jose GAME 5: June 9, Pittsburgh (If necessary) GAME...
  • How about Like or Dislike

    05/27/2016 1:14:56 PM PDT · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 58 replies
    4/27/2016 | Self
    How about in addition to public and private Reply a Like or Dislike or an Agree of Disagree button?
  • The Office Worker And The Gospel Singer: Unlikely Pair Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams

    05/27/2016 1:02:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 26, 2016
    Christine Boschen says she is not a religious person. She does, however, believe in a higher power. Which is why Boshen says she wasn't phased when, one day at her job in an Oakland office building with the State of California, she heard a small voice in her head. "I was at work, and I got this real quiet voice inside my head that said you need to take a walk. And I was like, 'okay... right now?' Yes, you need to take a walk." Boshen says she now knows it wasn't fresh air she was meant to get. There...
  • Guess who is "manning" the McDonald's in central va?

    05/27/2016 12:51:47 PM PDT · by central_va · 66 replies
    central va | 5/27/16 | self
    Ok, the McDonald's I went today in central Virginia just reopened after a long renovation. Guess who it is staffed with?
  • Inside a McDonald’s Kitchen (Gulf Countries)

    05/27/2016 12:45:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | May 26 2016 | Anand Holla
    Entering the McDonald’s kitchen can be strangely relieving. With so much Internet chatter over the food served in the kitchens of the world’s largest fast food chain or how it is prepared or stored, a step-by-step tour of what really goes behind the counters is rather reassuring. Thousands of people have visited McDonald’s kitchens since the fast food company started their Open Door programme in 2006 by inviting its customers to take a look inside and see for themselves how food is sourced, handled, prepared and served. Ten years on, the programme has helped McDonald’s interact with its customers at...
  • New York City can enforce rule on salt warnings in restaurants: court

    05/27/2016 11:37:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 26, 2016 4:52pm EDT | Karen Freifeld
    New York City can enforce a rule requiring chain restaurants to post warnings on menu items high in sodium, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. In February, a New York state judge upheld the rule, knocking down a challenge by the National Restaurant Association. But the Appellate Division, First Department, temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing it. The court lifted has now lifted that interim order. The rule, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, requires city restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a salt shaker encased in a...
  • Schrödinger's cat lives and dies in two boxes at once

    05/27/2016 11:17:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Physics World ^ | May 27, 2016 | Staff
    Schrödinger's cat now has a second box to play in, thanks to an international team of physicists that has created a two-mode "Schrödinger's cat state" for the first time. The experiment brings together two purely quantum properties, in that the "cat" (i.e. the photons) is simultaneously "alive and dead" (in a superposition of states) while also in two locations at once (the two boxes are entangled with one another).
  • Elton John Battles to Suppress Critical Story About Homosexual Partnership

    05/27/2016 11:13:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    British entertainer Elton John has launched an aggressive, expensive—and, to date, largely successful—effort to suppress a report about his homosexual partner's extra-marital activities. Elton John and David Furnish have attained international prominence as a "model" married homosexual couple, with two children borne by surrogate mothers. When a London tabloid, the Sun, obtained a report that Furnish was involved with another man, as a result of an "open" relationship with John, the couple sought and obtained an injunction against publication of the story. Although the publisher argued that reports about the couple's sexual indiscretions were relevant to the public discussion of...
  • Bruised Amber Heard accuses Johnny Depp of hitting her: Actor's wife files domestic violence [tr]

    05/27/2016 10:58:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 27, 2016 | Chris Spargo
    Amber Heard is accusing her estranged husband Johnny Depp of domestic abuse in a court filing. Heard and her lawyer Samantha Spector appeared at the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles on Friday where the 30-year-old actress filed for a domestic violence restraining order. Heard brought with her photos of her alleged injuries, including one that appears to show her with a large bruise around her eye. That photo was reportedly taken on Saturday after Heard alleges that Depp hit her in the face with his iPhone and then fled when police arrived on the scene according to...
  • A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes And Forceful Touches

    05/27/2016 10:57:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 26, 2016 12:30PM | By ANDREW LISZEWSKI
    Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they’re being squeezed, too.A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes and Forceful Touches So how can additional interactive features be added to any smartphone without adding sensors or upgrading its hardware in any way? ForcePhone is a piece of software simply relies on two...
  • Google Beats Oracle on Copyright, Defeating $9 Billion Claim (Android's Java — Link Only)

    05/27/2016 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Bloomberg | May 26, 2016 4:47PM | By Joel Rosenblatt
    A U.S. Federal Court jury finds Google didn’t need a license from Oracle for Android’s Java code, defeating Oracle's $9 billion claim. Oracle vows to appeal. Link Only Due To Copyright Issues From Bloomberg Article.
  • Australian heritage sites wiped from UN climate report at government's request

    05/27/2016 10:03:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    The “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate” was released Thursday and lists 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites in 29 countries that are said to be vulnerable to climate change. Risks to iconic tourist sites such as the Statue of Liberty, Venice, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands are described in the report. However, no sites in Australia, such as the famous Great Barrier Reef, are mentioned. reports that the initial version of the report included references to the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Kakadu National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness. ... The Australian Department...
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Fresno, CA (5-27-16)

    05/27/2016 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/27/2016 | RSB
    Friday, May 27, 2016: LIVE Stream of the Donald Trump for President rally in Fresno, CA at Selland Arena. The event is to begin at 10:00 AM PDT.
  • In Flanders Fields

    05/27/2016 9:57:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | May 27, 2016 | Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD
    In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We...
  • Why scientists want robots to learn to feel pain

    05/27/2016 9:56:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Researchers in Germany are currently creating a "nervous system" that would mimic a pain response in robots, allowing them to quickly react and avoid harmful situations. "Pain is a system that protects us,” researcher Johannes Kuehn told a conference of engineers last week. “When we evade from the source of pain, it helps us not get hurt.” The researchers programmed their robot to experience a "hierarchy" of pain through a variety of different stimuli, such as blunt force or heat. Depending on the threat, such as a harsh movement or intense heat, the robot is programmed to retract to the...
  • Journalism in Combat Mode: Agitators, Idiots and Dimwits

    05/27/2016 9:56:00 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 2 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 14 May, 2016 | Neue Züricher Zeitung
    The state of public communication in Germany is lamentable. Descriptions of agitation and hatred from the right-wing make up the leading vocabulary with which politicians and the established media fuel this lament. The Internet with its social networks is considered the root of all evil. Here limits are breached and there is a continual mockery of communicative decency; laws should facilitate more control and even make restrictions on freedom of speech possible. The intensity of the public debate, with its escalation on the Internet and its culmination in everything evil attributed to right-wing populism, can lead one to overlook the...
  • Edible bug industry hopes crickets and kin are the next sushi

    05/27/2016 9:17:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 27, 2016 | Ben Klayman
    Just like raw tuna is a favorite of foodies everywhere, Robert Nathan Allen foresees a day when crickets will make their way onto consumers' plates. A growing need for more food sources as well as a desire to treat animals more humanely have proponents predicting entomophagy, or eating insects, will eventually spread more heavily to western and developed countries. They envision pancakes made with cricket flour or falafel chocked full of mealworm goodness will be just as desirable as sushi.
  • TED Talks and TOTUS

    05/27/2016 9:15:06 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 12 replies
    Book | 2016 | Chris Anderson
    If confidence monitors [i.e., monitors placed in the speaker’s field of view but out of sight of the audience] are dangerous, a teleprompter is even more so. On the face of it, it’s a brilliant invention. It places the words on a glass screen invisible to the audience bu right in the speaker’s line of sight. So a speaker can read a speech while also maintaining constant eye contact with the audience. But its ingenuity is also its Achilles’ heel. If you use one of these you’re in danger of communicating to the audience, I’m pretending to look at you,...
  • Foreign Tourists Stay Away From Turkey in Record Numbers [Bloomberg Link Only]

    05/27/2016 8:08:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Bloomberg [Link in Body] ^ | May 27, 2016 | Selcan Hacaoglu, Onur Ant, and Constantine Courcoulas
  • Here Are the 31 Genders NYC Recognizes


    05/27/2016 7:50:13 AM PDT · by bigbob · 36 replies
    Hackaday ^ | 5-27-16 | Kristina Panos
    If you had told 12-year-old me that one day I would be able to listen to pretty much any song I wanted to on demand and also pull up the lyrics as fast as I could type the artist’s name and part of the title into a text box, I would have a) really hoped you weren’t kidding and b) would have wanted to grow up even faster than I already did. The availability of music today, especially in any place with first world Internet access is really kind of astounding. While the technology to make this possible has come...
  • Today's Toons 5/27/16

    05/27/2016 7:18:30 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 18 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 5/27/16 | pookie18
    Click on link
  • Didn't See Pookie's Toons This Morning

    05/27/2016 6:39:48 AM PDT · by fella · 17 replies
    therightreasons ^ | 27 may 2016 | pookie18
    This Mornings Toons
  • Glasses left at San Francisco MOMA mistaken for art

    05/27/2016 6:25:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    upi ^ | May 26, 2016 | Daniel Uria
    SAN FRANCISCO, - A group of pranksters confused visitors at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art by placing a pair of eyeglasses on the gallery floor. TJ Khayatan shared photos of the prank to his Twitter page showing groups of patrons observing the glasses while some even photographed them. Khayatan told Buzzfeed that he and his friends came up with the idea after observing one piece on display in the museum that they found puzzling. "We stumbled upon a stuffed animal on a gray blanket and questioned if this was really impressive to some of the nearby people," he...
  • FoxNews Seems to Color-Filter Trump to Make Him Look Like His Head Is Soaked in Coppertone

    05/27/2016 6:10:22 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 28 replies
    Freep | 05/27/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    TVs once had problems with excessive "color" (color-volume, vs. purple or green "hue), but mine doesn't. It's a new wide-screen tv that has perfect color all the time--except when I'm viewing Donald Trump on FoxNews. In which case he looks like he's been soaking his head in coppertone. The artificial "tanning" cosmetic, over-use of which causes a lurid orange color to appear on the skin. I only realized this is happening when I saw a picture of Trump on another news site. I was actually surprised that he looks normal! I had assumed there was some problem with his makeup....
  • The Terminator-3 Is Russia’s Answer to Hard Lessons in Chechnya

    05/27/2016 6:02:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 26, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    While the T-14 main battle tank is the most prominent member of the Armata family, the vehicle series incorporates a host of new fighting machines. Among those is a platform ominously named the Terminator-3, which is a tank support fighting vehicle. “Russia also plans to develop its tank support fighting vehicle dubbed the Terminator-3 on the basis of the country’s latest Armata tanks,” Oleg Sienko, a senior manager with Uralvagonzavod Corporation told state-owned RIA Novosti earlier this year. “We will [produce them]. We have a concept for developing vehicles on the basis of the Armata platform.”
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, May 27, 2016 - Turpitude

    05/27/2016 5:53:16 AM PDT · by tioga · 32 replies ^ | FRiday | tioga
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". TurpitudeNoun 1. Vile, shameful, or base character; depravity. 2. A vile or depraved act. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts...
  • Disney v. Warner: How Captain America Beat Batman and Superman

    05/27/2016 5:47:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | James B. Stewart
    Pitched battles between superheroes with huge fan bases? Check. Enough explosions to flatten several Manhattans? Check. Budgets over $250 million, not counting lavish marketing campaigns? Double-check. On paper, this season’s big superhero action films — “Captain America: Civil War” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — from the rival studios Disney and Warner Bros. could almost be the same movie, so similar are their plots, action sequences and allusions to heavyweight themes of topical interest.