Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,002
88%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 88%!! Less than $10k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

Forum: General/Chat

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Air monitoring rocket set for second launch attempt

    02/27/2015 7:23:01 AM PST · by Citizen Zed
    Earlier this month (February 4), the 4.1 metre (14 feet) tall Tempest rocket’s engines failed shortly after its launch from Capesthorne Hall in front of a crowd of school children, with the rocket only managing to reach as high as 50 feet in the air. The University researchers and aerial survey firm Bluesky had been aiming for the rocket to reach around 3,000 feet in order to capture nitrogen dioxide, ozone, temperature and humidity data from monitoring equipment in its cone and to then descend back to earth with the aid of a parachute. Speaking to airqualitynews.com about the launch...
  • Pharaoh Brutally Killed in Battle, Analysis Shows

    02/27/2015 7:09:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    discovery,com ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Pharaoh Senebkay, one of the earliest kings of a forgotten Abydos Dynasty, was brutally killed in battle more than 3,600 years ago, says a study that has reconstructed, blow by blow, the king’s last moments. The research identified 18 wounds on the pharaoh’s bones. It also established that Senebkay is the earliest Egyptian pharaoh to have died in battle. Woseribre Senebkay was unknown to history until last year, when a University of Pennsylvania expedition led by archaeologist Josef Wegner, working with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, found his remains in a four-chambered tomb at South Abydos in Sohag province, about...
  • Bullying leads to moms fighting on school bus; teenager stabbed

    02/27/2015 6:53:39 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | February 26, 2015 | Joe Cavaretta and Linda Trischitta
    The girl's hand was stabbed during the fracas and she was taken for treatment to Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach, Carter said. "This could have been much, much worse, because the mother of the bullied child was actually heading back to her vehicle to retrieve her firearm when we arrived on the scene," Carter said. Demps will be charged with felony possession of a firearm and aggravated battery, Carter said. The knife used in the stabbing belonged to Demps, and the other mother was also armed with a blade, according to the Sheriff's Office.
  • A real top dog! The Labrador reigns as America's favorite pooch for the 24th year [truncated]

    02/27/2015 6:22:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail and AP ^ | February 26, 2015 | Sadie Whitelocks and Staff
    The Labrador Retriever has been revealed as the nation's favorite dog for the 24th consecutive year. The American Kennel Club, which released its annual rankings on Thursday, praised the breed for being 'intelligent' and 'family friendly'. Despite its supremacy, bulldogs hit a new high at number four and their bat-eared cousins, French bulldogs, sauntered into the top ten for the first time in nearly a century. The AKC notes that bulldogs make 'excellent family companions with a natural tendency to form strong bonds with children, an easy-to-care-for coat, and minimal exercise requirements.'
  • The Blackfish effect: SeaWorld loses $25.4 million after documentary [truncated]

    02/27/2015 6:19:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    AP and UK Daily Mail ^ | February 26, 2015 | Staff and Alexandra Klausner
    SeaWorld reported a wider loss in its fourth quarter of $25.4 million as attendance to its theme parks continued to fall - due in part to the documentary 'Blackfish,' which criticizes the company's treatment of killer whales. Its shares fell in premarket trading Thursday. SeaWorld has been battling negative publicity after a 2013 documentary, 'Blackfish,' suggested that its treatment of animals may have led to the deaths of trainers.
  • Richard Weikart: Should we encourage death or life?

    02/27/2015 6:18:13 AM PST · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Merced Sun Star ^ | 02/23/2015 | Richard Weikart
    Richard Weikart: Should we encourage death or life? By Richard Weikart 02/23/2015 12:49 PM The California Legislature is considering Senate Bill 128 to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Perhaps some lawmakers see this as progressive, a way to promote humans rights and liberty. Oregon and Washington permit physician-assisted suicide, and Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland allow physicians to help people end their lives. Recently the Canadian Supreme Court struck down Canada’s law banning physician-assisted suicide. Is this the wave of the future? Or is it a descent into barbarism that undermines the value of human life?Debate over assisted suicide inflames passions...
  • Ericsson seeks US sales ban of Apple iPhone, iPad in patent lawsuit barrage

    02/27/2015 6:16:55 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    pc world ^ | 2-27-2015
    Some Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way after filing a barrage of patent lawsuits. The Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor filed nine lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, seven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and two in the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of a total of 41 of its patents, it said Friday. Apple is no stranger to the courts when it comes to patent disputes. Previous cases have often focused on the “look and feel” of its products, turning on the curvature of a...
  • Obama Tackles Zombie Apocalypse

    02/27/2015 6:15:56 AM PST · by SampleMan · 14 replies
    Self | 27 FEB 2015 | Sampleman
  • Harrison Ford, 72, to star in Blade Runner sequel [truncated]

    02/27/2015 6:11:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2015 | Staff
    It is one of Hollywood's classic films. So fans of Blade Runner will be delighted that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role of Rick Deckard in a newly-announced sequel to the 1982 smash-hit. The 72-year-old actor will return to the cult classic in the screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green and directed by 'Prisoners' filmmaker Denis Villeneuve.
  • Conservatives versus Liberals

    02/27/2015 6:06:59 AM PST · by OldSmaj · 2 replies
    Unknown | Unknown
    A Correct Anthropological Theory: How Conservatives and Liberals evolved!Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter. The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. Beer required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 27, 2015 - Vilipend

    02/27/2015 5:18:11 AM PST · by tioga · 20 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    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”. VilipendTr. Verb 1. To view or treat with contempt; despise. 2. To speak ill of; disparage. 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 perfect.....post on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Long Lovejoy and Little Dumbbell

    02/27/2015 4:58:58 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    NASA ^ | February 27, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Buffeted by the solar wind, Comet Lovejoy's crooked ion tail stretches over 3 degrees across this telescopic field of view, recorded on February 20. The starry background includes awesome bluish star Phi Persei below, and pretty planetary nebula M76 just above Lovejoy's long tail. Also known as the Little Dumbbell Nebula, after its brighter cousin M27 the Dumbbell Nebula, M76 is only a Full Moon's width away from the comet's greenish coma. Still shining in northern hemisphere skies, this Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) is outbound from the inner solar system some 10 light-minutes or 190 million kilometers from Earth....
  • Viking boats to cruise Mississippi River

    02/27/2015 4:37:13 AM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies
    Fortune ^ | 2/25/1015
    Viking Cruises will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, starting in 2017. Viking Cruises will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, and will offer cruises up the Mississippi River starting in 2017, the company and Louisiana officials announced. The move is seen as an effort to capitalize on rapidly growing interest in river cruises, which involve much smaller vessels than most ocean liners. The company — whose boats ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt — will begin cruising the Mississippi with two boats in late...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    02/27/2015 4:22:42 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 25 replies
    The Paperless Future - Emma!! The small, family owned company I work for, is trying to go paperless. Not for environmental reasons, just because they don't like paper, and want to move into the age of technology. So, they are pushing hard for us to do every thing digitally and electronically now. Is it me, or is that a bit extreme, considering the mom and pop shops that we deal with, and how many of those customers won't be "digital" or may not even be electronic savy? Somehow, this logic is lost on our new management....which is the younger generation...
  • Today's Toons 2/27/15

    02/27/2015 3:38:39 AM PST · by pookie18 · 8 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 2/27/15 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Marie Harf Funnies

    02/27/2015 3:34:18 AM PST · by thesligoduffyflynns · 9 replies
    This is a very brief excerpt of Marie Harf & Matt Lee going at it .It's and oldie but a goodie-& freaking funny I love how Harf chastises Matt Lee and at the very end puts her emphasis on the word "AGAIN"
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! February 27, 2015

    02/27/2015 3:05:26 AM PST · by sneakers · 9 replies
    Formerly the "Quinn and Rose Morning Show" thread, our friendly group continues to meet to start the day as we await the return of our favorite morning talk show - which looks like sometime in March! So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • Egypt Belly Dancer Running For Parliament: Sama El Masry Curses Islamic State....

    02/27/2015 1:39:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 25 2015 1:19 PM EST | Lora Moftah
    Notorious Egyptian belly dancer Sama El Masry announced this week she will run for a parliamentary seat in Egypt’s March elections. The performer, whose online videos criticizing Islamists and President Barack Obama have gone viral on social media, may not yet have an electoral platform but she’s not wasting any time getting behind the Egyptian government’s airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Libya.
  • A night with Godzilla? In Tokyo’s theme hotels, anything is possible

    02/27/2015 1:21:21 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | AFP-JIJI
    If you’ve ever wanted to sleep with a giant lizard — and let’s face it, you only live once — one Japanese hotel has just the thing with its soon-to-be opened Godzilla Room. Hotel Gracery in Tokyo’s buzzing Shinjuku entertainment district offers the chance to catch some shuteye under the watchful gaze of a man-sized atomic mutant as he stomps on a miniature version of Tokyo in the corner of your room. For those extra-unsettling dreams, a giant Godzilla hand, complete with razor-like claws, looms over the twin beds to ensure you get maximum value from the ¥39,800 a night...
  • The girl who gets gifts from birds

    02/27/2015 12:53:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 February 2015 Last updated at 17:09 ET | Katy Sewall
    Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.
  • Only 40 Percent of World's Population Has Ever Gone Online

    02/27/2015 12:13:57 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    PC Mag | FEBRUARY 26, 2015 12:40PM | BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO
    Due to copyright restrictions, Link only to article: Only 40 Percent of World's Population Has Ever Gone Online
  • About 61,000 Ohioans poised to lose Medicaid health benefits

    02/26/2015 11:47:10 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    wkbn.com / ap ^ | 2-26-2015
    Roughly 61,000 Ohioans in Medicaid are expected to lose their coverage this weekend after failing to take steps to renew their health benefits as required, the state’s Medicaid director said Thursday. Those recipients who did not update their household income or other eligibility information as requested are poised to be terminated from the program Saturday. Federal law requires states to “redetermine” annually whether recipients remain eligible for Medicaid. The federal-state program for the poor and disabled provides coverage to nearly one out of every four Ohioans. The process was on hold in Ohio for a year as the federal health...
  • Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations

    02/26/2015 11:24:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    kentucky.com / AP ^ | 2-27-2015 | BILL SIZEMORE
    Lewis Reynolds didn't understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg man discovered he couldn't father children. The reason: He had been sterilized by the state. Reynolds was among more than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each. It's welcome news, Reynolds said. "I think they done me wrong," he said. "I couldn't have a family like...
  • Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns

    02/26/2015 11:07:30 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | 2-27-2015 | JENI O'MALLEY
    On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. Indiana could be the first state to allow use of the baby boxes on a broad scale to prevent dangerous abandonments of infants if the bill, which unanimously passed the House this week, clears the state...
  • Hollywood conservatives, Duck Commander fight the PC police - and win

    02/26/2015 8:51:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    The liberal hold on Hollywood is loosening. A persistent conservative mindset is emerging in the entertainment industry, replacing glitter with some red, white and blue as studios discover that Americans like America, and they pine for fare that uplifts the nation. Money talks. Consider that “American Sniper” has made $428 million at the box office since it opened six weeks ago, largely credited to a devoted heartland audience. A new breed of stars has claimed some turf. Plainspoken “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was candid about his belief in traditional values and stood firm in the aftermath, despite a media...
  • Catholic school pulls out of Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after gay group approved

    02/26/2015 8:29:38 PM PST · by massmike · 27 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | n/a
    Immaculate Heart of Mary School of Still River, MA has withdrawn its marching band and float of Saint Patrick from this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after learning that a small homosexual activist group will be allowed to march while publicly identifying its homosexuality. The school is compelled by the teachings of the Catholic Church to pull out. According to the Principal, Brother Thomas Dalton, “Catholics are forbidden to sponsor or even participate in an event which openly promotes unnatural and immoral behavior. The Church will never accept nor condone same sex marriage and the homosexual life style.” For 25...
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/26/2015 7:58:27 PM PST · by Yardstick · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net...
  • These Are the Darkroom Techniques Photoshop’s Tools Are Based On

    02/26/2015 7:23:30 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/26/15 | Michael Zhang
    As a tribute to Photoshop for its recent 25th birthday, Lynda created this “before there was Photoshop” video that shows the darkroom tools and techniques that were used by film photographers before Photoshop and digital photography arrived on the scene. Photographer Konrad Eek works on a print by dodging, burning, adding gradients, using masks, feathering, and more. If you’ve never made a print in a darkroom before, this video could be quite illuminating.
  • Budweiser losing the battle with craft beers

    02/26/2015 6:53:09 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 165 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 26, 2015
    Anheuser-Busch InBev is having a tough time getting millennials to crack open a can of Budweiser. The world’s biggest brewer said Thursday that falling unemployment and “premium” brands are boosting overall beer sales in the US, its biggest market. But the company is struggling to market Bud — the 139-year-old American brand with blue-collar roots — to younger drinkers, who prefer craft brews and bourbon.
  • Britain Imported Wheat 2,000 Years Before Growing It

    02/26/2015 6:45:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | Cynthia Graber
    Early farming began in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Farming first reached the Balkans in Europe some 8 to 9,000 years ago, and then crept westward. Locals in Britain, separated from the mainland by the relatively newly formed English Channel, did not start farming until about 6,000 years ago. But an analysis of sediment from a submerged British archaeological site called Bouldner Cliff found something unexpected. “Amongst our Bouldner Cliff samples we found ancient DNA evidence of wheat at the site, which was not seen in mainland Britain for another 2,000 years.” Robin Allaby of the University of...
  • Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

    02/26/2015 6:39:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Karen Kaplan
    When the study participants were examined according to age, the researchers found that sleeping for more than eight hours a night increased stroke risk only for people who were at least 63 years old. On the flip side, they found that sleeping for less than six hours a night heightened stroke risk for younger people more than for older people. Finally, they discovered that “short” sleepers were more at risk for an ischemic stroke (the kind caused by a clot that blocks blood flow to the brain) while “long” sleepers were more at risk for a hemorrhagic stroke (the kind...
  • Iran Fires At Mock US Targets As Obama Attacks Israel

    02/26/2015 6:39:44 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 26, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — February 26, 2015 … When people ask why is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu coming to Washington to discuss Iranian nuclear weapons, the answer should be - Google Iran. The first news item to appear is an Iranian military attack on mock US warships. A fiery attack on mock US warships as Obama and Kerry try to negotiate a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran? Let’s make this vividly clear, as US Secretary of State Kerry sits in Geneva at peace talks with Iranian leaders, Iran hangs Obama in effigy at a huge Tehran-sponsored...
  • The Circuitous Perfection of Libertarian "Foreign Policy"

    02/26/2015 5:52:41 PM PST · by crusher · 1 replies
    swlf | today | crusher
    The Present and Future Timeline of Libertarian Foreign Policy RE: Iran I have long believed that Iran was THE problem in the Middle East, and given that they are clearly DaWon's heart throb thy are worthy of continued monitoring. Their presence on the word stage is a continued source of confusion for Libertinians who tend to fall into the pattern of thinking below. 1. All nation states are evil, in fact equally evil, so no nation state including the USA should engage in actions against other nation states like Iran (or even extra-national entities like ISIS). 2. Since all nation...
  • Vox Avoids S-word in Venezuela Crises Photo Essay

    02/26/2015 5:49:33 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 26, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Say it! SAAAAY IT!!! ---Sam Kinison General Electric Vox published a photo essay about the crises in Venezuela. The photos of the protests were picturesque but something important was missing. It was especially noticeable when the essay by Amanda Taub, 11 stunning photos of the protest movement sweeping Venezuela, touched on the dismal economy. Therefore the most stunning thing about the essay wasn't the photos but the very noticeable failure to mention a certain word seen all over Venezuela. A certain S-word seen all over the walls and billboards of Venezuela. A word that the corrupt government in Caracas proudly...
  • (Fox WTH?) "Fiorina is only Female Potential Candidate in Emerging GOP Field"

    02/26/2015 4:50:12 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 95 replies
    Hello Fox: Wake the heck up. Stop campaigning for GOP people who nobody actually wants.
  • Al Sharpton Getting The Bullet

    02/26/2015 4:40:38 PM PST · by thesligoduffyflynns · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | today | sligoduffyflynns
    Looks like Bobblehead Al is on his way out
  • Slurpee waves! The moment semi-frozen breakers rolled ashore in New England amid record cold

    02/26/2015 4:27:43 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 38 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 26 February 2015 | Wills Robinson
    Plummeting temperatures have broken hundreds of winter records across the country - making February one of the coldest months in history. But in New England, it has gotten so cold even the waves are starting to freeze. These incredible photos of so-called 'slurpee waves' were taken by surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He took his camera out when he noticed the horizon looked strange - and then spotted the surf had turn slushy. The stunning images were taken as snow and icy rain continues to cause chaos across the country - with states of emergency being declared in the...
  • WATCH: "Equal Pay" Feminist Myths Debunked... Thoroughly!

    02/26/2015 4:17:44 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 14 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | Steven Crowder
    You’ve all heard the Patricia Arquette Oscars speech. You’ve all heard the statements about the “gender gap” and how women deserve “equal pay”. The problem is that it’s based on a premise… that’s entirely untrue. I prove it in the video.
  • I’d Love to be a Jane Austen heroine, admits Camilla – but not Before also Choosing Winnie The ....

    02/26/2015 4:14:02 PM PST · by Cecily · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 25, 2015 | Rebecca English
    As one of the most beguiling characters in English literature, Elizabeth Bennet has been described as high-spirited and honest to a fault. Little wonder, then, that the Duchess of Cornwall has admitted she rather admires the Pride And Prejudice heroine. Asked yesterday which storybook character she would like to be, Camilla initially gave the odd response of Winnie The Pooh. Her reason soon became clear, however, as she explained: ‘I would love to have my fingers stuck in honey’. She then revealed that her all-time heroine is Jane Austen’s feisty Lizzy, who defies social conventions – and her own prejudice...
  • First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

    02/26/2015 4:09:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 6:42 PM EST | Darlene Superville
    Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests “whose first priority is not our kids’ health” are “waiting for us to get complacent or bored and move on to the next trendy issue,” Mrs. Obama said at an annual health summit. She cited the fight over a recent child nutrition law as an example. “Even today, some folks...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    02/26/2015 2:58:16 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 61 replies
    This week's thread is about Cooking With Kids. When I was in elementary school in the early 1960s, every year the school would hold a book fair; students could look at new books and pick some out to buy. One year I bought 'Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls', originally published in the late 1950s. I loved looking at this book, and learned a lot using the recipes. For a children's book, it's a surprisingly comprehensive guide to basic cooking, with a lot of interesting presentation ideas, and even some decorative crafts. AND it includes campfire cooking! I wanted...
  • Falling off the stage, Madonna, is God's way of telling you you're too old to cavort like a hooker

    02/26/2015 2:50:42 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 25, 2015 | Piers Morgan
    Madonna falls and the world gasps… in laughter. Let’s be honest, most of us howled ourselves hoarse watching the self-acclaimed Material Girl morph into Material Hurl at the BRIT Awards, Britain’s answer to the Grammys. For me, it perfectly personified the state of this once great legend’s career: dying on her a** in a pit of ignominy. I don’t say that with any glee. I say it as someone who used to worship the ground she gyrated on. I watched Madonna perform at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1987 with a great friend of mine. We were both 22, she’d just...
  • The myth about warming up your car on a cold day

    02/26/2015 2:44:28 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 115 replies
    Globe & Mail ^ | February 25, 2015 | PETER CHENEY
    The Stegosaurus disappeared more than 100 million years ago, doomed by its tiny brain and a changing world. Then we come to the carburetor, a crude fuel-mixing device that once ruled the automotive universe. Today, the carburetor is largely extinct, kicked aside by the modern fuel-injection system. Yet millions of drivers still seem to be stuck in the Jurassic Period. I thought of this recently when I watched a man spend 10 minutes warming up a fuel-injected Toyota that could have been driven seconds after it was started. Few processes are as poorly understood as the cold-weather start. Back in...
  • 6 Million Face Obamacare Fines; Administration Extends Enrollment Period

    02/26/2015 2:44:08 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-26-15 | Alex Sanchez-Olvera
    On February 20 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the creation of a special enrollment period for taxpayers to avoid penalties for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Open enrollment for 2015 officially ended February 15, and prior to the CMS announcement, those who failed to sign up for insurance and weren’t otherwise covered would have been subject to a fine (or “shared responsibility payment”) of the greater of $325 per adult, or two percent of taxable household income when they filed their tax returns in 2016. Because many people may not be aware...
  • Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

    02/26/2015 2:41:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
  • Obama can’t stop Putin, but is one tough cookie with Canada

    02/26/2015 2:39:26 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kelly McParland
    In a way, its almost a point of pride that the first veto issued by president Barack Obama under the new Republican-controlled Congress – only the third veto of his presidency – was dedicated to the Keystone XL pipeline. Countries around the world jockey for the President’s attention, and he decided to save his first rebuke for us! The chance to veto the pipeline finally landed on the president’s desk on Tuesday, when Congress sent him a bill authorizing the $8 billion project. He had 10 days to either sign it or kill it,and a variety of options. He could...
  • THE ALARM Number 2

    02/26/2015 2:39:24 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 8 replies
    Rusticus ^ | 2005 | Rusticus
    I am somewhat heartened by the responses I have seen to my first article. I say somewhat because I am surprised that the sovereign citizens of this Nation have not already rectified the tyranny forced upon them.
  • Critics of Canada's monument to the victims of communism are wrong. Here's why

    02/26/2015 2:34:26 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | December 20, 2014 | David Frum
    The federal government has approved a design for Canada’s monument to the victims of communism. That monument has sparked controversy from the very start, and as it moves from concept to plan, the controversy has intensified. Here’s why the critics are wrong. Monuments matter to a capital city. Monuments give that city its meaning. Monuments express shared experiences and declare high national values. Millions of Canadians either fled communism, or are descended from someone who did. Their sufferings, their losses, their memories are as central to the Canadian story as the hardships of the first settlers of New France, the...
  • Police Raid the Lesbians Who Trolled Russia's Leading Anti-Gay Politician

    02/26/2015 2:09:04 PM PST · by redreno · 14 replies
    http://globalvoicesonline.org ^ | Posted 26 February 2015 | Kevin Rothrock
    Being gay is dangerous business in Russia, but it’s especially risky when you troll the country’s leading opponent of gay rights. The owners of a St. Petersburg lesbian nightclub, raided today by police, are learning that lesson. Infinity is a “girls-only” nightclub for “St. Petersburg’s most stylish young women.” On February 1, one of the club’s owners and several of her friends were flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg, when they spotted Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker famous for initiating Russia’s crackdown on LGBT rights. Not fans of his conservative politics, the girls photographed themselves kissing one another in front of...
  • Thinking of God makes people bigger risk-takers, study suggests

    02/26/2015 1:48:40 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 3 replies
    Science Daily ^ | February 26, 2015 | Association for Psychological Science
    Additional findings indicated that people who were reminded of God perceived less danger in various risky behaviors than participants who were not reminded of God. And they reported more negative feelings toward God when they lost their potential winnings in a risk-related game, suggesting that they had expected God to protect them from losing the money and were disappointed in the outcome.