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  • Pic seen on, is this a return of crying woman from Lebanon 2006?

    08/01/2014 7:24:30 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 4 replies
    July 31, 2014 |
    Looks kinda like her... is the photog one of the usual suspects from Lebanon? Mohammed Abed / AFP
  • Why Stocks Could Fall by 50 Percent

    08/01/2014 7:10:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Slate ^ | 08/01/2014 | Henry Blodget
    After meandering higher for most of the year, the stock market is now sputtering. That's triggering chatter about a minor "correction," which many people believe is long overdue. And maybe that's what we're at the start of — a minor "correction." Or maybe this is just a blip and the brilliant and prudent Jeremy Grantham is right that we're on the cusp of a new bubble that will take the S&P 500 up another 10 percent to 15 percent over the next year to 2,250. (As a stockholder, I sure hope so!) Or maybe we'll get both—a minor "correction" and...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 1, 2014 - Concinnity

    08/01/2014 6:53:17 AM PDT · by tioga · 13 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”. ConcinnityNoun 1. Harmony in the arrangement or interarrangement of parts with respect to a whole. 2. Studied elegance and facility in style of expression: "He has what one character calls 'the gifts of concinnity and concision,' that deft swipe with a phrase that can be so devastating in children" (Elizabeth Ward). 3. An instance of harmonious arrangement or studied elegance and facility. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Former CIA Officer Battles ‘Dummy,’ ‘Clown’ Geraldo over New Clinton bin Laden Tapes

    08/01/2014 6:41:06 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 26 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 8/01/2014 | Eddie Scarry
    On Fox News Friday, Geraldo Rivera got into it with former CIA official Michael Scheuer over newly surfaced recordings of former president Bill Clinton, in which he claims the day before 9/11 that he could have killed Osama bin Laden. In the tapes, Clinton says the reason he didn’t go in for the kill is that he would have had to “destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him (bin Laden).” Scheuer, identified as head of CIA’s bin Laden unit 1995-1999, disputed Clinton’s...
  • Man Rapes Little Girl for Three Years – Planned Parenthood Helps Him Cover it Up

    08/01/2014 6:37:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | 8-1-14 | Onan Coca
    However, no abortion provider was found criminally negligent or liable for what happened to the little girl. Which begs the question… WHY NOT? The little girl went to three different clinics and all three were legally responsible to report the fact that this little girl was pregnant and seeking an abortion. They didn’t need proof of abuse, They didn’t need to find out how things happened… all they needed to know was that she was underage and pregnant. But they did nothing and her torture continued
  • Ten years ago America met a guy named Barack Obama

    08/01/2014 6:23:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-28-2014 | Jaime Fuller
    Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of President Obama's national debut at the Democratic National Convention. He was tasked with giving the keynote address at the 2004 event. He told a New York Times reporter the week before the convention, ''It came as a surprise that I'd be selected for such a privileged position. As my wife reminds me, I better not screw it up.''
  • Kremlin mocks Obama's masculinity by tweeting picture of him holding a poodle

    08/01/2014 6:16:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-1-2014
    Russia's deputy prime minister has tweeted a picture mocking Barack Obama's masculinity just days after the U.S. president announced a fresh wave of sanctions against the country. Dmitry Rogozin uploaded an image of Russian president Vladimir Putin posing with a leopard alongside an image of Obama holding a white poodle.
  • Marlins fume after new home-plate collision rule helps Reds get a win

    08/01/2014 6:09:08 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 24 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 8-1-14 | Mike Oz
    From manager Mike Redmond after the game: "To lose a ballgame tonight on that play is a joke. It's an absolute joke. I don't think anybody who plays this game should feel good about winning that game. And I would say that if had been reversed. That guy was out by 15 feet. It was a great baseball play. G threw a strike to Matty. He was out by 15 feet. He didn't slide because he couldn't slide because he was out by so far. And yet those guys in New York decided the outcome of that game ... "No...

    08/01/2014 5:50:00 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 40 replies
    Hamas Bumper Stickers These are just @ThePeoplesCube Tweets, there are many great ones made by others too. Honk if you've been followed by the same helicopter for the last 10 minutes If you can read this, you're about to be blown up, too I just lost 200 lbs instantly - ask me how My other car is a bomb 80 percent of success is just blowing upBaby suicide bomber on board This is your brain. This is your brain on upholstery.Kill, baby, kill What car bomb would Mohammed drive?Driver carries no cash, he's about to be vaporized "Palestinian rebels"...
  • DOJ Says Pa. State Police Discriminated Against Women Who Flunked Physical Fitness Tests

    08/01/2014 5:49:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | 07/30/2014 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration is suing the Pennsylvania State Police for requiring both men and women applying for entry-level trooper jobs to pass the same physical fitness tests. Because more men than women pass the tests, their use is discriminatory and violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Justice Department says. From 2003-2008, approximately 94 percent of male applicants passed the test, while only 71 percent of female applicants passed. DOJ concluded that the 2003 and the 2009 tests were "not job-related" and "not consistent with business necessity..." But the Pennsylvania State Police website makes it clear...
  • Obama's Big Mac Attack

    08/01/2014 5:39:24 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | 7-31-2014
    On Tuesday the NLRB's chief prosecutor directed that the fast-food purveyor be charged as a "joint-employer" in dozens of unfair labor practice complaints filed by workers employed at the company's franchises. The workers claim they were wrongly punished for walking off the job to join rallies coordinated by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for a $15 "living wage." Leave aside whether employers can discipline workers who play hookie. By deeming McDonald's a joint-employer, Mr. Griffin is putting the corporation on the hook for actions taken by its 3,000 or so franchisees—which operate about 90% of restaurants—without its knowledge or...
  • Pregnant mother of four dies after she’s stung by wasps in the backyard

    08/01/2014 5:27:59 AM PDT · by MiddleEarth · 15 replies
    CBS6 ^ | 7/31/14 | Scott Wise, Wayne Covil
    SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – A pregnant mother of four died suddenly Monday after she was stung by wasps working in her backyard. Sarah Harkins, 32, leaves behind a husband and four children. (PHOTO: Ashley Schulzetenberg) Sarah Harkins, 32, leaves behind a husband and four children. (PHOTO: Ashley Schulzetenberg) Sarah Marie Schulzetenberg Harkins, 32, died at the hospital when an aneurysm in her brain burst, Harkins’ husband told Her unborn baby, who was to be named Cecilia Rachel, also passed away. The aneurysm burst due to the stress the stings and an allergic reaction brought on, the article stated. Harkins...
  • Rooftop Funeral Services In Lomita Have Nearby Condo Residents Ready To Scream

    08/01/2014 4:50:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | July 31, 2014 10:00 PM | Rachel Kim
    LOMITA ( — Residents of the Vista Verde condos in Lomita are seething about a nearby memorial park’s rooftop mausoleum. The rooftop services, say the residents, are deadly on their property values, views and downright depressing. “We’re sitting there eating brunch on the weekends, and we have people right outside our window crying their eyes out,” one condo owner told the Daily Breeze. Residents told KCAL9’s Rachel Kim they’re dying for the funerals to move. “I had an ocean view, which I don’t have anymore, and I used to see the lights,” condo resident Lane Mayhew told Kim. For 26...
  • Tucker Carlson, Kirsten Powers Clash Over America’s ‘Moral Obligation’ To Illegal Refugees [VIDEO]

    08/01/2014 3:43:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-31-2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson and contributor Kirsten Powers bitterly clashed over the United States’ supposed “moral obligation” to illegal immigrant refugees around the world, with Powers invoking Christian principles and Carlson countering that “this is not a theocracy” and no one has “a moral right to American tax dollars and physical asylum in the United States.” Carlson — who is also editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller — and Powers appeared on Fox’s “Outnumbered” on Thursday to discuss growing opposition to President Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. As tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children cross the border claiming refugee...
  • More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC

    08/01/2014 3:43:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2014 | Daniel Kelley
    (Reuters) - Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week, according to new federal data. ... Symptoms, which develop three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, include high fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. In rare cases it is fatal. Small children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC said the United States averaged 28 cases of chikungunya each year...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 1, 2014

    08/01/2014 2:54:27 AM PDT · by sneakers · 14 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Uganda court to rule on legality of anti-gay law

    08/01/2014 2:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2014 3:30 AM EDT | Rodney Muhumuza
    A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country’s new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum. If the panel of judges on Uganda’s Constitutional Court agrees, the whole law could be jettisoned. If no, then the judges will continue to hear the activists’ argument that the law is unconstitutional. …
  • Today's Toons 8/1/14

    08/01/2014 1:15:52 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 6 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 8/1/14 | pookie18
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  • We Chat With the Founder of Tumblr Hit "Confused Cats Against Feminism" [w/LOLcat pix]

    08/01/2014 12:42:12 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 10 replies
    Catster ^ | Jul 31st 2014 | Maeve Connor
    When I first saw the Women Against Feminism Tumblr, I could feel my blood pressure rise. It's a collection of pictures of women holding up signs about why they don't need feminism based on completely inaccurate ideas about what feminism is. They have reasons relating to needing help opening jars and enjoying shaving their legs which have almost nothing to do with the feminist movement and show a complete lack of awareness of how they, and all women, have benefited from it.Enter David Futrelle, the man behind We Hunted the Mammoth, a blog that wittily tracks misogyny on the internet....
  • Ebola question {vanity}

    07/31/2014 11:19:44 PM PDT · by No One Special · 96 replies
    August 1, 2014 | Me
    There's about a 21 day period between contracting ebola and the appearance of symptoms. Can the disease be passed to another before the symptoms appear?
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Tetons and Snake River, Planet Earth

    07/31/2014 10:57:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | August 01, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: An alluring night skyscape, this scene looks west across the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, Planet Earth. The Snake River glides through the foreground, while above the Tetons' rugged mountain peaks the starry sky is laced with exceptionally strong red and green airglow. That night, the luminous atmospheric glow was just faintly visible to the eye, its color and wavey structure captured only by a sensitive digital camera. In fact, this contemporary digital photograph matches the location and perspective of a well-known photograph from 1942 - The Tetons and The Snake River , by Ansel Adams, renown photographer...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Veins of Heaven

    07/31/2014 10:53:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | July 31, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Transfusing sunlight through a still dark sky, this exceptional display of noctilucent clouds was captured earlier this month above the island of Gotland, Sweden. From the edge of space, about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface, the icy clouds reflect sunlight even though the Sun itself is below the horizon as seen from the ground. Usually spotted at high latitudes in summer months the night shining clouds made a strong showing this July. Also known as polar mesopheric clouds they are understood to form as water vapor driven into the cold upper atmosphere condenses on the fine dust particles supplied...
  • MTV Anniversary (August 1, 1981)

    07/31/2014 10:52:24 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 212 replies
    HIstory ^ | August 1, 2014 | beaversmom
    On this day in 1981, MTV: Music Television goes on the air for the first time ever, with the words (spoken by one of MTV’s creators, John Lack): “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to air on the new cable television channel, which initially was available only to households in parts of New Jersey. MTV went on to revolutionize the music industry and become an influential source of pop culture and entertainment in the United States and other parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and Latin America,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

    07/31/2014 10:49:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | July 30, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Sky Portal in New Zealand

    07/31/2014 10:44:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | July 29, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: To some, it may look like a portal into the distant universe. To others, it may appear as the eye of a giant. Given poetic license, both are correct. Pictured above is a standard fisheye view of the sky -- but with an unusual projection. The view is from a perch in New Zealand called Te Mata Peak, a name that translates from the Maori language as "Sleeping Giant". The wondrous panorama shows the band of our Milky Way Galaxy right down the center of the sky, with the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds visible to the right. The...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Horsehead Nebula from Blue to Infrared

    07/31/2014 10:39:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | July 28, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: One of the most identifiable nebulae in the sky, the Horsehead Nebula in Orion, is part of a large, dark, molecular cloud. Also known as Barnard 33, the unusual shape was first discovered on a photographic plate in the late 1800s. The red glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Bright...
  • Man shot dead 6 days after son killed on West Side

    07/31/2014 9:49:03 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 31, 2014 | Deanese Williams-Harris and Jeremy Gorner
    When Victoria Chamilien and her cousin, Sam Walker, last spoke, it was Wednesday afternoon after he returned from a police station, where he viewed surveillance footage of the killing of his 13-year-old son..
  • Florida man who tossed infant on highway through car window found guilty of murder

    Three-month-old Emanuel Murray Jr. pictured, was killed instantly after his mother's ex-boyfriend, Richard McTear, threw him out of a moving car in 2009. Family Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff Three-month-old Emanuel Murray Jr. pictured, was killed instantly after his mother's ex-boyfriend, Richard McTear, threw him out of a moving car in 2009. TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida man was convicted of murder Thursday for tossing a 3-month-old boy out a moving car window along an interstate, killing the infant instantly. According to prosecutors, 26-year-old Richard McTear attacked ex-girlfriend Jasmine Bedwell, 22, after she returned home with her son from a friend's house...
  • So far in 2014, record low temperatures outpace record highs nearly 2-1 in the USA

    07/31/2014 8:59:55 PM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    WUWT ^ | 7/31/2014 | A.WATTS
    Numbers released today by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center show that not only has July been abnormally cool in the USA, but so has 2014 in general. For the last 30 days, there have been 574 record highest temperatures in the USA, and 1,726 record lowest. A ratio of 3 to 1, indicating that July was very cool. But, the year so far has also been cool. So far for the USA year to date, the numbers of record lows outpace the highs two to one. This year, here have been been 12,644 daily record lowest temperatures versus 6,615 record...
  • New York City principal, wife-cheater lavishes mistress with school money..

    07/31/2014 8:51:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    NY daily news ^ | Jenna O'donnell , Ben Chapman , Stephen Rex Brown
    FULL TITLE: New York City principal, wife-cheater lavishes mistress with gifts bought using nearly $30G in school money: probe A former Bronx principal stole nearly $30,000 in school funds to shower lavish gifts upon his mistress, officials said. Robert Hannibal worked at JHS 145 — also known as the Toscanini School — in the South Bronx. He pleaded guilty Thursday to felony grand larceny for withdrawing $29,244.55 from 2010 to 2012 — nabbed after an unidentified tipster dimed him out.
  • Obama Gas Stations” are a real thing and they’re just as horrible as you can imagine

    07/31/2014 8:15:55 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 46 replies
    You’ve got to be kidding me. Welcome to Obama’s America, literally.A friend’s husband found this Obama gas station and shared it on Facebook. Liberals proving once again they are beyond parody. I just can’t believe this is what America has become.  Earlier today we posted about how Obama got heckled and the crowd tried to save him with a really creepy chant. It’s a cult with these people.
  • First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment

    07/31/2014 7:47:14 PM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 70 replies
    Tha Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2014 | Abby Haglage
    First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will be brought to the United States for treatment at Emory University. One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will enter the U.S. for treatment at Emory University in Atlanta “in the next several days,” according to an internal memo sent to physicians on Thursday and seen by The Daily Beast. The memo offers few other details about the patient, with no stated time of arrival or departure city, or indicators as to the exact identity of the patient....
  • Father Kapaun

    07/31/2014 7:39:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Real Life Catholic ^ | 7-31-14 | Chris Stefanik
    The story of Fr. Kapaun, 2011 recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • Update: Sex Offender Turned Pastor Arrested for Parole Violations

    07/31/2014 7:10:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    arkansas matters ^ | Marci Manley
    LITTLE ROCK, AR - According to the Little Rock Police Department, Jacob J. Taylor was arrested for parole violations. Additional investigations have been started. We will bring you updates as they become available to us. video on link
  • Convicted of Fat City child kidnapping and rape, Kenner man is given two life sentences

    07/31/2014 6:56:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies ^ | Paul Purpura
    A Kenner man was ordered Thursday to serve back-to-back life sentences in prison for abducting a 7-year-old girl from her Fat City apartment complex and forcing her to perform a sexual act on him in his car. "Words like heinous and horror don't even begin to describe this kind of crime," Judge Scott Schlegel of the 24th Judicial District Court told Steven D. Carter. Carter, 30, was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape in the June 5, 2013, crime. It began late that afternoon when he wandered into the apartment complex at 3420 Edenborn Ave, snatched one of the...
  • Underage student who was violently arrested by cops gets $200,000 compensation

    07/31/2014 6:36:55 PM PDT · by dennisw · 52 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 31 July 2014 | DailyMail
    Elizabeth Daly, now 21, and her friend had their car swarmed by state agents after their case of water was mistaken for beer Daly had initially sought $40million in damages for a tremor in her right hand, intense anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems The young women had been shopping at a local Virginia grocery store one night in April 2013 for a charity fundraiser the next day A college student in Virginia reached a $212,500 settlement on Wednesday following her arrest last year when state agents had mistaken a case of water for beer. Attorney General Mark R....
  • Peter Jackson On The Possibility Of A Silmarillion Movie

    With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies capping off The Hobbit trilogy - and finishing out what Jackson thinks of as a six-part set of films, that includes Lord of the Rings - it would seem that his time in Middle-earth is at an end. However, some fans wonder if there isn't one more work of Tolkien that Jackson could adapt to film. The Silmarillion, something of a history of Middle-earth that precedes both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, remains unfilmed.
  • New Jersey medics break into car to rescue baby doll

    07/31/2014 6:31:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    6ABC ^ | July 31, 2014
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 HOBOKEN, New Jersey (WPVI) -- After receiving numerous reports of a baby left inside of a locked vehicle alone, medics in Hoboken, New Jersey broke the driver's side window of the vehicle to rescue the apparently lifeless looking child. After gaining entry to the car, the EMTs discovered the reason the baby seemed lifeless was because it was a doll belonging to the granddaughter of the owner of the car.
  • Why do half of Britons not believe in evolution?

    07/31/2014 6:13:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ken Ammi
    The info which follows dates to 2009 AD and may be the most recent stats.Indeed, as reported by the UK’s Guardian; Half of Britons do not believe in evolution, survey finds (Riazat Butt, February 1, 2009 AD) and Teach both evolution and creationism say 54% of Britons (Jessica Shepherd, October 25, 2009 AD). Thus half do not believe in it and more than half believe that both views should be taught.Keep in mind that while the UK does have RE (religious education) in public schools; it is a very, very, very secular society which is saturated with Darwinism. Logically,...
  • Fellowship of the Ring 60th Anniversary: How the Masterpiece Reflects JRR Tolkien's WW1 Involvement

    07/31/2014 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/14 | Lydia Smith
    Although Tolkien vehemently denied the First World War had any direct influence on his fantasy masterpieces The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, fans and critics alike state otherwise. And albeit coincidentally, on the week commemorating the outbreak of the First World War, today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Confirm your fears

    07/31/2014 6:02:20 PM PDT · by Don Corleone · 8 replies
    You Tube | 7/31/14 | Obama
  • NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition to the Red Planet

    07/31/2014 5:44:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | July 31, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    The 2020 rover’s instruments goals are to search for signs of organic molecules and past life and help pave the way for future human explorers. Seven carefully-selected payloads were chosen from a total of 58 proposals received in January 2014 from science teams worldwide, which is twice the usual number for instrument competitions and demonstrates the extraordinary interest in Mars by the science community. The 2020 rover architecture is based on NASA’s hugely successful Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover which safely touched down a one ton mass on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012 using the nail-biting and never before...
  • Man Says 'Eid Sheep' Stolen… Forgives Thief

    07/31/2014 3:40:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2014
    A Saudi man headed for the livestock market on the first day of Eid Al Fitr and bought a sheep as most Saudis do on this occasion. On his way back home, he stopped at a shop for about 10 minutes and when he returned he was shocked to find that his sheep was stolen. “I paid SR1,800 (Dh1,800) for the sheep but it was pinched just minutes later…I returned to the market and bought another sheep…on this holy occasion, I forgive the thief,” the man told Okaz daily at his home in the northwestern town of Tabuk.
  • 'It's Better Than Being on Benefits': Josie Cunningham Defends Selling Tickets to Birth

    07/31/2014 3:37:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Express ^ | Wed, July 30, 2014
    AN aspiring glamour model has defended her decision to sell tickets to the birth of her third child for a total of £30,000.Pregnant glamour model Josie Cunningham has sold tickets to the birth of her first childJosie Cunningham has sold tickets to the birth of her first child[ITV] Josie Cunningham, who hit the headlines when she had a £4,800 breast enlargement on the NHS to help her pursue her career, said that the sale of the tickets was better than claiming benefits. The mother-of-two yesterday revealed that she had sold four tickets to the birth – two priced at £5,000...
  • Drunk Russian Captain Runs Aground on Læsø

    07/31/2014 3:27:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    The captain of a cement tanker headed from Aalborg to England had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit... five hours after running aground. A tanker loaded with 2,100 tonnes of cement ran aground on the island of Læsø late on Tuesday night, and apparently the ship itself was not the only thing that was loaded. According to Nordjyske, the Russian captain of the ship registered a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit when North Jutland Police administered a breathalyzer at around 4am. And that was over five hours after the ship, the Cyprus-owned Cemfjord, ran...
  • Farmers Who Grow Cocoa Beans Taste Chocolate For The First Time...(Vid + Article)

    07/31/2014 3:21:16 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Cate Matthews
    Chocolate. Whatever your preferred form or flavor is, the love of it is something that feels universal, shared between us. We come together over dinner for it, celebrate birthdays and holidays with it. The industry that produces chocolate crisscrosses the entire world. But for the cocoa bean farmers from M'batto, Ivory Coast, seen in the video above, that connection didn't come full circle until Selay Marius Kouassi, guest correspondent for Metropolis TV, visited and offered them a taste of their first chocolate bar. Ivory Coast, a small country on the west coast of Africa, is the world's leading producer of...
  • Dog Dies After Jumping in Unmarked Ditch With Hot Geothermal Water

    07/31/2014 3:08:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KBOI ^ | Glen Beeby
    A dog died almost instantly Sunday after jumping in an unmarked ditch near Table Rock that had geothermal water in it. The water district is now trying to fix the issue. The dog's owner had just finished walking on the trails at Table Rock when it went in into the water. Paul Whitworth's wife Carrie heard a loud yelping and went down to get her dog Jasper out, not realizing the water was around 170 degrees. By the time she was able to get him out of the water it was too late. "You know he yelped and went out...
  • Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Hits 246 MPH On Public Road: Video ($2.8 Million)

    07/31/2014 3:03:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jul 28, 2014 | Jeff Glucker
    Going fast on a private stretch of race track is quite enjoyable. Especially when there happens to be enough room to really let the car stretch its legs. That is why Volkswagen owns the Ehra-Lessien testing facility in Germany, which comes with a 5.4-mile long straight. It's also the perfect place to find the upper limits of a Bugatti Veyron. Sometimes though, an owner might get a chance to push his machine in a setting that's not quite as prepared for such an endeavor. The 2014 Sun Valley Road Rally recently took place near Ketchum, Idaho. This event turns the...
  • Driver who killed teen posts his totaled car online with smiley face

    07/31/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies ^ | 7/31/14 | Paul Walsh
    A 16-year-old Brooklyn Center boy clung to life for days before dying after a suspected drunken driver, without a valid license, fled one crash on a north-metro highway and ran into the teen’s car down the road moments later, authorities said. SNIP On the Saturday before McCarthy died, Vanwagner posted photos of what was left of his vehicle on his Facebook page and wrote, “That’s her front end after I got done with her lol.” He signed that message with a smiley face.
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    07/31/2014 2:58:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Observation Deck ^ | 07/30/2014
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