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  • Human activity making mammals more nocturnal, study finds

    06/18/2018 12:09:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    Research involving 62 species found mammals spent relatively less time being active during the day when humans were nearbyHuman disturbance is turning mammals into night owls, with species becoming more nocturnal when people are around, research has revealed. The study, encompassing 62 species from around the globe, found that when humans were nearby, mammals spent relatively less time being active during the day and were more active at night - even among those already classed as nocturnal. Experts say such a shift might not only affect particular animals themselves – for example impacting their ability to navigate or find food...
  • Dad buys billboard for son after school won't recognize him as valedictorian

    06/18/2018 12:05:41 PM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies
    kctv5 ^ | June 18, 2018 | Emily Van de Riet
    A dad from North Carolina bought his son a billboard to recognize him as class valedictorian since the school refused to do so. East Wake High in Wendell, North Carolina recently got rid of naming valedictorians and salutatorians. Instead, they give all high-achieving students Latin honors for a “better way to recognize students who may have barely missed being named valedictorian or salutatorian by several decimal places," according to the News & Observer.
  • Does anyone know what happened to The Midwest Conservative Journal?

    06/18/2018 11:04:37 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Vanity | 06-18-2018 | NRx
    It used to be one of my favorite blogs. The author, Christopher Johnson had a gift for writing being both sharp and witty. I know that he had suffered some setbacks in his personal life and was living in somewhat reduced circumstances but the blog remained until late 2016 when it suddenly vanished. Does anyone have some background/info on this?
  • 5,000 year-old stone balls continue to baffle archaeologists

    06/18/2018 10:56:29 AM PDT · by BBell · 58 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 6/18/18 | Tom Metcalfe
    Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age — intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball — continue to baffle archaeologists more than 200 years after they were first discovered. More than 500 of the enigmatic objects have now been found, most of them in northeast Scotland, but also in the Orkney Islands, England, Ireland and one in Norway. Archaeologists still don't know the original purpose or meaning of the Neolithic stone balls, which are recognized as some of the finest examples of Neolithic art found anywhere in the world. But...
  • Younger people are less religious than older ones in many countries, especially in the US & Europe

    06/18/2018 10:31:54 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 8 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 06/13/18 | Stephanie Kramer and Dalia Fahmy
    For some time now, surveys have shown that younger Americans are less likely than older adults to attend church, believe in God, or say religion is important to them. Such a religion age gap doesn’t exist in every country, but a new Pew Research Center study shows that it is far from unique to the United States. In fact, in 46 countries around the world, adults under age 40 are less likely to say religion is “very important” in their lives than are older adults; the opposite is true in only two countries. In 58 countries, there are no significant...
  • How party dips can give you Norovirus and even HERPES <tr>

    06/18/2018 10:25:48 AM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 6/18/18 | IMOGEN BLAKE
    How party dips can give you Norovirus and even HERPES (and sour cream is the worst for spreading bacteria) Microbiologists reveal double dipping can spread bacteria very quickly Even a small amount of someone's saliva in a dip will allow germs to multiply Bacteria in runny dips like sour cream will multiply by up to 100 times But it won't grow very quickly in thicker dips such as houmous, it's said It's not a party unless there are some chips and dip on the table, but these tasty nibbles could be hiding some very dangerous bacteria, an investigation reveals. Norovirus,...
  • The Biblical Case for a Big, Beautiful Border Wall

    06/18/2018 9:52:11 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    The Bible is filled with examples of walls that are presented as a positive symbol of law and order. Our word for “city,” from the Latin cititas means a walled, protected space. The Hebrew qiryah, used to denote the cities in the Bible, has the exact same meaning. The people inside the walls were protected and allowed to prosper in peace. Cities where the walls have been torn down or reduced to rubble were unprotected and the result was chaos, lawlessness and misery. Nehemiah’s great task in the Bible was to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. It was the Make...
  • 50 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List

    06/18/2018 8:43:19 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson.com ^ | 6/10/2018 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about. That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.” But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we’ve largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago. Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion,...
  • Several congressional leaders — and John Cusack — staged a sit-in in front of the US Customs[tr]

    06/18/2018 8:42:30 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    ThisInsider.com ^ | 6/13/2018 | Jacob Shamsian
    Congressional leaders — including Democratic representatives John Lewis, Raúl Grijalva, Jan Schakowsky, Luis Gutiérrez, Pramila Jayapal, and Joe Crowley — staged a sit-in in front of the US Customs & Border Protection offices in Washington, DC. It was part of the Families Belong Together movement, which protests the Trump administration's policy of separating families who illegally cross the border into the United States. According to the administration's policy, parents seeking asylum are sent to jail before appearing in front of an immigration judge. Their children crossing with them are sent to foster care or government custody. Over 10,000 migrant children...
  • Man evicted from Great Bay home acquired by Fish & Game

    06/18/2018 8:21:23 AM PDT · by TimeZoomsBy · 7 replies
    Foster's Daily Democrat ^ | June 16, 2018 | Elizabeth Dinan
    "McGee said after his sister’s death, Emery approached Fish and Game about extending the life estate so he could stay on the property while he’s undergoing cancer treatments. “He was hoping Fish and Game would let him stay longer, maybe until he died,” McGee said. “They considered it, they said it’s not supposed to be residential, it’s supposed to be open, so unfortunately no. It’s clear they’re not going to give us more time.”
  • Chelsea Clinton Advocates Open Borders...‘No Parent, No Person Should Support’ Trump Agenda

    06/18/2018 8:01:11 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/17/2018 | John Binder
    Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of President Bill Clinton and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, used Father’s Day to advocate for open borders, saying “no parent” and “no person” should be supporting President Trump’s crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border. Clinton displayed her outrage online at Trump’s plan to construct a tent city near El Paso, Texas, to house unaccompanied minors who arrive in the U.S. by crossing the southern border. “I also could not imagine being forcibly separated from my children as I sought sanctuary. No parent, no person should support this,” Clinton said, pointing to photos of the tent city...
  • Bill Gross got revenge on ex-wife with fart spray: court papers

    06/18/2018 7:56:46 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/17/2018 | Carleton English
    The bitter divorce battle between billionaire bond king Bill Gross and his ex-wife is beginning to stink — like vomit, flatulence and dead fish. The California moneyman, who lost his beloved 13,819-square-foot Laguna Beach home to his ex-wife in the breakup, used foul-smelling sprays to leave the place a stinking mess — and placed dead fish in the air vents, a “disgusted” Sue Gross claimed in court papers last week. Mrs. Gross, who won a temporary restraining order against Bill last week, has the evidence of his foul play — empty spray bottles in the trash cans... In addition, security...
  • serpentwithfeet Crafts His Own Language For Queer Life

    06/18/2018 7:51:11 AM PDT · by Theo · 25 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 06/18/2018 | Rachel Martin
    Josiah Wise has face tattoos and a prominent septum piercing that almost touches his lips. Some days he wears bright blue makeup, or colors his facial hair neon pink. He has a collection of dolls and often carries one with him. Equally eclectic is his musical background. He grew up singing in church choir, attended college for classical music, and now is finding his sound at a cross-section of gospel, R&B and avant-garde pop, performing under the name serpentwithfeet. serpentwithfeet, Soil On his full-length debut album, soil (released June 8), he looks back to the sounds of his religious upbringing...
  • Advice for clearing wooded property

    06/18/2018 7:33:15 AM PDT · by rarestia · 116 replies
    My noggin ^ | 18 June 2018 | Rarest Iowa
    Calling all farmers, land owners, and gardeners... yours truly recently took ownership of 4 acres of property in central Florida and has some questions. I'm far from a greenhorn, but I'm learning new things and don't know what I don't know. Please bear with me and correct any misuse of terms herein. Approximately 3 acres of my land is heavily wooded and was poorly maintained. My last 2 weekends were spent with a rented brush hog clearing the front acre of my property of undergrowth. Vines were everywhere, some as thick as 2 inches (diameter), and it made for very...
  • Tourists attempting to visit Space Needle attacked by homeless man (Seattle)

    06/18/2018 7:27:35 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    KOMO News ^ | June 14, 2018 | Matt Markovich & Tammy Mutasa
    SEATTLE - A family from Arizona was attacked by a man from a homeless camp just as they parked to visit the Space Needle earlier this month. Details are just now being made public of the June 2 attack. Officers responded to a reports of a fight in progress in the parking lot next to the Wells Fargo Bank at 3rd Avenue and Denny Way, one block away from the Space Needle. There is an unsanctioned encampment with about a dozen tents along one-block stretch of 3rd Avenue, that has been growing over the last three months. Tourists often walk...
  • Commentary: For Trump supporters, DOJ IG report amounts to "Told ya so"

    06/18/2018 7:22:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/18/18 | Graham
    The new Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email scandal is 568 pages long, but for Trump supporters it can be reduced to a single phrase: "Told ya so."... In other words, the premise that motivated so many Trump supporters is proven true: The DC Establishment really was out to get Trump.
  • Woman attacked by strangers on doorstep of her Seattle home (thinks city policies are a key factor)

    06/18/2018 7:11:38 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 37 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 6/16/2018 | Mary Pittman
    SEATTLE - A Seattle woman is speaking out after she was attacked at her doorstep by strangers she tried to get out of her yard. The attack happened a couple weeks ago, at the woman's home off Aurora Avenue, near Green Lake. But, she wanted to share her story after KOMO reported on an Arizona family who was attacked by a homeless man near the Space Needle. "I said, 'you need to get off this property, this is private property,'" said the woman, who KOMO is not naming for her safety. She said it was broad daylight, when two strangers...
  • Fedora vs Ubuntu

    06/18/2018 7:07:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 36 replies
    LinuxConfig ^ | 25 May 2018 | Nick Congleton
    IntroductionUbuntu and Fedora are both among the top desktop Linux distributions, but they are very different. Fedora is Redhat's testing ground, and it's geared more towards developers and system administrators. On the other hand, Ubuntu is Canonical's primary product, and it tries to please everyone. LineageBoth Ubuntu and Fedora descend from titans in the Linux world. Ubuntu is the child of Debian, and Fedora is a clone of Redhat Linux, which evolved into Redhat Enterprise Linux(RHEL). Both distributions still carry many of the hallmarks of their family trees. They both have their respective families' package managers, package formats, repository formats,...
  • 20 shot across the city: 'Every night, it’s the same stuff'

    06/18/2018 7:04:39 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/18/2018 | Madeline Buckley, Elyssa Cherney
    Two children stood outside a home within the crime scene where four people were shot in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side Sunday night. They watched police shine flashlights across the sidewalk, and place evidence markers near shell casings. The children caught Annette Hernandez’s eye as she walked by the scene in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue. “You see, there are kids running around,” Hernandez said. “Every night, it’s the same stuff.” The four were standing on the street around 9:30 p.m. when a male shooter approached on foot and began firing, critically injuring a 21-year-old...
  • ‘It was either me or the cat’: Georgia woman kills rabid bobcat with her bare hands

    06/18/2018 6:53:57 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/18/2018 | Kyle Swenson
    DeDe Phillips grew up in the country, and she knew all about bobcats—including how they kill. “They go for your jugular,” the Georgia woman recently told OnlineAthens. “[B]ecause when they can get the vein you’re dead in a couple of minutes.”(snip)the 46-year-old came face-to-face with a rabid bobcat, setting off a bare-knuckle death struggle between Phillips and the animal. She won—killing the cat with her hands.(snip) She noticed a neighbor’s dog barking. Then she saw the cat prowling near her car.(snip) “As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it,” she explained to...