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  • Do not eat your veggies — if they are grown in your front yard, Miami Shores says

    12/12/2017 1:45:22 PM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | 12/12/2017 | By LINDA ROBERTSON
    Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll may grow fruit trees and flowers in the front yard of their Miami Shores house. They may park a boat or jet ski in their driveway. They may place statues, fountains, gnomes, pink flamingoes or Santa in a Speedo on their property. Vegetables, however, are not allowed. Ricketts and Carroll thought they were gardeners when they grew tomatoes, beets, scallions, spinach, kale and multiple varieties of Asian cabbage. But according to a village ordinance that restricts edible plants to backyards only, they were actually criminals. They didnÂ’t think they were engaged in a...
  • That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8

    12/12/2017 1:24:40 PM PST · by tje · 38 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 11, 2017 | Akilah Johnson, Globe Staff
    The $8 detail in the Globe’s Spotlight series on race in Boston is not a typo. The median net worth for non-immigrant African-American households in the Greater Boston region is $8, according to “The Color of Wealth in Boston,” a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Duke University, and the New School.
  • German government investigating nearly 1,000 cases of Islamic jihad terrorism

    12/12/2017 1:20:15 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 7 replies
    German government investigating nearly 1,000 cases of Islamic jihad terrorism. And 157 cases of non-Islamic terrorism. What was that you were saying about all religions having “extremists”? Anyway, Chancellor Merkel, take a bow. This is your doing...
  • Trump lawyer wants separate special prosecutor to probe DOJ-Fusion conflicts

    12/12/2017 1:19:43 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2017 | Fox News
    A top member of President Trump’s outside legal team called Tuesday for the appointment of a separate special prosecutor to look into potential conflicts of interest involving Justice Department and FBI officials. Jay Sekulow made the call following a Fox News report revealing that the wife of a DOJ official demoted for concealing his meetings with the firm behind the anti-Trump “dossier” herself worked for the same firm, Fusion GPS, during the 2016 election. Sekulow told Fox News that a special prosecutor should be appointed to look into these issues. A group of House Republicans for months has called for...
  • Starving Polar Bear Near Death

    12/12/2017 1:14:46 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 62 replies
    Weather.com ^ | 11/12/17 | Paul Nicklen
    "Journalist photographs heartbreaking scene of a starving polar bear in Canada." "Tragic Video 'Rips Your Heart Out of your Chest'" "The bear was just skin and bones as it wandered on ice-free land on Baffin Island." "Warming climate depletes the ice that's the bears' normal hunting grounds." "Polar bears are often the first arctic animals to feel the effects of higher climate temperatures."
  • NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY December 12

    12/12/2017 1:14:01 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 7 replies
    (recipes at link) A variation of the traditional fruit salad, ambrosia has its own special day, and it is celebrated annually on National Ambrosia Day. Ambrosia, according to Greek mythology, is the nectar of the gods, endowing strength and immortality to those who eat it. The term itself can mean something especially delectable to taste or smell. A simple ambrosia salad from the late 1800s, when the earliest recipes are found, was made with citrus fruit, coconut and sugar. There are those who abhor coconut and would leave it out. Should this occur, a forceful objection would be heard from...
  • Famed restaurateur allegedly has ‘rape room’ in trendy NYC eatery

    12/12/2017 12:19:24 PM PST · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/12/2017 | Kate Sheehy
    The owner of one of the city’s most famous celeb hangouts, the Spotted Pig, has been accused of routinely groping female employees and demanding sex and nude photos from them — while allowing his buddies to molest them too, a new report says. An after-hours space on the third floor of restaurateur Ken Friedman’s tony Village hot spot is even known among workers and industry insiders as “the rape room” — where public sex is on display, according to the New York Times, quoting 10 women who are accusing the powerful businessman of unwanted sexual advances. Former longtime server Trish...
  • Woman dies after she’s run over by four cars (and none of them stopped - London)

    12/12/2017 12:10:51 PM PST · by simpson96 · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/12/2017 | Gabrielle Fonroughe
    A British woman was killed after she was run over by four cars — and none of the drivers stopped to help her, reports said. The woman, reported to be in her late 20s to early 30s, was first hit by a tractor trailer as she was walking over a pedestrian crossing in the Tulse Hill section of south London near the outskirts of the city on Monday, Sky News reported. She was then hit by a second large truck, and then two more cars, Met Police told the outlet. Not one of the four drivers stopped at the scene,...
  • Man Spots Himself in the Background of His Fiancée’s Childhood Family Photo

    12/12/2017 12:04:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | 11 Dec 2017 | Miranda Larbi
    If you ever needed proof that fate is real and that some relationships are just meant to be, hold onto your cynical hats. Let’s rewind back 10 years. Verona Koliqi, who now lives in London but is originally from Kosovo, was visiting a beach in Montenegro with her family. They look the classic family holiday pictures and probably thought no more about them. Until Verona, a decade later, was examining one of the photos from the beach trip with her fiancé Mirand and noticed that the little boy floating on a lilo in the sea behind the Koliqi family. ‘He...
  • Vanity Fair: 'Will Donald Trump Take Facebook and Twitter Down With Him?'

    12/12/2017 12:00:39 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 12, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    "HELP! Donald Trump has infected my mind and I can't get him out!!!" That should have been the title of Nick Bilton's article in the December 11 Vanity Fair. Instead his article is titled WILL DONALD TRUMP TAKE FACEBOOK AND TWITTER DOWN WITH HIM? even though he makes virtually no case for this premise. In fact it is practically invisible as Bilton uses that fake premise which he almost totally ignores to launch into a rant about Trump being obsessed with himself while revealing that it is Bilton himself who is obsessed by Trump. As if to emphasize the point,...
  • Up for Grabs: In Science, When 'Anything Goes,' Everything Goes

    12/12/2017 11:58:16 AM PST · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    Salvo Magazine ^ | December 2017 | Denyse O'Leary
    Up for Grabs In Science, When 'Anything Goes,' Everything Goesby Denyse O'Leary Family values activist Austin Ruse's new book, Fake Science: Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data (Regnery, 2017), offers a look at a world growing increasingly hostile to evidence-based reasoning. We have not discovered better reasoning methods; rather, many people seem to have decided that reasoning is not relevant to our life together, and perhaps not relevant to the life of the mind generally. Ruse begins his book with a note about polls. Opinion pollsters claim that their work is a scientific enterprise. But in...
  • Woman Threatens to Kill Passengers on Southwest Airlines Flight From Portland to Sacramento

    12/12/2017 11:56:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Brendan Weber
    A Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday took a startling turn when an agitated woman started shouting that she was going to "kill everybody on this (expletive) plane." The frightful incident, which was captured on video, started after the 24-year-old woman, who has been identified as Valerie Curbelo, was found to have broken federal laws by tampering with a smoke detector and smoking in one of the plane's lavatories, according to Southwest Airlines. Curbelo was later seen on video gathering her belongings before yelling at a flight attendant, saying, "I have a destination for this. I have...
  • Antioch Police Arrest Man in 1980 Cold Case Murder of Teenage Girl

    12/12/2017 11:48:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Stephen Ellison
    The arrest closes the oldest, open cold case homicide on record with the Antioch Police DepartmentA convicted rapist was arrested Monday in the 1980 abduction, rape and killing of a teenage girl, Antioch police said. The killing had been the oldest open cold case homicide on record in the East Bay city. At about 5 p.m., Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, was taken into custody in the June 1980 murder of 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier, who had been taken in the middle of the night from her sister's home in Antioch, police said. She had been missing for five days before her...
  • Homeland season 7 trailer: The president must be stopped

    12/12/2017 11:26:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | December 12, 2017 | James Hibberd
    “The country is in freefall, tearing itself apart!” warns Carrie Mathison. Yeah, so we’ve heard. Former CIA agent Mathison (Claire Danes) is back in the first trailer for Showtime’s Homeland season 7, which depicts the show’s heroes and villains alike struggling against an overreaching and civil rights-abusing president.
  • Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

    12/12/2017 11:09:48 AM PST · by G Larry · 31 replies
    NYT ^ | 12-12-17 | NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR
    Paleontologists have found entombed in amber a 99-million-year-old tick grasping the feather of a dinosaur, providing the first direct evidence that the tiny pests drank dinosaur blood. Immortalized in the golden gemstone, the bloodsucker’s last supper is remarkable because it is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record. The finding, which was published Tuesday, gives researchers tantalizing insight into the prehistoric diet of one of today’s most prevalent pests.
  • Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber

    12/12/2017 11:08:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    news.nationalgeographic.com ^ | 12/12/2017 | John Pickrell
    Tiny fossils preserved in Cretaceous resin include one parasite that was engorged when it died. Blood-filled parasites trapped in amber have been igniting imaginations since the 1990s, when the resurrected dinosaurs of Jurassic Park burst out of Michael Crichton’s novels and onto the big screen. Now, scientists say they have found the real deal: chunks of Burmese amber carrying ticks that drank the blood of feathered dinosaurs some 99 million years ago. One of these parasites is tangled up in a possible dinosaur feather found encased in a lump of amber. Another was found in a separate piece of amber...
  • Al Dhafra Festival Allocates AED30 mn ($8M USD) for Camel Beauty Pageant

    12/12/2017 10:56:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Monday, December 11, 2017
    With days remaining till the start of the 11th Al Dhafra Festival, camel caravans are already arriving at the opened desert grounds on the edge of the Empty Quarters, setting up tents and camel pens for one of the most impressive annual Bedouin gatherings. This year, the Festival will take place from 14th till 28th December, on the outskirts of Madinat Zayed, in Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The organiser, the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee - Abu Dhabi, is expecting over 20,000 camels to participate, along with their at least 1,500 owners. They will mostly come...
  • Earth and Venus are the Same Size, so Why Doesn’t Venus Have a Magnetosphere?....

    12/12/2017 10:53:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | universetoday.com | Matt Williams
    According to a new study conducted by an international team of scientists, it may have something to do with a massive impact that occurred in the past. Since Venus appears to have never suffered such an impact, its never developed the dynamo needed to generate a magnetic field. ... According to the most widely-accepted models of planet formation, terrestrial planets are not formed in a single stage, but from a series of accretion events characterized by collisions with planetesimals and planetary embryos – most of which have cores of their own. Recent studies on high-pressure mineral physics and on orbital...
  • What exactly is Elizabeth Warren trying to say about Kirsten Gillibrand?

    12/12/2017 10:53:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/12/17 | Emily Jashinsky
    Sen. Warren, D-Mass., quickly jumped into the fight, replying to the president with a tweet of her own. "Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame [Sen. Gillibrand]? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, [Donald Trump]," the senator wrote, adding, "Nevertheless, #shepersisted." Warren's ability to inject both "slut-shaming" and her personal branding into a statement of support for a beleaguered presidential rival is almost impressive for its transparent opportunism. Believe it or not, the Oxford English Dictionary actually has a definition for "slut-shaming," which it says is to "[s]tigmatize (a woman) for...
  • ‘What In The World?’ Ice From Plane Causes ‘Horrendous Boom’ For Couple Watching TV

    12/12/2017 10:39:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 12/11/2017
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — a San Bernardino couple has lived in their neighborhood since the 1960s, and they say they’ve always heard the planes overhead going to both Ontario and Los Angeles. They never imagined something like what happened Sunday could happen to them. ... At first, they couldn’t tell what had happened. Then Claudell walked past their bedroom. “Side glance and I saw all that stuff and I thought what in the world? I went in, and all of the stuff there,” he said. There was a hole in the ceiling. He could see all the way through to...