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  • Delta mixes up eight-week-old puppy's flight destination sending owner the WRONG dog

    03/20/2018 5:18:12 PM PDT · by dennisw · 10 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 20 March 2018 | MINYVONNE BURKE
    Josh Schlaich said his eight-week-old dog Ren was put on the wrong Delta flight He was given the wrong at Boise Airport and had to figure out what happened The puppy was supposed to arrive in Boise Saturday night but was 'misrouted' to Las Vegas and Salt Lake City before finally arriving in Boise nearly 24 hours later Delta said there was a mix-up between Richmond, where the dog left, and Boise An Idaho dog owner said he was shocked and worried when he arrived to the airport to pick up his eight-week-old puppy only to be handed the wrong...
  • Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

    03/20/2018 2:33:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 101 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 18, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Grab some popcorn: Redmond has asked for feedbackMicrosoft’s about to test a new feature of Windows 10 that will force users to employ its Edge browser under some circumstances.Revealed in the announcement of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17623 for Skip Ahead, the change means “we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge”.Microsoft’s justification for the change is that Edge is the best, most secure browser on Windows 10.But the change will reportedly override users’ preference for default browser.While that’s naughty in lots of ways and makes Microsoft’s...
  • Harley Davidson LiveWire Project (Jay Leno's Garage)

    03/18/2018 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jay Leno
    A road test of an electric powered Harley. I can see more market for an electric motorcycle for short commutes than I can an electric car Harley Livewire
  • Sharon Stone's Gun Instincts Are All Wrong [Blast from the Past - 1999]

    03/15/2018 8:55:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 26, 1999 | By Kathleen Parker, Tribune Media Services.
    Actress Sharon Stone is so distressed by the Columbine High School shootings that she's giving up her right to bear arms. And she wants you to, too. In a dramatic gesture of, hmmm--shallow self-righteousness has a nice ring to it--Stone called police to her Beverly Hills home, turned over her shotgun and three handguns, and told the officers to destroy them. "Our world has changed and our children are in danger," said Stone, who, in addition to playing a seductress who ice-picks her lovers to death during sex, once played a gunslinger. "I choose to surrender my right to bear...
  • Question to Law Enforcement FReepers

    03/12/2018 6:42:30 AM PDT · by George Rand · 39 replies
    Myself | Today | George Rand
    Quick, simple questions to our law enforcement members here. Realistically, if you were gradually tasked with confiscating firearms from citizens, how would you react? Additionally, what is your take on how your precinct as a whole would react?
  • Advice on buying a economy Camcorder (novice on specs etc.)

    03/08/2018 5:06:21 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 93 replies
    Amazon ^ | Thu, 03/08/18 | daniel1212
    I am at the point where I am somewhat prayerfully looking a getting should have a camcorder (though I am still without a cell phone which some can be controlled by). But while I have narrowed down the candidates to 5 (plus a Action Camera in case that would be viable). I am looking for one with the best sharp resolution (color quality is not that important) which would be used outsides as well as in, but I have little idea what the specs mean. I see specs such as 720p, or 1920 x 1080P, or 1920x1080 FHD @15fps, 1280x720...
  • A good place to find your next treasure

    03/07/2018 7:40:12 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    NEWS 8 ^ | Mar 07, 2018 | Jeff Zevely
    SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) —San Diego's largest and oldest rummage sale has raised millions of dollars for local charity - and it's back for the 91st time.
  • Any Handloaders? Can we talk?

    03/06/2018 3:55:45 PM PST · by MileHi · 85 replies
    Vanity | 3-6-18 | MileHi
    I was working on a .38 Special load and bumped into a problem.
  • The Welshman Who Makes a Living Around the World Building Snowmen

    03/06/2018 2:19:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 5 MAR 2018 | Geraint Thomas
    Meet the Swansea Valley man who creates works of art around the world“We sculpted a design of two Detroit urban pheasants, which run wild in the city. “Amazingly, out of a field of 100 sculptors, from 25 teams, we came third. I hope this is a sign of things to come in our need for collaboration in the Brexit world! “Then I captained my old Welsh team in a competition held in Pontebba, Italy. The town is situated in the Italian Dolomite mountains on the borders between Austria and Slovenia. “In a field of eight teams, including two local teams...
  • New Zealand Census Campaigner Takes to His TARDIS

    03/06/2018 12:42:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/6
    An anti-census campaigner in New Zealand is hoping to avoid today's compulsory national count by hiding in a TARDIS, it's reported. The self-styled Laird McGillicuddy, otherwise known as Graeme Cairns, says he is using the Doctor Who time-travelling space craft to boycott the five-yearly census by "travelling in time", the New Zealand Herald reports. Mr Cairns, who was once the leader of the satirical McGillicuddy Serious Party, has a history of unusual stunts to protest the census, which is compulsory for all New Zealanders. He's once claimed not to be in New Zealand by hovering above the city of Hamilton...
  • Long Range Shooting Enthusiasts: Advice

    03/04/2018 8:32:18 PM PST · by Washi · 71 replies
    Self ^ | 3/4/18 | Washi
    Hello, all. I'm no stranger to shooting. I hunted for small game, growing up, I qualified, in the Army, as an "Expert" rifleman, and I occasionally take the family out shooting now. Though I was an Expert in the Army, that shooting was limited to 300 yards, and since I was in the Signal Corps, I really only shot once per year to retain my qualification. I've recently become interested in long range shooting. I've been looking at optics that would lend themselves to that pursuit. I know that brands like Leupold and Nightforce are the heavy-hitters in this arena,...
  • Couple Create Incredible 'Party Igloo' Complete With Electricity During the Extreme Blizzard

    03/04/2018 2:52:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 4 MAR 2018 | David Owens
    Laura and Andrew Morris spent five hours building their impressive glacial abode On first glance it may look like the interior of the North Pole branch of Ikea, but this is actually the inside of an incredible party igloo that a couple from South Wales built - complete with electricity. Figuring that they should make the most of the snow drifts and the enforced time off work, Laura Morris and her husband Andrew, from Tredegar , made the most of the blizzard conditions by building this impressive glacial abode. Andrew set about building the party igloo, initially without the knowledge...
  • 100k M1 Garands To Be Released To CMP, More May Be Coming

    03/04/2018 11:44:04 AM PST · by Simon Green · 33 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 03/01/18 | Patrick Richardson
    The 100,000 1911s slated for the Civilian Marksmanship Program(CMP) have not yet been released, but Cheaper Than Dirt reports something nearly as cool is happening. Approximately 100,000 Turkish and Philippine M1 Garands have been released to the CMP, and orders are currently being taken. Former (Lord, I love saying that) President Barack Obama had signed an order releasing the 1911s and Garands to the CMP in theory, but never actually made them available (surprise, surprise), and shooters despaired the guns would never find their way to the U.S. Worry no more! The CMP received the Garands over the last month...
  • Sir Roger Bannister Dies at 88

    03/04/2018 5:32:29 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 4, 2018
    Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, has died at the age of 88. His time of three minutes 59.4 seconds, set at Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954, stood as a record for just 46 days but his place in athletics history was assured. Bannister also won gold over the same distance at the 1954 Commonwealth Games and later became a leading neurologist. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011. A statement from his family said: "Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged...
  • The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chickens

    03/03/2018 5:50:14 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | Peter Holley
    Johan Land has a life that stands out even among Silicon Valley’s tech elite: He’s the lead product manager at Waymo (formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project), a job that keeps him glued to computer screens and fixated on the future. Excelling at his work, Land said, requires an obsessive focus on it. But maintaining that passion — especially with his fourth child on the way — means knowing when to detach. Land’s secret to success: relaxing with a glass of wine in the back yard alongside his wife, kids and the family’s 13 chickens and three sheep. It’s...
  • Monthly Cooking Thread - March 2018

    03/01/2018 5:13:10 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 216 replies
    Dear Cooking FRiends; Due to issues at home and at work, I am going to be unusually busy for the foreseeable future, and I have decided that I will have to reduce our Weekly Cooking Thread to a monthly thread. Often, the thread is still quite active when I’m ready to post the following week’s installment, so I don’t think it will make a great difference if we continue each thread over a month. I’ve greatly enjoyed the camaraderie that we’ve developed here; learning about all of your family culinary traditions and cooking secrets; and just sharing TALK, as our...
  • Freep&Geek Mar/18

    03/01/2018 8:57:11 AM PST · by kanawa · 17 replies
    n/a | Mar. 1/18 | n/a
  • I was trapped on a floating vomitorium

    02/28/2018 7:40:37 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 33 replies
    The Sun ^ | February 28, 2018 | Lauren McMah
    [snip] Lorraine Thomas is among more than 16,000 passengers impacted by back-to-back outbreaks of norovirus on eight Sun Princess journeys between December 2016 and February 2017, who may be eligible for compensation, according to Shine Lawyers. Thomas, from Queensland, Australia, had saved up $1,700 for a 14-day voyage to New Zealand with a friend who was celebrating a birthday. The trip began well enough, aside from an overflowing toilet and cabin keycard difficulties. But about halfway into the voyage, the two friends began to suffer the awful symptoms of the dreaded norovirus. ‘It was horrendous’ When the vomiting struck, Thomas...
  • Birders think Southern Arizona is something to squawk about

    02/28/2018 5:30:30 AM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Katie Caldwell Arizona Sonora News
    Each year thousands of people flock to the San Pedro River to experience Southern Arizona’s birding oasis. The booming industry has brought in the big bucks, much of it in April, when birding really heats up here. Jennie MacFarland, of the Tucson Audubon Society, said wildlife viewing contributes about $1.4 billion to the state every year. That number includes money people spend on dining, accommodations and even little things, such as birdseed. “Southeast Arizona is very rich in bird life,” MacFarland said. “We have a lot of different types of habitats — we have mountains to grasslands to desert —...
  • Vintage Corvette Stolen Out of Franklin County

    02/25/2018 7:12:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    KMOV ^ | Feb 23, 2018
    Authorities are searching for a Corvette that was stolen out of Franklin County. Police say the 1978 Chevy Corvette 25th Anniversary Stingray was stolen from the Gerald area before February 20. On February 20, police say a woman was spotted filling the car up with gas before she drove off without paying. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the car or woman, call police.