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  • Creek Fire Forces Hikers Into ‘Mordor’ Smoke and Across Sierra, Including a Boy and Dog

    09/11/2020 3:02:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 9/11 | CARMEN GEORGE AND JIM GUY
    The Creek Fire – now one of the largest wildfires burning in California – had just ignited at the start of Labor Day weekend as many departed into the Sierra Nevada, expecting three days of mountain bliss. Instead, unaware backpackers without cell service faced an exploding wildfire that has grown by thousands of acres daily in eastern Fresno and Madera counties since Friday night. Some are still unaccounted for. Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti said he thought approximately 10 hikers still hadn’t been located, but weren’t officially considered missing as of Thursday afternoon. Hiker Heather Craig, reported missing...
  • I'm sorry, but I probably wasted a few taxpayer dollars just now.

    08/16/2020 1:28:32 PM PDT · by dangus · 29 replies
    IRL | 2020-08-16 | Dangus
    I filled out the census card like six times already and it's not my fault I've been doing genealogy research, lately. (Details have been changed to maintain my privacy) Census worker: OK, I just have to ask this. You're not Hispanic are you? Me: Si. CW: *looks up at me, disapprovingly.* Me: Non. CW: I have to ask this. Are you black? Me: No. CW: [Wife]'s white, too? Me: Yes. CW: Is [Wife] female? Me: You're asking about the household on April 1, you said, right? CW: Yes. Me: You can him down as female. CW: Your son? Me: Definitely...
  • Welcome to Tomorrow

    06/22/2020 2:08:09 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 106 replies
    email | 6/22/2020 | unknown
    1- Basic auto repair shops will disappear. Read on to know why. 2- A gas/diesel engine has 20,000 individual parts. An electrical motor has only 20 parts. Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are repaired only by dealers. It takes only 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric motor. 3- Faulty electric motors are not repaired in the dealership but are sent to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots 4- Your electric motor malfunction light goes on, so you drive up to what looks like a car wash, and your car is towed through...
  • Antidepressant or Tolkein character?

    05/21/2020 9:34:44 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 25 replies
    Blog and Mablog ^ | 21 May 2020
    Heh! Go to the link. I did terrible.
  • No one hates Pelosi more than me but her frig is 2500 not 25K

    04/22/2020 5:12:01 AM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 111 replies
    The Pelosi fridge is a Subzero, sell for 2500-3500 not 25K, so easy to look up.
  • A WELL-ROOTED PERSPECTIVE: Lessons from Tolkien Relevant

    04/03/2020 7:47:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Finger Lakes Times ^ | 4/3/2020 | Dan Hennessy
    “If anguish were visible, almost the whole of this benighted planet would be enveloped in a dense dark vapour, shrouded from the amazed vision of the heavens!” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien; Ed. Carpenter and Tolkien; Allen and Unwin (UK); 20 August 1981 On the 30th of April, 1944, just five weeks prior to D-Day, author and scholar J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his son, Christopher, the ever-faithful guardian of his father’s legacy up until the time of his death recently at the age of 90: “I sometimes feel appalled at the thought of the sum total of...
  • The first ‘Harry Potter’ book is now available in Yiddish

    02/08/2020 9:56:35 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    A7/JTA ^ | 8/2/20 | Gabe Friedman
    s of today, the first book in the Harry Potter series is available in Yiddish. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — or “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” as it is known in the United States — was released in Yiddish by the Swedish publisher Olniansky Tekst Farlag on Friday. (Yiddish is an official language in Sweden.) It was translated by Arun Visnawath, 29, the son of an Indian-American father and Gitl Schaecter-Visnawath, author of the “Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary.” Her father was a professor of Yiddish at Columbia University. Yair Rosenberg chronicles the story behind the translation in Tablet...
  • BIDEN GETS PHYSICAL: Joe Pokes ANOTHER Iowa Democrat When Asked About Climate Change

    02/02/2020 5:42:49 PM PST · by conservative98 · 28 replies
    Sean Hannity ^ | 2/2/20 | Hannity Staff
    Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly poked another Iowa Democrat over the weekend after he was asked to comment on the “Extinction Crisis” brought about by global warming. “Go back to 1986. I’m the first one ever to put forward a climate change bill,” said Biden. “I’ve been working my whole life.”
  • Who will live cast to FR?

    01/19/2020 7:58:02 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 77 replies
    Who will live cast to FR?
  • Christopher Tolkien, son of 'Lord of the Rings' author J.R.R. Tolkien, dies at 95

    01/17/2020 6:22:34 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | 1-17-20 | NBC
    Christopher Tolkien, son of legendary "The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien, has died, the Tolkien Society reports. He was 95. "Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95," the organization tweeted. "The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family."
  • SATIRE Elizabeth Warren: ‘With Booker out, I’m the last minority in the race’

    01/13/2020 12:49:29 PM PST · by Bruiser 10 · 71 replies
    Genesius Times ^ | 13 Jan 20 | Exavier Saskagoochie
    Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of “being the black guy” failed to resonate in a Democratic party that’s clearly racist. Senator Elizabeth Warren has stated, “With Booker out, I’m the last minority in the race.” Warren, who has grabbed headlines for promising trillions of dollars in other people’s money to minorities in order to buy their votes, is ecstatic to be alone in the race against white people. “Democrats have kicked out the Latinos Beto and Castro, the Wakandan-American Kamala Harris, and now Cory Booker. It’s clear that if we...
  • Mark Stein filling in for Tucker just stated on Fox News that Peter Buttigieg is a CIA Agent.

    01/10/2020 5:12:29 PM PST · by tired&retired · 61 replies
    Vanity
    I've taken a lot of flack here on FR for the past few weeks claiming that Buttigieg and his former employer McKinsey & Company were CIA. Mark Stein is filling in for Tucker Carlson and just spent the first ten minutes of the show talking about this.
  • Call From Amazon/Vanity

    09/11/2019 9:45:43 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 34 replies
    I keep getting a call that says press '1' to talk to an Amazon rep. I've got phone blocking but haven't yet blocked this same number, 800-300-8009. I'm really tempted to answer and press '1'. Anybody else getting this possible scam? I don't think I can reveal too much of anything just by pressing '1'. I mean nearly once a day. Sorry for the vanity:<(((
  • NYPD fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo in chokehold death of Eric Garner

    08/19/2019 9:54:21 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 126 replies
    Ny post ^ | 8/19/19 | Bruce Golding
    NYPD fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo in chokehold death of Eric Garner NYPD cop Daniel Panatelo has been fired for causing the chokehold death of Eric Garner, Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced Monday. O’Neill’s widely expected decision to fire the embattled cop endorsed the recommendation of a deputy commissioner who presided over Pantaleo’s departmental trial earlier this year. It also came after Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed that Garner’s family was “going to get justice…in the next 30 days” during a Democratic presidential primary debate on July 31.
  • Bethesda murder trial: Tunnels under house a ‘death trap,’ prosecutors say

    04/11/2019 4:34:26 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 5 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | April 10, 2019 4:21 pm | John Aaron | @JohnAaronWTOP
    Beckwitt’s attorney, Robert Bonsib has characterized the tunnels as a do-it-yourself version of Cold War-era bomb shelters, saying Beckwitt was concerned about the nuclear threat from North Korea. Bonsib has also called his client an “unusual individual.” Beckwitt addressed a 2016 hacker conference wearing a flame-retardant suit in which he gave a presentation on destroying electronics. (Michail S. via YouTube) Prosecutors said the man behind a secret tunnel project in Bethesda that turned deadly should be convicted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter because he disregarded public safety. Daniel Beckwitt, 27, is on trial regarding the tunnels created below the...
  • 'Tolkien' Trailer For J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Puts A Ring On it

    02/20/2019 9:52:46 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 53 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 20 February 2019 | Ron Dicker
    Yes, my precious, the preview will stoke your appetite for the upcoming adventure about the fantasy-writing author. ...
  • Dems could end up handing a border security victory to President Trump

    01/07/2019 5:38:11 PM PST · by Grundon · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/7/2019 | Madison Gesiotto
    "Unsecure open borders Another radical position now very popular on the left is open borders and amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Democrats have done everything in their power to obstruct the immigration policies of President Trump, going so far as to shut the government down rather than fund the border wall and provide for effective border security. Some Democrats have even criticized the brave officials who keep our communities safe, portraying border patrol agents as monsters for simply doing their jobs. Preventing President Trump from solving the illegal immigration crisis, however, will only mean that he still has his strongest...
  • Looking for a New Cellphone to Replace Flipphone. Best OS for Privacy, Connectivity?

    01/06/2019 2:21:10 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 114 replies
    01.06.19 | chickesoup
    I am thinking of getting a cell phone to replace my beloved ENV3. What is the Best OS for Privacy, Connectivity and Reliability? Most memory? My emails are currently with time Warner with accounts that go back 30 years. I run two businesses out of email and phone currently, how do I make the switch? I am not a fan of clouds. What do you recommend? Who would I get to set it up?
  • How the Battle for 'Lord of the Rings' Nearly Broke a Director

    11/17/2018 6:59:03 PM PST · by OddLane · 23 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/10/18 | David Weiner
    Forty years after Ralph Bakshi's animated classic hit theaters, the filmmaker recalls courting Mick Jagger and Led Zeppelin and speaks candidly about the extreme pressure he was under: "I nearly died." Mick Jagger as Frodo. A Led Zeppelin soundtrack. Battles on the field and behind the scenes before a three-film saga went bust. Forty years after his animated classic The Lord of the Rings hit theaters Nov. 15, 1978, these are some of the things on director Ralph Bakshi's mind during a candid conversation about what happened, and what could have been...
  • Netflix announces The Lord of the Rings trilogy WILL come to streaming service on November 1 [tr]

    10/25/2018 7:19:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 25, 2018 | Eve Buckland
    It was the fantasy trilogy that garnered critical acclaim, won 17 Oscars and launched the careers of stars including Orlando Bloom and Dominic Monaghan. And Netflix UK & Ireland have announced the iconic The Lord of the Rings trilogy will come to the streaming service on November 1. The original trilogy - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King- based on the J.R.R Tolkien books, was released between 2001-2003.