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  • 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.
  • 'The Pied Piper of Raccoons' charms nearly animals by playing his flute

    09/26/2018 4:27:35 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18:09 EDT, 26 September 2018 | Reporter
    An upstate New York man has mastered the art of raccoon calling. Video posted online on September 20 by Newsflare shows the man standing on the side of a road in Brasher State Forest in St. Lawrence County playing a beautiful tune on his Native American flute. The man's skills aren't just music to viewers' ears. The raccoons seem to like it too and come out of hiding in the woods to surround the man. According to the filmmaker, at least 20 raccoons enjoyed the afternoon show before slinking back into the woods. The man, who is being dubbed the...
  • Riddle me this:Fowards I am heavy....[no looking it up]

    06/06/2018 10:47:46 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 46 replies
    1. Fowards I am heavy, backwards I am not. What am I? 2. What is lighter than a feather but the strongest man in the world can not pick up? 3. A prisoner is told “if you tell a lie we will hang you, if you tell the truth we will shoot you.” What can he say to save himself? 4. (Personal favorite) What is that is too much for one, enough for two, and nothing at all for three? 5. If someone was born August 1 25 BC then died on August 1 25 AD, how are were they...
  • Brussels Sprouts: The Unexpected Culinary Swan

    04/20/2018 8:33:07 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 76 replies
    Some kind of "Brussels sprouts" website ^ | It was some time ago | Dani Lind (Girl, I suppose)
    All my life I’ve had a thing for the underdog. Be it the passed over toy as a little girl or the loser boyfriend as a teenager, I guess I took the ugly duckling fairy tale to heart. Now in my adulthood, I have taken the poor, rejected, locally grown vegetables under my wing—the underutilized, the newly-trendy, the formerly beloved fallen out of modern favor, or the just plain weird. In the case of Brussels sprouts, they are a vegetable all too often cooked very wrong and, hence, tend to carry a bad rap. Who wouldn’t hate Brussels sprouts if...
  • Lord of the Rings TV Series Adaptation Eyed, With Amazon a Potential Home

    11/04/2017 7:37:48 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 57 replies
    TV Line ^ | November 4, 2017 | Dave Nemetz
    Has Amazon found the Game of Thrones it’s been seeking? A Lord of the Rings TV series is in the very early development stages, according to The Hollywood Reporter, from Warner Bros. Television, whose feature-film division produced the LOTR movies. There’s no writer attached to the project yet — Warner Bros. is still looking to nail down the rights from the estate of book author J.R.R. Tolkien — but Amazon Studios has already emerged as an potential home. Rings, of course, has already been adapted into a trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson, which grossed nearly $3 billion at...
  • For those who know, preferably by experience

    10/28/2017 4:52:46 AM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 16 replies
    My standard-issue brain | October 28, 2017 | ExGeeEye
    If you have an AR-type rifle with a standard flash suppressor on it, and you store it outside of a case as in a rack, and place a plastic dust cover over the flash suppressor, what happens if, in an emergent situation, you grab it, stick a mag in it, rack it and go "hunting", and (God forbid!) fire it, forgetting to remove the dust cap? Anything bad?
  • I had a lovely time on Facebook the other day, And I'd like to share.

    08/23/2017 3:45:02 AM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 4 replies
    My account on | August 23, 2017 | ExGeeEye
    I had loads of fun dealing with a liberal statue-hater the other day. I screenshot it, blocked out the names, and added some commentary. I hope y'all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed doing it.Apparently, I can't just post the screenshots here, so here are the dropbox links. Happy clicking!
  • How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

    07/01/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Joseph Laconte
    IN the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for France as a second lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Force. The Great War, as World War I was known, was only half-done, but already its industrial carnage had no parallel in European history. “Junior officers were being killed off, a dozen a minute,” recalled J. R. R. Tolkien. “Parting from my wife,” he wrote, doubting that he would survive the trenches, “was like a death.”
  • Donald Trump Isn't Rudy Giuliani, He's Howard Dean

    01/04/2016 6:57:51 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 35 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/4/2016 | Leon Wolf
    How Will Trump Handle Losing Iowa? If you scratch any Republican pundit on the face of the earth, a comparison between Trump's 2016 campaign and Rudy Giuliani's 2008 campaign will fall out. If the point is to illustrate that being the frontrunner at this stage of the race won't necessarily translate to victory, then these pundits are on solid ground. If the point is to draw a meaningful parallel between the current Trump boom and the forces that drove Giuliani to the top, and then back down to the bottom, of the 2008 pile, then they are dead wrong. By...
  • How Did Lewis and Tolkien Defend the Old West?

    12/31/2015 9:21:01 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | July 1, 2015 | Bradley J. Birzer
    Not all modern evils appear as obvious as those of Stalin and Hitler, or as blatant as that of the mechanized and inhumane fighting of the first world war. Tyranny and modernity arrive in many packages, some of them brightly colored. Understanding this, Tolkien despised the impersonal democratic capitalism of the twentieth century and especially its handmaiden, the softly oppressive democratic bureaucracies of the western world, almost as much as he hated fascism and communism. All forms of twentieth-century government-whether blatantly socialist such as fascism or communism, or just mildly socialist, such as bureaucratic democracies-involved planning, that is, putting men...
  • Do You Trust The liberal CNN/ORC polling outfit? How about Rasmussen, ABC News/WaPo or NBC News/WSJ?

    08/22/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 77 replies
    8/22/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was wondering why a polling outfit (CNN/ORC) is now all of a sudden trusted by conservatives? If not, then say so. If it is all of a sudden now trusted by conservatives...I thought that CNN is a liberal outfit and not to be trusted? Limbaugh seems to be going after CNN for their Morten Downey Jr. documentary on TV as somehow being used to juxtapose against Trump, and for their interviews of Trump supporters, and wondering if they are going to hand-pick the worst of the worst in those interviews to somehow paint all Trump supporters in a negative...
  • A Third Party Run, Don? Treated Unfairlly??

    08/09/2015 8:02:46 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 109 replies
    Self | AUgust 9, 2015 | MeshugeMikey
    one word! DON'T
  • J.K. Rowling Reveals Awesome Reason For Challenging Westboro Church's Hate Speech

    05/27/2015 4:26:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/27/2015 | Nick Visser
    Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote last week, prompting emotional celebrations, outpourings of support and, yes, a little bit of hate. The Westboro Baptist Church already stumbled over an attempted diss of the Irish referendum, mistakenly chastising the Ivory Coast instead. But when they tried to take on J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author had nothing but ire for the hate-mongers ..."I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged."...