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  • When will the stock market crash?

    04/18/2015 9:26:05 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 23 replies
    Me | 4/18/15 | TheLouiswu
    Looking over past threads and several articles I about the stock market I was wondering if anyone has any definite information on when the next stock market crash would come and how bad will it be?
  • Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

    04/17/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by Kansas State University
    Molybdenum disulfide sheets -- which are "sandwiches" of one molybdenum atom between two sulfur atoms -- may improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, according to the latest research from Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering. Credit: Kansas State University The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team are improving rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The team has focused on the lithium cycling of molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, sheets, which Singh...
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    04/17/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 110 replies
    WP ^ | August 5, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. ...]
  • St. Charles deputy shooting suspect fired by TSA, lived in motel

    04/17/2015 1:43:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/17/15 | Littice Bacon-Blood
    The suspect arrested Thursday (April 16) and booked with attempted first-degree murder of a St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy, was fired from the Transportation Security Administration for "unbecoming conduct" and was previously arrested and booked with domestic violence and aggravated assault, St. Charles Sheriff Greg Champagne said. The suspect, 58-year-old John Pau Devillier, is a native of St. Charles Parish. However, authorities say his most recent residence was a room at the Value Place Motel in Gulfport, Miss. "We are at this time thoroughly looking into Mr. Devillier's past," Champagne said. "We have learned, what I can positively corroborate about...
  • Twin boys' World War II dream comes true

    04/17/2015 11:17:22 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/3/15 | Steve Hartman
    The folks who run the Yorktown say a lot of kids love the ship, but no kid has ever fallen for a sailor who served on the vessel like these two boys have fallen for Mr. Harding. Which is why, for this trip, the Yorktown made special arrangements for a surprise visitor: Mr. Harding. The boys ran to embrace him; hugging an old salt never felt so sweet. It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more, or who needed it more. Over the years Mr. Harding says he'd kept most of his war stories to himself.
  • Report: Urban Meyer Convinced Bill Belichick That Aaron Hernandez Would Behave In NFL

    04/17/2015 11:08:03 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 20 replies
    CBS Local Boston ^ | April 17, 2015
    BOSTON (CBS) — Everybody knows that Aaron Hernandez caused trouble during his time at Florida. It was Hernandez’s behavior — failing a drug test, whispers of gang affiliation, some covered-up scuffles, etc. — that led to the first-round talent dropping to the fourth round. Even still, nobody in the NFL could have known what Hernandez — now a convicted murderer — was truly capable of doing. In fact, he apparently even had his college head coach convinced that his troubles were behind him. The MMQB’s Greg Bedard wrote a story in which he details a conversation he had with Floyd...
  • This Is No Time for Partisan Politics: Vote on Loretta Lynch Now | Commentary

    04/17/2015 10:01:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | al sharpton
    More than 150 days ago, President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general following Eric Holder’s decision to step down. More than 48 days ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Lynch as the top law enforcement official in the nation. And yet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., still refuses to schedule a vote. At a time when key issues important to the American people like protection of voting rights, law enforcement accountability/reform and oversight of numerous areas demand leadership, McConnell and many in his party are stalling.
  • Perfect strangers. Exchange students from Sister City in Germany 1st to visit B Troop's new stables

    04/17/2015 8:47:17 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    Even for those who’ve never left Cochise County, B Troop’s shiny new stables on Fort Huachuca offer the quintessential southwestern backdrop. Needless to say, this year’s Sister Cities Commission of the City of Sierra Vista’s German delegation was in awe to be the first to tour them. It didn’t hurt that where the students came from in Radebeul, Germany’s weather was middling in the 50s.
  • Are Student Loans the new Sub-Prime Bubble?

    04/17/2015 7:46:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/17/2015 | Chriss Street
    On April 15 Tax Day, Americans paid about the same amount of income tax as total student loans outstanding. The St. Louis Federal Reserve on the same day published a report titled ‘Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse?' The Fed has determined that of the $1.3 trillion in non-bankruptcy-dischargeable student loans, the delinquency rate for students in repayment is over 27 percent. With tuition at the University of California and other top schools growing faster than inflation, student loan defaults are skyrocketing. Prior published student loan reports have stated that the “30+ days delinquency rate for all student...
  • MLB's hiring of minority and women front office staff has remained flat

    04/17/2015 6:27:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 16, 2015
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, while its percentage of African-American players remained only slightly above a study's low set in the 2007 season. The annual report issued Wednesday by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida gave MLB an A grade in racial hiring and C in gender hiring.
  • Snoring Airline Passenger Stabbed with Pen at Midway Airport

    04/17/2015 6:19:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    patch.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lauren Traut
    Snoring Airline Passenger Stabbed with Pen at Midway Airport A woman lost her temper, grabbed a pen, and took the noisy matter into her own hands aboard a Southwest Airlines plane. By Lauren Traut (Patch Staff) April 16, 2015 A woman aboard a Southwest Airlines flight Thursday afternoon couldn’t stand the snoring of a man sitting nearby, so she stabbed him with a pen. Passengers aboard the already delayed Flight 577 out of Midway Airport were perturbed when the pilot was forced to circle back to the gate where Chicago Police escorted the woman off the plane. Other passengers tweeted...
  • This Woman Smiled after shooting a giraffe, and the Internet is Outraged

    04/17/2015 12:13:29 AM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 69 replies
    Mashable Australia ^ | 16-04-15 | Brian Reis
    Real life Big Buck Hunter "Hero" Rebecca Francis thought she had snagged yet another trophy animal when she shot and killed a giraffe in Africa in 2010. The 41-year-old mother of eight, who's hunted and killed everything from bears, moose and bighorn rams to zebras, lynx and antelopes, downed the beast with a bow and took a picture laying next to its carcass. That, it seemed, was that. But she never considered what Ricky would think. Five years later, the comedian Ricky Gervais found the picture and tweeted it to his followers, asking, "What must've happened to you in your...
  • 8 Arrested After Protesters Rush Tables At U-M Board Of Regents Meeting

    04/16/2015 4:58:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 4/16/15 | WWJ Ann Arbor
    Eight people were arrested at a protest that disrupted a University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting Thursday. Protesters — arguing that the school should admit more minorities — rushed the tables, causing a disturbance similar to one that took place last November. “Several people from the audience swarmed the tables,” said Campus Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown. “The police officers were able to control them in the middle of the room.” At least four tables went flying, along with multiple chairs, the Detroit Free Press reported; and several police officers tackled protesters, who fought back, shoving and kicking. Photos...
  • 17 People Who Shouldn't Have Kids

    04/16/2015 3:07:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Diply ^ | April 11, 2015
    Parenting can be tough. Really tough, actually. Kids are constant time and money sucks, but hey, you try your best. Unless, of course, you're one of these parents. Maybe these are the result of negligence. Maybe they're lifehacks that went too far. Maybe they're the result of sleep deprivation and caffeine deficiency. I don't know. Regardless, here's to every parent who's ever said "ah, screw it!"
  • George Lucas Planning Payback With Massive Affordable Housing Project On His Marin County Land

    04/16/2015 2:03:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 58 replies
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | 4/15/15 | Phil Matier
    NOVATO (CBS SF) — After George Lucas ran into a buzzsaw of opposition from his wealthy Marin County neighbors when he tried to expand his Skywalker Ranch studio, the filmmaker might be getting some payback with plans for one of the largest affordable housing projects in the Bay Area.
  • How can we stop farmer suicides?

    04/16/2015 1:23:57 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 74 replies
    Grist ^ | 4-16-15 | Madeliene Thomas
    Mona Lee Brock went into the office early that morning, as she always did, when she received a panicked phone call. The telephones in the crisis center were lighting up all over the place, as was common. This particular call was from a farmer’s wife. A day prior, the farmer had spoken to Brock and agreed not to hurt himself, but now his wife couldn’t find him. And she was afraid. Brock asked where the farmer kept his .410 shotgun. It was the height of the ’80s farm crisis, one of the greatest economic turmoils since the Great Depression. Drought...
  • Italian police: Christians thrown overboard

    04/16/2015 12:22:37 PM PDT · by eastforker · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/16/2015 | Hada Messia, Livia Borghese and Jason Hanna
    Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard -- killing them -- because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
  • One-Third of Dutch GP Physicians Would Kill the Mentally Ill

    04/16/2015 11:24:28 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 22 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | April 16, 2015 | Wesley J. Smith
    One-Third of Dutch GP Physicians Would Kill the Mentally Ill Wesley J. Smith April 16, 2015 10:26 AM | Permalink Please! Don't tell me that euthanasia doesn't lead straight off a vertical moral cliff. A recent survey of Netherlander MD general practitioners found that very high percentages would kill cancer patients, and one-third would be willing to euthanize the mentally ill. From the PsychCentral story: For mental illness, only 34 percent would consider helping the patient die, and 40 percent would help someone with early-stage dementia to die. The rate was slightly lower for late-stage dementia, at 33 percent. Only?...
  • Alabama man meets online girlfriend in Oregon for first time, she bashes his head in with a bat…

    04/16/2015 8:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 9:20 AM | Lee Moran
    An Alabama man who’d been dating an Oregon woman online for two years was left with a fractured skull after she beat him with a baseball bat in their first face-to-face meet, police said. Samuel Campbell, 26, traveled across the country to live with who he thought was the love of his life, Haley Fox, at her Turner home on Wednesday, April 8, reports The Oregonian. But when he arrived, she allegedly led him to an outside table and told him to close his eyes. …
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:18:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matt Coker
    1. Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. 2. As a filmmaker, his three greatest pictures, in order, are Touch of Evil (1958), Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). 3. Ah, yes, but Citizen Kane tops many lists as the greatest film of all time (with Welles filling the top slot on many directing lists). The fictional story of a megalomaniac newspaper magnate (loosely based on William Randolph Hearst) and innocence lost is indeed a masterpiece . . . albeit a dated one. Newspaper magnates? Not in this century, bub. 4. John Houseman wrote in his 1972...
  • America’s 15 Highest Paying Companies [And the industries they represent]

    04/16/2015 9:40:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Glassdoor ^ | 04/15/2015 | Glassdoor Team
    Do you dream of earning a six figure paycheck? If so, Glassdoor has compiled its newest report identifying America’s 15 Highest Paying Companies, in which the median annual total compensation starts at more than $140,000. This report evaluates salary and compensation information shared by employees over the past year on Glassdoor. The ranking of companies by median total compensation takes into account annual base salary, cash and stock bonuses, commissions and other forms of financial income. Check out the top 15 companies below, along with insights from Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain explaining why these companies pay so well....
  • Italians revolt against migrant 'invasion'

    04/16/2015 9:18:12 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16April15 | Nick Squires
    Italians are in growing revolt against number of migrants arriving on their shores, with more than 10,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean in the past week alone. The huge influx of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa is putting an intolerable strain on a country that has been in recession for the past five years.
  • Students shred Social Security cards to receive in-state tuition offered to illegal immigrants

    04/16/2015 8:50:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Apr 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM EDT | Gabriella Morrongiello
    As recently as 2014, illegal immigrants in 22 states are eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. […] Campus Reform asked out-of-state students attending UVA and UMD–both of which offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants—whether they would consider renouncing their U.S. citizenship to become “undocumented students” eligible for in-state tuition. …
  • YouGov/Economist Poll 4/11-4/13 (2016 National Republican Primary)

    Scott Walker (R) 14% Ted Cruz (R) 13% Rand Paul (R) 13% Jeb Bush (R) 12% Ben Carson (R) 7% Marco Rubio (R) 7% Chris Christie (R) 4% Mike Huckabee (R) 4% Rick Perry (R) 4% Carly Fiorina (R) 3% Lindsey Graham (R) 2% John Kasich (R) 2% Rick Santorum (R) 2% Bobby Jindal (R) 1% Other 2% Undecided 12%
  • No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss

    "What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else." –Author Tom Clancy The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private. Indeed, as I point...
  • 16% of retired NFL players go bankrupt, a report says

    04/16/2015 5:20:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Fortune ^ | 04/15/2015 | Daniel Roberts
    The stat comes from a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. It may be hard to believe that professional athletes, who earn so much money at such a young age, could possibly end up bankrupt. But nearly 16% of those in the National Football League do—just not right away. According to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 15.7% of NFL players have filed for bankruptcy 12 years after they retired. The paper, entitled “Bankruptcy Rates Among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes,” examines the traditional model of consumption smoothing (save money...
  • New brain science shows poor kids have smaller brains than affluent kids

    04/16/2015 5:12:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2015 | Lyndsey Layton
    New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap. Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly 1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of the cerebral cortex was linked to family income. They discovered that the brains of children in families that earned less than $25,000 a year had surface areas 6 percent smaller than those whose families earned $150,000 or more. The poor children also scored lower on average on a battery of cognitive...
  • Ann Arbor schools bans guns with new policies

    04/16/2015 3:58:18 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lindsay Knake
    If anyone but a law enforcement official carries a gun into an Ann Arbor school, administrators will ask the person to leave and call the police. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency. The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday, April 15, unanimously voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. The vote approved three policies that outline the superintendent's ability to be able to close schools, cancel buses or student and staff events before, during and after school in the case of an...
  • "What Hath G-d Wrought?" - yet another heavy metal song, by Yours Truly [vanity]

    04/15/2015 10:25:25 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 4/16/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Howdy all! Hope your April 15th was too taxing! [Pause for big laffs.] Getting back on-topic, here's more heavy metal from the alleged country song writer. You are welcome to shout "yee-haw!" as you headbang. The usual nonsense: 1. I write and record my music under the name "Hopalong Ginsberg." It's more "Metal" that way. 2. Yeah, I know what my voice sounds like. Now you do too. Don't we both feel smarter for the experience? 3. If you'd like a free MP3 copy of the song, click either here or here. Do not click here if you are easily...
  • Detroit hit man says he, not teen, responsible for 4 deaths

    04/15/2015 3:47:08 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal sentinal ^ | 4/15/15 | Ed White
    DETROIT (AP) - An imprisoned hit man has signed a chilling affidavit taking responsibility for four murders at a Detroit drug house in a renewed effort to free a young man who pleaded guilty to the same killings at age 15, attorneys said Wednesday. Davontae Sanford was just 14, illiterate and blind in one eye when he walked up to police at the murder scene in 2007 and immediately became a suspect. He eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sent to prison, but a new legal team from two law schools wants the conviction thrown out. The affidavit...
  • How colleges misspend your tuition money

    04/15/2015 2:28:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/15/2015 | Ted Scheinman
    I am on the phone with a humanities professor at a small, nationally revered liberal-arts college, and she is telling me about the seltzer situation in the faculty lounge. "You know, the dean said we need to get the beverages out of there." "And that's, like, a hygiene thing?" "No, it's because they're worried we're spending too much on Diet Coke and those aluminum cans of seltzer." "Oh." "And the president just replaced his hood ornament with a Fabergé egg. Our Manhattan consulting firm said it was the only way to upstage Dartmouth." OK, I made up the egg thing,...
  • RFRA & My Wedding Ring (Terrific Essay)

    04/15/2015 12:43:20 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/7/2015 | Maureen Mullarkey
    It has been some time since I gave thought to the day my soon-to-be husband and I bought our wedding rings. But the spectacle over RFRA—all the panting hysteria of a predatory media and toadying politicians aided by timorous clergy—brings it back with great clarity. And even greater poignancy. Our wedding date was set. It was time to pick a ring. But where to look for one? How to shop? The two of us were young, broke, and scrappy. It would be some years yet before we could afford to pay retail. Besides, my intended was a combative shopper, born...
  • Stanford’s Students of Color Coalition Accused of Antisemitism in Student Elections

    04/15/2015 11:25:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 13, 2015 10:23 pm | David Daoud
    A student leader at Stanford University, was asked by a campus group about how her Jewish faith would impact her actions regarding Israel in the Student Senate, prompting allegations of antisemitism and an Anti-Defamation League inquiry, a campus publication reported. As part of her campaign for student senate, Molly Horwitz applied for as many student group endorsements as possible, since an endorsement from each group would effectively secure their members’ votes for her candidacy. The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) endorsement is the most-sought after, due to its large size and vast influence, as well as the fact that it...
  • Researchers can trace dust samples using fungal DNA

    04/15/2015 10:22:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/15/15
    Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed a statistical model that allows them to tell where a dust sample came from within the continental United States based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample. The primary goal of the research was to develop a new forensic biology tool for law enforcement or archaeologists. "But it may also give us a greater understanding of the invisible ecosystems of microbial life that we know are all around us, but that we don't fully comprehend," says Neal Grantham, a Ph.D. student in statistics at...
  • Gravity Payments Owner Drastically Cuts $1M Salary and Sets $70,000 Minimum Wage for All Staff

    04/15/2015 9:20:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    In a jaw-dropping move Monday afternoon, Dan Price, the 30-year-old founder of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company in Seattle, Washington, announced to his 120-person staff that over the next three years, every single employee — even the lowest paid clerk — will be paid a minimum annual salary of $70,000. And he wasn't joking. "My jaw just dropped," Phillip Akhavan, 29, who earns $43,000 working on the company's merchant relations team, said in an interview with The New York Times. "This is going to make a difference to everyone around me." The announcement stunned the staff and triggered...
  • Woman 'Freaks Out' When She Meets Doppelganger For 1st Time In Ireland

    04/15/2015 9:11:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 15, 2015 | Avianne Tan
    Two women from Ireland, who are spitting images of each other, freaked out when they came face-to-face for the first time. Through the power of social media, Niamh Geaney, 26, found her doppelganger, Karen Branigan, 29.
  • Judge rules woman who recorded ex-Clippers owner Sterling's racist rant owes his wife $2.6M

    04/15/2015 9:10:48 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/15 | AP pool
    LOS ANGELES – The wife of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling is owed $2.6 million by a woman her husband showered with gifts, a judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Richard Fruin Jr. awarded Shelly Sterling most of the nearly $3 million she had sought. Sterling had claimed that money used to buy V. Stiviano a house, luxury cars and expensive gifts was her community property. ...]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s Poverty Voyeurism: Photo-op sympathy for the poor will never go out of style

    04/15/2015 8:32:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/15/2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Gwynnie P is down with the struggle, comrades. She may make $19 million a year, own mansions in London, New York, Brentwood, Malibu, and the Hamptons, charge $550 for her Goop.com “travel backgammon set,” and fly by private jet, but she feels your pain. OK, it’s not as painful as her last $5,200 Thermage session in Santa Monica, but still, she really, really does feel the agony of the ordinary. Last week, the progressive princess celebrity joined the “SNAP challenge.” It’s basically the ice-bucket challenge for bored Hollywood liberals and media-hungry Democratic politicians. For seven days (or at least for...
  • COUNTY COMMISSION: Poverty simulation to be held at Salem United Methodist Church April 30

    04/15/2015 7:35:38 AM PDT · by Currentriverrat · 20 replies
    The Salem News ^ | 04/14/14 | Andrew Sheeley
    A poverty simulation is going to be held at the Salem Methodist Church April 30, according to Pastor Doug Walter and Bank of Salem Vice President SN Ball. Walter and Ball visited with the Dent County Commission on Thursday to invite the commissioners to participate. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles as well as First District Commissioner Dennis Purcell and Second District Commissioner Gary Larson all said they would attend. The event is being held by volunteers with the help of the South Central Missouri Community Action Agenc
  • Boy behind the ‘Success Kid’ meme is trying to get his dad a kidney

    04/15/2015 5:15:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | april 14, 2015 | NINA GOLGOWSKI 
    The father of Sam Griner, better known from the "success kid" viral meme, is seeking help in finding a life-saving kidney donor while also raising money for the costly medical expenses that follow. For years an adorable toddler meme dubbed the "success kid" has delivered countless laughs and smiles across the Internet. Now the actual boy's father needs the Internet's help. Justin Griner, whose photograph of his then 11-month-old son Sam clenching a sandy fist in the air has been shared and edited numerous times, is now in dire need of a kidney transplant. "One can only survive with no...
  • Was Siri programmed to be homophobic in Russian?

    04/15/2015 12:03:59 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2015 | Tom Parfitt
    The new Russian-language version of iPhone's “personal assistant” has been accused of providing homophobic responses to questions about gays and lesbians. One Russian man in London, Alex, posted a video on YouTube in which Siri responds in a woman's voice to his questions about gay marriages and whether they are “normal”, by saying, “Alex, you are so rude!” Asked in Russian, “How do you register a gay marriage in England?” Siri replies on an iPad, “I will pretend I didn't hear that.”. The Russian LGBT site, www.lesbiru.com, noted that when told “Lesbianism is normal”, Siri came back saying, “There’s no...
  • Lots of Apple Watch Listings on eBay Are Attracting Zero Bids

    04/14/2015 9:01:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 68 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 14th, 2015 | Brad Tuttle
    Sellers are asking extremely high "Buy It Now" prices at eBay to take advantage of strong demand for Apple Watches. But in many cases, consumers aren't biting. By most accounts, the Apple Watch did a terrific business on the first day customers could place preorders. Apple reportedly received roughly one million orders last Friday, and demand has been so high that orders placed now won’t be delivered until June or even later in the summer. The first customers who preordered Apple Watches, however, will have their shiny gadgets in hand starting on April 24 or soon thereafter. Part of the...
  • Could Obama be planning to make Cuba our 51st State?

    04/14/2015 3:39:21 PM PDT · by lee martell · 45 replies
    April 14, 2015 | Lee Martell
    Barack Obama's time as a sitting American President is running out. If he plans to do something big and bold, now, or within the next 19 months will be time to do it. We already see that he has softened the borders, in definition and in purpose. There are tens of thousands of illegal aliens pouring in across the southern borders of our country, day after day, week after frustrating week. Operation Choke Point quietly continues to convince banks to refuse the accounts of gun stores, resulting in these stores being shut down. Lois Lerner is still free to walk...
  • Dash cam: Officer who shot black man told boss he ran away

    04/14/2015 2:32:03 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 117 replies
    AP release via Yahoo ^ | 4/14/15 | BRUCE SMITH and PHILLIP LUCAS
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The white South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man can be heard telling his supervisor twice that he didn't understand why the man ran away, according to dashcam video.
  • Former Rams RB Lawrence Phillips suspected of killing prison cellmate

    04/14/2015 9:35:57 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | April 13, 2015 7:41 pm ET | Ryan Wilson
    Lawrence Phillips, the sixth-overall pick in the 1996 draft who has been behind bars since 2008, is suspected of killing his cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison, according to a prison news release (via the Bakersfield Californian). Early Saturday morning, Damion Soward, 37, was found unresponsive in the cell he shared with Phillips. He died Sunday at a local hospital. ... A star at the University of Nebraska, Phillips' off-field troubles plagued him throughout NFL career and beyond. He played in just 25 NFL games with three different teams. In 1996, the Rams thought so much of his potential, that...
  • Cops: Son's story leads mom, friends to savagely beat homeless man

    04/14/2015 9:14:11 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 21 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Updated: Friday, April 10, 2015, | VINNY VELLA
    It Was the lie of a child, a way of avoiding getting in trouble for coming home late. But it had terrible consequences - it stirred an angry mob, and it ultimately left a 51-year-old man fighting for his life with horrific head injuries. It led to the arrest of two women: the boy's mother, Aleathea Gillard and her neighbor, Sharina Joachim, who both have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses, police said. It started Tuesday afternoon, when Gillard confronted her 10-year-old son, police sources said. She wanted to know where he had been. He said...
  • Lawyer Eating at Chick-fil-A Dropped Hundreds of Dollars on the Floor. Here’s What Happened ...

    04/14/2015 7:16:42 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 71 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | Apr. 13, 2015 | Zach Noble
    Think the people at Chick-fil-A are honest, upstanding folks? This story will confirm your hunch. A civil rights lawyer in Decatur, Georgia, made a huge mistake when he dropped hundreds of dollars on the floor at a Chick-fil-A while eating breakfast, but a restaurant employee saved him from losing the cash, WXIA-TV reported. Attorney Victor Long had $1,200 in cash on him — money bound for the bank — on April 1 when he ate breakfast at the restaurant, he told WXIA. “I didn’t even think about backtracking, because I figured anybody who found the money, the way people need...
  • I'm with stupid voters (Hillary's new logo)

    04/14/2015 6:25:47 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 23 replies
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  • APNewsBreak: AG says Bible can’t be official Tennessee book

    04/13/2015 11:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 8:33 PM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    Tennessee's attorney general says a bill seeking to make the Bible the state's official book would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions. (Attorney General Herbert) Slatery in the opinion cites the provision in the Tennessee Constitution that states that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religion establishment or mode of worship.” …
  • Hacked to pieces with a Samurai sword, the burglars who got a VERY unpleasant surprise (...)

    04/13/2015 8:27:12 PM PDT · by Ramius · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-13-2015 | Jack Crone
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Dias Costa, 49, slashed the face, arms, and necks of the four raiders The men, armed with guns, had broken into his home in central Argentina Raiders were forced to flee in getaway car and they are all in intensive care. By JACK CRONE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 12:24 EST, 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 EST, 13 April 2015 A man defended his home from four armed burglars by hacking pieces out of them with a Samurai sword. Dias Costa, 49, slashed the face, arms, and necks of the raiders, who fled the property in a getaway...