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  • Safe Boating Tips (FReepers are Lousy Boaters)

    05/26/2017 1:45:07 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 70 replies
    Discover Boating ^ | Non Given | Not Attributed
    Safe Boating Tips No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe: 1.Be Weather-Wise Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water. 2.Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure...
  • Dazzling! Melania Trump Arrives at La Scala Concert for G7 leaders In Custom Dolce & Gabbana Gown

    05/26/2017 12:39:07 PM PDT · by drewh · 93 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | 15:23 EDT, 26 May 2017 | By Charlie Lankston, Erica Tempesta For
    It's the final day of Donald and Melania Trump's first official tour as President and First Lady, and it looks like 47-year-old Melania is eager to go out with a sartorial bang. After having made a chic arrival in Sicily, where her husband is attending a G7 summit, Melania stepped out Friday morning in the coastal down of Catania, making a very stylish statement in a $51,500 coat by Dolce & Gabanna, which was covered with colorful 3-D flower embellishments - and came complete with a matching $1,630 purse by the Italian luxury label. However, the First Lady traded the...
  • Monkey mafia steal your stuff, then sell it back for a cracker

    05/26/2017 10:58:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | 25 May 2017 | By Brian Owens
    Macaque with stolen goods I’m willing to trade Kylie McLaughlin/Getty ================================================================================================================================= Long-tailed macaques living near an Indonesian temple have figured out how to run a ransom racket on visiting tourists. The monkeys grab valuables, such as glasses, hats, cameras or, in one case, a wad of cash from the ticket booth, then wait for temple staff to offer them food before dropping their ill-gotten gains and dashing off with the tasty prize (see video below). Although this behaviour has been reported anecdotally at Uluwatu Temple on the island of Bali for years, it had never been studied scientifically in the...
  • Time to Cut the F & E Lines

    05/26/2017 7:29:01 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5/26/2017 | John Conlin
    One of the biggest gold rushes of our time looks to be the anticipated market for autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Worldwide there are companies and investors throwing billions at the market and what was predicted to happen in 10 years now looks like 2 at most. The ways autonomous vehicles will impact our daily lives are just now being contemplated but one impact is clear, they have the ability to completely change how we view public transportation, all for the better. We need to rid ourselves of a bus and rail-based paradigm for public transportation. A complete stop should be placed...
  • United plane wing 'clips American Airlines flight' in Texas forcing 260 people to leave the planes

    05/25/2017 4:13:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 25, 2017 | James Wilkinson For
    Hundreds of passengers were forced onto the runway in Austin on Wednesday evening when a United plane's wing struck an American Airlines flight. United flight 898 was taxiing from Gate 19 to the runway for its flight to Austin at around 8:20pm when it clipped American flight 2675. That plane had just landed from JFK and was taxiing to Gate 21. One of the United flight's passengers told KXAN that after the nasty scrape the pilot came on over the intercom and admitted that he was at fault. Scroll down for video
  • How to Hit the Brakes on Ramadan Road Rage…

    05/25/2017 12:43:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Ramadan is a very special time and it’s all about being with the ones close to us, which creates a lot of traffic! This festive period poses unique challenges for all kind of traffic participants. The Ramadan specific lifestyle has physical effects on our body - especially when coinciding with the hot summer season like this year. Fasting can result in dehydration and low blood sugar, which in turn can limit our attentiveness, concentration, vision and reaction. In addition to fasting, the unusual eating and sleeping patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience and distraction. RoadSafetyUAE, QIC Insured and Gargash Insurance...
  • Eerie Pics Show Abandoned Disney Park 15 Years Later

    05/24/2017 1:13:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies ^ | 05-24-2017 | Seph Lawless
    Walt Disney World's first water park, Disney River Country, closed 25 years after debuting in 1976. It has remained shut for more than 15 years. The park's pool was filled in with concrete last year. Seph Lawless, a Cleveland-based photographer whose work includes abandoned spaces like the inside of the vacant Chicago-area Lincoln Mall, took photos of the empty Disney River Country for a series available in his forthcoming book, "Autopsy of America: The Death of a Nation." You can check out more of Lawless' work on his website, YouTube channel and Instagram. CORRECTION (May 24, 2017, 10 a.m.): Disney...
  • Can You Still Be a Good American if You're an Expat Living Abroad?

    05/21/2017 4:12:38 PM PDT · by ThankYouFreeRepublic · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 21, 2017 | Chuck Bolotin
    As the founder of Best Places in the World to Retire, I’ve spoken with more than a thousand expats, many of whom have told me of instances where they were told that because they lived outside the US, they were no longer entitled to be called “an American,” that they were unpatriotic, or in extreme cases, that they were traitors. Not only do I reject these charges, but I believe that those making them don’t understand what it means to be “an American.” There is no better statement of what it means to be an American than...
  • Actor Tom Hanks alerts New York City police to parked car with slew of tickets

    05/21/2017 7:27:26 AM PDT · by Boomer · 48 replies
    FNC - Entertainment ^ | May 21, 2017 | AP
    Actor Tom Hanks is on the beat in New York City, using Twitter to alert police to a car with a slew of tickets on its windshield. Turns out the tickets were paid.
  • Appeals Court: Your Naked Protest At Airport Security Is Not Protected By First Amendment

    05/19/2017 10:52:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Consumerist ^ | May 18, 2017
    Five years ago, when we told you about an Oregon man protesting new airport security measures by stripping down to nothing at a TSA checkpoint, we had no idea it would eventually blossom into a years-long legal battle over whether or not one has a First Amendment right to get naked at the airport, but this week a federal appeals court disagreed with a local judge, saying that the man’s protest was not a form of constitutionally protected free speech.
  • Hell Hath No Fury Like an Angry Wife

    05/19/2017 10:20:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    A woman who was driving in Pathum Thani, Thailand and spotted her husband driving in another car with his alleged mistress gave chase and damaged several vehicles and injured several others in the process. The woman was driving in a black Toyota Fortuner while her husband drove a white Mercedes Benz. The news made headlines in Thailand with many social media users either sympathising with her plight or criticising her for her selfish actions. According to news reports, the woman had secretly planted a GPS tracker in her husband’s vehicle. She had not only caused heavy traffic in northern Bangkok...
  • Clear Lake Silent Beauty

    05/14/2017 11:58:24 AM PDT · by DWar
    You Tube ^ | 5/10/17 | American Trekker
    Time for a break in your day? This peaceful moment is brought to you by Mother Nature.
  • Unexpected Encounters

    05/13/2017 7:49:21 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 12 replies
    vanity | 5/13/2017 | self
    After reading so many articles on William Sessions, I remembered bumping into him when I worked in DC and it brought back other chance encounters with other 'celebs' and respected people. William Sessions was heading down Pennsylvania Ave in DC and he nodded when I recognized him. As we walked to an intersection I said "Let's go!" He followed my orders and we both were nearly struck by a turning car. I laughed and said that being a cop - he should have known better. He was chuckling as I reached my building. Another well respected gentleman and I were...
  • China, India Plans for Electric Cars Threaten to Cut Petrol Demand

    05/12/2017 8:50:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Saturday, 13 May 2017
    Demand for petrol in Asia may peak much earlier than expected as millions of people in China and India buy electric vehicles over the next decade, threatening wrenching change for the oil industry, oil and auto company executives warned. They said refiners should prepare for a future in which petrol, their biggest source of revenue, will be much less of a cash cow. Change is being prompted by policy moves in India and China, where governments are trying to rein in rampant pollution, cut oil imports, and compete for a slice of the fast-growing green car market. In its "road...
  • United Flight Delayed for Hours After a Scorpion 'Emerged From a Customer's Clothing'

    05/12/2017 10:42:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | 5/12 | Becca Stanek
    Just weeks after a giant bunny mysteriously died in the cargo hold of a United Airlines flight, the airline was plagued with yet another animal-related fiasco. A United flight from Houston to Ecuador was delayed for more than three hours Friday after a scorpion "emerged from a customer's clothing," United said in a statement. United confirmed that the passenger was not stung. Paramedics arrived at the gate to examine the customer, and United said he "declined further treatment." "[A]s a precaution, a new aircraft was arranged," United said. This is the second time in a month that United Airlines has...
  • Now United Airlines passengers are being attacked by SCORPIONS! Deadly insect crawls out....

    05/12/2017 7:24:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 12, 2017 | Emily Crane For
    FULL TITLE: Now United Airlines passengers are being attacked by SCORPIONS! Deadly insect crawls out on flight and forces evacuation A United Airlines flight was delayed for several hours in Texas after reports of a scorpion crawling out of a passenger's clothes. Passengers say United Flight 1035 was evacuated on Thursday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston following the scorpion sighting. The flight, which was headed for Quito, Ecuador was delayed for three hours. News of the scorpion incident got out when passengers started tweeting about the ordeal.
  • SC man charged with defacing Fort Sumter

    05/11/2017 11:00:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | 05-11-2017 | By Cynthia Roldán
    CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC A Sullivan’s Island man has been indicted on federal charges of damaging and defacing an archeological resource for “forcibly pulling” on a support bar of the Fort Sumter National Monument. Noah Michael Sigalas, 21, is also facing charges of committing a depredation against property of the United States. The charges by a federal grand jury fall under the Archeological Resources Protection Act. His arraignment is scheduled for May 24 at the Charleston County federal courthouse. The support bar Sigalas is accused of pulling, causing damage in excess of $1,000, was “stabilizing part of a casemate wall along...
  • KC woman forced to pee in cup on United flight

    05/10/2017 7:00:12 AM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    KSHB ^ | May 10, 2017 | Lisa Benson
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City woman says she was forced to urinate in a cup on a United Airlines flight and now she wants to know why the flight attendant didn't just let her go to the restroom. Nicole Harper tried to use the restroom on United flight 6056 on April 10th. A flight attendant ordered her back to her seat. The seatbelt sign was still illuminated. "I said 'I'm going to need to use the restroom or I'm going to need a cup.' They handed me the cup which was about this big and I was like...
  • Qantas boss gets pie in face from gay marriage opponent

    05/09/2017 11:17:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2017 1:49 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    A man who squashed a lemon meringue pie into Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce’s face during a public address in Australia said Wednesday he was protesting Joyce’s advocacy for same-sex marriage. Joyce, a gay, Irish-born 50-year-old, was giving a speech to 500 people in a Perth hotel on Tuesday when Tony Overheu approached from behind, pressed the pie in his face then fled. Overheu, a 67-year-old Christian and former sheep farmer, released a statement accusing Qantas and other companies that support marriage equality of “corporate bulling aimed at social engineering.” […] Joyce has been singled out for criticism by...
  • Another headache for United: Passenger claims airline cancelled his flight reservation...

    05/09/2017 7:31:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 9, 2017 | Stephanie Haney For
    FULL TITLE: Another headache for United: Passenger claims airline cancelled his flight reservation because he filmed a dispute with an employee A United Airlines customer claims his flight reservation was cancelled because he videotaped an employee during a dispute. Navang Oza, 37, was checking in for a flight to San Francisco from New Orleans on Monday when he was told the fee for his over-sized bag would be $300, according to the New York Post. Oza complained, stating that the fee was only $125 for the same piece of luggage on his trip there, and when he didn't get a...