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  • Why the 2024 total solar eclipse may 'outshine' 2017

    08/22/2017 12:00:35 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 41 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | August 21, 2017 | MICHAEL D'ESTRIES
    The first total solar eclipse in nearly a century not only has injected a much-needed sense of awe towards astronomy into our culture, but also has introduced a golden age of eclipse watching. In the 21st century, 10 total solar eclipses will send the moon's shadow over U.S. soil, with six of these events passing over vast swaths of the country. The next one occurs on April 8, 2024, a brief intermission of only seven years, and will cut a path from Mexico to Texas to Maine and the maritime provinces of Canada. Nicknamed "The Great North American Eclipse," 13...
  • Mass hysteria not black magic behind growing hair-chopping incidents: Experts

    08/18/2017 1:40:25 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 10 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | August 4, 2017 | Mass hysteria not black magic behind growing hair-chopping incidents: Experts
    A day after a 60-year-old woman was killed in Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of cutting off people’s hair and 11 more women complained of braids being chopped off in Delhi-NCR on Thursday, psychiatrists blamed mass hysteria as panic spread. Police, too, have requested people not look at these incidents as a “supernatural phenomenon” or work of a ghost. “From all the available evidence, it seems the women are cutting their own hair either consciously or in an altered sensorium, likely to seek attention,” said Dr Sudhir Khandelwal, former head of the department of psychiatry at All India Institute of Medical...
  • Don’t Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism

    08/18/2017 1:36:37 PM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    The FBI also focuses on education for different catalysts for radicalization designed to help the public increase awareness of radicalization. These products are widely disseminated to the law enforcement and community partners for further engagement with the public, and demand continues to increase for additional products. The FBI has a website, Don’t Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism, specifically designed for the public and for use by educators and community leaders and organizations for school-age children. Visits to the site average nearly 7,400 a month. Also in reaching out to communities, the FBI has produced other...
  • Majority of Americans oppose removing Confederate Monuments.

    08/17/2017 10:39:25 PM PDT · by Merrittk · 52 replies
    WTVR ^ | 08/16/17
    "A majority of Americans polled in an NPR/PBS News Hours/Marist poll believe that statues of honoring leaders of the Confederacy should remain as a historical symbol."
  • Gore’s sequel comes in dismal 15th at box office

    08/07/2017 2:13:33 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 25 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | 08/07/17 | Marc Morano
    Former Vice President Al Gore’s new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel”, came in a dismal 15th this weekend at U.S. theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. Gore’s defenders have been quick to blame Paramount Pictures for the dismal performance of Gore’s sequel. “Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again,” screamed the headline of D.R. Tucker in Washington Monthly.View post “This was not supposed to happen,” Tucker wrote, adding, “he should have demanded a recount.” “Sadly, the box-office under-performance of An Inconvenient Sequel will be seized upon by climate-change deniers as ‘proof’ that Americans don’t really care about this issue,” Tucker wrote. According...
  • Swiss identify glacier bodies as couple missing since 1942 (Police blame climate change)

    07/19/2017 8:16:55 AM PDT · by jerod · 16 replies
    Swiss police say they've identified two bodies found among an Alpine glacier as a couple missing for nearly 75 years. Valais canton police said Wednesday that forensic experts using DNA analysis identified them as Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine. They were 40 and 37, respectively, when they disappeared on Aug. 15, 1942. The couple's daughter, now 79, has said her parents set off on foot to feed their animals but never returned. Police were alerted on Friday to the bodies on the Tsanfleuron glacier at 2,615 metres above sea level. Regional police have a list going back to 1925...
  • Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to speak at City Club of Cleveland, and people are incensed

    07/18/2017 1:04:37 PM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 7/18/2017 | Janice Morice
    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is speaking next month at the City Club of Cleveland, and the outcry has been one of the most volatile in the 105-year history of the citadel of free speech. The City Club has received some positive feedback about the Aug. 3 forum with Lewandowski, now a commentator on Fox News, yet voices of intolerance were the loudest... ...The reactions have prompted Moulthrop to defend the club's decision in an op-ed piece on cleveland.com. Why the City Club invited Corey Lewandowski to Cleveland: Dan Moulthrop (Opinion) "We're interested in Lewandowski's perspective...
  • American Airlines insists farty passenger wasn’t cause of emergency...Huh?

    07/17/2017 9:44:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 67 replies
    NewYork Post ^ | 07/17/17 | Yaron Steinbuch
    American Airlines faced a big stink aboard one of its flights – but the airline insisted Monday that claims of a gassy passenger are a bunch of hot air. The Sunday afternoon flight from Charlotte, NC, landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where airport officials initially said a passenger “passed gas,” WNCN reported. The station reported Sunday that the passengers were removed after experiencing nausea and headaches from the noxious fumes. But airline and airport officials blew off reports of severe flatulence Monday, telling The Post that the plane was not evacuated during a “medical call” after a mechanical issue aboard....
  • U.S. Air Force leaders to evaulate Selfridge for new F-35 fighter jets

    07/11/2017 2:55:17 PM PDT · by equaviator · 35 replies
    WXYZ.com ^ | 11 July 2017
    Leaders from the United States Air Force are expected to visit Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township on Tuesday. According to Macomb County, 40 officials from the Air Force will arrive at the base to determine if Selfridge is capable of housing the all-new F-35 fighter jets. The base is one of five national finalists to house the jet, along with bases in Alabama, Idaho, Florida and Wisconsin. Two sites are expected to split the work. According to Lockheed Martin, the F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter that will replace the A-10 and F-26 for the...
  • NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll* Don’t Know Much About History…

    07/04/2017 1:36:22 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Marist College/NPR/PBS ^ | 7-3-17 | Lee M. Miringoff Barbara L. Carvalho Mary E. Griffith
    Education and income make a difference. Nearly nine in ten Americans with a college education or income above $50,000 are able to identify Great Britain as the country from which the United States won its liberty. Of note, white Americans, 84%, are also more likely than Latino residents, 70%, or African Americans, 53%, to correctly identify Great Britain. Although race is a factor, its importance is exaggerated by differences in education and income among ethnic groups. Interestingly, age makes little difference. “Curious about other countries that get mentioned?” asks Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for...
  • House panel pluses up defense policy bill but squeeze is coming

    07/01/2017 8:17:59 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOTT
    The House Armed Services Committee cleared a $696.5 billion fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill early Thursday, but supporters warn it will be sliced back if the 2010 Budget Control Act (BCA) isn’t repealed or if Congress lets bitter partisanship continue to produce late and unstable budgets for the military. Even with Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, lawmakers remain so divided on budget priorities that this year they can’t agree even on a budget blueprint to set topline targets for the armed services committees and other panels responsible for federal departments and programs. Absent such guidance...
  • The 4 riders who have a legit shot at winning the Tour de France

    06/30/2017 5:24:21 PM PDT · by Baynative · 155 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/26 | Daniel McMahon
    On Saturday, 198 of the world's best cyclists will start the Tour de France. Only four have a realistic shot at winning. That's according to the highest-ranked American bike racer at the Tour, Andrew Talansky, in a recent interview with Business Insider.
  • In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry (Barf Alert!)

    06/23/2017 11:50:42 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/23/17 | Michael Memoli
    Pat Cunnane spent six years in the White House helping to promote Barack Obama’s message. From the outside, he still does: On Tuesday, Cunnane became the latest Obama alumnus to land a contract for a book on his experiences. While much of the world obsesses about the more impetuous musings of President Trump — or perhaps in reaction to that obsession — a new market for Obama nostalgia is manifest in the growing number of books, podcasts and TV and film treatments by or involving young veterans from the Obama stable.
  • Question: Real Time Transmission of Video - Space Travel

    06/22/2017 9:45:54 PM PDT · by Vendome · 106 replies
    Vanity | 6/12/2017 | Vanity
    So, here is the dumb question my brother posed: If a ship leaves earth and transmits "LIVE" video as it travels deep into space, would the transmissions continue to be live and real time even as it traveled months and years away from earth? At what point does that transmission actually delay or become part of the past? Bonus question: Assuming the craft continues travel directly away from earth, if it stopped transmitting and then restarted transmitting would that now be real time? Caveat: I don't know the distance that makes the transmission now a part of the past...
  • Help STOP Elder Abuse – An AMAC Call to Action

    06/10/2017 11:58:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Assocation of Mature American Citizens ^ | June 6, 2017 | Andrea Rogers
    Norma Evanston is an 88-year old widow who had remained healthy until two years ago, when she suffered a fall. Since her children live out of state, the family made several long-distance calls and ultimately, hired a local caregiver. However, several months later, after a concerning phone call, the family realized that the caregiver was not providing the professional care they expected. Despite the fact that the caregiver was hired from a “reputable” company, Norma’s doctor reported that Norma had suspicious bedsores and had missed a scheduled appointment. Fortunately, the family was able to make alternate arrangements to ensure that...
  • We are exactly 100 days away from real football

    05/30/2017 2:46:38 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 56 replies
    NFL.com ^ | May 30, 2017 at 05:01 p.m. | Dan Hanzus
    We are exactly 100 days away from real football By Dan Hanzus End Around Writer -SNIP- Tuesday puts us exactly 100 days away from Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots, Week 1. To celebrate the 100-day marker, the warriors in the NFL Media Research Department have put together some notable 100 stuff from the 2016 season. Let's have a look.
  • Just a reminder that Memorial Day isn't just another day off work

    05/29/2017 8:00:46 AM PDT · by OneVike · 14 replies
    5/29/17 | OV
    As the days and years pass on, so too shall our freedom because of them. They shall not grow old, but we will because of them Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn them. They may be gone, but never the memory of them ..... Here some quotes about memory and sacrifice, designed to put you a frame of mind to remember the spirit of Memorial Day.... "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." --Joseph Campbell... "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as...
  • Please pray for my Dad [Update: 430 - Dad has passed away]

    05/28/2017 6:56:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 516 replies
    Me | May 28, 2017 | Me
    Please pray for my Dad. He's in the ICU with pneumonia and fluid around his hear and lungs. They're going to drain the fluid, but I have no idea how things will go after that. They had him on antibiotics for the pneumonia, and hopefully, they'll continue those. Please, God, let my Dad live out the rest of his long life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
  • Anthony Weiner pleading guilty to obscenity charge, report says (Putz alert!)

    05/19/2017 8:21:00 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 05/19/17 | Lia Eustachewich
    Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty Friday to charges he sexted with a minor last year, according to a report. The scandal-scarred former congressman will cop to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor as part of a plea agreement with the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, The New York Times reported. Feds have been investigating claims that Weiner, then 51, sent a 15-year-old North Carolina girl inappropriate messages starting in January 2016. The charge carries a potential sentence of 0 to 10 years in prison. A likely result of his plea is that Weiner will...
  • Obama's sex secrets laid bare...? Gaak!

    05/04/2017 8:00:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/03/17 | Dailymail.com reporter
    The sex secrets of the young Barack Obama have been revealed in an authoritative new biography of the ex-president. Obama slept with his girlfriend Genevieve Cook on their first date, before she wrote him a poem about their 'f***ing' and called their sex 'passionate', the book about the former president reveals. They also did cocaine together - and after they split she slept with his best friend. Obama also considered a gay relationship while at college, twice proposed to another white girlfriend, and cheated on Michelle with his ex during the first year of their relationship. His past is revealed...