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  • Armenian Man Escapes Serious Harm with Leap of a Lifetime

    01/17/2020 1:21:40 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | Jan. 17, 2020 | Staff
    An out of control vehicle almost smashed directly into a man in Armenia. Amazing video at link...................
  • Fiat Chrysler in talks with Foxconn to develop electric cars

    01/17/2020 8:29:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 17, 2020
    Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the Chinese company Foxconn to develop and manufacture battery-powered vehicles, the U.S.-Italian automaker said Friday. Fiat Chrysler is in the process of merging with France’s PSA Peugeot, which is 12% owned by Chinese company Dongfeng Motor Co. Both Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot have lagged in developing electric powertrains and also have been struggling to increase sales in China, the world’s biggest auto market. It was unclear what impact Fiat Chrysler’s proposed joint venture with Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd., would have on the wider merger, which is expected to...
  • Michael Bloomberg outlines plans for cleaner buildings, cars

    01/17/2020 7:46:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 17, 2020 | Kathleen Ronayne
    Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would push for all new cars to be electric by 2035 and new buildings to produce zero carbon emissions by 2025 as part of clean energy plans he released this week. Bloomberg’s latest climate plans build off his December plan to cut the United States’ carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. That’s less ambitious than the Green New Deal that many of his competitors have embraced that calls for achieving net-zero carbon emissions within 10 years. Bloomberg’s plans do not include total costs or specifics on how they would be paid for, details his campaign...
  • Leaked Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign rider calls for candidate's hotel room to be FREEZING and for staff to 'stock up' on honey packets for his tea if available - as well as check for 'leaky faucets or slow flushing toilets'

    01/17/2020 3:41:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/16/20 | Matthew Wright
    Senator Bernie Sanders likes his hotel rooms cold and does not like slow flushing toilets, according to a leaked tour rider from his 2020 presidential campaign. Referred to as the 'Senator Comfort Memo,' the document offers specific arrangements that need to be met for Sanders' hotels, food, drink, family and staff. Marked 'confidential: for campaign staff use only, not for circulation,' the two-page memo is dated April 10, 2019 and was first reported by the Smoking Gun Wednesday. **SNIP** Sanders requests that rooms have a down comforter or at least one extra blanket and also asks that they come stocked...
  • US tariffs on autos not mentioned in talks, EU trade chief says

    01/16/2020 9:02:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.17.2020 | cw/sms (AFP, dpa)
    US threats to impose tariffs on European autos did not come up in trade talks in Washington, European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday. “It was not mentioned; it was hardly mentioned,” Hogan told reporters in the US capital. “I think it should be good news for Germany.” The Trump administration has repeatedly threatened to put tariffs on European automobiles imported into the US, citing threats to national security. But a deadline to make a decision passed last November without a comment from the White House after the EU threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports. Hogan’s remarks...
  • Woman is arrested for stripping naked at Miami airport and strolling through baggage claim - before she was later spotted sitting nude on top of a police cruiser

    01/16/2020 8:45:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 79 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 01/16/2020
    The woman, who has not been identified, was caught on camera walking through the airport in her blue bra and pants just before midnight on Wednesday, singing aloud to herself. She then proceeded to remove her bra, followed by her pants, leaving her completely nude. Bemused airport staff and passengers looked on as she waved her bra in the air. Airport police have confirmed that the female, who is not from Florida, was taken into custody for a mental evaluation. They said she had been incoherent and delusional when they approached her.
  • L.A.-Bound United Airlines Flight Returns to Newark After Flames Seen by Wing

    01/16/2020 8:36:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/16/2020
    Video showed flames soon after Flight 1871 had taken off. A passenger told WABC-TV it appeared fire was coming from an engine. “I didn’t know what was happening,” passenger Gabrielle Guzy said. “My sister said she thought it was lights but I knew it was fire from the engine. I kept reassuring myself we’d be OK because we had only been in the air for a minute.”
  • The Mysterious Shark Attack in Lake Michigan

    01/15/2020 10:09:20 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 67 replies
    Mysterious Universe ^ | June 23, 2018 | Brent Swancer
    According to the 1975 book Man Eating Sharks! by Felix Dennis, on a beautiful, clear summer day in 1955, one beach along the shores of Lake Michigan was packed with people looking to cool off and enjoy the sunny day, and one of these was George Lawson, a boy from Chicago. Lawson was out with many others splashing about and swimming off a boat near the beach when witnesses allegedly saw him pulled underwater, seemingly by something yanking him under and accompanied by the boy's panicked screams. Shockingly, a dorsal fin was reported by several others on the boat as...
  • I Ran a 10K Through the World’s Largest Wine Cellar

    01/14/2020 7:49:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 7, 2020 | Jennifer Hattam
    At the starting line, I stamped my feet in the snow and repeated this mantra: ‘There’ll be hot wine at the end.’ The promise of plentiful wine, local color, and a unique experience had drawn me to travel on a bitingly cold, gray January weekend to Moldova, one of the least-visited countries in Europe. I was running the Mileștii Mici Wine Run, a 10k race through the world's largest wine cellar. With a total 125 miles of underground passages, there’s plenty of room to stage an ultra here; the 10K Wine Run explores a mere fraction of the tunnels. Conditions...
  • This Hotel Lets Guests Foster Dogs During Their Stay And Adopt Them Once They Leave

    01/13/2020 11:56:04 AM PST · by RikaStrom · 19 replies ^ | 1/13/2020 |
    The Home 2 Suites hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi is not just providing people with a place to stay, they’re also passionate about putting misfortunate pups into loving homes. Since last fall, the hotel has housed a number of adoptable shelter dogs in their lobby. The dogs come from the Humane Society of South Mississippi and while at the hotel, they’re housed in a large kennel in the lobby. The dogs are part of the hotel’s “Fostering Hope” program that lets guest foster and adopt dogs. Guests are able to apply to adopt a dog at any time during their stay...
  • Archaeologists discover Phoenician family tomb in ancient city of Achziv

    01/12/2020 12:39:19 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 25, 2019 | TOI Staff
    Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an entire Phoenician family buried together in a tomb in Achziv, an ancient population center on the Mediterranean coast near the northern city Nahariya. In 2017, a joint team from Jerusalem's Hebrew Union College and France's Lyon University uncovered the bodies of a man, woman and small child in an approximately 2,800-year old cist-grave, a burial site surrounded by rocks and covered with stone slabs, the Haaretz daily reported Tuesday. The child was between three and five years old. According to the archaeological team that excavated the tomb, items found buried with the family...
  • Scientists identify 5,300 year-old sinew bowstring used by Otzi the Iceman

    01/12/2020 12:03:32 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 18 December 2019 | Nick Squires
    A length of cord found alongside the body of Ötzi the Iceman, the Neolithic hunter who was discovered entombed in ice high in the Dolomites, has been identified as a string for his wooden bow. Experts had long speculated that the two objects were connected but definitive proof has now been obtained by a team of Swiss scientists. The cord, which was found tucked into a quiver used by the 5,300-year-old Iceman for keeping his arrows, is made of animal sinew - ideal material for producing a strong, powerful bow. It is two metres long, almost exactly the same length...
  • Lost Roman port found in Wales [Caerleon]

    01/11/2020 11:45:53 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | August 24, 2011 | Cardiff University
    Uncovered outside the Roman fortress in Caerleon by a team of staff and students from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the port is only the second known from Roman Britain and sheds new light on Wales' role in Roman Britain. The well-preserved remains of the port are located on the banks of the River Usk just north of the city of Newport and include the main quay wall, as well as the landing stages and wharves where ships would have docked and unloaded their cargoes. The team made the find during their on-going excavations of the 'Lost City...
  • Study puts the 'Carib' in 'Caribbean,' boosting credibility of Columbus' cannibal claims

    01/11/2020 9:02:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | January 10, 2020 | Florida Museum of Natural History
    Christopher Columbus' accounts of the Caribbean include harrowing descriptions of fierce raiders who abducted women and cannibalized men - stories long dismissed as myths. But a new study suggests Columbus may have been telling the truth. Using the equivalent of facial recognition technology, researchers analyzed the skulls of early Caribbean inhabitants, uncovering relationships between people groups and upending longstanding hypotheses about how the islands were first colonized. One surprising finding was that the Caribs, marauders from South America and rumored cannibals, invaded Jamaica, Hispaniola and the Bahamas, overturning half a century of assumptions that they never made it farther north...
  • Investigator says Hunter Biden used identity of dead brother Beau to hide location

    01/11/2020 6:35:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/06/20 | Spencer Neale
    A private investigator has claimed in an Arkansas paternity case that former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden tried to conceal his whereabouts by using the identity of his dead older brother Beau. In a two-page court document, Dominic Casey, who has filed as a third-party intervener in the case and previously worked on Casey Anthony's defense team, stated that stolen identities were used to check Biden into an Arizona rehabilitation facility as Joseph R. Beau Biden III and Joseph McGee. The identities were reportedly found by police after responding to reports of suspicious items inside a Hertz rental...
  • San Diego College Student Among 176 Killed in Iran Plane Crash

    01/10/2020 3:36:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/10/2020
    Sara Saadat was a psychology student at Alliant International University in Scripps Ranch, the school said. She was returning from a visit with family in Iran when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran. Alliant is a for-profit college with six campuses across California, with San Diego being the main one. The school said it will have support counselors available at the Scripps Ranch campus when spring classes resume next week. On Thursday, officials in the U.S., Canada and Britain said their intelligence indicated it was "highly likely" the plane was unintentionally shot down by an...
  • No mobile phones, no swearing, no card payments: why Samuel Smith pubs are an old-fashioned success

    01/10/2020 7:37:48 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01-10-2020 | Adrian Tierney Jones
    ...This goes to show that Samuel Smith pubs are quite different to most drinking establishments: mobile phones, laptops, tablets, even Kindles are banned; payment in many pubs is by cash only; and the look and feel of the establishments is, in the words of its own website, “uncompromisingly Victorian”. And all this is down to one man, the reclusive Humphrey Smith, owner of the chain. ...More recently, in 2017, Smith banned swearing in his pubs. Last October he was said to have closed another establishment, The Fox and Goose in Worcestershire, after overhearing a customer swearing while carrying out one...
  • NASA Satellite Discovers 'Second Earth'

    01/09/2020 10:18:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | Jan 8, 2020 | By Jennifer Leman
    Astronomers unveiled new insights by NASA's TESS this week at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. The satellite spotted a new Earth-like exoplanet within its star's habitable zone, a new Tatooine star system, and a strange eclipse. TESS has been working hard to uncover new corners of the universe since its launch in 2018. Exoplanet enthusiasts, rejoice! This week, scientists revealed a series of new discoveries made by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The telescope has spotted a number of strange new worlds circling star systems near and far, the scientists announced at the 235th meeting of...
  • The MTA Is Going After an Etsy Artist Over a New York Subway Map It Didn’t Make

    01/09/2020 9:44:43 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies ^ | 9 Jan 2020 | Aaron Gordon
    Jake Berman spent more than 300 hours making his own subway map because he didn't like the MTA's. Now the MTA says he can't sell it. ...What is not protected work under copyright law, Kjellberg said, are facts. For example, the MTA cannot copyright the fact that there is a transit station at Union Square and that the 4,5,6,N,Q,R,W and L lines stop there. Nor can it copyright the general location of a stop when plotted on a map, the direction in which it runs, geographic entities like the island of Manhattan, or the names of streets. ...After more than...
  • Metro police in Kiev harshly arrested two activists of the patriotic movement "Vidsich" 6 Jan, 18:48

    01/08/2020 10:32:37 AM PST · by NorseViking · 8 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | January 6, 2020
    City police in the capital Kiev has brutally beaten activists who came to the meeting by Russian blogger advertising benefits of possible Russian occupation. In Kiev the police officers violently arrested two activists of the patriotic movement "Vidsich" who came to the convention center to disrupt the mass gathering organized by the Russian blogger Alexandra Mitroshina who previously visited occupied Crimea without valid Ukrainian visa and brasenly ridiculed the question by activists: 'Is Crimea Ukraine?' . As announced on the Facebook page of "Vidsich" the incident occurred at a meeting by Russian blogger, ex-journalist of a propaganda TV channel "Russia"...