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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

PolygamousRanchKid Re: a quick search (250 comments)

Or turn around an swear/yell at it until it goes away ;)

10,000 years ago, while I was younger . . . I was at a place in Canada named Kananaskis. I got up early on a Sunday morning to enjoy a walk and a Cuban cigar. A deer just so happened to sit down next to me. It was kind of strange . . . I just wanted a bit of peace and quiet . . . and the deer seemed to have the same opinion of the situation.

The gag was that we left each other alone, without any problems. Of course, when the tourists got up with their cameras . . . the poor deer critter decided that it was time to go.

12 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

PolygamousRanchKid Re: a quick search (250 comments)

Moose have terrible eye sight, if you're up wind of them they get curious as to what you are . . .

. . . and what tasty food that you were carrying with you . . . ? Was it well packed? The moose was not interested in you, but in the food that you were carrying!

the park ranger who scared it away

Did the park ranger at least give you a pamphlet on how to deal with wild animals?

Sorry to get all PETA about this, but the park is where the moose lives. If you don't know how to deal with wildlife . . . stay at home, and leave them alone!

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

PolygamousRanchKid Re: a quick search (250 comments)

In international law all that is needed is presence.

Tell that to Putin and the folks in the Ukraine . . .

Did you even do a search on moose attacks? They happen year around.

. . . and what is the cause . . . ? Are these attacks the fault of the moose . . . or the tourists . . .!

A starving bear in the high arctic will not be scared off by a shotgun.

You don't "scare off" bears. If you feel that your life is in danger you need to shoot it . . . and kill it. Otherwise, you will be the bear's lunch.

There is plenty of food around Churchill.

Trash. Bears love it. It is their Atlantic City Casino free all you can eat buffet for senior citizens!

When the authorities catch a polar bear that has been pestering the neighborhoods in Churchill, they throw the poor critter in a prison cell, and give it water . . . but no food! The intent is that the bear learns that contact with humans is a rather unpleasant experience for it.

A tactical shotgun would freeze solid if carried around outdoors for a while.

Which is why folks up there just don't "go out for a walk" for a long time.

You know more than the Inuit who live in the high arctic how?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

PolygamousRanchKid Re: a quick search (250 comments)

So a moose is quite harmless but an Elk is not?

Elk taste yummy. Ask to moose and bear meat . . . ? Well, as a friend of mine quipped, "It's tastes OK, if you don't mind the taste of smelly gym socks."

Darwin has taught elk to stay away from people . . . because they taste yummy! If you think an elk is just going to trot up to you to say, "Hello!" . . . well then, ich glaube, es knuscht mich ein Elch"

If you bag a big elk . . . you had better have a good sized freezer . . . and you will have enough meet to last you until summer!

Is that your message?

No, that's your message. I didn't write anything like that. The first thing hunters learn, is to treat their firearms with respect. The second thing is, to treat wild animals with respect.

Take a trot out your front door and talk to some elk hunters, and ask, "Y'all been having problems with too many elk coming up to you . . . ?

Can recommend a "tactical shotgun"

http://www.remington.com/produ...

http://www.mossberg.com/produc...

But if was just me . . . and a bear . . . this is would I would like to have:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

However, I would not recommend this for ordinary folks. This is a serious firearm.

Shooting a polar bear with with pellet ammunition sounds retarded to me.

You misspelled slug

. Try googling on "rat shot" or "bird shot", if those the varmints that you are hunting.

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

PolygamousRanchKid Re: a quick search (250 comments)

..sorry. Shooting a polar bear with with pellet ammunition sounds retarded to me.

Sorry, but ever looked at shotgun slug ammo?

Yes, thanks, that was what I wanted to reply.

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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

PolygamousRanchKid Re: a quick search (250 comments)

RTFA.

Reading the article is completely superfluous on Slashdot. We're not here to read the news. We're here to read what other nerds think about the "Nudes for Nerds." Someone could post a story about Justin Bieber breaking his leg while falling into Kim Kardashian's ass crack, and I'm sure, some nerd would post a comment that would be rated +5, Funny. And some nerd would even post a comment that would get a +5, Insightful:

"I am currently working on a postdoc on celebrity ass crack spelunking . . ."

Rangers aren't there to fight another army.

The Rangers are there to convince Russia not to claim all the oil rights to the Arctic.

They use the rifle for protection from large animals like bears and moose, plus meat hunting.

What . . . ? Did a moose bite your sister, or something . . .? Bull moose are only dangerous for about two weeks during the rut . . . and only if you try to get near them . . . like Japanese tourists, who want to play "Bambi". Otherwise, a moose is just a big, dumb cow. You can walk up to one and kick it in the ass to get it off your front lawn, and it won't budge. Just like all those kids on my front lawn.

Polar bears . . . ? You don't want a rifle, but rather a tactical shotgun. Take a trot around the neighborhoods in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Every household has a tactical shotgun by the door.

Don't go out without it!

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

PolygamousRanchKid Re:May I suggest (250 comments)

I'm surprised that the Royal Canadian Mounted Geese aren't using these critters:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Rather than a traditional wooden or polymer rifle stock, the AW is based on an aluminium chassis which extends the entire length of the stock. This chassis system is marketed as the Accuracy International Chassis System (AICS) and can be used for all Accuracy International rifles. All other components, including the receiver, are bolted directly to this chassis. Two hollow polymer "half thumb-hole stock panels", usually coloured green, dark earth or black, are in turn bolted to the chassis, creating a rugged, yet for its sturdiness comparatively light, weapon. The Accuracy International receiver is bolted with 4 screws and permanently bonded with epoxy material to the aluminium chassis, and was designed for ruggedness, simplicity and ease of operation. To this end the heavy-walled, flat-bottomed, flat-sided receiver is a stressed part, machined in-house by AI from a solid piece of forged carbon steel. AW rifles are supplied in two action lengths—standard AW (short) and long SM (magnum). The six bolt lugs, arranged in two rows of three, engage a heat-treated steel locking ring insert pinned inside the front bridge of the action. The ring can be removed and replaced to refresh headspace control on older actions. The AW system cast steel bolt has a 0.75-inch (19 mm) diameter combined with gas relief holes in a 0.785 in (19.9 mm) diameter bolt body and front action bridge allowing high-pressure gases a channel of escape in the event of a cartridge-case head failure. Against penetrating water or dirt the bolt has milled slots, which also prevent freezing or similar disturbances. Unlike conventional bolt-action rifles, the bolt handle is bent to the rear, which eases the repeating procedure for the operator and reduces the contour of the weapon. The action cocks on opening with a short, 60 degree bolt throw and has a non-rotating (fixed) external extractor and an internal ejector. Firing pin travel is 0.26 in (6.6 mm) to keep lock times to a minimum. Finally, an 11 mm (0.43 in) integral dovetail rail located above the receiver is designed to accommodate different types of optical or electro-optical sights. As an option a MIL-STD-1913 rail (Picatinny rail) can be permanently pinned, bonded and bolted to the action, providing a standard interface for many optical systems.

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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Your Federal Tax Dollars At Work (76 comments)

My scientific scam sense is tingling. I suspect that the scientists were just looking for a way to charge their munchies bill on a project account.

Next up: New anti-fungal compounds can be grown on pizza, cocaine and whores!

2 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Sheesh. Five cases of Ebola and (348 comments)

Yes, but by the time anyone reads your post, that number will be up to six cases.

And by the time anyone reads this post, that number will be up to seven cases.

So if the White House is building a rocket in Area 57 to take mine shaft gap folks into outer space, to, um, "re-spawn" civilization . . . maybe they know something about Ebola that we don't . . . ?

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (290 comments)

Mess with the Big Three.

Big Three used to mean the Big Three American auto companies. But Chrysler is owned by Fiat now. It's an Italian company.

So when bailout time comes around again in a few years . . . Italy will bail out Chrysler, right . . . ?

The positive side of Chrysler being Italian, is maybe politicians will be a bit hesitant to take bribes from a foreign country . . . you know, like treason . . . ?

3 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

PolygamousRanchKid Re:as the birds go (607 comments)

And I'd wager that coal - - kills birds, too.

Coal doesn't kill birds. People with coal kill birds . . .

. . . or should that be birds with coal kill birds . . . or people . . . ?

about a week ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

PolygamousRanchKid Aspirin (193 comments)

If passengers are lying about having contact with Ebola infected people . . . they will just pop a couple of aspirin to bring down their temperature before landing.

Very un-PC, but it will help them avoid yet even more delays while trying to catch a connecting flight.

about a week ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

PolygamousRanchKid Re:what do you expect? (228 comments)

Interestingly, the US's friends have also noticed this.

I don't think the US has any "friends" any more.

about a week ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Random musing (107 comments)

Can you elaborate?

Depending on when and how you look at the photo afterwards, you would either see Schrödinger's Cat in it blowing a raspberry and flipping a bird . . .

. . . or you wouldn't.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Slash 2? (122 comments)

HTTP/2 runs best on a PS/2 running OS/2.

Because then the Microkernel can take full advantage of the Microchannel.

about two weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

PolygamousRanchKid Re:the solution: (651 comments)

If only the British kept those blades away from Patrick Henry and his "nutball" cohorts!

If the British would have had,
the NSA,
there never would have been,
a USA

Burma Shave

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

Well . . . the UK did manage to switch to the "New Pence", and get away from shillings, farthings and half-crowns. If anyone even knew what they were worth.

about three weeks ago

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Obama acknowledged that even foolproof plans don't work

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  4 days ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration will respond to new Ebola cases "in a much more aggressive way," taking charge of the issue after a second Texas health care worker was diagnosed with the disease.

Aggressive? What's he going to do? Throw some gang signs at it, and yell, "You think you bad, mutha fuckah?"

Obama scrapped plans to attend Democratic fund-raisers in New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon so that he could huddle with Cabinet members and officials who are leading the administration's Ebola response. Afterward, the President sought to tamp down fears of of an outbreak of the disease within the United States — saying that he shook hands with, hugged and kissed nurses who'd treated an American doctor who contracted Ebola in Africa, and felt safe.

"Welcome to your new promotion, Mr. President Biden!"

Obama acknowledged that even foolproof plans don't work when local health care providers don't know how to carry them out — and said his administration will make sure "certain local hospitals that may not have that experience are walked through that process as carefully as possible."

Oops!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have "SWAT teams" ready to send to hospitals where future cases are discovered, he said.

I think we need "Whack-a-Mole" teams, at the rate this seems to be spreading . . . "

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Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Ones

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 3 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Rep. Curt Clawson, a freshman Republican congressman from Florida, mistook two senior U.S. officials for representatives of the Indian government during a House hearing on Friday.

“I am familiar with your country, I love your country,” Clawson said to Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, addressing fellow U.S. citizens who hold high-ranking positions in the State Department and Commerce Department, respectively.

After a lingering silence, Clawson smiles slowly. Kumar appears to grin, while Biswal echoes Clawson’s sentiment, informing him it should probably be directed to the Indian government. It’s unclear whether Clawson realized his error."

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Test a Personal Drone Detection System for $500

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "While there are non-lethal uses for drones, the high-flying devices have sparked some privacy concerns, especially as federal officials move to loosen restrictions on their use. As a result, a Portland, Oregon company has taken matters into its own hands with a new a Kickstarter campaign for a Personal Drone Detection System.

The team at Domestic Drone Countermeasures (DDC) has been working for more than a year to produce hardware that detects drones and, ultimately, deters them from recording you and your surroundings.The Basic Personal Drone Detection System is comprised of three boxes, which together create a mesh grid network that triangulates moving transmitters—like drones. If a rogue transmitter flies into range, the system sounds an alarm or sends a message to your mobile device.

Don't worry: The system won't fire any shots at the flying devices; it will simply announce their presence to you (at home or on the go)."

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To reduce the health risk of barbecuing meat, just add beer

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 6 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Grilling meat gives it great flavour. This taste, though, comes at a price, since the process creates molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which damage DNA and thus increase the eater’s chances of developing colon cancer. But a group of researchers led by Isabel Ferreira of the University of Porto, in Portugal, think they have found a way around the problem. When barbecuing meat, they suggest, you should add beer.

The PAHs created by grilling form from molecules called free radicals which, in turn, form from fat and protein in the intense heat of this type of cooking. One way of stopping PAH-formation, then, might be to apply chemicals called antioxidants that mop up free radicals. And beer is rich in these, in the shape of melanoidins, which form when barley is roasted."

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Obama to unveil new manufacturing institutes in Chicago, Detroit

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "President Obama plans to announce on Tuesday the opening of two new manufacturing institutes in the Chicago and Detroit areas as part of a larger plan to use public-private partnerships to advance his agenda despite opposition from Republicans in Congress. Several federal agencies will join forces with companies and universities to run the institutes, which will be devoted to bridging the gap between applied research and product development, according to an administration official familiar with the plans.

Each institute will function as a “teaching factory,” the official said, and will provide training for workers while also helping companies get the expertise and equipment they need to offer new products and manufacturing processes. The government will put up $140 million to match the more than $140 million promised by the private sector leaders involved with each project, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the plans before the official announcement next week. The federal government will devote $70 million to each of the two institutes.

The selection of Chicago to host a new institute drew praise from elected officials who have lobbying for it for months."

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Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The Khaleej Times of Dubai reports that a fatwa committee has forbidden Muslims from taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. At the moment, there is no technology available that would allow for a return trip from Mars, so it is truly a one-way ticket for the colonists, who may also become reality TV stars in the process. The committee of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates that issued the fatwa against such a journey doesn't have anything against space exploration,Elon Musk's Mars visions, or anything like that. Rather, the religious leaders argue that making the trip would be tantamount to committing suicide, which all religions tend to frown upon.

Professor Farooq Hamada, who presided over the committee, explained, "Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." Hundreds of Saudis and other Arabs have applied to Mars One, and the committee suspects some may be interested in the trip "for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah for judgment," according to the Khaleej Times.

The committee stood firm in its belief that this approach would be a waste of time and one very long trip: "This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.""

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US blames Russia for leak of undiplomatic language from top official

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "America's new top diplomat for Europe seems to have been caught being decidedly undiplomatic about her EU allies in a phone call apparently intercepted and leaked by Russia. "Fuck the EU," Victoria Nuland apparently says in a recent phone call with the US ambassador to Kiev, Geoff Pyatt, as they discuss the next moves to try to resolve the crisis in Ukraine amid weeks of pro-democracy protests which have rocked the country. The call appears to have been intercepted and released on YouTube, accompanied by Russian captions of the private and candid conversation.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that if the Russians were responsible for listening to, recording and posting a private diplomatic telephone conversation, it would be "a new low in Russian tradecraft."

So . . . Russians spooks are spying on US diplomats . . . which you would expect them to do. But American spooks are spying on Americans citizens . . . and the State Department has the gall to call the Russians "low" . . . ?"

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It's icebreakers . . . all the way down . . .

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 9 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "A U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica on Sunday to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge, officials said. The 399-foot cutter, the Polar Star, is responding to a Jan. 3 request from Australia, Russia and China to assist the Russian and Chinese ships because "there is sufficient concern that the vessels may not be able to free themselves from the ice," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre, which oversaw the rescue, said the Polar Star, the Coast Guard's only active heavy polar icebreaker, would take about seven days to reach Commonwealth Bay, depending on weather. Under international conventions observed by most countries, ships' crews are obliged to take part in such rescues and the owners carry the costs."

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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 10 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Should YouTube subsidize le cinéma français? France’s audiovisual regulator thinks so. In a report this week, the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) says that video-sharing websites should be subject to a tax that helps finance the production of French films and TV shows. Although the CSA report says that videos posted online by private individuals should not be subject to taxation, it contends that video-sharing sites increasingly have become “professional” content providers.

Separately, France is considering a tax on smartphones, tablets, and other devices as another source of revenue for cultural subsidies. The proposed tax would raise an estimated €86 million annually that would be used to finance the “cultural industries’ digital transition,” France’s Culture Ministry said at the time."

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GM's CEO rejects repaying Feds for bailout losses

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 10 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The General Motors bailout may have cost the government $10 billion, but GM CEO Dan Akerson rejects any suggestion that the company should compensate for the losses. He says Treasury officials took the same risk assumed by anyone who purchases stock.

Akerson said that GM repaid all the debt issued by the government beginning in December 2008 when George W. Bush was still president and extending into the first year of Barack Obama's presidency. He added that it was the Treasury's decision — though one he clearly supported — to take an ownership stake in the form of company shares.

Asked whether GM should pay the difference between the amount the government provided the company and the return from the sale of the shares, Akerson said the "die was cast" by Treasury when it decided to take shares. For GM to make up for any shortfall could result in lawsuits from other shareholders."

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Thousands of Germans threatened with €250 fines for streaming porn

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 10 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Thousands of German users that have used a porn website to stream shows have received threatening letters from a local law firm demanding €250 ($344) per certain watched clips, Chip.de reports. Apparently, a Swiss-based firm that owns the content hosted by porn site Redtube has tasked a law firm with collecting fines for each of its shows that was streamed online in the region. The law firm has apparently received a go ahead from a local court, and as many as ten thousand warnings may have been set to users, for porn shows watched in August.

However, the court in Cologne may have issued a wrong verdict, German online publication Stern says, allowing the lawyers of U+C to go forward and ask ISPs to disclose names and addresses associated with the IPs which allegedly streamed the porn shows.

More importantly, it’s unclear how their IPs were actually shared with the law firm sending out the warnings in the first place, but their privacy has clearly been violated in some sort of way. Chip.de suggests that these users may have been targeted with malware that harvested their IP addresses in order to be later used in such legal proceedings."

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U.S. Accuses Germany of Causing Instability

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "As punishment for Germany's NSA spying complaints . . . ?

The United States Treasury singled out Germany for criticism in a report released on Wednesday that said Berlin’s reliance on exports was holding back its struggling partners in the European Union. The document, the Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, outlines the practices of America’s top trading partners over the first half of 2013, concluding that none “met the standard of manipulating the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar” in order to gain an unfair trade advantage.

Yet Germany was a focus of particular — and unusual — scolding from the Obama administration, which said that Berlin’s “anemic pace of domestic demand growth and dependence on exports have hampered rebalancing” and hurt its ailing European Union partners. For decades, Germany’s manufacturers have produced more than its residents demand, sending more of its relatively low-cost goods into the international market than what it imports.

Yeah, all those damn low-cost Porsches, BMWs and Mercedes!

Germany’s policies have also driven export surpluses in the European Union as a whole, to the detriment of the United States and other major exporters, Mr. Kirkegaard said. He said he doubted that German officials “will pay the least attention to this finger-pointing.”"

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Elop Favored by Gamblers as Microsoft's Next Chief Executive

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "A gambling website’s favorite as Microsoft Corp.’s next chief executive officer is Stephen Elop, the Nokia CEO who has presided over a 62 percent decline in market value. Elop, a former Microsoft executive, has 5-to-1 odds to be hired as Steve Ballmer’s replacement, according to Ladbrokes, the U.K.-based gambling operator. He leads a pool including internal candidates Kevin Turner and Julie Larson-Green and outsiders like Apple CEO Tim Cook — a 100-to-1 dark horse.

The betting house says Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, is the second-favorite contender for the CEO job at 6-to-1, followed by Andreessen Horowitz board partner Steve Sinofsky and Larson-Green, at 8-to-1. Tony Bates, Satya Nadella, Qi Lu and Terry Myerson are the leading internal choices to replace Ballmer, people with knowledge of the matter said. All four have odds between 10-to-1 and 14-to-1 on Ladbrokes. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings offers a 16-to-1 shot for gamblers betting on Microsoft’s expansion in entertainment.

Feeling a bit riskier? Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, T-Mobile USA Inc. CEO John Legere and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey are 40-to-1 long shots. Then there’s Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder and the world’s richest person — and a 50-to-1 bet."

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Un-un-pentium on your Periodic Table of the Elements?

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Researchers at Sweden’s Lund University have announced that they’ve been able to confirm the existence of element 115 on the periodic table. This research team isn’t the first to create element 115, which is currently known as ununpentium. The first claim that ununpentium had been synthesized in a lab was by a joint group of Russian and American researchers, who believed that they created it in their lab in 2004.

The Lund research team created ununpentium by bombarding americium(!?!?!) , which has 95 protons, with calcium, which has 20 protons. The bombardment created elements with 115 protons. The atoms were so unstable, however, that they decayed almost instantly. So to demonstrate that they had created element 115, the scientists had to actually measure the photons released by the atoms decay and confirmed that it matched what physics predicts would be the decay pattern for ununpentium."

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Will Obamacare destroy jobs?

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "More than one in ten firms surveyed by Mercer, a consultancy—and one in five retail and hospitality companies—say they will cut workers’ hours because of Obamacare. A hundred part-timers can flip as many burgers as 50 full-timers, and the former will soon be much cheaper. Opinions are furiously divided as to whether the unintended harm caused by health reform will outweigh its benefits. Republicans, who have always hated the whole package, howl that it will destroy jobs. Nonsense, say Democrats; it will promote growth and boost employment. Since the law has so many moving parts, it is hard to predict who is right. But there is a risk that a lot of workers will be hurt.

Obamacare includes a tax on generous health plans, starting in 2018, which is making some employers reconsider lush benefits. Unions, which fought for them, are livid. At the other extreme, some low-paid workers may want their employers to drop insurance, so they can receive subsidies on the exchanges.

More worrying, though, is the possibility that Obamacare may kill jobs. In 2010 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that it would shrink employment by 0.5%. The law’s many provisions would pull in opposite directions. Some would raise employment, the CBO predicted. For example, by expanding Medicaid (health care for the poor) to those with higher incomes, Obamacare would remove a disincentive to work. People who might have turned down extra work for fear of losing their Medicaid would now take it, ran the argument.

Other provisions would reduce employment. Partly, this would be because employers will cut jobs and hours to avoid being subject to the law. But mostly, the CBO thinks it would be because people will choose to work less. Obamacare’s subsidies will boost the finances of poor workers; they may therefore work fewer hours.

When the final diagnosis is done, Obamacare may have nasty side-effects."

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Obama seeks new system for rating colleges

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Targeting the soaring cost of higher education, President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a broad new government rating system for colleges that would judge schools on their affordability and perhaps be used to allocate federal financial aid. But the proposed overhaul faced immediate skepticism from college leaders who worry the rankings could cost their institutions millions of dollars, as well as from congressional Republicans wary of deepening the government’s role in higher education.

For colleges and universities, millions of federal aid dollars could be on the line if schools are downgraded under the government rating system. There has been little consensus among policymakers on how to curb college costs. While Obama’s proposal could give colleges an incentive to slow increases, it could also add massive reporting requirements that could be a burden on schools already struggling to make ends meet.

The new rating system does not require congressional approval, and the White House is aiming to have it set up before the 2015 school year. But Obama does need support from Congress in order to use the ratings as a basis for parceling out federal financial aid. In addition to tuition, schools will also be rated on average student loan debt, graduation rates and the average earnings of graduates. Under Obama’s proposal, students attending highly rated schools could receive larger grants and more affordable loans.

The president is also seeking legislation to give colleges a ‘‘bonus’’ based on the number of students they graduate who received Pell Grants. The goal is to encourage colleges to enroll and graduate low- and moderate-income students.

I guess I'll apply to the college that the government tells me to . . ."

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Gang of Feral Cats Attacks Woman, Dog in France

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "A gang of feral cats in France attacked a woman and her poodle, forcing both victims to seek medical attention for their injuries. The cat-attack occurred Sunday (July 21) near the city of Belfort in eastern France. The 31-year-old woman was walking her dog near a wooded area when six felines set upon her, knocking her to the ground, The Independent reports.

Josette Galliot, the mother of the victim, said, "The cats jumped on my daughter and managed to knock her over. They bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery."

Veterinary specialist Valerie Dramard believes the cats were protecting their territory from the poodle, and the woman simply got in the way. "Cats are not new zombies of the apocalypse," Dramard said reassuringly. "They are just very territorial and unfriendly with unknown species."

Yeah, right . . . it has begun . . ."

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'Pink Mass' Has Made Westboro Baptist Church Founder's Mom Gay

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "On Sunday, July 14, the Satanic Temple, a New York-based organization that seeks to foster "benevolence and empathy among all people" through Satan, performed a ritual called a "pink mass" at the Mississippi gravesite of Catherine Idalette Johnston, mother of WBC founder Fred Phelps Jr. The aim? To "turn" the WBC founder's mom gay for all eternity.

"Upon completion of the pink mass ceremony, Catherine Johnston is now gay in the afterlife," notes the Satanic Temple website, which has the cheeky URL www.westboro-baptist.com. "Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay ... [and] if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay." The latter assertion appears to be a play on the WBC's own stance that their beliefs are totally infallible.

Vice reports that the idea for the pink mass came about in April, after the WBC threatened to protest the funerals of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The website compared the the pink mass to "the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, only much gayer.""

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Christian Right Fights Porn In The Dorm

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Supporters of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbyist group, gathered Wednesday to discuss the organization’s latest crusade: the elimination of pornography on college campuses. A 2001 study conducted by scholars at Texas A&M revealed that while 56% of men admit to using the Internet to access sexual explicit materials, 72% of college-aged men readily say the same. The prevalence of porn on campuses hasn’t defeated Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute and Wednesday’s speaker.

Fagan compared modern American society to “pagan Rome,” claiming that the proliferation of sexual deviancy in our country is a direct threat to the “people-forming institutions” of family, church, and school. He considers the matter of paramount importance to civilization as a whole. “Sexual intercourse, like atomic energy, is a powerful agent for good if channeled well, but for ill if not.

So, sexual intercourse, like atomic energy . . . not in my backyard . . . ?

Christian organizations have pointed fingers at everything from technology to politics when it comes to porn. In a 2013 fact sheet without footnotes or citations, a Christian vendor of Internet filtering software called Covenant Eyes claims that 24% of smartphone users store pornographic material on their mobile devices. The organization says that 79% of porn performers have used marijuana, and “politically liberal people” are 19% more likely to look at porn than others.

Linda Williams, a professor film studies and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, begs to differ. She and college educators around the country have used pornography as a teaching tool and a basis for classroom discussion. “I do believe pornography reveals a great deal about who we are as Americans,” Williams told TIME.

. . . maybe that doesn't apply to Hentai . . ."
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DOJ trolling for email tips in Zimmerman probe

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "From the "Just the meta-data, Ma'am, just the meta-data" department:

More than a year after an FBI report indicated there was no evidence of racial bias in George Zimmerman's history, the Justice Department is trolling for email tips on the former neighborhood watch volunteer as it weighs a possible federal civil rights case against him. Amid pressure from the NAACP and several Democratic lawmakers to pursue Zimmerman, the department has circulated an email address asking for any tips or information regarding the case. The move appears to mark an expansion of the probe, after Attorney General Eric Holder said in an address Tuesday to the NAACP that his department would "consider all available information" before deciding whether to move forward.

A Justice official told Fox News that both the conference call and the email address asking for tips and information are fairly standard procedure when dealing with a high-profile investigation such as this one. The department has used such tip lines in the past, including in a probe last year of the Albuquerque, N.M., police department.

Anonymous email tips from the Internet . . . ? That's always a hoot-and-a-half"

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