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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Not good enough (264 comments)

I thought a ski slope took care of Sonny Bono a long time ago.

It's Cher that still needs to be removed.

5 hours ago

High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Great one more fail (576 comments)

Just what I need in a firearm.

Note that the summary says "gun" and not weapon or firearm.

Why are all my military cronies chuckling . . . ?

Maybe "unlocking your gun with your fingerprints" means something else to then . . . ?

"Sir, no Sir, Drill Instructor, Sir. I only shook it three times, as instructed, Sir!"

2 days ago

Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

PolygamousRanchKid Regulation == Profit . . . for somebody (94 comments)

The government can earn money from regulation fees, someone can use regulation to stifle competition . . . so regulation is also about profit . . . for somebody.

3 days ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

PolygamousRanchKid Re:I don't get it (528 comments)

If Cuba had oil . . . the embargo would be over really fast.

Cuban cigar smokers in the US don't have a PAC to push through changes. They're just not a big enough special interest group.

5 days ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

PolygamousRanchKid Re:2nd phone (363 comments)

The phone is not the problem . . . the driver is the problem. That's why it would be better to suspend their license for a week or so.

about a week ago

Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

PolygamousRanchKid Oh, the irony: Microsoft History (246 comments)

So, while the funding for K-12 is being cut to fund the tax breaks for Microsoft . . . Gates is blathering about the importance of teaching history.

Maybe Gates will expand his plans for teaching history to include reading, writing, math and science . . . ? Then the state could get rid of K-12 altogether. It would be a Win-Win.

For someone.


about two weeks ago

Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Nice (105 comments)

Ebola requires prolonged exposure or direct contact with bodily fluids.

Ah, like AIDS, then? Well the US is safe then, because AIDS never made any progress there.

At least, not among White Middle-aged Guys. Not even their own wives would have promiscuous sex with them. Which is confusing, being that only White Middle-aged Guys are given the cure for Ebola.

about two weeks ago

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

PolygamousRanchKid Re:it tingles (182 comments)

Anyone who has worked extensively with the stuff will tell you it is NOT safe unless you are careful.

Gee, and there I was, going to tell those Knoxvillesque folks to try the "Liquid Nitrogen Enema Challenge."

about two weeks ago

Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Stop Making Up Words! (157 comments)

Am I missing something? Reno is a ten hour drive from Mexico.

. . . that's why the government is relocating the illegal alien kids close to Reno . . . cheap child labor for Tesla! They wanted real aliens from nearby Area 51, but there was a tooling problem with the factory, because the real aliens only have three fingers!

The new Tesla batteries will still be built using alien technology from Area 51, though. I don't want to be an alarmist or anything, but if your Tesla is dripping black goo, don't touch it . . . it might not be regular black oil!

about two weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

Well, I actually don't understand how Uber started operating in the first place. In Germany, before you start operating a business, it needs to be registered (Gewerbe anmelden). Did Uber say that they were running a taxi service? Or did they fudge it as something else? If it was clear that they were running a taxi service, they would have been informed that they would have to follow the regulations for taxi services. Or did Uber just ignore this?

Usually when a company opens up business in a foreign country, they hire a local consultant, most likely a law firm, to make sure that the business will not run afoul of local laws. I don't understand how Uber was allowed to start operating at all, if what they are doing is illegal.

And in this case . . . it DOES look like they were allowed to operate . . . until a court made a decision that they must stop.

about two weeks ago

Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

PolygamousRanchKid Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

Actually, there is a lot to learn about the accusations of institutional racism in Silicon Valley here.

If you compare the demographics of both areas, the Arctic is predominantly "white" (polar bears), while the Antarctic is overwhelmingly "black" (penguins). Thus, if institutional racism was responsible, you would expect the Arctic to be rising faster. Since this is not the case, researchers are forced to search for a more scientific explanation of the observed behavior.

Part of the answer could be found in the preferred occupations the residents. Polar bears prefer to source their food from the trash cans of humans in the city of Churchill, Canada, so they want more land for humans and their accompanying trash cans. Penguins prefer a healthier diet of fish sourced from the sea, and thus have a vested interest in a bigger sea to fish in. This may or may not be the answer to faster rising levels in the Antarctic, but in this case Silicon Valley CEOs can safely claim that it is not due to institutional racism in their industry.

I think my argument makes just about much or little sense as other arguments for claiming compensation for the Arctic or in Silicon Valley.

about two weeks ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

PolygamousRanchKid Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

Yea and it's not the middle ages either

Those Islamic folks seems to think it's the Middle Ages . . . or they would like to bring the people under their control back to the Middle Ages.

Ah, the Middle East: God's Monkey House

about two weeks ago

The Evolution of Diet

PolygamousRanchKid Re:ha! Inuit diet. Hazda diet. (281 comments)

live like those people and flop over dead before your time

Being that alcoholism and suicide are leading causes of death among Inuits . . . those diets must make you feel miserable, too.

about three weeks ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Iceland is also moving - Bárðarbunga (135 comments)

It's strange . . . we're worried about dying from Global Warming . . . getting hit by an asteroid . . . an Ebola epidemic . . . but nobody seems concerned that maybe the Earth could bust apart at its seems.

I, for one, would welcome the end of the Earth in some weird way that we never thought about.

about three weeks ago

Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

PolygamousRanchKid Re:I'm looking now (134 comments)

. . . the trouble is . . . the training camp is probably conveniently located right next to a hospital or a school.

about three weeks ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

PolygamousRanchKid Astrophysics has the answer! (465 comments)

It's Dark Matter.

If anything's missing, the answer always is Dark Matter.

Can't find your car keys . . . ? Dark Matter.

Short on your mortgage this month . . . ? Tell the bank, "Dark Matter."

The Earth is not as hot as we'd like it to be . . . ? Dark Matter.

about three weeks ago

If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Fusion Confusion (305 comments)

Yes, we were definitely confused. Back in the 80's, we were trying to do the fusion "cold".

Instead, this guy suggests now that we do the fusion "quick" instead.

I see an Ig Nobel coming for "quick" fusion.

about a month ago

Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Here's the problem (180 comments)

It's a greasy, nasty-tasting meat with a mushy texture.

McDonald's has made a fortune with that. A McSnakehead might appeal to kids and metal heads, if they included a toy with it.

about a month ago



Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Ones

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 2 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 3 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 8 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 9 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, 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. 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  |  1 year,18 days

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  |  1 year,19 days

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  |  1 year,24 days

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  |  1 year,24 days

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 "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 . . ."

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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The Middle East beats the West in female tech founders

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about a year ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Only 10% of internet entrepreneurs across the world are women, according to Startup Compass, a firm that tracks such things. Except in Amman and other Middle Eastern cities, it seems. There, the share of women entrepreneurs is said to average 35%—an estimate seemingly confirmed by the mix of the sexes at “Mix‘n’Mentor”, a recent gathering in the Jordanian capital organised by Wamda, an online publication for start-ups.

Reasons abound, and they are not always positive, says Nina Curley, Wamda’s editor. Although more than half of university graduates in many Middle Eastern countries (51% in Jordan) are women, the workforce is dominated by men (women provide only 21% of it overall, and a paltry 16% in Jordan). The internet, however, is a new space that is more meritocratic and not as heavily male. The technology also lets entrepreneurs work from home, making it easier to raise children.

The number of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East is likely to grow, including in the least likely places. “Well-educated women in Saudi Arabia want to work, but their family often objects,” explained an entrepreneur at the Wamda shindig. “Running an internet start-up from home is the perfect compromise.”"

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