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  • Facebook having problems? (vanity)

    11/12/2018 10:17:19 AM PST · by loucon · 29 replies
    getting this from facebook via cox south. Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can.
  • Pilot scared of flying was unfairly sacked, tribunal rules

    11/12/2018 9:19:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/11/2018 | Hayley Dixon
    A pilot sacked for being scared of flying has won an unfair dismissal claim after a tribunal heard he was told to do a crossword when he raised concern about his phobia. First officer Matthew Guest has been working for Flybe for almost a decade but became anxious and had "panic attacks" after being promoted to longer flights, a tribunal heard. On one occasion Mr Guest twice raised concerns with a boss about a four hour flight but was told to do a crossword or read a book whilst the plane was cruising. He called in sick the next day...
  • Venus flytraps kill with chemicals like those from lightning bolts

    11/12/2018 9:00:45 AM PST · by ETL · 19 replies ^ | Nov 12, 2018 | Richard A. Lovett
    PORTLAND, OREGON—Venus flytraps have a well-known way of dispatching their victims: They snare inquisitive insects that brush up against trigger hairs in their fly-trapping pods (above). But now, physicists have discovered that the triggering process may involve the release of a cascade of exotic chemicals similar to the whiff of ozone that tingles your nose after a lightning bolt. To study this process, scientists used an electrical generator to ionize air into a “cold plasma,” which they then gently blew toward a flytrap in their lab. Normally, the flytrap’s closure is caused by an electrical signal created when two or...
  • Gordon Lightfoot's 'Don Quixote' for Cadfael

    Another music video streamed from my website and not available on YouTube. Originally PAL. These literary music videos aim primarily at people who know a TV show well. Cadfael - Don Quixote - Gordon Lightfoot
  • America is finished unless something is done to stop this (vanity)

    11/12/2018 8:44:26 AM PST · by Cubs Fan · 26 replies
    Every year we let in between one to two millions legal and illegal immigrants. Most of them will come in and vote democrat. At this rate it won't be long before the democrats have a monopoly on power in nearly every state (they already do in several states) A democrat monopoly on power would rival the old soviet union for leftist tyranny. The immigration time bomb is ticking. Unless this is stopped we are finished.
  • 10 Seats are still being Counted in the House. How many have "flipped" from R to D?

    11/12/2018 8:24:55 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    November 12, 2018 | Self
    Anyone have stats on the seats that have flipped since Tuesday night? Of the ones that have flipped, which were suspicious? According to the New York times website, the Democrats have now gained 32 seats in the House and 10 seats are still being counted. The Republicans have narrow leads ranging from .4 to 1.4%. What are the odds that some/all of these will go to the Democrats?
  • 18 Former ACORN Workers Have Been Convicted or Admitted Guilt in Election Fraud (Flashback 2010)

    11/12/2018 8:17:45 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/26/2010 | staff
    The scandal-plagued ACORN may no longer exist, but its tarnished legacy lives on in court, as the activist group and its former employees face criminal punishment. So far this year, at least 18 former workers have admitted guilt or been convicted on varying charges of election fraud. The punishment has ranged from probation to several months of prison time. ACORN, once a powerful advocate for low-income and minority voters, shuttered its operations amid plummeting revenues in March, six months after conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute caught on video some of the group's employees offering them tax advic
  • 115,000-Year-Old Bones Found In Poland Reveal Neanderthal Child Eaten By Gigantic Prehistoric Bird

    11/12/2018 8:17:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    Hasan Jasmin ^ | 11/9/2018
    A few years ago, a team of researchers in Poland came across a pair of Neanderthal bones that held a grisly secret: Their owner had been eaten by a giant bird. The two finger bones belonged to a Neanderthal child who had died roughly 115,000 years before, making those bones the oldest known human remains from Poland, according to Science In Poland. Once the bones were analyzed, the scientists concluded that the hand bones were porous because they had passed through the digestive system of a large bird. It is unclear if the bird killed the child and then ate...
  • How the Great War Shaped the World

    11/12/2018 8:12:31 AM PST · by Borges · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2014 | Jay Winter
    The first world war, George Kennan wrote decades after it ended, was the ur‑catastrophe of the 20th century. The first conflict among industrialized global powers killed 10 million soldiers and mutilated over 21 million more. Both the war and the peace that followed have marked our world in indelible ways. Especially Europe. The deaths of more than 110,000 Americans in uniform, half to the Spanish flu, were equivalent to just one-quarter of the death toll in the French army alone during the first four months of the war. Europe suffered a bloodbath such as the world had never seen. Two...
  • "Candidate Hinkle Removed From Area Where Uncounted Ballots Held"

    11/12/2018 8:11:14 AM PST · by givemWatts
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2018 | F. Monares
    Charlotte Mills, the county’s election administrator, says Republican state Sen. Jedediah Hinkle was removed from the area where election officials were tallying votes Wednesday afternoon. Hinkle was vying for reelection of Senate District 32 against Democratic challenger Pat Flowers, and candidates aren’t allowed in the area where ballots are being counted. According to unofficial results posted Thursday, Hinkle was defeated by challenger Pat Flowers, a Democrat, by 338 votes. A photo in Thursday’s Chronicle shows Hinkle hunched over a stack of ballots. The caption incorrectly states that Hinkle is an election official and was searching through the uncounted ballots. Mills...
  • Allegan Co. hunter mistaken for squirrel, shot in face

    11/12/2018 7:54:52 AM PST · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    WNEM ^ | 11/6/2018 | Carrie Laine
    A squirrel hunter opened fire, hitting his hunting partner in the face. DNR officials were called to the Allegan State Game Area to investigate a hunting accident. That’s when they learned that a squirrel hunter opened fire with his 12-gauge shotgun after seeing movement next to a tree, around 20 yards away. The movement turned out to be his hunting partner’s face, according to conservation officers. The shot caused serious injury to the man’s face, eye, and jaw. He was airlifted to the hospital for treatment. Conservation Officers report the victim was not wearing any hunter orange. The investigation continues,...
  • FOX, VETERANS DAY SPECIAL (Vanity comment)

    11/12/2018 7:33:17 AM PST · by Baynative · 10 replies
    all me ^ | 11/12/18 | Baynative
    I stumbled on a Fox news round table discussion hosted by Pete Hegseth that included, (Lone survivor) Marcus Lutrell, (Decorated Ranger Cpt.) Sean Parnell, (Medal of Honor recipient)Dakota Meyer and (Navy SEAL who fired the Bin Laden head shot) Robert O'Neill. Patterned after the highly enjoyable "Wise Guys" show hosted by Bill Bennett this open discussion of heroes talking about serving their country and the disruptive force liberals in congress have become to protecting freedom was very refreshing TV in my opinion.
  • 'Moving so fast': UFO sighting under investigation by Irish Aviation Authority

    11/12/2018 7:11:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 11/12/2018 | Cónal Thomas
    The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is investigating the appearance of an unidentified flying object (UFO) after a number of sightings off the coast of Ireland last Friday morning. A British Airways flight — call sign Speedbird 94 — contacted Shannon Air Traffic Control to find out if military operations were taking place within the craft’s airspace, saying that an object “moving so fast” had been sighted by the pilot. […] Two more aircraft can then be heard reporting the sighting to Shannon Air Traffic Control. A Virgin Airlines plane — call sign Virgin 76 — suggests that the sighting could...
  • Democrats Push for Toughest Gun Laws in Decades after Winning the House

    11/12/2018 7:08:23 AM PST · by LoicW · 31 replies
    NN ^ | 11/11/18 | Jay Greenberg
    After winning control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, the Democrats are now planning to push for the most aggressive changes to gun legislation in decades. The Democratic Party is aiming to shake up current laws with the biggest changes to current regulations in the last 25 years. Dems are preparing for the big push ahead of the new term, which begins January, but Republicans are unlikely to make it easy for them.
  • Arrest Brenda Snipes [FaceBook]

    11/12/2018 7:05:23 AM PST · by JohnThree3to16 · 19 replies
    Facebook Group ^ | Facebook Group I know many FReepers do not do “FaceBook” but since a lot of folks that use social do we as FReepers would be wise to follow this group as the situation in Broward County continues to develop
  • Happy Veterans Day! Happy 100th Independence Day! [Video: Greetings from Poland to US]

    11/12/2018 7:00:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Polska Fundacja Narodowa ^ | November 10, 2018 | Staff
    Happy Veterans Day, America! 🇺🇸 Happy 100th Independence Day, Poland! 🇵🇱
  • 50 countries vow to fight cybercrime — US and Russia don’t

    11/12/2018 6:49:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2018
    Fifty nations and over 150 tech companies are pledging to do more to fight criminal activity on the internet, including interference in elections and hate speech. But the United States, Russia and China are not among them. […] The declaration released Monday is supported by EU countries, Japan and Canada as well as tech giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft, among others. …
  • Report: Le'Veon Bell Unlikely to Report to Steelers by Tuesday, Would Be Ineligible for Season

    11/12/2018 6:28:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    SI ^ | November 10, 2018 | Kaelen Jones
    Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is reportedly unlikely to rejoin the team by Tuesday's deadline, making him ineligible to play this season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bell must report to Pittsburgh by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday in order to maintain eligibility to play this season. On Thursday, Steelers owner Art Rooney II told Sirius XM Radio that he expected Bell to return, despite not hearing from Bell.
  • Report: John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens expected to part ways after season

    11/12/2018 6:16:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies ^ | November 12, 2018 | Dave Clark
    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has endured recent speculation about his job security, and while he's not expected to return to the team for next season, his job isn't in jeopardy for this season, according to a report Sunday from's Jason La Canfora. The Ravens entered their Week 10 bye in third place in the AFC North with a 4-5 record, with their next game one week from Sunday at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals defeated the Ravens, 34-23, in September to improve to 2-0 this season.
  • Marquess of Queensberry's daughter, 18, was 'working as a prostitute and earned money [tr]

    11/12/2018 6:10:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Novemebr 12, 2018 | Courtney Bartlett
    A teenage aristocrat who died from a drugs overdose was working as a prostitute before her sordid death, her boyfriend has claimed. Lady Beth Douglas, 18 – the youngest child of David Douglas, the 12th Marquess of Queensberry – died after injecting heroin for the first time in March. Her boyfriend Jenan Karagoli, 21, alleged she had been working as a prostitute and earning money by taking part in online sex videos. She had also been selling her underwear online for £30 a time.