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  • The Final Ride of The Taggart Comet (from Atlas Shrugged)

    03/16/2018 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugged | 1957 | Ayn Rand
    The Comet uncoiled from the siding into a thin, straight line, and went on into the mountains, with the beam of the headlight like an extended arm pointing the way, and the lighted glass curve of the observation lounge ending it off. Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent; they saw the small cluster of Winston’s lights at the bottom of the darkness beyond their windows, then the same darkness, but with red and green lights by the hole of a tunnel on the upper edge of the windowpanes. The lights...
  • Angry Portland woman attacks Jewish-owned restaurant over suspected Nazi customer

    03/16/2018 8:10:20 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | March 15, 2018 | Martin Cizmar
    A Portland woman ignited a social media fire this week over a confrontation with a restaurant diner she says was wearing a shirt with a Nazi symbol. As Raw Story first reported, on March 13, Deavon Snoke was dining at Kachka—a Russian restaurant owned by Bonnie Frumkin Morales, who is Jewish and whose family fled the Holocaust, and her husband Israel Morales, who is Mexican—when she spotted a man sporting a "Luftwaffe" t-shirt. “I was asked to leave Kachka tonight for calling this Nazi out,” Snoke wrote on Facebook. “Remember his face. Memorize the symbolism on his shirt. Yell as...
  • 13-year-old girl arrested in Kenner school shooting hoax

    03/16/2018 7:51:25 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies ^ | 3/16/18 | Laura McKnight
    A 13-year-old girl was arrested Friday (March 16) on a charge of terrorizing after she lied to administrators at a Kenner middle school about a school shooting threat, according to the Kenner Police Department. The girl "intentionally communicated" to Roosevelt Middle School officials that she had received a Snapchat message threatening that a shooting would occur either at Roosevelt Middle or another site, said Kenner police spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor. An investigation by Kenner police, along with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and federal officials, showed that the teen never received any such threat, McGregor said. School officials called parents...
  • After eating Chipotle for 500 days, an Ohio man says he's ready for something new

    03/16/2018 6:04:44 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 35 replies
    WHAM ^ | March 16, 2018 | Associated Press
    <p>An Ohio man who ate Chipotle every day for the past 500 days says he is finally ready to eat something new.</p> <p>Bruce Wayne ended his streak Wednesday after grabbing a meal at the Tiffin Chipotle branch.</p> <p>Wayne ended his streak in style, the Findlay Courier reports, by donning a Batsuit and ordering mini quesadillas because "leather isn't very forgiving."</p>
  • Viktor Orbán: Brussels Wants to Dilute and Replace the People of Europe!

    03/16/2018 5:57:56 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 36 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 16 Mar, 2018 | Baron Bodisse
    ....Petőfi clearly asked: “Shall we be slaves or be free?” Everybody understood it, and everybody knew the answer for this. We have done a lot of things together in the last 30 years, lots of struggles, and memorable battles we fought together. But the greatest things we could achieve in our lifetime, the utmost battles that we could fight together, are still ahead of us. And by all signs, right now, just coming up. The situation, my dear friends, is: They want to take away our country! Not with a stroke of the pen, like they did 100 years ago...
  • Readers' Poll: The 10 Worst Songs of the 1980s

    03/16/2018 2:50:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 474 replies
    rolling stone ^ | 10/6/2011 | Andy Greene
    A few weeks ago we asked our readers to vote for their least favorite songs from the 1990s, so it was the obvious next move to dial it back 10 years and see what you guys hated in the 1980s. The results are sure to infuriate a lot of people. For the record, I personally disagree with most of these selections. In fact, I love a lot of these songs... 10. Rick Astley - 'Never Gonna Give You Up'... 9. Taco - 'Puttin' On The Ritz'... 8. Toni Basil - 'Mickey'... 7. Bobby McFerrin - 'Don't Worry Be Happy'... 6....
  • In Search of... The Coming Ice Age

    03/16/2018 2:41:56 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 15 replies
    In Search of ^ | 1977-78 | unknown
    From the late 1970s, Leonard Nimoy hosts this episode of In Search of....the Coming Ice Age.
  • Medieval 'pot o' gold' discovered by construction workers

    03/16/2018 1:48:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day — two construction workers in Holland have discovered a real-life “pot o’ gold.” The workers from water company Oasen made the stunning find when they were laying pipes in the new town of Hoef and Haag, in the province of Utrecht, LiveScience reports. During the construction work, they dug up a medieval cooking pot that contained 12 gold and 462 silver coins. The coins have been dated to the 15th century. It's unclear at this point who will keep the coins. After finding the pot, "it literally and figuratively rained coins," the company...
  • Academy (Oscars) President John Bailey Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment

    03/16/2018 12:41:34 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | March 16, 2018 | Gene Maddaus
    John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment. The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday and immediately opened a probe, according to sources familiar with the situation. Bailey was elected president of the institution in August. If he were forced to step down, he would be temporarily replaced by Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist who is the Academy’s vice president, until the next election in July. Bailey’s tenure has been marked by a historic shift in the Academy’s approach to misconduct by its members. In...
  • Four arrested in connection to shooting death of Portsmouth woman

    03/16/2018 10:15:32 AM PDT · by csvset · 31 replies
    Wvec ^ | 16 March 2016 | Staff
    Investigators say the murder of Jennifer Bartell was a result of arguments over a social media post.PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Police have arrested four people in connection with the murder of a woman earlier this week in Portsmouth. On Wednesday, emergency dispatchers received a call about a shooting in the 70 block of Cushing Street at 12:46 p.m. The victim, 39-year-old Jennifer Bartell, had been shot in the torso. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Portsmouth Police said Friday they had arrested 20-year-old Joshua Bowen and charged him with 1st-degree murder and use of a...
  • Dominance hierarchies, inequality, Diversity and the science behind them

    03/16/2018 8:54:51 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 5 replies ^ | 03.10.2018 | Jordan Peterson
    Dominance hierarchies vs competence hierarchies, Inequality, diversity, and science are all hot topics today and are delved into deeply.
  • Only in Houston, Texas! Cadillac spotted with foot-and-a-half long protruding spinners on wheels

    03/16/2018 8:11:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2018 | Victoria Bell
    You might find it hard to miss these unusual wheel accessories, but then they aren't made to be missed. Bemused passengers filmed the hilarious moment they spotted a car driving on the motorway with foot-and-a-half long protruding spinners on the wheels. The video shows a Cadillac driving on the busy motorway in Houston, Texas with the unusually long wheel ornaments on all four of its tires.
  • Putin appeals to 'love of fatherland' to get Russians to polls

    03/16/2018 5:50:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | March 16, 2018 | Staff
    President Vladimir Putin has appealed to Russians' "love of the fatherland" to encourage them to vote on Sunday, as he seeks to boost turnout at an election he is sure to win. The Kremlin is seeking high participation to give legitimacy to Putin's inevitable fourth term as opposition leader Alexei Navalny has called for a boycott of a vote he denounces as a sham.
  • Modern humans interbred with Denisovans twice in history

    03/16/2018 4:46:53 AM PDT · by Makana · 45 replies
    Science Daily ^ | March 15, 2018 | Cell Press
    Modern humans co-existed and interbred not only with Neanderthals, but also with another species of archaic humans, the mysterious Denisovans.

    03/15/2018 10:27:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 55 replies ^ | 3/14/18 | JAMES TENNENT
    MAN CLAIMS UNITED AIRLINES OFFERED WOMAN $1,000 VOUCHER TO PUT HER FEET DOWN: 'THE AUDACITY OF WHITE PRIVILEGE'A black man traveling on a United Airlines plane has claimed that a flight attendant agreed to give a white woman sitting next to him a $1,000 voucher for taking her feet off the tray table, while not offering him similar courtesy. After his complaint went viral on Twitter, he called the company's response "tone deaf". In a statement to Newsweek, United disputed the story, saying: "At no point was any customer offered compensation for this issue."“The audacity of white privilege,” Frederick Joseph,...
  • Time For Class Action Suits Against School Districts Promoting Protests-MisUse of Public Monies

    03/15/2018 8:29:29 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 19 replies
    Obviously, the NEA is now on steroids and working overtime. It has found a 'hook' to create National strife and to promote a political view........If anyone has heard of any cogent legal claim against such activity on a local level, I would love to hear about it so I can begin to organize my local response to our education districts that just just allowed their students to walk out and protest against gun violence....they need to be sued for wrongful use of public monies.
  • Parents Of 12-Year-Old Say Son Killed Himself After Being Bullied Over Sexuality

    03/15/2018 3:22:52 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies ^ | 3/14/18 | Curtis M. Wong
    The parents of a 12-year-old Mississippi boy say he killed himself last week after being subjected to intense bullying. Andrew Leach of Southaven, Mississippi, was found dead at his family’s home March 6. Leach’s parents believe the sixth-grader had been struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, and killed himself after being bullied by fellow students at Southaven Middle School. “He finally came out with the information at school that he thought he may be bisexual,” Matt Leach told WREG. “I think that really amped up the bullying.” Leach said Southaven Middle School students had threatened his son with...
  • New Orleans Saints, Pelicans ownership in flux after Tom Benson's death

    The likely contentious question over who will inherit Tom Benson's estimated $3 billion fortune -- including the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, his most high-profile and publicly beloved assets -- will be a key issue in the wake of Benson's death at the age of 90. Benson, who died Thursday (March 15), had said he intended to leave the teams to his wife, Gayle Benson. But a long-running family fight over Benson's empire, including the Saints and Pelicans, could reignite in the settling of his estate in court in New Orleans. Details of how Benson decided to pass on his...
  • Genetics and Intelligence Robert Plomin

    03/15/2018 2:46:46 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 6 replies ^ | 08.27.2017 | Serious Science
    Genetics and Intelligence Robert Plomin
  • World's Happiest Country Also Has No Carbon Emissions [Bhutan]

    03/15/2018 12:02:05 PM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 14, 2018 | Sarah Gibbens
    Bhutan is small, about the size of Switzerland, and similarly mountainous—though more geographically remote. To the south, Bhutan is landlocked by India, and to the North, it's buffered by the mighty Himalaya. Before 1974, Bhutan was completely closed off to tourists and most outsiders, and even now, only a few fee-paying visitors are allowed in at a time. The small mountain kingdom is home to a thriving, ancient culture, as well as stunning natural beauty. What many believe is the world's highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum, soars nearly 25,000 feet into the clouds. Without a sizeable wallet, or an outsized...