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Windmills Tilted, Scared Cows Butchered, Lies Skewered on the Lance of Reality ... or something to that effect.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Your coffee reveals your personality

Coffee snobs can find more than froth and sugar at the bottom of their cups - personality lives there as well.

Your coffee reveals your personality

El Niño impact may bring chilly spring to the South

This winter may go in the record books as one of the coldest the state has ever experienced.

Now, meteorologists are predicting a colder than normal spring.

"We're talking April, May, June [with] above average precipitation and below average temperatures," News 14 Carolina meteorologist Tara Lane said.

It's all due to El Niño. Locally, it's responsible for the erratic weather that includes spurts of snow, ice and rain.

On Sunday, many enjoyed milder temperatures.

Lane is predicting even more winter weather on Tuesday.

"We could be looking at rain changing into a snow-sleet mix later into the night and a possibility again of icy slick areas Wednesday morning," she said.

The effects of El Niño are being felt through the South, Gulf states and up through the Carolinas.

Cops and Saucers

Huckleberry Hound

Well it's over

The Aints beat the Ponies 31 to 17.

Hopefully we'll have a couple of real teams in the Super Bowl next year.

Mom charged in son's death made cult abuse claims

There's one in every crowd ...

A Belgian-born woman charged in her 8-year-old son's death in a New York City luxury hotel was once detained by police in Wyoming after claiming the boy was being molested by devil worshipers.

Mom charged in son's death made cult abuse claims

Woman to hula hoop up Kilimanjaro

Julianne McGregor, 27, is planning to hula hoop on her way to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
Julianne McGregor, 27, is planning to hula hoop on her way to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to rise money for her best friend with cancer.

Unruly passenger blames medical pot cookies

A San Francisco man claims he was high on a double dose of medical marijuana cookies when he screamed, dropped his pants and attacked crew members on a cross-country flight, forcing its diversion to Pittsburgh, the FBI said Wednesday.

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Thousands still in dark in western NC after storm

Thousands of utility customers in western North Carolina have awakened again to power outages caused by winter weather, and signs point to another storm on the way.

Duke Energy has approximately 8,500 customers still out in Henderson, Polk, Transylvania and Jackson counties. In all, the utility reported 17,294 outages as of 1:30 p.m., many of them in the western part of North Carolina.

In Henderson County, 700 workers from Georgia and South Carolina were called in to help Duke Energy restore power to more than 13,000 customers. By Sunday afternoon, the number had been reduced to 5,502 customers.

Progress Energy reported fewer than 100 outages across North Carolina.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say a storm could leave a wintry mix in western North Carolina on Tuesday morning.


Just what we need more 'wintry mix'.

Three arrested after body found in trash container

0207 dumpster body
From left: Yadira Fernandez and Isidro Bueno.

Three people have been arrested and charged with hiding a dead man’s body in a dumpster in southwest Charlotte Friday, but no one is yet charged with the man’s killing.

Yadira Fernandez, 36, Isidro Bueno, 47, and Juan Rivera-Amaya, 23, were arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with “ concealment of death,” a felony.

Bueno was also charged with aiding and abetting prostitution and maintaining a place for prostitution.

The three were being held in Mecklenburg County Jail on Sunday, Rivera-Amaya and Fernandez or $15,000 bond and Bueno on $20,000.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the Windgate Apartments, on Kingsford Drive near East Arrowood Road, on Friday, when a maintenance man checking a broken pipe found blood in a unit. Investigators searched the area and found a man’s body in the trash dumpster a few hundred feet away.

They say the victim was subletting the apartment and his slaying wasn’t a random act.

But police wouldn’t say what led them to arrest the three people on Sunday. They also refused to comment on whether the three are being investigated for killing the man, and haven’t released the man’s name.

Court records show Bueno was arrested for assault on a female and false imprisonment in 2003, but was found not guilty of both charges.

Fernandez and Rivera-Amaya don’t appear to have criminal histories in North Carolina.

Anyone with information about Friday’s incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a homicide detective. Detective T. Brandon is the lead detective assigned to the case.

Tips also can be telephoned to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Nurse to Stand Trial for Reporting Doctor

Only in Texas would this farce take place ...
It occurred to Anne Mitchell as she was writing the letter that she might lose her job, which is why she chose not to sign it. But it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine.
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There are some real nutcases in Texas.
And only in Texas can a quack pose as a doctor and those that point out that fact be prosecuted while the 'doctor' continues his quackery.
Them's good'ol'boys for ya.

Death by karaoke

"The odds of getting killed during karaoke may be higher in the Philippines."

And more so if you sing a particular song, according to the NYT.

Known a few that should be and I bet you have too.

Rural North Carolinians Adapting To Landfill Plastic Bottle Ban

From Treehugger:

plastic bottles photo
Image credit:Concord, North Carolina

North Carolina now bans the landfilling of plastic bottles of all types - more information here - and this has become a practical issue in rural towns where curbside recycling is not offered. Winston-Salem Journal reports on how the problem was solved in one County. The president of Rural Garbage Services Inc. offered to pick them up for free: "In order to recycle their plastics, people in those areas would have to take them to one of the county's three recycling centers...Parrish came up with a solution for his customers: His company would pick up the bottles from its customers for free." Nice guy.

Although people could just hide the bottles in their trash, the law does seem to be having a positive effect.

From Treehugger:

courtesy via www.americanpika.org

A woman I work with has the sound of an American Pika as her ringtone. It's a high-pitch squeal recognizable to anyone who has heard it before, and she has it on her phone to draw attention to the plight of the Pika, a small furry creature under threat from climate change. The Pika needs help, but it won't be getting it from the Fish and Wildlife Service, which Friday rejected a bid to extend endangered species protection to it.

Berlin Film Festival Raises Recycled Curtain on Metropolis

From Treehugger:

60th Berlinale 2010 opens with restoration of Metropolis image
Image: Metropolis, Original Film Poster, UFA

Do you know which film inspired C-3PO in Star Wars? Or gave Superman's home its name? It is Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Lang produced his epic silent film in the brief period of stability and astounding intellectual productivity between the two world wars known as the Weimar Culture. With a budget equivalent to over $200 million in modern currency, Metropolis was the mega-blockbuster of 1927. But the film was too long for audiences and underwent a series of cuts and edits shortly after its original Berlin opening.

Film historians gave up on ever restoring the film to its original condition, as missing bits simply could not be found. Nonetheless, the film was the first ever to be recognized in UNESCO's "Memory of the World" register. Now it will open the Berlinale Film Festival next week--in its full, original version. To properly frame the significance of the event, Berlinale directors turned to American designer Christina Kim, renowned for selling eco- and human-friendly couture under the brand name dosa. The story of the recovery of Lang's film, and the details of the recycled art project grand enough to pull back the curtain on it, are as provocative and fascinating as the city which will once again premier the original cut of Metropolis.

Man survives 17 hours buried in snow

Man survives 17 hours buried in snow

A Swiss skier was miraculously pulled from beneath an avalanche with just mild hypothermia.

Six ways to live a lot longer

Six ways to live a lot longer

Being socially active and walking instead of driving improve your chances of hitting 100.

Easy five-minute party dips

Easy five-minute party dips

These creamy and cheesy dips will satisfy the hungry crowd at your Super Bowl party.

Surprising meaning of Super Bowl coin toss

Surprising meaning of Super Bowl coin toss

The Saints' Drew Brees will call heads or tails to decide who gets the football first.

Massive explosion rocks power plant

Massive explosion rocks power plant

Officials fear multiple deaths and injuries after a powerful blast at a Connecticut plant.

Scientists identify first genetic variant linked to biological aging in humans

Scientists announced today they have identified for the first time definitive variants associated with biological aging in humans.

Scientists identify first genetic variant linked to biological aging in humans

Foul language can add to society in the long run

He was, in this writer's humble opinion, the author of the greatest novel ever written.


Maybe, maybe not.

And I Quote

Anyone can get old, all you have to do is live long enough.

~ Groucho Marx

Dibgy on repugican whininess

Digby is onto something.

But there's also another reason repugicans whine.

It's called projection.

Far too often, if you listen very closely to a repugican complaining about a Democrat, you'll note that the Democrat didn't do the thing they're being accused of, and the repugican already has.
It's like a self-confessional, only a lot more bitter.
After all, it's really hard being out of power for only 13 months of the past nine years.


It does not take a degree in psychology to figure that out either.
Although using the proper term "Projection" does indicate at least a passing familiarity with Psych-101.

Landrieu is New Orleans mayor

Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans on Saturday, replacing term-limited Ray Nagin and becoming the majority-black city's first white mayor since 1979.

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Black box of Ethiopian jet retrieved

Lebanon's marine commandos on Sunday recovered the black box of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, the Lebanese army said in a statement.

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Public jobs that pay surprisingly well

Public jobs that pay surprisingly well

The government is hiring for a slew of lucrative jobs, from FBI agents to bear habitat managers.

A Good One

What do you call an honest lawyer?

An oxymoron.

Beware of geoengineering using volcanoes' tricks

Volcanoes killed 27 per cent of marine genera 94 million years ago – fixing our climate with sulphate aerosols could inflict a similar fate on lakes.

Beware of geoengineering using volcanoes' tricks

North Carolina Mountain Mudslides

Asheville Citizen-Times

Authorities immediately began evacuating about 40 other people from the landslide area near Maggie Valley Friday night.

Landslide Takes Out Four Homes In NC Mountains

Just in case you hadn't noticed ...

Today is Super Bowl XLIV

And the rest as they say is history ...

Thousands of screaming fans greeted The Beatles as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 7th in 1964.

Today In Entertainment History   February 7

Today is ...

Today is Sunday, February 7, the 38th day of 2010.

There are 327 days left in the year.

Today In History February 7

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

Ballet Day,
Man Day,
Wave Your Fingers At Your Neighbor's Day

Our Readers

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Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland

Daily Horoscope

Today's Horoscope says:

Lately you have been pleasing people without even trying.
And the awe will continue -- your quick thinking in a tricky situation will leave others quite impressed today, although you might not completely understand why.
In your mind, you did what anyone else would have done in that position.
You won't quite grasp the profundity of your actions for a few more days, but when you do, you'll want to pat yourself on the back.