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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Guns in recent attacks from unusual source

Guns in recent attacks from unusual source

Weapons used in two shootings, including one at the Pentagon, came from an unlikely place.
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Neanderthals Not Dumb, but Made Dull Gadgets

blades and flakes
After analyzing tools used by Neanderthals, British and American archaeologists say they were just as well-crafted as those used by our ancestors.
Flakes — wide-bodied stones used for cutting by Neanderthals and Homo sapiens — are just as useful, if not moreso, than narrow stone blades later favored by modern humans, who charged out of Africa 50,000 years ago and soon replaced their larger, hairier European forerunners.
“It’s not a better technology, it’s just a different technology,” said Metin Eren, a University of Exeter experimental archaeology student. [...]
The superiority of blades has long been seen as evidence of human superiority. But according to Eren’s team, blades had only one advantage: they can be easily attached to shafts.

Surprising discovery beneath Antarctic ice

Surprising discovery beneath Antarctic ice

Scientists find a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish beneath 600 feet of ice.  
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Música da Lagoa

Miles Davis called him "the most impressive musician in the world". 
He's Hermeto Pascoal from Brazil.

Pakistani officials refused to pass through the full-body scanners

A group of Pakistani officials refused to pass through the full-body scanners at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, instead opting to return to Pakistan.

      Under new American rules, all citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen must receive an extra check of their carry-on bags before boarding a plane bound for America, but I didn't know that they had to go through extra scanning when they arrive in America. 

This has gotten so far beyond the ridiculous!

The internet grew 20% more hateful in 2009

And that doesn't even count Glen Brick's and Lush Dimbulb's tweets.
The report [by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance], based on some 11,500 problematic Web sites, social networks , chat forums, twitter posts, other Internet postings, found that hate-filled language is increasingly filling social networks. In compiling it, researchers for the Wiesenthal center found such disturbing online content as video footage showing bomb-making instructions and hate games — including one about bombing Haitian earthquake victims.

The report found a 20% increase to 11,500 in hate-filled social networks, Web sites, forums, blogs, Twitter feeds, and so on (up from 10,000 last year). It notes that beyond its role in our social lives, the Internet often acts as the incubator and validator of dangerous conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 and organ theft.

Are you ruining your washing machine?

Are you ruining your washing machine?

Many people pour money down the drain by not using their appliances properly.  
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Memory champion's bizarre training

Memory champion's bizarre training

With the help of an ex-Navy Seal, Ron White can memorize a deck of cards in 90 seconds.  
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Army ditches bayonets for 'ab-blasters'

Army ditches bayonets for 'ab-blasters'

Battlefield lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq force the first basic-training overhaul in 30 years. 
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Magnitude-4.4 quake shakes Southern California

Magnitude-4.4 quake shakes Southern California

The early-morning temblor was centered about 10 miles east of downtown L.A.  
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World's Smallest Man, He Pingping, Dead at 21

Twenty-nine-inch tall He Pingping, the shortest man on record, died last week in Rome where he had gone to film a segment for a local show, a Guinness World Records spokesman announced Monday. He was 21.

The cause was heart-related, Guinness said.

Pingping, who measured 2 feet, 5 inches, was born in Wulanchabu, China, with a form of primordial dwarfism. He was officially recognized as the world's shortest adult in March 2008.

"He brightened up the lives of everyone he met, and was an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday.

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"He was someone special. He had such a cheeky smile and mischievous personality, you couldn't help but be charmed by him." 

Father abandons infant near Universal Studios to look for drunk girlfriend

A four-month-old baby girl was abandoned for two-hours in bushes near Universal Studios late Saturday night while her drunken father searched for her drunken mother.

U.S. makes first arrest for bailout fraud

U.S. makes first arrest for bailout fraud

Ex-bank president Charles Antonucci is accused of attempting to steal from the bailout funds.  
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Cop News

In Cop News






What Texas textbooks may redefine

(What Texas textbooks may redefine ... Read: out and out lie about)

What Texas textbooks may redefine

Country music, Thomas Jefferson, and Ralph Nader could have new (or no) meanings for many students.
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They just have to prove everything is BIGGER and MORE in Texas even Stupidity and Ignorance.

'Sleep lessons' aim is to sharpen up grumpy teenagers

Pupils at schools in Glasgow are being given lessons in how to sleep.

The sessions, run by the charity Sleep Scotland, aim to teach pupils tips such as the importance of a bed-time routine and avoiding late-night television.

Experts say teenagers who seem grumpy and uncommunicative could actually be sleep deprived because they go to bed after midnight - even on week nights.



The advice for pupils is that they should be sleeping for more than nine hours a night.

Researchers found that after going to bed at 2300 or midnight, teenagers were staying awake for hours watching television, playing on games consoles, or browsing the internet.

Some pupils were getting as little as four or five hours sleep a night.
*****
Sleep is a four-lettered word to teenagers.

How to get kids to clean their rooms

How to get kids to clean their rooms

Creating a competition is one way to turn this chore into something kids don't mind doing.  
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Plush

Live and plugged in
Live and unplugged

Stone Temple Pilots

The country Congress loves to hate

The country Congress loves to hate

As fierce elections loom, politicians step up attacks on one of their most reliable bogeymen.
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Another Reason to Not Like Military Rule in Burma: Porous Border With China Enables Wildlife Trafficking

From Trehugger:
china cat skins photo
photo: Traffic
As if you needed another reason to not like the military junta in Burma, wildlife trade monitor group Traffic has just released a new report showing how a porous border with China allows for a "door-to-door delivery service for illegal wildlife products."

Mexico's war on drugs hits the U.S.

Over the past two years, more than 4,000 people have been killed in a bloody drug war here - slaughtered almost daily in their homes and in the street, at drug clinics and youth parties, at funeral homes and outside neighborhood schools.
But the killings Saturday of Lesley Enriquez, who worked at the U.S. Consulate and was four months pregnant; her husband, Arthur Redelfs, a corrections officer in El Paso, Texas; and Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, whose wife worked at the consulate, brought the murderous mayhem even closer to home in United States than perhaps it has ever been.

Woman Is the Youngest to Cross an Ocean Alone

Bert Wilkinson for The New York Times
Katie Spotz and her father, Dan, on Sunday in Guyana after she finished her trans-Atlantic trip. 

Weird job interview behaviors

Experts say that during a job interview, it's always good to showcase your personality so that you don't come off as a Stepford drone of an employee.

The 50 worst job-interview mistakes

The 50 worst job-interview mistakes

These missteps are surprisingly common, so brush up on the big no-no's of job hunting.  
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Hilarious 'Help Wanted' signs

13 hilarious 'Help Wanted' signs

The economy's sad shape can be a source of great laughs — if you know where to look.  
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The most troubled U.S. housing markets

Once epicenters of the housing boom, these two major cities haven't recovered from the crash. » High delinquency rates

Some states risk losing big on census

Some states risk losing big on census

Low participation rates in the census could prove very costly in some areas of the country.  
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The Dropout Economy

sacramento tent city
Resilient communities hit Time:
Imagine a future in which millions of families live off the grid, powering their homes and vehicles with dirt-cheap portable fuel cells. As industrial agriculture sputters under the strain of the spiraling costs of water, gasoline and fertilizer, networks of farmers using sophisticated techniques that combine cutting-edge green technologies with ancient Mayan know-how build an alternative food-distribution system. Faced with the burden of financing the decades-long retirement of aging boomers, many of the young embrace a new underground economy, a largely untaxed archipelago of communes, co-ops, and kibbutzim that passively resist the power of the granny state while building their own little utopias. [...]
Work and life will be remixed, as old-style jobs, with long commutes and long hours spent staring at blinking computer screens, vanish thanks to ever increasing productivity levels. New jobs that we can scarcely imagine will take their place, only they’ll tend to be home-based, thus restoring life to bedroom suburbs that today are ghost towns from 9 to 5. Private homes will increasingly give way to cohousing communities, in which singles and nuclear families will build makeshift kinship networks in shared kitchens and common areas and on neighborhood-watch duty. Gated communities will grow larger and more elaborate, effectively seceding from their municipalities and pursuing their own visions of the good life. Whether this future sounds like a nightmare or a dream come true, it’s coming.

The most troubled U.S. housing markets

The most troubled U.S. housing markets

Once epicenters of the housing boom, these two major cities haven't recovered from the crash.  
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Ways to ease your allergies naturally


10 ways to ease your allergies naturally

Little tricks, like taking your shoes off at home, can help this allergy season. 
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Walmart fires employee with inoperable brain tumor for legally using marijuana outside of work

Joseph Casias has sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor and takes medical marijuana, which is legal in Michigan. 
He was fired from the Michigan Walmart where he had been working for the last five years after he failed a drug screening test there.
At his doctor's recommendation, Casias says he legally uses medical marijuana to ease his pain. "It helps tremendously," he says. "I only use it to stop the pain. To make me feel more comfortable and active as a person."
During his five years at WalMart, Casias says he went to work every day, determined to be the best.
"I gave them everything," he says. "110 percent every day. Anything they asked me to do I did. More than they asked me to do. 12 to 14 hours a day."
But last November, Casias sprained his knee at work. Marijuana was detected in his system during the routine drug screening that follows all workplace injuries. Casias showed WalMart managers his state medical marijuana card, but he was fired anyway.

Did you get the memo ...

Despite a memo sent by Obama’s administration in October urging law enforcement officials not to go after legal users of marijuana in states like Colorado that have permitted the drug’s use for select medicinal purposes, DEA agents this year have conducted three such high profile raids in Colorado.

DEA Raids the Hawaii Canabis Ministry

Federal agents raided the downtown Hilo sanctuary of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry Wednesday morning, assisted by local police.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Muehleck said that no one had yet been arrested or charged in connection with the raid. Reached shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, he declined to provide other details and would not say whether THC Ministry director and founder Roger Christie had been detained.


So you're allowed to abuse, brainwash and scam people in a religion, but if you believe you can find a path to God via a plant, well ...

Heroin found in juice boxes

Three men have been arrested in Attalla, Alabama on charges of hiding heroin in juice boxes.

Brain chemical is reward for psychopathic traits

Overvaluing the pleasure of getting what they want may cause psychopaths to pursue these rewards at any cost.

Creative jobs that actually pay well

Creative jobs that actually pay well

People with Web skills and an eye for design have several lucrative options.  
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Get a larger tax refund without itemizing

Get a larger tax refund without itemizing

Many taxpayers can save more money without bothering to itemize, especially this year. 
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Cute Overload

From Treehugger:
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Is it real or is it photoshop?

See is isn't only humans that have to stick their faces in front of any camera that appears!

How Obama's health plan could affect you

How Obama's health plan could affect you

The president's 2,700-page bill will "play out over a generation" and impact the entire health system.
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Obama Highlights Cancer Patient's Plight

President Barack Obama traveled to the hometown of a cancer victim who wrote the president that she gave up her health insurance after the cost rose to $8,500 a year.

Our Man Grayson

Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Florida) has introduced legislation adding a public option to health insurance reform
Realistically, it's probably a long shot, but that's better than no shot at all.

Good number of those who 'oppose' health care reform want a stronger, more liberal plan

From Obama's lead pollster, writing in the Washington Post this weekend:
Let's take the CNN poll from early January -- the most negative independent poll on health care and one that predated President Obama's proposal. Only 40 percent supported the bills passed by Congress, while 57 percent opposed them. But in a crucial follow-up question, a net of 10 percent of all Americans opposed the bill because it was "not liberal enough." If one makes the reasonable assumption that these people are far more likely to side with supporters of the president's plan than with Republicans who are obstructing it, the results would show that 50 percent favor the plan or want a broader one, while only 45 percent oppose the plan.

Similarly, a more recent poll by Ipsos showed that among the 47 percent who initially said they "opposed health care," more than a third of opponents said they "favor" reform overall but think the current plan doesn't go "far enough." Shifting these people to the group in "favor of reform" would reduce opposition to current reforms to under 40 percent.

Patriotism


Be a Real Patriot!
Call congress now! 
(202) 224-3121!
Health reform ... real health reform, NOW!

The repugicans already criticizing House Democrats for doing what the repugicans already did four years ago

Classic. 

The repugicans are criticizing Speaker for Pelosi for using one of their procedural tactics to pass Reconciliation and the Senate health care reform bill. 
Call it the Dreier Maneuver. 
That would be the same repugican David Dreier who just criticized the maneuver AND who used it himself in 2006. 
Who knew Dreier went both ways?  

New push to solve history's largest art heist

New push to solve history's largest art heist

Twenty years after brazen thieves struck a Boston museum, the crime remains unsolved.  
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Dog eats $20,000 diamond

One Maryland dog has some expensive taste. 
He gobbled up a diamond worth $20,000. 
But the gem wasn't gone forever.

Evidence for life on Mars may be staring us in the face

The sulphur compounds that litter the surface of Mars may contain the signature of life.

Evidence for life on Mars may be staring us in the face

No ABBA reunion anytime soon

No ABBA reunion anytime soon

The Swedish group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but only two will attend.
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Seven easy dinners

Seven easy dinners

Don't worry about what to make for dinner with these quick menus for every day of the week.  

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Shamrock shortage before St. Patrick's Day

Shamrock shortage before St. Patrick's Day

One of the quintessential icons of the holiday will be in short supply in Ireland this year.  
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Arizona town opens time capsule, can't find brandy

A town in Arizona is missing a 25-year-old bottle of brandy.
When officials in Somerton opened a time capsule Saturday, they discovered mementos from 1985 -- but didn't find a bottle of Mexican brandy that was supposed to be in the capsule.

NC Teacher Suspended For Writing 'Loser' On Paper


NC Teacher Suspended For Writing 'Loser' On Paper
A middle school teacher in western North Carolina who's accused of writing the word "loser" on a student's paper has been suspended without pay for two weeks.

NC Teacher Suspended For Writing 'Loser' On Paper

$20 million sunken treasure off NYC's coast

$20 million sunken treasure off NYC's coast

One of the world's busiest waterways holds a prize that hasn't been found for over a century.  
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Welcome new readers

We here at Carolina Naturally want to welcome our newest readers from Faroe Islands.

 
 Our 180th country!

Today is ...

Today is Tuesday, March 16, the 75th day of 2010. 

There are 290 days left in the year.


Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

Curlew Day,
Freedom of Information Day
and
Lips Appreciation Day

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

as well as in the United States in such places as Queensbury, Ozark, Palmdale, Boyd, Hemet, Grand Junction, Ewa Beach and more

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

Someone's not happy with one or more of your habits. 
Your first clue? 
The all-too-frequent lectures on self-discipline, willpower and just saying no. 
You'd think they would know you well enough to understand that these tactics don't work well on you -- and if they keep it up, you'll only become more determined to have your way. 
Just try to find a balance between the wisdom of what they're saying and your own need for independence.

They're being unhappy is their problem