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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
A long while ago, you discovered that the best way to make something as ethereal as a dream turn into reality is to tackle it practically and realistically.
That means you've got to work very hard now to make your current fantasy come true.
You're ready, willing and able, but you may not be entirely confident that you can make it come about.
Stop that.
You can, and you know it.
Doubt is fatal to power.
Get going, and don't stop until you're there.

Some of our readers today have been in:
The tracking service we use for a listing of our readers is still acting up.

However there is another service that lists our readers by their nation only so here is today's list of the countries reading Carolina Naturally:

United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Moldova, Canada, Pakistan, China, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Turkey, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, India, Saudi Arabia, France, Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kuwait, Spain, and Ireland

Today is:
Today is Sunday, October 10, the 283rd day of 2010.
There are 82 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
National Cake Decorating Day

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10/10/10 or 101010: Powers of Ten Day, and more

It is October 10, 2010, which is a good day for geeks and others who find numbers simply fascinating.

10-10-10: Vegas chapels busy on symmetrical date

Churches, banquet halls and other wedding venues across the country were extra busy Sunday as couples seeking a perfect 10 rushed to tie the knot on a once-in-a-century milestone.

Driller from U.S. a hero in mine rescue

Jeff Hart was drilling wells for the Army when he got the call to go to Chile.  
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Chilean miners to be freed by mid week
Everyone was hoping that it might be sooner, but at least it's near.
The evacuation of 33 miners trapped underground in Chile is likely to start on Wednesday, the country's mining minister has said.

Laurence Golborne was speaking after engineers had drilled through to the underground chamber where the miners are sheltering.

He said the top part of the shaft needed a steel casing that would take about a day and a half to assemble.

Chilean miners squabble as rescue nears

Officials draw up the order in which the 33 men will be pulled out but encounter resistance.  
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Seven cities on the verge of sinking

Bangkok may be engulfed by the Chao Phraya River in as little as seven years.  
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North Korea - The Nuke Option

"Nuke options" have been planned since the 1950s, declassified documents show. 
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China angry over jailed dissident receiving Nobel Peace Prize

Sounds like a personal problem. Get over it.
China has angrily condemned the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

The Beijing government summoned the Norwegian ambassador in protest. It called Mr Liu a "criminal", saying the award violated Nobel principles and could damage relations with Norway.

The Norwegian Nobel committee said Mr Liu was "the foremost symbol" of the struggle for human rights in China.

US President Barack Obama called for Mr Liu's immediate release.

Here's a thought ...

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America's 10 youngest billionaires

Mark Zuckerberg's on the list, of course, but someone else from Facebook is actually No. 1.  
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Man who bought skeleton decoration for Halloween at yard sale discovers it is real

A Hillsborough County man thought he was buying a Halloween decoration when he spent $8 for a box of bones at a yard sale in Brandon. But when he and his wife got the box home, they realized it was an actual human skeleton. "I got looking at it and thought, gosh, this is the real thing," recalled Judith Fletcher, wife of Mitchell Fletcher, the retiree who bought the box of bones.

The couple called the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. Detectives took the mystery bones to the medical examiner's office. Experts there determined it's a professionally prepared human anatomical skeleton, the kind used in college and university medical courses, like the example pictured here. They estimate it's worth more than $3,000.


"We did find a serial number on the femur," says sheriff's spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez. She says detectives are contacting colleges and universities who may be missing a skeleton. The Fletchers can't remember the exact address where they attended the yard sale. They told deputies it was somewhere on Parsons Avenue in Brandon.

State law says individuals can't own human skeletons, so the Fletchers won't get their blockbuster find returned. "If I see any more, I'll report them to the sheriff's office," said Mitchell. "But I don't want them." The Fletchers say they will continue to search for deals at yard sales. "But, I don't know about anything that would be that spectacular," added Judith. "It's hard to top a human skeleton."

Two 'Vampires' Arrested For Stabbing

Two would-be vampires in Phoenix were arrested after allegedly stabbing a man when he refused to let them drink his blood.

Maryland man charged in murder-for-hire plot


Richard Bernard Boyd, Jr., a Rockville man in the process of divorce has been charged with a murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife.

Controversial Miss USA winner dies

Leona Gage was stripped of her crown the day after she won it when judges found out she'd lied to them.  
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One trick to instantly boost a home's value

New research shows that listings with professional-looking photos command much higher prices.  
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Culinary DeLites

A bit of the bean adds lots of flavor to recipes like candied espresso walnuts.  
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Dark Chocolate Prevents Damage From Strokes

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photo: Sara Novak
In the same way that I'm fond of scientific studies detailing the benefits of a glass of red wine, I'm also very open to the benefits of dark chocolate. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that my little vice, isn't a vice at all (in moderation of course). A study at Johns Hopkins that I read about on Natural News says just that. Read on to find out about another new benefit to indulging in some organic, Fair Trade Certified dark chocolate.

The truth be told

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About Bloody Time don't you think ...

More than two years after financial collapse,FDIC seems to be considering legal action against officers and directors of failed banks ...

Credit card with 59.9% interest

One card's interest rate runs as high as 59.9%, and the other charges $119.40 in annual fees.  
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"I am not a witch"

SNL does Christine O'Donnell

Man Follows bible, Gets Arrested

In Florida: Man cites bible, hits child with wooden rod.
cooper-stephen A Crestview man was charged with felony cruelty to a child without great harm after investigators found deep purple bruising on a 12-year-old child.
Stephen W. Cooper, who is 50, told Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigators that he used a wooden dowel rod to punish the child, in accordance with the bible.
The bruising was still visible on the child's arms and buttocks five days after the incident, indicating deep tissue bruising, the report said.
His faith has no bounds:
Cooper told Department of Children and Family investigators that he could not make any promises he wouldn't use the dowel again. He also refused to sign or agree to a safety plan, the report said.
A perfect example of christian persecution.

British wingnuts team up with Teabaggers

Right wing Islamaphobic loons of the world, unite.
The English Defense League, a far-right grouping aimed at combating the "Islamification" of British cities, has developed strong links with the American Tea Party movement.

An Observer investigation has established that the EDL has made contact with anti-jihad groups within the Tea Party organization and has invited a senior US rabbi and Tea Party activist to London this month. Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a regular speaker at Tea Party conventions, will speak about Sharia law and also discuss funding issues.

The league has also developed links with Pamela Geller, who was influential in the protests against plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero. Geller, darling of the Tea Party's growing anti-Islamic wing, is advocating an alliance with the EDL. The executive director of the Stop Islamisation of America organization, she recently met EDL leaders in New York and has defended the group's actions, despite a recent violent march in Bradford.

Ziggy

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HaĆ¼yne

Hauyne crystallizes in the isometric system forming translucent, vitreous typically twinned crystals with highly variable color (blue, white, gray, yellow, green, pink).
The formula is (Na,Ca)4-8[Al6Si6(O,S)24](SO4,Cl)1-2

Solar System’s Deepest Canyon Sinks Miles Into Mars

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On the Martian surface, the mountains are high and the canyons are low. 
Really, really low. 

Not only is the Martian volcano Olympus Mons the highest peak in the solar system, Melas Chasma, the canyon pictured above, is the deepest in the solar system. In this image from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter, the valley on the left (darker area) sits a whopping 5.6 miles below the plateau on the right (lighter area). 

Compared to the average shape of Mars, known as the “aeroid,” the canyon floor sinks down about 3.1 miles. Planetary scientists would love to use sea level measurements to describe Martian surface features, but there’s no ocean on the red planet anymore and any signs of an ocean are long since warped by millions of years of surface deformation.

A Dinosaur's Ancestor Walked Here ... 250 Million Years Ago

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A dinosaur skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. 
This animal lived tens of millions of years after its recently discovered predecessor. 
Photo: arabani under a Creative Commons license.
250 million years ago, a dinosaur, walking on four legs and about the size of a house cat, walked through a quarry in what is now Poland. On Wednesday, the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B published the findings of its fossilized footprints, the New York Times reported. To be precise, the creature that roamed the Polish quarry did not fit all the criteria that define a dinosaur (a general term for a wide variety of species), but Stephen Brusatte, a Columbia University graduate student and the lead author of the journal article, says that it and the dinosaurs that evolved from it had much in common.

B.C.

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Trying to out weird the Japanese

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OK, now the Koreans are trying to out weird the Japanese.

Found photo: odd gentleman and family, 1860s Sussex


Steerforth collects and blogs about discarded books, diaries and photos from his work in Sussex, England. His latest find is an album of photos from the 1860s.

The first photo appears to be of Frankenstein's monster and his family.

Russian Woman Builds House of 5,000 Glass Bottles

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Photos: via siryoga
Besides shipping pallets, milk and beer crates, glass bottles are another building material that can be cheap, easily collected and reused, like in this house of 5,000 glass bottles built by a woman in Novoshakhtinsk, Russia.