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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
If you focus on the underlying foundation of circumstances, you'll gain key insight toward crafting a healthier, happier life.
Think about what's behind the recent actions of the people you care about -- any strange behavior may begin to make a lot more sense.
A long lost friend will soon reappear on the scene.
Things may be different for a while, but again -- if you focus on the foundation of your relationship, things can grow the way you want.

Some of our readers today have been in:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Edinburgh, Scotland, United kingdom
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Kuala Lumper, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
London, Ontario, Canada
Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Manila, Manila, Philippines
Cork, Cork, Ireland
London, England, United Kingdom


as well as Slovakia, Malta, Bulgaria, Israel, Finland, Austria, Norway, Georgia, Mexico, Peru, Kuwait, Serbia, Bangladesh, Latvia, Greece, Scotland, Hong Kong, Denmark, Wales, Iran, Singapore, Poland, Taiwan, Sweden, Afghanistan, Belgium, Tibet, Croatia, Pakistan, Romania, Paraguay, Sudan, Vietnam, Argentina, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Estonia, Puerto Rico, Maldives, Qatar, Brazil, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, China, Iraq, Ecuador, Nigeria, Colombia, Chile, Honduras, Paupa New Guinea, Moldova, Venezuela, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Norway, Finland

and in cities across the United States such as Albuquerque, Honeoye Falls, Wasilla, Daytona and more.

Today is:
Today is Friday, June 3, the 154th day of 2011.
There are 211 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
Doughnut Day.

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Sustainable Community Cut Off From the World Almost 40 Years Ago

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While a group cut off from the world for forty years might sound like a cargo cult in these environmentally minded folks live this way on purpose and with purpose. They cut themselves off from technology  and the modern world in an effort to live green and for the most part it’s working.

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale or a children’s book, a community deep in the wild jungle of Colombia, cut off from society almost 40 years ago. Then, after the rest of the world turned their back on them, they suddenly take great interest as it turns out this community has found something the rest of the world needs. Energy. And not just a new supply source but something even better. They’ve figured out how to be sustainable without outside influence or resources.

Most snapped landmarks

A look at 35 million snapshots reveals the 10 most recorded cities, landmarks, and angles.  
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Big changes for next Corvette

General Motors is hoping that a major redesign will help lure fans of exotic European sports cars.  
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Wizard of Id

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Clearing the Heads

Attorney general promises to clarify medical pot position
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promised Thursday to clarify the Justice Department's position on state medical marijuana laws after federal prosecutors warned they might prosecute everyone from licensed growers to regulators.

Just in case you didn't know ...

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I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands,
One Nation indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

No other words are to be recited when making this pledge.
Doing so is a violation and is considered a repudiation of the United States of America.
Want to bet that the religious wackos aren't aware of this fact.

The truth be told

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And I Quote

It's sad that we, the American people, tolerate all of this. From the TSA fondling people at the airport to the Wars that make us less safe as a country. America's bravest and best go to die in a far off land when the real enemies of the Constitution are here at home

~ Adam Kokesh

House repugicans Scoff At The Fact That Taxes Are Lower Under Obama Than Under Reagan

repugicans are not equipped to accept the truth and the facts as they are: they are too stupid and ignorant.

President Obama met with House repugicans today at the White House to discuss ways to move forward on negotiations regarding the nation’s debt ceiling and the budget.

During the discussion, talk evidently turned to taxes, and when Obama noted that taxes today are lower than they were under President Reagan, the repugicans, according to The Hill, “engaged in a lot of ‘eye-rolling’“

The truth be told (part Deux)

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Shrinking Social Security checks

Little-known changes in the program will have a big effect on many people's retirement.  
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Cities that are on the brink

These communities could take a hit because they lean so heavily on one employer or industry.  
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On The Job

Surprisingly, having the right skills isn't the key to landing an offer, an expert says.  
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Less Frustration and Lumen

The nearly impenetrable container known as the "clamshell" may become a thing of the past.  
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    With incandescent light bulbs being phased out, shoppers now have some choices to make.  
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      Managing your life

      About to lose your job? Here's what to do with your money

      Can you really have it all?

      Ziggy

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      Culinary DeLites

      There are cereal, pasta, and bread options that retain their nutritional value without losing flavor. 
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        Is your food safe? 4 rules for the grocery store
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        Summer pasta salad  

        Foods to boost brain power and Cereal's lost love

        Foods high in iron and protein can help you stay alert, focused, and improve memory.  
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        Consumers are losing their taste for these six well-known breakfast brands. 
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        "Operation Cupcake"

        A magazine's online bomb-making instructions are replaced by something different. 
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        Soldier fought off 30 Taliban

        Under fire from all sides, a 31-year-old corporal realized he had nothing to lose by fighting back.
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        Situation in Yemen degrades

        President injured in rocket attack
         
        Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when opposition tribesmen determined to topple him hammered his palace with rockets Friday in a major escalation of nearly two weeks of fighting with government forces.

        Epic Fail

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        With a friend like this ...

        James Arness dies at 88

        The TV star leaves a touching note to fans of his hit western, which ran for 20 years.
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        Banana Boat Song


        Harry Belafonte sings the Banana Boat Song for the first time on TV ever and it's with the Muppets

        Power of spirited kids' play

        A spirited pillow fight or some energetic wrestling can help instill flexibility and joyfulness.  
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        High School prank could lead to felonies

        Police in Nevada are searching for suspects after a huge sports rivalry goes too far.
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        Is the Yellow Brick Road in Peekskill?

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        When L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, could the yellow brick road have been inspired by a road in Peekskill, New York? City historian John Curran thinks so, and has done the research. Baum attended Peekskill Military Academy in 1868, when he was 12 years old. He did not enjoy the experience.
        Mr. Curran believes the ordeal shaped the Wizard of Oz. “Whenever Baum had an emotional experience, such as his two years at Peekskill Military Academy, it showed up in the book,” Mr. Curran says during his Oz presentation at the museum. “Whenever the characters get off the yellow brick road, they get into trouble.”
        In 2005, a Fulbright scholar and artist persuaded John Testa, who was the mayor of Peekskill at the time, to conduct an authenticity study on the road. Mr. Curran uncovered maps showing that West Street, which leads from the steamboat dock up a hill to the military academy, was indeed made of Dutch pavers, a common yellow-hued brick in the Dutch-settled area.
        The maps showed Mr. Baum had to have walked along the road to get to school, Mr. Curran said.
        Only a small part of the road is still brick. Curran would like to restore the road, or build a monument of some sort to Oz, but the city does not have the money for such a project.

        Awesome Pictures

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        Scientists Create Tiny Artificial Brain


        It’s not going to be beating anyone at Jeopardy any time soon, but scientists have created an artificial brain derived from rat cells. The brain is capable of 12 second short term memory and will be used to study how neural networks store data.
        Developed by a team at the University of Pittsburgh, the brain was created in an attempt to artificially nurture a working brain into existence so that researchers could study neural networks and how our brains transmit electrical signals and store data so efficiently. The did so by attaching a layer of proteins to a silicon disk and adding brain cells from embryonic rats that attached themselves to the proteins and grew to connect with one another in the ring seen above.

        Meteor puts on big show

        NASA cameras catch a chunk of comet barreling through Earth's atmosphere at 86,000 miles per hour.  
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        B.C.

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        Roman Ship Carried Live Fish Tank

        Roman Ship Carried Live Fish Tank
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        Remains of the second century ship show signs of an ancient pumping system designed to suck sea water into a tank.

        How a Roman Ship Carried Live Fish
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        See how ancient Romans engineered an ancient pumping system to transport live fish at sea.   

        Animal News

        rock roll sharks
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        You'd think a bloody chunk of meat would do the trick, but no, sharks are more likely drawn to hard rock music.
        We also have oceans acidification making clownfish deaf, birds flying crazy long record-breaking flights, troubling news on the koala front, billions of bugs on car bumpers, ancient tortoises in love, and more in the Week in Animal News.
        The Week in Animal News: Sharks Like AC/DC, Clownfish Going Deaf, and More slideshow
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        A cage-diving operator in Australia finds that sharks in his region are drawn to a certain type of music.  
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        Dinosaur Sex and Mammoth Crossings

        How to Tell Male, Female Dinosaurs Apart
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        Since dinosaurs aren't around to politely correct us, this new method of identifying dino gender is the next best thing.  

        Hybrid Mammoth DNA Found
        Woolly mammoths may have interbred with other ancient elephants that crossed their paths.  

        Gynandromorph and 'Mephisto'

        A Gender-bender Colored Cardinal
        An extremely rare bilateral gynandromorph cardinal makes a surprise visit to a backyard feeder in Texas.

        Deepest-Dwelling Creature Could Be 'Mephisto'
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        If you were to dig down about 2.2 miles, you might encounter this creature and its other nematode relatives. Read more

        Cat's Hugs and the Cute Factor

        What's Really Happening in the Kitten Hugging Video?
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        The one minute video from last week we called In Mommy’s Arms has been watched 18 million times on YouTube! Most folks thought it was adorable, while a few warned us not to anthropomorphize animals. National Geographic asked Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the animal behavior clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, whether the behavior of the kitten and the mother cat was really what it appeared to be. Is the kitten dreaming? Is the mother hugging the kitten out of love? And why was the kitten twitching like that?
        Humans and cats both have certain muscles that are for precision, as well as what are called larger “anti-gravity muscles” like those that lift your legs. Those larger ones are activated by a neurochemical called serotonin. During REM sleep, the brain’s serotonin system is shut off, which means the anti-gravity muscles are shut off. What’s not switched off are these highly-tuned muscles in things like eyes and extremities—what for us would be fingers and toes, but for them it’s paws and whiskers. This kitten is in the state of sleep some people call “the sleep of the body,” because the body is totally relaxed except for these tips of things twitching, while the brain is active and dreaming.
        Dr. Dodman has plenty more to tell us about the cat and kitten, at NatGeo Daily News.

        Upping the cute factor
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        Pit Bulls and Friends

        A series of vintage images reveals the infamous breed's domestic role.  
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        Friends
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        Animals and more animals

        Animals Crossing The Road
         
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        We all know why the chicken crossed the road. As Aristotle already discovered: To actualize its potential. But it's not just chickens that cross the road. Other animals also do it. Here's a site with pictures of all sorts of animals crossing the road.

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        Of Mice and Pigs: 
        Plague Threatens Australian Livestock
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        Farmers in Adelaide, Australia are having a bit of a rodent problem. The mouse population has grown to epic proportions due to recent heavy rains and booming crop yields–perfect conditions for an infestation. It’s so bad that one farmer, John Gregory, has caught the mice attacking his pigs.
        Since he first saw them dining out on his prized stock he has been at his wit’s end about how to get rid of them, the (Adelaide) Sunday Mail reported.
        Now, as a desperate last resort, he is covering his pigs at a farm property in Wynarka, 80 miles (130km) east of state capital Adelaide, in engine oil to protect them from the mice — with the rodents apparently turned off by the taste.
        “The mouse problem got really bad in April,” the 50-year-old father of four said.
        “We went away in the school holidays and when we came back we drove up the driveway and it looked like the ground was moving — there were hundreds of thousands of them.”
        Mouse bait isn’t cheap, though, so farmers are utilizing homemade methods of pest control; aside from rubbing his pigs in engine oil, Gregory mixes confectioner’s sugar with cement. “The icing sugar attracts the mice, they eat it and then the cement clogs them up.”

        Turkey - Deer

        Troubled turkey chases buses 
        For the past year and a half a turkey has showed up at a bus stop in Charlotte, North Carolina and chased buses. Now people there are starting to wonder why.

        Some residents simply believe the turkey just does not like the bus. However, others have a much more romantic theory.



        "He did have a mate and she just kind of disappeared," said one resident.

        "So we thought that one morning she hopped on the bus. And he's been waiting for her ever since."

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        Deer runs in and out of bank 
        A deer ran into a bank at the Suntrust Building in downtown Roanoke, Virginia on Tuesday.



        And then it ran out again

        Moles and Cicadas

        What Made this Marking in the Sand?
        It was a golden mole, which can be found in the desert of Sperrgebiet National Park, Namibia. It survives the heat by tunneling around just under the surface of the sand.
        Here's a video of one being captured and examined by researchers.

        Speaking of burying themselves ...

        13 year cicadas return with ear-piercing vengeance
        I don’t know how they are in your area, but they’re plentiful here and oh so annoying.  They’ll be around for a couple of weeks.  Here’s a local television stations report.