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Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
You can feel free to turn a deaf ear toward anyone who is telling you that your life needs more discipline and structure.
This person is projecting his or her own feelings of inadequacy onto you.
Do not let someone with status or a powerful position intimidate you and force you to adopt a style of living that isn't comfortable for you.
The way you manage things is working just fine -- all that matters is that it works for you.

Some of our readers today have been in:
 London, England, United Kingdom
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine
Hyvinkaa, Southern Finland, Finland
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
Patna, Bihar, India
Manila, Manila, Philippines
Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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 Old Lyme, Center Ridge, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and more.

Today is:
Today is Sunday, August 7, the 219th day of 2011.
There are 146 days left in the year.


Today's unusual holidays or celebrations are:
Friendship Day
and
Lighthouse Day.
  
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And I Quote

Laughter is an instant vacation!
   ~ Milton Berle

Awesome Pictures

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Lunatic Fringe

Lawdy, lawdy, lawdy, it's the incredible shrinking tea party.

The tea party cancels rally after only three positive responses.

And it comes as no surprise that most of Newt Gingrich's twitter followers are fake.

The reasons why business people are terrible at governing

9 reasons why business people are terrible at governing.
There are hundreds more but these nine will do.

Someone's not pleased

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China rips U.S. on downgrade

America's biggest creditor blames Washington for losing its AAA rating.
Also: 

How new rating affects you

There could be small ripple effects for consumers after the U.S. lost its AAA credit rating.
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Money Myths

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8 money myths that will leave you broke
Why buying a house isn’t always a good idea, what really happens when you go up a tax band.  
Also: 

How Credit Cards Work

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Six boredom-proof careers

These jobs let you meet new people, manage others, and even organize parties. 
Also: 

Job worries surge as debt-limit issue recedes

Anger at the nation's leaders for taking so long to strike a debt-ceiling deal has turned into high anxiety over jobs and the economy amid growing fears of a new recession.
Full Story

The truth be told

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The most walkable cities in the U.S.

A mix of businesses and housing helps make these places great for car-free living.
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Has it come to this ...

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Murdoch v Bradley Manning

Jane Stillwater writes:

What if you were to obtain important government information illegally and then disseminate it widely? 
How should you be punished?  If you are Bradley Manning, you will be thrown in jail, tortured,
humiliated, deprived of even basic creature comforts and forced to sleep naked in an isolation cell.

Can you even imagine this same thing happening to Rupert Murdoch?  Ever?

Non Sequitur

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Make eggy bread

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Kick off your weekend by indulging in some melt-in-your-mouth, super sweet eggy bread.
Also: 

The economics of a backyard garden

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Planting a backyard vegetable garden is an age-old tradition that is coming back into style in a big way.

Easy ways to start eating real food

Daily Comic Relief

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Got ya

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Thought you had us there didn't you.

Quit Monkeying Around and Get to Sleep

Forget counting sheep -- Britons now prefer listening to lions roaring and monkeys calling to help them nod off, according to a new survey.

Bad Acting

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Well, someone had to I guess.

Albino Muslim family terrorized by hate campaign

A family of albino Muslims in Coventry are being terrorized by bigots because their daughter married a Christian. The so-called “honor” retribution has included smashed windows at their Edgwick home, vandalized cars and death threats.

Now, head of the family Aslam Parvez has made a plea to the culprits to end the hatred. “We’re a good family and have done nothing wrong yet we’re being punished in the name of honor,” he said.


Mr Parvez was born in Pakistan and moved to Coventry at the age of 10 to join his family. He later met and married his wife Shameem, who is also an albino.

Their six children inherited their parents’ condition, which causes an absence of pigmentation and partial sightedness. Mr Parvez says their condition has meant they have been subjected to ridicule, but recent events have made their lives unbearable.

Saw Mill


Dudley Do-Right

Ten 'Secret' British Bars

Black Dog ballroom
From hidden doorways to keys and pin codes, here are some places to hang in undercover style. 
Also: 

Motorcycle

1902 WERNER.
The 1902 WERNER.

Bluegrass on Traditional Chinese Instruments




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Here’s a video of The Jaybirds, a bluegrass group, and Red Chamber, a Chinese string ensemble, playing bluegrass music. The members of Red Chamber are performing their contributions on several Chinese instruments: a liuqin, a pipa, a sanxian, and a ruan.

Ziggy

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Redneck Medical Terms

Benign..........................What you be after you be eight.

Bacteria........................Back door to cafeteria.

Barium.........................What doctors do when patients die.

Cesarean Section..........A neighborhood in Rome.

Catscan........................Searching for Kitty.

Cauterize......................Made eye contact with her.

Colic............................A sheep dog.

Coma...........................A punctuation mark.

D&C............................Where Washington is.

Dilate...........................To live long.

Enema..........................Not a friend.

Fester...........................Quicker than someone else.

Fibula...........................A small lie.

G.I.Series....................World Series of military baseball.

Hangnail......................What you hang your coat on.

Impotent......................Distinguished, well known.

Labor Pain...................Getting hurt at work.

Medical Staff................A Doctor's cane.

Morbid........................A higher offer than I bid.

Nitrates.......................Cheaper than day rates.

Node...........................I knew it.

Outpatient...................A person who has fainted.

Pap Smear...................A fatherhood test.

Pelvis...........................Second cousin to Elvis.

Post Operative.............A letter carrier.

Recovery Room...........Place to do upholstery.

Rectum.......................Damn near killed him.

Secretion.....................Hiding something

Seizure........................Roman emperor.

Tablet.........................A small table.

Terminal Illness...........Getting sick at the airport.

Tumor..........................More than one.

Urine..........................Opposite of mine.

Varicose......................Near by/close by

Where rare diseases lurk

Climate change and uneven vaccination have left parts of the U.S. vulnerable to outbreaks.  
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Video Game-Like Programs Treat Schizophrenia

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Computer-based brain training looks to be effective for treating some symptoms.

Just how Hot was it?

July was so hot, that if you plot the location of each daily heat record that was broken, a nearly complete image of the contiguous united states is visible.

Science News

Antimatter belt 'surrounds Earth'False colour bubble chamber image of antiproton/proton annihilation

Researchers discover that the Earth's magnetic field holds around it a band of antimatter particles between the bands of "normal" matter particles.

Captain Morgan's Pirate Ship Found

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The cargo has yet to be opened, but funder Captain Morgan USA hopes it's rum.

Fifteen Weird And Mysterious Books


Amongst the many reasons to prefer a book over a file on your e-reader: books have history. Sometimes, the history is obvious and evident. A book might have memories attached to it, or sentimental value. Sometimes, however, the history is weird, twisted, and hidden. There's an air of mystery to certain books, a thrill of an enigma, a hint of something outside the realm of normality.

Here's a list of mysterious books, ones that have stumped scholars and titillated bibliophiles. And while there's plenty to be excited about with ebooks, the mysterious origins of a book are never going to translate to the new format.

B.C.

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Last rites for elephant with 'longest tusks in Asia'

An elephant said to have the longest tusks in Asia has died in Sri Lanka.


The animal, named Millangoda Raja, was about 70 years old and had served in a ceremonial capacity for several decades in the city of Kandy.

Many Asian elephants, smaller in stature than their African cousins, fail to grow tusks at all.


But Millangoda Raja's tusks were so long that they reached to the ground. There are now plans to stuff the dead elephant and put him on public display.

Animal Pictures

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