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Monday, October 11, 2010

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
You've never been especially fond of sharing intimate issues with others, even if you know them well.
So if someone who isn't at all close to you tries to get too personal, you won't put up with it.
You'll dismiss them, and you won't do it delicately, either.
The funny thing is, with your gift for sarcasm, they may not realize that you've dressed them down until they're walking away.

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Today is:
Today is Monday, October 11, the 284th day of 2010.
There are 81 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
National Kick Butt Day

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Columbus Day

Only 1 out of 10 offices close for Columbus Day, while some states call it something else.

Family's amazing art discovery

Martin Kober's parents had the artwork tucked behind the sofa since the 1970s.

'Sexiest Woman Alive'

Minka Kelly, who happens to be dating a N.Y. Yankee, is bestowed the title by Esquire magazine.  

Old Spice ... Sesame Street Style

In its latest send-up, the kids' show takes aim at the popular Old Spice ad campaign. 



Culinary DeLites

This hearty pasta frittata calls for traditional spaghetti ingredients — but with a twist.  

'I don't want to exercise'

If getting to the gym is a pain, try an at-home body-weight and core regimen.  

Bad Cops

California cop is arrested on kiddie porn charges

Oregon deputy arrested for murder

Michigan cops falsely cite restaurant, leading to bankruptcy

Lawyer says surveillance video of Pennsylvania woman's arrest bears no resemblance to police report

Michigan city pays $775K to settle lawsuit after Tasering man to death

Four California cops are indicted for obstruction of justice

Fired Ohio police chief pleads guilty to sexual battery of 15-year-old

The truth be told

Full Apologies to the great the American artist and illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith.

Just a friendly reminder ...


Or everybody loses!

Their 'secret' funding

Just remember with wingnuts ... the more they deny - the more they're guilty!
Claims that attack ads are funded by foreign money encounter fierce resistance.

Ranting against Gays

Dime to Doughnuts - Another closeted repugican
repugican Carl Paladino explains his views about children being "brainwashed."

Michigan Man Arrested With Bomb Materials, Loaded Gun, Bullet-Proof Vest and Picture Of Obama

From Michigan, some frightening news. Sounds like yet another fan of Glenn Beck!
Richard Scott McLeod of Brighton was arrested Monday in Webberville on weapons charges and is under suspicion for potential threats against President Barack Obama.
On the outside of the 48-year-old's vehicle were bumper stickers quoting Adolf Hitler. On the inside, police say there was a picture of Obama, a loaded gun, a bullet-proof vest and tips on how to build bombs.
The incident caught the attention of federal law enforcement. McLeod faces charges for illegally possessing body armor and a loaded gun.
He's currently behind bars in the Ingham County jail.
Another report states he had bombmaking materials in the car and information on his laptop is possibly related to members of the extremist group Hutaree.

The truth be told (Part Deux)

And while we're at it ...

TV's psychological impact on children

A new study contradicts the belief that physical activity is the remedy for hours spent in front of screens.

Research discovers how the deaf have super vision

Deaf or blind people often report enhanced abilities in their remaining senses, but up until now, no one has explained how and why that could be.

Gladstone scientists link hepatitis C virus infection to fat enzyme in liver cells

Scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology (GIVI) have found that an enzyme associated with the storage of fat in the liver is required for the infectious activity of the hepatitis C virus …

Researchers Create Experimental Vaccine Against Alzheimer’s

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have created an experimental vaccine against beta-amyloid, the small protein that forms plaques in the brain and is believed to contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Monarch butterflies use medicinal plants to treat offspring for disease

Monarch butterflies appear to use medicinal plants to treat their offspring for disease, research by biologists at Emory University shows. Their findings were published online Oct. 6 in the journal Ecology Letters.



How to fix the foreclosure mess

Banks should hire 50,000 more workers to actually read over documents, among other things.  

Where to buy and where to rent

Though home prices are down, it still makes more sense to rent in certain places.  

How to survive on only one income

Forgoing a few lattes probably won't make up for the loss of an entire paycheck. 

It’s Official

More Private Sector Jobs Created In 2010 Than During Entire Shrub Years.

On The Job

Here's how to get into careers where you'll actually enjoy going to work.  
Job openings are up 37%, but firms are having trouble finding people who can do the work. 

Not Safe For Work

Dragging yourself out of bed may seem heroic, but in these cases it may end up backfiring. 

No COLA increase for Social Security

Really now, how selfish are the Social Security recipients?

Don't they know that extra money went to pay for banker bonuses because otherwise, they would only be at the bottom or possibly a few hundred thousand dollars over the $250,000 mark? Please people, think about the bankers. They're only human and gosh, they really tried making the most with the bailout money that they received. Now that the money has been spent, they have so little to work with so it's best that we think more about what's best for them and their exclusive lifestyles.
As if voters don't have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year.

"If you're the ruling party, this is not the sort of thing you want to have happening two weeks before an election," said Andrew Biggs, a former deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration and now a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
More than 58 million recipients must make cutbacks to weather the hold on benefit increases.  

Wizard of Id


Newly Found Carnivore Already Threatened with Extinction

Durrell\'s vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) was discovered on the Island of Madagascar by a team from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT), the Natural History Museum, London, Nature Heritage, and Conservation International (CI). © Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. 
Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) was discovered on the Island of Madagascar by a team from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT), the Natural History Museum, London, Nature Heritage, and Conservation International (CI). © Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. 

Scientists spotted the carnivore while swimming in a lake in Madagascar.

Exploding asteroid danger

Giant Earth-cracking asteroids capture our imaginations, but smaller rocks may pose more danger.

Roman Helmet Found in Field Makes Farmer Multimillionaire

Eric Robinson, a farmer in Crosby Garrett, UK, earned approximately $3.7 million when a helmet that was found in his field was auctioned:
The granddad, who works 70 hours a week on his farm at Crosby Garrett, Cumbria, said: “My legs went to jelly. When you’ve been farming for years and made no real money, it’s a big amount.
“To think it has been in the ground all those years.”
The sale was a disappointment to Cumbrian museum Tulie House, which hoped to land the helmet – described as “an extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith” – for £1million.

Marijuana found in store candy aisle

Someone with a case of the munchies left a little something in the candy aisle.
A Tennessee store clerk reports finding a small baggie of pot in with the candy and gum.

Teacher removed after bizarre incident at school

A teacher was removed from McGavock High School after a bizarre incident in a classroom that forced the principal to call parents and explain what happened. The incident happened in Donald Wood's 11th grade algebra class on Friday. Video shot by a student in class showed Wood throwing two tables, a garbage can and a chair. The video starts with Wood telling a group of laughing students to "shut up." After standing quietly for about 20 seconds while students laughed, Wood waved his arms and said, "If you can be absolutely quiet… if you can shut your mouth… you can shut your mouth and you can listen in absolute silence… do you know why? Cause I have the absolute…"

"Power!" shouted one of the students. "I've got it, and I know it," said Wood. "And guess who else knows it?" Wood shouted something else that could not be understood before knocking a table to the ground. He then walked to the other side of the classroom and knocked over another table. He shouted, "Do you know who started the fire? Do you know who started the fire in this school?" A student said something inaudible, and Wood continued, "No… me!"

Wood picked up a metal trash can and slammed it to the ground. Students then began to leave the classroom. Witnesses said Wood then picked up a chair and threw it at the window - breaking the glass. "He picked a chair and threw it on the ground – not at a student, but towards a student, but it was close – and that's when I got up and started walking away," said junior Joshua Jenkins. "Once everybody started running out he picked up a chair and threw it out the window and it shattered." Several students could be heard laughing at the beginning of the 2 minute video, but then they realized it was escalating into a serious situation.

The disturbance was so loud students in nearby classrooms could hear the commotion. When the school resource officers got to the room, they handcuffed Wood and removed him from the school. Witnesses said Wood shouted profanities and resource officers and students in the hall as he was escorted out. School officials said Wood suffered from an apparent nervous breakdown. "[He was] very agitated, very scattered and he didn't make any sense," said Principal Robbin Wall. Officials said Wood was removed from the school on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Wall said he had never experienced anything like it in his 32 years in education.



City in limbo

Rawabi, designed to offer the comforts of an American suburb, remains in political limbo.  

Mandela's Musings

The daughter of the former South African president discovers a letter she never received.  

Femme fatale spy's new job

A firm with an ironic name reveals it has hired the 28-year-old after a recent appearance creates a stir.

Miley Cyrus video

The Parents Television Council contends her racy video sends "unfortunate" messages.

Uncle Matin's Amazing Sword Trick

Falsely imprisoned for 10 years, Uncle Matin finally breathed the fresh air of freedom when he ran into his friends at the market who beseeched him to show them his famous sword trick.
But what happened when he started to do the sword trick, which he had sworn never to do ever again?