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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
Your social circle is in a state of flux right now -- one or two of your friends feel increasingly detached from the rest of the group and are acting in a downright antisocial way.
Today, when yet another invitation gets the cold shoulder, make a mental note to stop asking them along.
If they aren't interested, they aren't interested, right?
Don't be surprised if they start calling you up, wondering what happened, after a few days.
Give these friends space.

Some of our readers today have been in:
 Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
London, Ontario, Canada
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
London, England, United Kingdom
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Berne, Bern, Switzerland
Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Newbury, England, United Kingdom
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

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 Lindale, Prestonsburg, Langhorne, Roswell and more.

Today is:
Today is Friday, August 5, the 217th day of 2011.
There are 148 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holidays or celebrations are:
National Mustard Day
National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day.
Don't forget to visit our sister blog!

Bizarre, gigantic sculpture in lake

A four-meter-high model of a woman draws the attention of people at Alster Lake in Germany.  

Can you see


Mexico, 15 Other Latin American Countries File Suit Against Alabama

You would think the morons in Alabama would be getting the first inkling of a clue by now ... but nooooooo ...

The list of countries and organizations filing legal briefs or lawsuits against Alabama's new tough immigration law continues to grow.

View of Congress sinks to Historic low

After the debt debate, more Americans than ever are unhappy with Washington, a new poll finds.

Why stock market plunged

A European selloff plus U.S. recession fears became a recipe for disaster.  

Non Sequitur


Internet Explorer Story Was Bogus

Earlier we posted about a survey done by a company called AptiQuant which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than people who chose other browsers. It now appears to be a hoax. The company's website was only recently set up and staff images were copied from a legitimate business in Paris.

The story was reported by many high profile organizations including CNN, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Forbes.

AptiQuant - or whoever is behind the hoax - issued a press release saying:

Ok, now that the cat is out of the bag, I agree that this study was a total hoax. There is no company called AptiQuant, and not such survey was ever done. We are really surprised that it took so long for people to figure it out. This was all meant to be a lighthearted joke. We did not mean to insult anyone, but if we have hurt anybody's feelings, we apologize for that.

Ten In the News

  1. Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a plane flown by a 75-year-old woman when it entered restricted airspace during President Barack Obama's Chicago visit.
  2. Police in northern Germany say they rescued a woman and her 2-year-old child whose car was swarmed - by a herd of pigs.
  3. A baby wallaby who fell out of its mother's pouch at 5 months of age has been successfully rescued by the Budapest Zoo and is developing normally.
  4. A candidate who ran for New York governor because "the rent is too damn high" says he's being evicted from his rent-controlled Manhattan apartment because his landlord wants to charge a new tenant more.
  5. An Ohio church that got an atheist billboard removed from its property now has been told it must starting paying taxes on the ad space.
  6. Two Border Patrol agents in Arizona are accused of forcing suspected drug smugglers to eat marijuana and strip down to their underwear before being told to flee into the desert.
  7. An Ephrata man will spend up to six years in state prison for a recent series of bizarre criminal behavior.
  8. A Pittsburgh man has been arrested after police say he cut down a city-owned tree, which the man claims contributes to basement flooding.
  9. Authorities say a mysterious orange-colored substance has washed up on the shores of a remote village in northwest Alaska.
  10. Amsterdam was the scene of a strange UFO sighting when an object fell from the sky during broad daylight on August 5, 2011.

A 12,060-year prison sentence

Four men are sentenced for killing more than 200 civilians during Guatemala's civil war.  

Mexico town's police force quits after attack

An entire 20-man police force resigned in a northern Mexican town after a series of attacks that killed the police chief and five officers over the last three months, state officials said Thursday.

Reporter looks like wanted man

Viewers do a double take when Mike Hellgren shows a police sketch of a wanted man.  

Hijacker was my uncle

Marla Cooper recalls the notorious hijacker plotting his caper at a family gathering in 1971.

Dad outraged over son's death

Grainy video captured officers beating and using a stun gun on schizophrenic Kelly Thomas after he ran.  

New Orleans shootings verdict

The high-profile event in the wake of the devastating storm left two New Orleans residents dead.

Bad Cops

NJ State Trooper Suspended Without Pay for a Year After She was Caught Drinking, Driving Three Times
State Police Trooper Sheila McKaig, who was caught drinking and driving three times without getting a ticket, has been suspended without pay for a year.

One in the same


Job skills that are in demand

Employers are always looking for people who have any of these transferable talents. 

What not to share with HR

Avoid confusing staff as substitutes for friends and work on building trust slowly, experts say.  

Sisters' odd fight over numbers

Siblings in Kentucky are taking extreme measures to get their Social Security numbers.

Proper Etiquette


Surprising ways to boost sleep

Tart cherry juice, a foam roller, and even your smartphone can help save you from another restless night.

Feeling Anxious?

5 Scientifically Proven Relaxation Techniques
Everyone gets anxious from time to time: there's public speaking, job interviews, the dentist and all the rest. For about one in six of us this will cross over into what psychologists term a disorder at some point in our lives. This is when people are almost continuously anxious and find it difficult to concentrate, have trouble sleeping and become irritable and restless.

For the rest of us anxiety will come and go as part of the normal human condition. Whether it's a constant or occasional affliction, dealing with anxiety effectively is important. Learn how to achieve a relaxed and focused state.

Detox your whole life!

Detox your whole life!
Ready to breathe easier, sleep better, and feel fabulous in every part of your day?

These 8 quick fixes will sweep the toxins out of your bedroom, garden, and even your closet for a healthier you.

Cutting junk food purchases

How you pay for snacks affects how much you purchase, a study says.  

Daily Comic Relief


Snag the best deals at thrift stores

You can routinely save up to 80% off retail prices on one type of household item. 

Castles for sale in America

One abandoned New York fortress needs work but can be yours for $5 million.  

Record number of Americans on food stamps as "Luxury Goods Fly Off Shelves"

One America:
Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in May, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The number of Americans using the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- more commonly referred to as food stamps -- shot to an all-time high of 45.8 million in May, the USDA reported. That's up 12% from a year ago, and 34% higher than two years ago.
The other America:
Even with the economy in a funk and many Americans pulling back on spending, the rich are again buying designer clothing, luxury cars and about anything that catches their fancy. Luxury goods stores, which fared much worse than other retailers in the recession, are more than recovering — they are zooming. Many high-end businesses are even able to mark up, rather than discount, items to attract customers who equate quality with price.



Scary look at storm clouds

A courageous photographer gets a close-up view of clouds spinning into a furious funnel.  

What Lives Inside Your Navel?

An in-depth investigation of what lives inside the human belly button uncovers hundreds of organisms. If a person has an 'innie' belly button, this moist, warm space can be home to well over 100 different organisms. Bacteria, fungi and yeasts are among the different types of belly button organisms.

The findings, to be presented on Aug. 12 at the Ecological Society of America's 96th Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, demonstrate how a belly button can become a haven for complex biodiversity.

NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is sending back data that may indicate that the red planet has some flowing water during part of the Martian year. The streams are small, short-lived, and must be salty -if it is what they think it is.
Dark, finger-like features appear and extend down some Martian slopes during late spring through summer, fade in winter, and return during the next spring. Repeated observations have tracked the seasonal changes in these recurring features on several steep slopes in the middle latitudes of Mars’ southern hemisphere.
“The best explanation for these observations so far is the flow of briny water,” said Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona, Tucson. McEwen is the principal investigator for the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) and lead author of a report about the recurring flows published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Science.
Some aspects of the observations still puzzle researchers, but flows of liquid brine fit the features’ characteristics better than alternate hypotheses. Saltiness lowers the freezing temperature of water. Sites with active flows get warm enough, even in the shallow subsurface, to sustain liquid water that is about as salty as Earth’s oceans, while pure water would freeze at the observed temperatures.
“These dark lineations are different from other types of features on Martian slopes,” said Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Scientist Richard Zurek of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “Repeated observations show they extend ever farther downhill with time during the warm season.”
NASA has a multimedia presentation in which you can see how the images change over time here.



Not a bad idea at that ...


Man's run-in with huge whale

People on a whale-watching trip witness quite a scene off the coast of California.  

Panther on the prowl in Huntersville?

Richard Bearhalter is an avid hunter and outdoorsman who knows his animals. But last week, he saw something in his neighborhood that he's never seen in the woods and would be more likely to spot at the zoo.

Caribbean Nightlife Under the Waves

Take a tour of fluorescent and other underwater Caribbean nightlife images.

Endangered Whales Dine at Dangerous Depths

right whale
By feeding just below the ocean's surface, North Atlantic right whales are at high risk of colliding with ships.  

Animal Pictures