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Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
It takes a lot of energy to be a conscientious person, but you show a knack for it today. 
You know how to make everyone else feel comfortable and at ease, which will be invaluable today. 
If you're meeting someone for the first time, you'll be the one to create a calm scene for a great conversation. 
In a professional context, you will be able to feed someone's ego just enough to create a comfortable environment, without coming off as a sycophant.

Some of our readers today have been in:
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
London, England, United Kingdom
Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Bath, England, United Kingdom
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Selayang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

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 Wake Forest, Mountain View, Riverside, Skyland and more.

Today is:
Today is Sunday, August 21, the 233rd day of 2011.
There are 132 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holidays or celebrations are:
Poet's Day
National Go Topless Day.
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Non Sequitur


August 21 is 'National Go Topless Day!'

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S.-based organization will stage a national Go Topless Day protest to proclaim a woman's constitutional right to go bare-chested in public.

And I Quote


Yes, There’s Real Money at the Top

When billionaire investor Warren Buffet recently called on policymakers to "get serious about shared sacrifice" by raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest people, some critics claimed that this wouldn't make a serious dent in our budget problems.

That 'claim' is utter bullshit (and what's more they know it).

Fact Check

Fact Check: Recession is Culprit in High US Debt
It's the loud and clear consensus of repugicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail: Runaway government spending is the problem, not taxes.
And as usual the repugicans are wrong!

The truth be told


Bank of America promises to "help Rick Perry out," didn’t realize mic was still hot

Great moments in unscripted television, note what the top Bank of America official tells repugican presidential candidate Rick Perry:
And, does this surprise anyone? The corruption and utter contempt for decency at BofA is very well known.

Corrupt Moody’s

An ex-Moody's Corp derivatives analyst said the credit-rating agency intimidated and pressured analysts to issue glowing ratings of toxic complex, structured mortgage securities.

In a 78-page letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, William Harrington outlined how the committees that make the ratings decisions are not independent and how managers often intimidated analysts.
And this is surprising ... how?

Stores hiding higher prices

Watch out for these marketing ploys to get you to pay more for fall clothes.  

How does your money stack up?

If you aren't a fan of budgeting, dividing expenses into these seven categories can help. 

On The Job

Accounting is just one profession that has managed to survive the economic storm. 

At the crossroads


US judges rule for teacher who called creationism 'superstitious nonsense'

Well, what do you know, a correct court decision for a change!

A public high school teacher in California may not be sued for making hostile remarks about religion in his classroom, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by a student charging that the teacher’s hostile remarks about creationism and religious faith violated a First Amendment mandate that the government remain neutral in matters of religion.

Two women from Northern Ireland have been killed in Turkey

Sources have said the killings happened after Ms Graham refused a waiter's proposal to marry her 15-year-old daughter Shannon.
Full Story

Iran Sentences 2 American Men To 8 Years In Jail

Iran's state TV is reporting that two American men already held for two years in Tehran have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each on charges of espionage and illegal entry.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal receive eight years on charges of espionage and illegal entry.  

Nine Strange Facebook-Related Crimes

One of my high school teachers once told our class, “if you’re going to be stupid enough to do something illegal, at least don’t be stupid enough to put it on camera.” That was before the days of Facebook and YouTube, but it seems like the best advice you can give people these days is what my teacher said, followed by “and if you’re stupid enough to put it on camera, for the love of God, don’t be stupid enough to upload it on to the internet.”
Vanessa Starr Palm and Alexander Daniel Rust certainly wish they got this advice and heeded it before they visited the Bahamas, killed an endangered lizard, ate it, documented the whole thing with photos and then uploaded the images onto Facebook.
The couple has been charged with violating an animal protection act and may also face additional charges for breaking a U.S. law that bans committing a crime in a country with a relationship to the U.S.

Read more funny Facebook crime stories over at Oddee.

Looking East


The Bacon Candle: Your Life May Depend On It

bacon candle photo diy
Photo by Syriloth/Creative Commons
It's The End Of The World As We Know It. What are you going to do? Your flashlight batteries are dead. Hell, your candle wax is even running low. All you have left to eat is bacon. Well, at least there are worse ways to die. But wait ... A burned-out candle. Bacon leftovers. What? Behold the bacon candle.
Article continues: The Bacon Candle: Your Life May Depend On It

The 'Heart Attack Proof' Diet?

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. didn't become a doctor to change the way America eats.

Humana fined for not reporting Medicaid fraud

State officials in Florida say they've fined health insurance giant Humana Inc. $3.4 million for failing to promptly report Medicaid fraud or abuse.

After Insulin Pump Hacking, Lawmakers Seek Review

Two lawmakers are requesting a review of the government's security standards for wireless medical devices after a diabetic discovered how to remotely reprogram his and other people's insulin pumps.

Ecstasy developed to treat cancer

Modified forms of the dance club drug may be effective against blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and melanoma, early research suggests.



Five Silly Secrets That Only Two People Know

You know, I can understand why Coca Cola would only let two people in the world know their secret formula, but there are some secrets that are just plain silly…like how to do the Hapsburg napkin fold. Yes, one of Austria’s greatest secrets is how to fold a napkin.

Read about more weird well-gaurded secrets over at Cracked.

Canadian Library Will Loan Out People as Well as Books

For centuries the public library has been a great source of knowledge through books. Now one library in Canada is opening up the scope of how you acquire knowledge at the library; by offering up skilled people. Why read a history book when you can talk to a historian?
The program is far less insidious than it sounds. The library has assembled a group of volunteers with particularly interesting skills or histories, and has a system in place to put these people in touch with knowledge seekers. If you’re looking for someone to practice your German with, or to ask about their experiences during the Great Depression, or their struggle with illness, the library will put you in touch with an appropriate individual. Once in touch, you can meet in the library’s cafe, keeping the entire operation under one roof.

Daily Comic Relief


NYC apartment's 'steampunk' look

This $1.75 million New York apartment is packed with giant gears, blimps, and a working porthole.

    What's Wrong With The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?

    Has anyone ever dared to attack the second law of thermodynamics? I am not aware of even a single attempt. Eddington's famous remark on the second law of thermodynamics says it all. This law occupies a special position in physics and rules supreme. Beware the person who dares to meddle with it: 

    Awesome Pictures


    Pick Your Poison

    Drought or Flood?
    Satellite imagery released this week show the extreme weather dichotomy still impacting the United States.  

    Sun storms 'could get stronger'

    New research suggests solar storms could become more disruptive within decades.

    Antarctica on the move

    Scientists produce what they say is the first complete map of how the ice moves across Antarctica.

    Human Wastewater Pinned to Coral Disease

    Human Wastewater Pinned to Coral Disease
    Sewage is to blame for a disease that is killing an endangered coral.  



    Russian Reindeer Herder Discovers Baby Mammoth in Arctic

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l9dA3l9TK6U/TQg9omWxumI/AAAAAAAAAC0/CA4iMIRwkIU/s1600/bbb3.jpgThe most complete woolly mammoth specimen ever found is the female woolly mammoth named Lyuba, who scientists believe died in Siberia about 42,000 years ago.

    Sacred Dolphin on Brink of Extinction

    Sacred Dolphin on Brink of Extinction
    The Irrawaddy dolphin, considered sacred to many people in Cambodia and Laos, is at high risk of dying out altogether.  

    How the kangaroo got its bounce

    The newly sequenced DNA of the kangaroo reveals some of the genetic secrets behind its remarkable biology.

    Dog goes skydiving

    The daredevil dog has jumped out of a plane 64 times over the past nine years. 

      Animal Pictures