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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
Are you feeling torn between your family and your career? 
A conversation will help ease the tension and sort things out. 
Talk to your loved ones and find out how they're feeling about the situation. 
Chances are, they're totally comfortable with the way things are right now, and your worries are unfounded. 
But if one or two people say they wish they could see you more often, make a real effort to make it happen. 
Sometimes a quick chat on the phone is all it takes to nurture a relationship.

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Today is:
Today is Tuesday, October 11, the 284th day of 2011.
There are 81 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
There isn't one.

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Non Sequitur


Tuneful Tuesday

Cannonball by The Breeders

Ben & Jerry's corporate board announces support for Occupy Wall Street

From the Global Post:
The board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s has issued a statement in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests taking place in New York City and other cities around the country.

"We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity," the statement said. "We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about. All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not even mentioned the environment."

According to Gawker, the Vermont-based ice cream company is the first corporation to back the protesters. Ben & Jerry’s is a subsidiary of the Unilever corporation.
More in this HuffPost article.

Sounds like Unilever corporation, to whom Ben and Jerry sold their firm, hasn't yet fully infiltrated their acquisition. Or if they have, the infiltrators have gone native.

In either case, good news. More please?

Boston Wall St. protest arrests

Boston police arrest protesters after they refused to leave a growing tent city in a park. 

Say what!


Protester trick backfires

A reporter infiltrates a march to mock the movement and ends up inciting a riot at a D.C. museum.  

This Modern World


Did you know ...

... that America prospered in the 1950's w/a 91% high-end tax rate.

Just wondering, mind you, but do all those tea party wingnuts clamoring for a 'return' to this era realize that the tax rate was at 91% of income for the top earners they so blindly acquiesce to and blithely follow like lovelorn doe-eyed domesticated animals?

FDIC backs ban on banks trading for own profit

Banks would be barred from trading for their own profit instead of their clients under a rule being proposed by federal regulators.

How to confuse an idiot

... or a wingnut (which is one in the same)

Earn 20% more at work

There's one day of the week that's best to approach your boss for a raise.  

Daily Comic Relief


Major U.S. terror plot foiled

US ties Iran to plot to assassinate Saudi diplomat; Texas resident among 2 charged
The Obama administration on Tuesday accused agents of the Iranian government of being involved in a plan to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
Officials say the Saudi Arabian envoy and two embassies were the targets of alleged bomb attacks.

Six B.S. Myths You Probably Believe About America's 'Enemies'

Spend five minutes listening to politicians and pundits talk about countries like Iran and North Korea, and you walk away thinking the world is a scary place. They aren't always the most reliable sources, but they're usually the loudest.

Famous people slept here

Teddy Roosevelt, Judy Garland, and Babe Ruth bunked in these homes now for sale.  

Big Ben is leaning

The British landmark's lean is now extreme enough to be seen with the naked eye.  

China's new giant skyscraper

Once-sleepy Huaxi celebrates its 50th anniversary by inaugurating a 1,076-foot tower.  

Woman Climbed the Great Wall of China to Avoid £2.50 Admission Fee

How far would you go to save a few bucks? Jump the turnstile? Phsaw, slackers! That ain't nothing compared to what this Chinese woman did to avoid a £2.50 admission fee: she climbed the Great Wall of China!
Thrifty [Ma] Jei - who had no rope or safety equipment - told fellow visitors she'd grown up in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, climbing the walls of Zhonghau Castle since childhood and had never once paid to get in.
But unfortunately her stunt encouraged other visitors to follow her example - with two falling and breaking their legs and three others having to be rescued by police.
'She ran up the wall like a goat and made it look easy. But when people tried it for themselves they saw it wasn't quite as simple as they thought,' explained one tourist.



Alzheimer's warning signs

Trouble with numbers and struggling to find words are initial symptoms of the disease.

Tanning now illegal for teens

Tanning now illegal for teens The days of magically getting a golden glow the day before prom are over, at least in California.

Here’s why - the state banned underage customers from tanning beds.

Healthy Living

Culinary DeLites

This kale, lentil, and chicken soup is a terrifically tasty and healthy weeknight meal option.  
A perfect dish for using up leftovers, lasagna is better when it's made early in the day.  

'Healthy' foods to avoid

One fast food chain's Caesar salad is so bad for you that its hamburger would be a better choice.  

Unexpected Recipes for Apples

apple stalls intro photo
Photo: Kelly Rossiter
After eating your summer fill of super-sweet, soft berries, the apples of fall are the tart, crisp consolation prize of cooler temperatures. But eating them in the same few ways -- pie, tarts, cake, and sliced fresh -- can turn these welcome treats into just another boring part of your routine.
In fact, the apple is one versatile fruit. The 11 nontraditional apple recipes here soak it in vinegar, pair it with pumpkin, layer it in lasagna, and much more.
11 Unexpected Recipes for Apples slideshow



French Family's Home Hit by 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite

A French family whose tile roof started leaking discovered a 4.5-billion-year-old meteor the size of an egg had fallen all the way down from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and come to rest in their attic insulation.

Vanishing ice

Kyetrak Glacier in the Himalayas
Breathtaking images of glacial melt in the Himalayas

Vanishing ice

Woman stuck at South Pole

A research manager says she needs help after suffering what she believes to be a stroke.  

Antarctic Lake Mission

Antarctic lake mission gets ready'Snow dogs' in Antarctica

A pioneering British expedition to sample a lake under the Antarctic ice sheet could find new forms of life and clues to climate change.

Awesome Pictures


More Animal News

A Hydromantes salamander (Image: Stephen Deban) Salamander tongue's coiled spring

A salamander can shoot out its elastic tongue at extremely high speeds, even when its body temperature drops, slow-motion footage reveals. BBC Nature

The Top 10 Deadliest Plants

Many plants use highly poisonous toxins for self defense and others are even eating meat. The extreme diversity of plant life on earth gives us a wide range of interesting - and deadly - plants.

Since some plants are more deadlier than others, we're going to explore the top ten. Pay close attention though, some of these could be taking up residence in your backyard right this minute.



Upping the cute factor


Animal News

The first wolf seen in Belgium in 100 years has been spotted.

Evil 'Coon


Sea monster evidence?

A paleontologist's findings may reveal how a colossal creature behaved after attacking predators.  

Animal Pictures