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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
When discussing a conflict today (with a friend, a romantic partner, a coworker or a relative), do yourself a favor and just cut to the chase.
Beating around the bush will simply delay the inevitable and give everyone involved way too many chances to avoid dealing with what's really going on.
Treat today's problems the same way you'd treat an adhesive bandage.
Ripping it off quickly might seem scary, but it's actually a lot less painful than a slow peel!

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Morini, Morini, Comoros
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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
London, England, United Kingdom
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
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Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
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Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine
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and in cities across the United States such as Charlotte, Charleston, Portland, Seattle and more!

Today is:
Today is Wednesday, November 9, the 313th day of 2011.
There are 52 days left in the year.

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


Wondrous Wednesday


Experts in use of force shocked by video of Oakland police shooting photographer

A story in the San Jose Mercury News today on the video which shows an Oakland Police officer shooting a photographer with a projectile, for no apparent reason.

Geoffrey Alpert, a University of South Carolina criminal justice professor who's an expert in police decision-making and use of force, said the video left him "astonished, amazed and embarrassed."
"Unless there's something we don't know, that's one of the most outrageous uses of a firearm that I've ever seen," he said. "Unless there's a threat that you can't see in the video, that just looks like absolute punishment, which is the worst type of excessive force."

Occupy Atlanta encamps on lawn of house under foreclosure threat

An Atlanta police officer sent an email to Occupy Atlanta protesters asking for help with his house, which is under threat of foreclosure (when the family tried to refinance their mortgage, the bank responded with a foreclosure notice). Dozens of Atlanta occupiers shifted their camp to the house's lawn, erecting "This home is occupied" signs and promising to put their bodies between the house and the sheriff's deputies when the eviction comes. The neighbors are highly supportive.
Last week, Tawanna Rorey’s husband, a police officer based in Gwinnett County, e-mailed Occupy Atlanta to explain that his home was going to be foreclosed on and his family was in danger of being evicted on Monday. So within a few hours Occupy Atlanta developed an action plan to move to Snellville, Georgia on Monday to stop the foreclosure. At least two dozen protesters encamped on the family’s lawn, to the applause of neighbors and bystanders.

Seniors join Occupy Chicago protest

It will be interesting to see how the two groups can join together, though nobody in Washington is probably thrilled with the idea.

Huffington Post:
More than 1,000 senior citizens and their supporters marched from Chicago's Federal Plaza to the intersection of Jackson and Clark Street Monday morning to protest proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the intersection, more than 40 protesters, 15 of them seniors affiliated with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, stood or sat in the street, arms linked, blocking traffic.

Amid chants demanding that the cuts be forestalled -- with suggestions for alternatives, including tax hikes -- 43 demonstrators were escorted from the intersection (see video, above) by police and issued citations for pedestrian failure to "exercise due care," or for blocking traffic. Those cited included four protesters using assisted mobility devices and at least one centenarian.

The truth be told


Election cheers Democrats, unions

State ballot measures aimed at banning abortion and curbing union power are defeated.

Ohio voters repeal the repugican’s anti-union law

Honey, the unions shrunk the repugicans.  In fact, they lost 2-1.  Is this a harbinger for good things to come?  Perhaps.  But it's clear the repugicans are having an awfully bad week.
Ohioans overturned a divisive anti-union law on Tuesday, delivering a significant defeat to repugican Gov. John Kasich and a victory to labor unions.

Ohio voters rejected Issue 2, a ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, a measure that restricts collective bargaining rights for more than 360,000 public employees, among other provisions. Opposition to the legislation inspired large protests from residents around the state this year.
More from the Washington Post.

Clinton defends taxing the rich

The former president says his income "went up a lot," but his taxes dropped.  

Did you know ...

Here are 5 places where the rich got richer - on the government's dime.

#occupywallst is a movement too big to fail.

Shouldn't Americans Repair America's Infrastructure?

Listening at last to his inner FDR, President Barack Obama is going straight at the Know-Nothing/Do-Nothing repugicans in Congress.

The repugican scrooges try to kill the Christmas tree

The repugicans are very upset that President Obama is trying to save a Christmas tradition, the real Christmas tree.  It's kind of a neat idea the President has, and one the tree growers asked him to do.

From the Miami Herald:
Following an extended debate that pit one region against another, the Agriculture Department on Tuesday gave the green light to a new industry-funded Christmas tree promotion program.

By taxing themselves, growers will raise $2 million a year for ads promoting the merits of real, live trees. Or, at least, trees that once were living, as opposed to the artificial kind that have seized an increasing share of the holiday market.

"As demographics and buying habits have changed we have watched the market for real trees shrink drastically, requiring us to spend much more time and money on promotion," said Don Cameron, past president of the California Christmas Tree Association.
The fee is a whopping 15 cents per tree.

As part of their ongoing effort to label everything a "tax," and every tax a bad thing (since government, to the repugicans, is per se bad, except of course when government is providing repugican members of Congress their own cushy socialist subsidized health care, and absurdly lush retirement benefits even if they spend only a microsecond in Congress), the repugicans are simply apoplectic that the White House would try to help American Christmas tree growers in a manner in which the growers themselves asked for.

Yes, god forbid President Obama actually do something that business is asking him to do to save their livelihood. Then again, the repugicans oppose every move the President makes to save jobs.  They're invested in torpedoing the economy to help their election chances next November, to hell with what it does to the rest of us.

The real question isn't why President Obama is trying to save an American Christmas tradition dating back to the time of the American Revolution, but rather, why the repugicans aren't trying to save it too?

Candidates flunk Econ 101

repugican candidates would flunk Econ 101

Professors say the repugicans' policy ideas wouldn't pass muster in their classes.

Money lessons from recession

This woman now runs her household budget and small business in new ways.  

Ways to stay sane at work

Here's how to cope with annoying co-workers, office politics, and other nuttiness.

It ain't honey, Honey

That honey that lines the shelves of your local grocery store probably isn't honey at all.

Science News

Mite'Smallest fossil' scanned in 3-D

An X-ray scan of Baltic amber at the University of Manchester reveals what scientists say is the "smallest arthropod fossil ever".

World's first 'earth scraper'

An architect envisions an ambitious workaround to a law that bans skyscrapers.  

'Epic' storm nears Alaska

Officials warn it could be one of the worst on record with 100 mph winds, heavy snow, and floods.

Surfer claims biggest ride yet

A top surfer rides what he believes is a world-record shattering 90-foot wave off Portugal's coast.

The World's First Non-Alcoholic Whiskey

You know what you never hear people say? “I really love the taste of whiskey, but I sure wish it didn’t get me drunk.” Yet, from the annals of incredibly stupid ideas comes ArKay, the O’Douls of whiskey.

Culinary DeLites

Midweek meals
Try our suggestions for tasty, affordable and nutritious meals that you can easily make in minutes.

Extra Virgin olive Oil

Chef Fabio sets us straight about oil types and shares a tasty salad recipe.

Eat to lower blood pressure

Adding certain fish, grains, and veggies to your diet can help prevent hypertension.  



Awesome Pictures


Jaw-dropping northern lights

This amazing shot was taken in Norway by Ole Christian Salomonsen. It's one of the many photos featured in National Geographic's upcoming photo book, Visions of Earth. You can check out a video preview of some of the other photos on YouTube.

Best views in America

A hike along this scenic trail in Kauai gives you 11 miles of postcard-perfect views.  

The UK's top Night Gardens

Illuminated forest
Visit one of the UK's stunning night gardens for a romantic stroll or enchanted Xmas treat. 

This Painting Was Made without a Paintbrush

Not one.
Amy Shackleton applies wet paint to a canvas and then elevates and turns it so that the paint runs in the direction that she wants. After many carefully staged pourings over one or two weeks, she’s made a complete, coherent image. Her technique seems to work particularly well for nighttime scenes. You can view more images and a time-lapse video of Shackleton at work at the link.

Today's English Lesson


Return To Levittown: America's First Suburb Reaches 60

Levittown is a community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States, within the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Levittown was planned and built by Levitt & Sons. The majority of the land on which it is built was purchased in 1951. The homes were moderately priced and required only a low down payment.

Construction of Levittown began in February 1952, soon after completion of Levittown, New York, located on Long Island. Levittown, Pennsylvania was the second Levittown built by William J. Levitt, who is often credited as the creator of the modern American suburb.

Traffic Makes Us Dumber

Scientists find evidence that vehicle pollution in congested areas causes brain damage. It's yet another pressing reason we need to start moving beyond the automobile.

Philosoraptor says ...


Surviving Stress

Emotionally Vague: A Graphical Survey Of Feelings

Just what do our emotions look like? It's a simple question with extremely complex answers. Emotionally Vague, an interesting and extensive project to graphically display how our emotions look and feel in our body, surveyed 35 different countries to get to the bottom of the question.

The team researched how people experienced the feelings of anger, joy, fear, sadness and love. Given a piece of paper with human silhouettes, each participant was asked to graphically represent each of these emotions in 3 ways - as a point, as directional arrows and with complete expressive freedom. The drawings were then compiled in Photoshop to create a visual 'DNA-like frequency pattern.'

Day of Skulls: Bolivians take skulls to cemetery

Bolivia's annual version of the Day of the Dead is a macabre mixture of Andean prehispanic beliefs and Roman catholicism.



Stone Age Cave Painters Were Realists

horsesSpotted horses actually existed tens of thousands of years ago, a study shows, proving cavemen painted them realistically.

Mite Fossilized While Sucking on Spider's Head

Mite Fossilized While Sucking on Spider's Head
About 49 million years ago, a mite decided to hitch a ride on a spider's head; then a blop of tree resin fell on them.

Animal Pictures